On one of my niche accounts I write a lot of product reviews. This is a niche I have a great deal of experience in, and I write about products I know, and generally other people interested in the niche will know. Occasionally I will get a request from a company to review their product. I always decline, because I'm not sure how to handle it.
They usually offer to send me some of their stuff, which makes me nervous in itself. What is the usual protocol here? Do companies send you items on loan and then you send them back? Does this require a contract or agreement of some kind? These items aren't cheap, often in the hundreds of dollars.
Also, these aren't big name companies, they are up and coming gear makers, looking for some publicity. I'm flattered that they think my articles are a way to get it, but I'd also feel somewhat indebted to them to give them a good review.
Also also, I make most of my money from that account via Amazon. Many times these products aren't even available via Amazon. I'd have to include a link to their website, which would seem a little on the over-promotional side. In this respect, it would seem the review would benefit the companies far more than it would benefit me, at least from a money standpoint.
I know big magazines and websites that write about what I do receive test products all the time. I think it would be fun, but then again I'm just me sitting in my little office here, and not sure how to start or if it is worth my time.
Hey Eric: This is done everyday on the Internet and is standard-operating-procedure. You simply accept the product under the condition that your review will be impartial and objective. Then, disclose in your review that the company supplied you with the product but did not/did pay you for a review and that your opinion is entirely objective.
Link to any Amazon product you want to and link to the company's website as well, because this is beneficial to the viewers of your Hub.
Here's some great advice:
http://blogpaws.com/bloggers-resource/t … isclosure/
And, here's the law you must abide by:
http://www.business.ftc.gov/documents/b … are-asking
Thanks WF! Your advice was very helpful, as were those links. I guess I'll have to think it through, but at least the process seems easy enough.
I'd go for it as long as they don't ask for any personal information from you other than your address so they can send you a sample. Yes, I'd be a little paranoid about scammers. It would cool as long as they don't expect a rave review if you think the product is horrible.
How interesting! I would love to do reviews like this! I do book reviews all the time - I get the books for free and get to keep them. I don't have to write a positive review. And really, all reviews are good for the advertising of product because more people are aware of the product, and sometimes controversy creates more interest. I simply give my own opinion - and as the bell curve, most things tend to be average and some are better and some are worse. I do try to provide a balanced opinion and list both the good points and the bad points of each book.
These things tend not to be evergreen, so I generally write reviews on my blog instead of here on HubPages. It may not be a big deal now that things would be unfeatured, but I didn't want Google to think of my subdomain as a low quality site. Since you already have a product review subdomain, it probably wouldn't hurt to add them there as long as you kept doing more product reviews so there is always fresh info.
by Laura 4 years ago
Hello,I'm new to Hub. First a compliment. After coming off another content site, and researching others for a long, long time, it's a Godsend to come to a place that demands lengthy, quality work. I value quality articles over quantity, but here's my kicker.I want some money. I know it takes...
by Melissa Barrett 7 years ago
I ran into an herbal supplement marketed to pregnant women that contains herbs that could induce miscarriage. I would like to negatively review the product but am unsure if that would somehow violate hubpages TOS. Can anyone point me at a specific answer (I've looked and haven't found one,...
by Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago
Starting on October 31st (at 12:00pm PT), our Rigorous Review Contest goes live, meaning that any Hub you write containing a single or multiple person Ratings Capsule will be automatically entered to win anything between $25 and $200 (before submitting an entry, be sure to read through the full...
by Liz Elias 3 years ago
Wouldn't a hubber who seems to write exclusively on product reviews, which they openly state they got for free or at a reduced price simply for the purpose of writing review, be considered as "overly promotional," as that is all the hub seems to be doing, is promoting a product under the...
by Kenna McHugh 5 months ago
I was approached by a company who wants me to write an article about their product and post it to my HP site. Though, I told them it needs to be evergreen and educational - not a hard sell or spammy. They want to proof it and approve it before it goes up. This is cool since they are paying...
by kevinbernard31 9 years ago
HiWe are looking for some experienced Hubbers to write hubs regarding our services and reviewing our products. All those who are interested please send a short email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me from my profile mentioning your areas of expertise and charges per word for each...
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|