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The sad demise of dooyoo was expected. I’m surprised it lasted that long after the suicidal decision to move to the stripped down and vapid 500 word format. I knew the game was up when I found out dooyoo had not renknewed their domain name and I will be watching Ciao for the same next year. Ciao are also clearly winding down. The PF has quietly been cut by 20% over the last two months and then another 25% up until Christmas, down from £2400 to £1500, their core sales period. Ciao would say they have cut it to simply tally with cutting the earning PF categories down over the last few weeks. I think they are winding down the way dooyoo did. Without my three extremely unexpected diamonds after seven years waiting for my first one my PF would be down considerably in 2015. This week’s announcements will make it even harder to earn. It’s time to get writing folks as we may not be here next Christmas.
Clearly the change in the way reviews are stacked on search engines has hurt Le Guide (who own both Ciao and Dooyoo) and so changes have come to ciao to survive, which included dooyoo being wound up. We all hope that day doesn’t come when ciao closes. It will. The publicity about fake Amazon and Trustedreviews.com reviews, for example, and stuff about those reviewers for hire, hasn’t helped the reviewing community’s integrity. Do people trust consumer reviews anymore is the question? There are factories in the slums of Asia churning out thousands of fake reviews a week, 100 for $10, the same for Facebook likes. Facebook product Likes are worth more than our 1000 word epics I’m afraid. I’m sure some of you who list your email have been approached to write ‘favorable reviews’ for products at some point. Like everything we are being undercut by South East Asia. The next Ciao and dooyoo will surely be in the Chinese tongue. The Indian version called Bubblews.com doesn’t fill us with confidence though.
Baring-in-mind these changes it’s a great time for Ciao to have a good spring clean of the bias and libelous crap. There are now 1800 PC Specialist reviews on ciao. 1242 are rated 5 stars. 2 are classed as ‘quick reviews’, which makes me chuckle. One even won a diamond! That is the only PCSpecialist review that should remain. The other 1779 are complete crap! Why do ciao let them stay up there and yet delete far better reviews from far better writers for minor indiscretions? Is this not hurting our integrity?
This, of course, will be big month for members as it will set the trend of payouts through the winter, our most lucrative time and so we will see lots of members leaving in January if they are poor. I tend to be loyal to these sites and go down with the ship. I’m still posting on dooyoo by habit, even though they don’t pay money anymore.
I normally expect to get around £40-50 pounds per Ciao winter months when my film writing peaks. I’m extremely happy DVD has survived the PF cut. I felt I did a really good spread of reviews for the last month payout across all categories. When I run up £20 of the incremental payments I expect at least £16 PF. This month I got £44 in total. It was £22 on incremental, a welcome diamond (£15) and the rest in PF. Hard evidence of the PF falling across the board is that increase participation in the Current Issue and Product of the Week competition. I’m all for that but the way they pick the winner to that is as random as the PF and no guarantee. We now have to share just £1500. The days of fifty bucks a month are well and truly over. I would recommend survey sites like Valued Opinions and Mysurvey for that Amazon Christmas money if you want to cover your loss of ciao money.
Another ciao oddity is the way we are penalized for long service by giving us more Es per day the better and more ciao educated writers we get. You don’t need to be a brain surgeon to work out that works against you if you use all your Es up. It would be better to give gold members the right to delete churn or something as a reward. It you are promoting 11 reviews higher up the PF chance chain than you are pushing back your own work. We all know there is blatant reciprocal E-Rating going on here. I don’t want to feel I need to reduce Es to help my PF. And, of course, now certain products are excluded from the PF then certain writers will write about products they probably haven’t got in the PF qualifying sections. Even more so, some would say. Another barrage of cable, Lego, shampoo and candle reviews are on their way folks!!
Friendly community on this website a little bit less active though unlike here on Dooyoo. Writing reviews on the website is similar to Dooyoo they ask for around 120 words to make your review a standard one. I think the design of the website is pretty decent with a good lay out. The website records all your earnings and you will be showed them the next day on your account.Minimum amount you need to redeem on the website is just 5 dollars. They have now removed the 1 dollar per review reward and replaced it with 25 dollars was the reward last time.
You also get paid in the premium fund if you write a lot of reviews. They do pay a lot more than ciao.co.uk it has to be said. One big let down for me is they no longer pay out its members for rating other peoples reviews on the website.This was a good website to go on as they even paid in Paypal. Its still not bad moving your reviews from over here to the site as you can make up something from nothing in the premium fund of them. That fund does pay out well with a lot of easy money earned for reviews from that fund!
I have been a member of DooYoo for almost a year now, and I have found a new passion in writing my reviews, but I'm not going to lie to you, the money is the thing that spurs me on. And so when my mum recommended the site Ciao.co.uk to me I started using it, adding my reviews from here to there, then a couple of weeks later she told me of ciao.com...the american version of Ciao.co.uk, which we could use.
I signed up and started to add my reviews, the first thing I noticed though was that alot of the things weren't on, even the International things, I couldn't even find McDonalds restaurants on there...........!!!!!
But this was somethign I could easily cope with, and as it seemed very electronic I started to write about everything electrical I own!!!
When I came to rate other peoples reviews like you do on here, I found I couldn't understand anything they were saying!! I thought there may be some americal-ised words and spellings, but what I found was that the site was used by people in non-english speaking countries, I don't know where, all I know is they don't speak English, and use a translator site which is no good at all...their sentences went something like this:
Product service well, like I do, use me and friends good. Great is stylish looks.
As you can see very hard to know whats going on and what they're actually trying to say!!!!! But despite the fact they were completely unreadable, and they trully were unreadable, this is no exaggeration, they got Exceptional, Very good and Good ratings...the same ratings as someone like me and my mum were getting for spending half an hour per review and putting in a real opinion on it!!! Also, they were just copying and pasting the technical specs of the items (Probably why they chose techno things so they could just do this!) and going ahead and posting it!!! And making alot of money from doing so despite the fact their reviews couldn't be read and were no use to any potential buyers!!!!!!!!
Because of this, I tended to not use the site as much as Ciao.co.uk and DooYoo as I was getting fed up of getting comments on my reviews such as:
Useful for me, like I do. Thank you for helps, me rate you, rate back pleases.
Again...no joke!!! I don't think I read one other good english review which was understandable, or that wasn't simply copied and pasted from other sources!!!!!!
The site has since been closed down as far as I am aware...but if it does ever come back, don't bother using it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am surprised the money grabbign non english writers haven't come to DooYoo with their terrible writing and stupid comments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just a quick note to let everyone know that as of 1st of July 2009 Ciao.com will be merging with Microsofts new search engine BING as a result the US version of Ciao will no longer be available on the old domain. If you are an active member and review on this site then i suggest you log on immediately and request a payment as after today 17th June 2009 they will not be crediting any monies for reviews or rates etc. There is information regarding US members who will be credited their monies however no mention of what they will do regarding their worldwide community. There is a generic letter for all Ciao.com members available for every member to view at the point of log-on which explains all. I would suggest reading this as soon as possible. All reviews will be lost after the first of July so you are advised to get copies of those that you have written and wish to keep and save them. The new merger does sound interesting however i have not heard of it up until today so am unable to comment further. Sorry i cant be a bit more helpful regarding this matter however i would not like to think that UK members would be missing out on any payments that are owed to them. If anyone has any further information regarding this particularly in relation to payments for UK members then i would certainly be interested to hear from them.
Taken From Ciao.com
"Concerning payments, we are suspending our reward system as of today. Your account will no longer accrue money for positive ratings, member referrals, or any other awards. The money currently in your account will not be affected by this change. We will be making a final payment request for all Ciao US members in good standing, including those who have been unable to access the site due to regional restrictions. You will not need to make a payment request yourself; we are doing this for you. You should receive your last payments between mid-July and mid-August 2009."
Having been a member of Ciao UK for over 2 years, I recently noticed that they had a US branch and took a look to see what the differences were... needless to say that I was totally shocked.
One minute after posting an extremely long review, I had already received 9 comments! Obviously, Ciao USA doesn't track readings very well (unlike the UK site), meaning that members don't even have to read what's written! Of the 9 comments, I noticed that almost all of them were copied (I saw the same comments for other reviews) - meaning that the members simply copied and pasted comments into the box - which, obviously, also means that not only did they NOT read the reviews, but they didn't even bother writing their comments!! I'm shocked that Ciao USA hasn't noticed the abuse going on...
Secondly, 50% of the comments left on reviews are extremely aggressive, the type... I have already rated you, why didn't you rate me... and... you need to rate me... and... you rate me I rate you we hunting money together!!!! The latter isn't poor grammar on my part, I'm merely copying. The poor grammar is a constant, making even the shortest five line review (yes, most reviews are five lines) an extremely difficult and tedious task.
As far as I can see, Ciao USA is more about making a fast buck (as they say) than actually writing a good honest review.
No need to write long or detailed reviews because the members seem to hate them and give the poorest ratings - they give the best ratings on short reviews where the technical data for electronics has been copied from the manufacturer's website!
I also noticed that there appeared to be an Asian 'clicking cartel' made up of 'friends' who give a 'very good' rating to reviews that are absolutely useless. Why hasn't Ciao USA noticed what's going on?
My experience with Ciao USA has been short... and not so sweet.
I like this site - but it is not as good as Dooyoo.
I say this because unlike on Dooyoo where you get paid 50p every time you write a review and then more every time someone reads it on ciao you don't. Instead you only get paid every time someone reads you're review.
However you do get hundreds of thousands of more people on this website then dooyoo and within 10mins 10 people will have already read your review so the money does build up.
You get paid by paypal once you have reached the threshold of $5. You get 1 cent for every read and also depending how good the review is another 1, 2, or 3 cent on top of that for every read.
I love this site. But what i love about this site is that you can just copy and paste all of your reviews from other websites like dooyoo and get paid for them a second time.
One thing that does beet Dooyoo is that they also offer you free online paid surveys which gets added to your account.
I highly reccommend this site.
Ciao.com is pretty much like dooyoo and ciao.co.uk, you get paid to write reviews.
The payment system is the same as ciao.co.uk so unlike dooyoo where you get 50p straight away you only get paid when someone rates your review, the payment level varies on how many $ signs are next to the product so if there where three $ signs you get roughly 2p for every rate, two $ signs and you get roughly 1p for ever rate and one $ sign gets you roughly 0.5p for every rate. There are also more options on rating, you can choose to rate a review Exceptional, Very Helpful, Helpful, Somewhat Helpful, Not Helpful & off Topic.
I ended up looking at this site after I read a review on here, it seems that most of the people on the site are not there to write good reviews they only want to earn as much money as they can, if you have a good look through the site you can see that most of the reviews have just been copied and badly translated from other websites.
Nearly every review I have read has been very hard to understand, most of the time they just don't make sense and if you write a review you then get bombarded with friend requests from peoples saying "I rate you now go rate me please", it seems that rather than writing good reviews that people enjoy reading they just stick any old thing up and get whoever they can to rate it so they can earn as much money as possible.
The ratings are also a bit of a joke, I don't understand how a review that is only 50 words long that has been written in terrible broken English and which has quite clearly been taken from another website can be rated as very helpful or even exceptional, this seems to happen on nearly all of the reviews.
This site just seems to be more about how many friends you can get to rate you reviews than writing good informative review that will help people.
I guess most of the members on Dooyoo have also either got or have had accounts with Ciao.co.uk but what many might not have or even know about is an account with Ciao.com.
Both Ciao.co.uk and Ciao.com are similar in concept to Dooyoo in that they allow you to write your opinion for money or read the opinions of others.
Neither the .co.uk site nor the .com pay anywhere near as much as Dooyoo unless you make big bucks from the premium fund which you will only do if you write mammoth reviews and get lots of exceptional ratings.
Ciao.co.uk is still an ok site but the .com version which is supposed to be American but is dominated by Asians who have little or no grasp of the English language, is a site best avoided. You need a Paypal account to get paid on this site and you will find that, that matters little because you will make no money anyway.
The Asians on the site write a load of rubbish in god knows what language but it is certainly not the English language I know and they only ever rate you if it is a revenge rating.
They all go about giving each other exceptional ratings for utter nonsense reviews and the only time you ever see a good review from one of them is if it has been copied from elsewhere.
I have to be fair and say that there are a few Asian writers on it who do decent reviews but they are so few and far between they are not enough to excuse the site.
I was a member for one month and I wrote 18 reviews which made me the grand total of $1.86, so needless to say I am a member no longer.
Trust me when I tell you that Ciao.com is a total and utter waste of time both as a site to earn money from and as a site to get honest reviews from so stay well away from it!
Ciao.com is another 'paid for review' site. Its sister site ciao.co.uk is used by many people who write reviews on here - dooyoo.com.
Once i started writing and reading reviews on here i realised that i could copy my reviews and post them on ciao.co.uk. It was only a few weeks ago, after reading a review about ciao.com, that i decided to join that site too.
Unfortunatly the pay is rubbish just like ciao.co.uk 1,2 or 3 cents per read - pretty much on a par with the uk version. I do seem however to have made more money on the US version. Im not too sure why this is but im sure you'll find out if you join that the pay scale is quite difficult to fathom out. It may be because there are more people who read the reviews on Ciao.com but i cant be too sure.
Rating others reviews is slightly easier than ciao.co.uk as you can see who visited you last. You can also read the latest reviews relatively easily as that is on your main screen too. It is still, however, nowhere near as clear as dooyoo.
People ALWAYS leave comments! Sometimes they have no relevence at all but hey they've rated you so i suppose thats all that matters. You will find that the world and his mother want to be your friend on this site! Every time you log on you will have around 9 new friend requests.
I think this site is much better than the uk version but is still nowhere near as good as dooyoo. It is, however, still worth joining to cross post your reviews.
If you have found this useful and would like to join please message me and i will forward you the referral link.
I had never heard for cioa.com before, it was always ciao.co.uk that seemed to be very popular among many internet reviewers, so after joining ciao.co.uk a few months ago I thought that I would take the step and join ciao.com.
What really inspired me was reading a review by katie29 here on dooyoo, so off I popped to the ciao.com web site.
I have only been a member for the last few days and at the moment I am having a really mixed reaction to it.
Signing up is very simple to do, just log in to www.ciao.com and register using a valid email address. Within a few minutes Ciao will send you a registration confirmation and you click on the link and off you go.
All ciao ask is that you choose a user name and password and you are ready to get going it is as simple as that.
This is what got me in a twist at first as it the site is so poorly set out, making it very difficult to actually read reviews, find the members you know and trust and lastly actually writing a review.
Once you have allowed yourself time you can work the site easily enough, although a lot of patience is need to navigate it.
The site is very limited at what you can actually write about, but if you do find something of interest you will be fine.
When you search for a review to write about, beside the heading title you will see dollar signs if the review is entitled to payments for each read. $ totals 0.05 cents, $$ totals 0.1 cents and lastly $$$ signs total 0.2 cents.
If you are the first to write about a certain subject you will get double money for the first month that the review has been published.
You many also gain extra money from the ciao.com premium fund and be issued with one of the five diamonds that are issued each month. You will only get entered for the premium fund if your reviews are rated exceptional by other ciao members.
Once you are ready to claim your dollars from your ciao account you can request payment through paypal, but you will lose a small slice of the money on paypal fees.
After submitting my first review it disappeared off of the seven page new review section, within thirty minutes and I only gained four reads from people I had rated. I was amazed at how quickly it had shot off the page let alone all seven pages of new reviews.
After starting to rate some very poor reviews that only consisted of a few lines, some of which were stolen from other sources and some of which were the writers own word but in very poor English.
I was rating somewhat useful and not useful and I was being very kind at that, but to my amazement they came to me and rated that same back, so now I have one review up with exceptional, very helpful, Helpful and somewhat helpful, it is totally bazaar.
If the bad reviews were not enough, I got bombarded with spam from these rubbish writers asking me to add them as friend and rate six of mine I will do the same, yeh right.
So every time you log in you have to contend with a mass of messages before you can even start.
Just as I was about to chuck in the towel I found some fellow dooyooers and ciao.co.uk members and suddenly my faith was restored. Now I could actually read some good stuff and not complete rubbish.
I have since added all of the friendly faces to my circle of trust and I will go on and check them out instead of coping with people who don't care what they write, they just want the money.
Today I logged in not expecting much, but to my surprise many members I have met on dooyoo and ciao.co.uk have also added me to my friends and I had 56 reads on my review, although the rating were ranging from exceptional to poor I didn't mind as I felt great that the great writers had taken me under there wing.
One member in particular really helped and advised me what to do on the site, she informed me to report revenge rates which are abundant on the site and don't rate any poor reviews.
I found this a really strange thing to say, but after experiencing some very unfair rates and a mass of junk mail I can understand why I was told to do this.
Surly ciao.com should do something about the bad writers, but I suppose they don't care as long as stuff is getting reviewed through them.
I am going to stick with it for a while and see how I get on as I know there are some fine people on there, but I won't be rating any bad reviews as revenge rating occurs almost automatically.
UPDATE: Ciao USA is no more. They have pulled the plug and from 1st July members won't get access to the site any longer. Furthermore, there will be no more money to be made, pay per rate ended on 17 June after the email messages were sent to the members.
Thank you very much you cheating scum. You ruined a site with your auto translated rubbish, six lines of gibberish or straight copies from manufacturers websites. END UPDATE
In the spirit of recycling, I often post my reviews on other sites, not only on dooyoo but also on Ciao UK and the US website Helium. A little while ago I signed up with Ciao.com, the US version of the Ciao enterprise. I resurrected an old screen name I had not used for ages and decided to do something good for the environment and recycled some of my reviews by cross-posting. I carefully added a little 'hi, I don't copy but write under a number of names' on the site to make sure I wasn't going to be accused of cheating.
So, after waiting a while for ratings to come in, I noticed that readings, let alone ratings, were not forthcoming. I decided to investigate. Soon I noticed that there were new reviews, mainly on electrical goods like cameras, computers and software, coming in at around a gazillion a second and your own review stayed in the new in list for about a millisecond.
I then started to randomly read these reviews and from the first line you could see that they were not written by the person posting them. A very quick and simple Google check confirmed it. Most of the reviews I found were simply copied from other websites, including Wikipedia (if it's on Wikipedia it must be true). Then there were the reviews that were not copied but written in sub standard English and you would start tearing your hair out trying to understand what the writer was trying to say. Obviously, English was not the member's first language, but to abuse the language to such an extend where nobody could make heads nor tails of it was shocking. What was more shocking was the fact that these members, be they serial plagiarists or people who run their reviews through a translating programme, received on average squillions of reads and very helpful ratings and comments. Just looking at some comments would make you want to scream as it became blindingly obvious that the person rating and commenting did not have a clue what they were doing, let alone saying.
However, there was a light, way back on the horizon. I found a lot of UK review site members I recognised. They had come to the site to cross post, just as I had. Soon you started reading those people's reviews, knowing they were free of plagiarism and cheating. If I may I will mention some of the names that you will find when looking carefully: Koshkha, anonymili and Chocolatelady amongst many other names you may recognise. You may want to seek these members out for support and advise. There are also a few good writers from the USA there.
Ciao USA works very much like the UK site. You get paid in cents and dollars rather than pounds and pennies but the system seems to be the same, depending on the dollar ($) sign accompanying the topic, you will get paid between one and three cents, or nothing, if the category is a non paying one. I also noticed that you get one cent per read (not sure if it's member reads or your own reading and rating yet). Of course, you also get rewarded for first review in a category by being paid double.
With the Ciao USA still being in its infancy, there are still a lot of categories without reviews, in particular in hotels. There doesn't seem to be a category for travel sights yet. Furthermore, you will find that areas such as 'books' are still missing. But then, who still reads in these times, right?
Rating is pretty much the same as the UK version with ratings from excellent to not useful and off topic. However, what is different is the fact that they are paying by paypal, the globally recognised payment system.
And I think this is where Ciao USA's problem lies. The influx of members from South East Asia who are unable to read or write in coherent English is staggering. I have seen websites that are advertising Ciao.com as a quick way to making money.
While this may have been true a while back when the site first started (and paying members $1.00 per posted review, it has now come down to mainly being paid for being rated by other members, trying to add all those pennies, or cents, to get a payout.
I posted about a dozen reviews on Ciao.com so far and count myself lucky that my reviews have actually reached double figures in reading and rating. I still have a few reviews that are in single figures. But then again, I do not write in the most popular areas like electronics.
When signing up to Ciao.com be aware that they have two stages trust and friendship. You can have friends on Ciao but not necessarily have these people in you circle of trust. These two are very separate. But once you are a member you are going to be inundated by people contacting you out of the blue, never having read your reviews, asking you to become their 'friend' and they will then reward you by reading (I use this terms very loosely) and rating your reviews to maximise your earnings (thus breaking the clicking cartel rules). Whatever you do, don't give in to these spamming messages as your inbox will be full of people begging you to become their friend. But on the other hand, it does explain why sub-standard or copied reviews receive 100+ reads within a short time.
If you want to report abusers on Ciao, the system is very much the same as on the UK site, you find the appropriate category of abuse and add your grief. If you rate the reviews as well you might find yourself at the receiving end of vindictive ratings. You will also find that your reviews will get rated down for "being too comprehensive", or because "your English is too good" or an honest "I don't understand". Yet nobody stops them. At best you get revenge ratings but often these people also become very abusive when trying to explain that they are as innocent as a newborn baby and that you cannot prove they are cheaters (which you can because only stupid people copy from, for example, Wikipedia, copy everything, including short polls, footnote/referencing numbers  or start reviews half way through a sentence).
Also beware of the weekly and monthly competitions. Last time I checked 90% of the submissions in either category were plagiarised and were receiving high ratings from all the member's hundreds of friends. Honest and normal members do not stand much of a chance it appears as they will not reach the required numbers to have their review at the top of the list due to the weekly prices being given out on how many times you review was rated.
I read a number of reviews today and found just one to be original. And that was a review from a very well established writer who is known on a number of sites.
After all this negativity, is there anything I like about ciao.com? As mentioned before, you get paid via paypal. There are plenty of people out there who have a paypal account, and those who haven't can open one quite easily. Payment is transferred once a month but you can ask for transfer as soon as you have reached $5.00 and you can do that as many times as you like - even though you have to wait up to 5 weeks to get the money into your paypal account.
There's also the Premium fund where the best reviews will be given extra cash once a month. I haven't been on the site long enough to have experienced a premium fund payday yet and I can only hope that Ciao do not reward serial cheats over honest reviews.
I am not going to post actual review bits or comments for your amusement, just look in on ciao.com and read some of the dross yourself. You don't need to become a member to just read. It really is an eye opening experience and maybe one day, Ciao will catch up with all the abuse and delete all the cheaters that are one there tying to make a fast buck.
I actually first came across this site by accident. My friend was having problems logging into her ciao account when i noticed it was because she was trying to login to ciao.com not ciao.co.uk!!
When i first signed up to this site they were offering $1 for every first review that was written. Since there didn't seem to be any problems with adding content i had put on dooyoo i went through all my reviews and put the ones that would get me a dollar each up. From this i made over $60 which i was happy with considering it was on dooyoo and ciao.co.uk.
One thing i like about it is that i am starting to see people from dooyoo on there. After the $1 promotion ended i was going to give it up because of the utter c**p i have seen there.I know i am not great but i am a lot better than the reviews i have seen there(that's how bad they are lol). These writers encouraged me to stick with it,least i know some of the reviews are good.
Obviously the fact they stopped offering the $1 per review was a bad thing. There seems to be a lot of churners and revenge raters on this site. Reviews that are only a few lines long or are full of product specs with no personal opinion seem to get very helpful. Then you see a good review and it has ratings from exceptional to not useful just because the person that wrote the review might have been honest with their ratings.
Another bad thing is all the friend requests you get in a day from people who haven't even rated you and hundreds of messages saying rate me. I've noticed the way to get return rates is by leaving messages on the review saying you have read the review or something to that effect .I find this slightly annoying as i usually just leave messages when i have something to say and don't think 50 comments all saying the same thing is useful. I will continue to do this though(red face) as it seems to have made my review reads go up quite a bit. I also don't like how you will get 20 reviews in the space of a few hours on the same product (most of which are not helpful) just because it is something people will get paid more for.
I am going to continue with this as i it only takes a few minutes to stick a review on the site but it definitely comes last in my favourite sites.
Being an avid review writer and regularly writing on dooyoo and ciao.co.uk as well as contributing to thebookbag.co.uk, I was interested when maximus-qualitus told me about ciao.com. I hadn't actually realised that there was a US equivalent of the UK site. I signed up in November when at the time the site was paying 1 US$ for every review published so it looked like it could be quite lucrative. Sadly the dollar payments did not last very long and there seemed to be a good deal of confusion about what you could actually earn and I have to admit that I'm probably confused still! I will talk about the payments later.
The good thing about ciao.com is that for us dooyoo writers we can just copy our reviews on to the site so it means that there is a way of making a bit more money for your efforts. The downside is that unfortunately they do not have all the categories we have on either dooyoo and ciao.co.uk and sadly for me there is no opportunity to post any book reviews. As most of the reviews I write are about books this is not very good for me at all. However, there is the opportunity to write about films, music, cosmetics and a whole host of electronics. I have to admit that I have been trawling through my past reviews in order to see which ones I can publish.
You recently were paid $0.25 for every review as well as a small payment per read and there are different levels for this. However the $0.25 has now been replaced by a share of the premium fund. You get paid through PayPal and can cash out with only $5 in your account. Obviously it will depend on the exchange rate as to how much you actually make but I have just received my first payment which was $11 which turned out to be about £7.80 so that wasn't too bad at all. Like the UK site you earn more money if you write the first review and also if you get others to join up as your affiliates.
To me it is just a way of making a little more money and I don't go in for the community side of it at all. It's interesting to see quite a few familiar names on the site though and it seems that quite a few dooyoo members are filtering across.
The one thing that I really notice is that the quality of the reviews are that much lower than we would expect over here. You might see a really dull review of about five or six lines of low level information that at least half a dozen people will have rated 'exceptional'.
It seems almost mandatory to leave a comment as well even if you have nothing to say. I find that I might get twenty or thirty comments all saying something typically bland like 'nice review' or 'thanks for sharing'! I have to confess that I have started to play that game myself because it does seem to be the way to get more people to rate you and I thought I would try it as an experiment!
You will also find that you will have the world and his wife queuing up to be your friend! At the moment I have about seventy requests for friends and probably half of these have not even read any of my reviews! Everybody seems to want to send you messages as well - normally telling you that they have rated half a dozen of your reviews and maybe you could kindly do the same! THis is a typical message you might receive upward of twenty times a day:
'Hi friends i have 3 new reviews please rate on it and give your precious comments on it and inform me so that i can do the same for you thanxxx.............'
'i have published so many reviews about food. please read and rate them. and let me know that u have done this. thank you.'
You get the picture?
There is so much spamming on the site that it does get to be very tedious. I just tend to ignore all my messages which is a shame as there could be a genuine message that I might want to respond to. There is also a lot of revenge rating too - a lot of people do not take kindly to a 'somewhat useful' rating even if that is what most of their reviews deserve!
I should redress the balance a bit and say that there are some very good writers on the site too who put a lot of effort into their reviews and do rate fairly. The problem is that they are so hard to find!
I hope I haven't put you off entirely because it is another way of making a bit of money online. As I said earlier I have just received my first payment and have just cashed in another £28. It's the sort of site I will probably dip in and out of but certainly it will not hold the same addictive lure as dooyoo.
I joined as an affilliate for maximus-qualitus so if anyone does want to join up and be referred then please send me a message.
This is the american reviewing site, it is slightly more stylish than the UK one but very dissapointing I must say.
I signed up hoping to get some feedback on my reviews from people from a different country to see what they think and wondering if they could give me some extra advice that could help me.
I posted a few reviews and only one person bothered to read one of my reviews. So I left them for a good few hours thinking maybe some-one will notice if I just leave it at that and do some more reviews another day. But even after leaving them no-one took any notice at all! I am thouroughly dissapointed.
And also what I couldnt understand was, people had written reviews a few sentences long and found it very helpful, it seriously is not like dooyoo or Ciao uk where you read a review that is a good few paragraphs long detailing the subject. It's like for example I read one on Avenged sevenfold and it was the same sentence over and over again about 15 times and people found that helpful! I was like are they crazy? It has nothing to do with the subject for crying out loud! and then I read some others that were like yeah Avenged Sevenfold are a rock band they do good music the end. Nothing about the tracks or what exactly they thought about any of the albums...just that.
Signing up was pretty easy just enter a username you want to use choose whether you want to make a password or let them send you one enter your email and sex then click join check your emails and then they will put you onto your new account.
You can add friends and send them messages just like you can on dooyoo.
I have fun writing my reviews for dooyoo and Ciao UK because I get feedback that helps and I have met some really nice people but I'm in the half mind to cancel My Ciao USA account.
I personally don't recommend it, Its not welcoming like dooyoo and Ciao UK people don't care if you put a review up they don't bother to check or give you feedback. To me it is a complete waste of time.
I started on here, then tried DooYoo and moved across. However I still posted my reviews from DY across to Ciao. I was a little disappointed by Ciao in some ways, it seems to have much more people on it to review your products, and it works pretty much the same as DY, probably has more products on there too, however you often don't get ratings when people read it. You do not get any money when you put your review up, and when people eventually do rate your product you only get pence.
Because of this I very much lost interest in the website, as I had around 26p in my account as opposed to several pound after a few weeks on DY, so I stopped posting all my reviews up onto it.
However I checked back onto the website which I had ignored for a few weeks, and I found I had £4 from the premium fund into my account, this is from doing nothing, not rating other peoples, adding more review anything.
This is certainly a redeeming factor, and I feel I may as well continue on there now, may even get more of a premium fund if I increase the quality of my reviews.
Bottom line for me would be give it a go, and just don't give up because you only have a few pence in your account, may get a nice little surprise after a few weeks! May as well reuse your reviews from DY on there to get more exposure if nothing else. Another point to say would be that you only need £5 to get a payment, which is nice especially as despite all I've said the income is slower, but at the end of the day, it only takes a few minutes to invest some of your work in there. Nothing to lose eh?