If you see a review that is posted off site, do you actually click the link to read it?

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If you see a review that is posted off site, do you actually click the link to read it?

Pixel Pixel
I've noticed minimal traffic from Eden to my blog lately, even though I have posted several reviews that have comments on them. So, my question is, does anyone actually go off site to read reviews, or do you just leave a generic comment?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I always click the links to off site reviews!
13
I sometimes click the links to off site reviews and will explain why in the comments.
18
I never click the links to off site reviews and will explain why in the comments
4
I never read any reviews.
2
*insert generic comment here*
2
Other!
1
Your links are after me lucky Charms!
4
Total votes: 44 (40 voters)
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02/01/2012
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Rarely. I also won't vote on it. I don't care for off-site reviews.
02/01/2012
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
I don't rank many reviews, but I rarely rank off-site reviews because it interrupts my review reading experience.

Sorry!

For what it's worth/for the record, I won't rate a review if I've not read it.
02/01/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
I will sometimes. It depends on who wrote it. If it's someone I know writes good reviews, I'll click it. If not, no. Or maybe if I'm really bored I will just to see. That's no different than what I do on Eden in general though. For the most part I know who here writes the reviews I find the most useful and I seek those out. Names I don't know or know write less useful reviews I don't click, on or off-site.

I think a lot less people are willing to go off-site in general just from what I've noticed on my own reviews. I post some to Eden and now some to my own site. I get tons of comments and votes on the on-site ones and hardly any on the off-site ones. I guess the extra click is just too much. I dunno.
02/01/2012
Rossie Rossie
I just did! I was checking out your Tentacle review right before I came back to the forum! That was one great review, and for some reason, the picture of the Tentacle looks sooo much prettier on your blog than on the product page, made me think it was a different version of the picture.

I don't usually read off-site reviews, unless it's for a product I'm really interested in, and also depends on who the reviewer is.
02/01/2012
Shellz31 Shellz31
I won't usually click on off site reviews cause I hate being taken away from Eden.
There are a couple of people's reviews I will click on for off site ones, but it's not too often.
I just find it annoying having to go to another site.

If I don't read a review, I don't vote.
02/01/2012
Gracie Gracie
I don't like reading reviews off site. It's annoying when the back button on my browser doesn't work as often happens when visiting a blog. Then I have to basicly start over and if I did a search redo it. I know it isn't the reviewer's fault. It is the blogger software, but it does take more effort to read reviews off site for me. I will do it if I have a question about a product and none of the other reviews answer that question, or if I really like and trust a particular reviewer.
02/01/2012
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
Quote:
Originally posted by Pixel
I've noticed minimal traffic from Eden to my blog lately, even though I have posted several reviews that have comments on them. So, my question is, does anyone actually go off site to read reviews, or do you just leave a generic comment?
Oh my goodness I was totally just thinking about this the other day. Glad you put this discussion up. I am...somewhat conflicted with offsite reviews.

Generally when I am looking on EF for reviews, i'm not just reading random ones just cause I am bored. I generally click on a review because it's a product I have, or something that looks interesting. Honestly, when I click to read the review I just want to read it, not go to any other sites or anything else. I don't often ever read offsite reviews and there's a few reasons for it.

Besides the already mentioned not wanting to click on something else, I have seen plenty of offsite reviews that are on a blog/site that is just smothered in advertisements. Not only that, but random sparkly glittery stuff all over the page, or overall just a page that doesn't have a good color scheme and is hard on the eyes. A lot of the time I have noticed that even the written review just seems harder to read on a different site in a lot of cases.

Please don't take anything I have said as directed towards you or your site/blog because that is not the case. If I don't read a review, I won't leave a comment or vote.

I honestly think there are probably many people on EF who click on an offsite review and don't actually realize the review is offsite. They just see mostly a blank review page with pink writing that says "Read The Entire Review" which seems pretty vague I'm sure to some people. But I have seen many contributors put in that extra writing which informs people the review is offsite in order for them to read it. I think maybe there could be an option when doing an offsite review that a large disclaimer of some sort is added to the review so more people will realize they actually have to click a link and go offsite.
02/01/2012
SMichelle SMichelle
If it's a product that I'm really interested, then I'll read it. Otherwise, I just don't care for off-site reviews.
02/01/2012
Beck Beck
I have a select few people I will check out their blogs and read the reviews, but I don't trust clicking all links to blogs. There could be a spam link one time and I don't want to be the one to find it. I won't vote if I didn't read it.
02/01/2012
Ansley Ansley
I only click off-site if I really, really respect the opinion of the person who is doing the review. My biggest issue with it is that a lot of blogs are poorly designed, in general---not necessarily blogs used to do reviews, and it just hurts my eyes and there tends to be a lot more rambling going on than onsite reviews.

Hot pink font on a black background with elaborate script type used to title things really drives me nuts. What looks good on your monitor doesn't necessarily look good on mine. And it's just another reason I haven't started my own blog. No one wants to see me ramble about stuff anyway.
02/01/2012
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
Quote:
Originally posted by - Kira -
I will sometimes. It depends on who wrote it. If it's someone I know writes good reviews, I'll click it. If not, no. Or maybe if I'm really bored I will just to see. That's no different than what I do on Eden in general though. For ...
Ditto - it depends on who wrote it - and sometimes how interested I am in the toy. If I'm serious about buying, I will ready any and every review.
02/01/2012
Kitka Kitka
It depends on who wrote it and whether or not it's something I'd be interested in. Beyond that if I don't click on it to read the entire review, I won't vote or leave a comment on it.
02/01/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
If it was written by somebody who's opinion I trust, I'll click offsite, but I don't do it very often. I mostly do it for lingerie reviews to see pictures.
02/01/2012
Ryuson Ryuson
Only on lingerie reviews. I recently started an offsite blog but there's no way I'd start posting my Eden reviews on there because I'd lose so much of my audience.
02/01/2012
js250 js250
I do not rate or read offsite reviews. I don't trust my back button to work, don't want to redo my search and I am leery of spam blogs.
02/01/2012
wetone123 wetone123
I usually do not rate or read off site reviews for a multitude of reasons.
02/01/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
If it's a reviewer I know to write good reviews and has a decent blog, sure!

Same thing the other way, if it's someone I know phones it in just because they have to review it, I usually skip it.
02/01/2012
Mr. E Mr. E
I do sometimes visit offsite reviews... especially if it is a product that I am interested in purchasing. I open the link in a new tab/window so I don't need to worry about the back button.
02/01/2012
Pixel Pixel
Thanks for all the comments, guys! From all the answers I received, it definitely seems like it isn't worth trading a few extra pageviews a month for actual comments/votes on my reviews. That's rather frustrating as a blog owner, but oh well.
02/02/2012
Pixel Pixel
Quote:
Originally posted by Cookie Monster Mike
Oh my goodness I was totally just thinking about this the other day. Glad you put this discussion up. I am...somewhat conflicted with offsite reviews.

Generally when I am looking on EF for reviews, i'm not just reading random ones just ...
lol. No worries, I wasn't offended by your generalizations about some blogs. I am one of the least femme women I know, so my blog is greys, blacks, and reds. No pink or sparkles.

I do think that EF needs to make it a bit more clear about off site reviews. The one line of text seems to be confusing, and I know of a few other bloggers who have been down voted by new contributors who skimmed over the text.
02/02/2012
Pixel Pixel
Quote:
Originally posted by Shellz31
I won't usually click on off site reviews cause I hate being taken away from Eden.
There are a couple of people's reviews I will click on for off site ones, but it's not too often.
I just find it annoying having to go to another ...
Your view seems to be echoed by a lot of people. I think I am going to post my reviews for Eden on site only from now on.
02/02/2012
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
Most of my reviews are posted off line and I know there are quite a few people that do NOT read my review and then they rate it and post a comment. I know because I have a status checker on my blog lol Point farming isn't nice, everyone!

This is actually really insightful and though I don't plan on changing the location of my blog, it's making me understand why I don't get as many votes as other reviewers. I think putting a disclaimer is a great idea, though. I didn't think that people were bothered by it, but I was wrong.

I plan on keeping my blog though because there are actually other sex positive blog spots that favorited my blog and bring in a fair amount of traffic. My reviews aren't meant for just Edenites! They should be accessible to everyone, which hopefully attracts more people to buy sex toys and aids.
02/03/2012
Woman China Woman China
Quote:
Originally posted by Mr. E
I do sometimes visit offsite reviews... especially if it is a product that I am interested in purchasing. I open the link in a new tab/window so I don't need to worry about the back button.
Ditto.
02/13/2012
MamaDivine MamaDivine
It depends for me. If its an item that I am super interested in buying, then I will do anything I can to gain more information about it. Otherwise, Ill just close out that tab and move on to the next. My computer is usually so bogged down with open tabs that if I open anymore, Itll crash lol
02/15/2012
samanthalynn samanthalynn
Quote:
Originally posted by Pixel
I've noticed minimal traffic from Eden to my blog lately, even though I have posted several reviews that have comments on them. So, my question is, does anyone actually go off site to read reviews, or do you just leave a generic comment?
sometimes
02/28/2012
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Unique posters: 23