DO YOU LOVE TO SHOP? BECOME AN AMAZON REVIEWER. HERE’S HOW!
Not very long ago, I started joining groups to review products, mostly through Amazon, at a discount (sometimes, even free) in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. As someone who a) loves to buy stuff, b) loves to get mail, and c) loves to SAVE MONEY, this quickly became an addiction/obsession. Almost every day, I’m getting stuff in the mail. Some are items I would never have purchased previously, while others are items I’ve wanted to try, but didn’t want to pay full price without testing it out first.
About two weeks in, I’d spent $46.48 out of pocket. The retail value to date is $640.98. According to my trusty spreadsheet, that’s a 92.7% savings. Saving money gives me a natural high.
Here’s part of the spreadsheet (with several columns hidden):
Not bad. Not bad at all.
Here is a blank copy of the spreadsheet I originally got from a Facebook group and tweaked to my own liking. This is a Word 2013 document. If you are using an older version, you may need to change some things.
How do you get started, you ask?
If you haven’t reviewed anything yet on Amazon, do it now. You need to have done a few reviews to get a rank, which is one thing sellers will look at. Review everything you’ve purchased through Amazon, no matter how long ago you bought it. Include photos or videos. I’ve reviewed items I did not get through Amazon, also; just make sure to always include photos on those reviews to show that you do indeed have that product. Ranks usually update every two days.
“Good product” isn’t a good review. Think about the product and what you, as a potential buyer, would want to know before spending your hard-earned money on this product. Think of the five Ws – Who, What, When, Where, Why. List pros and cons. What does it smell like, taste like, look like, does it come with batteries or a USB cord, who did you get it for, was it easy to set up? Good reviews answer these questions. Also, take photos. If you’re comfortable with it, take video.
Now, you have to find your profile on Amazon.com. Go to your public profile page to get the link. To find this, in a browser (this isn’t as simple on a phone app), click in the upper right where it says “Your Account” right under your name.
Next, in the dropdown, click “Your Account.”
Now, scroll all the way down and under “Personalization” is a link that says “Your Public Profile.” Click that.
Copy the URL. You’ll need that later.
There are many groups on Facebook for product reviewers. Some are amazing. Some are … less than amazing. Check them out. Search for the words “reviewers” and/or “Amazon” in Facebook. These groups, however, are not a requirement for being a reviewer. You just need to sign up on review websites. Here are a few review sites to get you started (some of these links are my affiliate links):
Some of these sites let you apply for specific products (AMZ Review Trader, Home Product Testing, Elite Deals Group, Dollar Deal Reviews, SnagShout, HonestFew), while others are done through email only (UberZon Club). *NOTE* Amazing Deals Group will not accept your name when you sign up if you have a hyphen in your first or last name.
When you first begin, the more things you put on your list on sites like AMZ Review Trader, the more likely you are to be chosen. Sites like SnagShout are instant; you choose the item and the approval is immediate.
Start your spreadsheet immediately after you are approved for your first item! It is VERY easy to get overwhelmed and lose track once the items start rolling in. Each site also has its own rules. Some require you to send your order number in by email. Some only want the review link once you’re done. How do you get the review link? Keep reading.
Go to your Amazon public profile. On the left, you’ll see a link that says “Reviews.” Click that.
This will bring you to a page with all of your reviews. Neat, huh? I never knew this was here until about a week ago. Right under the bottom left of each review is a link that says “Permalink.” Right-click that, click “Copy Link Location” and then you can paste it wherever you need to. I added a column to my spreadsheet for the permalinks so I don’t have to search for them if I need them later.
One last thing – ADD YOUR DISCLAIMER ON ALL DISCOUNT OR FREE ITEMS, regardless of what the sellers tell you to do. Some are not very honest and will ask you NOT to leave the disclaimer. DO NOT LISTEN TO THEM. You will not only have your accounts in the review groups/sites removed, you will lose your Amazon account.
Good luck! Know of any other good review sites to join? Let me know!
Feel free to follow my Amazon Reviews Pinterest board, too. I’m adding tips, tricks, new sites, and more.