How to Earn Some Fast Bucks By Reviewing Blog Posts

Blogging and business share a common concern; and that is the goal of earning through reviews or blog posts. In other words, writing blogs for paid up sites can definitely serve as a good business option to earn from the confines of home. Such activity proves mutually beneficial to both bloggers and advertisers. Attractive blogs have immense persuasive appeal upon audience. Knowing the correct tactics of money- making combined with a bit of intelligence and creativity proves good enough for making money through online work.

Review writing proves helpful during the initial stage. A comprehensive article regarding a company’s products boosts sales while acting as an indirect advertisement. While conventional advertising concerns a single product or company by focusing only the positive sides; a review provides a genuine overview about the pros and cons of a product by subtly emphasizing on some points. Reviews thus establish a comparison between similar products of different brands.

Writing a favorable review

Writing a review to boost the sales of a company while maintaining originality could be quite a challenging task. However, following the tips mentioned below can be helpful:

– An honest but favoring review being the objective; provide actual details while highlighting certain factors as a personal preference.

– Write from the point of view of the reader to ascertain their demands and provide ready answers to the expected queries. Your writing should streamline the reader’s option to the product aimed for sale without distorting facts.

– Ascertain the behavior and mentality of your prospective audience and write to their tastes. Summarizing gives a better viewpoint to the review.

Steps to write making money through review blog posts

The first step involves creating a blog with a free blogsite. As the site gets a bit older with regular inflow of visitors and blog posts you can avail a Google Page Rank and qualify for being a paid blogger through some sites that connects you with advertisers willing to pay for getting reviews written professionally in order to boost sales of their products. Depending on your experience and expertise you can negotiate bids on your reviews or establish direct contact with advertisers.

While payments may vary according to the length of assignments and quality of writing, it is possible to register with different sites at the same time to secure greater assignment and earn more.

Above all it’s credibility that counts in the world of blogging and you as a blogger should abide by your responsibility to maintain a stable bridge between the customers and the company through credible writing.

Match Point Review Now – How to Create Instant Attraction

We now talk about … How to create instant attraction.

Many relationships problems have been solved by the clients and students recognizing their basic lack of understanding about attraction. This expectation is that somebody should love you because of some reason. Because they are married; because they are dating; because of all the gifts and favors he has done for her.

Attraction is not logically created. Attraction happens spontaneously. Guys, for some reason, believe they have to be either very rich of very good looking in able to attract a beautiful woman ( beautiful in his eyes). If the woman does accept a date he feels that the woman needs to be impressed with expensive gifts and dinners and favors and what not.

As this is a logical thought, the guy expects the woman to understand. Attraction is not created through a logical choice. It happens because of a challenge. Of all the material things one is attracted to like your banana in the fridge because it is a healthy choice; your old reliable car. These are logical things.

So you are most likely attracted to that new Mercedes convertible or that overwhelming house overlooking the ocean with the beautiful, relaxing sounds of the waves rolling in. An attraction that is probably out of your reach right now. Things that will require you to make a substantial effort if you did want to own one of them … that will challenge you to challenge yourself into becoming more than what you are right now.

The author then goes on to explain the answers to your dilemma. Attraction is NOT predictable, logical or rational. At least, he says, not on the surface. This surely interests you as you have come this far.

Why Music Artists Still Need to Have Their Music Reviewed

After 5 years of writing music reviews for the Muse’s Muse, I’ve recently noticed a decline in the number of artist related submissions that I receive.

The number of submissions sent by artist managers, publicists, marketing firms, and PR agents has increased.

What does it all mean?

To me it says several things: First, fewer artists recognize the value of having a reputable source make a professional evaluation of their work, and secondly, many of those who do still recognize the value of music reviews are using third parties more frequently to obtain them.

Few can argue with the mass influence of a positive review in industry respected trade publications such as Billboard, Rolling Stone, Spin, or Music Connection. These are the tastemakers of the industry and a favorable review in any one of them can impact music sales.

But the vast majority of music artists won’t (not that they can’t) get their music reviewed in such publications because they simply don’t try to get this coveted exposure. That’s unfortunate – especially when the music artists in question are actually deserving of it.

Increasingly, more artists are developing the pervasive attitude which says…”Since I have a MySpace page or an iTunes account, what’s the point in having someone write about it when my fans can just listen to my music, draw their own conclusions, and buy the track(s) they want? Who cares about the opinion of some music critic?”

That thought process is understandable, but it’s also shortsighted.

Landing a review is a lot like getting a movie or restaurant recommendation; it gives you a lead to explore and alerts you to something that exists which you may like. Just the mere act of recommending something is an endorsement. If enough reviewers endorse your song or project, their reviews can – and will – break down the barriers to resistance that we all have when it comes to trying something new.

If you can get your music reviewed in the aforementioned trade publications (publications that appeal to those who work in the music industry), consumer and lifestyle publications (GQ, US Weekly, People), and Internet sites (like the Muse’s Muse), you will also plant the seeds for future publicity efforts such as interviews and feature stories.

While reviews may vary in terms of quality, length and depth, the real strength for you is in numbers; the number of reviews that speak positively of your single or project. Gather enough of these “opinions” and they become consensus.

They don’t have to be rave reviews; they just need to be redundant in stressing your USPs (unique selling points).

Reviews should give your existing and potential fans the very incentive they need to go to MySpace or iTunes and get one step closer to making a purchasing decision…which by the way, is the end objective, right?

With regard to hiring third party professionals (publicists, marketing firms, and PR agents) to obtain reviews for you, I can testify that many of these professionals do not put much forethought into who they send your music to. They operate from a media contact list and send your music to whomever’s name gets put into their database – regardless of whether they are an appropriate reviewer for your genre and style of music.

On the occasions when I receive submissions such as a CD with a photo of a hillbilly holding a banjo, I just throw it into the trash. Ditto for the Weird Al Yankovic looking fella wearing a polka dot suit and holding an accordion. It shows that the PR firm or person does not know who I am and that my niche as a reviewer is high-end, commercial, mainstream, chart-topping, radio-friendly music that both the industry and music lovers will appreciate.

If you are the hillbilly or the Weird Al Yankovic looking fella I just used as an example, no offense to you; your music is just not the kind of music I review. Your PR agent (who you paid to have me throw away your CD) should know that through conducting research on me which is readily and abundantly available on over a dozen Google pages.

Reviews can also transform your promotional packages into valuable press kits which can be used to help you get gigs. When booking agents start to see press clippings from reviewers who they trust, they become more receptive to the artists.

As you can see, reviews are more than just words and opinions that are written about your music. If those words are used positively, and those opinions carry clout, they can be powerful marketing tools that can open doors and create new opportunities that enable music artists to flourish in all of their endeavors.

Action Research Cycle: Write a Formal Review of Literature – Step 1 Discovery

Discover: This week you will:

1. Discover what is involved in organizing and evaluating the resources you are finding in order to outline your arguments and begin to write your review of the literature. You will begin to map your discussion, reporting as you do, by week 2 how those plans are developing so that your colleagues may assist prior to the time your rough draft of your outline is due.

2. Discover that part of comprehension and expertise is the ability to demonstrate connections between various authors. The ability to come back to a resource discovered at an earlier stage and extrapolate new ideas can be the result of taking adequate notes as you read.

3. Discover and exchange ideas about how to use the electronic tools at your disposal to benefit this search.

Outcomes and Benefits to You For Doing This Work

A solid review of the literature assures you that you have a baseline of knowledge on which to begin your own research. You will know that you have reached this plateau when you can carry on an informed discussion with an expert in your field of study. Having this base of expertise will help you focus the particulars of your study and save hours of unnecessary starts and stops during the development of your final methodology, data collection and analysis.

Another benefit is that you will catch glimpses of how other researchers approached their work, including the variables you found interesting to study. This can help you craft your final research questions as well as to suggest pre-existing instruments you may want to use. You may also see that you don’t possess the necessary skills to tackle research, giving you the opportunity to build those skills or define a new methodology (Mauch & Park, 2003).

Along those same lines you will see how others write up their work. Make special note of dissertations that you find easy to read, or which discuss their methodology in a way that makes sense. Mark them in your End Note database as documents to come back to when you start to write the same sections.

Another list you will want to note is of other questions that come to mind as you write. Should it happen, you won’t be the first doctoral student who is forced by circumstance to change topic mid stream. It is useful to have noted all those, “What if?” ideas that come to your mind as you read others work. One of them may turn out to be a better redefinition of your topic area (Mauch & Park, 2003).

Finally, you will prove, at least in your own mind that your ideas are really needed in the field. When you find yourself disagreeing with an author, or saying, “Wait, you missed a whole segment of students here,” etc. you know you are on the right track. Even if you are faced with the opposite issue – here in front of you is a report that is everything you could ever dream of, this allows you to slant your work to broaden the impact of the previous work by confirming or denying it in a new arena.

Inclusion of Multiple Sources Does it seem like all your sources are saying approximately the same thing? The short answer to this question is that multiple sources are the difference between graduate research and real expertise. Searching out nuances is the standard of the expert and when you finish your final graduate work it is your goal to take you place among those people with that standard.

The stated purpose of the lit review is to, “clarify the relationship between the proposed study and previous work conducted on the topic” (Rudestam & Newton, 2007, pg 62). Other authors mention, “Obtaining detailed, cutting-edge knowledge of your topic” (Roberts, 2004, pg 73). Therefore it is important that you have truly captured the field in your study, internationally as well as nationally and locally (thus displaying the level of influence your final study is likely to have). It is your job to convince your reader of the uniqueness and importance of your study. Remember what may be obvious to you will not have the same meaning to your committee members who specialize in different parts of the field.

The trap for students in this pressure to display knowledge across many writers is that you come to think of the lit review as a laundry list of all that you have investigated. Not true, remember that each and every book or article you cite and reference must directly correspond to your final message. For this reason you may find it helpful to write a sentence per main point that you want to make and then list the references that you may use to naturally make that point. All the others fall off to the “not used” category.

Should you be researching a particularly obscure topic you may find that you do a lot of work for little gain. In this case keep two EndNote files. One will hold those few resources that you use and the other the resources you investigated but discarded. This has two positive affects: 1) it demonstrates the amount of work you have done, and 2) discussing the list you won’t use may lead your critical friends to suggest new sources to research.

Analysis, Synthesis and Organization

More than anything else, being an educated person means being able to see connections so as to be able to make sense of the world and act within it in creative ways.

W. Cronon, (as cited by Siemens. G, 2008)

The most difficult part of a review of the literature is the organization and expression of the ideas that come from what you have read. Let’s take for instance the following pattern of research

You read book by AA. Author who make three great points about your topic you label those points X, Y and Z.

You read book by BB Author who agrees with X but adds ideas M and N to the discussion.

CC Author refutes Y and Z but agrees with M and adds T.

DD Author has an entirely different idea although you see loose connections to the others. You also believe the DD has the most advanced ideas that you have read.

Students who have not analyzed, synthesized and organized their ideas will report the Author A said…. Author B said…. And Author C said…… We cannot stress enough that this IS NOT ADEQUATE FOR A LIT REVIEW! To paraphrase Hart (1998):

The aim is to show that you have mapped out the main issues on a subject; examined the use of concepts and the ways in which comparisons have and can be made, seen how complex ideas can be described; and come to an understanding on the role of methodological assumptions have had in shaping the literature that came before your study (pg. 109).

Your write up will likely contain four types of discussion: Analysis requires you to differentiate or separate resources and the ideas contained within them, one from another. Synthesis on the other hand integrates or combines separate sections of different resources together, usually reorganized to demonstrate principles that you believe to be significant in your study. Interpretation distinguishes the relationships between different types of data, theory, and arguments and hold your reader sort them out. Knowledge describes for your reader what you have learned about the situations, methods, rules, classifications, etc of the topics inherent in your study.

Your lit review will contain those four types of organization across one or many of the following.

Mapping out the issues

In the set of examples above the issues are the places where the various authors agree and disagree. You may also choose to map out the issues by using a graphic organizer to distinguish places of agreement and disagreement in any of the points of argumentation (discussed in the next section). Claims may agree or disagree across authors, as may warrants, data and the arguments we use to back up our claims. It is likely that you will go back to examine key resources more than once as you map out the issues across them.

You also may choose to map the issues in chronological, methodological or political contexts, depending on which most clearly describes the tensions inherent within your study. As an example, a study on the academic efficacy of alternative programs would have to map the issues inherent in the populations that would use the programs under study.

Examining the concepts

What are the big ideas that strike you as you read? How do they pertain as you see it to your topic? These lead to your analysis of the concepts behind or overarching your topic. An examination of the key concepts must be helpful to your research to be understood by your audience.

Part of the purpose of the review of literature is to help your reader understand what has come before as well as the key issues and concepts that are inherent in previous discussions in order to place your study in context. Look at your discussion of the concepts and ideas that has driven the work of authors in your area as your setting a firm foundation from which your reader can understand the context and importance of your work.

An analogy that may be useful is as though you have constructed a goblet out of the little bits of ideas (seen as colored glass) that you have gleaned from your reading. Once the goblet is complete you need to hold it up to the light and then discuss for your reader the ways in which the light bounces off of the different components, how you work together to form the shape, and the areas where you join to construct an object strong enough to be useful.

Describing complexity

Many times authors are studying complex adaptive issues. By definition these dismay us because they put us in the center of the tension between the ideal and reality. For instance, in perfection we might desire businesses that do everything right or schools that run perfectly. We would wish that all of the staff were happy in their work and had abundant resources at their disposal. The realities in many schools or businesses are that none of these ideals exist.

Whatever the key tensions, that surround your topic, you will need to have explored them as part of your review of the literature. This discussion is another means of ensuring your reader has adequate contextual understanding of your topic to make judgments on the efficacy of your study.

Unpacking methodological assumptions in previous studies

As you have researched your issue you have been exposed to how a variety of researchers have examined topics similar and tangential to yours. They have based their research methods on their own assumptions or understanding about how best to measure the answers to their questions. It is an appropriate discussion within a review of literature to unpack for your reader these past studies and the assumptions on which they were based. In this way, your writing will naturally flow towards your discussion of your own methodological choices in both the lit review and Chapter 3 in a dissertation or the methodology in any required research proposal.

Quantitative studies assume that enough is known about the topic and the human relationships that determine its complexities that these can be questioned across large numbers of people using a similar instrument. For years, proponents of diversity have challenged this assumption, playing on cultural differences to argue that use of language may differ among communities to the degree as to make surveys meaningless.

Qualitative studies on the other hand assume that data gathered from a few people, albeit data that create depth in understanding their personal relationships to a topic, will have significance to the whole population. Qualitative studies assume that it is important to understand the personal mechanisms within educational relationships of a few and that these can be extrapolated to the groups you represent.

Quantitative and qualitative studies read very differently and come to separate types of conclusions. Again, in order for your reader to understand your topic and the others who have studies it you need to help them understand these subtleties.

The bottom line here is: READ AND MAKE NOTE OF THE METHODOLOGY USED IN THE STUDIES YOU READ. From those notes you can more easily design your own methodology.

Argumentation

What is an argument? How do we analyze those of others or make one ourselves? The principles of argumentation have not changed much since the Greeks and Romans. Stephen Toulmin (1958 later cited and redefined by Hart, 1998) laid out a simple structure that breaks an argument into four types of information:

1. Claim – an arguable statement.

2. Evidence – data used to backup the claim

3. Warrant – the link between the evidence and the claim (since a then b)

4. Backing – the context and assumptions that support the validity of the warrant and the evidence (because)

Let’s say that we want to make the claim that our new program increased the motivation of our staff. We have evidence that shows that the staff who attend our program do better with customers than those who do not attend our program. Whether or not others will believe our claim will hinge on the degree to which we: a) link the staff motivation to the evidence of their customer service records and b) back up the assumption with stories or other research that support our conclusions.

Much of our experience of the world is determined by personal and cultural taste, our context and values. These may all cause people to disagree with our claims, creating situations where the evidence, warrant and backing will receive close scrutiny. For this reason a solid argument can be made for predetermining the type of claim being made and the likely weakness in each.

Type of Claim

Potential Weaknesses

Claiming Facts

The facts you state cannot be verified or are incorrect. Claims of fact do not rely on warrants or backing (other than citing your sources). An example here would be a report on the numbers of computers in the school.

Claiming Values

Relies on the other person agreeing with the basic judgment involved. Disagreement will lead to either denial or counterclaim such as “No, because…” or “Yes, but perhaps…” To build on the previous argument a person might make a claim that the school needed more computers because of the value of technology in the world today.

Claiming Policy

Relies on a normative statement of what ought to or not be done. You often use claims of values as support, laying the argument open for debate on two fronts, that of the value or of the need for the policy. A claim in this category might be that schools should provide laptops for students in order to properly prepare them for the future.

Claiming Concept

Relies on a personally derived definition. Disagreement will cause the argument to be countered by proposing an alternative definition. It is likely that the choice of words is highly interpretive. In education topics may include the advisability of retaining a student or the desirability of standards based high stakes testing.

Claiming Interpretation

Propose how data are to be understood. Disagreement mounts an alternative interpretation. For some small schools have shown themselves to be at an advantage in improving students achievement, for others these same data can be interpreted in an alternative manner.

Figure 1 based on Table 4.3 from Hart, 1998, page 90

Warrants are the assumptions on which the arguments are based, tying the claim to the evidence that supports it. Like claims, these can be stated or unstated, but if stated a counter argument must take the warrant into account. As an example to the extent that we believe that the purpose of business is to make money, then we can lay claim for greater emphasis placed on financial records and auditors reports.

Limitations to the argument may be stated clearly as in, “A limitation to this study is…..” Qualifiers may point to limitation without the same amount of clarity. Therefore, the savvy researcher is on the lookout for words such as probably, some, many, too, or generally. If and when you find literature that, while it agrees with your general arguments, relies on claims that are easily refuted or qualifies its claims, it is best to keep searching.

Finally, illustrations used to back up arguments. Specific instances, like irrefutable data do much to convince an audience of the validity of a claim. As Hart (1998) points out, “Concrete illustrations are usually much more convincing than hypothetical or generalized scenarios. However, the main and most common form of backing (in a review of the literature) is the legitimacy conferred on an argument through the use of academic style.”

References

Hart, C. (1998). Doing a literature review: Releasing social science research imagination. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing.

Mauch, J. E., & Park, N. (2003). Guide to the successful thesis and dissertation: A handbook for students and faculty. New York: Marcel Dekker.

Roberts, C. M. (2004). The dissertation journey. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Rudestam, K. E., & Newton, R. R. (2007). Surviving your dissertation: A comprehensive guide to content and process (Third ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing Inc.

The Perfect Pointe Review

The Perfect Pointe Book by Lisa Howell covers all your child needs to know to practice pointe safely having an optimum performance. The book and video classes teach dancers how to have a good progression before starting en pointe and how to improve your control if already onto pointe or another type of dance.

The book and 4 DVDs cover four stages of exercises with photos, detailed descriptions and videos of the exercises, being crucial to provide better range of motion and strength. Each stage contains exercises to test where your child is at. The first CD aims the increase of flexibility of the ankles. The second CD covers how prepare correctly all the small muscles in the feet to be able to start en pointe. The 3rd CD talks about the turnout muscles how to strength them. The last CD contains core control and balance training exercises. If your child learns everything before going en pointe she will have an amazing faster progress and her teacher will be amazed.

I know you as parent want to support your respective young dancer in the best possible way but sometimes it’s just not possible due lack of knowledge or time. You probably know that your children taking ballet classes with a good teacher is a crucial factor but what you may not know is that most of dance teachers are often busy to answer all parents and kids questions. Do your child is getting an excellent nutrition to dance at the maximum potential? Is she taking the right actions in order to prevent injuries?

The free parent’s manual covers all important topics. A few examples are nutrition, injuries prevention, dealing with physical injury, anxiety before presentations, dealing with a suspected eating disorder and when the right time to progress onto pointe. Made for parents to help understand the demands and to give the necessary guidance to their children.

Bowtrol Colon Cleanser – 6 Reasons For a Straight to the Point Review

The first thing that people want to know about Bowtrol is whether it works or not, why would you bother wasting your time if it didn’t work. You keep hearing about people using it and how good it is and you say I should try it out. Well have a read of this, it will help.

What I’m going to do is outline what it does for you. You need to be able to check out the major points, that’s the whole reason of a good review.

Six good points I found about Bowtrol colon cleanser:

1. You can lose inches in only a matter of a week.
2. It will help stop bloating and help release gas.
3. It will give you’re colon a good flushing to remove toxins.
4. You will have more energy
5. The efficiency of your immune system will is increased.
6. Maintain and colon health.

The great part about having your colon cleansed is that you will reduce the toxins that are in your colon, and you will also lose weight, feel lighter and it will be easier to move around.

The added benefits of having a clean colon is just amazing. As we all get older we will start to realize the benefits of this. The proof is out there that it works. There is overwhelming proof we all need to do it.. The incredible thing about Bowtrol is that it has a 95% success rate. The feeling of having the colon cleansed is great and look at all those positive benefits you will get from it.

So, just imagine how you will look and feel after you have done some colon cleansing. There are so many things to think of when it comes to your health but cleaning the colon is one of the ones that do not come to mind and yet it is probably the most important.

Eureka Mighty Mite Vacuum Cleaner Review

You probably have seen or heard about the very impressive Eureka Mighty Mite Vacuum Cleaner. Everyone seems to agree that this is one of the best vacuum cleaners available, especially when it comes to getting rid of pet hair. We will provide a very quick and to the point review of this simply amazing product.

Review of the Eureka Mighty Mite Vacuum Cleaner

When our old vacuum cleaner gave out, we decided to spend the money to get something that was not only affordable, but also able to clean effectively. We looked under various websites and many of the vacuums that we wanted were out of our budget. Ultimately, we ended up purchasing the Eureka Mighty Mite, based on the positive reviews that others had to say.

After using the Mighty Mite for a couple of days, I can definitely say that I have been blown away by its performance. It is very lightweight and small; however it packs a very big punch. It was able to clean just about everything and it did it very effectively. The suction on the hose was powerful and it allowed us to get just about everything that was on our hardwood floors and in our car. I was really blown away by the performance of this little vacuum.

For those of you were considering purchasing a Eureka Mighty Mite Vacuum Cleaner then you should definitely go ahead and get one. It does not cost very much but it is able to do more than the expensive vacuum cleaners. If you want something light and maneuverable, then this is it. You will be able to put it away in a little corner as it does not take up much space. It is able to hold a lot of debris due to the large bags that it uses. If you have pets such as dogs or cats, then the Mighty Mite is perfect. It will be able to suck up all those animal hairs without any problems.

To wrap things up we give the Eureka Mighty Mite Vacuum 5 stars. It is just what people need as it does not cost a lot of money and it does exactly what you need it to do. You can’t go wrong with a product like this and you will not regret your purchase. Take it from us, we have had it for a while and are totally satisfied with it.

Weight Watchers Points Plus Review

This Weight Watchers Points Plus Review will see what changes took place and if they will make the program better. Weight Watchers is a well-known weight loss program that has been helping people lose weight since 1963. This system was based on the idea of making people track their food intake every day. Most foods are given a point value and these points are used to determine how much you can eat every day. This program puts you in charge and encourages you to plan out your meals, so that you stay under the daily allowance of food intake.

The program received nation-wide success and has many followers. They offer a series of cookbooks to help you plan your meals better and a lot of food products that are available at your local grocery store. The system has worked for them for many years; primarily remaining in the same original format. Recently, the program did a complete overhaul of their point system and devised a whole new system called the Weight Watcher Points Plus.

SO what’s new?

Diet:
The old system focused on calories, fiber grams and fat grams to calculate their point systems. After evaluating the new system, a Weight Watchers Points Plus review shows that they now focuses on protein, carbohydrates, fiber grams and fat grams to calculate the points. Another change that was made is that the daily amount of points allowed has increased.

Online Profile:
This Weight Watchers Points Plus review shows that new to this system is the interactive website that offers their participants many different ways to track their success. After setting up your profile online, a personalize weight loss plan is designed for you based on your particular height and weight. Understanding the different weight loss dynamics between women and men, they have set up a separate website for each of them.

Tracking System:
Knowing the importance of accountability, the program has developed a tracking system on their website that will keep count of your points. This Weight Watchers Points Plus review reveals that all you need to do is go online and input the foods you have eaten for the day and the site will automatically calculate your total points for the day. The site also gives a complete list of foods and what there point’s value is. This gives you easy access throughout the day. Even when you are on the go or out to eat, you can easily check your points total on your cell phone to determine the best foods to select. Using the mobile-on-the-go feature also give you access at your fingertip to record every food you eat.

Weight Watchers has been around for almost fifty years and has seen some success in helping people lose weight. The need to revamp their entire program does show signs that perhaps this program was not showing the ability to keep participants maintaining the weight loss on the long-term scale as that they promise. A complete Weight Watchers Points Plus review shows that the program does show some great improvement from their older version.

Juwel Rio 240 – 7 Point Product Review

One of the most popular aquariums available today. The Rio 240 is a classic design but with some clever additions.

Here is our 7 point review -Juwel Rio 240

Appearance –
The Rio 240 is a nice size and the lighting makes the tank come alive. Could easily be a centre point in a room but will always be a great gallery for your fish.

Size –
With 240 litres this tank can take a small community of fish. If you want a tank which can handle some tetras, a few medium sized fish and some plants then this could be the perfect tank for you.

PVC –
Some aquariums are made from PVC while others are made from glass. Some people prefer PVC while some prefer glass. The drawback with PVC is that the tank will get scratches on it. You can buff out the scratches if they get too bad. The advantages are that the PVC is stronger and that the view is less likely to be distorted.

Accessories –
The Juwel Rio 240 is slightly lacking when it comes to the filter and heater that come included. While these are perfectly good for a smaller aquarium like the Rio 180. The 200 watt heater and Bioflow 3.0 compact filter are just not strong enough to use the aquarium to the full capacity. This means that if you want to get the most out of your aquarium you will have to replace these with other products.

Lighting –
What the Juwel Rio 240 loses in filter and heater power it gains in lighting. There is a real step up here in power from the Rio 180 as you get two 54 watt bulbs which really make your tank glow. Unless you have a demanding system you probably won’t have to replace these bulbs.

Cabinet –
As with most quality fish tanks you can purchase a matching cabinet for the Juwel Rio 240. As always we recommend that you purchase the matching cabinet as the tank – when full – can weigh too much for many normal home furniture. Your dining room table may look steady but unless it can take the weight of two people standing on it this tank will be too heavy.

Unsung Genius –
The Juwel Rio 240 comes with a suspended base which may seem to be an insignificant feature but could stop your aquarium straining and ultimately leaking.

How to Tell If a Review Is Authentic or Not

Most people turn to the Internet in order to research products before a purchase. If you are one of them, you probably have already seen some reviews that are beyond glowing for products you know are actually quite average or downright bad quality. It is easy to believe that the people writing those reviews are being paid by advertisers, but on the other hand there are plenty of affiliate sites that offer extremely good and factual reviews, even if they only make money when you buy. So what’s the easiest way to tell if a review is authentic or just a sham?

Is The Review Duplicated All Over the Internet?

What are the chances of two people writing exactly the same review? Some businesses give “marketing kits” to their affiliates and distributors, and sometimes this includes a glowing review to be published on review sites online, under the name of the affiliate. Some affiliates just publish it right away, but since many websites no longer accept affiliate content, slightly more clever marketers rewrite them just enough to pass the filters. In both cases, the content of the review is the same, a glowing or mostly glowing review that the provider of the product wrote, instead of an objective, third party evaluation of a product. Generally products and services that use this kind of marketing do it because they don’t have a product good enough to attract original reviews by itself, and are better avoided.

Does the Review List Cons along with Pros?

There is no product that doesn’t have at least one flaw. Just one. A good review should aim to be balanced, and that means listing the ugly as well as the good points. Beware of any review that strongly emphasises the good points, but glosses over any negatives or just mentions some that are not negative at all to give an impression of balance. If you trust the reviewer it may be that you actually landed on a great product, but in most cases it’s just a sales pitch and not a review.

Does the Review Include Real Facts?

In most cases, if the review is just a sales pitch the reviewer won’t bother giving factual information about the product beyond what’s on the product feature page. Those reviews that look like the reviewer never used the product himself, but claim to “Have been using this product for years, and I can tell you, it works!” are usually suspect. Another version of this is when the reviewer gets his facts wrong, such as claiming to have been using a product since before that product existed, or in a colour or model that has never been for sale.