This post is for those of you who wish to post an Amazon review and/or find its permalink, but are not considered technologically savvy. Yes, I fall under this category as well. If you don’t believe me, check out my post Technically Challenged? Me? Yup! This computer nonsense can make even the smartest person feel like a monkey.
I’m under the assumption you’ve already created an account with Amazon, but if not, click here if you’re signing up for Amazon US, and follow the sign up instructions. For United Kingdom members, click here. A quick note here. You can actually sign up at both sites. I do this so I can post reviews to both sites though I don’t think I can technically buy anything from the UK site.
How to Post an Amazon Review
Now that you’re signed up, this is the fun part. From here on out, I may refer to the reviews as book reviews since that’s my field of expertise. However, the same rules should apply for any Amazon review.
- Log in to your account by clicking “Hello. Sign in Your Account” and entering the needed information.
- In the Search bar, type in the title of the book for which you wish to leave a review. For example, you could type in, “The Fall of Billy Hitchings” to find my book. Depending on the book title and keywords associated with that book, you can try typing fewer words. In my book’s case, typing in “Billy Hitchings” is usually enough. Hit enter and a list should appear.
- Find the book you wish to review on the list. Click on the title or the book cover. Either should take you to the correct sales page. It doesn’t really matter which version of the book you choose (paperback, hardcover, kindle, etc.) as long as it is indeed the same book you read. The reviews for each version are connected.
- On the sales page, next to the star rating and below the title of the book, a link in parentheses says, “56 Customer Reviews.” The number depends on the amount of reviews the book has. I used 56 as an example since that’s how many The Fall of Billy Hitchings has as of today.
- Near the star ratings on the upper left portion of the screen, you should see a gray button that says, “Create your own review.” Click on that button. This takes you to the actual review screen.
- The review section has four parts. The first is the star rating. The star rating is subjective, but five typically means awesome, one means horrible, three means somewhere in between. Just click on how many stars you think the book deserves.
- The second is the title. As with any title, you want something that stands out and gives the potential reader an idea of what your review is about. Something like, “AWESOME and Character-Driven.” Only you know what you thought of the book, so this part is at your discretion.
- The third is the actual review. This is where you put your heart out there and gush your emotions onto the page… or just state whatever it is you thought about the product. There is a twenty word minimum. I’m not sure if there is a maximum length, but I’ve read some loooooong reviews! My suggestion is to keep it simple and to the point. Most online buyers these days want a quick answer or description.
- The fourth is a clickable box under the review to show you’re a verified purchaser. It’s not a huge deal as of now, but some people are less likely to read a review if it’s not a verified purchase, their thoughts being that maybe the reviewer didn’t really read the book or use whatever product it is they reviewed. The box should automatically be checked if you bought the item from Amazon.
- Beneath the review section, a yellow button reads, “Preview your review.” Click on it to see what your review will look like on Amazon. This is a good place to check for spelling errors and such. No worries though. If you make a mistake you can always edit the review later.
- There are two buttons at the bottom of the review. A gray button that reads, “Edit,” and a yellow one that reads, “Publish Review.” If you click edit, you’ll go back to the previous screen and can work your way back to this one. If you hit “Publish Review,” a note from Amazon will pop up stating your review has been submitted and will soon be reviewed. It typically takes less than a day for the review to go live, but it’s longer for new reviewers. Be sure to follow the review guidelines and the review will be up before you know it. Click here to check out those guidelines.
There you have it. You’ve just submitted an Amazon review. Depending on your settings, Amazon should eMail you when your review goes live.
How to Find an Amazon Review Permalink
An Amazon Review Permalink is the URL that leads you directly to that specific review on Amazon. If you were to click on the permalink on a website, or copy and paste the permalink into your browser, you’d automatically be taken to that exact review.
There are two ways to find a review’s permalink. It’s easiest when finding a review you wrote yourself, but it can be done for those written by others as well.
- If you wrote the review, log in to your account and click on the, “Hello Kirkus Your Account,” button toward the upper right-hand corner (your user name should be in place of Kirkus). Either that, or hover your mouse pointer over the button and choose, “Your Account,” from the drop-down menu. (Note: if you’re searching for a review you didn’t write, scroll down to the section in this post labeled, “Permalinks for Reviews You Did Not Write.”)
- Scroll toward the bottom of the account screen. On the left, there are large labels such as, “Orders,” and “Payment.” Scroll down until you find the one labeled, “Personalization.”
- To the right of “Personalization” you’ll see three columns. Beneath the one labeled, “Community,” click on the link that reads, “Product Reviews Written By You.” If you’re on the Amazon UK site, the link reads, “See All My Reviews.”
- This page lists the reviews accepted by Amazon that you’ve written. Search through each page until you find the book you’re looking for.
- Once you’ve found the book or product you’re searching for, beneath your review you will see two buttons. One reads, “Comment,” the other, “Permalink.” Click on the “Permalink” button.
- At the top of the screen, the URL in your browser should now display the “Permalink” to that review. Any time a person types in this exact permalink, it should take them directly to this page.
Copy and/or Paste the Permalink
To copy, highlight the entire URL at the top of the screen in your browser. You can either right-click the highlighted words and select copy from the drop-down menu, or you can press “Control” and “C” on your keyboard simultaneously.
To paste, select the screen where you prefer to paste the text, whether it is a document or an eMail. You can either right-click the screen and click “Paste” from the drop-down menu, or you can press “Control” and “V” on your keyboard simultaneously.
Permalinks for Reviews You Did Not Write
- The first thing to do is get to the review screen. The easiest way to do this is follow steps two through four above in the “How to Post an Amazon Review” section. You don’t need to log in to Amazon to find a permalink. If the book or product has a bunch of reviews, finding the exact review you’re looking for will probably be the hardest part.
- Right away, you’ll see two main reviews highlighted. One is the most helpful, the other is the most critical. Just below those two are the rest. Go through one page at a time until you find the one you’re searching for, or if you know it’s a recent review, click on the link labeled, “Newest First” at the top right of the list. This puts the reviews in order starting with the most recent.
- Once you find the review you’re looking for, look at the bottom of that review. You’ll find three links you can click on. Click on the one labeled, “Permalink.”
- At this point, you can copy and paste the permalink directly from the browser. If you’re not sure how to do this, refer to the section above named, “Copy and/or Paste the Permalink.”
There it is. It looks like a lot of work, but it’s really not. It’s more about your comfort level with Amazon’s site. Once you do it a few times, it’s like anything else and will grow easier.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back with you as soon as I can.