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A Simple Product Review Template That You Should Steal

We created a practical, step-by-step product review template so you can generate more affiliate income and win more readers with every post.

By Jamie I.F. Updated August 24, 2023

Product reviews are one of the most profitable types of content you can create. People searching for reviews are ready to buy, and convert very well.

Here’s our detailed, step-by-step product review template that has helped us generate millions of dollars in affiliate conversions, and has been successful even after all the Product Review and Reviews updates Google has released from 2021 to 2023.

I’ve also included some examples of great product reviews, some top tips for writing product reviews that convert, and explain how to track how well your product reviews are converting.

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How We Tested This Template (& Why Trust Us?)

This product review template comes from our data on what really works.

This data comes from our own affiliate sites with a combined million visitors per month, as well as our Lasso affiliate analytics platform which helps affiliates track over 50 million page views per month to optimize conversions.

We have also tested our Lasso displays based on product review page view data, so our recommendations here come from real-world data on what factors lead to conversions.

What Should A Product Review Template Include?

Here’s a simple structure you can steal when writing your next review, and you’ll be well on your way to writing a blog post that engages readers and converts them.

A good product review template should include the following:

  1. Title: that stands out and gets clicks.
  2. Intro: that establishes authority and builds rapport.
  3. Brief description of the product: quick run-down and a value judgment.
  4. Product affiliate display: CTA, pros and cons, and buy now button.
  5. The main product review: the in-depth description.
  6. FAQs: answer any objections or questions the reader has.
  7. Alternatives: recommend based on any weaknesses the product has.
  8. Conclusion: and another affiliate CTA.

Product review template

A good product review blogger should help potential buyers with their purchasing decision, so most importantly, you must gain readers’ trust. Of course, you can do that but showcasing features and benefits using real-life examples.

1. Write a title that stands out and gets clicks

Titles are so important to successful product reviews. A good title:

  • Gets clicks – and CTR is considered an SEO ranking factor.
  • Shows your audience that you understand them.
  • Has your keyword in the title for the ranking boost.

Definitely also include the main keyword in your product review title, preferably at the beginning. This is still a ranking factor and will help your product reviews rank higher.

You should also try to write a title that shows your audience you understand their needs so they trust you, and piques their interest and curiosity, enticing them to click.

This requires understanding the pain point behind searching for this product. What are your readers worried about? This depends on the type of product.

For example, for this investing app review keyword, “investengine review”, this is a cheap solution designed to help beginner income investors begin their investing journey.

Example of title for a product review

The highest-ranking articles understand this, and have written titles like:

  • InvestEngine review – is it the cheapest investment platform?
  • InvestEngine review: the best place to invest for free? (2023)

Both of these have the keyword right at the beginning, and one also includes the year to show that this review is relevant for 2023. I also recommend doing this.

If I was writing this review, I would write a title like:

  • InvestEngine Review: cheap yet reliable for beginner investors?
  • InvestEngine Review: still the best cheap investing app?

This combines the audience’s clear interest in a low-cost investment platform, and answers the pain point beginners may have about investing with the “reliable” part, as beginner investors may have worries about how safe their money is.

2. Intro: Establish authority, build rapport, and show you can be trusted

Your job in this intro is to instantly gain your reader’s trust, and build rapport, as well as establishing yourself as someone they can trust and should listen to.

One existing method for this is the SPEAR framework, which I use for writing my affiliate intros:

  • S: Search Intent – let the reader know they’re in the right place immediately.
  • P: Pain Points – understand the needs readers have that led to them searching for this review.
  • E: Expertise – show you’re an expert to be trusted (but without looking pushy or insecure).
  • A: Audience – understand who is visiting this page, and who is not visiting this page, and tailor your language and style to this audience.
  • R: Rapport – as well as being an expert, be likeable and authentic. Build a bond with the reader.

Another key part is empathizing with your readers, and showing you understand their problems and needs. If you can vocalize their problem, they’ll trust you to have the solution.

For example, if you’re writing a product review about a vacuum, you can start the review with a relatable story on a type of dirt you struggled to clean – which your audience also probably experiences. Then when you show this product as the solution, they’ll trust you.

You can even include a “why you should trust us” section on your product reviews. This is a brief section that highlights your expertise, reliability, and that you’ve really tested the product.

Here’s an example from a Wirecutter article on the best USB battery packs:

Wirecutter why trust us section for increasing trust and conversions in product reviews

Also, add any product review photos high up in the intro, to show your readers you’re legit and did real testing.

Another option is the PAS intro formula, which you can see here:

problem agitate solve intro formula with each section a different color

Further Reading:

3. Summary of the product review

This section, and section 4, are the two most important parts of any product review. These sections account for up to 50% of your affiliate conversions if done correctly. 

Most people don’t want to read the whole article, they just want the key information in bite-size summary to know whether it’s right for them.

Here’s another example from Wirecutter:

Wirecutter product review example

In this summary section, highlight:

  • Which type of person this product best suits – and who it’s NOT for
  • The key reasons why you should or should not buy the product
  • The main features that your audience care about

Be specific about these. For example, is it great for beginners, those on a budget, Mac users, left-handers, football fans, heavy-duty professionals, or any other specific audience? The more specific, the better your conversions will be.

You can include pros and cons either here or in the affiliate display in section 4, as well as your rating out of 5. Both the star rating and pros and cons can be added to the schema with the Lasso WordPress plugin to show up in the search results.

Here’s an example of pros and cons from a review of Robinhood:

pro con example product review template

Don’t lose momentum mentioning every single spec or factor – focus on only the main things that lead to conversions

Make it easy to skim and then follow it up with section 4: a beautiful affiliate display that gets you clicks and sales.

4. Affiliate display for conversions

The intro and product summary sections aim to achieve one thing: to warm the reader up, so that when you give them the opportunity to buy, they buy!

However, most sites still just use text links for their affiliate links, or use out-of-date tools that don’t look good.

At Lasso, we’ve tested our affiliate displays across more than 100 million affiliate page views that our 8,000 customers receive. 

As a result, we’ve worked out exactly what drives clicks and sales, and have built that into our displays. 

Here’s an example summary box display for Grammarly, created with Lasso:

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Our displays convert better than any alternatives. For example, Jared Bauman, host of the Niche Pursuits podcast, increased his affiliate earnings by 88% after switching from AAWP to Lasso.

Many others, such as Shawna Newman, the founder of Skipblast, have seen the same results:

To increase clicks and conversions, you can easily add:

  • Pros and cons
  • Product ratings (star rating out of 5)
  • Multiple seller options (or have the second button be a link to a review or product comparison)
  • Button text and color designed to convert
  • Price (yes, this can increase the buyer intent of your clicks if you show this)
  • Another brief product description highlighting the main reasons to buy, or a feature list
  • Automatically add an affiliate disclosure

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Further Reading:

5. The product review: how it works, main product’s features, and show your real-life testing

This is the main part of your product review. An easy way to structure this is to have subheadings for each main feature or comparison point, to then review in detail.

Pick these sections based on what buyers consider important – these are the parts that lead to affiliate sales. An example for a PC product review might be:

  • Speed: RAM, graphics card, etc
  • Audio quality
  • Resolution
  • Storage
  • Software
  • Available accessories you can buy
  • Any extra features that come with it

Then, for each section, show how the product solves real life issues. Take the reader through the story of how a problem you had was solved by one of the particular product features.

Place the reader in the story solving these scenarios, and write in the most visual, precise language possible.

It’s absolutely essential here to also add supporting images and ideally even videos, showing these specifics, and how it helped you.

Most importantly, keep mentioning the types of people who would most benefit from this – the more you state the segments of people who are reading, the more confident they will be that this product is for them.

For example, if you’re testing and reviewing a lawnmower, showing a “before and after” section showing how much better your garden looks after, or even how much better it looks versus when testing an alternative lawnmower, is very compelling.

It doesn’t need to be all positive either. Often the product won’t be great at some things. By showing these, you build trust, and also prevent people buying a product that isn’t right for them.

For the areas the product isn’t strong in, simply recommend an alternative product that excels in that specific area. Include an affiliate link so you still earn from these conversions.

Let’s use another example like mountaineering tents. Before purchasing, buyers consider things like capacity, weight, number of poles, and price.

features example how to find them

Here’s another example, from NerdWallet.

nerdwallet feature table example

A good example comes from the software services review site There’s a section where it asks users, “What problems are you solving with the product?”

g2com solving problems example

6. Add FAQs that actually help curious buyers

FAQs come in several forms, including the product’s website, Google’s “People Also Ask,” or Google’s “Searches Related To.”

Both the product and a quick Google search are telling you these are common questions. Adding them to your review helps to get in front of any concerns your readers might have.

Let’s use surfboards as an example. If you’re writing a review about firewire surfboards, you’d want to visit the brand’s website and use Google’s People Also Ask.

Here’s what we get:

google people also ask example

These can help shape the outline of your post as you figure out what’s important.

Here’s an example of using FAQs in your review:

simple bank faq example

However, these are not always accurate for what your readers want to know. If you really understand your audience, you’ll know what kinds of questions your readers really have, to create the most helpful FAQs within your product reviews possible.

If you have writer’s block, AI can also be helpful here.

Using AI to generate FAQ ideas

AI tools such as ChatGPT and Claude can be very useful in giving you FAQs for your product review content. 

Here’s a prompt I sometimes use to identify anything I may have missed:

“You’re an interested customer looking to buy a {insert product here}. Before feeling comfortable buying, what questions might you have that you want answered?”

If these FAQs are too generic, you can use this prompt to find lesser-known questions:

“You’re an interested customer looking to buy a {insert product here}. What are some less common and unconventional questions you might have before buying?”

These questions are often far more specific, and can surface some great topics to cover in your product review. Answer questions like this and you’ll give readers all the important information they need to purchase, giving you better conversions.

Ask your audience questions they have

Another easy way to get great FAQs is simply to write your review, and then send it out to your email subscribers and social media followers and ask for feedback and questions they have.

You might think something is obvious, but your audience doesn’t. Based on this, you can improve your articles, and add FAQs for all the information that needs to be better explained.

7. Recommend alternative products that match weaknesses of the product 

If the reader has made it to this section without clicking or buying, then the product probably wasn’t a good fit for them.

But, this doesn’t mean they aren’t prepared to buy something.

product review template h2 h3 format example

The key to writing a high-converting alternatives section is not to recommend similar, generic products.

Instead, recommend specific alternatives that are really good at a specific use. 

google autocomplete feature

For example, your product review might be about a lawn mower that is the best under $50. An alternative could be a more premium option that’s best for cutting thicker, longer grass, or one that can do another specific use far better.

A time-saver is to recommend multiple alternatives based on the pros and cons. 

For each of the cons, find an alternative product that excels in this area. If the two cons of a product review are that it’s small, and that it’s expensive, then you can recommend alternatives that are larger, and that are cheap.

This is a great way of turning unconverted traffic into affiliate clicks.

You can display alternative products as grids using our plugin, Lasso:

product review template lasso grid example

8. Conclusion and re-sell at the end

To conclude your product review, summarize your opinion, why it’s great, who it’s best for, and then you can include another affiliate display CTA to try and get the conversion.

For example, if you’re still reading this, you haven’t converted and bought Lasso yet! So, I’d have a conclusion here, tell you why you should buy it to skyrocket your affiliate income, and then have another display such as this one below:

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Another trick is to include internal links to articles on your site that you think the reader would be interested in, if they haven’t clicked any of the affiliate links in this product review.

Usually this involves moving slightly higher up the buyer funnel and linking to middle of funnel content. For example, in a product review for a lawnmower, you might link to an articles for:

  • How much does a lawnmower cost?
  • Types of lawnmowers
  • Factors to consider when buying a lawnmower

These articles can give readers the info they need to be more comfortable making a purchase decision.

How To Write a Product Review: 6 Extra Tips

While these tips don’t fall into a specific product review template, they’re key to high converting and high ranking articles.

1. Make it easy to scan read

Don’t write long blocks of paragraphs. They’ll scare your readers off, and they’ll miss the important points you make that lead to conversions.

Creating affiliate displays that are easy to read

You can make your reviews super easy to scan read by:

  • Bulleted lists or tables for specs and pros and cons
  • Short paragraphs, with bold text for the main takeaways
  • Use affiliate displays like Lasso that grab attention

2. Cover the negatives, not just the positives

The best reviews are balanced, authentic, and honest. They don’t just tell you the good parts to make the sale, but also the downsides that could put readers off.

Good reviews don’t just tell you who the product is for, but also the bad parts that show the reader that it’s not for them.

If you’re too scared of losing the sale, you’ll never make the sale. By being balanced and truthful, you build trust that often leads to more sales anyway.

This also meets Google’s Review guidelines, including:

  • “Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of something, based on your own original research.”
  • “Cover comparable things to consider, or explain which might be best for certain uses or circumstances.”

3. Show empathy

Writing with a friendly voice, being real and likeable, and focusing on helping readers by being honest will also help you make more money.

Mention any problems you had during the test, or any mistakes you made in an “Oops! Don’t do what I did!” self-deprecating and likeable way. This just makes you more real.

Empathise with the problems the reader had that led to them searching for this product as the solution. This forms the R within the SPEAR framework – rapport.

4. Use plenty of images

Nothing builds trust as well as real product photos and videos of you interacting with the product, testing and measuring it in specific situations they would use it in, and showing “before and afters”.

For example, here’s a Wirecutter photo within their article on the best phone editing apps, showing a before and after touching the photo up:

Before and after photo for a review of an editing app

There’s a lot of product review sites that fake their images, and you can just tell they aren’t real pictures. The more visuals you have, the clearer it is that you’re legit and to be trusted.

5. Write in first person

I highly recommend writing from the first person, highlighting your personal experience.

This builds the most trust and rapport with your audience, but also sends signals to search engines that this is a real product review, not just an analysis of the specs or a re-written Amazon product description masquerading as a product review.

So, using language like: 

  • “During my test, I found that…”
  • “I personally found that X feature was…”

And mentioning aspects that only a real product reviewer would know is also a great way to show legitimacy.

One of the points in Google’s Review guidelines is:

“When recommending something as the best overall or the best for a certain purpose, include why you consider it the best, with first-hand supporting evidence.”

As well as your first-hand supporting evidence, write in first person to match this.

6. Also show other reviews of people who like the product

As well as giving your own opinion, you can further help your readers by including reviews other people have written. Even if they disagree with you, this gives the reader a more comprehensive view of the product so they can make the best decision for them.

This could be other full product reviews, or reviews left on any third-party review aggregator like Amazon, G2, or Google

This also partially meets another of Google’s Reviews guidelines:

“Include links to other useful resources (your own or from other sites) to help a reader make a decision.” 

Link to any other reviews you’ve used, or add screenshots.

Great Product Review Examples To Take Inspiration From

1. Up The Gains – Personal Finance Reviews

This is an example from Up The Gains’ review of Wealthify, an investment app. Up The Gains is one of the fastest-growing UK personal finance sites.

Up The Gains Product Review Example

The topic is YMYL, and getting someone to invest money is no easy task. There’s a far higher trust barrier needed than for standard products.

Up The Gains tackles this with clear author bios and image, detailing the author’s expertise, immediately building trust before the article even starts.

Then the introduction immediately gives a value judgment, the following paragraphs explain who it’s for (beginner investors).

Then, the affiliate display for conversions includes the main selling points to trigger the person to buy, the social proof with the star rating, banner for who it’s best for, and the button to buy.

A couple things I would change are:

  1. The intro of “I really like the way Wealthify operate” is good from a personable, rapport building point of view, but could be made clearer. Google might not be able to read this as a clear value judgment, which could prevent you getting a featured snippet, and human readers may want more details that this.
  2. The button can be changed to a more contrasting color to get more attention and clicks.

2. RetroDodo – Gaming Product Review

Another example of a product review is RetroDodo’s Powkiddy RGB20S review, a retro handheld console.

Retro Dodo Product Review Example

The review starts with a video – a very powerful show of social proof.

Then there’s a box to buy the product, but this comes before any information that further drives home the product’s main selling points.

This can work if a high percent of people are watching the video before, but if they are not, then this could come too early – before the reader has been warmed up to buy.

A few things that could increase conversions are giving a more clear opinion on whether the reader should buy the product in the intro summary, stating more clearly who would suit it and who would not suit it, and by naming the website the reader will be taken to if they click the “Buy Here” button.

But the review does an excellent job at showing expertise and that the review is clearly in-depth, authentic, and to be trusted.

How To Track Product Review Performance

While this template and extra tips give you everything you need to write product reviews that convert, tracking the performance of your affiliate links is essential to maximize your affiliate income.

The easiest way to track your product review affiliate links is to use Lasso Performance.

This automatically generates unique SubIDs on every single affiliate link on your website, so they can be tracked individually to measure their performance.

From there, you can see how much revenue every product review page on your site earns, as well as the revenue, CTR (click through rate), EPC (earning per click), and much more data about each link on each page.

Here’s an example from one of my product reviews:

Example data from tracking product review affiliate clicks and performance

With this data, you can optimize and tweak your pages to maximize your conversion rates and revenues. 

The best part is it just takes a few minutes to set up, and a single JavaScript snippet. 

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