How to Claim Your Listing on Yelp
Many business owners are surprised to learn that they need to claim their listings on Yelp. While your business probably already has a business page on the popular directory service, claiming your listing is the only way to upload photos, add website links, and ensure that accurate contact information is listed.
To claim your listing on Yelp, visit https://biz.yelp.com/ and click “Manage my free listing.”
Look up your business by entering the zip code and business name. If your business already has a listing, you’ll see the name appear in a drop down box. If your business name does not appear in that drop down box, then click the “Add Now” button to create a new listing from scratch.
Whether your business is already listed or not, you’ll still need to create a business account to claim the listing. Next, you’ll be asked to choose how you would like to verify your business.
Yelp can verify your business in three ways:
- Text message
- Telephone call
Make your choice, and then submit the provided code on the next screen.
By verifying the business, you are representing that you have the authority to claim the account on behalf of the business.
Once your business is verified, your listing has officially been claimed. With a business account and a claimed listing, you will be able to login to Yelp and update your listing at any time. You will also be able to respond to reviews, upload new photos, access listing analytics, and even accept bookings or appointments through the platform.
As you have probably noticed, the process of manually claiming a listing on Yelp would be cumbersome for brands with hundreds or thousands of locations. To help simplify the process of uploading and updating hundreds of listings, businesses with multiple locations can use the Yelp API with the help of companies like SOCi.
To get started claiming your listing on Yelp, visit https://biz.yelp.com.