What Makes a Yelp(er) Elite?

Hard to believe 2012 marks the eighth year of our Yelp Elite Squad! It seems like just the other day we were asking ourselves whether this whole “meeting yelpers in-person” thing could really work. Fortunately, you know how the story goes — it did! So whether this is year number eight, or your first run as a Yelp Elite, we wanted to take a moment to welcome and congratulate the newest members of the squad.

Oftentimes we get asked how folks become Yelp Elite and we have this handy Yelp Elite page you can always refer to. While there’s no set check list, overall we look for someone who is a stellar Yelp community member – both online and off – and role model to yelpers, new and old.

If those actions listed don’t already get you or someone who you think is deserving noticed, you can always nominate yourself or your peers during the course of the year. Just check out the Yelp Elite page to see which cities currently have a Yelp Elite Squad, then send an email to your city (eg. with a link to your Yelp profile page and the reason why that Yelp Elite Badge belongs on your profile. Our National Elite Squad Council will review your nomination to see if you have what it takes!

So what comes with being Yelp Elite? Aside from a sparkly badge that you get to rock with pride on your Yelp profile page, you’ll get the opportunity to attend exclusive events, meet yelpers from your community in-person, and discover a variety of local businesses you may not have previously tried. What kind of events, you ask? Check out our Yelp Community Blog for some of the amazing soirees, bashes, dinner parties, even weddings that are taking place throughout our communities near and far. Hey, you may also snag a free Yelpstick. SYOY!