Yelp is a review website with a focus on local businesses. Companies can create a profile on Yelp, and guests, customers and patients can sign up to post a review.
Yelp has been active in the Netherlands for a while, but since 2016 the platform has mainly focused on the United States and Canada.
Yelp users are also called Yelpers (or Yelpies). They can post reviews about companies that are on Yelp. They can also place photos and videos and discuss business with each other. Yelp was founded in 2004 in San Francisco by Russel Simmons and Jeremy Stoppelman, former employees of PayPal.
Yelp reviews on WordPress
Yelp has also been active in the Netherlands between 2011 and 2016. From 2016 onwards, Yelp has again focused mainly on companies from North America. However, it may be that you create a website for an American customer and want to show Yelp reviews on a WordPress website. For example, I recently created a website for an American company that also had a profile on Yelp. They really wanted to show the Yelp reviews on the website.
Yelp plugin for WordPress
The free Yelp Reviews Widget Plugin helps you post Yelp reviews to your WordPress website. While adding the WordPress widget you can search for your company and then select it. Then you save the widget and the reviews are displayed on your website.
The video below shows how easy it is to add the Yelp widget to your website.
API key of Yelp
For the widget to work, you will first need to get an API key from Yelp. You can create these by creating a Yelp “app”. Exactly how you do that can be found on the Yelp website. This API key allows the plug-in to connect to Yelp and retrieve the reviews.