How To Become A Yelp Elite

Yelp Elite users get respect and invites to influencer events

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Yelp Elite is a special status given to users on the Yelp website and apps. Being upgraded to a Yelp Elite user is completely free but does require a certain level of account activity and a history of high quality business reviews and photos.

Users with the Yelp Elite status have their usernames marked with an Elite badge icon across the entire Yelp platform. There's no monetary benefit to being a Yelp Elite but some users will occasionally be invited to special Yelp Elite events or promotional activities.

What Are The Yelp Elite Requirements?

While Yelp Elite status is open to all users, there are some requirements that need to be met for an application to be approved.

  • You must be of legal drinking age in your home country.
  • You must use your real name on your Yelp profile.
  • A real photo of yourself must be uploaded on your Yelp profile page.
  • You need to write reviews on a very regular basis.
  • Your reviews must be more than a sentence long and contain thoughtful feedback.
  • Any photos you upload for businesses on Yelp need to be high quality.
  • You need to be active on Yelp by voting up other people's reviews and sending them compliments.

If you own a business that's listed on Yelp or have a Yelp Business account, you won't be able to become a Yelp Elite.

How To Become Yelp Elite

The process to become a member of the Yelp Elite is fairly straightforward and requires very minimal effort once the above requirements have been met.

Once your Yelp account has reached a certain level of activity and quality, you can nominate yourself by filling in the application form on the Yelp Elite web page on the official site.

When filling in the form, which is very small and should only take a minute or so to fill in, you'll need to enter the URL of your Yelp profile page, the city or region that you want to be a Yelp Elite in, and a brief pitch as to why you think you deserve the promotion.

You can find your Yelp user profile URL by logging into the Yelp website on a web browser, tapping your profile photo in the top-right corner, and tapping your name. Once your profile loads, copy the address in the browser's address bar. This is your URL.

You will be notified of your Yelp Elite application by email. It can take anywhere from a few days to over a week to hear back.

How Do Yelp Elite Badges Work?

Upon becoming a member of the Yelp Elite, a special icon will be placed next to your username on every screen of the Yelp apps and website.

Yelp users who have been a Yelp Elite for more than five years gain the special Gold Elite Badge in place of the regular icon. Yelp Elite members who have maintained that status for more than 10 years receive the Black Elite Badge.

The badges serve no function beyond simply labelling Yelp Elite user accounts and serving as a form of gamification to encourage those users to continue with the program.