Making Online Reviews: The New Side Hustle?

Written By Alla Levin
January 03, 2019

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What’s the first thing you do when you’re looking up a new product or service you might buy? You Google it, that’s what it is. At least, most people these days do. What most people don’t realize is that people are profiting from publishing these reviews in more ways than just by having a website that gets lots of page views, and is appealing to advertisers.

This ‘other way’ is none other than through affiliate marketing. There are review sites for nearly everything now, from shooting gloves to blenders, or even people like who review digital goods or services that don’t necessarily exist in the real world.

While a good reviewer will be as objective and truthful as possible, they typically link to where the product can be found somewhere in the review. If any of their readers click that review and end up buying the product, the reviewer will make a portion of the sale. That’s affiliate marketing for you. But then, why are people choosing to engage in affiliate marketing?

Passive Income That Lasts a Long

Think about any review page you might be reading. It could be months or even years old. That doesn’t mean the information is any less valuable or relevant, assuming the product hasn’t changed over time or you’re just looking for generalized information. The thing is, the money made by the webmaster’s links will continue to make money, as long as people keep clicking on them.

The person who did that review just had to review the product once and write about it, but the money made from that review will keep pouring in, as long as people keep purchasing the product or service.

This is referred to as passive income because the person is no longer actively working on that particular page, but is still deriving income from it. This is one of the main things that draw people to affiliate marketing.

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Successful reviewers, even the ones in it solely for the money, make sure to pick something they’re highly invested in on a personal level. Otherwise, the work of reviewing it will get too dull, and they risk not being well-versed enough in what makes those products good or bad for it to be worthwhile. Any reviewer is buying or receiving products they love, and then get paid to talk about them online. Sounds like a pretty good deal, right?

With today’s globalized market, there’s practically nothing you can’t buy online, so even reviewing things like ATV parts or niche kinds of model airplane glue can result in a profitable and gainful income source.

Essentially, hobbies that you do for fun can be monetized in a way that subsidizes it, so it’s more affordable to engage in, or you can even end up making a profit at the end of the day.

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People have engaged in side hustles for thousands of years. In fact, the side hustle might have been the original hustle if you really get down to it. The only thing was that, before, you’d need the skill to trade or make things people would want to purchase in the physical world to get some extra spending money. Now, with the power of the Internet, you’re able to trade information for income, essentially.

Reviewing products online and making sales through them is a fantastic modern day side hustle industry that only gets bigger by the day. Maybe it’s about time you get your slice of the pie.

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