I am a professional reviewer. I’ve been doing product reviews online since 1998, but I didn’t start “professionally” reviewing until 2008. A professional reviewer is someone who receives products (or services) from a company for free (or a discounted rate), in exchange for a detailed product review. There is never any monetary payment involved.
There are probably thousands of product reviewers out there, it’s surprisingly easy to get into, although there are a lot of pitfalls along the way that would be easy to fall into. Because I have the advantage of being a long standing reviewer who is established, in many ways I am insulated from the problems that befall many new reviewers looking to do this professionally. One of the main culprits is coupon clubs.
I am constantly learning new things every day to improve my reviews. For instance, I used to only do written reviews, and now 99.9% of the time I include photos or video. Little improvements over time is what it’s all about. I still have a long way to go. My video editing skills are not where I’d like them to be, but just a year ago I had no video editing skills! I’m also a newbie to SEO, but I’m trying to incorporate that as well where I can.
I think it’s mainly about trying out new products, and sharing with the potential buyer what they may like and not like about a product. We all are different in what we are looking for, so if I review with that diversity in mind – I think it helps the reviews be more encompassing and useful to a wider audience.
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