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I get asked the same questions a lot when it comes to being a reviewer. For years, I've reviewed products on my blog – either in exchange for products, or products and payment. Generally speaking, I snag the reviews because of you guys – the page views and social media following I have. However, with Amazon, the game has changed! You don't need a blog to receive free products to review. Take a look at a few of the websites I use for product reviews. My favorite is probably AMZ because you can request several items at once. I'm impatient and I don't like being limited to one review like some of the other sites have set up.
**STEP 1 – Join my group! I post new opportunities in there, as well as videos showing you the *HOT* items available on each site**
Many of the items on these websites are FREE – some will cost $1, some will just be deeply discounted. You can keep yourself quite busy by reviewing FREE products, or you can buy them at a discount and use those products as gifts!
My favorite site, I use it the most There is somewhat of a delay in finding out if you'll be able to review or not – whereas with some of the other sites you get approval right away. You can request up to 20 review items at once, at first. As you turn your reviews in, you'll be allowed more. The search functionality is awesome.
This one is super easy and straight-forward. You get instant approval, which is nice – but they go OUT OF STOCK quickly so check in often! They also have a contest for the most referrals each week so please use my link HERE to sign up! :)
You'll get instant gratification with the Amazing Deals Group! You start with 2 coins in your account. 1 coin = 1 review item. Once you turn a review in, you get a coin back. Create an account, log in, and click “get this deal”. You get a code that you use on Amazon right away – and the item will arrive in 2 days, assuming you have Amazon Prime. If you've chosen an item that isn't free, your order total will reflect the new price. Once your item has arrived, head over to Amazon to review it. Then, go back to ADG and click “review deal” to verify your review.
You can only review one item at a time with SnagShout, but everything is super straight forward as it is with most of these programs. You can watch the video for details, but basically you sign up, log in, choose a product, and get a voucher code. Review the item, confirm the review, and you can get your next item.
With DDR, you use “tickets” when you want to review something. So for example, you start out with 200 tickets. A review item is usually 100 tickets. You go through the process, same as the other sites, and once you've submitted your review you'll get 100 tickets returned to you. Select another item and the whole process starts all over again. You can also earn more deal tickets for referring friends (10 for each friend – here's my link!)
The search functions on this site aren't nearly as nice as they are on the others. No categories, shop by price, etc. However, most items on this site are $1.00 or less, but they sell out rather quickly so you'll see a lot of “out of stock” signs! Shop fast.
Tips & Tricks for Reviewers
Start small. It's tempting to “review all the things!!!”, but in reality you don't want to get stuck typing for hours for a few shiny gadgets – or maybe you do? Just be aware of the fact that you do need to turn a review in – usually within a week of receipt – and that it does take some time, especially if you do it well.
If you apply to review products, the company or person is most likely going to look at your past reviews to see your work. If you haven't done many reviews, now is the time to rack them up! Try to be as detailed as possible in your reviews, and if you can add some humor or personality in, that helps too! You're more likely to get upvotes if you are positive – even when something is bad, make light of it or be honest, not just nasty and mean.
Always be honest. Companies want positive reviews, of course, but as a reviewer it's your job to be honest. Making a list of pros and cons, and mentioning whether you'd recommend it to a friend or family member is generally sufficient.