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How To Create A Review Blog (For Newbie Bloggers)

Lesson 10 Module 2

You have seen all those blogs out there with reviews on them. They are everywhere, and they are really helpful when you want to make a purchase. Do you wonder how these review bloggers do it? Well, I will tell you!

Firsttimeparentguide.com is my first ever review blog. I used to review all kinds of baby products but eventually decided to narrow it down to just convertible car seats.

This lesson will help get your review blog up and running in no time at all.


how to create a review blog


Start With Your Own Experiences And Opinions

Think about what you like, dislike or find useful in the products that you use then, build a blog post around it!

All of the posts will be based on your personal thoughts and knowledge, which is pretty hard to compete with when it comes to authority.

A lot of bloggers do this because it helps them stay focused on their niche topic instead of branching out into different ones, which could limit reader interest over time.

My first ever product review was about a cloth diaper that we used for 4+ years.

Because my "review" was personal and detailed - how to use them, how to wash them, how to maintain their usefulness, hacks, etc., the cloth diaper review got a lot of mentions from the brand itself.

They have several e-commerce stores pointing to my review. It also has the most comments of all my reviews.

When people ask in the comments section, it's your chance to elaborate on how the product is, which can make it more valuable to the readers.


Be Opinionated.

It's easy to get all the technical specifications of the products from the merchant's website but, how does that help your reader? People search for reviews to find opinions about them, so be honest and give it to them.

Find creative ways to tell your opinion - through a story or using the benefits of the product and not just saying "I thought this was perfect."

Talk about how it fits into your life. What is its usefulness? If there are any cons in comparison with other products on the market, talk about those too! Regardless if they're big or small- mention all of them!

Your readers can't see exactly how something works out for you through pictures so make sure you include details when describing items.

It will help people decide better whether or not that's worth their money. Giving credible sources at times also helps.

For example:

Ever since I met Jarvis (it's an AI writing assistant), I just can't shut up about it. Therefore, I created a course mainly to let the whole world know about it, lol.

Jarvis from Conversion.ai is the ultimate solution for bloggers-wannabes who struggle in content writing.

By elaborating how Jarvis can help non-writers, these wannabe-bloggers can try the tool for free and decide for themselves later on if it will indeed end their struggle with writing content.

I was a little skeptical of this tool before trying it out myself and I wasn't sure if it would be worth the money. However, now that I have been using it, my opinion has changed entirely!

The best part about Jarvis is how easy it makes blogging. You don’t even need writing skills. With just a few clicks, your blog post will be ready in minutes.


Find A Topic You Are Passionate About 

Firsttimeparentguide.com has been my bread and butter since 2017. Because all the content is product-based and I mainly promote Amazon, I end up earning from whatever my readers buy - even their grocery items, lol.

However, baby products (especially car seats), are not really my passion.

I simply wanted to write about all our cloth diapers (we had at least 10 different brands), and then things happened. Google keeps on giving me Page 1 rankings when it comes to car seat keywords (haha, I know, it's a good problem to have).

Because I wanted to earn fast in the past, I changed my direction to producing car seats reviews.

I spent a crazy amount of time in research and ended up outsourcing the reviews.

And because I wasn't passionate enough about the topic, I still have unpublished reviews until now due to a lack of interest to double-check the facts and proofread the review.

It is important for you to find something that you are passionate about and would enjoy writing on it because chances are, this can end up as a full-time job in the future.


Use Reusable Templates

Using a template is helpful if you are reviewing a specific category of product or services. For example, my car seat reviews already have saved templates so I can just grab them and change the content.

  • Ideal Use
  • Will It Fit In My Car
  • Installation
  • Etc...

Because I already created the tables and the layouts, all I have to do is to change the content inside the table without worrying about creating the format from scratch.

You can do this by using Gutenberg's Reusable Block or Thrive Architect's Symbol.

The idea is that you can reuse the same templates for the blog posts/reviews. Let's see how you can do it.


How To Use Gutenberg's Reusable Block

Create an empty post by going to Posts > Add New.

Let's try to create a button. This should be a "reusable" button so that every time you want to insert a button in your post, you don't have to design it from scratch.

Press +, then type "button" on the search box.

how to add a button using guttenberg

Design the button you want by selecting it, and pressing the gear icon on the top right (beside "Publish"). 

Go to the "Block" tab where you can customize the button's color, style, etc. to fit your brand.

how to customize a button in block editor

Once you are done customizing, click on the button block. Go to the upper right part (3 dots) and select "Add to Reusable Blocks. "

how to create a reusable block in guttenberg

Reusable blocks can be done for all Blocks - whether it is a table, paragraph, image, video, etc.

To manage your reusable blocks, go to the + icon on the top left, then go to the "Reusable " tab. This is where all your reusable blocks are stored.

To delete any block or make changes to them, select "Manage all reusable blocks," then, delete or edit as needed.

how to manage reusable blocks in Block Editor

Gutenberg's blocks are pretty basic. You can only customize them in terms of color, shape, and size. This is where the Thrive Architect can help.


How To Use The Thrive Architect To Create Reusable Blocks (we call it a "Symbol" in Thrive)

If you are using the Thrive Theme Builder as per the previous lesson, then you'll have access to all Thrive products. One of them is called the Thrive Architect plugin.

As a WordPress plugin, we need to install and activate it by going to your WordPress Dashboard > Thrive Product Manager > Install Product.

how to install thrive architect

Once installed, you can now customize all the elements in your site - everything you can think of!

We are going to be tackling its use one by one as we progress in the next lessons so you don’t get confused. For now, we will create a reusable block or "Symbol."

Create a post. Posts > Add New. Then, press “Launch Thrive Architect.”

how to create a Thrive Architect post

Go to the + icon on the right side. You’ll now see all the Thrive Architect’s Elements you can use! 

how to access Thrive Architect elements

The difference with Thrive Architect is that you now have a lot of options to play with, so you never need to actually design from scratch.

You can just choose a template that you want, and you’ll have it ready in a few clicks. Here are some of the templates...

Thrive Architect elements
Thrive Architect Building Blocks
Thrive Architect Elements That You Can Use
Thrive Architect Elements For Blog Posts

For the sake of an example, let’s create a button, too.


How To Create A Button Template

Press + then button. Choose a button template you like. Customize as you wish or as per your brand.

how to create a button in Thrive Architect

To save the button as a reusable Symbol, press the save icon on the upper right part of the element and "Save As A Symbol."

Give it a name so you will remember what to type in the search box later on.

how to save a Thrive Architect Symbol

Once it's saved, you can now reuse it as it is, or use it as a template every time you need a button so that all the buttons in your site will be uniform or will have a similar touch.


How To Create An Image Template

To create an image template, select the + icon on the top right, then choose "Content Box." This will serve as the holder of the image you want to upload. Without the Content Box, you will not be able to save this image as a template.

Next, insert a picture by pressing + again, then "Image." Drag the image icon element inside the Content Box you just created.

how to insert an image in Thrive Architect
drag the image inside content box

Drag the image icon element inside the Content Box


Upload the image to your Media library. Once ready, click "Insert To Post."

how to insert an image in a blog post


On the left side of the screen, set the dimensions to a maximum of 600 px wide ("Size").

customize settings in Thrive Architect

While it is tempting to make it bigger, large images can drag your website speed down by default. Unless you serve your images in a CDN (separate lesson), it is best not to upload large images for your posts.

You can customize the look of the image - add borders, shadow, add a caption, etc. Feel free to customize it according to your liking. Once done, save the image as a template.

To save it as a template, click on the Content Box, and save it as a Symbol, as per the instruction on the button template above.


Do this same process to create your templates so you don't have to customize everything from scratch and everything in your site will have a cohesive look.

All the customizations you need can be found on the left side of the screen, and all the Thrive Architect elements you can customize can be found on the right.

Thrive Architect Editor


Manage The Templates

To manage all your saved reusable Symbols, go to your WordPress Dashboard > Thrive Dashboard, and scroll down to "Global Elements."

how to manage global elements in Thrive

Press "Manage Global Elements " and select the "Symbols And Blocks " tab to edit, rename or delete your reusable Symbols/templates.

how to access symbols and blocks in Thrive


Important Note:

There are two goals for creating a reusable block or symbol.

  1. To not start from scratch every time you want to insert something that is 100% the same.
  2. To have a good starting point for creating something similar.


To help you understand my first point, this is an example of a symbol.

example of a reusable Symbol in Thrive

I insert this into all my car seat reviews. Every time my recommendation changes, all I have to do is to access the reusable template for this, and it will automatically update all my product reviews containing this Symbol.


To illustrate the 2nd point, here is a sample template I always use for my car seat's "Ideal Use."

example of a Table template in Thrive

Every time I start with a new review where I need to put similar data (rear-facing weight, rear-facing height, etc), all I have to do is change the values in the table.

I don't need to format them again since the template is already saved.


To insert a reusable symbol in a post, go to the upper right side > Templates and Symbols.

Select the Symbol tab and look for the template. If you can remember its name, you can simply type on the search box.

In this example, I will insert a video template.

how to access the reusable symbols in Thrive

Select the video holder template.

If you press "Edit as Symbol " on the top left, whatever changes you do with it will update all the posts with this Symbol inserted.

how to edit a symbol in Thrive

If you want to insert a completely different video, press "Unlink " first so that it will not affect anything, except the current video template holder you are using.

how to unlink a Thrive Architect symbol


Review Elements You Can Prepare As Templates

There are several elements in your review that you can make ahead of time so that the templates are already prepared.

Here are some useful Symbols to prepare as templates so you can easily add them to your review when needed.


1. Reusable images & texts 


2. "Columns And Tables " (there are a lot of templates to choose from)


Example of Column Template

Eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna

Pros
  • Lorem ispum dolor nam sagittis  
  • Bibendum ispum dolor elitis
  • Sapines ad labore duius nunc
  • Aliqua nulla pariatur elitis
Cons
  • Lorem ispum dolor nam sagittis  
  • Bibendum ispum dolor elitis
  • Sapines ad labore duius nunc
  • Aliqua nulla pariatur elitis

Conclusion:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur.


3. "Buttons " (See examples)


4. "Click To Tweet " content box to invite engagement (invite the reader to tweet your content)

This is an example of a Click To Tweet template. Paste the text here if there is something in your content worth tweeting.

Click to Tweet


5. "Countdown " for limited-time offers (See example template)

28
Days
:
 
01
Hours
:
 
42
Minutes
:
 
34
Seconds

You missed out!


6. "Lead generation " forms (i.e. invite to subscribe to an e-mail newsletter, or ask them to fill up contact forms

Example of an e-mail opt-in template:

Get Access To 

My Full FREE Blogging Course!


Example of a contact form:

Your Name*
Email Address*
Website
Message*
0 of 350


7. "Star rating." Example...


8. "Styled list." Example...

  • List Element
  • List Element
  • List Element


9. "Table Of Contents." Example...


10. "Video " holders. Example...


11. "Testimonial " templates. Example...

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.

 Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute 

Jesse Parker

IT Consultant


12. "Audio." Example...


13. "Call to Action." Example...

Sign up to the Webinar

Secure your place in our free webinar on [topic] and learn to achieve [outcome].


14. "Guarantee Box." Example...

Fully Backed by our 100% Risk Free Guarantee

If, for any reason, you don't like this amazing plugin, you can get a full refund anytime within 30 days after your purchase. If you have any issues, just get in touch with our friendly support team and they'll either help you out until you get the results you need or give you a swift refund.


15. "Image Gallery." Example...


16. "Pricing Table." Example...

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17. "Styled Box." Example...

About

Full Name


Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec mauris nulla, ullamcorper eu augue non, luctus auctor velit. Mauris nec ipsum eget mauris venenatis scelerisque. Nulla blandit ornare consequat. Pellentesque imperdiet velit vitae ex accumsan, ac sollicitudin metus malesuada.

While you don't need to use all your prepared templates in one review, it is good to know that you don't need an additional plugin to achieve the desired look.

Also, it's good that all your templates are already saved and accessible whenever you need them.

You have complete control for anything you want to do with your site just by using the combination of Thrive Architect and Thrive Theme Builder.

Thrive Architect will let you design everything with ease, and while it works well with other WordPress themes too, it works best when paired with the Thrive Theme Builder.


A Note About The Email Form

Adding an e-mail form to collect your website visitors' email addresses might be too early when you are just building your site in its infancy. Just know that using the Thrive Theme Builder will let you put an e-mail opt-in form in place, wherever you want.

Complement it with Thrive Architect to customize the look of your e-mail opt-in form. Save it as a Symbol so that you can insert that same template wherever you want without starting from scratch.

You can get this e-mail to opt-in form from Thrive Architect's "lead generation" element or "Call To Action" templates.


Contact Form

Putting your e-mail address in public can invite unnecessary spam emails. To avoid this, put a contact form in place to give visitors the opportunity to contact you through a form.

You can get this contact form from Thrive Architect's "lead generation " element.


Conclusion

Starting a review site is like having a full-time job. If you like to write and have the time, it's a lot of fun. It can also be rewarding financially if your reviews are accurate, well-researched, and unbiased.

Getting your templates ready by saving them as reusable blocks or Symbols will help save time and make your blog look more professional.

What I like about doing things myself is knowing exactly how my review site will work and where my money is going each month. If I ever get tired of running the site, I can sell it to get all my investments back and have some ROI, or I can just leave the site as it is, let it sit and earn on its own, and just get back working on it when I need to.

Review sites earn fastest since this is the buying stage for most readers. All your reviews, when done right, can end up earning a good money.

If you are not willing to invest the time and energy into a review site but you want to earn fast, there is another option to produce unlimited review articles: get Jarvis!


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