16 October, 2012

10 Tips For New Sex Toy Reviewers

While anyone can write a sex toy review, it does take a bit of practice and effort to write a good sex toy review. I'd like to share a few tips I've learned to help you write a great review.

As of the time of writing this, I've written and published almost 230 reviews on adult products. When I first started out, my reviews absolutely stunk. Not very many people wrote reviews, so I had absolutely no idea what to look at to help me figure out how I wanted to write. Along the way, I developed my style and am refining it in every review I write.

  1. Know your audience. Before writing, look at your product and know who it may interest. Don't exclude anyone from your review. Try to see how a particular product may work for all readers, even if they're not the type of user the product appears immediately useful for.
  2. Play with your toy. If you're going to recommend (or not recommend) a toy to your readers, you'll need to know it pretty well yourself. Play with it enough that you've figured out what exactly it is you love (or hate) about it. Some things, like sensitive buttons or difficult to remove batteries, may not be obvious the first time you play with it. You'll also want to know how well it worked for you so you can refer to that in your review.
  3. Do some research. Putting factual information into your review boosts its credibility. Don't know the effects of certain ingredients in the bottle of lube you're reviewing? Look them up online. There are lots of credible web sites that describe ingredients and list whether or not they're a common skin irritant or toxin. Some web sites even show if an ingredient is banned in certain countries. With toys, if you're not sure what a toy is made out of, check the manufacturer's web site.
  4. Describe your toy. Take the time to describe the physical aspects of your review product. Write about how long it is, what the circumference is, how many ounces of product the container holds, how much it weighs, and more. These can help support the section of your review where you discuss how it works for you. For example, simply saying the toy is too big for you does not help your reader much at all. Describing the length and girth and then stating it's too big for you is a better choice.
  5. Compare it to other toys. Are there other products similar to it? Is there maybe the same exact dildo in a smaller or larger size? Offering up toys that are similar to what you're writing about is a good idea. If what you've chosen to write about sounds like it may be too large or small for your reader, they'd like to see a recommendation on something else to look at, especially if they're shopping for a first toy.
  6. Add photos. A picture really is worth a thousand words. Describing a function of a toy or where the control panel is working can be confusing if you haven't added photos to support your explanation.
  7. Briefly describe your experience with it. Readers aren't interested in every little detail of your experience with your new toy, but they would like to know a bit of how it went. Did your new corset fit how you expected it to? Did that g-spot vibrator work with your anatomy? How exactly did you play with it? If it didn't go very well, did you come up with something that made the product work for you?
  8. Determine your product's best fit. This is especially crucial with lingerie. Some lingerie can look really pretty on a model, but then when you actually receive it, it doesn't work for your body type. Readers will be pleased if they can find a review that tells them either "Yes, this will fit you the way you want it to," or "Nope, keep looking!" With toys that can be inserted, discussing particular anatomies that the toy may work better for will help.
  9. Describe the packaging and any extra contents inside it. The packaging may or may not be an important aspect for the reader. If they're considering the product as a gift, they'll want to know if their potential gift comes with classy or trashy packaging. If a toy comes with other odds and ends, like a charger, storage pouch, or replacement parts, those can be important.
  10. Follow up on your review. Once you're review is live on your blog, keep an eye on it. Answer any questions readers have in a timely manner. If you have information to add to your review after a while, write up a new blog post and add a link to your follow up review in your original review.
Keep in mind that you're not going to write that perfect review with your first try. It's going to take a little bit of practice to perfect your writing style. I hope these tips help!

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