Online reviews are more commonplace than people realize. A few of the most common websites that have comments and reviews on them are Yelp, YouTube, and the general reviews and comments on blogs and articles. Have you ever actually thought about the review you’ve written after you’ve written it? Have you also considered the fact that at least one person has seen every review or comment that you have ever posted online?

So how does this pertain to you as an individual? Why does it matter that someone has read your review on Yelp, YouTube, or some random website? Well, it matters because it not only tells people who you are, but more importantly, if you write a bad review (in the sense that you go beyond the allowed standard of disagreement, i.e. using curse words, hate speech, or slander), that comment may come back to haunt you.

Now that we have spoken about the importance of online reviews, let’s go over the steps needed to write a good review.

1. Check your grammar.
Most people do not write for a living, but that does not mean that your writing should look like garbage when you post it. There are some pretty simple steps that you can take to avoid making mistakes in grammar and spelling, and some of those steps include writing short sentences, using small words, getting to the point, and avoiding grandiose statements and sentences.

2. Check your content.
What we mean by checking your content is that you should re-read your review after you write it in order to make sure that the review not only makes sense, but is also worth reading. Regardless of whether you are writing a good or bad review, your review should have something to say to readers. If you don’t have anything useful or informative to say, you shouldn’t write the review. Remember, no matter what you write in your review, at least one person is going to read it, so make sure that it has something worth saying (even if the review is negative).

3. Leave unsavory comments to yourself.
It is commonplace to see curse words and other unrepeatable statements in reviews or comment sections on blogs and articles. Regardless of the points being raised in the article, do not lower your own dignity by adding vile content to the conversation.

In conclusion, when you write an online review it should look nice (well-written), it should sound nice (informed opinion), and it should be devoid of poisonous language. Even if your review is negative, make sure the review is worth reading. If you follow these steps, we’re sure that you’ll be writing informative and well-written reviews in no time!