Seeking Advice on Comparative Reviews

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Seeking Advice on Comparative Reviews

Kindred Kindred
I've been thinking about ways to do a comparative review of two products in the same review and have run into a few issues I'm hoping people here can help me resolve. Personally, I like comparative reviews because often I am considering more than one of the same item and it is difficult to compare when reviews are written by different authors. For example, I'd like to do a review comparing the Liberator Wedge and Wing.

Currently, the review formats do not allow for comparative reviews. However, I would like to be able to do so and receive credit for having reviewed both products. The only option I can think of is to post the review on a blog and link them to each product separately. I have seen other reviewers do this before. I don't currently have a blog, so my questions:

1. How hard is it to start a blog?
2. Is it worth creating a blog if all I plan to do is host these comparative reviews?
3. Are there any other options I did not think of?

Thank you in advance for any input.
02/25/2011
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Mr. E Mr. E
Couldn't you actually post separate reviews for each product? In each review you could discuss the issues related to that specific item while also including a section discussing the comparative issues that overlap between the two products. Additionally, you could include a link in each review to your thorough review of the comparison products.

As far as the blog: I don't currently have one, but I did have a temporary blog set up for a class that I was taking. It really was not too difficult though.
02/25/2011
Kindred Kindred
Quote:
Originally posted by Mr. E
Couldn't you actually post separate reviews for each product? In each review you could discuss the issues related to that specific item while also including a section discussing the comparative issues that overlap between the two products. ...
Ideally, most of the reviews will be about comparing one to the other, and why someone would select one over the other. I'm afraid that if I do as you suggest, I will basically be posting the same review twice under different products. I don't want that perceived as me trying to cheat the system.
02/25/2011
Mr. E Mr. E
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
Ideally, most of the reviews will be about comparing one to the other, and why someone would select one over the other. I'm afraid that if I do as you suggest, I will basically be posting the same review twice under different products. I ...
Ahhh. Yes, I see how that could be an issue.

Just a thought, but is it possible that you could post the comparison under one product and then for the other product just list the pros and cons and a brief introduction with a link to the comparison review. This would be similar to how the offsite reviews let you click to see the entire review offsite, except you would be staying onsite.

So for example, you could post the head to head Wedge/Wing comparison under the Wedge and then post a very brief introduction under the Wing with the link to your head to head comparison. I would not see that as gaming the system. But I am sure others will provide more ideas and suggestions. Maybe someone here at Eden will have a solution for you.

I certainly look forward to seeing more head to head comparative reviews.
02/25/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Starting a blog is pretty easy, and I think if you were planning on doing multiple comparative reviews over time, it would be worth starting one and having them all there. I think the best option right now is the blog route, and then you can link the appropriate product reviews back to the post that covers them both.
02/25/2011
Rockin' Rockin'
Answers and thoughts

1. It's not hard to start a blog. There are free blog providers and tutorials and people here in the community who can answer questions if you have them (but you already knew that last point).

2. I probably wouldn't create a blog just to host comparative reviews, but I don't see anything wrong with the idea. And who knows? You might like writing on there and want to include other things, too. It could be a fun creative endeavor.

3. I like comparisons, but I also like regular reviews. You might consider reviewing the products individually on here (or on your blog, wherever) and also writing a comparison piece separately for your blog. For each individual review, include a few sentences summarizing some main comparative points and then link to your blog post that compares the products in detail. "When using the Wing, it's a lot better for XYZ than the Wedge. But if you like ABC, then the Wedge could be a better fit for you. If you'd like to see the products head-to-head, read this article about them."

That might give your blog more flair and purpose instead of just having it act as a host.
02/25/2011
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