Tuesday, July 28, 2015

How to review items with or without a Blog!

So people have been wanting to know how I get such awesome products to review. I can share some of that here.

 First of all, do not be greedy!

Some of the favorite sites of mine are below.

 These product sites that offer the great items at a free or discounted cost are smaller companies trying to get their name out there. My favorite and most trusted site is  AmzReviewTrader this site is amazing and has everything you can imagine to check out and review. What they ask is that you review your items within 10 days of receiving them.  Another thing to point out is that Amazon Prime is worth the $99 a year because if you are going to be ordering lots of products to review...shipping can be costly. Just bear in mind the normal cost of shipping on smaller items is about $3-5.99 each.  Think about that over the cost of a year.  20 products would easily cost more then your Prime membership.  I have done several hundred over the last 6 months. Believe me. The price is worth it. You also get several perks to being a prime member as well. Books, movies and more. Check into it if you are serious about reviewing this is what you want to budget into your yearly expenses.

Another very HUGE statement. When you review an item you MUST include a disclosure. It is the law.  "I received this item in exchange for my honest review for free or discounted price."  Pretty straight forward and must be done.

Also, YOU CAN NOT EVER sell an item you get for review on amazon or anywhere else.  It is perfectly OK to get a review item and then gift it to family and friends. But you can not sell them. It hurts you and the seller.  Remember, even if it is FREE to you, it's not to the seller and you are being compensated for reviewing the item by being allowed to keep it. Think of it this way. If the item you are reviewing is worth $50 dollars and you paid nothing... But you write a review of 4-6 sentences about what you think about it, or even longer...It might only take a few moments of your time, but that feedback is golden to the seller. So please do not be skimpy and not be honest. Make sure you use the product and actually tell about it. Does it smell nice, is it the same as what you see in the image? Does it fit right? Did you break out from it? Lots of things to keep in mind. Pictures and video reviews mean the world to sellers and will help you to gain new products.

The more you review items the lower your Amazon rating goes. THIS IS GOOD! It means they value your views and you are helping others to purchase items. Sellers can see the reviews and any pics/vids added via Amazon Tracker.  So, be good to your sellers and they will be very good to you.

If you have a blog, then use it as well. more traffic for them means more opportunities for you!

Social media is amazing and since most of us have smartphones now, the opportunities are endless.

So if you are ready to begin..... check the links above and remember these cardinal rules....


  1. Never share a promo code EVER!
  2. Contact the seller if you ever have a problem with a code unless otherwise instructed. (For instance in a review group where the admins handle codes and go between with sellers and reviewers)
  3. Review the item in a timely manner (10 days is the average)
  4. If you cannot give a 4-5 star review contact the seller or admin (if in a group) to let them know why this is so they can improve on it. Most sellers want that feedback to make better products. They cannot fix it if you do not tell them. Many will replace the item if its a product issue or change and then offer the new product once its changed to you to do a different review on and see what you think about it.
  5. Be honest. If you feel that the item was shoddy or not a good item give real detailed reasons why this is. Be fair in the review and be sure to look at the item description because oftentimes low reviews happen because a reviewer expects more from an item then what is actually promised.  If it is an inexpensive item normally do not expect it to be the same standard as the $200 alternative.
  6. Try to put at least one photo on the item if its applicable. (do the text review first let it give you a permalink before you add pics. Sometimes Amazon boots the review for adding pics at the same time.)
  7. Video reviews are great but keep them short and make sure you add a small text review as well.
  8. NEVER forget disclosures. Amazon will remove them and then you cannot fix the review.
  9. If you really love the product SHARE IT! pin it, tweet it, instagram it, and facebook it.
  10. Enjoy your products and plan for gifting, Christmas, Birthdays, Holidays and more!
Above all HAVE FUN!


The Joly Life back up and at em!

I wanted to apologise as to not having as much content going as normal. I recently started a new job and work 12 hour shifts and come home really hurting and tired because as most of you know, I have lupus and diabetes as well as a number of other health related issues. This was a new thing for me after working for 2 years to drop weight and get my health in better control to allow the mobility to go back to work. I still have a long way to go however, but i have been able to go back to work and that was a huge accomplishment. Do I hurt? Yes. Is it worth it? Absolutely. So let me tell you why I can say this. I took a job working for the Macys Distribution Center. We are a direct to customer based warehouse. I work in Packing, which means if you order it, I and others will be safely packing it to head to your doorstep. However, I also work in other departments as well like Prep. In this area I am taking a vendor box like for instance Ralph Lauren, or Micheal Kors and sorting the items in the box out into separate boxes based on size, color, and things of that nature. One box at times can be split into over 140 boxes. So is it tedius...? Yep. But, I get to stay busy for 12 hours and if you know me and follow me, you know I do not sit idle for long. The one thing that makes this job totally worth it is the people we work with. The managers and co workers are amazing. We get thanked for working. Things we do are noticed and we get proper breaks. If we have health issues and have a problem, it is not brushed under the rug. For instance, my blood sugar dropped on me at work because my body wasnt used to the 12 hour shifts. I did something about it but was still feeling horrible and shaky. My manager could have been get back to your area and ignored me. ( I have had this happen before in other jobs) but instead, he said I will be back to check on you if you aren't back to me in 10 mins. He ended up with us sitting in his office talking while my body got more stable. That meant the world to me to know that he values me as a worker and respects that I have health problems and at that time I needed to get it better so I was not a risk to myself, others or in danger of conveyers. A lot of jobs wouldn't care. I can not say that for other places I have worked. When I go in I am ready to work, ready to bust my rear, and the reason is I see my managers working too. They answer questions and want to make everyone the best they can be and keep it peaceful and a great place to work. When we have a problem it is dealt with immediately and not left on the back burner. So anyhow, I am working weekends and Monday and Tuesday I usually am still pretty sore and swollen. Lupus hates this kind of work and my joints ache, but, I do it every weekend and its getting easier. I have been focusing more on Amazon reviews lately to get my numbers looking better and have more items to review and see what else I can show you that has worked for me. On a brighter note! I went to the Dr and a lot of the issues with my bloodwork last year have went to normal levels since I started doing the natural products and essential oils. I am still working on my diabetes but so far the other bad items have calmed down. I am still working hard. I would love it if you would share some posts that have been especially helpful to you over the last few years and bring new readers in because I have a slew of products to talk about and will be making more posts Mon-Thurs now that I am not completely worn out after my weekend work. I am starting to get used to this and ready to share what I have learned recently. So be ready. Thank you all! Tiffany