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Seeking Reviews
Writers join Writing.Com in order to be read and reviewed. There are many options to help you increase the number and quality of the reviews you receive.

Reviewing other writers is a great way to get yourself out there and try to garner reciprocal reviews.

Give meaningful feedback in your reviews.
You are more likely to receive return reviews if you put some effort into your reviews rather than just saying, "Good Job!" See "Guidelines To Great Reviewing for some tips on writing your reviews.

Review items that resemble your own writing.
If you only write poetry, review other poets. If you only write horror, review other horror stories. If you only write GC-rated material, review other GC-rated items. Reviewing like items will increase the possibility of return reviews as many reviewers choose to stay within their comfort zone when reviewing.

Request return reviews in your signature.
At the bottom of your review, post a link to an item that the author might enjoy reading and providing feedback for in a return review.

Make your reviews public.
Public reviews increase your visibility, and other members may click on your portfolio after seeing a review you posted.

The most popular methods for requesting and giving reviews are:

Visit the "Request a Review" page and choose your preferred reviewers.
Use our Request a Review page to find a reviewer that suits the style of reviewing for which you are looking. The members listed on this page are accepting review requests and ready to review your item! Peruse the list, check out members' review styles and request a review from anyone who seems like a good fit for your item. Click the "Request Review" link to go to the member's ""Reviews" Tab. (The Request a Review page can be found in the left navigation under "Things To Do & Read".)

Peruse the Public Review page for quality reviewers.
Use the Public Review page to find a reviewer that gives the level of feedback you are seeking. Click the member's handle to access the drop down menu and the member's "Request Review" link. If the member has this feature turned "ON", then he or she is accepting review requests. Click the "Request Review" link to go to the member's ""Reviews" Tab.

Utilize the Review Forums   and Review Groups  .
There are member-run "review exchange" and "review request" forums/groups on Writing.Com. They can be found using the site search system. Some of these groups exchange reviews among themselves. Some offer reviews in return for a set gift point payment. Others offer reviews just because you requested one. Keep in mind that these forums and groups are run by members who have offline lives and at times, this may hinder their ability to review items in a set time frame.

Advertise your item on "The Shameless "Plug" Page.
All members are welcome to post items for review. For items with E-rated intros and a content rating of 18+ and below, please see "The Shameless "Plug" Page. For items with non-E intros or a higher content rating of GC and XGC, please see "The GC+ Shameless "Plug" Page.

Request reviews for your item on "Please Review.
Be specific in your request in order to get the most out of the reviews you receive.

Offer payment for reviews using "Auto-Rewards.
Offering gift points for reviews generally increases the number of reviews you receive; however, it is not a guarantee of quality reviews so you should determine the number of gift points to give with that in mind. Remember that you can always send more gift points to a reviewer that gives outstanding feedback.

Sponsor your items using the BidClick system.
This is "Pay Per Click" advertising. Your item will be advertised in different areas around Writing.Com depending on the Bid you set up. When members click on the link, gift points will be deducted from your account. For complete information, see "BidClick System: Sponsored Items, Links & Genres.

Don't forget that before your readers can read the content of your item, they must choose it from among many others when all they see is a header, cover, title and brief description. It's important that you make your item really stand out on the "shelves" among the others. Once readers open your item, the content must still persuade them to read and review it.

Make your content readable.
Many reviewers prefer not to read or review items where the text does not separate paragraphs with a blank line, or it's obvious that the item has not been spell-checked.

Use an eye-catching cover, title and description.
Your item is competing with many others for reviews. To increase your chances of being seen and selected, make sure you think of an interesting title and description. A title of "Work In Progress" with little else in the description does not encourage members to click or entice them to review.

Add a Content Rating.
By default, member filters are set to exclude anything rated higher than 18+. If you don't add a content rating, then your item will not be seen in the public listings by the majority of members. See "Content Rating System (CRS) for further instruction on setting your content ratings.

Use the promotional features inside your port.
Many members who go to a port looking for an item to review will give first consideration to the author's Highlighted Items, on the assumption that the author is particularly interested in getting reviews for those items, and to save time looking through numerous items in a port.

There are plenty of options for garnering reviews on Writing.Com. If you need help or suggestions, post in "Technical Support Forum or "Writing.Com General Discussion and the community will help you out!1

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