Thursday, December 17, 2015

What does a good review consist of? #reviewer #amazon #igotitfree #fouponlady #howto #coupons #deals

I do product reviews for Amazon products and in exchange for those reviews I get deeply discounted and often free products. You can read the details about that here. The most common question I get aside from "do you get paid to do that?" [no, I get products, not payment] is "what should I put in my review?" I have over 1400 reviews that I have done and honestly it gets difficult to review the same types of items or come up with new ways to phrase similar statements. Here are my pointers on how to write a quality review for a product whether it's the first time you've received a product like that or the 15th.

1. Write an honest review: The review you are providing to the seller is a first hand write-up of the product, it's qualities and it's abilities. Sellers want you to be honest about the product, but if you are 100% unhappy with the item contact the seller first. There is always a chance you got a defective item and they are always more than happy to replace it. They provide the discounted product in exchange for your review so they want you happy just as you want to give them a good review.

2. Positive comments first: No seller wants you to write anything bad for their item, but there are times that you have to. Reviewing is about being truthful, but not hurtful. Maybe the product wasn't as depicted, didn't work like it said, was faulty, or not really worth the money it's listed for; any number of things could go wrong with an item. Your job when writing a review is to be honest with your statements, just make sure to never put the bad statements first. If the cup you ordered wasn't the size that it stated first list out all the positives and then say, "I also noticed the size listed here is 16oz, but the cup is really a 10oz," or something similar. 

3. Pictures or videos are a must: Any seller can prop up their product and make it look super fancy and amazing, but what consumers want to see is the product in action or a real version of the product. Compare this to what a hamburger advertisement looks like compared to what the real hamburger looks like when you receive it; same product just different presentations. Include pictures of all parts that came with it and the item in use (if possible).

4. Never discuss packaging: If the product has listed that it comes with a display box or storage box than of course include a review of that in your write-up. Do not include commentary on the box, how it was taped, dented, etc. as seller's have no control over that part. Packaging comments need to be mentioned on Amazon's seller feedback section instead.

5. Never forget your disclosure: There are rules and laws bigger than Amazon's terms of service that must be followed here. You are getting a product at an extremely discounted price, often free, in exchange for a review for the product. Since you are receiving the product as a form of compensation that information needs to be disclosed to the people reading it. If you paid nothing for the product then you place this disclosure within your review (I tend to do it at the end of the review), "I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review." If you paid $0.01 or more for the product you put, "I received this product at a discounted rate in exchange for an honest review." Nothing more or less should be said, but that statement has to be present in order for you not to be considered as being deceitful. 

6. What to include in your review: I always ask myself these questions when writing a review...
  • What was your initial impression of the product? [Surprised to see the high quality, happy with the accuracy of the listing, disappointed that it wasn't what you thought it was]
  • What is the look and feel of the product? [Big, small, short, soft, smooth, heavy, light, thin, etc.]
  • Did the product work? [Worked great, as intended, didn't work how it's supposed to, etc.]
  • Any specific age group for the product? [What age group do you recommend this for, or what user level - novice, advanced, etc.]
  • Are you pleased with the product? [Happy with the purchase, would recommend it, etc.]
  • Concise story of how you used the product [I used the brush on my own hair and..., my dog loved these treats and ate them up immediately, etc]
7. How long should my review be: I make it a rule to never have less than 70 words and 1 picture on every single review that I do. Less than that is not enough to give a good write-up. While 130 words is a great length, I would avoid doing 300 words + because people do not want to read an essay. 

Reviewing products is fun, time consuming sometimes, and really rewarding. I hope this posting helps you to write the best reviews possible. The better your reviews are the more items you are able to review.

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