Editor’s note: Did you see the date on this post? It’s a little old, but don’t worry, we updated this on Aug. 31, 2020.
When consumers search on Yelp, they’re looking for a business that can satisfy their wants and needs in a service or product. They’re reviewing different listings, comparing details, and soaking in all the information to help guide their decision. This specifically may include scrolling through photos, reading reviews, learning about the history of the business, and more.
Not surprisingly, a completed Yelp Page is much more likely to convert a potential consumer—and filling out the basics of your page can be done in just a few minutes. To help make sure your page is in great shape on the first try, check out these common mistakes to avoid.
1. Improper use of categories
Categories help consumers understand what your business provides. To start, think about everything you offer. Are you a plumber that also offers handyman services? An auto repair shop that also does upholstery and tinted windows? You can list your business in up to three categories. Providing this info upfront means consumers don’t have to leave your Yelp Page to understand what you can and can’t do.
To make your first impression as transparent as possible, start simple with your categories. Choose the ones that are most widely appealing and mainstream. Niche offerings that may not have a specific category can be detailed in the “From the business” section (more on that below). If you’re struggling to figure out what categories fit your business best, look at a similar business to get some ideas on where you can take your page.
2. Lack of photos and captions
There may be nothing more anti-climactic than discovering a Yelp Page with little to no photos. Photos help build trust and allow people to get to know you and your business—whether it’s a dental office featuring the staff, a contractor’s before and after pics, or a shipping center with an accurate photo of the front of the building. Plus it’s good for business: Having at least one photo averages 128% more phone calls from a business’s Yelp Page.
Don’t forget to also caption your photos. This quick and easy addition informs consumers what they are looking at and gives you an opportunity to specifically describe what you do.
3. No strategy for responding to reviews
Responding to reviews is a critical part of completing any Yelp Page. Think of your reviews as an opportunity to hear valuable feedback about your business that you wouldn’t have otherwise received. Responding to reviews shows both previous and potential consumers that you have excellent customer service. Bonus points: Respond to every review. It’s just as important to pay attention to and engage with what consumers are saying online as it is offline.
4. Not listing accurate operating hours
Outside of what you offer, when you offer it may be the most important piece of information consumers need to know. Many Yelp users also search for businesses that are “open now”—a feature that filters results based on operating hours—so be sure your hours are listed and accurate.
Special hours can be noted as well—an easy step that will save you time and energy . If you’re closed for the season or open a little longer during the holidays, let people know. The same goes if your business is closed on certain days—don’t let people show up, only to find out you’re not open.
5. Empty “From the business” section
To some extent, every business starts from an initial “aha!” moment. A realization, a desire, a light bulb that went off and suddenly your (perhaps crazy) idea was brought to fruition—your unique contribution to the world in the form of an LLC. Your business has a story, and it should be told.
Within Yelp’s “From the business” section, there are several areas where you can tell that story: Specialties, History, and Meet the Owner/Manager.
The Specialties space is an opportunity to list your specific services and highlight what makes you stand out. The “History” section shares your business’s background and story. The “Meet the Owner or Manager” area is where you let people know how long you’ve been doing this and, more importantly, why you do it. If someone’s first impression of you is your Yelp page, think about what you want them to learn about you.
Each Yelp search starts with a need. Having a completed and accurate listing can take a potential customer from discovery mode into spending mode.
Whether you are claiming your business for the first time or want to give your page a makeover, log into biz.yelp.com or download our free Yelp for Business app to make on-the-go updates.