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The Process of Product Reviews (Nothing is Free.)

I have been doing product reviews for years. And this is a very long and complicated process. I got an email reply to a pitch that kinda irked me because PEOPLE DON’T KNOW that this is my full time job. That when I get a product that’s my payment. I don’t work for free. So I hope this helps you to understand, all of you that when you’re going through the process of getting products for review you’re actually working.

First off you have to build up your content and have the numbers. The google gods are real. Once you work your blog and brand up by posting daily or at least three times a week, getting a social media fan base then you can start to pitch.

So you pick the company you want to work with you and you email with with a message stating that you want to work with them to review their product and in exchange for getting their product you get give an honest review. This means using the product, taking photos and then writing up a detailed honest review for your blog. In the mean time you also have to advertise said blog post on:
Facebook Fan Page for your blog
Blogger groups that you may or may not be apart of that will allow you to advertise your blog posts.
Instagram with the photo of the product
Often times you’ll have to do an entire YouTube video on the product itself.
Now that periscope is a big thing you’ll have to do that as well.
And on top of all of this depending on the product you may or may not have to do extra write ups for gift guides, more videos more pictures, more advertisements. Plus all of the links above should be broadcast no less than once a day every day. If you’re doing a giveaway then that triples. Then there’s the side bar links or images, and the research on the product itself on how other people use it, what other people thought of it, the good the bad and the ugly and why this product worked or didn’t work for you despite of what everyone else said.
Also you’ve also got the review process on Amazon.com if that’s part of the deal or Etsy.

Now. Let’s go over the anatomy of the blog post itself because everything above is advertising the actual post.
First there’s the picture. And it better be a good picture. No cellphone pictures allowed guys. If you can’t afford a good DSLR camera at least get a good point and shoot and at the very least GIMP or edit your photos on an online website such as PicMonkey. Also you should water mark every single one of your photos so that way someone else doesn’t take them. Photo taking can take upwards of an 1-5 hours at least because your’re going to want to get the product packaging, the product, the product with the packaging (so the brand name shows.) then you using the product. This also includes the editing time.
So now you’re inserting the images into Flickr or your photo hosting site of choice and placing that link into the blog, then you’re writing the blog post. This is the Who, What, Where, When, Why and How much? Where did the product come from, how much it costs, a disclosure that you did get this product IN EXCHANGE for your honest review. IF the company OK’s a giveaway then you add that to the END of the product review. Every single question you could possibly think of will have to be answered.
Then you edit it, take notes, edit again, search the product’s other reviews as stated above and pick one or two key statements or very low 1-3 star reviews and dispute them if the product did prove amazing, and working. If you have problems with shipping which I did just have a problem with one of the products for my gift guide you have to include that, any customer service exchange you have to include that.
So my pretties, nothing is free. We may be getting products but we are also doing a lot of work for the companies we are working for. Even Influenster boxes have To-Do lists that you have to do. Its part of the job. And influenster.com isn’t even as detailed as a blogger’s product reviews. So if you’re going to say to a blogger that “Yes we’d love to work with you, but we aren’t willing to send you the product.” Be prepared to pay. Some bloggers have package deals. Others by the hour. Plus compensation for the monies spent on the product to begin with that you the company could have just sent for the said work written in this blog post.
Until next time my darlings!
~ GeekyMamaPlans


New Dog Surprises

I wasn’t sure I was going to blog about this, but we have come to a firm decision with this so I feel comfortable with going ahead and blogging this.

Before DJ left we found a dog for free on Facebook Rummage Sale site one of the many for our area. The people seemed in a hurry to get rid of this dog and she was adorable. I messaged them and asked them questions that any dog owner would ask. What breed is she? They said Shar Pei/Pug mix. Is she good with kids? Oh yeah she’s super mellow. What about other dogs? Yup good with other dogs. She’s a companion dog and loves to be around people especially my 3 year old. GREAT! My 18 month old is not far from just turned 3 in the age group range of toddlers. Is she up to date on shots? Yes. Is she house trained? Yes.

DJ left for OTR and I had her alone. I was taking her for walks 8 times a day or more every hour on the hour from 6:15 AM to 10 PM and she still began to use the house as her potty. Her anxiety showed more and more. I slowly introduced her to the dogs, she attacked my senior Tiny twice for no reason, and Princess once over food. Let’s face it Princess is a bitch when it comes to food, I know this I feed them seperately for this reason but John slipped them something.

Well I went to get her on a leash to take her outside and she tried to bite me twice on both attempts to get her outside. I posted her to Craigslist with rehoming fee and to Facebook explaining I was scared she would go after my children and that these owners lied to me about everything.

Well a dog trainer emailed me from the Craigslist AD and did a Google Hangout with me and watched her interact with the other dogs, me and the kids. She said that for one that Daisy is NOT Shar Pei/Pug but a Shar Pei/Pit Bull mix and that she’s at best 6 months of age still a puppy and that she shows signs of being severely abused. Knowing her breed I couldn’t rehome her or take her to the pounds kill or no kill because she’d die there. Pits have a bad rap sheet as untrue as it is, so I listened and asked questions ¬†on what to do with Daisy and I’ve been doing them. And she’s getting a lot better. She’s cuddling and showing affection not only to me but to the boys. She’s going potty outside again unless she goes to the door and I miss it because John or Jason is needing me RIGHT NOW and she has an accident. But its like having a totally different dog.

I messaged the original owners to take her back and they did not reply and I’m thankful they never did. I have turned their name over to the local animal shelters, dog warden and police with the conversation that the trainer and I had and when we take her to the Vet (Our appointment is middle of next month.) we’ll turn those over too.

Basically if you’re getting a dog off a non breeder or rescue/shelter site please have them meet you at their vet, make them sign the dog over to you at the vet’s office so the vet can talk to you about the health issue. Take the dog to a trainer for an evaluation to make sure that animal isn’t going to be dangerous and is actually the breed they are claiming.

Tonight we had a major break through. Not only did we have a day with no dog fights, but tonight when we went to bed, where I am blogging from, because really you can’t go wrong with blogging from the Macbook in bed.

DJ should be home Tuesday or Wednesday and I honestly can’t wait. Like I am counting down the days and praying it comes sooner and the time goes fast.