The Ins and Outs of Online Product or Service Reviews

When it comes to home buying, realtors always say, “Location, Location, Location.” So what do we say when it comes to product or service reviews? “Research, Research, Research!” This is the best way to do your due diligence to avoid “buyer’s remorse” for ourselves, and the potential customer or affiliate.

Many of us tend to go with the impulse buy when those bright and shiny things darken our doorsteps, but resist the urge to splurge until you’ve checked it out. With all the brilliant marketers and marketing campaigns out there to draw you into that miracle product or service, you may have a battle in store for you. Again, take a breath, a step back, and a good look. Haven’t you heard, “Patience is a virtue.” When it comes to product review we want quality, again for ourselves and our potential client.

These are questions to ponder as you look at each item or service:

How does the cost compare with similar products?
What are the advantages of the product or service?
What are the disadvantages?
Is the product/service easy to use or assemble?
Are the instructions written clearly and easy to understand?
Is there a customer service number or e-mail address for support issues?
What is the return policy, if unsatisfied?
Would you recommend this product/service to someone else?
Why or why not?

There are several good ways of checking value by looking online or offline at different places:

Go to Google and research your item
Go to Amazon
Try eBay
Ask a friend or family member
Go to a local grocery or department store, if they carry your product
Try ClickBank

My son says he reviews products on YouTube. Well, that’s a new one for me for product review, but one to consider.

Also remember when buying, some sites have return limits for products. If you continually buy and return, you can be blocked from any future buying. Many companies consider this abuse, so be really sure before you buy.

After you’ve researched these issues, then narrow the products or services down to one or a few, and go for it. Write your article/blog on your product or service review. Don’t forget to touch on each question above, and write a good summary. Everyone wants to know the ins and outs of the items you’ve reviewed. If you’ve been diligent, you can be confident to sign your name to it.

Happy review to you.

Brenda Jenkins is a former realtor that has ventured into affiliate marketing. She loves spending time with family, writing, poetry and her granddaughter, Breesy Brie.

Product Costing – Knowing What Your Products and Services Really Cost Means Higher Profits

How much money do you lose because you don’t know what your products or services really cost to produce? Here are some “home truths” about costs that you should know.

Do you really know what your products and services cost to manufacture or provide? I would be astounded if more than 1% of business owners knew the true cost to them of what they sell. The majority of business owners will know what the total costs for all products or services they sell but it is almost a given that the costs of each individual item is not known.

If you do not know the true cost of the things that you are selling, how do you know whether any of them are making a loss? This is the classic result of the lack of information about costs. Say you sell 10 different products. Overall, you make an 18% gross margin, but you do not know which products are the most profitable. Unfortunately, what is quite likely is that one or more of the products is making a loss. It could even be your highest selling product.

Some traditional accounting methods are dangerous. Yes, I am an accountant and I am going to criticise my own profession. Over the course of the 20th century, as mass production became an important part of producing our way of life, methods developed to try to help managers calculate how much things cost to produce. The problem is that many of these methods are down right misleading. They can lead you into making the opposite decision to what you should make. And worse, the poor information can mean that a company operates at much lower profitability (or in losses) for years due to poor information.

Don’t blindly accept what accountants tell you. Some accountants can become very locked into their ways. They can get a costing system operating like clock work. The trouble is that the clock is telling the wrong time! Information is churned out and submitted to managers. Managers accept the status quo and do not understand the basis on which the accountant’s conclusions have been made. If you are relying on costing information to make important decisions for such things as product mix, the number of people that you employ, what you will spend your advertising dollar on and so forth, I strongly advise you to understand, in detail, the logic behind the information that you are being given.

Activity based costing can be a solution. When it comes to owner-operated businesses, activity based costing has got a bit of a bad name. It has been seen as something only big companies do. While it is true that activity based costing can become very complex, it can still be applied to small and medium businesses in a cost effective way. And if you are using a traditional costing methodology, the chances are good that activity based costing will give you more accurate information.

Conclusion. Owner operators almost never properly understand the costs of producing what they sell. This misunderstanding leads to poor decisions and lower profits. You should make it an important part of your management processes to periodically review your costing methods. If you are not using activity based costing, this is something that you should consider.

Wishing you easier business.

John Jeffreys

Affiliate Scam – Best Products and Services Review Sites Rapidly Losing Credibility

The internet is booming with work at home opportunities, affiliate programs, how to lose weight, and just about every want or need being searched for. This makes it a good chance for others to profit from trusting individuals who are just hoping to be pointed in the right direction with their issues.

Reviews on products and services should benefit the consumer as well as the review site and the companies being reviewed. Unfortunately we still have sites that claim to offer their expert opinion only to find out that they never tried the product or service before giving the company a “thumbs-up” or 5 stars.

We need to consider how well the “word of mouth” use to work between friends, associates or anyone else that we personally came in touch with.

I’m sure you could remember a time when you almost paid an arm and leg for getting you’re car repaired at a dealer until a friend mentioned their mechanic and the attention / services you’ll get from saying their (your friend’s) name.

Those are the exact kind of sites that benefit us, the consumer. How can a review site claim that company “a”, “b”, or “c” is the best or worse place to do business if all they know about company “a”, “b”, or “c” is what the commission per sale is.

You want that “next door neighbor” feel back without the “1-5 stars” or “thumbs up / down” routine”.

The best way to do that, I’ve found, is to “review the review”.

There’s four points that key you in on how much these review sites know about the products or services they’re offering and if they should be trusted:

1. A reliable review site wouldn’t give bad reviews to a site just to seem as if they’re offering a service to you. If you check out the site one review considers to be poor, most of the time the notes will not match what is offered by the site. It’s all just a ploy to earn your trust.

2. Look for the personal feel in the presentation of the review. You can pretty much tell when your better interest is being considered. Search for context that hints to what you’re experiencing or looking for.

3. Promises of “riches beyond your wildest dreams” will always be the hint that there could be something not to trust about the site. Affiliate and work at home sites that work (they do exist) will realistically set expectations of how much you can make in a certain amount of time depending on how much time and/or money you invest.

4. A quality referral site will always have additional sources (links) for you to research or find the product / services you’re looking for if they don’t have what your seeking on their site.

Keep these facts in mind when searching reviews, comparisons, or the best-of on anything you’re looking for and the results you get will be the reward for your patience. Don’t rush… these review sites will always be there. Be sure to browse around the sites they refer you to and compare the review notes to what you find there.

A Teeth Whitening Review Will Help You Decide On Products and Service

If you want a whiter smile, a teeth whitening review may help you chose the products with the most satisfied customers. Knowing what others have said about an item they purchased will give you a better idea of whether to purchase it or move on to the next type. Sometimes, even if the tooth whitening method works great, it may have a downside to the way it is applied, making it less popular for that reason alone.

No matter what the item being review is, there will be good and bad responses. The best way to check out reviews for an item is to see what people are saying about it and see what you view more of, good or bad comments.

These days, everyone wants a whiter smile and with the ever growing amount of people quitting smoking, more and more people want to rid themselves of yellow smoker’s teeth. When a person quits smoking it may be a great time to try and whiten their smile as well. Now that they are not using an item that stains due to nicotine, they are more likely to see the results of professional and at home tooth whiteners.

Many people are amazed of how yellow their smile is when they do the paper test. How the paper test works is by holding a white piece of paper up to your mouth while looking into the mirror. You can then see how yellow or white your teeth are compared to the paper, which will help to tell you if whitening is needed. Sometimes a teeth whitening review will mention smoking and the results of whitening that occurred from different brands used.

Stains form on a tooth over a period of time and can be caused by many different things. Some teeth whitening review may inform you about applications of a product that may be more appealing to you than other products available on the market. Many people say in their reviews that they like the dissolving strips that are available over the counter.

If you look around online you will find reviews about different products and even reviews on specific dentist that perform whitening as a professional service. In these reviews it will state if the whitening worked well, it will also mention the service that the dentist supplied and will talk about the whole teeth whitening review to let you know about the experience of the a paying customer.

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