January 9, 2019
How To Start An Amazon Affiliate Business in 2019
Reviews are everything on Amazon.
Reviews are what sell products!
I have never bought a single product on Amazon that didn’t have a review, and I am sure I am not alone. Most people use Amazon reviews as one of their main tools for considering whether to buy a product or not.
So it’s easy to see why reviews can make or break an Amazon seller’s business. And that is why companies give away their products for free or with deep discounts to shoppers in exchange for their reviews.
Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on what site you are on), things are changing.
Due to Amazon’s latest policy change regarding product reviews, many of these sites have been forced to change direction. Some still continue to operate but under different rules, and some are completely halting their program. I will do my best to keep up and update this page. Please let us know in the comments if you do find changes on any of these sites.
How Amazon review sites work and How To Get Free Stuff On Amazon
Let’s say I am an Amazon seller and I want to get some reviews on my product(s) in order to drive up the sales. Finding buyers individually and contacting them would be time-consuming and tedious. Not to mention, you can’t be sure if the people who you send your product to for free will even leave a review.
Now, let’s assume am an Amazon shopper and I want to get free products. But I don’t know which sellers out of the thousands of sellers on Amazon will give me their product for free in exchange for my review. I could contact them directly, but this would be time-consuming and again, who know who many will actually give me their product.
That’s where these Amazon review sites come in.
They create a site where sellers looking for reviews and shoppers looking for free stuff can find each other quickly and easily.
You sign up for the site, then you get notified when there is a new review opportunity, or on some sites, you can login and see available products you can apply for to review.
1. AMZ Review Trader (now known as Vipon)
Update: AMZ is now Vipon. Thanks to MaryKs for the heads up.
The types and variety of products here would blow you mind away!
I like this site a lot because you can request to review as much as 20 items at one go. Granted, it is unlikely you get to review all you asked for; this is surely to be expected.
I would often allow myself 2-3 days if I hit jackpot with my request. When I don’t hear from them, I simply replace my earlier requests with a new batch of products.
2. Product Elf
The products on display at Product Elf is impressive (perhaps only second to AMZ) and they do an amazing job to keep their website updated almost on daily basis (so the freshness is always there – in term of product variation and look and feel of the web page).
But I especially like the fact that items displayed here are not restricted to those that tend to be fashionable or the fad of the days.
I have managed to review and get some of the “not so mainstream” products here. This practice is a departure of other review web sites that so incline to push the usual types of merchandise before you. And they are big on supplements as well.
One downside here is that they tend to mix it up here! Sometimes you find fabulous deals that save you a lot but there are also lots of what I call cheap deals. I mean, 50% off is great but then it is not great saving when you apply them to those that cost little (like 5 bucks) in the first place.
As you are about to get on to the world of reviewers, you probably going to hear a lot about Snagshout. It enjoys a massive followings among the reviewers.
The thing I don’t like about Snagshout is their one product policy.
This means that at any one time, there is only one product for you to order, test, and review. You can’t do two or more together and you can’t start your next review before the Snagshout team verified your review.
On the whole, it is not bad in term of product choice.
This is among my favorites. There are tons of products to choose from and my observation is that this Giveaway Service often features products that are in the range of $60 or even higher (retail value).
Another amazing feature here is that you often come across promotion codes that offer 100% discount. That means the products are offered at no cost.
They send emails almost daily, so there are a lot of products you can review.
in my experience, the majority of the products are small crappy stuff that I wouldn’t normally need/buy. But it could be different for you. You may indeed need/use those products.
After the first signing up, you will be rewarded with a DealCoin, which can be used to exchange for the product of corresponding value. As you embark on your review job, you’ll continue to be rewarded with a DealCoin with every completed assignment, i.e. those individual assignments have to be verified by the Amazing Deals Group. And then you go for another review.
From what I see, they are not interested to recruit more reviewers right now.
This site offers free registration and immediately after you can go to their website and check out what available products you can participate straight away (look for that DEALS button).
They will notify members on what appropriate projects available for review.
This site makes it easier for members by not requiring them to fill a discount code. But when such requirement is mandatory, click on the product of interest and ask for that discount code. There is an “agree” button to click after you are done.
Upon registration, the website will award you with 200 deal tickets that can be useful for immediate redemption or discount codes. Your deal tickets will accumulate after you put in more and more reviews!
12. Elite Deal Club
The amazing variety of products here means that I can afford to pick and choose on what makes great reviews on my end. The selection process is almost immediate, which is good as it means no waiting. Naturally, the products being featured here are expected to move fast and you need to regularly scrutinize your e-mail so as not to miss out on a nice product.
One more way to get free/discounted Amazon products: Ask sellers directly
You don’t necessarily have to join those review sites in order to get free or discounted products.
You can go direct to sellers.
you can only do so with a credible Amazon Rank (under #200,000).
Inevitably, you would be required to have more than just a handful of reviews before you go pitching the sellers.
Once you have enough of those reviews, you can contact the sellers directly and offer them a review in exchange for a free product. And since you already have a good history and track record of being a top reviewer, seller will gladly give you their product for free.
To contact a seller directly, click on their name (right under the product title on the product listing page) and you will be taken to their official “seller’s page” where you can find out how to contact them (normally there is a “contact this seller” button.
Tips: Doing Amazon product reviews successfully
Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your experience.
– Sign up for as many review sites as you can
If you want to increase your chance of getting more free stuff, then sign up with as many of these sites as you can.
They are all free to join, so you really have nothing to lose but a few minutes of your time.
– Get a dedicated email address
If you do decide to sign up for more than just one or two sites, then I’d suggest you register a new email address just Amazon review sites. That way you can keep everything in one place and make it easier and faster for you to check for new opportunities, instead of having to weed through tons of other personal emails to find emails from review sites.
-Write detailed reviews
If you look at reviews on Amazon, you’ll notice usually the ones on the top (that say something like “X number of people found this review helpful”) are the ones that are detailed and long.
Sellers also like detailed reviews, so you are likely to get more products if your reviews are detailed and long.
Sure, every seller wants to get positive feedback, but selling your soul for the sake of a few free products isn’t the right way to go.
Give the product a try, then give it your honest opinion.
Although this may seem contradictory to what you are doing here, and you may think you will end up with less products, in the long run it actually work out better.
Because when shoppers read your reviews, they will up vote it if they feel like you’re being honest and detailed.
And once you have enough top reviews under your belt, that’s when you hit the jackpot. That is when product owners will actually directly contact you and give you free stuff in exchange for your review.
Plus, it will be easier for you to get into the Vine program.
-Become a Prime Member if you can
Notice that Prime is not a pre-requisite.
However, this could be a nice and necessary option if you figure your review work is for long haul (imagine all the shipping fees that got saved).
The other reason for Prime membership is that the bulk of review work entitles you to free Prime shipping.
Think about it, it is going to be $4-$10 on shipment every time you review an item without Prime.
If you are not sure, I say go ahead and sign up. Since Amazon offers Free 30-day Prime trial, you can always cancel it if you think this does not work for you.
Just do it inside the 30 days or the billing cycle will kick in (again the full annual charge is $99).
Use the product and give it your honest review.
Don’t give 5 stars so you can make the seller happy and hope you get more free stuff.
That’s just not right!