A big part of what I do as a freelance writer is review products, but not everyone wants to or can do this professionally. You could post your comments on sites like Amazon, but then you’re just giving away your opinion for free. There must be a way to make some money, while simultaneously helping your fellow consumer make the best informed buying decision.
And that’s how Ukritic came to be. It’s a place where average folk can share their opinions on everyday products and services, while simultaneously generating a passive income stream for themselves by doing so. Let’s dig into Ukritic and see how it works.
A Collection of User-Submitted Reviews
Most people don’t have the time or expertise to develop a product review site of their own, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t want their opinions to be heard, nor does it mean that they don’t want to make any money. With Ukritic, all of the back-end stuff is handled for you, so all you have to do is review the product or service.
Since Ukritic is essentially a community of average consumers, this traffic builds upon itself. This is similar in some ways to a site like Epinions, except the reviews are typically more extensive and the reviewers get a slice of the pie. As Ukritic puts it: “Our site is your site.”
How to Make Money
So, what do you get in return for writing a review of an everyday product or service for Ukritic? It’s based in affiliate marketing, so your income stream is dependent entirely on referred sales.
Shown above is an example review of the Keurig B60 home brewing system. Most reviews will go through the various features and selling points, and you’ll notice that there is also a “review snapshot” on the side that highlights the pros, cons, and verdict.
One other thing you’ll notice is that big “Go” button near the top. That button doesn’t lead to the Keurig website; instead, it’s an Amazon affiliate link. If some goes ahead and buys that Keurig from Amazon, the reviewer (Jackie Gay, in this case) earns a commission. The affiliate structure isn’t limited to just Amazon, allowing you to use whatever affiliate links you want. What this means, though, is that you’ll have to sign up for the corresponding affiliate programs on your own.
What Products Can I Review
The range of products and services reviewed on Ukritic is quite extensive. There are categories for electronics & tech, family & pets, mental & spiritual health, apps & gaming, automotive & motorsports, and home & garden, among others.
Here is a snapshot of the computers & Internet section, for instance. That’s quite the variety of software, but it could just as easily include online services, computer hardware, and anything else related computers and the Internet. The catch is the onus is on you to find an appropriate affiliate deal that you can then promote; not all products and services have affiliate programs.
When you don’t insert an affiliate link, it appears that Ukritic replaces that slot with a Google AdSense block and that is presumably how the site owners make their cut of the pie. They state that 100% of the affiliate clicks belong to the original reviewer.
You can also view the Ukritic video below for a full breakdown of their features and benefits to the system.
Another Source of Passive Income
If you’re tired of giving away your opinion for free, you might want to consider signing up for Ukritic. If you write quality reviews that get a significant number of views, you may find yourself earning a pretty good stream of passive affiliate income.