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Is Yelp the Work of Satan?

Discussion in 'Software, Computers, CMC's Techie Stuff' started by bruce papier, Mar 30, 2019.

  1. bruce papier

    bruce papier MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    I got a call from Yelp about advertising. I said no, but I ended up filling out the info on the Yelp listing so people looking us up could see our store hours et al. Almost immediately, my spam went through the roof. I now get more spam in a day than I used to get in a month. Coincidence or not?
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  2. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I know those who want to use every avenue of online media to attract business will probably disagree, but I don't even want yelp to know about me.
    I consider it basically a protection racket.
    :cool: Rick
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  3. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    Bruce wins the award for Best Thread Title of the Year.
  4. monkey

    monkey CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    I hate Yelp, they are such a scam. Their sales people are so sleezy, constantly calling trying to get me to advertise with them. whenever I see Yelp on the caller ID I don't pick up. They quoted me like $600/month to advertise with them, no thank you. Some customers left me a positive review and it didn't show up.
  5. MnSue

    MnSue SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    i blocked their # on my phone
    a side benefit of a internet phone that gets transferred to my cell phone...no spam and there is a voice recording that answers 1st!
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  6. Larry Peterson

    Larry Peterson PFG, Picture Framing God

    I just looked for picture framing in my town on yelp. There are several but none showed up in Yelp. There are a couple of big framing places but since they didn't pay yelp, they don't appear. Most of the places were 25-80 miles away. Interestingly, the Michael's in town wasn't on the list but one 70 miles away was.
  7. MarkyW

    MarkyW SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I just tried looking. I typed "picture framing" and then "wilkes-barre" and on the results page 2 ads show up on top which are for furniture stores and then it lists 5 results. Most are a good distance away, no Michael's showed up for me at all. But I noticed #4 is ME, only about 9 miles away. (I only have the free listing, I don't advertise with them, and I didn't log in when I did the search.)

    When I get my monthly email from Yelp on how my listing is doing, it usually says "0 views this month".
  8. Mike Labbe

    Mike Labbe Member, Former moderator team volunteer

    As much as I *AGREE* that yelp is likely the devil, I think they may be innocent in this situation. :( :D

    Any time you post an email address on the web, the spammers will harvest it by automated means (scanners that crawl every site). You have your email address posted clearly on your website feedback form at https://www.fortwaynepictureframing.com/contact-us.html so this is where the spammers likely got it. The form on the same page is generally to hide your email address, so its probably not necessary to also display it there.

    Unfortunately, once the spammers have it.... it's out there for good, on lists that they will sell to others. Since its gmail, the good news is you can just get a new one if it gets too bad. :)

    Have a great day!
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  9. snafu

    snafu MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    I also blocked their numbers because the called every week. recently I went to view my listing with them they had me marked a "gone out of business" I tweeted them and got it fixed. I bet it was because I don't answer their calls.
  10. Larry Peterson

    Larry Peterson PFG, Picture Framing God

    As mike says, the horse is out of the barn. BTW, it's in your meta tags as well.

    For others that have their email posted on their sites, you can obfuscate it so that harvesters can't see it. Take a look at https://www.albionresearch.com/misc/obfuscator.php for more info.
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