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  • Yelp (YELP -6.9%) has sold off as Facebook (FB -2%) shows off Graph Search; investors seem to to be fretting Yelp traffic will be hurt as Facebook's tool is used to search for businesses a user's "friends" have visited/liked. However, Graph Search is far from a direct rival. Google (GOOG -0.2%) has slipped a little after Mark Zuckerberg notes Bing (MSFT) will be a fallback option for searches. Zuck: "Graph Search is a really big project that will take years and years to index the whole map and the graph" (live blog[View news story]
    Obviously word of mouth is the best kind of advertising. YELP's rating system is not honest, as many small business owners will attest. Paying to have your business rated 5 stars is misleading and fraudulent.
    Jan 15, 2013. 02:08 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • As is often the case, Zynga (ZNGA -7.6%) is falling in sympathy with Facebook. Shares are once more flirting with the $3 level. Some other recent consumer Internet IPOs also aren't faring well. GRPN -3.4%. YELP -4.7%. ANGI -2.6%. Neither, for that matter, is Chinese social networking site Renren (RENN -4.3%). [View news story]
    YELP and FB are two jokes. YELP is the worst, because investors don't bother to check out reviews about YELP by small business owners who have been extorted into buying ads. YELP doesn't get customers in touch with great restaurants (as some analysts claim); just the opposite. I steer away from any YELP sponsored business, as it's usually a disappointment.
    Sep 24, 2012. 01:27 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Follow The Momentum [View article]
    Buying puts in YELP is risky because you don't know what's really going on. YELP's business model is suspicious at best, and YELP's stock performance is unpredictable. Nothing is as it seems.
    Sep 20, 2012. 11:04 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Yelp CEO Sells, You Should Too [View article]
    YELP is based on scamming customers. Any merchant can attest to this. Traders don't know much about how YELP operates, but eventually they'll take a beating. Most traders lose money.
    Sep 19, 2012. 02:23 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bernanke Is Underwriting The Wealthy [View article]
    Market predictors have been trying to scare people, that a selloff is imminent. Considering the market has been climbing ever since Bernanke started his free money policy, it's easy to make money in this market. But, once tightening arrives, watch out below.
    Feb 24, 2013. 11:34 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Yelp Vs. Solazyme - 2 Mispriced Companies With Contrasting Future Potential [View article]
    YELP does business by extortion. Most of its reviews are phony with fictitious names. The class action law suit was put aside temporarily. YELP tries to force businesses to buy ads by posting negative reviews, including slander, and character assassination. Its a complete SCAM.
    Mar 30, 2012. 01:58 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bernanke Is Underwriting The Wealthy [View article]
    True. You get a job by being ready to work, not whining.
    Feb 24, 2013. 11:37 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Does Yelp Need Help? [View article]
    YELP's business model stinks. Savvy business owners stay away from YELP. We're well aware YELP's reviews are phony: you get a
    5-star review (complete with fictitious reviewers) if you pay up.
    The worst part about YELP is its dastardly posting of negative reviews if you don't pay up. Some call this extortion.

    As YELP's rotten reputation spreads, the stock will continue to fall. I can't imagine who would buy YELP stock.
    Nov 21, 2012. 01:40 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Yelp's Real Problem Is Google [View article]
    YELP's reviews are phony. At least I trust Google.
    Oct 19, 2012. 01:13 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Just Leave Yelp Stock Alone [View article]
    YELP is the ultimate con. People think they getting honest reviews but business owners have told me you have to pay to get 5-star reviews. I tried two restaurants with 5-star YELP reviews and in both cases, food was lousy. Whenever I see a YELP sponsored business I avoid it.
    YELP deletes or buries positive reviews if you don't buy their ads. It's a con game. I would touch this stock either way.
    Oct 4, 2012. 01:29 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Yelp Is Not A Good Investment: 3 Reasons To Sell The Stock Now [View article]
    YELP extorts business owners, and that's a fact. The Federal Trade Commission has received complaints; the FTC is watching YELP, and as things get worse YELP will be investigated. Angie's List is much more respectable. YELP will publish any piece of garbage, including character assassination. Maybe someday "60 Minutes" will do a piece on this dog.
    Jun 25, 2012. 04:00 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Beware Of New Media Stocks That Haven't Changed The Business Model [View article]
    I can comment on YELP. When you see a merchant's page with glitzy ads, a slide show, and a map, you know this merchant pays YELP a lot of money each month. Moreover, most of the reviews are favorable.
    If the merchant doesn't buy space from YELP, reviews are mostly negative. What is most disgusting is this: YELP salesmen call the merchant and tell him negative reviews will be buried if he buys ads. Therefore YELP reviews are highly suspect. There has been several class action law suits against YELP for extortion.
    May 26, 2012. 09:11 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Yelp Shareholders: Prepare For Collapse [View article]
    This piece is true. YELP has salesmen extort business owners to bury negative reviews. Especially small businesses, who are most vulnerable. Moreover, YELP posts character assassination and personal smears, not bothering to check out the facts. When YELP is contacted about fairness, YELP's salesmen promise to bury phony negative reviews if you buy ad space. Complaints to the CEO are unanswered. I recently filed a complaint with the SEC. This stock is worse than a dog. Dump it!!
    Apr 25, 2012. 06:24 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook Puts Yelp On The Road To Irrelevancy [View article]
    I would never buy a stock with a PE of infinity, and with a flawed business model. Traders must think this is a takeover target.
    Jan 17, 2013. 12:37 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Yelp (YELP -10.9%) has plunged after delivering a Q3 beat and in-line Q4 guidance. The fact sales/marketing expenses totaled 58.5% of revenue, and revenue per new business account fell 11%, is likely raising fresh concerns about the operating leverage in Yelp's business model. Yelp noted on its earnings call its mobile apps were used on 8M devices/month in Q3, up from 7.2M in Q2. Total monthly unique visitors rose 7% Q/Q and 37% Y/Y to 83.5M - the Y/Y growth rate is down from Q2's 52%. Mobile site ad pricing is said to be similar to PC ad pricing, and ads will be rolled out on Yelp's apps by the end of Q4. [View news story]
    YELP's business model is to extort people into buying their phony reviews. There's ample evidence that their reviews are phony. Business owners who can't afford YELP's ads have positive reviews buried. Why anyone would own this dog is beyond me; there are so many good investments on the market.
    Nov 2, 2012. 11:08 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment