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Product Reviews Bloggers

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by iwantl00t, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. iwantl00t

    iwantl00t Junior Member

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    Hey BHW -

    I'm currently reading through "Ramped Reviews" by Robb Sutton. It's pretty good. So I had to come here and ask...

    Are you running a product reviews blog/site that receives actual products from companies to review them?

    - At what point did you decide to reach out to companies and ask for products to review? Or When did they reach out to you?
    - What were some the challenges you faced when trying to get actual products to review?

    I'm toying around with the idea of starting a review site for a particular line of products.

    My ideas on how to acquire products for my review site:

    - Go out and buy some of these products and then return them to the store for a refund after the review is done.
    - Reach out to a store owner, preferably a small business, that sells the products and try to come up with a deal. For example: "I would like to review 10 of these products and in return I will promote your business on my site."
    - Reach out to friends and family that may own the products. Ask them to borrow it.

    I'm not TOO familiar with the products I'm thinking about reviewing but If I put in the time and effort I can most certainly produce in-depth reviews.

    Thoughts? :)
     
  2. azguru

    azguru Elite Member

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    I run review sites, but I can't say I have tried all of the products... I usually just summarize the reviews I find across the web. This way my reviews are accurate and I save some time.

    I'm not sure what the benefit to actually getting the product would be, unless you want free product samples. Trying the actual products won't make the site any more lucrative. In fact, it adds an extra step to your process. Also, what if you don't like the product? Will you write a bad review? Then the company who gave you a free product will be mad...Just something to think about

    It seems like a bit of a waste of time, unless you care about the free products. In which case, this is a good plan for you. If not, just summarize the reviews you find on Amazon and other legitimate review sites. It works pretty well
     
  3. iwantl00t

    iwantl00t Junior Member

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    azguru -

    The ultimate goal would be to secure free products, create in-depth reviews and eventually sell directly from the website. A relationship with manufacturers could help with getting distribution rights as an authorized dealer.

    I would like to have the products on-hand so that I can create high quality media to be consumed with the review. It's a HUGE plus in this particular niche.

    Well, I'm sure there will be things I don't like about a certain product - I'm not worried about the company being mad. It's to be expected when you are letting somebody review your product.

    Thanks for your feedback. :)