Why hasn’t anyone done something about Yelp, the new Ripoff Report?

Yelp-Review-Removal-Fake-Reviews-ScamYelp, an online review site that ‘doesn’t allow businesses to pay to remove reviews’, and has turned into RipOff Report, a site used as a weapon to harm consumers. Yelp is a review site in the same way McDonalds is healthy for using fresh ingredients.

I don’t know how it all started, but as anyone with a brain would know, a review site that doesn’t remove fake reviews, is not a review site, it’s just a place to go to see local businesses, at best. To make a review site, you need a moderator, and some type of (at least verbal) arbitration process designed to help businesses promote themselves on Yelp, not lose customers over it.

It seems that Yelp does not understand this basic give and take strategy, and as a result, phony sites that promote Reputation Management leave fake reviews to sell you the ability to remove them. Ex-employees complain they got fired, and overall the level of libel and defamation is much higher than that of the well known Google reviews.

Honestly, Google was in the same boat, until Google started actually looking at the reviews where only ONE was left in 3 years by the inactive account, and started removing them. They also do not block 5 star reviews in an effort to harm the business as Yelp does.

Thankfully, due to people like me, bigger and smaller blogs, Yelp is losing traction. Trusting Yelp is trusting the opposite of gut instinct. Many a time you’ll be surprised to see a negatively rated business, and possibly reach out to this business, and find it’s perfectly fine.

I found myself in this predicament numerous times. As someone who is paid to remove Yelp from the homepage of Google searches, I decided to look into the reviews to see if I was helping bad businesses look good, or good businesses retain their true image. I found the latter, and that’s unfortunate, as people are paying me to just hold onto their customers, much less gain new ones like they used to. They have 4.7, 4.8 ratings on 3 different websites. 1 star on Yelp with 23 reviews (20 were ‘not recommended?’) which goes to show they have no credibility.

What can we do about Yelp? For one, we can bring attention to the fake accounts. If you see an account with one review, no picture, and it contradicts other reviews, you’re probably looking at a fake Yelp review. Not to mention if the person doesn’t even describe the situation reasonably (leaving a review about a burger they ate, when the establishment is a Chinese food place) it still gets posted as if it has credibility.

Yelp has to go. One day at a time, we have to take them down.

First post. Let’s Google stuff.

The first post ever on your WordPress blog is by default is the current one (Hello World!) which is probably horrible for SEO, but suits my needs really well, as all I want to do with this post is introduce myself, to the world.

I’m 33 year old techie who is entirely self taught. I wanted to go to college, but I felt it would slow down the creative process, because I wanted to learn much more than any one person could sit with me and teach.

I consumed every book I could on the topic, and began charging the bare minimum to practice. I did fairly well at the beginning, but then something happened that had never happened before. I got hit with a wall in the middle, called real life. Real life technology quickly revealed itself to be much more simultaneously complex and fragile than I had ever imagined.

People had problems that none of the books had answers to. Search engines didn’t exist (initially) and when they did, the answers didn’t really start to get easy to find until 2012!

Over almost 20 years from building machines, to programming them, I’ve picked up a lot more than anyone I’ve seen, and can do much more than many that I know. I am in a league of my own with actual reputation management, for example, with 20 customers erased from Google, and happy about it.

But I feel it’s time to give away most of that knowledge, so I want to start this blog to get people interested in managing their own sites, servers, and more. Maybe start a blog, or get a business online, all for $60 a year because you can do it yourself!

See you soon

  • Sean