LandlordLinks.Net Launches ‘Hate Us On Yelp’ Campaign
We want to follow in Botto Bistro’s footsteps and be the worst rated company on Yelp. Tired of Yelp’s attempt at blackmailing small businesses by manipulating reviews.
“Advertise with us because that’s the only solution to your problem.” YELP
Kirby Sommers, founder of the popular website LandlordLinks.Net, is launching a “Hate Us On Yelp” campaign.
Ms. Sommers was inspired by Botto Bistro, a California based restaurant, who is actively campaigning to be the worst rated restaurant on the consumer review website.
Like Botto Bistro, LandlordLinks.Net has been claiming for years that their reviews have been hidden and in some cases completely deleted from Yelp in an attempt to get the company to advertise with them.
Sommers states: “When my clients asked if I would like them to place reviews on YELP, I initially agreed. Only after I saw review by review filtered and removed, did I start to think that perhaps the phone call I had received from Yelp’s advertising department where I declined to become an advertiser may have played a significant role in the removal of all of my reviews.”
With a simple google search, Sommers discovered she wasn’t the only small business with similar complaints against the behemoth Yelp. Apparently, small to mid-sized businesses across the country have been complaining about Yelp’s alleged bad behavior for years.
Sommers states that when she received yet another call from a sales representative who only used a first name asking her again to advertise, the salesperson added: “There will never be a customer service department at Yelp, but advertising might be beneficial with your issues.” In other words: “Advertise with us because that’s the only solution to your problem.”
Yelp started doing business by aggregating business names on their website. When the owner of the business found their way to the unsolicited page, the website would have ‘Claim Your Business’ as a way to line up prospective advertisers. A side note: A court recently ruled that Yelp has the power to manipulate reviews.
This is how both LandlordLinks.Net and Kirby Sommers’ personal name ended up on Yelp. And since Yelp hasn’t responded to Sommers’ request that both pages be deleted, she is content to offer up free Landlord Links (which help apartment seekers bypass brokers by connecting them directly to landlords’ apartment listings pages) in exchange for really bad reviews.
Carey Fox, President of Stealth Pictures, is a Landlord Links user. His review:
‘Landlord Links... How horrible of them to want to save renters money! Whole idea stinks. Get set up with all the “inside” info you need to score a great NYC apartment, and then? Rental nirvana? Who needs that? All outside the lines of the tried and true broker and fee tradition? We’re New Yorkers! We’re just going to keep trolling craigslist to find a bait and switch apartment like the rest of my smart New York City friends!’
Just give LandlordLinks.Net one star. Get 1 Free Landlord Links or do it for free. Better yet, do it to take a stance against unfair business practices.
And, if you’re going to give LandlordLinks.Net a one star review Kirby would want you to be as snarky as you can! “If we can’t trust Yelp and its reviews, let’s at least use Yelp for entertainment purposes.”
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