What is jReviews?
jReviews is an extenstion for the Joomla! Content Management System. jReviews allows you to create a review website complete with editor and user reviews, custom fields, themes to style the layout, and the administrative tools needed to manage it.
Is jReviews worth the expense?
Absolutely. I am not aware of any other review application that is as full featured and customizable as jReviews. jReviews allows me to develop full featured, interactive review websites on any topic imaginable.
Many quality developers have hourly rates of the total cost of jReviews. When you look at it this way the price is bargain. The real effort will be in the design and development of your site and jReviews is one of the tools that will get you there.
jReviews can fit into any review topic or situation. I have helped build websites to review cable modems, youth baseball tournaments, voip solutions, concerts and many other topics. Part of the power of jReview is how flexible it is.
Is jReviews easy to implement?
jReviews has many features and options. Some planning will be required to determine the direction you take your site in. Any well thought out website or even business model takes planning, the more planning you do at the beggining the better chance you have for success.
Once you grasp the concepts of jreviews it is easy to work with and develop in. The jReview forums are very helpful in understanding all the configuration options. In addition to the forums is the developer, Alejandro, provides excellent support both through the forums and a ticketing system.
Can review sites make money from advertising?
To borrow a line from professional poker players, money from web advertising is a hard way to make an easy living. Money can be made from advertising but it is an uphill battle. If you are out to create a website just to earn money you have a long road ahead of you. I am talking years. A great plan of attack is to find a topic that you enjoy and are genuinely interested in and would like to help others with. If you are not interested in the topic you will not want to work on your review website.
You can make money from Google Adsense but it really depends on the amount of traffic you get. It is a lot of work to get natural traffic. Setting up jReviews is one small part of a well rounded SEO optimized site. There is meta data, search engine friendly urls, quality content, incoming links to consider. In addition to the SEO there is the design and usability of the site. All of this combined with jReviews helps you develop quality traffic.
Is your review website worth the effort?
I would say so. It has been a lot of fun working on my jReview sites. I learn much more about the topic being reviewed. It has been fun and a great challenge to increase the search engine results. It has taken much of my time and has been a good hobby and way to communitcate with others around the world.
If you are looking for the tools to build a review website or add reviews to your website jReviews is the best way to go.
Check out jReviews at www.reviewsforjoomla.com