The Internet is a great place for anyone to get information on just about anything. Students use the Internet to get information that they need to do their schoolwork. Hobbyists go online to find patterns and compare notes with others who share in their craft. And smart shoppers go online to research products before buying.
Product reviews are highly sought after online. Whether a shopper is looking for information to use in buying offline or wants to make a purchase online, a product review can tell her what she needs to know. Sites that exclusively feature product reviews get lots and lots of traffic. But can product reviews benefit an online marketer?
Reviews of Your Products
Having other people review your product can be scary. What if they don’t like it? Won’t that doom you to a future of no sales ever again? That’s highly unlikely, and if they do like it, you could experience a huge boost in sales.
There is certainly no shortage of negative product reviews online. But by being proactive, we can have some measure of control over how our products are portrayed. For instance, if we contact popular bloggers in our field and ask them to review a product for us, they will probably start out with a good impression of us and our products.
There’s always a chance that the reviewer will be unimpressed once she uses the product. But that good impression we made will usually lead to at least a neutral review. And we can use any constructive criticism received to improve our products, making them better for the next review.
Reviewing Products on Your Site
If you run a blog or informational website, product reviews make for great content. They tend to attract lots of traffic, and that traffic can lead to profits.
In order to get the most out of product reviews, it’s important to have a niche and stick with it. This will ensure that the traffic that comes to your site is targeted. Once they’re there, you could make money by presenting affiliate products that are likely to be of interest to them.
If you can become an affiliate for the product you’re reviewing, that’s great. But be sure to give an honest opinion even if you do stand to gain from a sale. This will help you gain the trust of your audience, and trust is essential in getting sales, even if they are through affiliate links.
Whether someone else is reviewing your product or vice versa, product reviews are great for marketing. They provide useful information to the reader, bring targeted traffic to the website, and give the product and business exposure. It’s a winning situation for everyone involved.