As pleasure products move from the neon-plastered windows of back alley shops to the high-end counters of luxury adult boutiques, the taboo reputation of dildos and vibrators is slowly fading away. The growing popularity of adult toys has lead to the creation of a new kind of writer: the sex toy blogger. For those that aren’t familiar with the concept, a toy blogger or reviewer works directly with manufacturers, distributors, or retailers to sample adult products in exchange for a fair review on their blog.
Pipedream is flooded with requests from fans asking how they can become an official toy tester for our plethora of brand lines. As much as we love enthusiasm for our products, we can’t give away our entire warehouse for free – but that doesn’t mean you can’t work your way into our community of reviewers. Your love of toys and a little self-motivation just might nab you a coveted position as a Dream Team blogger.
Create Your Calling Card
Before you can start contacting companies and retail chains for product hand-outs, create an attractive blog site with corresponding social media. The more time and effort you put into your blog design and writing, the more likely you’ll be to get the attention of a company. Though reviewers rarely get paid (and by “rarely,” I mean “never”), treating your blog like a business shows that you’re worthy of a generous donation of free toys. It also helps to browse who else is in the reviewing community and work on strategies to differentiate yourself. Many dedicated reviewers have “blog rolls,” or lists of blogs they follow and trust. Research as many as you can, and then figure out how to stand out from the crowd.
Review What You Know
Would you hire an employee with a blank resume? That’s how a toy manufacturer will see your blog if you attempt to ask for free items before you’ve posted any reviews. To get started, use what you have in your current collection to build readership and display your writing skills. Though toy reviews should always be truthful, start your blog on a positive note and pick items you already love. Once a company sees that your purpose isn’t to senselessly bash their products, you’ll earn their trust and be able to post more critical reviews as you build your reputation. Use as much detail as possible to describe what makes a toy worth purchasing (or not): material, size, shape, texture, vibration, price. Always use the exact, full title of the toy and the company name, as promotion is how you’ll give back to the businesses in exchange for their samples.
As a reviewer, and thus a critic, be open-minded and willing to try something new. Film critics review more than their favorite movie genres, and restaurant reviewers don’t just stick to burger joints. I’m not suggesting that you should dive into an experience with our Anal Fantasy Collection Mega Silicone Plug if you’ve never tried anything in your back door. However, if you’re curious about bondage, then a beginners-friendly item like our Fetish Fantasy Limited Edition Bowtie Cuffs might be a good option when perusing a new sexual avenue.
Understand Objectivity and Be Aware of Your Body
A good reviewer understands 2 things: their own preferences, and how those preferences differ from the opinions of everyone else. An understanding of what works for your body is essential. The better you know your own turn-ons, the better you can grasp those of your readers. Through your review, you’re also teaching others how a particular toy could be their perfect match, even if it made your night an absolute bore. Blogging about pleasure products is more than just playing with toys and giving them a “yay” or “nay.” Knowledge of changing technology, sexual health, and how you can make your experiences relatable to others are all essential to creating a blog that gains support from companies and readers. Figuring out what makes you tick and then using that self-awareness to help others understand their bodies is the key to becoming a trusted source of sex toy know-how.
If you’ve followed our steps and are ready to review, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to hop on the Dream Team!