One of the many ways to monetize your blog is by reviewing products from companies (that you receive for free). I generally don't do reviews but many bloggers do.
How Do I Become a Product Review Blogger? from Amy at MomAdvice.com offers excellent tips. It's an older article, but I think it still applies. I especially like her ideas for streamlining the process.
Here's a snippet:
Really, anyone that has a blog can move into the product review niche. I just wanted to share some things that I wish someone had shared with me when I began receiving products for review and some ins and outs of the product review niche.
Read the whole post here.
Here are some more posts about reviews & giveaways that are helpful:
- Make the Most of Product Reviews on Your Facebook Page (problogger.net)
- Why I Won't Run Your $10 Giveaway (savvyblogging.net)
- Companies Pay Mom Bloggers Thousands (click2houston.com) – If you don't want to do a review for a company, Momma Findings suggests asking the company if they'd like to buy ad space ("…my readers will still see you!").
My Additional Tip:
Products you receive for free need to be reported as income on your taxes so keep excellent records and make sure the products you are accepting for review are really ones you want to pay taxes on later.
For those of you who do reviews, do you have any other tips to add?