Review of Guide to Cashing in on Shiny New Object Syndrome – Part 3 (The 10 Steps)

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 (You Are Here)

Guide to Cashing in on Shiny New Object SyndromeIn part 1 of my review of the Guide to Cashing in on Shiny Object Syndrome by Tiffany Dow we looked over the sales copy and what it promised us.

In part 2 we went over the first half of the report itself. If you haven’t yet, I highly suggest checking out those first.

In part 3 I will be reviewing the second half of the book including the ten steps Tiff includes for this system to work. After that I will spend some time putting the methods into action. I will occasionally blog about what I discover as I actually work my way through the product. Once I have tested the methods I will report back and let you know how much, if any, I have made.

So, let’s get started!

In the first step she starts talking about the first things you should do when you decide to review a product. She talks about how to name your blog posts. (Very simple.) She also mentions some important disclosures you should make and how to make them as part of your review. This is important for both you and your readers and she includes a good list that includes things that are required by the FTC and so on as well as other things you should disclose for transparency and your reader’s benefit.

This is the first place where she gives some examples of reviews she has done. This is something I had been waiting for throughout the entire first half of the report. Things make so much more sense when you get to see a working example!

She also gives you a few tips if you are the shy type and worried about upsetting someone. I used to be like that and I know it is tough but it is something you will need to get over for this method. The big point you will see throughout this report is that complete honesty is necessary for this to work right.

Step 2 is another thing that you can do before you start actually reviewing the product and provides a lot of value to your readers. It is actually something I hadn’t thought of before I read this report and I can really see how it can be helpful and improve the overall review experience for both you and your readers. Great tip Tiff!

Along with some tips for creating more engaging titles she gives a good list of things to discuss within this part of your review.

Step 3 is something I normally skip in my reviews but I can see where it would be helpful in some instances. It is something that would normally take all of two sentences but if there are complications I suppose it would be worth mentioning. She discusses how to deal with upsells when you are buying a product to review. (I’m pretty 50/50 on whether or not I buy upsells if I’m reviewing a product.)

Step 4 is where the work comes in. A big part of this system includes the fact that you don’t just read a product and review it, you test a product. This is why I say this isn’t for those that are afraid of work. She discusses how often you should blog.

The chapter with step 5 actually has a ton of great info. She talks about ethics while writing your reviews and how much is too much information to include as well as what type of information is good to include for your readers. So far this has been the best and most helpful chapter in my opinion.

I do have a bit of an issue with this chapter though… She has one paragraph talking about how much information is too much information when it comes to talking about what a product is teaching you. I would have liked more information on that. It is actually my biggest issue when writing a review. I want to be helpful but I don’t want to be giving away the information in the product since that isn’t fair to the creator. I would love more examples of what is too far and what is acceptable. (If you are reading this Tiff… I would love it if you would email me some insight. lol)

Another thing I would have liked to see is more examples of her reviews along the way. She linked to them once by this point but I would have loved a link to go with each step to see how she does things rather than needing to go search through her reviews myself to find it.

Step 6 includes some things I hadn’t thought about when it comes to sharing results and keeping results from being flawed. She also talks more about honest within your reviews while sharing your results.

Step 7 is about making your final recommendation which leaves me wondering… what are the other three steps? Either way, Tiff once again gives you a nice list of things to think about when deciding if the product was a success or not.

One thing I love about this product is how Tiff shares her own personal stories off and on. She talks about what she did when she had decided to promote a product and changed her mind later when she no longer felt the marketer was someone she felt comfortable promoting. Great tips on how to make sure you don’t lose out on the hard work you put in to writing the review.

Step 8 is about compiling reviews which is very important when you are doing multi-post reviews.

Step 9 is another thing people often forget… updating your reviews. It may be kind of a pain if you want to set and forget but it is always a good idea to keep readers informed. She also reminded me that some products get pulled from the market and how you can still profit from a review after that happens.

Step 10 is really cool because it gives a lot of tips for taking your review site to the next level or even use it along with your own products you create! (No, she isn’t saying to review your own products.) I really love this idea and plan to use it whether or not I continue using this system after this review is finished.

Now that the 10 steps are done we move on to the last bit of the report. (There are two pages left.) Tiff covers more ways you can make more money from your review site, what to do with your sites you create while implementing the products you review, and how to handle different JV requests. I’m always cautious about JVs and it takes a lot of trust for me to enter into one and I see that Tiff is careful like I am.

Tiff ends by inviting you to test her methods and explains how to become an affiliate for her product. Normally I hate it when product owners advertise their affiliate programs in their make money online products. It starts to seem to circular. “Buy my product and then promote it so someone else can buy it and promote it.” This is one of the few products where it wasn’t off putting though. It makes sense because her product could very easily be the first you review with her methods since it is obviously the most recent one you have purchased.

Well… that is the end of this product. It had some great nuggets. I had a few annoyances like how long it took to get to the meat. The first half also seemed way longer than the second half while reading it while the second half was where all of the step-by-step information was.

Now, I still need to test these methods out before I will actually endorse this product, but this is very solid and actionable advice and seems like a great system for someone willing to put forth the work. There are a few flaws, the biggest in my opinion being clarity in a few different areas. As I put the steps into action I hope I can clarify some of this for you!

I’ll post occasional updates and after I have done a few product reviews and see how traffic/sales change I will do a summary and let you know if this product really works.

If you want to pick up Cashing in on Shiny New Object Syndrome and get started writing reviews yourself you can do that here. Let’s see how it goes!

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