@Wirecutter/LAUREN DRAGAN – you might have been able to write a more persuasive piece if you dug around a bit before you wrote the piece. Seems like you could have done a bit more digging to really get some interest in all these fake damn reviews. However, I believe wirecutter benefits tremendously from links/fwd to amazon products – so you might be biting the hand that feeds you.
I am really enjoying it the moment and am still surprised at how much momentum it has gathered since updating my profile page! From the emails requesting reviews it seems the sellers do indeed look at the reviews of similar products they are selling and seem to have found me that way. I’ve also had a couple of companies sending me further products after I had published my first review for them. I have been very lucky in that I have use for most of the products, I give unbiased and honest reviews and thankfully haven’t been asked to give only positive reviews. I have had follow up emails requesting the review immediately upon me receiving the product although I have made it clear in my first response to a request that I will publish the review only after I have had a reasonable period to test and try out the product although obviously some need more time than others but I tend not to leave it any longer than 10days although with vitamin supplements I do give that a 3-4 week period but I do let the seller know this in advance. I will point out in my reviews the Pro’s and Con’s of each product but I do it in a constructive manner and use a positive, friendly tone, well as much as can be conveyed in writing as such. One thing that the sellers really appreciate is the addition of any photographs if possible with the written review so now I try to ensure to provide these where appropriate.
#14 – Elite Deal Club – can’t order anything. Every time you click on a product to get the coupon code, you get a message that says “code not found”. I’ve even written emails to them, and still not working. A couple of people who are signed up with Elite Deal Club, get the same message. So, does not work.
Another reader sent me this (in another comment below): Looks like free products fall under the taxable “Barter exchanges of goods or services”. Read more Tax Implications of Blogging and Free Product Reviews
For all of the criticism that it’s received, there are some really dedicated reviewers among their ranks, including the current top-ranked Amazon reviewer, who has written 3,451 reviews and received over 84,000 votes from other Amazon users for the helpfulness of her reviews. And, you can’t disagree the value of a good review when you go shopping on Amazon The Amazon Shopping Guide The Amazon Shopping Guide This free Amazon shopping guide outlines everything you need to know to make the best use of Amazon and secure the best deals. Read More .
Once you get the approval to test, the company will ask for your address to send you the product to test for a week or two. Then, they’ll follow up with you with an email asking questions about the product you’ve tested. When you’re done, you get paid! WOO HOO!
After you get the design done, you need to print it out and add it to your packaging. Most manufacturers that make their own packaging can do this for you. If you, on the other hand, have a separate packaging manufacturer, they will most certainly be able to do it for you.
There are many other more common ways you don’t even mention. Ever wonder how a high-profile book never fails to become a “New York Times Bestseller” three days after it appears? Ever wonder how it garners 150 five-star reviews in a week? Simple: the agency handling the author, the publisher, the PR agency assigned to the book, and others give free copies to all their employees…ALL their employees, even the ones not directly working on that project. They are then told to write reviews on their own time. They are not told what sort of reviews to write, but anyone savvy enough to get a job in a field like this knows not to bite the hand that feeds you. So the book gets hundreds of ***** reviews in a week or two. Smaller writers without the PR armies like this behind them, dealing with publishers who have smaller budgets and staffs, cannot do this. Technically they aren’t “fake” reviews, but they really are, because if you work for X publisher and you write too many inferior reviews for their books (or even just one) they’ll figure you don’t like working there anymore and you’ll soon be standing in the unemployment line.
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I review all of the time, but I’m wanting to start reviewing bigger products. Such as Bluetooth Speakers, and things like that. So, my question is how do I go about getting approved to review bigger products. Any advice you can give me would be wonderful.