Best-Reviewer Site Review
Does the Best-Reviewer Site Fit Within Your Marketing Plan?
Writers, affiliate marketers, and internet entrepreneurs spend a great deal of time writing online. They seek to gain backlinks, increase traffic, and earn additional income from these efforts. There are of course many writing sites out there and making use of several of them is wise. It helps increase a writer's following and allows them to interlink between their content.
When discovering yet another new writing site, it's good to consult with current users to find out what advantages a given content site might offer to deteremine if it will fit within your marketing plan.
One of the free content sites that I joined a few month's ago is Best Reviewer. For those writers who are wondering if it's worth the time and effort for them to join, I will provide a brief review based on my experience there in the past few months.
Ease of Use
As an online writer or marketer, time can be of the essence. Running your own business takes time and plenty of it. Anything that you can do to save time when completing all of the many important, and yet repetitive tasks can translate into money.
Writing certainly consumes a great deal of time for all us. Any site I use needs to load quickly, navigate easily, and provide me with the tools I need to post content easily. In an ideal situation, they also allow me to easily network and interact with others as well.
Best Reviewer offers me this. After signing in, I merely click on "Create a New Top" and start typing. The site has one template. All articles are in the same format. The format has writers create a list essentially. For instance, the "The Top 5 Haiku Masters of All Time", "The Top 10 Most Brutal Leaders of the 20th Century", or the "Top 20 Hip Hop Songs of 2011".
The other thing that makes writing on Best Reviewer quick and easy. is that content can be brief. Basically the writer composes an introductory paragraph. It can be just a couple of sentences or it can be much longer. Then the list is composed. Within the list, users can link to other webpages that relate to their topic. Each item can include a description or summary.
Finally, if desired a conclusion can be written. Again only a few sentences will suffice.
Note: Best practice, in my opinion, is to always include unique content with your links. This is what will drive traffic to your article. Failure to include this content, makes your Best Reviewer article look like a bunch of link SPAM.
The lifeblood of internet marketing is often backlinks, and Best Reviewer offers boat loads of Do Follow backlinks. Every item you list within your "TOP" on the site is a potential Do Follow backlink to one of your own pages. This means that you could have up to 20 backlinks in a single, quick to compose article. Nice.
You also get to link to your main site/blog in the signature that occurs on every article you post. In fact, that backlinked signature appears on the articles that your referrals write as well.
Note: Best practice, in my opinion, is that you link to a variety of domains in your article. It's also good to make sure your article is a true resource for readers, so don't be afraid to link to webpages that are appropriate to your article, even if they aren't your own. It's even a good way of giving a pat on the back to other internet marketers by helping to promote their work as well.
Best Reviewer offers AdSense Revenue Sharing. There are ad blocks added to each "Top" that you post on the site. The ad block that is closest to the title of your article provides the writer with 100% of the AdSense revenue that it generates.
In addition, your AdSense ID will be used on the ads placed at the bottom of every piece of content your referrals post.
I only have two and a half months of data at this point, but I can say that I'm earning about $25/month at this point.
The other opportunity for direct revenue on Best Reviewer, is by selling affiliate products. I have included links to Amazon products numerous times. At this point, I am unable to testify as to whether or not any of them have resulted in sales, but in theory, they certainly could. I simply use the "link to this page" code with my Amazon affiliate ID. (It has to be truncated to be accepted as a valid URL; leaving off the <a href=" and everything after my affiliate ID)
Page Rank matters when it comes to writing sites. Clearly a page rank of 8/10 like Squidoo or 6/10 like HubPages, allows searchers to find your pages much more readily.
This is where Best-Reviewer has yet to prove itself. Being a new site, it isn't yet ranked. Based on my Google AdSense Channel Data I am getting some traffic and some revenue, but for those who don't wish to wait and see if higher page rank becomes a reality, then the site might not fit into their marketing plan at this time.
Update: Best-Reviewer has a page rank of 4/10 as of 7/4/2011.
Style and Appearance
The Best Reviewer site is still evolving. Personally, I would rate the look of the finished articles as perhaps a 7/10. Not bad, but not great. I see site improvements routinely and feel that this will continue to evolve. However, I can say the articles can be very reader friendly due to the format. If a reader is interested in your topic, I can't imagine they would click away.
The quality of the content being submitted at this time varies. The site is clearly not designed to be a competitor with Hubpages, Squidoo, Associated Content, Google Knol, and so forth. I do feel however it can be a great place to provide quick information, a place for those wanting a concise listing regarding a particular topic.
If you browse the site's content. You'll find "Tops" that offer good information and others that offer very litte. I can say the webmaster is aware of postings and at least somewhat active. I've had him intervene, without my requesting it, if SPAM is posted in the comments on my "Tops" and new members are screened.
Summary of the Best Reviewer Site
I would strongly recommend the Best Reviewer site for those who want a place to write brief articles that they can present in a list fashion. I feel it's ideal for being able to accumulate easy Do Follow backlinks and generating a bit of extra AdSense income. It won't eat up a lot of time or frustrate users with cumbersome navigation or complexity.
However, I do suggest that like any content site, you will get out of it only what you put into it. Quality articles and writing routinely is what is necessary for success. I would suggest that a minimum of one to two hours a week would be a sufficient committment to see some results.
Personally, I see Best Reviewer as a support for any other writing, not a primary content site. The format doesn't lend itself to many types of content.