Have you ever wondered why bloggers only write positive reviews? Is it because they’re getting paid? Are they sellouts? Do they do it for the free products? Let me explain why so many of my reviews are positive.
My Why Behind Reviewing Products
I’ve been blogging for ten years and casually reviewing products for the past five. Let me start out by saying that writing reviews is hard. It takes a lot of planning, the photos need to be specific and detailed. Product reviews take a lot more time and effort than just writing about camping hacks or my favorite kitchen hacks. Because of this I generally won’t put in that much effort unless I really love a product. If I feel neutral about a product, I am not going to spend 4-6 hours photographing and reviewing it (unless I have agreed in advance to review a product for someone- in that case I will). As a result, any “organic” review (meaning I am not being paid or receiving a free product) I do will generally be for a product I love. Otherwise, it is not worth my time and effort.
What If I Hate the Product?
As far as products I don’t love, I personally have no issue with writing a less than stellar review. In fact, when I am asked by a company to review their product, I tell them straight out, “If I don’t like it or I think it is cheap, I am going to say that”. Every company so far has been fine with this policy.
Just last month I had to write a review for a product that I was expecting to love and ended up hating. I will tell you it took a lot of effort to write a review the didn’t just say, “I hate this, don’t buy it”. This is not the first negative review I have written and it won’t be the last.
I was sorely disappointed with the Mosaic Weighted Blanket we got for my son. Once again, I wanted to love it, I wanted to promote the company, but the product was simply inferior to the other weighted blankets we own.
What Makes a Quality Review?
Here at Large Family Reviews, I am committed to writing quality reviews. Quality reviews (whether positive or negative) take a lot of time to write. For now, I am focusing on products we already use and enjoy.
I purchased the Instant Pot strictly for review purposes (because readers asked me to review it), and ended up completely loving it. But if I didn’t love it, I would have written that in the review as well.
In order to write quality reviews (not just: hey, you should buy this product) we have to really use the product, use it enough times or for long enough to really evaluate it. I need to list the reasons why I love or hate a product. As I write more reviews I am sure that there will be more reviews of products we don’t love. And the very reason I dislike a certain product may be the very thing that makes it right for you.
I hope this helps you understand a little more about the whys and hows of product reviews.
I guarantee, my reviews will always be honest, but because of the nature of reviews (my choosing to review products I use and love) there will always likely be more positive than negative reviews). I will also always make it clear whether I have received a product for free or purchased it myself.
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