Trevin Peterson was initially skeptical about whether making money by reviewing Amazon products was a good idea.
After trying it, he earned more than $1,600 in his first month.
Here are his top tips on how to maximize commissions per review.
Trevin Peterson, 27, has been making money online for more than six years, mainly by selling products on Amazon.
When he started in 2017, he spent money buying inventory and testing different products, such as car seat gap fillers and pens, which sometimes didn’t sell. He learned many costly lessons because he stored inventory that did not sell and often had to be sold cheaply or disposed of to avoid storage fees.
Although he eventually became a successful Amazon seller, he realizes that an expensive trial-and-error process is not an option for others.
In 2023, he came across Amazon’s influencer program, which pays commissions to people who post video reviews of products on their listing pages. At first he didn’t think it would make a lot of money, but he saw that it worked for others. In April, he started trying it himself – and to his surprise, it turned out to be a great source of extra income. He was able to grow his Amazon business and teach others about side hustles through his online training program.
It’s not too difficult to get started, but maintaining a high upload rate requires a significant time commitment. To join, you need to log in to Amazon with a social media account such as Instagram, Facebook (both must be a business account), YouTube, or Tiktok. The program takes into account the number of followers and other engagement metrics for acceptance. After you sign up, Amazon requires three demo videos. In a previous interview with Business Insider (BI), Peterson shared his top tips for recording and creating these test videos, including good audio quality, keeping the product on display, and not making medical claims.
Peterson has earned an average of $4,200 a month over the past three months by reviewing products on Amazon. This is evident from the screenshots of his account seen by BI. You have learned some things that will make it possible to increase your commissions.
Best tip for making more money with Amazon product reviews
You should be prepared to upload a lot of videos. Peterson uploaded about 150 videos by the end of April and earned $1,680 in his first month, according to screenshots of his account seen by BI. To do this, he evaluated more expensive products such as home gyms, golf clubs and a truck bed cover.
The difficulty is finding enough products to evaluate. This is where you have to get creative by constantly checking the products around you, even if they are not purchased from Amazon.
“A lot of times people don’t realize that almost every product they have in their home is sold on Amazon,” Peterson says. “So as long as it’s sold on Amazon, you can do a review. People often ignore certain products.
Commonly overlooked products that are thought to perform well include lights, door handles, cabinet handles, and hardware. Peterson looks for products to review when he visits someone’s home or rents an Airbnb. Make sure you are evaluating exactly the same product and brand.
Peterson says the amount of commission he receives for each video varies widely — from no money to a few cents to hundreds of euros a month. But on average, most of its content generates around three to five dollars (about three to five euros) per month per upload.
Peterson recommends testing more expensive products or those worth more than $100 (about €93) first and then working your way up to cheaper products. He says this increases the chances of making more money early. He added that most people already have a laptop, phone, blender or TV – start with that.
Multiple ratings for one product
You can create multiple reviews for a single product. For example, it starts with an unboxing video. Then create a video with instructions on how to use the product. After using the product for a while, you can create a video to share your experience, he said.
When Peterson bought his Airpods, he created an unboxing video showing how to pair them. A few months later, he published another report about his experiences using Airpods in different settings, such as the gym and on the plane.
Keep an eye on added value
Peterson stresses that videos should provide added value. The best way to do this is to put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and ask yourself what you want to know about a particular item and its unique features. With more expensive products, consumers want to know if they are of high quality and if they will last a long time. If a pair of headphones is noise-canceling, you should test them in noisy environments, Peterson says.
Width is important
You want customers to click on your video, which may not be the only video posted in the reviews section. So, you have to find a suitable title and create a good thumbnail. In general, the title should directly state what the video is about, for example, “Unboxing,” “Pairing Tutorial,” or “Honest Review: One Year of Apple AirPods.” The thumbnail should clearly show the product.
He points out that one very popular type of video is a comparison between two similar products, such as Airpods and Beats. However, Peterson advises against buying a competing product just for the sake of a review. If you have family members or friends who own these products, you can borrow them for testing.
As Peterson began testing products, salespeople from competing brands also contacted him asking for product reviews. This provided another opportunity to create comparison videos.
If you do this, you should show both products side by side in the thumbnail and indicate in the video that it is a comparison.
Depending on the season, different content is required
Finally, consider seasonality. For example, in the spring you should cover golf clubs and in the winter you should cover skis and snowboards. He says camping tents are ideal in the summer. Seasonality also applies to sports equipment.
This article was translated from English by Jonas Metzner. You can read the original article here is reading.
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