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 »
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Is it Legal for Amazon Sellers to Offer a PayPal Refund Promotion?
The short answer is no. In fact, it goes against Amazon’s “Community Guidelines (guidelines for Amazon.com community participation)”. For well over a year, Amazon’s Community Guidelines have stated that offering refunds in exchange for reviews (in Amazon’s terms “Community content”) is grounds to “suspend or terminate your [Amazon] account.” More on that below. What is… 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 »
Sellers: How to Write Emails That Get People to Review Your Product
I receive about 5-10 emails a day from Sellers on Amazon asking me to review their products. I have archived almost all of them (for various reasons), and they now number in the hundreds. The vast majority of the emails I have received are badly written. I often have a problem understanding what it is… 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 »
Can You Sell the Free Products You Get From Amazon Sellers?
I get this question a lot: If a company sends you a product for free in exchange for a review, can you sell it? Can you sell it on Amazon? At a consignment shop? Or elsewhere? Good question. The answer is not as black-and-white as one would think. What does Tristan do? I give most… 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 »