Do You Have Anything Worth Reviewing?

So I decided to test out ReviewMe for one of my sites, and I think it has been a pretty cool experience. I think most advertisers are going to eat it up after they give it a go.

I actually had to look around a bit though to find things worth reviewing on the site I wanted reviewed because most of it was not too remarkable. Which, sorta leads to the anything on your site worth reviewing? Is any of it remarkable? Most websites and most pages are not, but a few good well cited ideas bolted on a conversion oriented site can carry it in the SERPs.
Most real estate sites, for example, are information free pages segmented by town and tied to an MLS search. But if you could add just a couple good ideas to the site (like a history of the town complete with pictures of how it has changed over time, especially if you integrate things like census data and charts, or can score interviews of past mayors or other famous people from your area), get a few organic links to those ideas, and use that link authority to prop up the rest of the site you can move a site from a me too site to a top ranked site.

If you wanted someone to look at your site, what are the pages you would want them to look at? Does your site have any pages that makes your site stick out from competing sites?

Published: December 13, 2006 by Aaron Wall in marketing


December 13, 2006 - 9:14am

Hmmm, Why would you pay someone to review your site / service if you didn't have anything worth reviewing?
Sounds like asking for a bad review to me....

December 13, 2006 - 9:36am

The point is that if you don't have anything that somebody would give a positive review to then you won't last long in the serps.

December 13, 2006 - 9:39am

Exactly. It was an indication of how weak the site was. Hence the lack of ability to get it reviewed and the need to create better content.

December 13, 2006 - 5:50pm

Aaron ... we're actually in a process of having one of our company's service reviewed using ReviewMe. One note though is that it would be great to have more selection of bloggers especially for medical/health/technology field.

For a starter you already have a pretty good network of bloggers but I am sure most will agree that ... the more, the better.

Also ... are you concerned that just like Google (Matt) can see the database of sites selling space for links (text link brokers), the also look at ReviewMe and it's entire network of sites who are PAID to put links on their blogs?

December 13, 2006 - 6:55pm

Hi Igor
I still think the reviews will increase mindshare and branding even if they didn't pass link authority, not to mention the value of any feedback you would get. I think they are priced such that if there is any SEO component that would just be gravy.

December 13, 2006 - 10:38pm

Are there any plans on making Bloggers use a No-follow for these reviews?

December 13, 2006 - 10:53pm

Some may use it and some may not. It is not our place to decide what publishers should do.

December 15, 2006 - 1:24am

Great Post Aaron.

In a world full of personal development websites delivering similar messages.

I've found that by writing 'unsugar-coated' and brutally honest, sometimes confrontational posts on personal development clearly differentiates me from my competition.

"I believe your life is a disaster largely because of the decisions you have and haven't made, and the things you have and haven't done."

It's about choices.

"If you decide to do different, think different, react different, eat different, live different and communicate different.... you'll be different."

Keep up the great work Aaron.

December 15, 2006 - 6:34am

I purchased a ReviewMe review for one of my products and was very pleased with the review and the whole process generally. However, when it comes down to actually getting someone at ReviewMe to reply to an email, or do one of those custom proposals just forget it! They've ignored 6+ emails from me now.

I want to give them my money and they won't take it! Nice idea but the support sucks.

December 15, 2006 - 6:38am

Hi Jimbo
I am forwarding your comment along to the support staff to have them follow up on it.

December 15, 2006 - 6:38pm

Seems like a decent service, however 40 dollars for ONE review seems awfully steep...

December 15, 2006 - 7:53pm

I actually thing $40 is dirt cheap for targeted reviews. I have spent thousands on ReviewMe reviews already.

December 18, 2006 - 7:11am

Thanks Aaron, hope I get a response from them sometime soon!

December 18, 2006 - 4:01pm

$40 is cheap - for both parties. First, if you're only paying for a $40 blog, you're not paying enough. You're scraping the bottom of the barrel. Haven't you been paying attention to what's been written here in the past month or so?

If you can't get a top blogger to write about your service, why kill yourself in the engines by having more bloggers who don't have good traffic or rankings talk about you? That won't bring you up. It will only hurt you.

Now, as a disclaimer, I'm hurting myself here. I'm on ReviewMe as a $60 blogger. So, honestly, your only saving grace will be if you find that a blogger has more readership than ReviewMe gives you credit for. For instance, they don't take into account my RSS feed readers at all. They also don't take into account loyalty or community interaction.

So, find a site that engages with their community or has some value that's not being shown on ReviewMe's analytics, and you've got yourself a winner for the money.

For me, I'll pay the $250. Now that's cheap when it comes down to it.

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