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How To Write An Effective Product Review
How To Write a Product Review (Without Purchasing Them!)
It’s been long debated what form the perfect Amazon product review should come in.
To be quite frank, each site has its own style of developing and formatting
them (or borrowing from others.)
Whatever structure you’re considering to write in, you need to make sure that it
ranks well in search engines and has the highest conversion rate possible.
Today, I want to go over not only the perfect structure for an af liate review but
also how you can write something that’s effective at selling – without actually
purchasing the product.
Let’s get started!
1. Get Your Target Keywords “Topical Relevance”
It’s been fairly popular as of late to talk about structuring your content based on
“topical relevance.” But what does this REALLY mean?
I think the best way of explaining this would be to run through an exercise of
extracting topical relevance while creating an outline for your article.
To do this, we need to run through a bit of manual keyword analysis. I’ve tried to
use specfic tools for this but they just don’t work as well…
(And yes, it takes a bit of time but it really can be done in 5 mins if you don’t get distracted.)
Here’s how we extract topical relevance the easiest.
It’s a bit longer of a keyword but you’ll see how powerful this strategy can be:
1. Head over to Google.com in an incognito window
2. Search for your target keyword, which in our case is “best dog shampoo for dandruff”
3. Starting from the top. Open up each result on the rst page.
4. Open up a blank word document or something like work owy.com.
Something that help you create a bullet point list
5. Browse each article and begin formulating topics by bullet points based on the
subheaders and little tidbits you pick up along the way. Then start nesting them
inside of each other. I used the word browse because some of us will read every article, while others
will only look at the subheaders.
Either case works and of course, the latter requires less effort.
However, if you need to understand your topic in depth. It would make sense to
read each article to get yourself into the mindset of a subject matter expert.
After you’ve read each top 10 articles and you’ve formulated the bullet point list.
You now have something that covers all the topics Google thinks are relevant to
searchers and you’ve got yourself a nice outline to hand your writers or ours.
2. Create Comparison Tables
For the most part, we all should know what a comparison table is and it’s likely
that many of your competitors are using them as well.
I’m guessing you’ve seen some that are as small as 5 products to as big as 100.
If you haven’t seen a massive comparison table with 100 products, I wouldn’t
suggest using it. It’s way too big and is a waste of time.
It’s very overwhelming and takes away from your opportunity to get a click-
through to Amazon. It’s tough to say how many features you should compare between each product,
but don’t include more than what’s necessary to get the point across.
The color of the dog’s shampoo bottle (from the example above) wouldn’t be
considered important enough to include.
I’ve found that 4 columns are useful for readers and aren’t overwhelming with mobile views.
The columns can contain text or icons that describe the rating of the feature.
Things like stars, fractions (3/5), and currency symbols are perfect.
More details on how we come up with these ratings in the next section.
Note: Don’t use exact prices to describe Amazon products. It’s against their
associates’ agreement and you are better off being a bit vague with this topic.
Consider how companies that review restaurants only provide dollar signs to
show the range of spending required to dine there.
3. Add Pros and Cons List
Pros and cons could be placed into your table, but I personally like to leave them
in a separate section. For example, you would see the name of the product in the comparison table but
right beside it you’d see “more details” and this would be a jump link that scrolls
down to the specific product. This is where the pros and cons table is found. Within each product “more
How Can We Rate Products Without Purchasing Them?
The best tool I’ve found for creating pros and cons lists is Amasuite. Utilizing
their Review Analyzer, you can quickly see what people like and dislike about any Amazon product.
The Review Analyzer is quite a simple product but the premise is very simple.
It just looks at all the reviews of a product and gives you the ability to search for
keywords inside of them, while organizing them based on star rating.
Doing this manually would take quite a long time and Amasuite’s review
analyzer gets the job done quickly.
4. Insert Keyword Rich Subtitles
It’s best practice to include your main keyword at least once in one of your H2 tags (aka subtitles.)
But don’t overdo this or you’ll over-optimize your content.
Over-optimization is a real problem and one way for you to get around this issue
is to ask your writers to write naturally. Without a keyword focus.
Then in the editing process, audit the keyword usage like a surgeon and if your
main keyword appears more than 3 times – I would go about replacing the rest.
If you’ve been following along and conducting manual keyword research to
create your topics (from point number 1), then you should have a good amount
of subtitles so you may not have to nd any supplementary keywords.
However, you can always checkout LSI Graph to nd other keywords that are
closely related to your primary and secondary keywords.
It’s not perfect, but it can help you and other topics that you didn’t think about.
So instead of “best dog shampoo for dandruff”, we might use “dog
shampoo” since we’ll nd a lot better answers by using this.
How To Write An Effective Product Review
5. Utilize Conversion-Driven Copywriting
The last thing I can tell you is what type of voice you should write in. If you really
know your niche then it’ll be very obvious.
I have a friend in the sports niche and his content is lled with slang for that
specific sport. It’s awesome.
If you’ve read through your competitors work and are drawn to a particular style.
Don’t be afraid to give your writers a piece of content from them as your voices example.
Just tell them not to link to anything from that domain
Beyond the overall voice, I think it’s important to think about who you are
targeting with this content.
Who is searching for this particular keyword?
One thing I like to think about is how the writing is targeting different subsets of
buyers and use cases.
For example, if you have an article on bowling gloves.
You’ll want to differentiate between pro bowling gloves and amateurs.
A pro may care about the durability more, while an amateur may care more
about how the glove looks and costs.
You’re also being considerate of both demographics and letting them pick their
own side. For more CRO tips for Amazon affiliates, check out our podcast with conversion
expert, Kurt Philips of Convertica.
6. Stay Aligned With Amazon’s Operating Agreement
We all need to make sure that somewhere on our sites (usually the footer), we’re
stating “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”
If you have a previous disclosure statement, that is also one, but I’d make sure
you stick this new sentence in also just to be safe.
Beyond making it clear that you’re an Amazon Associate, you want to make sure
your images and prices are pulled directly from the API.
You don’t necessarily need prices in an Amazon review, but certain images are
a must-have. Without them, your content is boring and you just won’t be able to compete
with the others trying to rank for that keyword. Simply for engagement reasons.
#dontbeboring In our case, we pull Amazon prices and images using AAWP.
7. Think About Mobile Optimization
Google has already announced that their indexing will be mobile- the first one
coming soon. This means that the rankings we need to watch for are our mobile ones.
Previously there were two separate indexes for mobile and desktop, but now,
only one exists and it’s geared towards the Google smartphone bot.
It’s not incredibly hard to optimize for mobile, but you do need to change up the
the way you format your content. For example, Duke from one of our podcast episodes
has created hundreds of review articles in a very short time and he limits his paragraph length to 1-2
sentences. This isn’t your academic style of formatting. You’re writing for regular people
and Google! Another thing you should think about is creating very scannable blog posts
where people can scroll through (using their thumbs) quickly and get to the info
they need rest, then, to decide if they want to read the whole article or not.
Your images are also another important factor, make them as small as possible
and if you don’t need them then don’t display them on mobile.
You can do this easily in most page builders like Thrive Architect.
Leave some images for aesthetics on the desktop, while being very conservative
on mobile so the user experience is quicker.
Starting The “Minimum Viable Content”
We often hear about the skyscraper technique being the god of white hat SEO.
Although I agree with it in many ways, it’s not ideal to spend an unhealthy
amount of time on one single post.
Get the content out. See how it performs. Adjust your course like a pilot.
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