One way to monetize your blog is to review products and connect your affiliate links to those products. But that means you need actual products to review ( I am not a fan of reviewing products that I do not own, more on that another time).
Luckily there are websites that connect influencers, reviewers, and bloggers with companies who offer their products and services for free, or at a discount for you to review. I am going to talk about a few of those I am a part of here:
ReviewKick is for Amazon reviews only. That means, unlike some of the other companies, ReviewKick only asks you to post an Amazon review in exchange for a free or discounted product. I like their setup because they make it very easy to leave a review – and are very responsive when you have any questions. The products listed tend to be high quality.
Tomoson is similar to ReviewKick with a noticeable difference that companies can ask you to review their products on different social media networks, to which you have to commit to. For example, a company can ask you to create a
blog post and a youtube video, while another only asks for a facebook mention or an Amazon review. You can pick and choose which products you want, just like with ReviewKick, and they are also available for free or via a discount. The other difference to ReviewKick is that it has some offers where the companies pay you to post on social media – which is pretty cool, on top of getting a free product
I honestly do not like influenster as much as I like the above two, out of two reasons. You need a high social media
engagement in order to get any boxes (they call them voxboxes). You do not get always full size products, sometimes they give only samples away. You do not get to choose your products, either. The pressure to write a positive review on a negative item is relatively great, and you had no influence over what you get – if you want more boxes, you got to write good reviews no matter what.
You can become a buzzagent to review full size and sample products when available. Unlike influenster you have a little bit more control over what you get – you do not have to take all assignments offered, and you are told beforehand what the offers are. Those offers are limited, though, and so far I only received household goods through them. All products are completely free, though.
A word of caution:
I have received hundreds of dollars of free products through these companies, which is great. But not all products are
of the highest standard, so you need to be very selective about what you choose to accept. The pressure to write a good review is there, and sometimes you have to make the decision between making a company happy, or being honest with your readers. I always opt for the latter, even if that sometimes means that I do not receive as many paid sponsor offers, or get a negative reaction from the company. But I do take reviewing seriously.
And so should you
Fiercely Independent Blessings!