A big part of this site is reviewing things that I try or do. But I don’t always end up writing a review on something that I try or do. Why? There are 3 main reasons.
1. My Review Would Be Too Negative
I’ve tried writing reviews about things that I’ve completely disliked, but I never publish them.
I’ve decided that if I try something and I absolutely hate it, I’m not going to write a review about it. It’s better to say nothing than to write a completely negative review about something.
Moreover, sometimes I don’t want to even mention the product I use because I don’t want to give it more recognition than it deserves. I don’t want to bring it into someone’s awareness when I don’t think it will be beneficial for them.
It’s the same reason I don’t go around telling my family or friends about things I really hate. I don’t want to be that negative person who sits there and complains and rants about something. I’d rather put out positive vibes.
This is why a lot of my reviews are heavily positive. I tend to write about things I really like and want to share with other people.
If you ask me about something in the comments that I didn’t like, I’ll tell you. But I’m not going to go out of my way to review something where I end up just complaining.
2. I Don’t Fully Try It Out
I can’t count how many things I’ve started and then stopped before finishing. It’s a pet peeve of mine to not finish what I’ve started, but it’s also a pet peeve of mine to waste time on things I’m not interested in.
This happens a lot with books and courses. I start them, spend a few weeks trying to get through them but can’t because I’m either not interested or not enjoying them, and then I give up on them entirely.
For instance, despite my goal to review everything on Mindvalley, there are some Mindvalley courses that I just can’t get through. I’m just not interested enough in them.
3. I Can’t Get All The Information I Need
Recently I spent months taking a motivational program. I got it for free to review as an affiliate, and I was excited to write a review about it as I think it’s a great complement to Lifebook Mastery, but when I asked the affiliate manager a question that would help me write my review, he shut my account down and wouldn’t respond to me. I really needed to know the answer and without it I’m not willing to write a review.
The thing about Best Friend Reviews is that I want to write about things I try AND I want to be able to answer questions about those things.
A lot of review sites are made up of reviews by people who haven’t actually tried what they are reviewing, and they turn off their comments or don’t respond to comments because they can’t or don’t care enough to do it. That’s not something I want to do.
My goal is to help bring interesting things into people’s lives (by talking about things I’m interested in) and then help people decide if they actually want to try the product or service or whatever… so I need to be able to answer questions.
These Are The Reasons Why I Haven’t Taken Sponsored Posts On Best Friend Reviews
As an affiliate, you get to choose who you are an affiliate for, which is one reason why I love affiliate marketing. You don’t have to write anything about a company you are an affiliate with. There’s no contract to do that.
Usually, I end up being interested in something and then finding out if they have an affiliate program. Most of the time they do. Sometimes they don’t. Either way, if I like the product or service, I’ll write a review about it, and if I don’t like it, I won’t. My choice.
Sponsored posts are different. You have to write a post about the product, and it has to be pleasing to the company who is paying you to write it. If I don’t like the product, I don’t want to fully use it, or I can’t get all the information I need about it, then I would have to write a post that is either untruthful or incomplete and I don’t like the idea of that.
I guess if I find a vegan product that I like, and the company wants to sponsor a post, that would be different. But, that hasn’t happened yet.