Want to start a Review Website!  Simple manned by one person

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Can you help me to start a Review website.  I want to review various things such as restaurants. It must be simple from the start.  I already have a website established already.  It is a Wordpress.  I want to do all the work my self and I do not have any money.
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Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.

This is very, very achievable and there are a plethora of free plugins that will get you there.

When you say you want review "various things" do you have specific things in mind or just generic reviews as you happen to think of them?


I want to do something that will be profitable.  I am leaning with mobile.  I currently work as a secret shopper.  I am know this industry very well.  What do you suggest.
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I want to do something that will be profitable

Can't really help you there.  There is not a lack of review sites so you are entering a crowded market.  Do you hope to make money via subscriptions (and thus protected content) or ads?

Now, that being said, there are plugins specifically written to monetize reviews:

(same plugin, just the WP download and their own site)

But there are also plugins that just assist you in creating a review archive:


I am leaning with mobile

What does that mean?

What do you suggest?

1) Define a niche to start in.  If you are too broad, then you risk losing quality.

2) Decide how you want to monetize.  Broadly speaking you can try to sell subscriptions which is riskier but much more profitable if done right or you can run ads and be almost guaranteed to make money, just very little initially and slow to build.

3) Make sure you have or are in the process of building a presence on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Yelp, Pinterest, etc.  Social is the new search and you are going to need to have a fairly significant following on relevent social networks to make a standalone site work.


I am working on the social medias.  I am currently on Twitter, LinkIn and Facebook.  I will move to some of the others.  Networking on some the social medias are kind of difficult.  I plan to make money via ads.  But, I will consider the subscriptions.  Thanks.


I notice that Yelp uses a similar site as a Wordpress.  Very simple.  Thanks.

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