Everyone has an opinion about their online shopping experiences but few take the time to give their thumbs up or thumbs down afterwards. Being a regular contributor on an online business forum or website could actually benefit you. Some sites give coupons and gift cards to their most vocal customers and ardent supporters; that's just good business. At the very least you'll see what products other consumers like and which ones to avoid. Take a few minutes once a week or month to leave a business review and support your local companies.
Remain anonymous. Don't post your real name, address, phone number or email address. Doing this will open your inbox to spam and could put you at risk. Post your reviews without jeopardizing your safety.
Tell businesses what you liked. Every review shouldn't be about what you didn't like. Get more of what you liked by telling the small business how they succeeded. Begin your review by telling what you were impressed with like a good product, fast service or
Be honest about your experience. Don't exaggerate about a problem or complaint. You can complain but stay professional. If you do get on your soapbox to wax vocal, be specific about the problem.
Keep it simple. No one wants to read a novel when they're looking for a review. Be specific and succinct when describing your experience. Don't give details about the wall paper but you can mention the ambiance.
Show pictures.Loved that three-course meal? Snap a photo before you dive in and share it with other readers. Were you impressed by the packaging from your favorite online store? Take a picture!
Keep it short.The best rule is to keep the review between 100 to 200 words. Anymore and you've gotten long-winded.
Don't add links.Linking a competitor's website or your own blog is just plain bad manners. Don't add links to your review.
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