Thursday, 23 August 2012 21:46

Business Blackmail: Why Yelp Reviews Are a Scam and Shouldn't Be Trusted

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I've been saying this for years -- ever since I went through the experience of calling Yelp on behalf of one of my clients.

You want bad reviews removed from Yelp? Just call them and they'll explain how this can be done if you sign up for a paid monthly membership. In the real world, that's called blackmail.

The truth is, Yelp is a scam from both sides.

  1. Yelp Scam Blackmail Extortion Positive Negative ReviewsBusinesses are blackmailed into paying for positive reviews on Yelp and removing bad reviews.
  2. Yelp users think they're getting honest reviews.

Bad reviews on Yelp can devastate a business -- and and many succumb to paying $150-$300 a month to bring their negative reviews down.

Yelp seems to have found the ultimate way to make money on the internet: extortion.

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