So, you want to learn how to become an Amazon reviewer? Maybe your ultimate goal is becoming one of Amazon’s top reviewers. As a product tester for Amazon, you’ll help other buyers make informed decisions about the products they want to purchase.
Amazon top reviewers receive free products through the Amazon Vine Voice program. Once accepted, you’ll receive free products for writing product reviews on Amazon. To become a reviewer who gets free stuff takes a bit of effort.
However, with a little guidance and commitment, you could potentially reap huge rewards with your reviews. Here are tips for becoming an Amazon reviewer who gets free or discounted products.
How To Become An Amazon Reviewer
1. Create A Profile On Amazon
If you haven’t done so already, sign up for an Amazon account and create a profile. Your profile provides merchants with a way to learn more about you and make contact with you. Think of your profile as an advertisement for yourself. Use the following guidelines to promote yourself and your ability to write reviews.
- Make sure your profile is filled out completely, including a picture, tell a little about yourself, and if you have a website or YouTube channel be sure to include a link.
- Provide an email address where merchants can reach you.
2. Stick to One Category
Amazon looks at your interest in specific product categories. If you want to be viewed as an expert reviewer, it’s better to stick to one product category. Evidence suggests that you have a better shot at becoming one of Amazon’s top reviewers if you stick to a single category.
3. Write Reviews For Things You’ve Already Bought
If you already have an Amazon account and have made purchases, you can click this link to start reviewing your Amazon purchases. Reviewing past purchases confirms that you’re a verified buyer and creates a portfolio of reviews for merchants to see.
To confirm your status as a professional reviewer you want to make sure your reviews meet the following criteria.
- Your review is well written with no spelling or grammatical errors. Try Grammarly, a free browser extension, to make sure that everything you write is error free.
- Include high-quality pictures and videos if possible of the item you are reviewing.
- Make your review as in-depth and as helpful as possible.
- Explain why you liked or disliked the product.
- Compare to similar merchandise and share how long you’ve used the product.
- Identify specific attributes (for example style and fit of clothing) and whether it met your expectations.
- Don’t describe your seller or shipping experience that has nothing to do with the product itself.
- If you’re not sure what to write about, think about the questions you’d ask if you were looking at an item on Amazon.
The more reviews you have in your history, the more times people indicate that your review was helpful, the more likely you are going to be approached by merchants to do free product testing. If you want merchants to offer you free merchandise to review then, you need to strive to get into Amazon’s top 10,000 reviewers. If you have ever written a review on Amazon, then you have a ranking. Your ranking can be found in your profile.
4. Check the Number of Reviews A Product Already Has
The chances of someone reading your review are slim if a product already has a large number of reviews. Take your time and look for items that have few or no reviews, that will increase your chance of being noticed. Remember, your Amazon reviewer ranking only improves when you get “Helpful Votes” from the people reading your review.
5. Download the Amazon App
The Amazon app comes with a barcode scanner that lets you look up products that you already own. If you can find a product that you already own, even if you didn’t purchase it from Amazon, you can still write a review.
6. Find More Products To Review On Amazon Review Sites
One of the easiest ways to find products to review is to visit one of the Amazon review websites. You can find free or discounted products for review on several different sites.
Here’s a list of some of the more popular sites:
- Cashbackbase is a website that features discounted Amazon products. Users choose the product they want to buy and purchase them on Amazon. Each product is available in a limited quantity. You buy the product on Amazon and submit your order details to Cashbackbase, and they refund your money.
- Jumpsend has one of the biggest selection of products around, and it’s easy to use. Just pick a product and send in a request. You have to wait for approval from the seller for the product; some are approved the same day. If the seller approves your request, you’ll receive an email with a promotional code for the product.
- Vipon offer deals and coupons for 50% off or more on Amazon products. Sign up with your email address to get started.
- Snagshout makes it easy to snag a deal -sign up, verify your email, confirm your phone number, then link and verify your Amazon account.
7. Become An Influencer
If you want to take your job as a product reviewer on Amazon to the next level, you need to become an influencer. It will be easier to get free products for review if you have a social media following. Be sure to link your social media accounts to your Amazon profile. A blog or YouTube channel is the most effective way to influence followers. Your Amazon profile will be more desirable to merchants when you have thousands of followers- making it easier to get free stuff.
The following sites help connect influencers with merchants to get free products for reviews:
- Tomoson offers a variety of products, and the majority of them are free. According to their website, the following is how influencers are approved to work with brands:
“When a Brand creates a campaign, they set prerequisites for what kind of influencer they are looking for. The parameters could be anything—from the amount of Twitter followers, Google Analytics unique users, or niche the blog is in. If an influencer meets the criteria, they will be preapproved. For the final step in the approval process, the Brand manually approves the influencers they wish to work with.”
- Brandbacker gives you the opportunity to work with brands in beauty, fashion, food, and lifestyle. Currently, over 30,000 influencers receive opportunities for free samples and paid posts.
- Octoly connects you with your favorite beauty, fashion, and lifestyle brands. To get started simply request a product you love and create an authentic review on Instagram or YouTube.
8. Don’t Pay For Shipping
One thing to keep in mind is that shipping isn’t covered when you receive a free product to review. You can get free shipping on products over 35 dollars, or you can get Amazon Prime for free shipping on all prime eligible products. Spending the extra money for a Prime membership is worth it if you intend to get a lot of free products to review. Don’t forget, Amazon Prime offers a free 30 day trial period to get you started.
To become a successful product tester for Amazon you have to produce consistent, well-written reviews. To stand out from the sea of other reviewers make sure you offer a clear, unbiased opinion. You need to create a history of quality reviews with high-resolution pictures or videos.
Remember, to be invited to the Amazon Vine program you need Amazon customers to judge your review as helpful. The Vine program does not allow vendors to modify, edit or delete a review. You need to be honest and helpful in the way you write about a product.
It will take a little time to establish a reputation, but it’s worth it. To improve your ranking on Amazon make sure you have more “Helpful Votes” than reviews. Writing too many reviews before you get any “Helpful Votes,” will actually make it harder for you to improve your ranking.
Your reputation means everything as a reviewer, so you want to be as authentic as possible. If you give a great review for a crappy product, you could lose your credibility as a reviewer. People are counting on you to guide them in their decision to make a purchase.
The Amazon review system is based on quality content that is well-written with high-quality pictures. Consistently producing a quality review will help you rise to the top of Amazon’s top reviewers list. Review consistently, and soon you will be a reviewer that gets stuff for free!