AMAZON IMPROVES CUSTOMER REVIEWS
What makes customer reviews helpful to other customers, and thereby also helpful for sellers, businesses, authors, and even Amazon?
It’s when other customers can trust the review system. Without that trust, reviews become utterly useless.
BOOK REVIEW CHANGES IN 2012
Amazon made its first major improvement to the customer review system in late 2012.
That’s when Amazon blocked and removed countless reviews from probable friend and family members of authors.
Whatever Amazon did in 2012 was highly effective—perhaps not perfect, but definitely effective. If you watch indie community forums regularly, you know that on a weekly basis new authors complain about missing reviews, and it almost invariably turns out that the reviews were left by friends or family members.
Prior to the Great Purge of 2012, Amazon’s customer review system had been getting out of hand, with the problems publicized in the WSJ…
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