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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.