Amazon Badges are icons that Amazon places on your profile (and by your name when you review) to recognize something unique about you or something that would distinguish you from other reviewers.
Anyone can earn badges by contributing great content on Amazon (although in many cases it takes a lot of time). Most badges are of a temporary nature tied to your review ranking or participation in an Amazon program, and some can be permanent.
To see if you have any badges, check your profile page.
What kinds of badges are there? Most badges relate to reviewer ranking. Some badges like “#1 Reviewer”, “Top 10 Reviewer”, and “Top 50 Reviewer” would be arguably hard to achieve since there are millions of reviewers on Amazon and only a limited number of people can get to the highest levels. It’s not even certain how Amazon determines what a “top reviewer” is. It’s probably a combination of factors, but none are public knowledge.
There are also “Top 500 Reviewer”, “Top 1000 Reviewer”. I myself am currently a Top 500 Reviewer, but tomorrow I could just as easily drop back down into the Top 1000 range. In this case my badge would change from “Top 500” to “Top 1000”. Ranking badges are not permanent and they change as you move up and down in the rankings.
“Hall of Fame” reviewer badge is from what I can tell, a permanent badge. This badge is given to reviewers who have been consistently high ranked in previous years. A reviewer who gets the ‘Top 10’ rank on Amazon, even for a day, will become a ‘Hall of Fame’ reviewer for that year. They will receive the ‘Hall of Fame Reviewer’ badge and will be listed on the Hall of Fame page permanently.
“THE”. This badge is given to famous people using their real name. This is a permanent badge. This lets you know that the review is written by the actual famous person and not just someone with the same name, or someone pretending. Not sure how well known one has to be to get this badge.
Amazon employee representatives get their own special badge “Amazon Official”. This (according to Amazon) is permanent, so presumably even if the person is fired or quits.
“Author” badges are just what you would think. Someone wrote a book that sells on Amazon and they are permanent. So too with the “Artist” and “Manufacturer” badges. I have never seen anyone with the last two badges. I’ve seen a couple reviewers who had the “Author” badge though.
“Vine Voice” badge is one near and dear to me. Vine Voice is an invitation only program through Amazon. This is not a permanent badge (although Amazon states it is). You can voluntarily exit from the program, or be kicked out by Amazon for violating its rules. I saw one occasion that someone left the program and the badge no longer appeared on their subsequent reviews. It did however appear on the past reviews they had written for the program, so perhaps that is why Amazon describes it as a permanent badge.
“2008 Holiday Team” badge is one I am not familiar with. Here is the Amazon description. Amazon states this is a permanent badge. So to with the “Community Forum 04”, this one is a permanent badge for people who participated at the corporate headquarters in Seattle.