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Write Online Product Reviews to Make Money Online

How many of you prefer to read online product reviews of products you’re interested in buying… before you actually buy?

My guess is that the majority of you would probably answer “yes.”

I admit, I’m a nut when it comes to reading product reviews. I must have spent hours sifting through review after review from customers who bought GPS systems, before I finally decided which one I should get. I went with a Garmin nüvi 255W – the 4.3 inch Widescreen model.

The point is that many people prefer to read online reviews before they actually go ahead and buy something. It’s no surprise that there’s many product review sites for just about every product imaginable, for both physical and downloadable products.

What IS surprising is that not many people take advantage of writing online product reviews on their blogs. This is not only a great way to inform your readers, but it’s also a great way for you to earn additional income.

Have you bought any products recently? Maybe you downloaded an ebook that you found really helpful. Why not write a review about it? Chances are there may be someone looking for information regarding the ebook you just read. Maybe they’re not even aware of such an ebook even exists. This could be your chance to introduce your readers to it so that maybe it can help them too.

Let’s take this idea a step further. Writing well thought-out and unbiased reviews can be quite time-consuming, and I would know. So, it only makes sense if you’re compensated for your efforts, right?

Going back to the remarkable ebook you just read – is there an affiliate program for it? If so, include your affiliate link in your review. If you provide valuable and factual information about the ebook and focus on both the pros and cons, chances are your readers will click the link to learn more about it. If they feel it’s worth buying, you just earned a commission.

Almost every ebook or downloadable product you find nowadays will have an affiliate program of some kind.

A word of caution here: Don’t just write reviews for any ‘ole product just so you can make money. The point of writing online product reviews is to provide your own personal experience – meaning you’ve actually used the product and find it helpful, and you think others might too.

This same method can be applied to physical products as well. A majority of products can be found on Amazon or eBay. Both sites have affiliate programs, and if you refer people to products on either site, you’ll get paid a percentage of the selling price.

A great example of writing a review for a physical product can be found at this post: The Official Alibaba.com Success Guide. I wrote this post based on a book I read about entrepreneurship and finding success selling products online. The book is an excellent read and thought you (my readers) would find it interesting. As of right now, four of you felt that it was worth buying. That’s cool! Great to know at least some of you read what I say. ;)

Granted the amount of money you can make with Amazon is mere cents, but something is better than nothing. I usually prefer to write reviews for digital products because the commission you can earn is a lot more. Of course, I’ll only write a review if I feel the product is worthy enough to promote.

Here are some other online product reviews I’ve written on this blog:

Hopefully you’ll have an idea of how to write product reviews. But since I’m not the best writer (by far), here’s an article on How To Write Product Reviews that Convert.

Still not convinced you should be writing online product reviews? Read Gyutae Park’s 10 Reasons Why You Should Write Product Reviews On Your Blog.

What do you think? Is writing product reviews a good idea? Do you incorporate product reviews into your blog – Why or why not?

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21 Comments to “Write Online Product Reviews to Make Money Online”

Purely great advice and I am going to be getting much more into the review scene. I’ve even come up with what I think is anew concept and even coined a new phrase. ;)
.-= Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..Comment Contest Continues Through April! =-.

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing,

Cool, Dennis. I look forward to seeing what you’ve come up with!

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Thanks for the insight Alan. Writing product reviews is an area where I could brush up on.
.-= Ryan´s last blog ..The Law of Attraction in 3 Simple Steps =-.

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Ryan, Glad you found it helpful. Writing reviews is something I plan to do more of in the future.

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[...] been talking lately about writing reviews to earn affiliate commissions or directly getting paid to write reviews. But, what if you simply [...]

Hey, Alan… Is there a way to write good reviews on items or products that you don’t actually use? Let’s say I want to compare products – I really don’t have the funds to buy them all to do the review. I want to do some reviews on health products, as well as wealth creating products and I want to offer it to my readers, but I don’t want to buy all of them. Any suggestions?

Thanks,

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Rico, Great question!

I always recommend at least viewing the actual product before promoting, making sure it actually delivers on its promises. You don’t necessarily have to use it yourself, but knowing the ins and outs and the content it provides helps tremendously. This enables you to provide an accurate and more detailed review, and this also prevents you from promoting a product that doesn’t deliver value, which can hurt your reputation.

Of course, you don’t have to follow this. There are plenty of marketers who never actually see the products before they promote them or even really know anything about them. Going this route it’s important that you research the product thoroughly beforehand, getting as much information as you can about it. Read FAQ’s, reviews and any other information about the product that you can.

My suggestion is to contact the product owners and request a review copy and tell them that you will write a full review about it and promote the product afterward. Most will be happy to do so because they know that the more exposure their product gets, the higher the potential is for them to make money.

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Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales MarketingNo Gravatar
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@Rico, It’s almost creepy reading this question today. Just yesterday I read, How to Write a Product Review When You Don’t Own the Product :)
.-= Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..Blog Network Almost Ready to Rise – Multiple Posts Coming Here. =-.

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing,

Very good advice in that post. Thanks for sharing the link, Dennis.

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Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales MarketingNo Gravatar
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@Alan Mater, No problem at all; I almost fell off my chair when I read his comment – could it BE a better match? lol
.-= Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..Would You Like a PRIVATE Community =-.

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing,

Haha… I’ll say!

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Well, I review movies and have amazon affiliate links. lol I guess those can be product reviews of sorts? I don’t review actual products I’ve recently bought, I leave that to tech blogs. lol But I think you’re on to something here, nice tip :)
.-= Mici @ Click On Portal´s last blog ..Time Blogging You Can’t Get Back =-.

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Mici @ Click On Portal,

That’s a great idea, though, especially for what your blog is about. How well do you do with Amazon?

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LOL you know what, I just found out that all my amazon links are wrong. I was actually using the one I have from Blogspot, the Amazon Blogspot Integration thing, and the representative said those do not work in my clickonportal.com blog. I thought you can use the links everywhere like normal affiliate links. lol Stupid me. I was really curious why no one’s at least clicking, then I found out it’s not working. -_-

I haven’t even gotten a chance to change everything yet since I’m lazy and don’t have time. Ah well, at least I asked and learned about it as early as now.
.-= Mici @ Click On Portal´s last blog ..The Prince of Persia- Sands of Time – Destiny Awaits the Righteous Hero Dastan =-.

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It’s definitely a good idea to write product reviews of products you actually own.

BUT, and this is important – don’t put them on your general blog, Google won’t even look for it there if the blog is about something else. You are better off making your review page on Squidoo or Hubpages (both free to join), where your review will actually get attention from the search engines.

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Teatree,

I’m curious… are you saying the search engines won’t visit reviews on our blogs? I’m wondering why you think this.

While I do agree that Squidoo and Hubpages are both good places to post reviews, I feel it’s just as important to post reviews on your own blog. Getting the search engines to visit your blog and list your review in search results is quite easy if you know what you’re doing.

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I totally agree with your article. Write great product reviews and also point out faulty products will not only build great trust with your readership, it will definitely be profitable in the long run. Thanks for sharing!

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@James Thomas@portable gps,

You bet! Thanks for the comment, James!

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Its really interesting to read about bloggers making access to so many opportunities :) because whichever method they choose, most of the time its about traffic and monetizing. I’ve read some amazing product reviews from bloggers. I think bloggers describe the product or service much better than the originator, nothing fake, nothing too much.

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I think that its great to make money online through writing online product reviews. I think that it would be a great way to earn income at the comfort on your own home. I know that having this kind of job would really benefit me a lot.

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