Blog for The Reviewer Collective

How to Get Free Products to Review on Amazon

Ever wanted to be sent books or products for free? Sure, who doesn’t? Getting free products to review happens quite often on Amazon, and most authors/companies/sellers simply ask that you write ‘an honest review’ in exchange for that book/product. For over 5 years, I have been approached by authors, publishers, product manufactures and distributors to… Read more »

What you need to know about Amazon’s change in reviewer guidelines

By now, many of you have heard that the Amazon reviewer guidelines have changed (early October 2016) “to prohibit incentivized reviews unless they are facilitated through the Amazon Vine program.” This has impacted how Amazon Sellers, the review-in-exchange programs and review clubs can operate. Below you will find a summary of the change, how it… Read more »

What is review washing? And is it illegal?

What is review washing? Review washing is the practice of deleting reviews you have written and reposting them to clear the helpful/unhelpful votes. Mainly in reference to Amazon reviews, but can be done anywhere users vote on reviews. Some reviewers use software to inform them which reviews they wrote have unhelpful votes. The reviewer then… Read more »

How to Write Product Reviews That Get You More Free Products

I often get asked: Do I have to write long, detailed reviews for free (and deeply discounted) products? How short reviews can work against you And by short, I mean less than 5 sentences. When you start reviewing products, you’ll see a TON of reviews that are one word (“Great!”), or one sentence (“It worked… Read more »

The Downvoting Game on Amazon Reviews

I have been helping out other Amazon reviewers over the past few years, and have heard (and read) the grumblings of the downvoting game being played, possibly by other high ranking reviewers. As of the past few months, it has seemed to have gone into overdrive. Are top reviewers downvoting others’ reviews? I have a… Read more »