January 2016 Website Journey – product reviews and PeasOnToast Facebook Page
Hey, it’s 2016 already. Sorry for the lack of fresh reviews this month – I was kept busy doing new tutorials so that you can follow every step of the process too.
By the way, what do you think of the tutorials – are they helpful?
The good news for those of you who prefer the reviews, is that I’ve got some interesting products lined up to review in the coming months.
One of the things that slows down the review output is having to contact the manufacturers to check that I can use their logo and images etc. This means I sometimes have to wait a while for each company’s response.
1. Companies providing products to review
Sometimes, rather than buying a product, it’s provided by the company for a review in return – such as the Breville Blend-Active Pro and the Vax Rapide carpet washer. Those products were received from the companies, without any obligation for a positive review.
Most products, such as Grout Shield, are bought and tested by my family and then I contact the manufacturer for permission to use their logo and images. For Grout Shield I contacted the UK distributor, Kilrock. It’s a company that I wasn’t familiar with and only learned about whilst reviewing the product.
The long story short is that Kilrock were pleased with the way I’d reviewed Grout Shield and asked if I’d like to review any of their other products.
I’ll take that as a compliment. Yes, from their perspective the product got exposure from the review, but it’s nice to know when a company’s pleased.
If you’ve visited Kilrock’s website, you’ll have noticed that it manufactures and distributes the kind of products that every household needs. I’m happy to review more of their products as they fit perfectly into the PeasOnToast ethos of great value and quality.
And…. as with all PeasOnToast reviews, I’ll ensure they reflect my honest opinion and include the positives and negatives.
Keep an eye out for the Kilrock product reviews during the coming months – so far there’s Bar Keepers Friend, with more to follow.
2. Joining another social media – Facebook
Having used Twitter and Pinterest, I was keen to learn more about social media. From what I’ve read, it’s obvious that Facebook’s a big player on the social media circuit and is still the place to be seen.
The problem is, I’ve never used Facebook for personal or business use and am starting without even understanding how it works.
Facebook’s going to be a huge learning curve for me
I decided to find out if there’s a way I could use Facebook for PeasOnToast, without having to publicly use a personal account. Fortunately, Facebook allows a public Facebook Page for business whilst keeping the personal Facebook account private.
Soon enough I managed to set up the Facebook Page – you can visit and Like it here: Peas On Toast
What’s been learned?
- don’t accept free products in exchange for a biased review – always give your honest opinion when reviewing products
- check with HMRC whether those free products are considered “income” in case tax is payable
- social media can take a while to understand, but there’s plenty of websites to help you
Honest stats – January 2016
Monthly website traffic matched November 2015’s level of about 1,500+, having taken a dip last month.
So, that’s my update for January 2016.
If you found this post interesting or have a question, please let me know in the comments section below.
Note: This article is intended to be a general resource only and is not intended to be professional advice.
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