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      07.11.2013 19:26
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      Some tips I have disovered on my dooyoo journey

      Hello all new members! I thought I'd write this little post in the Dooyoo lounge as I wish I'd known some of the things when I first started out. My first reviews were awful and I was earning next to no money, but now I feel I do pretty well on Dooyoo. Here are my tips:

      1) You are getting paid for these reviews - make them worth reading. When I first wrote reviews I had no idea how to even write 150 words on an item. I'd really struggle and try to pad it out and once I was at 151 words I'd upload it to the site. What followed was a string of Not Useful rates and a few comments from other users. A couple of my reviews even got locked which means they do not earn you miles at all - you have to update it and improve it to get the miles back. It's actually quite easy to write a lot about your product - just include everything you think about it - what does it look/smell/feel like? Why did you buy it? Would you buy it again? Did it do its job? And one thing that I've noticed is often lacking is WHAT IS THE PRODUCT? I've seen loads of reviews for some funny-sounding hair treatment and have not been told in the review what on earth it's meant to do!

      2) The best way to make money is to rate other users - a review tends to only get you 100 miles (10p), but every read gets you 10 miles (1p) so you can imagine that if you get enough reads it will quickly dwarf the amount you get from the review itself. Go and rate other reviews from the 'new reviews' page and always always return a rate that someone else has given you. Users will start to avoid you if you never rate and it can be seen on your profile. You won't make much money by just uploading reviews - the money comes from reads!

      3) Leave comments, fill in your about me and generally make yourself known - be a presence in the dooyoo community and other members will start to know you. They'll recognise you and will be more likely to read your reviews. There are a lot of really nice people on this website so interact with them in the comments section. Also try to have a recognisable picture so people can see you straight away.

      4) Write your reviews on Word first to check for spelling and grammar and also so you can come back to it at a later time if you have to go - this is a simple one but it's really helpful and avoids any accidents if your browser gives up!

      5) Think about when you upload your review - if you have 5 reviews you want to post, stagger them out because the first one you post is unlikely to get many reads! Most people will only rate your most recent review so get your money's worth by accumulating a few reads before uploading your next one. I always leave my reviews to get to around 40 reads before I upload a new one because for me, this earns me the most money. It is tempting to upload them all at once, but trust me on this one! It's also worth thinking about the time of day you upload your review - if you upload it when the site is busy you may be more likely to get more reads.

      I hope you've found this helpful. If you know what you're doing on this site you can build up money quite quickly. I commit probably an hour of my day and get about 500 dooyoo miles a day. It doesn't sound like much, but it all helps and it's worth it in the end when you get a nice payout or voucher. I don't seem to get any crowns (despite nominating), but if your reviews are good enough this is a great way to earn some extra miles and your miles really build up fast!

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        31.10.2012 19:09
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        I don't think it hurts to have a little guidance now and again

        I've been an active Dooyoo member for about four and a half years, and during my time here, feel that I have grown as a review writer; of course I'm far from perfect, but am light years better than I was when new to the site.

        I'd like to share with other users my own views on what I feel would help new members make the best of their Dooyoo experience, as I feel that similarly to life in general, the more you put in the more you get back. As to whether anybody feels I'm qualified to advise anybody regarding their Dooyoo input, whether they be new or part of the furniture, is a matter of personal opinion, but I'm now going to spill my own brand of beans regardless.

        FEELING YOUR FEET

        The easiest thing about becoming a Dooyoo member is creating your account. From that point onwards and if you wish to be a worthwhile and contributing member, it gets a little bit harder, as some effort is required. Once you have created your account, I recommend reading the 'do's and don'ts' section, to familiarise yourself with the rules.

        I'd then recommend having a read (and rate of course) of other people's reviews, as that will give you an idea of what is expected, but bear in mind that across the board, the quality of reviews varies enormously, yet it isn't difficult to distinguish those which are brilliant from those which are perhaps mediocre.

        Once you have had a trawl through a random selection of reviews, you may then feel ready to begin writing and submitting your own.

        WRITING REVIEWS

        Firstly, make sure you own the product you wish to review and that you have in-depth personal experience of its use; for instance, you can't really write a meaningful review on a particular brand of mobile phone if all you've done is see Joe at the office occasionally use his. Reviews are intended to help consumers make educated buying decisions, so the more informative and lucid they are, the more helpful they will be.

        Although long doesn't necessarily mean good, try to aim for at least 300 words, as it isn't easy to condense a thorough opinion into less (although some people who are expert at being succinct have occasionally managed to).

        It is a good idea to write a draft of your review into a Word document, then you can run a spell check and if necessary, edit before copying and pasting it into Dooyoo's review template. Do proof-read your review a couple of times before publishing, as this will enable you to pick up on any typing and/or grammatical errors which need to be corrected. A review written using poor grammar or which is riddled with spelling mistakes (e.g. the use of 'definately' instead of 'definitely' or 'alot' instead of 'a lot' reduces the overall credibility of the review and isn't a pleasure to read). When referring to yourself mid-sentence as 'I', that letter 'I' should always be upper case. Unnecessary, absent or misplaced apostrophes can make nonsense of what you are trying to say, as can inappropriately positioned or absent commas. Your reviews will be easier and more pleasing to read - not to mention grammatically correct - if you capitalise the first letter of each sentence, and make new paragraphs at appropriate points rather than running all of the text together in one huge lump.

        Try not to ramble or pad out your review, as sometimes less is more. It really isn't necessary to give a 10,000 word history of a company or go into agonising step by step details of how to wash your hair, as this can render your review largely irrelevant, and waffling in order to achieve the minimum word count won't make a useful review.

        Plagiarism is a huge sin, and please don't think such will go undetected, as it won't. All of your work must be your own, and based on first-hand experience of the product you are reviewing. Auto-translated reviews invariably turn out to be nonsense, so it's a good idea to avoid this practice.

        Always refrain from including antagonistic content (such as racism) in your reviews. By all means express any controversial viewpoints when appropriate, but keep it in respectful good taste.

        When it comes to reviewing products such as food or toiletries/cosmetics, some Dooyoo members like to read the nutritional content of food products and the active ingredients of toiletries/cosmetics, yet others don't. I recommend you include or omit those details at your own discretion, yet ensure that the body of the review contains lots of personal opinion to compensate.

        'Spoilers' in book or film reviews is another area whereby some people don't like them and others aren't so concerned (I personally prefer reviews not to contain them), but if you should happen to include them, please warn readers at the beginning of the paragraph where the 'spoilers' appear, using upper-case letters, so that members who dislike them can skip through them.

        Always make sure that you have the correct link to the product you are reviewing; for instance, if you want to review a DVD of a film, don't type it into the Blue-ray category as it would then count as off topic. I've been guilty of accidentally falling into that trap on a number of occasions, and could kick myself each time I've done it, as it means contacting the site administrators and asking them to move my review to the correct place - which is a hassle.

        RATING AND COMMENTING

        You are not under any obligation to return reads/rates to those who have given them to you, but most members feel it is unspoken etiquette to return the compliments. It is up to you to choose whose reviews you read and rate.

        It is always a good idea to at least equally match the amount of reviews you read/rate to the amount you receive, as that shows true participation in the site. If people look at your statistics and see that you have been receiving lots of reads/rates yet haven't been doing much or any reading/rating of your own, it is highly unlikely that they will continue to read/rate your reviews, and your earnings will thus suffer.

        Always read reviews thoroughly, then rate honestly and appropriately. Your rating should be based on the quality and usefulness of the review and not on your personal like or dislike of the product, or on your personal feelings towards the author. Also, it isn't a writing contest whereby we hand out gushing pats on the back to our friends simply because we like them, especially if those friends have written average or below average standard reviews.

        Feel free to leave comments, but within the comments box on your own reviews, if you reply to what somebody has said, chances are high that person won't re-visit your review so will miss it.

        Do keep your comments relevant to the review and constructive. If you have something else you wish to say to an author which has nothing to do with the review you are commenting on, it's a better idea to send him or her a private message.

        Sometimes little squabbles can threaten to surface in the comments boxes on reviews when feelings run high. It's always a far better idea to politely and respectfully sort out any personal disagreements via the private message facility.

        If somebody leaves constructively critical feedback on any of your reviews, it's always an idea to consider what the person has said, as such comments are more often than not designed to help you, which in turn could increase your earnings potential. The higher the quality of your reviews, the more likely they are to be nominated for (and possibly receive) crowns.

        CHURNING

        There's no law against bashing out say four or five reviews per day, but you'll find you will earn more if you stagger them a bit, maybe keeping them down to one per day or slightly less. That way, you won't run out of things to review after a few weeks, and it must also be borne in mind that most members will only read/rate one of any other member's reviews per day. If you publish at a slower rate, you will overall get more reads, thus earn more per review.

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        Well, that's my attempt at offering helpful advice to new or even not so new Dooyoo members.

        No doubt I have omitted some things, but I'm sure they will have been covered elsewhere.

        Happy Dooyoo-ing to all!

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          10.09.2012 17:32
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          tips for new users

          I've been on this site for roughly a year and it has been a fun experience and I have learnt quite alot about this site. I thought it's about time I put together a review to share my input for newer members on how to get the best out of this site. The first this I'd like to mention before I go into my review is that Dooyoo is for original content only so copying someone else's review you found on the internet is a big no so it's pointless going down that road.

          Tip 1. Have a look around before you get started.
          The best way to get a feel of what this site is looking for is to see what everyone else is doing. Have a read of reviews in the area you plan on writing reviews and see what sort of things to include. By doing this you will start off on a high and write good reviews straight away and get good rates. The more helpful your reviews are the more people will trust your opinion and keep coming back to read your reviews. I didn't start off by looking around and just got straight into it and my first few reviews came out awful and were nowhere near the standards of this site.

          Tip 2. Pretend your explaining the product to a friend.
          When Writing a review the easiest way to describe what's right and wrong with the product is to imagine you are explaining to a friend. It is sometimes easier to write notes on a piece of paper so when you start writing the review you don't forget any key points that you want to include. For me it's always easier to write about products I like because I always discuss good products with my friends anyway so it's just like a similar sort of thing just written instead.

          Tip 3. Be friendly and don't be afraid to ask for help.
          The site is full of friendly people which I have come to notice. If you ever have a problem I'm sure that anyone on the site will be happy to help you if you send them a message. When I first started out there were a few people that helped me out with advice on reviews etc.

          Tip 4. Revenge rating is not the answer.
          You may write your heart and soul out to the best of your ability into a review but not everyone will give you the highest ratings. Everyone on this site has different opinions and different standards to how they expect a review to be and some may be higher and some may be lower. If you think you have write and amazing review and someone gives you a lower rating it's not because your haven't tried it may simply be the review just didn't give them the information they wanted or just wasn't for them. Some users like long reviews and some users like short reviews. Some users may ignore punctuation mistakes if the review gives enough information but then some users won't. If you get a bad rating the best thing to do is not get revenge and rate them low back just simply ask for advice from someone and improve for next time but don't let it dishearten you. That is how I have got by on this site is by getting advice.

          Tip 5. Giving feedback
          If you read a review and give a low rating you can eave a comment to to give constructive criticism to the writer. I personally like when people leave comments on my reviews so I can see what people think of my work. Try not to be harsh with comments if you think a review needs a redraft.
          If you see reviews that are very good it's always nice to leave a nice comment to show the writer they have done a good job. Giving feedback is not vital but it's always to help people improve.

          Tip 6. Write, read & rate
          It's good coming on the site to share your views but if you want to earn more money it's a good thing if you read others work to. I have noticed the more work I read and rate the more people take time to look at my reviews to. In periods when I don't really read & rate alot of reviews my earnings always drop. I think the main reason for this is that the website pays more for actually getting rates than actually writing the review. Although you get a few miles for each review you publish if no one rates them then you miles will take longer to grow. Rating as much as possible is they key to more miles.

          Tip 7. experience with products.
          When your writing reviews write about products that you have alot of experience with because you will be able to analyse the product much better. The more opinion and experience you have to talk about the more your review will seem helpful. I tend to have been writing more and more movie reviews lately because I am a big movie fan and have fun whilst writing movie reviews.

          Tip 8. Suggest products.
          If you can't find products that you would like to review you can always suggest some. There is no point writing a half hearted review about something your not keen on because you can't find anything you would like to review. The evidence that you wasn't interested in reviewing the product will show in the review. Suggesting a product link can be found on your home page and doing this will also keep you in the mood to writing reviews.

          My final tip and advice would be have fun whilst your here. This site is and opportunity to share your opinion, make friends and earn money all at once. The more you interact with users the more you will like being on the site. The last thing you want to do is make it feel like a chore so just hav

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            25.01.2012 15:07
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            how do you block a user

            Hi this is just a quick one, is it possible to block members from rating your reviews and commenting on them. I don't want to name any names but somebody keeps giving me consistently lower ratings on my reviews than anyone else. I have read the bit about revenge ratings but its not that because I don't rate their reviews and they don't rate all of mine but the ones they do they are always pretty harsh with. I have tries sending them a polite message to ask the reason for their rating but they just say that they didn't find my review useful or pick out something really petty about it. Its really starting to annoy me because they are often one of the first people to rate my reviews which then makes it look bad for other people who read it. Any advice on blocking people would be really appreciated. Thanks. Could people comment on this or message me please.

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              23.10.2010 15:25
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              Dooyoo is what you make of it, join in with honest reviews and it is a lovely community.

              I have only been here for 5 months myself, but have been receiving a lot of requests for information, so I thought I would try to answer as many questions as possible. If anyone sees any errors here, PLEASE point them out in the comments section. I think everyone writes to me because I offer to rerate any reviews if they edit and message. I ma always happy to help, dooyooers have really helped me, but a guide is always a better source of information, still here are my tips for new members:

              HOW TO GET RICH QUICK WITH DOOYOO!

              Quite frankly you can't. No one ever has or ever will get rich by writing reviews, much less by cutting and pasting them. Cutting and pasting or using auto translate seems an easy way to get quick money and the miles do show up right away - but please note they are pending - they will be removed along with the reviews long before you can get paid, and your membership will also be cancelled. It is a complete wast of time.
              If it were that easy, do you not think any older members would have done it? check the profile of any established member and you will not find links to where a re review was copied from next to their reviews.

              HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITH DOOYOO

              While you can not get rich, you can make extra money with dooyoo. I am disabled and have two young children at home. As I often must sit and rest anyway, Dooyoo has been a wonderful way for me to earn money for xmas, and has given me the chance to give my children the best Christmas they have ever had. But in all honesty I put a lot of hours in for a small payout. Of course that is ok it beats watching telly.

              If you write honest reviews, you will build up miles. Even if your rates are not the best at first, you'll get better and you will find as you rate others they will return the favour and rate you, but don't expect a VU rate just because you gave one - rating should be honest. How much you make depends on how much time you devote to it, but it will never pay you anywhere near minimum wage, nor would I expect even £1 an hour.

              WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT

              Most new members tend to rush in for the high miles items. These are also the hardest items to write about, require the most information, and most people do not own as many of these items. You can only write about an item you actually own or otherwise have good knowledge of ( such as a library book - you do not own but have recently read).

              I would suggest instead to ignore the miles charts and write about what you like. Most of my reviews are in the lower miles categories. i love children's books, playing with my children and their toys and animals. You will see this reflected in the types of reviews I write. We have one member here who loves Manga, another who writes with passion about his visits to Armenia, and a camera expert who really does know everything about digital cameras. These members passion for these subjects is obvious in the reviews and makes for brilliant reading! A lower mileage review can make more miles than a top tier review once all the rates are tallied up. What you make for writing the review will often be less then what you make for people reading and rating. If the subject you wish to write about is not in the Dooyoo catalogue, go to your profile, click suggest a product and fill in the details. I think this makes dooyoo more fun as it gives us new and diferent things to read about.

              Please only write about items you really own though. I have long depended on honest reviews to make buying decisions as I am usually not able to get out to shops and see the items myself. If I am well enough for a day out, i would rather take my sons somewhere fun. It is not fair for people like me to be tricked into buying a product based on reviews when the reviewer was really just making it up. If I read several reviews for the same type of item, with no personal info to convince me you own that item, I will rate NU. So if you own and review 12 digital cameras you really do need to know something about them other than the specs from Amazon and that they take pictures.

              LENGTH OF REVIEW

              When I first joined I really tried to make my reviews right around the 150 word mark. I realise now that 150 words is the minimum, not the ideal. I am one of the members who really likes short sweet and to the point reviews, but a 150 word review really has to pack a punch and be all useful information. If half of that is talking about the day you bought the item, i am going to rate SU or NU. Please read other reviews in your category for an idea what type of information should be included.

              RATES

              I used to always rate VU as I hate hurting peoples feelings. Then people had their feelings hurt because Dooyoo locked their reviews as not up to standard. I am now trying to rate more honestly. A SU rating will pay just as much as VU, but if your review is staying at SU, or if the guides are rating it SU, I would suggest editing and rewriting it as that is a good clue it will not reach dooyoo's standards. I will always re rate if you edit and message me, but other people will feel this unfair use of their time, do not ask unless the person has offered. If you are not sure why your review is getting lower rates, please try reading some other reviews in the same category - ask yourself what do the VU rated reviews have that yours does not? Perhaps it will give you some ideas of what could be added to your review.

              RATING OTHERS

              Read carefully and rate fairly, if you race through and rate without reading, you can have your account cancelled for speed rating. If you rate others they will usually rate you, you can see which members do not return rates by looking at the statistics in their profile. But do not expect a VU because that is what you gave. Returning a rate means taking the time to read and rate fairly, not just to give the same as you were given.
              I personally am happy for members to revenge rate me, at least I would get paid except that they have so far all been thrown off the site before the rate has cleared. However, revenge rating is against the rules and will not make you any friends here.

              WHY ARE SOME OF MY MILES PENDING?

              Miles take 3 days to clear. In that time miles for any locked reviews will be forfeited, and miles for any rates by members who have been removed from the site will also disappear.

              HOW DO I GET PAID?
              You can cash in 20,000 miles or more for Amazon vouchers or 50,000 for checks. Amazon vouchers are sent through email and will usually come quicker, usually in 1 -2 weeks.

              YOU ARE RIGHT I CHEATED - BUT CAN I STAY ON THE SITE AND WRITE HONEST REVIEWS NOW - I WAS JUST TESTING IT?

              That is not a question I can answer. My advice was to immediately remove any copied review, and post an apology there instead, but I suspect it will still result in cancellation of membership - for questions like this, please contact Dooyoo, but perhaps the guides will offer some input here.

              A FEW EXTRAS

              I hope you enjoy Dooyoo as much as I do. it is a wonderful community and the members are so kind and helpful. I have messaged members for everything from information on games and shoes to even asking one especially kind member to dig out her microscope, as it was the same as mine and give me details as to what was written on the power cord to help me find the right cord. No matter what my request, I have always received a kind and helpful reply. Don't hesitate to ask if you should need any help. If you are wishing to join this community, then you are most welcome.

              AND THE MOST IMPORTANT BIT OF ADVICE I CAN OFFER - READ THE RULES!

              Yes pure and simple, read the rules for this site before getting started. I'll admit I did not until some time later, but really this is so simple and everyone really should take the time.

              LOCKED REVIEWS

              After more questions, I have decided to add this. Dooyoo does have certain standards. If a review fails to meet those standards it can be locked. A couple of my earlier reviews were locked. This was a completely fair decision and if I had to argue with the censor it would only be why a few others were not locked as well. Looking back through old reviews I was embarrassed and had to re write more anyway!

              You can not get paid for locked reviews. You may be required to re write these before getting paid for other reviews. It usually takes a few days for the reviews to get locked, so you can get credit for pure nonsense for a few days but it will be cancelled. It is far better to take your time, read other reviews before jumping straight in and avoid getting any locked, but I am advising you to do the opposite of what I did. There is a definite learning curve here, and at least I learned quickly, thanks to advise from kind members. I also quickly learned to appreciate those who rated me a bit lower but left comments for improvements and I never would have got anywhere without them! If your review is consitantly getting NU or SU rates, I would advise re writing it before the censors end up locking it.

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                06.08.2010 15:08
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                If you are new to dooyoo, please don't only read this review; read several in this category!

                Shalom, new dooyoo friends. So many outstanding reviews have been written on this particular subject that I have to wonder, from the outset, if I can really make a useful contribution, here. I have, quite deliberately, not looked at any other review in this category before writing my few pennies worth of advice down for you, because I believe there is a sense in which the above can/might detract from the uniqueness (originality, if you like) and the relevance of the advice given in one's own review.

                With so many other reviews on this subject, it is very likely that a significant percentage of the advice I will offer you, here, has, indeed, already been suggested by not a few other, much more experienced dooyoo members. I ask you, kindly, therefore, not to judge "this effort of mine" negatively, solely on the basis of having seen the same advice in several other reviews. Bo-u natchil / Let us begin . . .

                --- Ha-etzah sheli / My counsel ---

                My very first piece of advice to brand new members is, simply, this . . . Before you write, even, one review, read hundreds! Try to read several from this, specific, category! I didn't do either of the above when I joined dooyoo a couple of years ago, to date, and the result was not only predictable, but very noticeable, i.e. below average reviews. Only people who have, successfully, done similar review writing, elsewhere, before joining dooyoo, can, safely, skip this step, but if you are not one of these (which is true of most new members) and completely ignore good advice, the chances are high that you will start off exactly as I did . . . below par.

                Reading many reviews, before attempting your own, will show you, in no time, which tools and skills you will have to acquire in order to write a decent (good) review. Please take my word for it . . . to learn to write, even, only a couple of decent reviews, every so often, and then to see other dooyoo members' appreciation for your efforts, is a much more satisfying experience than churning out one mediocre review after another, which, in the end, will bring you nothing more than mediocre rewards.

                Please remember that you don't have to be a brilliant writer, at all, in order to write a decent consumer review. If I could learn to write a fairly decent review, I tell you now, you can do the same, and better!

                Secondly, I find the dooyoo Premier Review's minimum 150 word requirement to be a, somewhat, confusing issue for new members. Please take note that the latter was never meant to be seen as a guideline for the acceptable length of the average review. In my humble opinion a reviewer can hardly write a decent review, on anything, whatsoever, in under 320 odd words, never mind 150. Your review topic should, perhaps, be the main criteria that will determine the length of your review, in the end. If you are reviewing the simplest of chocolate bars, for example, I suppose it is possible, for most people, to write something decent in 350 - 400 odd words, but I can not imagine that anyone can write a decent review of, even, twice as many words (i.e., 800) on a subject such as the Israeli - Palestinian conflict.

                Some people find it difficult to write a review they are perfectly satisfied with on their very first attempt. If you, like me, fall in this category, I would like you to consider the following: Doesn't it make much more sense to, first, write your entire review in a word processor, inclusive, even, of title and summary, and edit and re-edit it until you are completely satisfied with it, before publishing it? This works for me, as Clint Eastwood says in his movies. Come, let me tell you exactly why I say so . . .

                If you do it this way, before publishing it, no one will read the "lesser" version of your review before the "edited" version is available. Everyone will only read your very best effort. If you, however, write your review straight into the dooyoo review rectangle and immediately publish it, you will have no time to edit it to something better, before the biggest number of people, who will ever read your review at any given time, will read it.

                Your very best effort will also earn you more as well as better ratings than any lesser effort ever will, initially, as well as afterwards. I have done the latter, worn that T-shirt, and I tell you straight, the former is not only the better way, but it is much more rewarding, in every respect.

                By using a word processor, first, you can, moreover, completely eliminate grammar and spelling mistakes from your review, because any decent modern day word processor will underline such errors, until it is corrected. (Microsoft Word 2007, which I use, underlines grammar mistakes with a green and spelling mistakes with a red zig-zag line.) If you write your review directly in the dooyoo review rectangle, the chances are high that you will make, at least, a couple of these mistakes, which can, even severely, spoil an, otherwise, decent review. The moral of the story . . . Using a word processor, first, is the smart option.

                Fourthly, in this review community we have what is called "guides". A dooyoo guide has the word "guide" printed directly beneath his/her identification logo, at exactly the same spot where the words "new member" appears for everyone who join the dooyoo community for the first time. These guides have been recognized by the dooyoo community, as a whole, as possessing a good knowledge of a certain product or subject category (like make-up or electrical appliances, for example) and, afterwards, they have been appointed, by the dooyoo management, to "oversee" such a category. Said guides truly earn their appointments, most of them only being appointed after several years of faithful and dedicated service to this community and, in many cases, with a few hundred very useful reviews behind them.

                Please don't get upset, annoyed etc. when one of these make a less than flattering comment about one or more of your reviews. These guides will never do so because they just, suddenly, "feel like it". Why, on earth, would they do that? A guide will only do this when he/she notices something in your review which, obviously, disturbs him/her and which he/she would like to see corrected. They are here to "guide" us, so that we can reach our best review writing potential, over time.

                Just recently I did a review on the topic of Religion. A number of dooyoo members, including a certain guide, who read the review, were, simply, not impressed and told me so in the comment column, but it was said guide who articulated the specific reasons for her dissatisfaction, the best, in my opinion. Well, suffice it to say, even though I recognized the other criticisms, I, most certainly, took immediate note of this lady guide's comment and re-read my review again.

                Even though it was somewhat painful to admit it, she was spot on in what she had said. I wrote her a message, in which I thanked her for telling me "the truth in love", something which, I believe, she appreciated very much. Now came the hard part, i.e. what to do next with this, shall we call it, "tarnished", review. In the end I re-wrote the entire review. I had to re-think the subject matter, which was a tedious experience and after that I had to re-write the review to my own satisfaction, which was even more tedious.

                Was it worth the effort, you ask? My answer is an unreserved, YES. I will mention only 2, out of several, benefits I received from doing the above, for you. Almost immediately after I pasted my new review in the old one's place, I noticed a change in the comments from mainly negative to very positive, and since that very time there has also been a steady increase in the number of ratings for this, specific, review. The bottom line is this: Listen to the guides. They know what they are doing. They know the ingredients of an acceptable (never mind, decent) review, and if there is something "seriously wrong" with your review, as with the one I mentioned above, they will sniff it out a mile away and tell you so.

                An English lady I know, who has a most excellent command of the English language and an even better vocabulary, shared the following with me one day as I was telling her that I had just joined the English dooyoo review community and that I was a bit worried about the fact that I have a fairly limited English vocabulary. For my fifth morsel of advice to new members, I will, quickly, share with you what she had told me that day, i.e. . . .

                ''You know, Mayan, when you are just starting to write articles, reviews etc. in the English language, a limited vocabulary can, actually, be a blessing in disguise. I must have given her a fairly inquisitive look, so she, immediately continued in, more or less, the following vein: "It is much more important to learn to write the spoken language. People always find the quickest and easiest way to say something. You need to learn to do likewise in your writing, because this will make reading your material an easy and enjoyable experience rather than an effort, which is, exactly, what your goal as a writer should be. This kind of writing can, moreover, be achieved with the barest minimum of vocabulary. A good vocabulary will only become important once you have mastered this basic skill." Well, there you have it. Perhaps the above can be summed up in the words . . . "Keep it as simple an uncomplicated as possible."

                Lastly, I would like to say something about plagiarism. I can almost hear some of you saying . . . "Surely you could have come up with something more original than this, quite, obvious no-no with which to conclude your review, Mayan." Well, the thing is that plagiarism, amongst the younger generation, especially, these days, is, clearly, not such an obvious wrong as it used to be, in decades gone by. If it was, why is it then happening, today, and why has it happened in this very community?

                Today we live in a society, where the dividing line between what is right and what is wrong is, already, extremely seared. In this kind of environment, crimes, exactly like plagiarism, very quickly, get "seared up" to something which, at the very least, is not too serious, and at most, quite acceptable. The above state of affairs, simply, necessitates that what was, once, nothing less than common knowledge, should be stated, quite emphatically, today, so let us, now, do just that, i.e. . . . Plagiarism is nil else than theft of another person's property. It is W-R-O-N-G and it is I-L-L-E-G-A-L. It will not, under any circumstances, be tolerated in the dooyoo review community, ever! Please, don't commit this offence. It will catch up with you, even sooner than later.

                Thank you so much for having taken the time to read this review through. I trust that you have benefitted, somewhat, from it.

                Mayan Viljoen.

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                  Read and rate!

                  Dooyoo is by far my most frequently visited daily website. I first heard about it in the Money Saving Expert forums in 2009 where people were discussing ways to make a little extra cash online.

                  I liked the idea of writing reviews and giving my opinions on products and topics so I headed over here to sign up. The first few weeks I wrote a handful of reviews which I have to say were pretty awful. This was all before I knew how to read other members reviews and I litterally searched for the product I wanted to review and started typing away.

                  Then I had a long break from dooyoo, about 6 months when I saw the site mentioned somewhere and decided to log in again. It was then that I came across 'newest reviews' and started reading the input from you all. At the time I remember thinking that my writing would never be of that high standard but looking back on my earlier reviews, it has improved 100%!

                  For new members I would recommend having a look around the site and reading plenty of the new reviews from well established members, I wish I'd have done this at the start and never received those 'somewhat useful' and 'not useful' ratings. I think as time goes on you gain pride in your work and really strive to write a very useful review. It's also nice to get comments from other members about your reviews too.

                  It is important to rate other peoples work and if they have rated you, head over to their profile and check out and rate the reviews which are of interest to you. Dooyoo is all about the community spirit and in order to be a welcomed member there's a little give and take involved. This will also benefit you in the long run, members are much more likely to come and rate your reviews if they can see you take the time to rate others too. Some members don't rate as it takes up their writing time but to get the most out of Dooyoo I think this is a very important part of being a member.

                  At the beginning some of my reviews were locked because they were not detailed enough. I was going to leave these locked and concentrate on new pieces but when I went to redeem my first cheque I was told these had to be edited to appropriate standards and unlocked before I could claim my rewards. I wish I knew this earlier as then these all had to be edited and then submitted for Dooyoo to approve and unlock them which took a while. New members, if you find any of your reviews get locked, add more opinion and detail and then email Dooyoo to take a look and they will unlock them if they think its up to standard.

                  Another tip I'd say is to only write about a product if you truely have an opinion on it because reading a review full of facts about the product isn't really beneficial to potential consumers. They come here to read peoples personal experiences to help them make an informed decision.

                  Thanks for reading!

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                    A beginners guide to making a splash on DooYoo

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                    GETTING STARTED
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                    Welcome aboard. Starting out on DooYoo can be a bit daunting. You arrive on the site, scout around to find something you think you can write a review on, open up the review page, type straight into the box provided, hit submit, bag your DooYoo Miles and then wait for the community to pass judgment on your masterpiece.

                    And you wait.

                    And you wait some more.

                    After an initial smattering of rates, there doesn't seem to be much love coming your way. You're confused. Everyone loves a Mars Bar, you've said how absolutely GR8 (great) they are and by including an exhaustive list of ingredients, you made absolutely sure that you reached and even exceeded the minimum 150 word requirement by at least five words. So you go back and have another look, puzzled as to why people think its just "Useful" or even "Somewhat Useful". OK, so you're (sic) punctuation, spelling and Capitalisation Leave a bit to be desired, but who cares about things like that anyway? Honestly, lighten up folks! What's the problem?

                    Fortunately, not everyone has an experience like this when they first start out. In fact, many new members are able to contribute quality reviews from the off. Unfortunately, the community here is a bit wary of new arrivals who still have the "New Member" blue strip emblazoned on their profile picture, mainly because it seems that a majority of them don't take the time to explore the site and see how things work before they dive in. I've been on DooYoo for almost a year now, so feel able to pass along some tips and tricks to help make those first steps into the community a little easier. Hope it helps.

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                    HAVE A LOOK AROUND
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                    If you were learning how to drive, would you pull out into a three lane motorway the first time you get in a car, or would you stick to your local roads until you get a feel for driving? Writing a first review is your chance to make a good first impression. Be patient. Trawl through some reviews before you metaphorically put pen to paper. Read some crowned reviews in the category you are thinking of posting in to see what quality writing looks like, as well as the type of information expected. There is room for many different writing styles on DooYoo, but all successful writers have similar elements in their reviews - what makes them unique is a combination of personality, personal experience and an ability to convey information in an engaging and informative fashion.

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                    RATE A LITTLE BEFORE YOU WRITE
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                    Contrary to what you may believe, DooYoo's primary purpose is not to make its review writers money. What you write is for consumers who are looking for information on products and services. DooYoo's revenue comes from the sponsors and advertisers whose products appear on its pages. As such, there is no official rule on DooYoo requiring a writer to rate other people's reviews. It's a community convention that makes common sense. If you choose, you can merrily ignore the rest of the community and concentrate on churning out your reviews for the DooYoo Miles. If that's your game, all the power to you. However, in my view, you are missing out on the essence of the site - its community. If you are prepared to invest the time and effort to read other people's stuff, you will find that they (usually) will come and have a read of yours. If you don't, then you can't expect reads "for free". You may get a handful of reads on your work, but unless you start rating back, people will lose interest.

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                    DON'T BE SHY
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                    It surprises me how many members - new and old - don't have a profile picture uploaded. One of the quickest and easiest ways to get yourself recognised is with a unique picture that is instantly recognisable by regular users of the community. Many members, myself included, skim the new reviews page to find submissions from favourite contributors, and by far the quickest way to ID them is by their picture.

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                    WRITE OUTSIDE THE BOX
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                    Presentation, punctuation, spelling and structure do count. How your review looks - how easy it is on the eye - will subconsciously affect how people judge the actual content. Write your review in a word processing application. Spell check it, grammar check it, and read it out loud to yourself to see if it flows well. I often find that I inadvertently repeat the same word over and over between sentences and paragraphs, something you'll only catch when proof-reading. Text speak is irritating and unprofessional - try not to use it - it looks silly in a review. Another bugbear, shared by many others I am sure, is failure to capitalise "I", and random capitalisation throughout a review.

                    There are certain words that are constantly misspelled, making them something of a running joke, however, the undisputed king of typos is definitely "definitely". It also helps if you learn how to use an apostrophe, comma and full stop properly. Such is the irritation this causes amongst some members that there are even crowned DooYoo reviews on grammar usage. Lastly, try to break up your text so it is easier to read - readers are much less likely to persevere with a solid block of text.

                    In an ideal world, style should not trump substance, but in the real world - the DooYoo world - it makes a significant difference given the reading and reviewing habits of a large part of the community. There is, unfortunately, a bit of a "looks good, must be good" mentality and conversely, if your text is hard to read for any of the reasons mentioned, fewer people may take the effort to work through the bad style to get to the substance.

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                    STICK WITH WHAT YOU KNOW
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                    The best reviews are written from a position of knowledge. Although some of that can be gleaned from a little internet research and usage of the product, there is no substitute for passion. If you love music, then write about why. If you love make-up and buy it regularly, you are in a great position to assess the merits of a product against its rivals. Personal experience in reviews is vital to make them very useful - otherwise all you are doing is stating the obvious and providing information that the consumer can get for themselves. Try to offer a unique perspective if you can.

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                    THINK UP A CATCHY TITLE
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                    A title draws people in, shows imagination and creativity and is the "shop window" for your review. If you create a favourable first impression with your title, it predisposes the reader to think more positively about your content. The title should be relevant to the review but doesn't necessarily have to repeat the name of the product, as this is shown alongside your title anyway. A little thought expended here will go a long way.

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                    ACCEPT CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENT
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                    One of the best aspects of this community is the time and effort taken by total strangers to try and help improve new writers on the site. These are usually genuine and constructive attempts to help you develop your skills, not personal insults, especially if the criticism is levelled at the content rather than style of your review. Take it on board. Someone has read your review and obviously thought well enough of your submission to think about helping you make it even better.

                    That's not a slight on your ability, its an encouragement. If someone rates you in a way you disagree with: (a) remember that this is an opinion site and others may not have the same high opinion of your work as you do; and (b) if you think the rate is wholly unjustified, ask them for their feedback if it hasn't already been left - you will be surprised at how forthcoming people will be.

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                    RATE FAIRLY & OBJECTIVELY
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                    When you rate a review, you should be rating objectively. If you hated a film, but the reviewer loves it, that doesn't make it Not Useful. If you don't like reading long reviews, but everything it contains is on point, that doesn't make it Not Useful either. Also, if someone rates your review Useful - a positive rate, or either of the two lower rates (Somewhat Useful and Not Useful) - that doesn't justify an automatic reciprocal rate on one of their reviews.

                    It never ceases to amaze me how many new members shoot themselves in the foot by antagonising established members by behaving in this way. All they have succeeded in doing is ensuring that the person they have rated never rates their stuff again. Not only that, but the practice is transparent and will drive off other potential raters as well. Burying the rate in a long forgotten review a few pages back is silly, but not quite as foolish-looking as reciprocating a negative rate on a crowned review - that just makes you look petty and stupid.

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                    ASK FOR HELP!
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                    We have some pretty useful people on site called "Guides" who are responsible for stewarding various sections of the site (their profile pic has a green band underneath) and recommending outstanding contributions for crowns in the categories they steward. The Guides DO NOT award crowns themselves, their nomination is just as valid as another member's, but instead, try to make the DooYoo Community Team's gargantuan job of sifting through all the reviews in a given week a little easier by highlighting quality submissions. They are also on hand to answer any questions you may have about the site, review topics and writing. Make good use of them, that's what they are there for. There are two or three guides on here who are so knowledgeable in their subject areas that I would not consider buying a product in that category without asking for their view first. Yes, they can be that good.

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                    FINAL THOUGHTS
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                    Welcome to DooYoo. Have fun, rate objectively, write honestly and engage with the community and you'll be racking up the DooYoo Miles in no time. The site seems to be divided into three camps - those here to make money, those here to write for the fun of it, and those who are here for a little of both. Whichever path you choose to follow, it pays to do unto others as you would have done to you.

                    Thanks for reading. 8^)

                    © Hishyeness 2010

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                      10.03.2010 20:12
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                      Do the best you can.

                      I have only been a dooyoo member for a couple of weeks (and I'm already completely addicted) and this section is one of the first ones I looked at when I started.

                      Basically, a lot of people say the same thing about when they first joined dooyoo and wrote loads of little 150 word reviews just for the cash, before having some sort of epiphany and realising it aint all about the money. I suppose this is true of me too, and the first couple of reviews I did were 150 word entries with no detail.

                      It soon becomes clear though, the amazing array of talent that the reviewers on this site have. some reviews are literally works of art, going into lavish detail over even the simplest things. It is easy to tell which ones are well thought out and planned, and which ones arent.

                      I try to be fair when I rate people, and am usually generous. if someone has put time and effort in, they deserve a good rating. Even if someone does a short rating, I usually rate it good if they are a new member, because they need encouragement, just as i did a few weeks ago when I was writing a load of tripe!

                      My advice to newbies is to try and write decent length reviews, at least 300 words, with relevant details, such as price and where you can buy it from, and most importantly- is it any good!

                      We are all on a learning curve, and the community have been fantastic and supportive in the short time I have been here. I am grateful for each positive rating.

                      It is really important to rate back. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

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                      Read some crowned reviews to give yourself something to aspire to. These guys have really earned it. The better quality reviews we write, the more revenue dooyoo gets, as well as a good reputation, so we all benefit.

                      Cheers everyone and welcome if you are new!

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                        Pro's and con's in reviews writing.

                        I just closed my 2 months "probation time" in writing reviews. Have written some better and some not so great. Cannot say I'm good at it just yet but I definitely can say what I expect from a review when I myself need an opinion on products of interest.

                        One thing seems to be bugging me with more experienced writers so far, is that they seem sometimes to go on endlessly about their subject, regardless of their prospective readers. As if all readers wish was to fill their time with nicely rounded "goings on" not necessarily connected directly to the subject or the same things written in different words many times over and over again.

                        I think that lengthy review doesn't make a good one, unless it's right to the point. I even dare to say I prefer shorter or, as I came to call them, "compact" reviews, which are more likely to be read if full compared to the nicely written longer essays.

                        Another thing that takes off points of a review is poor spelling. Even without special experience, it's not so hard to imagine that well spelt text is easier to understand and shows higher standard of even very basic writing. Unless in a hurry, there is no point in rushing any review without spell checking.

                        One more thing as far as movies or books go, if the whole story is revealed in the review there is not much point in reading or watching it any more, as element of surprise has gone. All I want to know beforehand is if the story was well constructed and well executed. I don't need all details of the story for that.

                        That's just me, everyone has different opinions on different subjects... What's yours?

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                          01.03.2010 17:40
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                          We're all here to help!

                          When I joined the site about a year ago, I was just rampantly writing reviews. Simply put, I was a review writing machine. Whilst my enthusiasm for the site is great, I had no idea what the standard or "how" I should be writing them. Despite the string of somewhat useful to useful ratings I received, as well as having to rewrite some of them, I was not totally aware of where I went wrong... until I went and read a bunch of crowned reviews.

                          So now that you have joined the site, instead of plunging into the writing mode, do take some time to read a few reviews, perhaps on items you yourself would like to review, and then start writing.
                          Personally, my review writing skills slowly developed as I wrote, and the style and focus develops over time. Even if you read all the crowned reviews, it doesn't make you a good writer. Reading all the "Advice to new members" reviews does not make you a good writer. What makes you a good review writer is to not only read, but write and over time, your skills will develop.

                          So in this "review", I will be talking about areas you should mention in your review, and perspectives and focuses to take, as I believe practise really does make perfect! Here are my three golden rules to writing a good review.
                          Firstly, when you write your review, make sure you have in your mind the audience. Who is it targeting, and who would be reading the review. If you are writing about a video game, this is most likely to be teens-young adult males (depending on the game)... or if you are writing about a knitting magazine, mostly females will be reading. I personally will write who I recommend the product for, and if it is suitable for everyone, which could help direct the focus of the review.

                          Secondly, I have noticed that many reviews (including my own) is filled with a lot of descriptive content, which in some cases will be immensely useful, but in others, unnecessary ramble. This could distract from the focus of your piece, and what people want to read, is how you feel using the product, and the real pros and cons of the product. They would've known and done their research on it, and know the manufacturer's description and all those advert slogans and supposed pros and cons. What they really want to know is if the product REALLY works and if there are any issues regarding it. This is your purpose and your focus- to tell and share your experience with using the product!

                          Lastly, written communication, grammar and an extent of eloquence will elevate your review substantially. There is no point saying "it was good" again and again. This can be inferred by your experience with the product. My English is not amazing, and my vocabulary is limited, but I do try to vary my adjectives and opinions to interest as well as inform.

                          Another thing you need to think about is layout and presentation. Avoid clumping your review into one big chunk, and ensure that it is well spaced and set out into sections if appropriate.

                          Overall, this is a site for you to enjoy your experience sharing your opinions with others, and we are all here to help, so if you are new, make sure you check out some reviews by others, enjoy writing about products that you have used, and you will get better and better with review writing! All the best!

                          Just think FAEL~ Focus, Audience, Eloquence and Layout!

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                            My tips

                            I'm not sure whether I can actually qualify to give advice to new members as i'm still fairly new myself, but here are some hints from a newbie to a newbie:

                            Take time to read other people's reviews, probably something I didn't realise straight away, but it helps you to pick up what sort of content should be included.

                            Try and rate reviews as honestly as possible, difficult I know at first as you have little to compare to but once you've read a few reviews you'll be able to tell the bad from the good.

                            Try and spell properly, everyone mis-types occasionally but try and proof read first and there is no excuse for getting different meanings wrong i.e. two, to and too.

                            Even when you've got the hang of writing reviews, spend time reading and rating other people's reviews and they will return the favour.

                            If someone rates your review then take time to read about something they have written, you never know you may find out something you never knew about.

                            Last, but not least, don't take ratings to heart, learn from constructive feedback!

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                              Spelling, grammar, word count, accuracy, quality, returning rates... it's all important!

                              I'm barely out of my DooYoo training wheels myself, having been here for just two months. However, with me still being new to the site, I feel I'm able to point new members in the right direction as I've only recently got onto the right paths myself.


                              *Writing Reviews and Churning*

                              There's a multitude of information available for the product you're reviewing.
                              Churning out reviews that barely scrape 150 words won't win you any favours, will damage your reputation and will probably lose you money in the long run. Think quality, not quantity. Yes, while you "only" earn 15 DooYoo miles per view, if your review is of decent quality, more people will read it and more people will come back to read your other reviews. The 150 word is a minimum, not a target; you don't have to stop writing once you hit 150 words! (If you did, my advice would end here)

                              You don't need a reputation, I hear you cry!
                              Well, you do. I'm sure the people who get nothing but Not Useful and Somewhat Useful's get a little advice from DooYoo, and I have seen members removed and banned.
                              While the £££ signs may be lit up in your eyes right now, slow down, take a breather and actually think about your review. You don't have to review every single thing today! There's 365 days in the year and the 5 review limit isn't a target.


                              *Ratings, quick rating and revenge ratings*

                              150 DooYoo miles doesn't sound like much. Why would you need someone to look at your reviews when you can just earn money from writing them? Just because someone rated me, doesn't mean I have to rate them back.
                              True. This is very true, you don't. And I never did. But looking back at my first 15 or so reviews, I have an average of around 4 ratings each. I never rated back and those people stop rating me, they took the time to read my review and give me an opinion but I never gave it back. These days, I do the same thing. While I don't expect ratings back every time, if I spot a name I've reviewed 7 or 8 times and never received even one back, I won't go to that review.
                              Unfair, you may say. But almost all of us are here to earn a little extra cash while being part of a community and I'd prefer to lend my time to someone who will lend it back.

                              Quick ratings annoy me endlessly. A quick rating is where you rate back the same thing you received. What's wrong with that, you may ask. The person who rated you hasn't written the same thing as you, even if it's on the same subject! Giving someone a Useful on a crowned review because they gave you one doesn't really cut it, and I have my own little black book of quick raters who I now avoid.
                              And look at it this way, for every 1000 rates you receive an extra £15.00 for your effort (based on 15 DooYoo miles). And it's easily done; I'm almost at the 2000 received ratings mark! It is worth rating other people, and rating them properly.

                              REVENGE RATING! I hate this. Hate hate hate. I usually try to leave a few words of advice to try and help out new members and give pointers on where they're going wrong. I don't have to do this and I could just rate Not Useful and leave. But I don't, so when I receive a Not Useful or Somewhat Useful back, I do get a little upset, yes. I always report revenge raters and it's only you who will lose out in the end.
                              Thankfully, since I've put up a guide to my ratings on my profile, my Not Useful or Somewhat Useful ratings haven't moved up much.


                              *Community Spirit*

                              No, it's not in the terms and conditions. It's not what you signed up for. You don't need to take part in the community.
                              But it helps if you do. I also like to send messages to a few people when I've really enjoyed their review or I've found something in common with them. It makes the site more social, more fun and less about earning money. If you're having fun on the site, you'll be here for a lot long, rather than leaving when the novelty of the site has worn off.
                              You never know, you might make some good online friends.


                              *Personality*

                              You have one somewhere, don't lie. Let it shine through in your reviews!
                              While not going overboard and reaching 1,000 words, tell me how you came across the product! Give me an experience! Picked up any handy hints and tips relating to the product? Share!
                              Personally, I don't mind a little personality in reviews I read. It gives it uniqueness and makes it yours and yours alone. While I don't need to know how many tins of soup and what kinds were in your Tesco trolley when you picked up the bread you were planning to dunk in them, it is nice to know how you came across the bread. Is it a family favourite, was it recommended (and why was it!), was it on special offer and where (so I can find myself a bargain!). It's all GOOD kinds of (irrelevant) information.


                              *Research*

                              I've read so many reviews where it's said something like "there are other kinds of this product but I don't know what..." and it's completely put me off and made me think the author doesn't really care about what they're saying.
                              Google is an amazing tool. Having a quick look for missing information won't hurt your review and yes, while it may take a few minutes, it does make the review so much better. Accuracy is a key part in a review.


                              *Quality*

                              It's often the most boring information that makes the review so much better. Things like nutritional information (I'm on a diet so I find this information invaluable!!), ingredients - although I don't always include this, it is important to some people, particularly people who can't eat certain things, people with allergies, vegetarians, vegans, etc.
                              Price!!! Even if it's only an approximate, I want to know how much the product will set me back if I ever decide to try it.
                              It all makes for a good review, and while it's boring, it's important too.


                              *Spell check, vocabulary and grammar*

                              It's not hard to stick your review through a quick spell check. There are some free online ones if you haven't got a program like Microsoft Word. Capitalization and grammar are also extremely important. Please please please proof read your review. Net/text speak is a big no-no too. I dnt want 2 reed sumthin' this thx.
                              Vocabulary is also important, using the word 'good' 4 times per paragraph gets repetitive and it seems like you haven't put much effort into your review.


                              *Layout*

                              Spacing your review is important too, it makes it easier to read and more attractive. It's also easier to write in actual paragraphs as you're less likely to churn and repeat the same information.
                              However, too much spacing can, at time, be annoying as the scroll button works overtime.

                              Overall, just be honest, include all information in your review, follow the rules, rate back and spell check, you'll soon get into the DooYoo habit and it will all become second nature.

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                                09.02.2010 16:02
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                                Having read a few of these reviews lately I thought I'd stick my oar in with some words of wisdom (?!) myself and here's the reason why..

                                I have been an active of member of Dooyoo since October 08 where I was introduced to this world of words by my pen pal Leeanne160480 (name check!).

                                She said it may be something I'd enjoy so I had a look at the site and signed up and within the hour had written 5 reviews that in my opinion were fantastic.
                                Except they weren't - they were utter codswallop but I didn't know that, I was under the illusion they were great! And so I banged out a few more reviews in the same vein that first day as all I could see were ££££ signs in front of my eyes!

                                Things have changed a lot since then and not only do I really enjoy the site (well obsessed to be honest) but I have met some good online friends through the community feel and have been made to feel welcome.

                                Some days I am in a writing mood where the words will flow and other days I just feel like reading and rating. This is where this brings me to.
                                As I have spent the past few days catching up with rates I have been reading and rating a lot of the newest reviews and oh dear I'm about to sound condescending and patronizing but the difference between some of the new members reviews as opposed to some of the older members is really quite obvious!
                                Now I have tried to rate accordingly but it reminded me of when I was a newbie and here's some points that I wish I'd have known then that I know now..

                                *Churning*
                                Okay you've discovered this wonderful money making site and instantly it's the answer to all your money worries and is a get rich scheme. Erm, no, sorry to burst your bubble but it's not.
                                YES you can make some extra spending money on here through either Amazon vouchers, cold hard cash in the sum of a cheque or for the more altruistic donate to charity.
                                Please don't think that by writing 20/30 reviews a day will stand you in good stead with the community because it won't in the long run.

                                *Rating*
                                Now returning a rate is not obligatory and there are a lot of old members as well as new ones who choose not to - that's up to them and you. My opinion on the matter is I return all rates as I think if someone has taken the time to at least read my work then it's only polite to return the favour.
                                Don't think by submitting review after review and not rating anyone else though is acceptable - again people will stop rating your work if they see your statistics so play nice people!

                                *Revenge rating*
                                Now don't think because someone has given your review a 'low' rating that you are 'gonna get them back' by giving them an equally low rating. Revenge rating is against the rules and Dooyoo do not take kindly to people behaving like this. Rate how you see fit but most of all be honest!

                                *Respect*
                                Dooyoo is made up of fellow writers and most of the time there is a camaraderie and show respect to other writers and in return you will earn it and be made to feel welcome into the community.

                                *Short reviews*
                                Now before some people get uppity at the mention of short reviews let me just explain. I have nothing against short reviews and many of my own reviews are quite concise. To make myself more clearer what I mean is just because Dooyoo have a 150 word minimum on their premium reviews it doesn't mean you have to stick to it exactly. Anything that is padded out with unnecessary twoddle and barely scrapes 150 words is highly unlikely to get anything more than a Useful or even Somewhat Useful. As long as a review is full of personal opinion and facts then you are on the right road no matter the length. Another pointer is please leave spaces between paragraphs to make it easier on the eye for the reader! (*Note - if you are having trouble with any aspect of writing your reviews then contact the relevant Guide for that category and they should hopefully steer you in the right direction)

                                *Have fun*
                                I could go on for ages but I'm going to just add that some people take sites like this far too seriously. Yes it's good on one hand but the main thing is to enjoy writing and have fun!

                                Right you've read this now so go practice what I've preached!! *said with mock stern voice and pointed finger*

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                                  25.11.2009 16:28
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                                  Hope this was some help

                                  Advice for New Members

                                  If you are new to writing reviews then welcome! You will soon find that you will be addicted to writing reviews and will find it enjoyable just like everyone else. Here are some tips I found useful when I first started out.

                                  Before you write any reviews familarise yourself with the site and read the rules and regulations. This will mean you will have some idea what is expected from you.

                                  Make sure that you read lots of other reviews. It gives you an idea on the standard of reviews you should write. It will also mean that you can get an idea of how long your review should be.

                                  Once you start to write reviews it will be clearer what you need to talk about. At the start I didn't realise that you needed to be very descriptive and wrote basic reviews which didn't have a lot of information in them so they weren't very useful.

                                  At the same time don't waffle and write lots of pointless things as it will mean the reader will get bored reading your review. Too much information ends up being not useful to the reader.

                                  Listen to what other people are trying to say about your review if it is constructive and don't be offended as they are only trying to help. This will mean that you can learn by your mistakes and improve the way you write reviews. I am still learning and I have been writing reviews for a while.

                                  If you rate other people's reviews it will help you feel more part of the community which will make the whole experience more beneficial for yourself and more fun. Do not revenge rate as this will not benefit you or anyone really. Always be honest on what you think about the review. If you give a bad rating give a comment to explain why.

                                  Never copy a review as this just is pointless and against the rules. Be honest when you are talking about your experiences telling people what you liked about it and what you disliked. If you can show all sides of the product or experience this will mean when someone reads it will be more useful to them.

                                  There is nothing worse than reading a review which has spelling mistakes. It is so easy to be done so I would advise typing out your review on a separate package like Microsoft Word and spell check it. It also means that you can save your review and go back to it if you wanted. Sometimes you can get knocked off the internet and this would stop you from losing your work which would be incredibly frustrating.

                                  Last of all I would advise you to write about things that you are interested in and can give proper explanations of. Don't write about experiences that have never happened to you as this isn't useful to other people. If you are interested in something you will find writing reviews more fun.

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