How Do I Get Products To Review – And A Word Of Caution

How Do I Get Products To Review - And A Word Of Caution

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:
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:
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

Influenster:
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.

BuzzAgent
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!

Claudia

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4 thoughts on “How Do I Get Products To Review – And A Word Of Caution

  1. Hi, Claudia. I love your domain name..missfiercelyindependent. It says a lot about the content of your website..independent views and no BS (that’s my interpretation!)
    Anyway, I love this article ‘cos I too want to write product reviews and I WILL do only on the products that I used or know very well. So, this article comes in handy. Problem is, I am not from the US and I don’t think they will send it overseas. Do you know of any companies that will do this?
    Fierce thanks from me!

    1. oh that is a good question – actually let me think, I think I have seen promotions for other countries on Tomoson – they specified Canada or the UK, and sometimes Italy or Germany, so I would still sign up and see what comes up. NetGalley, which is for books has book reviews for everywhere, I have even seen foreign language books, so you could try that. Good luck on your journey! And thank you for saying that you liked my domain name! That actually meant a lot to me, because it took me a while to get to that point – blessings!

  2. Hi Claudia I really enjoyed reading this article on reviewing products. The only company I’m familar with is Influenster. I don’t really care for them because like you stated you need a high traffic volume for the most part, and I really was not impressed with the products they have available.

    Thanks for mentioning the other companies so I can check them out and see what they have to offer for myself. 🙂

    1. Absolutely – i am glad you found the list useful! Currently Tomoson is giving me the most traffic and products – ranging from a watch set I reviewed today to Lavender Essential Oil, I just received. Good luck on your journey! Blessings!

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