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FAQ / HELP / Frequently Asked Questions
Best Reviewer's members often ask questions, they're all interesting and help improve the site but some of them are just too frequently asked, they need to be answered on this page rather than by email, otherwise it's time wasted for everybody. So here they are:
- What are the Basic, Premium and Pro Memberships? Which one do I need?
Those 3 membership levels have strong differences. The best one is the Professional membership, personally that's the one I would choose simply because it is the best value for money on the site. The main point is the ad revenue sharing sitewide on a timeshare basis. It would be a little complicated to explain, but basically you'll earn much more money on the site and if you take the time to create accounts on adsense, chitika, amazon and clickbank then the money you'll earn automatically each month will be much more than the price of the Pro membership.
The premium membership is the best compromise between not paying anything and paying the Pro membership. It doesn't have sitewide timeshare since it is reserved for Pro members, but it has a lot more options than the Basic membership.
The Basic membership is really there just to try the site, or if you're really short on money, or only want to use the site to build backlinks and a little ad revenue sharing on the side. I wouldn't recommend it for long, it is much better to upgrade to the Premium membership in terms of revenue.
- How can I delete or modify my tops?
In order to delete or modify a top it's very easy. Simply click on EDIT at the top of your top, then you can modify it and click SAVE to save your changes. There is a caching system on Best Reviewer, so perhaps the anonymous visitors will not see your changes instantly but the cache will be refreshed in a few hours maximum.
To delete your top, after you have clicked on EDIT then you will see a button next to the SAVE button which reads "Delete". When you click on it, the next page will ask for your confirmation, if you click on the button to confirm then your top will be deleted, this action cannot be undone.
- How can I modify my username? I want to delete my user account and all my tops.
In order to modify your username it's very easy. Simply send me a message with your current username and the new one you want. I'll do it and send you a reply, your referral link will be the same, no need to update anything but your profile page url as well as your rss feed will change since it contains your username in the URL.
If you want to delete your user account and all your tops, it's the same, simply send me a message and I'll do it promptly and send you a reply to confirm deletion of your account and all your content.
- How can I track earnings from Best-Reviewer? How am I going to get paid?
You will be paid directly by AdSense. Since your ads will be displayed 100% of the time on your tops, you'll receive money for each click on those ads. In order to track your ad impressions and earnings, you'll need to watch directly into your account, you have three choices:
- in AdSense admin, click on Performance Reports and click on Sites, then you'll find BEST-REVIEWER.COM
- in AdSense admin, create a new URL CHANNEL and input the url BEST-REVIEWER.COM when asked for an url.
- in AdSense admin, you can see the performance of your ad unit, and each ad units you use for Best Reviewer (own, referrals and sitewide timeshare).
Here is the AdSense page to review and create URL and CUSTOM channels:
If you need help in creating a URL CHANNEL in AdSense, they've made a page to explain the process:
How to create a URL Channel in AdSense
When asked for an URL simply enter best-reviewer.com nothing more.
In all cases, stats will start to show in a few hours after creation and data will start to record from the moment you created the channel, you won't be able to see what happened before. But note that with the URL CHANNEL only you may encounter a problem of page views reporting always 0 in AdSense.. It is a long standing bug which AdSense never bothered to correct, or maybe they did, I don't know I don't use URL CHANNEL now since it is not needed anymore.
- Is Best-Reviewer.com bad for my original articles I link to from my tops? I see the tops pages in front of my own article in Google's search results! What about duplicate content penalties?
This myth confuses LOTS of members. Google has already demystified the duplicate content penalty myth in its official blog, you can read for instance:
So please, as Google suggests, stop listening to people who don't know any better and try to scare you uselessly... copying your article introduction in the top's description doesn't qualify as "scrapping the content" because that would involve copying all the article in the top description, and even then, google is good at knowing where the original content came from.
It's true that at first you can see Best Reviewer in front of your own articles in search results, but don't worry, that is simply a freshness boost given by google to new pages when it first discovers them. This artificial boost can last from a few days to weeks, but eventually the original article will always be in first, if only because on the top page there's a link to the original article, and there's no link from the original article to the top page!
I understand that you can be afraid, but don't be, because even Google says there's no reason to be, and please tell that to the person who first told you this false information, this myth.
- Why do I see Amazon ads and links from another affiliate on my top?
Well, I've put this in place as an attempt to deter members from submitting tops with their Amazon affiliate links in them. So I thought perhaps having competitive ads (my own Amazon affiliate links BTW) on their page will lower the perceived value of making tons and tons of tops with only Amazon affiliate links in them. I don't know if this will work, but I'm trying.
Why do I try to deter members from submitting tops with Amazon affiliate links? Well it's always for the same reason, Google doesn't like it. I once read an internal documentation made by Google for its online workers in charge of ranking sites and reporting spam sites. And inside this documentation it was clearly written that one of the factors to help determine if the site needed to be reported as spam (and so, penalized) is the fact that pages have affiliate links on them and so don't add much value compared to going directly to the merchant site.
So, I know that having 10% of pages with affiliate links is ok, more maybe, but how do I limit members from doing too many such tops? I can totally ban Amazon links, it's easy. But I don't want to do it, because it's perfectly fine for Google to have some of the pages with affiliate links in them, so I came up with this solution to try to deter members from doing it too much.
I don't know if that will work, so if I see that the trend continues to grow, then I'll ban it (not delete the tops but by simply not displaying any link going to Amazon) and I'll update this FAQ page to say so. Probably won't happen as I believe members doing that kind of tops will not be happy to see competitive ads on their tops and will limit themselves automatically :-)
If this measure affects you, the only thing I can recommend is that you create one page per product you want to promote, on your own blog/site and only then you can create a top which links to your pages. That way there won't be any Amazon ads on your top page, it will be clean :-)
- Can you explain me this or that part of the Best Reviewer system?
You can find some very detailled articles about Best-Reviewer.com done by members of the site, such as:
Search Google for "Best Reviewer" and you'll soon find many articles simply introducing or explaining in great details the site.
Also check those video tutorials on how to use Best Reviewer efficiently:
Do you have another question? You're welcome to ask it directly by contacting the webmaster (James) and receive a reply very quickly.