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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:20 pm 
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Ok so I hope this is the right forum to write this in
For quite a while I have been wanting to do reviews (possibly even video reviews) for computer parts, software, new technology and such. However I have no idea where to start/where to look for companies to review for.
I was looking to do something like R. Reynolds at rdgameman.com does but I have no idea where to start.
Also would there be some kind of revenue involved in this.
Another thing to keep in mind is that I am only 16 turning 17 in May
but I have tons and tons of experience with computers and absolutely love them.

Any help will be appreciated guys
Thanks a lot
Rob


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:49 am 
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Start by reviewing hardware that you already own. Post your reviews on forums like these and pay attention to the criticism. You'll get a lot.

Writing a review is 90% writing skill and 10% hardware. You need to know what you are reviewing, but there are a megaton of geeks online that have the same knowledge. If you want to make money at this, your review has to stand out and that can only be done by writing well.

Good luck.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:20 pm 
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what about video reviews
your writing does not need to be that elevated for those kinds of reviews


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On the contrary. You have to know how to give a good speech, and giving good speeches comes from knowing how to write good papers. Actually, doing video reviews can be harder than written reviews because you not only have to know how to speak, you also have to know how to act and present yourself to appeal to a large audience.

Good speaking skills come from good writing skills. If you don't know how to write well, you won't know how to speak well.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 4:50 pm 
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Yep, like bigtoyota says, video reviews = a lot tougher. Add in everything about writing, then top it off with being presentable (look at all the blue glove photos in the hardware reviews/tutorials here on MaxPC) and able to speak well (with no Ums and Ahs and not sounding retarded).

On the other hand, if you've got the writing and the speaking down, you're going to fill a fairly small niche very well. Geek reviewers aren't especially known for their speaking skills.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:53 pm 
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I am quite confident that I can handle both written and video reviews
The issue I am faced with at the moment however is that I have absolutely no clue where to start


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:05 pm 
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Your best bet would be to look at a couple of different forums and see if they are looking for any reviewers (I know Hardwarelogic in particular was looking for someone a while ago, probably not anymore).

It is difficult to get into hardware reviewing since a lot of people have the same technical knowledge.

I don't know how much money you can make out of this to be honest. The reviewing industry is pretty much maxed out. However, a good step would be to look at hardware reviewing websites (HotHardware, Maximum PC, Hardwarelogic, Tom's Hardware, etc) and look for employment opportunities. You might want to come up with a few samples, in other words write some sample reviews here or at a hardware review submission forum.

Considering you are currently 16, I honestly would wait a few years. Many companies hesitate to hire people younger than 18 (no offense by the way).

My advice would be to wait a few more years and enjoy the rest of your teenage years. They don't last forever and when they are gone, you will wish you had them back.


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Jipstyle told you where to start. Write a few reviews here and see how you fare. Granted it's not a paid position, but you're going to have to do this for free at first so that whomever hires you can see your previous work. There are other hardware forums out there you can submit reviews to as well, but they may or may not print them. Unfortunately, you can't just start writing reviews and expect to get paid for them. You have to start at the bottom and work your way up.


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I agree with starting by reviewing the hardware you already own. Even if you aren't doing video reviews, start by writing some here.

If you're still not sure where to start, start reading a bunch of reviews and take notes. What hardware, what they're comparing it to, what tests they're using, what attributes they're testing. For instance, when SPCR reviews video cards, they review for how quiet it is and how well it plays some demanding hi-def video clips, while every other site/forum will tell almost entirely about a video card's gaming performance.


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G.hOst666 wrote:
I am quite confident that I can handle both written and video reviews
The issue I am faced with at the moment however is that I have absolutely no clue where to start


Start with the hardware you already own.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 11:18 am 
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G.hOst666 wrote:
I am quite confident that I can handle both written and video reviews
The issue I am faced with at the moment however is that I have absolutely no clue where to start


Stand up, close your eyes, twirl around a few times, then open your eyes. Review whatever you see (tech item or not). Rinse and repeat.

Don't expect the first reviews to be deathless prose. So you won't necessarily post the first reviews, just use them for practice until you get to a point that you're happy with them.

Once you do start posting reviews, you might want to toss together a spreadsheet to track where you posted them (so you can go back later and see if there are any comments). If you are looking for hate mail on your reviews, set up a Gmail account for followups. :)


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 11:21 am 
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hackman2007 wrote:
My advice would be to wait a few more years and enjoy the rest of your teenage years. They don't last forever and when they are gone, you will wish you had them back.


Sigh, I remember the good old days. Playing games till sunrise, sleeping in late. Not having to worry about running off to a job early in the morning... No pressure, doing whatever I wanted to do... Sniff sniff... waaaaaaaa..... :cry:


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jcollins wrote:
hackman2007 wrote:
My advice would be to wait a few more years and enjoy the rest of your teenage years. They don't last forever and when they are gone, you will wish you had them back.


Sigh, I remember the good old days. Playing games till sunrise, sleeping in late. Not having to worry about running off to a job early in the morning... No pressure, doing whatever I wanted to do... Sniff sniff... waaaaaaaa..... :cry:


Erm....I take it I'm the only one here who still does this??


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 12:01 pm 
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hey I just wrote my first review here on my new blog
check it out and tell me what you think
if you like it bookmark it too or subscribe

http://ghostechreviews.blogspot.com/


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:33 pm 
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so what do you guys think>?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 12:01 am 
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You have good writing skills. I enjoyed reading everything you wrote, to be honest. Unfortunately even basic writing skills are severely lacking in modern society.

Upon a click of your link, the only real review I found was that of the Windows 7 Beta. I enjoyed reading it, and found out some new info. I too have played around with the 7 Beta, but never got that in depth. Everything else was simply a few current events put into your own words. Not much of a review.

Keep up the good work. Keep writing and reviewing, and I think you'll definitely find something in it for you.

Cheers!

BTW, the cat in the bong was hilarious. I love cats, but that guys logic (or lack thereof) made me laugh so hard I had tears in my eyes.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:29 am 
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ya i know there's only one review
but I started the whole thing last week
so I haven't had much time to write a lot
plus I am not only going to write reviews
I'm going to post up news that I find interesting also.

haha yeah that story is truly hilarious! Poor cat though. When I first read it I laughed my head off and I couldn't refrain myself from writing about it on the blog


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