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Writing Reviews Online Can Be Profitable

Jul 13, 2008
Writing reviews for blogs and websites is a lucrative online business option if you enjoy writing. Everyday new films, books and products are launched. Most of us always wait for a review before actually trying out something new. There are many websites that are dedicated towards providing reviews and comparisons to people and prospective buyers. For example, www.mouthshut.com, www.about.com, etc provide comprehensive reviews of products starting from cameras to tour packages. In fact various websites that sell products or provide online auctions also require reviews for the products on sale.

Although many such sites use the regular visitors and website members to contribute their reviews as personal experiences and are mostly non-paid services, there are websites that actively employ freelance writers to write reviews. While writing reviews seem to be an apparently easy task, it is important to understand that for reviews to be well-received by the audience and to have a loyal follower base for your reviews, your writing must be precise. It is not about thrashing a certain product or just eulogizing it - it is more about striking the right balance.

Here are some tips that can help you in writing online reviews:

·First and foremost, remember that the media of communication that you are using is online. People mostly resort to online content when they are in a hurry and want to catch some information on go. This should dictate your content and your write-up. The key is to keep it succinct and to the point. In this jet age no one has time to read for pages.

·Secondly, remember to understand your target audience and modify your language accordingly. If you are writing a review for a high-end digital SLR camera, use the vocabulary that suits the target audience - professional and serious photographers and do not use words that you may use while writing a food review.

·Review is about critically evaluating a product. Very rarely would you come across a product that is perfect or completely useless. So your review should strike the right balance. Point out the positive qualities of the product and remember to highlight the negative points as well, if an. Give the prospective buyer a work-around the negative qualities - this is called value-addition.

·Finally, it is not absolutely necessary that you must try each product before writing a review on it. But what you must do is study the features of each product thoroughly and understand the various functionalities. You must be able to conceptualize how a particular feature of a product may help the buyer and write accordingly. However when it comes it films or food reviews, the suggestion would be to try it before writing a review. Generally readers can also differentiate between a genuine feature and a fake one.

The best part about writing reviews is that if your writing is credible and your audience enjoys your features, you will soon earn a name for yourself which will help you immensely in furthering your business.
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Larry McCullough has been marketing and writing on the internet for over 10 years. Owner of various websites. Main site Blog
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