Today I wanted to talk about honest reviews of products.
Everything is great when the review you want to write is a positive one. That way, you can write alot of positive stuff and stick in a few negative points, if there are any. That looks pretty sincere.
But what happens when you really don't like the product?
Do you just keep your mouth shut?
Do you just say what you feel if someone asks you directly?
Is it doing other people a favor by telling it like it is and possibly saving them money?
The other day I wrote something negative on this blog about a certain audio that was mailed to me by an internet "guru" as a promotion for a big launch.
I listened to the audio and I hated it.
I posted about it here on the blog and also in the Warrior Forum in a thread about the program.
Subsequently (that night) I felt very bad about posting it because in the post/thread I criticized the person who made the audio. Someone else on the thread gave a much more professional and all encompassing review of the actual product which he had checked out. I felt that maybe I had hurt the feelings of the person who made the audio and I apologized in a private mail and later on - publicly on the forum.
I also erased the post from this blog.
It seems that there is a fine line. On one hand, I want to voice my opinion and my disappointment in the product I received. On the other hand, just because this is the internet and I can't see the person I'm talking about doesn't give me license to say what I want. The internet is kind of like one big meeting room. If I say negative about someone in the "community" it's as though I attacked someone in the same big meeting room. Do you understand what I'm getting at?
So what's the answer? Just to keep quiet? Someone on the forum suggested that negative reviews can be sent to people in our list instead of broadcasting them on forums.
I dunno. Alot of people (including me) really appreciate reading honest and unbiased reviews.
In this world of internet marketing everyone seems busy washing each other's backs because we are all selling to each other and JV'ing with each other. It's downright incestuous...
What do YOU think?