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This section of my blog is about my hobby of writing consumer product reviews on Amazon.

Have you ever wondered about reviews that you read where the person writes their review, but at the end states that they received the product for free or at a discount?  Have you ever wondered how they get the products or why they do it?



Late last year, I found out how this actually works.  This is really true, not some silly scheme.  But this is more than about getting really cool things for free or at a huge discount. To be a good product reviewer, and to truly be successful at it, you need to enjoy the whole process, not just the cool products that are a perk.  In this blog, I just want to share with you how to do it, because it is fun and I enjoy helping people.  I have received thousands of dollars of products at an average discount of almost 90%. Some of the things I have received include a tablet, security cameras, children’s toys, beauty products, kitchen items, essential oils, home decor, clothing, and lawn and garden supplies.

But more important than getting all of these things, becoming a product reviewer on Amazon has given me a way to feel productive and useful again.  I will be sharing more about that in other areas of my blog. It is all an important part of the overall picture and direction I want to take this blog in, which is personal growth and development.  

I will be more than happy to share with you how to become a Top Reviewer on Amazon if you are really ready to put in the effort and time it takes to do the job right.  It is not as easy as you might think and there are many things to consider. There is a right way and a wrong way to go about becoming a product reviewer  You can just jump in like I did once you find the sites, or read some advice and follow some simple steps to make this so much easier on yourself!  I wish I would have had someone to guide me from the start, there are so many missteps I made and things I could have done better.

If you interested in becoming a Reviewer of products on Amazon or about learning how to do it better, you are in the right place. I hope you stay around to follow me on my journey. If you are already a Top Ranking Product Reviewer, I hope you will follow along too, offering advice and help on anything you read here. Feel free to reply to anything with advice, comments, constructive criticism or even laughter. The only way to navigate the confusing rules regarding writing reviews on Amazon and other places is to help each other by sharing what we have learned.

Thanks for stopping by, I am looking forward to getting to know you better.



Let me begin the formal introduction to writing product reviews by stating that not everything I get is a great product. There are many things I have received that are not worth the time or money involved that it takes to write a review for them.  It is a lot more involved than ordering something and spending two minutes to write a review. Anyone else who tries to tell you anything different is not telling the truth.  

This section of my blog is an ongoing project. I wish I had everything all ready and could walk you through step by step.  Every day I learn something new, though, which is what everyone should be doing. If you write product reviews on Amazon, you are actually in a bit of unchartered water.  Amazon, of course, has a Terms of Service (TOS) for product reviewers, The TOS is vague, though. They do not give you explicit guidelines to follow, in fact, it seems to be written purposefully vague so that it benefits them.  When they decide to interpret something in a different or unexpected, way it is easy to do since they don’t have a formal set of guidelines at this time.

Amazon’s Terms of Service, TOS for writing reviews can be found here: Customer Review Creation Guidelines.  This includes basic guidelines about Who May Write a Review, How Can You (I) Write a Great Review, Why Was My Review Rejected or Removed, and Reporting Violations & Product Safety. When I say it is basic, it really is. There is a lot more to learn about what they briefly go over, however, you should be VERY familiar with what it does say and make an effort to learn about what is expected those words. 

Current Articles: Start in the order they are listed if you are new to reviewing. 

Amazon is currently changing their policy when it comes to reviews on Amazon. Here are the latest articles I have written on the subject and my recommendation. I also have an email into Amazon with VERY specific questions about what we are allowed to do from this point forward. I have been promised a reply by Tuesday afternoon

Reviewing :: Backing Up Your Reviews With ARAT

Amazon Removing Some Reviews

Amazon TOS Changes :: Fact or Fiction, Again!

Amazon TOS :: No More Reviews in Exchange for Samples

 

What are the prerequisites to becoming a reviewer on Amazon:

Amazon TOS Changes :: Increase in Minimum Purchases to Write a Review, Again

and

Amazon TOS :: What is Fact and What is Fiction  

Okay, I qualify, what’s next? 

Now is the time to look at what current top reviewers on Amazon look like. You can find a list of the Top 10,000 Amazon reviewers here, Amazon’s Top Customer Reviewers. Pick a few that have nice profiles that interest you and read through their reviews and become familiar with what a good review should look like. 

There is no standard format but it is quickly evident what a good review is NOT! It is not a duplication of the product listing, it is not a few sentences that mean nothing. 

Writing Reviews 

Disclaimers? Disclaimers! Disclaimers?

Keyword Searching, Wishlisting, and Other Seller Requests 

Promotional Codes Giving You Trouble?

I have 2 additional articles that I have done about the Product Review Club. You may find the information interesting but I no longer consider their club a good environment. They have become progressively Seller centric and are now at the  point where they do not offer Customer Service for Reviewers.  

Do you have questions about AMZ RT 2.0? 

Reviewer Community Questions for AMZ Review Trader

Coming Soon, so don’t forget to check back often

Getting Organized  ~  What Not to Do  ~  The Importance of Your Amazon Profile
Contacting Sellers  ~  Amazon Rankings  ~  Seller Feedback  ~  FB Groups

The Importance of Being Well-Rounded  ~  Tips and Tricks  ~  Pitching  ~  Writing Negative Reviews

Let me know what you are curious about.  
Leave me a message and if I don’t know the answer
I will certainly try and find out for you.

I also encourage you to read another blog by the well respected, Ani Ruhama.  She has written some very informative articles. Her article You don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone, how (not) to lose your Amazon account should be required reading for every reviewer whether they are new or have written thousands of reviews.


Life is about the map we follow and the treasure we find along the way

6 Responses »

  1. Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog. Really enjoyed reading this as I am new to all this and could really use some help ! Your blog looks really nice and looking forward to future articles. I am now following you on Pinterest. Thanks again, Denise

  2. I hear mixed advice about whether we should review full price purchases once we start ART-style product reviews. Some have warned that it could lead to an account wipe. Others encourage reviewing everything. Any advice please?

    • Thanks for leaving another great question JD. I do have lots of advice on that, in fact, I would love to write up another article about what we should review and why so that the answer is easily accessible to everyone. I should have that done later this week or early next week, but I will let you know when it is.

      Thanks, Lynn Marie

  3. Oh, also about the disclaimers, what do I need to include in my disclaimer when I get an item at a discount for reviewing? Or for free? And do I need a disclaimer if I’m reviewing something I bought for full-price or received as a gift?

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