Everywhere you go online, you almost always run into multiple reviews.
Whether it’s a book, movie, product or game, someone always has an opinion. At least to me, reviews are a great thing as it gives me an inside scoop as to what others are saying, and from there, I can make a decision as to whether or not it’s worth it.
If you’re the type that likes to review what you buy or even read them to make sure you’re buying the right product, did you know that you can actually get paid to write reviews?
If you’re the type that likes to share your thoughts and you love the idea of getting paid to do it, then I wanted to share a ton of legitimate companies that are willing to do so. Yes, it’s as easy as writing a few sentences and hitting the submit button.
All of the companies I’m about to list are 100% free to join, and in each description, I will explain how they operate. You won’t make a ton, but you should make enough to maybe buy a dinner or two. It really depends on how often you do it.
How to Write Reviews for Money
I promote Swagbucks quite a bit, and it’s for a good reason.
For one, I use it daily and easily make $200+ a month simply by answering questions and sometimes reviewing products. There are other ways to earn, but I make money of my money with the surveys. It’s 100% free and is extremely easy to use.
While Swagbucks focuses mainly on survey opportunities that pay about $0.20 to $2~, there are instances where I’m asked to watch a video or even try out a product and write a review. For example, in the past, I was asked to try a food product and was paid $15 for my review. It was extremely easy.
I get these invites about once a week.
To find these review options, you usually have to look out for the higher paying survey opportunities, such as the one seen below:
The one I pointed to would pay $35, for instance. This isn’t always true, but from my experience, the higher-paying surveys often deal with product reviews, but it isn’t always the case. Regardless of how you’re earning, it’s usually pretty easy money.
And while this review won’t be publicized once you do write it, it’s usually used by the company conducting the survey for feedback purposes.
Regardless, if you like to write reviews and even explore new products, it’s one to at least try as Swagbucks is always offering these options.
Swagbucks is 100% free and often offers a signup bonus in the tune of $5+ just for signing up!
- Website: Swagbucks
Vindale Research, much like Swagbucks, works in the same work in regards to the product reviews, however, the thing I like about Vindale is that they simply focus on surveys online and nothing else.
While 99% of your money will come from answering surveys, there will be instances where you can be given a product for free and will be asked to write a review, again, for research purposes. You will just have to meet the company’s demographic.
In some cases, if you’re lucky enough to qualify, some of these review opportunities can pay up to $75+. You just have to be fast at getting them before other members gobble them up, much like Swagbucks works.
Vindale Research is 100% free to join, and in many cases, you can earn a bonus at sign up.
- Website: Vindale Research
Pinecone Research is awesome since they always pay at least $3 per survey. This is one of the highest guarantees out of all survey companies I have reviewed and is highly recommended in the survey community.
Now, while Pinecone Research focuses on surveys, they do offer product testing opportunities, in which you can test at home and then leave a review once you’re done. These product testing opportunities tend to go fast, so don’t be too shocked if you never find one in your inbox.
Regardless, it’s still a great platform to join, seeing the payouts are high and the survey invites always seem to come in.
If you do plan on joining, do keep in mind that you often need a unique URL to join as other members need to invite newcomers. But, don’t worry as I included a link below that you can use if you want to join.
- Website: Pinecone Research
PinchMe is different in that they will send you some awesome products, but they don’t necessarily pay you.
Instead, you get to keep the products they send out, most of which seemed to be pretty good when looking at their YouTube videos.
To become what’s known as a “pincher,” you will be asked to fill out a demographic profile and then pick from the samples on their website. If accepted, the sample box is then sent to your house, where you will be asked to leave a review in regards to what you thought.
No credit card is required, and I promise you that there’s no catch. It’s truly free!
- Website: PinchMe
InboxDollars, similar to that of Swagbucks, will work in the same exact way.
While most of your money can be made completing simple surveys, there are opportunities that often arise that essentially pay you to leave a review, generally via a product review.
Again, as I mentioned in the Swagbucks section, you will often want to look for the options that pay more than a few dollars as this is where the reviews generally are.
Joining InboxDollars is 100% free, and in many cases, you can earn a bonus just for signing up.
- Website: InboxDollars
Owned by the same company as Swagbucks, MyPoints work in an identical way.
Most of your money will be made completing surveys, but a product review opportunity does arise on occasions. You just need to be fast.
Regardless, it’s a nice option if you’re looking to make $30+ a month in your free time. Again, don’t expect to get rich!
- Website: MyPoints
By far, Slicethepie is one of my favorite ways to make money if you’re looking to make money simply by writing reviews. I like it so much that I actually wrote a detailed review.
Now, you’re not going to get rich with Slicethepie, but out of all the options I list here, it will provide you with endless fun, earning you about $5 to $12+ an hour depending on how fast you are and how much you do.
In short, Slicethepie will ask you to listen to a song or even watch a video clip, and once you’re done, you will be asked to write out your thoughts. The better your reviews are, the higher you can rise in the ranks, essentially earning more.
If you want to stay busy for days to come and write reviews RIGHT NOW, I would at least join (it’s free) and test it out for a few minutes to see if it’s something you like.
I found the pay to be a pinch low, but I feel if you get good at it, you could increase your earnings over time.
- Website: Slicethepie
Smiley360 works no differently than PinchMe, wherein you’re asked to try out a product and write a review once you’re doing using it.
Again, you won’t get paid for your reviews, but you can earn points which can earn you better sampling opportunities in the future. This is based upon your review detail, but basically, the more in-depth your review, the better your score can be.
Founded in 2009, it’s been around for quite some time, so you can rest assured that you’re working with a legitimate company.
Joining is 100% free and is open to all U.S. residents older than 13.
- Website: Smiley360
CrowdTap is yet another company that focuses a lot on surveys, but the thing I like about them is that you always qualify for the surveys and get the points specified. There are no disqualifications here. It’s really easy to earn upwards of $20+ a month.
While the company does send out a lot of survey options, they do have product testing opportunities on occasions as long as you meet the demographic profile.
If you’re lucky enough to qualify and apply, you will then be asked to test out a product and leave a review once done.
Like some of the survey companies I already mentioned, 99% of your money will come from the surveys, but regardless, it’s a good company to at least check out for now.
I wrote about CrowdTap in-depth in the past, so I do recommend you at least check it out if you want to learn more about how they work.
- Website: CrowdTap
In short, the company will pay you to visit a website or app and will then ask you to complete a set of tasks while speaking your thoughts out loud. They just want to know what your thoughts are in real-time as you use the website or app. According to the website, you will get paid $10 for every 20-minute video you complete.
So, while you’re not writing a review, you will be asked to simply speak your review out loud. This could be a much better option, especially if you don’t like to write.
To date, the company has worked with very prominent corporations, such as Apple and Microsoft, and have produced more than 700,000 tests.
To qualify, you must have access to a microphone, be at least 18 years old and pass a small sample test to get approved.
- Website: UserTesting.com
Celebrating more than 10 years, Mom’s Meet is a website geared toward moms who want to sample the latest products and leave a review to help shape future products.
Depending on the membership option you choose when you join, you can earn points by reviewing products for your blog and/or even sharing your thoughts with popular brands. In exchange for these points, you can earn some pretty cool rewards. You don’t need a blog to join, and all membership options are 100% free.
Regardless of which option you choose, you can earn points and rewards for every review you leave and even earn performing other activities. All samples, according to the website, are all-natural and organic.
Joining is free and is a great way to sample new products and get rewarded for your time.
- Website: Mom’s Meet
Apperwall will pay you cash whenever you review an iPhone and/or Android app that’s listed on their official app.
To use the website, you will be asked to download a special app, which will be used to send you links to new apps daily.
It is then up to you to download an app of choice and leave a review after you have tested the app for a while. Leaving this review only takes minutes.
As soon as your review posts and it’s confirmed, the company will add money to your account, in which you can eventually cash out via PayPal.
- Website: Apperwall
Founded in 2005, ReviewStream will pay you money for every approved review you upload to the website. Basically, they are looking for people who can write a review as if you were sitting around drinking a coffee with a friend.
While the website doesn’t look that attractive at first glance, it does appear they are still active and are paying out cash for the right content.
The company does have quite a few reviews, so I do recommend you check out the FAQ and “writing guide” via the official link below to see how you can make money with them.
As a fair warning, I didn’t read a lot of great things about this company, so don’t be surprised if some of your reviews get denied, even if you feel you followed the guidelines to a T.
- Website: ReviewStream
G2 Crowd will reward you with a $10 Amazon gift card every time you submit an honest software review that you use.
And, to write a review, it’s pretty straightforward as all you need to do is follow the link below, select the software you use and answer a few questions. You will want to be as honest as possible and not submit reviews for any software you haven’t used in the past.
Seeing you will have to submit screenshots to actually show that you have the software installed and you still use it, you will find it will be hard to game this system.
You won’t make much, but it’s a great way to earn a gift card or two.
You will need a LinkedIn account or business email address to leave your review as well as a screenshot proving you use the software/app.
- Website: G2 Crowd
As the name implies, SoftwareJudge.com focuses solely on software reviews.
And, the cool thing about the website is that they are willing to pay up to $50 if you’re able to leave a no marketing BS, straight-talking review.
Here’s how it works…
First, the review has to be honest, so yes, you do need to own the software and actually use it. Then, you need to make sure that they have it listed on their website as if they don’t, you won’t be able to leave a review.
And lastly, your review has to be amazing enough to get published, so no one-sentence reviews, etc. As long as your review is published, you can get paid at least $1.
Check out the list via the link below to see how you can leave a review as well as more rules you should be aware of before submitting your work.
- Website: Software Judge
You won’t get “paid” by NetGalley, but I wanted to include it here as it’s a great way to connect with authors who are willing to give you a book in exchange for a review. If you like the idea of getting paid to read books, be sure to check out this post.
From what I read, you need to request or get invited to receive new books, but as you grow your profile and notoriety on the website, you could soon find yourself with more books than you could handle. If you’re able to get a book, all you need to do is read it and then leave a review on the website.
Again, it’s not a great choice if you’re looking for money, but if you’re a bookworm and don’t mind reading new books, it’s one to consider.
- Website: NetGalley
This is yet another website similar to that of NetGalley, but you can make up to $60 for your review.
The website claims you won’t get rich, but it’s not unheard of to get paid a few hundred dollars a month.
To use the website, they ask you to sign up; it’s free. Then, the authors will ship you a free book in exchange for an honest review. As long as your review is honest and up to the company’s standards, you will get paid for your time.
- Website: OnlineBookClub.org
Before you get excited, Google does not pay you to leave reviews, but as you earn points, you can rise in the ranks and get some pretty cool prizes, which may worth money to you. To learn more about how you can earn points, refer to the official FAQ to see how much you can earn per task.
For example, in the past, you could earn additional space on your Google Drive, whereas another time, you could get a free digital newspaper subscription.
These rewards almost always change, but it doesn’t hurt to at least leave a Google review to help your community and increase your notoriety. You never know what kind of reward you could earn.
- Website: Google Local Guides
For Bloggers and Social Media Influencers
If you own a blog or even a YouTube channel, let it be known that there is a ton of opportunity available for you, regardless of how large your following is.
Since these brands often want to get the word out about their products, they often turn to someone like you who has a following. If your blog/social media channel fits their demographic, then you can agree upon a price and review the product for them, either via a blog post or in video form.
If this sounds like something you wouldn’t mind doing, then feel free to check out the many companies listed below that have thousands of advertisers waiting to hand over their money to the right influencer.
No matter how large your social media/blogging following is, consider adding a listing on Fiverr to see if anyone wants to use your services. If you look right now, there are a ton of bloggers who are willing to write a review on just about anything.
As long as you price your services accordingly, you may find someone who’s willing to pay you $5, $10 or even more, again, all depending on your popularity.
I have dabbled with Fiverr in the past and had some luck. There are also people who make a living using it.
For more information as well as how to succeed, I highly recommend the very popular ebook, The Fiverr Master Class.
- Website: Fiverr
I only recommend this route only if you have a larger YouTube following and don’t mind creating a video that revolves around an advertiser. I’m not talking millions of followers, but you need at least 5,000 followers to sign up.
With FameBit, which is owned by YouTube, you can choose the sponsorship you want to work with, pitch them and see if they are willing to work with the price you’re offering. You really do get to choose who you want to work with as you need to come to them, not the other way around.
If the company likes what you’re offering, then you can work on a creative and get paid once you complete your endorsement.
While you’re not really writing a review, you’re adding the review into your video essentially.
As I write this, there are more than 500+ sponsorships to browse through, making it well worth joining. It’s 100% free to join.
- Website: FameBit
Tryazon is similar to that of Smilely360 and PincheMe mentioned earlier, only that the biggest difference is that you can host parties to sample with others.
As a member, you get to try out new products and will then be asked to leave your feedback once done.
As with most of these websites, each brand that works with Tryazon is looking for specific demographics, so the number of opportunities you receive will greatly depend on these factors.
For now, at least add your name to the list to potentially get some great freebies in the near future if you qualify.
- Website: Tryazon
If you consider yourself an influencer and have a few thousand followers, whether it’s a blog or YouTube channel, then Tomoson.com is one of the many websites to consider.
The nice thing about this website is that you can check out the opportunities ahead of time to see what you could get paid and what you may be asked to review. When I took a look, a lot of the companies paid anywhere from a few dollars to more than $1,000.
Again, you do need a following, but if you have one, it’s a website to at least bookmark.
- Website: Tomoson.com
If you own a blog, GetReviewed could be an option if you don’t mind writing on a review on a particular product/service.
Even if you don’t have a ton of visitors, you could still make cash as long as your website has some sort of authority.
To use, simply join, add your URL and then work with advertisers that want you to write about their products. If you agree upon a price, then you will simply be asked to write a review based upon their criteria.
It isn’t the largest review website online, but they may have some opportunities to consider.
- Website: GetReviewed
ValuedVoice is very similar to that of GetReviewed and FameBit, where you will be asked to create a profile and add your blog, social and/or video channels.
You don’t need to have a huge following, but it does help as this is what advertisers are looking for after all.
If you find an opportunity of interest, you can send the advertiser your offer and wait for a response. If they agree, then you will be asked to leave a review/endorsement of sorts and get paid for your time.
100% free to add your name to the company’s database.
- Website: ValuedVoice
IZEA is yet another big name in the bloggersphere, where you can once again, add your blog URL and partner with some of the world’s leading brands.
Again, this website works in a similar way to the others I mentioned, where you will be asked to connect with a job of interest and see if the brand is willing to accept you.
If the brand wants to work with you and your channel, then you can write the review and get paid for the amount specified.
- Website: IZEA
Again, if you have a blog, this is yet another database you can join to connect with potential advertisers.
To get started, you will just need to create an account, submit your information and then wait for an advertiser invite.
If you accept a proposal you receive, simply publish your review/endorsement and get paid via PayPal.
- Website: PayPerPost
As you can see, there are quite a few options if you own a blog and want to get paid writing reviews.
BrandBacker is another option if you have a following and don’t mind writing reviews on products popular brands send out to you.
To date, BrandBacker works with more than 30,000 influencers and is always looking to add more. You just need to provide them with your name, email and blog/YouTube URL to get accepted.
Once in, you can receive opportunities and apply to campaigns that you want to work with. In exchange for the product, you will be asked to write a review and publish it to your blog or talk about it on your YouTube channel.
- Website: BrandBacker
Another blogging opportunity if you own a blog, which claims that you can make anywhere from $150 to as much as $800+ per sponsored post.
As with all of the blogging-like companies I already mentioned, this one will work in a similar way.
You will be asked to join the platform, and once active, you can choose from a variety of opportunities that match with your profile. Once you write the review, you can earn the cash specified in the job description.
If you do have a blog or social media channel, I recommend joining as many of these databases as possible to see what kind of opportunities you could take advantage of. Seeing you can pick and choose what you want, you never know what kind of option may pop up.
- Website: Cooperatize
To join as an influencer with Socialix, you must have at least 5,000 followers on either YouTube or Instagram.
Socialix, like the many I’m already listing, will help you connect with brands who are looking for your particular demographic.
- Website: Socialix
This is kind of like a review in a way, but I wanted to include it here since you could make $100.
At ListVerse, they will pay you $100 if you write a list with at least 10 items. While they don’t go into detail as to what they want, I would take a look at the website and try to think of a list they may like. They have a rules page, too, which I will list below, but they don’t mention much, with the exception that they like “offbeat and novel” lists.
There are no guarantees they will accept your list, so I would only proceed if you feel you have a great chance at them accepting it.
- Website: ListVerse
Influence Central can help set you up with the right advertisers for your blog or social media channel, no matter the niche.
If you want to join their community of storytellers and tastemakers, then you can follow the link below for more information as well as a link to sign up.
- Website: Influence Central
Best Buy Influencer Program
Yes, Best Buy has an influencer network that you could consider joining if you have any sort of following online, whether it’s social media or even a blog.
If you’re interested, create a profile, and after it’s complete, Best Buy will inform you anytime a campaign opportunity matches. You get to choose the opportunity you like and will be asked to write a thoughtful, thorough and honest review on your website.
Depending on the campaign details, you could get compensated in the form of a check, Best Buy gift card or even a product for free.
Joining is 100% free, so at least add your name to the database to see if you can take advantage of the many great opportunities.
- Website: Best Buy Influencer Program
The ModernMom Influencer Program helps you connect with brands and even expand your readership to help you produce new content. I’m pretty sure you need to be a mom with some sort of following, but I’m not 100% sure here.
As a “ModernMom Insider,” you can gain access to exclusive campaigns, product reviews and even exclusive contests. So, yes, you can make money writing reviews if this is your end game.
To be considered, follow the link below to sign up and be considered.
- Website: ModernMom
Tastemaker Mom is looking for mom bloggers who want to share their insights and help provide feedback on various products. It’s really a great way to not only test out newer products, but you can get paid for your time as well.
As with all of the blogger-like platforms mentioned, you can choose from a list of campaigns, and if that company likes your platform, you can receive the product, in which you will review later on.
Once your review is live, you can collect your money and work with other campaigns if you so choose.
- Website: Tastemaker Mom
If you love to write and don’t care what you’re writing about, then I would recommend you check out my “get paid to type” post. In this post, I highlight more than 40+ companies that are willing to pay you to type from home, not just reviews, at your own pace.
However, if you like the idea of reviewing things and getting rewarded for your time, then this is the post to stick to for at least now.
As you can see, there are a ton of places that can use your expertise and are always open to new members.
Simply apply, start reviewing and/or wait for that review opportunity and earn some cash. While you’re not going to get rich, you can earn a few extra bucks every month to maybe pay for a dinner or two.
If you really want to make the big bucks reviewing things, however, I highly recommend starting a new blog or even social media channel to see the money really roll in. You don’t have to be a superstar as only a few thousand visitors/followers can suffice. Plus, you can write reviews on virtually anything as you can include an affiliate link for most products and make cash from that as well. It’s really endless.
Be sure to check out the many low-cost eBooks on Amazon if interested as to ways how to grow your blog if you do decide to make one. It takes a pinch of work at first, but it can pay off big time in the future. Nothing beats blogging passive income.
In the meantime, if you have used any of these companies or want to leave your thoughts, you’re always welcome to do so in the comments below.
Just let it be known that there are so many ways to write reviews, but if considering this route, only consider it as a way to make a few bucks if you don’t decide to create your own blog.
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