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I know many of you have started to review products on Amazon. It is really fun and you have access to tons of free products just for writing a review, BUT if you don’t follow the rules your account WILL be deleted by Amazon and there is not much you can do about it.
Amazon is cracking down big time on reviewers who don’t follow the rules. A friend of mine just lost her account with almost 1000 reviews and there is nothing she can do. 🙁 So, please check out the dos and do nots below so you can keep on reviewing and getting those awesome deals.
So here are the basics on How NOT to Lose Your Amazon Reviewer Account
Never review a product BEFORE you receive it!
This may seem like common sense but many people want to write their review before the product even arrives at their house. Maybe it is so they can hurry and request another product, or maybe just to get it done… but never ever be tempted to do it. Amazon knows exactly where your package is and if it has been delivered. They also know that you probably haven’t really tried the product if you received it at 1pm and reviewed it at 1:02pm.
The rule is you should wait at least 2 days before reviewing most products. And wait even longer to review things like beauty products, creams, supplements, etc. Those types of products take time to produce results so you can’t really say you look ten years younger after using an anti-aging cream once! That leads us to rule 2….
Don’t review a product you didn’t try!
I hear all the time that people actually write reviews on products and they never even opened the box. This is bad not only for you, it’s bad for people who are considering purchasing the item and are looking to the reviews for information. Being a reviewer is a privilege and you should always try, test, use, etc every single product that you plan to write a review about. If you cut corners, eventually Amazon will find out and remove your account. If you don’t want to actually try out the product then perhaps you should take up a different hobby!
Don’t forget your disclaimer!
According to Amazon’s policies: “ If you receive a free or discounted product in exchange for your review, you must clearly and conspicuously disclose that fact.”
You can word it any way you want to but you must at least include “I received this product for free…..or I received this product at a discount ….. in exchange for an honest review.” I leave mine as the last sentence of every review I write. Do not hide it in the middle of the review. It needs to be clearly stated at the end.
Don’t sell the stuff online!
Yes…. the cool part of reviewing is that your going to get lots of free and cheap stuff. You can give it away all day long but according to Amazon’s rules: “We do not permit reviews or votes on the helpfulness of reviews that are posted in exchange for compensation of any kind“. That means two things… you can never be paid to write a review, and you can NOT sell the stuff. If someone pays you for it….that’s compensation. So however tempted you may be….DON’T do it.
Don’t leave all 5 star reviews!
Yes….. really. Very rarely is everything you buy or get going to be 5 star awesome. Many people think because they are getting stuff free or discounted that they are obligated to give a 5 star review. That is not the case! Give it an honest review. If you love it then give it 5 stars, but if it’s just okay…let people know. The point of reviewing products is to help other shoppers know how a product works or how good it is, not just to get stuff for free.
Don’t copy other people’s reviews!
Don’t copy other people’s reviews or you could get flagged. An ideal review according to Amazon is 75 to 500 words and tells whether you liked or disliked a product or service, but also why. Your review should be relevant to the product or service you’re reviewing and focus on specific features or your experience. You can also choose to make a video if that is easier for you. (Amazon recommends videos be 2 to 5 minutes to keep your audience engaged.)
Don’t try to double dip by making a 2nd Amazon account!
Don’t get greedy! Yes …sometimes it would be nice to get 2 of everything but it’s not ethical and you can lose your accounts for doing it. Why not support the seller and actually buy another?
Don’t try to get people to “upvote” or “downvote” reviews!
Yes, getting helpful votes on your reviews raises your ranking. Asking people to vote for your review can get you banned. If you want helpful votes then write amazing reviews! Or if someone asks you to down vote someones review…don’t do it! It’s not worth losing your account over.
Don’t review ONLY free and discounted items!
If you are a reviewer, you probably also buy personal items at full price on Amazon also. You should probably review some of those too to show Amazon that your an actual person that likes to write reviews and not some scammer who’s trying to game the system. It will only help to make your account more secure.
Don’t take a refund on a product after you’ve reviewed it!
Sellers are NOT aloud to make you pay full price and then give you a refund after you review the product. They can only offer you an item for free or at a discount at the time of purchase via a coupon code. Amazon TOS does not permit them to refund your order or pay you via paypal. If a seller is asking you to do it this way it can get you banned, it is against the rules.
If you want to read the official rules straight from Amazon you can view them here.
So you know the rules and your ready to roll… Make sure to check out my list of sites to get FREE and cheap products for a review here!
Know of any other rules that should be on the list? Leave a comment and let me know.