Simple review style blogs/sites still make money, or so I hear. However, most review articles on such sites are nothing but hyped-down sales letters coming from an expert/critic-mocking voice.
If this bothers you and you plan to do a "real" ethical review of a said product (where you share the Pros and Cons), what would you do extra compared to the commonly-found hyped-down affiliate sales pitches?
Also, would you always buy the product yourself, read it entirely and then decide if you wanted to do a review of it and promote it?
1.) If yes, how would you verify certain things that a "dog training" ebook (for example) says? Let's say one of the chapters talks about 'ways in which a dog would react to given situations'; and in reality you've never actually been around a dog or plain simply aren't even fond of dogs/pets. How would you verify if what's being told is true or the methods suggested in the ebook work? Ultimately, that's what you want to do and tell your readers about the Pros/Cons of the ebook, as the case may be.
2.) If you don't buy the ebook, how would you be able to a proper/complete review of the ebook? How would you justify to your conscience that you are offering value to your readers and are helping them make the right decision about buying the ebook?
This is one aspect which I've always considered a challenge and hence, never attempted to build review style blogs/websites. But, then I'm also leaving a lot of money on the table. The irony of the situation is: can't sleep at night with guilt looming over my head, and also can't wake up the next morning seeing no new dollars in PayPal... LOL and hence this question, which I believe, if solved, can open the barrier in my mind and finally allow me to go & start adding a few more (good) dollars to my account.
Thanks in advance, for your views and any input on this one