Is Yelp Elite Actually Worthwhile?

I have a bit of explaining to do since I have been gone for 2 months. Well if you haven’t guessed it yet, a big reason for that was my journey from Yelp Nobody to Yelp Elite!

Why I Pursued Yelp Elite

There were a few reasons why I wanted that elusive Yelp Elite badge, but here are the main 3

  • Exclusivity

There is something so attractive about the unobtainable (whether it be people, status or objects) and this proves to be true on Yelp as well. The sparkly badge that accompanies your name on Yelp signals to others that you’re on the upper echelon of reviewers.

With that said, the title is not only for show, but yelp users and businesses alike take those reviews more seriously due to their increased credibility. The reason Yelp Elite is so exclusive is because in order to get it a reviewer has to be nominated. The good news is you can nominate yourself (usually another Yelp Elite nominates you), the bad news it has to be approved by Yelp. But once you’re in it’s easy to maintain just keep writing quality reviews, taking aesthetic photos and interacting in the community!

  • Improved Promos/Freebies

So with the Yelp Elite status comes more opportunities to participate in exclusive Yelp events and special openings. While I haven’t been part of the Yelp Elite squad for long, I definitely have browsed the events to see what I now can take part in. The variety of events was really shocking to me. From soft restaurant openings to early morning yoga (and everything in between), Yelp caters to almost every niche people could possibly be interested in. The best part is majority of these events are free and you’re able to bring a plus one! Yelp has events almost everyday so I definitely suggest Yelp users to become part of the Yelp Elite squad or at the very least befriend some!

  • Yelp’s Amazing Community

Let’s be real, Yelp would be nothing without its community. Luckily for me and the million other users Yelp’s community is amazing. Yelp values positivity and its platform beautifully encourages it with the compliment feature. Being a Yelp Elite definitely gets you more compliments so keep working towards your badge!

Yelp users are also really helpful, answering questions about food options, parking, price, etc. This is extremely useful when you need answers but don’t want to search or ask someone in real life (it sounds weird, but it’s extremely convenient).

I also really like how the community looks out for each other. For my Yelp journey to Yelp Elite, I was nominated by a fellow elite. This was absolutely crucial in my acceptance into the Yelp Elite Squad.

Some advice for those working towards their badge: interact with Yelp Elite members through compliments, messages and review votes.

Even outside of the Yelp Elite Squad, the community serves all Yelp users and keeps the cyberspace productive, positive and engaging! Hope to see some of you on Yelp and don’t be shy to add me on other platforms as well!

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