Reviews FAQs: How Do I Use Yelp?

This is the last post in our Reviews FAQs series where we answer frequently asked questions about online reputation management.

Yelp is great for a number of reasons. It’s highly-visited, focuses on local businesses, and allows businesses to manage their information and respond to reviews for free. So, how do you use Yelp?

Claim or Create Your Business Page

In order to start the management process, go to www.biz.yelp.com, and enter your business name and address, then click search. If your business appears in the search results, click the red “Claim this business” button. You’ll then be prompted to create a business account with Yelp. It will prompt you to enter your email address, name, and phone number. Once your account is created, Yelp will likely ask to call your business to verify that you are the owner. Yelp will give you a code to enter once they call – simply enter that code, and voila! Your page is claimed.

If your business did not appear in the search results when you first searched for it, you’ll need to create a page. Scroll down to the bottom of the search results page and click “Add your business to Yelp.” Follow the prompts to enter your business information. Yelp may call your business, so you’ll enter the code provided in order to verify your page.

Add Business Information & Photos

Once your page is claimed and verified, you can optimize your page with relevant information and photos. You can add information like:

  • Your business categories
  • Hours of operation
  • Your business specialties
  • Your business history
  • Information about the owner or manager
  • Businesses you recommend for your customers

Then you can upload images like your storefront, inside your store, your logo, and your products. This gives prospects a good idea about your business and builds out your page.

Monitor & Respond to Reviews

Now that your page is claimed and updated with relevant information and photos, you can start responding to reviews. Regularly monitor your page for new reviews, and follow our guidelines for responding to negative reviews and for responding to positive reviews.

Are you using Yelp to manage your online reputation? Let us know in the comments!

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Stephanie Heitman

Stephanie is the Communications & Content Marketing Manager at ReachLocal. She has experience in digital marketing, social media management, and content creation for SMBs. Stephanie specializes in helping businesses improve their online reputation and appreciate the impact social media and digital marketing can have on their brand. When she isn't researching the latest online marketing tips and trends, she enjoys eating pizza and watching too much TV with her husband and her dogs.

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