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How Long Or Short Should A Review Be?
How To Write A Good Internet Review
Member Name: Chloboshoka
How To Write A Good Internet Review
Date: 01/05/11, updated on 01/05/11 (56 review reads)
Advantages: Will hopefully help some new members
Disadvantages: Older members have heard all this before
I originally submitted this topic as a product proposal, while Ciao happily accepted it, Dooyoo thought it could fit well in this category. This review is mostly regarding the length of reviews.
I think a lot of people have been wondering about this for a while. Most of us have our own ideas on the maximum word limit and we all know that a Premium review on Dooyoo must be longer than 150 words unless it's an express review, but I think a lot of us have different ideas on if there should be a maximum word count.
The minimum 150 word count is quite deceiving to the new members in my opinion, because I think they'll assume that 150 words is all they need to write and they wonder why they only get somewhat useful or someone say why there needs to be a bit more information. It's hard to write an informative review in less than 150 words and even harder to show that you've put some effort into the review, but it can be done.
On longer reviews, it's easy to see the effort that goes into it, especially if it's well formated and displayed. If it's too long it risks having too much information and not enough opinion. Sometimes putting too information irrelevant is known as padding. At first I wasn't too sure what this meant but I had an idea that it was writing things unneeded for a higher word count so they would get a higher ratings.
So it seems that higher word counts will equal higher ratings. So if a person wrote a 5000 word review would everybody rate is very useful and nominate it for a crown? Hell no! I don't think word count is very relevant in reviews, but it is a matter of preference and opinion. I don't think a review for one song needs to be very long. A track by track review on an album can work but neither a chapter by chapter review for a book nor a scene by scene review for a film because of spoilers and both you and the reader will be working too hard.
I aim to have the word count between 500 and 1000 because I think I can cover most of what I want to say between these lines and it's where I'm most comfortable in. There have been times where I can go over and under the target, but it's not always been a great deal to be because I think it's the content of the review that's the most important. A review with a four hundred words can be just as good as one with two thousand words and can make just as much amount of money.
Below are three very short example reviews about about a pair of shoes.
A) "They're awesome shoes. So cool. Red is my favorite color so I just had to buy these. Can't believe they where only fourteen dollars!"
B) "The shoes are very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very nice! "
C) "I like these shoes, they where very cheap to buy. I love the bright shade of red and the swirly patterns. I think they look iconic, but I find them very hard to walk in because of the high heels and it's very difficult to clean. So they are best for parties and summer wear."
Most of us would find C the most useful. Not cause it's the longest, but because we get the most insight and opinion on the shoes. We know the shoes where nice, but in C we get to know why they're nice. It can still be extended some more but it's on a good start.
My final conclusion is this: Don't worry too much about the word count. I'm not telling people who write shortish reviews to write more longer ones nor am I telling people who write longish review to cut the words down. Everyone works at different paces and are comfortable writing in different lengths.
Summary: Dosen't matter that much.