Why You Don’t Need to OWN a Product to Review It.
People fear the idea that they “don’t own something” so they are not qualified to review it. Though it can be of benefit to own something, you cannot be expected to buy every single thing you offer advice or insight on...nor is it required.
As you build out your website and work to become an authority within your niche, you are becoming an industry expert. Part of this process is researching products/services to help your audience make an educated decision before they spend their hard earned money on something.
You are a curator of this product-related content, in other words you are performing the research and publishing that so that the prospective customer doesn't have to go through that arduous task. This certainly doesn't mean you have to buy it.
Let’s look at an example, to really exemplify what I am talking about…
You go into BestBuy, and let’s say you are interested in getting some new “ear buds” headphones. You ask the BestBuy employee what the best ones are and they start to share information with you.
They tell you the Apple Airpods are popular and are good quality, but they are expensive. They then go on to say the Beats ones are also good they say, and they are very “popular” with the younger demographic, but if you are looking for something more cost-efficient and the bigger bang for your buck you should go for the JBL ones because of their “true wireless technology” which produces amazing sound.
You can then make a purchasing decision based on that info, or you can ask further questions.
This employee surely doesn’t own all of these products, but they understand them, they communicate with a relevant audience regularly, they get feedback, and they are constantly immersed in the subject matter.
That is YOU with your blog and website. You are very similar to the employee at Best Buy, sure you may own some products that you are offering help on, but certainly not all of them. Nor do you need to own all of them in order to be VERY qualified to offer help and support on those very products.
The person helping you make a decision hasn’t bought every product in the store…the same way the person selling you the car doesn’t OWN every car on the lot, yet they are subject matter experts and they know A LOT about the product, thus can help you.
So never feel like you need to own a product in order to review it. Whether you are reviewing a product in a negative or positive light, you need to be factual, you need to understand the products and research them in detail before you write, and you truly want to have your audience's best interest at hand. If you can do that, you can be very successful with your reviews.
Now get out there and create reviews with confidence, and create reviews that matter! ;)