You sound really frustrated, and I’m sorry to hear that.
I thought I’d offer a few ideas that might help you, if that’s ok.
Sometimes the day or time of day you publish a review can make a difference in how quickly it gets bumped off the front page of reviews. If you publish reviews on the weekend, or in the evenings, they’ll get lost in the shuffle a little more quickly simply because a lot of people publish reviews those days and times. If you can publish them during the week, and maybe even during the day, they’re more likely to stay on the front page longer, thus giving them a bit more exposure.
If you’d like to take further steps to make your reviews more visible to the community, you can post about them in these threads: Post your latest review and rate the one above you
or Post your published reviews for March 2012.
(Mike seems to do a new one for each month, so keep an eye on those if you like!)
Also, when you do get comments on your review, try to reply to them regularly. When you post a reply on your review, that reply gets posted on the walls of everyone who follows you – so that gives them another chance to see your review and decide if they’d like to read it.
Also keep in mind that nothing on EF is instant. I have reviews that have been up for 6 months and only have 8 votes. The reviews and videos I did on them are great, they just aren’t high profile toys, so they don’t get investigated a lot. My reviews that have 30 or more votes are reviews that have either been up a really long time, are highly coveted or new toys, or were nominated for a Rumble or a Round Up. All those things gave them more notoriety, but they also took time. If we do a good job on the review, and our video… and then get our $25 gift card… we can’t really ask for more.
I think sometimes too it’s good to reexamine how realistic our expectations are. If you make it a point to vote and comment on certain reviewer’s reviews, but you’ve never explained to them that you would appreciate a vote and comment in return… I can guarantee you that they are not aware of that expectation you have. So of course you’ll be disappointed, because you’re expecting them to do something for you that they are completely unaware of. So maybe mention that to the people you follow, and ask if they would like to make a pact to vote on each other’s reviews. Otherwise, I’m afraid you’ll continue to be disappointed, and the other people will continue to be clueless.
I mostly only read reviews on items I’m interested in, or on items I’m reviewing too (to make sure I don’t include all the same info as the other reviewers). Occasionally, if I have time and energy, I’ll just go through and read random reviews, but that’s a rarity anymore. Life is so hectic, and when I get a spare minute I like to spend it doing other things.
I know it’s hard, but try to be patient, and consider discussing your expectations with your EdenFriends before writing them off completely. I would be willing to bet $1 million that they have no idea what you are expecting them to do. I’d also be willing to bet that they’d be willing to consider scratching your back if you scratch theirs… if you’d only mention it to them.