The Yelp Elite Squad is a diverse community of passionate writers, photographers, and adventurers. Every experience you share on Yelp helps people discover the best of everything local. Love discovering hidden gems? Supporting local businesses? Going the extra mile with your photos, reviews, and adventures? Join your local YES! community and discover even more hidden spots in your city.
Back in the early days of Yelp, we noticed some folks went above and beyond sharing reviews and photos—without these voices Yelp wouldn’t be what it is today. Have you spotted anyone with a Yelp Elite badge? It’s our way of recognizing these folks for making a difference and supporting local businesses by sharing their experiences.
Sharing reviews and photos is just the beginning. Joining YES! means being officially recognized as a Yelp Elite on your profile, meeting other locals in the community that share your interests, and scoring exclusive invites to amazing local events and meet-ups. From cocktails on boats to playdates with penguins, there are all kinds of experiences to check out.
Real people. Real reviews.® YES! isn’t just about recognizing folks who share a ton of pictures or write long reviews, it’s also a mark of trust—be sure to brush up your profile! And just keep sharing your reviews, photos, and more and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a Yelp Elite. Whether you’re new to Yelp or a regular, anyone can nominate themselves or others to join.
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Sent your nomination? Sit back, relax, and hopefully you’ll make it! Don’t worry if you don’t get in straight away—keep sharing your experiences, because you can always re-nominate. Note: You must be of legal drinking age in your country to join.Join the Squad
Mark S., Yelp Elite since 2013
Do you crave adventure? Whether you’re into the latest Japanese dish or practicing martial arts, YES! is all about what’s new and unique. Join the Squad and find even more to do in your community.
Eric Joseph “EJ” D., Yelp Elite since 2015
Sometimes it’s all about snapping photos: whether you’re at your favorite clothing store or on a boat for a Yelp Elite event. If you love capturing every moment, you should definitely join YES!
Krysha M., Yelp Elite since 2014
Whether you’re a social butterfly or looking to make new friends, you’ll find that and more when you join YES! Connect with your community and have fun while doing it.
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