I’m sure most of you are aware that I’m a pretty big noob when it comes to IM, at least in the sense that BHW explores, and so far I have only given back to the forum http://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/how-to-write-like-a-native.858749/, although that post went relatively unnoticed. Before discovering BHW I was making money by writing reviews for Amazon companies, which I know is nothing new to you guys, but I thought I would share my method with you nonetheless. Backstory: For years now I have been watching YouTube unboxing and product reviews and I have always dreamt of getting sent products absolutely free. After watching these videos for a few years, and unsuccessfully starting a YouTube channel myself, I started to think of other ways that I could build up a relationship with brands, to receive free products. As well as watching YouTube videos, I also spent a lot of time browsing Amazon products, imagining what I could buy when I eventually started earning money. One day I discovered that you can actually make contact Amazon sellers (Yes I know this is common knowledge, but it got me wondering). I wrote a quick message to a seller saying how much I loved their product and asking if they had any that I could write a review on. To my amazement they actually replied, saying how they had an item in perfect condition, but the packaging was damaged. Once I did my first review I messaged a lot of sellers, telling them how I was ‘Trusted by x number of sellers’, and once they sent me their products I built up a relationship with them and reviewed a lot of their products. Anyway, enough of the backstory, let’s get to the method: 1.) Create your sales pitch: First you need to draft a message to sellers. I have made many versions of my message as I have grown. Here is an example to get you going: “Hello there, I'm x and I write and publish reviews on Amazon products. I'm trusted by many brands on writing a true and good review for their products on Amazon or their own website. I came across your products and they really caught my eye! I'm writing to ask for a review product that I can give a review that will result in higher search rankings and sales for your products! I feel a review could really help boost your product and company as it is an essential component for good sales! I have my own Amazon product website, and I feel that my expertise could help your brand grow massively! Hope to hear from you soon, X” Make sure to emphasize how essential your service is to their growth, and how much they need YOU. 2.) Find products: The next thing you need to do is identify your first product. I started off by sending a message to a company with a product I would have bought anyway, but for your first time I would choose something cheap, with not many reviews, and by a small company. 3.) Contact the Seller: Get in touch with the company by their Amazon selling account, or if they have any Social Medias there as well. Once you have sent your message wait a few days for their reply. If they say no or do not reply move onto the next product. They will most likely be Chinese (At least if you are targeting cheap electronics), so you have to be prepared to decipher their terrible English. 4.) Increasing your Reviewer rank: Once you have done your first review, you will be able to see it on your reviewer profile, which is what you will send to companies to prove you have experience. I recommend picking a catchy name, adding a logo/ profile picture, as well as any other information you would like them to know. You will notice that Amazon has assigned you a reviewer rank, which at the start will be in the millions. Your main aim is to get this number as close to 0 as you can (It is basically like your website page rank: the higher it is in the SERP the more views, or free products you get). Amazon calculates review-ranking on a number of things and you will notice how drastically your rank comes down at the start. Amazon allows its customers to say if they found a review helpful or not, and this is one of the easiest ways you can manipulate their system to shoot up the rank. Like I said, when I was doing this I did not know of BHW, so I did not realize that you can buy all sorts of services online. I was getting two of my friends to say each review was helpful, but I’m sure you will be able to make this process more efficient by buying ‘Helpful’ votes. 5.) Scale it: Amazon has a fairly good system that stops you spamming sellers, but it is not a huge setback. After about 15 messages (Can’t remember the exact amount) you will see a message asking you to come back in 15 minutes, this means you can no longer send messages for the next 24hrs. What I did is make a list of products I wanted, like headphones etc. And each week I targeted one product. When deciding which people to message, I had a few things that I looked out for: · Is the product sponsored? Often companies that pay to advertise on Amazon are willing to send out a product or two. · Does the product have <50 feedback? I found this to be useful when messaging sellers, however you should check all of their product, not just the one you are enquiring about. · Is the seller a big company? The company I first worked with was rather small at the time and that made them ideal. You want to make sure they are not incredibly small/large, because these sellers either can’t afford it or already sponsor larger Youtubers etc. By targeting one product/ week I was able to contact a large number of the sellers and this led to a lot of free stuff! A thing you need to remember is that most of the time the seller does not know which product you are enquiring about, so if you specifically want a product of theirs, I would be sure to mention it. After every review make sure you get someone to say it was helpful, as we are constantly working to number 1 reviewer. You should move up the rank very fast (At least I did on .co.uk site), and once I reached 10,000 I made sure to mention it to every seller. Another thing you can do is include your email in your profile, which allows companies to find you, although the products they usually offer are cheap and not worth it in my opinion. Things to remember: · Tell them how they can help you. · Build up a relationship with a seller. Tell them how much you love their product, ask if they have any more to review. · Work towards #1 reviewer. Make sure your reviews are useful, and always say you got the product free in return for a review. I used- this at the end of mine: “Please note: I received this products in exchange for my honest, unbiased and fair opinion” Like I said, I know this is nothing new, but I just wanted to share some of my old methods. I really do hope it benefits someone, and if, by some miracle, you want to know more of my old methods, I would be happy to share.