What is it?
A site that claims to provide independent reviews of internet marketing products, but simply promotes a select few products.
Consumer Reviews is one review site that you should view with suspicion. Not only does the site barely have any content, but the three reviews it does host really aren’t reviews at all, just sales pitches to the products and affiliate links. This makes Consumer Reviews nothing more than a site attempting to mislead its readers and not one you should trust for product information.
What I Liked
The only thing I liked about this product is that the website looks professional. However, this isn’t necessarily a good thing, because it does make the site seem like it is providing legitimate reviews, when it certainly is not.
What I Didn’t Like
I might be expecting too much, but kinda expect a product review site to actually offer a decent number of product reviews. Hey – I’d even settle for more than ten, but Consumer Reviews can’t even make that figure.
In fact, the site only has three reviews, and they aren’t even reviews at all. This is part of the review for their first product:
Does this sound like a sales pitch to anyone else?
The three ‘reviews’ that the site offers are for Legit Online Jobs, Real Writing Jobs and Six Figure Yearly – and that is actually it. Consumer Reviews does give them a rating out of five, but there is no indication of how they get to that rating.
They don’t even have anything bad to say about the products they are reviewing.
This is a huge issue for me. I mean, they give a product three out of five points, yet can’t say a single thing bad about it?
Any review that doesn’t talk about the bad parts of a product is suspicious. I don’t care how good your product is, it will have a bad point, every product will. Nothing is perfect.
For that matter, the site claims that they provide complete analyses of the products they are reviewing, but clearly this isn’t the case.
In fact, one of their ‘reviews’ is around 400 words, while the other two are closer to 200. Personally, I don’t think it is possible to write a complete analysis of any product in less than 500 words and most of mine are above 1,000 words.
The rest of the content of the site is a real big indication of the low quality of the site. There are a total of nine articles on the site… just nine.
All of the content is short, and isn’t really any good at all. For example,
Does that look like well written and interesting content to you? In fact, most of the pieces aren't really saying anything that isn't obvious.
Although it is well presented and looks official, the content and reviews of Consumer Reviews show that the site is little more than an affiliate marketer trying to mislead their readers.
I had a look at each of the three products that Consumer Reviews was reviewing (cough… promoting) and honestly, I wasn’t too impressed.
The first is Legit Online Jobs. This site basically pays people to post links online. Sounds nice in theory, but in practice this type of site is never very effective. Even if you are one of the lucky few who manages to make money through this approach, it isn’t a long-term strategy.
The only reason link posting was ever effective was that people could pay for links that would help their site to rank. This isn’t really the case now, as Google has got more aware of paid links.
The second product is Real Writing Jobs. Now, I am a freelance writer by trade, and I would never trust a site like this. It’s true that online writing jobs are growing, but you don’t need to pay for membership to access any jobs.
If you really want to make headway in writing for money, then there are a number of free databases (like Freelancer.com) where you can get access to more jobs than you ever could through a paid database.
The final product that Consumer Reviews promotes is Six Figure Yearly. This product is full of typical internet marketer hype and lies. No online product can actually provide you with significant online income without you having to work for it – the world doesn’t work like that.
Reviews are a great way to get information about something before you buy it, but not every review site can be trusted. Consumer Reviews is just one example of a review site that simply doesn’t make the grade. The sad thing is, Consumer Reviews isn’t alone.
Sites like Nancy Reviews and IM Report Card take the same approach – using the cover of a review site to promote specific products. Now, that approach is basically affiliate marketing, but very unethical and concerning when the ‘reviews on a site hype and promote products that simply aren’t any good.
None of the products that Consumer Reviews is promoting are worth your time or your money. However, this doesn’t make earning money online impossible. A much more effective approach is through affiliate marketing, which can produce long-term income.
I’m not going to lie to you, affiliate marketing does take time to learn – but any real way of making money online will. A really good place to start this process is Wealthy Affiliate, which provides training and a community for every level of skill and experience.