Buy Reviews on Yelp, Get Black Mark

Credits: The New York Times
By: David Streitfeld

“Businesses caught soliciting favorable reviews are increasingly running the risk of getting slapped with a badge of shame.

Like every Web site that depends on consumer critiques, Yelp has a problem with companies trying to manipulate their results. So it set up a sting operation to catch them. The first eight businesses — including a moving company, two repair shops and a concern that organizes treasure hunts — will find themselves exposed on Thursday.”

“For the next three months, their Yelp profile pages will feature a “consumer alert” that says: “We caught someone red-handed trying to buy reviews for this business.”

Above excerpts and full article on: The New York Times – Business Day Technology

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