Wanna launch a movie reviews blog/website, BUT...

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My advantages:

-I can offer a quite unique view
-Have some friends to take care of design and tech stuff (blog/website)

My problems:

-With IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes around this sounds like a stupid idea
-I don't like review styles found on these websites
-I don't want to submit my reviews of these sites
-Don't know how to promote
-Don't know how to find subscribers

Would appreciate:

-Constructive and cost sensitive suggests
-Is a YouTube movie review channel the better option?
-Can I post reviews on IMDB with a link to my site?

Would ignore:

-Comments discussing my article past
-Comments discussing my writing skills
-Comments discussing my lovely blonde curly hair
-Comments discussing healthy life styles

Thank you!

Nesha aka "The Article"
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  • Profile picture of the author Richard Rago
    Hey neshaword,

    In the words of Frank Kern, "Find out what people want and give it to them."

    In order to "give it to them" you have to know where they are. People watch movie reviews on YouTube. A YouTube movie review channel is the FAR better option.

    You said "I can offer a quite unique view." If that's true, and people like your 'unique view,' and you can get in front of them, you'll do well.

    Best.
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    • Profile picture of the author neshaword
      Originally Posted by Richard Rago View Post

      Hey neshaword,

      In the words of Frank Kern, "Find out what people want and give it to them."

      In order to "give it to them" you have to know where they are. People watch movie reviews on YouTube. A YouTube movie review channel is the FAR better option.

      You said "I can offer a quite unique view." If that's true, and people like your 'unique view,' and you can get in front of them, you'll do well.

      Best.
      Thx R,

      I've been thinking about YouTube for quite some time. Had a client I used to write movie fact facts for. He had to pay a narrator with you can't believe voice. But, I see it happening with my kids. They watch those videos with funny faces and brilliant voices. My concern is that I'm gonna look like a dancing bear in front of the screen. In case you haven't noticed by now, I'm unconventionally handsome, LOL.

      How I'm gonna look? How I'm gonna sound? I would like to write reviews and comments with my blog/website visitors. Yet, you said it yourself. I can't make people love my way.

      Huh, I need to lose some weight. Not gonna wear a wig, that's for sure, LOL.

      Appreciated =)

      N
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      • Profile picture of the author Richard Rago
        Originally Posted by neshaword View Post

        I would like to write reviews and comments with my blog/website visitors.
        Alrighty,

        If that is what you want, then that is what you should do.

        Originally Posted by neshaword View Post

        -Don't know how to promote
        -Don't know how to find subscribers
        Try social media (Facebook and Twitter) where memes spread like wildfire. If you're creative, you should be able to grab their attention.

        Cheers.
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      • Profile picture of the author newbim
        Originally Posted by neshaword View Post

        How I'm gonna look? How I'm gonna sound?
        One way around especially the first part would be to build a relationship with someone that makes fun, high impact, motion-packed videos. This way, you can simply rely on what you're going to say. With some simple sound editing software, you can tweak the pitch / tone of your voice slightly to make it more appealing (if you really have to), and you don't have to worry about what you look like. Flood the video reviews with snippets, pictures and moving graphics to keep the viewer interested (eg speak over a video of the trailer).

        Also, if you do go with that option, I would have a look at purchasing some royalty free music. Use the same track on all of your videos so you almost build a 'branded sound' and people recognise it when they see it.

        Just some ideas.
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        • Profile picture of the author neshaword
          Originally Posted by newbim View Post

          One way around especially the first part would be to build a relationship with someone that makes fun, high impact, motion-packed videos. This way, you can simply rely on what you're going to say. With some simple sound editing software, you can tweak the pitch / tone of your voice slightly to make it more appealing (if you really have to), and you don't have to worry about what you look like. Flood the video reviews with snippets, pictures and moving graphics to keep the viewer interested (eg speak over a video of the trailer).

          Also, if you do go with that option, I would have a look at purchasing some royalty free music. Use the same track on all of your videos so you almost build a 'branded sound' and people recognise it when they see it.

          Just some ideas.
          Very interesting. You got my attention.

          Remember seeing my kids watching this parody videos on YouTube. Millions and millions of views. Insane. But then, have to admit, the production was very serious.

          Thx.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
    I never made such a site but will tackle a few things. First you say you can offer a unique view which may be exactly what you need to compete with the big players and who knows with a unique view and great content maybe one day you can compete with them(think big).

    Also you said - "Is a YouTube movie review channel the better option". I would do both and have them link to each other.

    And to help you get a jumpstart unless you are going to build your own unique site there are at least several wordpress movie review site themes available just search for them on google. I forget where I saw them. They may be on the envato marketplace.
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    • Profile picture of the author neshaword
      Originally Posted by mikeyman120 View Post

      I never made such a site but will tackle a few things. First you say you can offer a unique view which may be exactly what you need to compete with the big players and who knows with a unique view and great content maybe one day you can compete with them(think big).

      Also you said - "Is a YouTube movie review channel the better option". I would do both and have them link to each other.

      And to help you get a jumpstart unless you are going to build your own unique site there are at least several wordpress movie review site themes available just search for them on google. I forget where I saw them. They may be on the envato marketplace.
      1) This idea of putting two eggs in one basket is just great. I love it. Two options. Two links. Sounds promising. Thx.
      2) Right again. I was blind and stupid. Watching the big boys IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes. I completely neglected the alternative sites. Time to ask Google to help me out again.

      Really nice. Appreciated.
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  • Profile picture of the author George Schwab
    Re: "lovely blonde curly hair"

    no comment. lol. whats there not to like.

    Re: "Don't know how to promote"

    I spend 2 hours yesterday on YouTube
    and there is no other video site i would do that,

    so yes, correct, go there do your reviews

    and also buy some cheap 1cent per click ads
    on your competitors and review products sites

    and get those visitors as well. the works!
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Originally Posted by neshaword View Post

    My advantages:

    -I can offer a quite unique view
    -Have some friends to take care of design and tech stuff (blog/website)

    My problems:

    -With IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes around this sounds like a stupid idea
    -I don't like review styles found on these websites
    -I don't want to submit my reviews of these sites
    -Don't know how to promote
    -Don't know how to find subscribers

    Would appreciate:

    -Constructive and cost sensitive suggests
    -Is a YouTube movie review channel the better option?
    -Can I post reviews on IMDB with a link to my site?

    Would ignore:

    -Comments discussing my article past
    -Comments discussing my writing skills
    -Comments discussing my lovely blonde curly hair
    -Comments discussing healthy life styles

    Thank you!

    Nesha aka "The Article"

    Instead of having a standard review site (like you mentioned there are a few already)

    Why not make a video review site and strictly do video reviews? I'm just trying to think of something a tad different
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    • Profile picture of the author neshaword
      Originally Posted by ChrisBa View Post

      Instead of having a standard review site (like you mentioned there are a few already)

      Why not make a video review site and strictly do video reviews? I'm just trying to think of something a tad different
      You're right Chris. If you gonna offer a "unique" experience, then it has to be truly unique. Yet, the simplest way is to write a review and wait for the feedback. If I go into video review waters will have to make sure I'm not violating copyrights or something. But, I'm sure there are these free promo video and trailers of movies. Does DMCA say something about taking screenshots of the movies? Those are the things I need to check.

      Thx. Appreciated.
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  • Profile picture of the author xxxFerdinandxxx
    Originally Posted by neshaword View Post

    My advantages:

    -I can offer a quite unique view
    -Have some friends to take care of design and tech stuff (blog/website)

    My problems:

    -With IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes around this sounds like a stupid idea
    -I don't like review styles found on these websites
    -I don't want to submit my reviews of these sites
    -Don't know how to promote
    -Don't know how to find subscribers

    Would appreciate:

    -Constructive and cost sensitive suggests
    -Is a YouTube movie review channel the better option?
    -Can I post reviews on IMDB with a link to my site?

    Would ignore:

    -Comments discussing my article past
    -Comments discussing my writing skills
    -Comments discussing my lovely blonde curly hair
    -Comments discussing healthy life styles

    Thank you!

    Nesha aka "The Article"
    Hi,

    I would make a youtube channel and once it gets popular I would create a website (claim the domain right away though...).

    Now to gain traction with your youtube channel I would suggest looking at news. Like RIGHT at the moment when a film comes out go ahead and post a video. Be the first!

    You can also go for uncompetitive keywords (less popular movies)...
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    • Profile picture of the author neshaword
      Originally Posted by xxxFerdinandxxx View Post

      Hi,

      I would make a youtube channel and once it gets popular I would create a website (claim the domain right away though...).

      Now to gain traction with your youtube channel I would suggest looking at news. Like RIGHT at the moment when a film comes out go ahead and post a video. Be the first!

      You can also go for uncompetitive keywords (less popular movies)...
      When you talk about the need to be the first one to comment the upcoming new movie, it makes a perfect sense. But, this second part of your comment is very intriguing. When you say less popular movies and "uncompetitive" keywords, what do you mean please? What is the catch with these words? Do you mean there's no SEO heat on them, and I can actually do something about it? Thx in advance. Don't leave me in the dark please.
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    • Profile picture of the author aizaku
      Originally Posted by xxxFerdinandxxx View Post

      Hi,

      I would make a youtube channel and once it gets popular I would create a website (claim the domain right away though...).

      Now to gain traction with your youtube channel I would suggest looking at news. Like RIGHT at the moment when a film comes out go ahead and post a video. Be the first!

      You can also go for uncompetitive keywords (less popular movies)...
      I second this...

      The keyword diversity is amazing and the different categories/playlists you can create content for is also good..

      BUT.... I'd start off with my site.. remember, your site is your homebase..The thing u have most control over. Build that with your channel at the same time.

      Best of luck,
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  • Profile picture of the author AceOfShirts
    I launched a movie review site as one of my first projects, and one of my personal favorites. I just couldn't get the traffic.

    I tried promoting it on facebook with contests for free tickets, movie theater gift cards and dvds but never had any luck.

    I still try to relaunch it every now and then because it is my favorite site and I think my "twist" on it has great potential. Just can't get the visitors.
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  • Profile picture of the author shaunybb
    Originally Posted by neshaword View Post


    -With IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes around this sounds like a stupid idea





    Nesha aka "The Article"

    Hey there so what about these big authority sites?


    To me there more of a challenge but no impossible to out rank etc!


    I have outranked and outclassed some big sites in a niche before you just have to be


    bigger, better and more attractive!


    It's simple you:


    • produce better quality work
    • produce better engagement and interaction levels
    • produce more backlinks and authority
    • produce something unique but still focusing on the core fundamentals of the niche
    • produce more effort and work and consistency then them!
    Half the big sites on google have no clue about SEO, sure they have things like links or whatever!


    But with on page seo, off page seo, a natural link profile etc etc you can beat them


    Have a nice day!
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    A tough nut to crack. Not necessarily saying impossibly but monetizing it can be a challenge.

    Kind of similar to Celebrity Gossip blogs.


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  • Profile picture of the author trevordd
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    It would be a great thing, I guess. I like different blogs about movies anyways, especially such websites where I can watch some movies online. Even though there are such things like iMDB
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