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Writing a Good dooyoo Review
Member Name: Misskw
Writing a Good dooyoo Review
Date: 22/01/11, updated on 22/01/11 (94 review reads)
Advantages: Hopefully it's useful
Disadvantages: I'm not the best reviewer myself
I don't write mind-blowing reviews. I could never write professionally or write reviews that millions of people would want to read. I'm not one of those people who has a special way with words. But from my experience of Dooyoo, both reading and writing reviews, that's not what people on Dooyoo want. All they want is enough information to make an informed decision on whether or not they should buy the product.
One simple rule of writing a good review is that you have to ENJOY writing reviews, and to WANT to review things. Otherwise you will just be filling in spaces until you reach the word limit. It also helps if you really loved a product so you want to tell the world how good it was, or alternatively if you want to warn people how awful a product was. However, we don't have strong views on everything we own and a review of a product which you found to be mediocre can be just as good.
I think it's good when reviews contain a bit of background, a bit of the story behind you buying the product. I'm not saying you should tell your whole life story because obviously this is pointless and your review will most likely be rated as not useful. However, I think when you include a bit of background it creates a rapport between the writer and the reader and this informal style is something I love about Dooyoo. I also feel reassured when I read a bit of background to it because it makes it seem more like the writer actually owns the product. I'm sure you've all read reviews that have left you thinking: 'Dp they actually even own that??' and obviously if they don't the review is in no way useful.
A good review should contain both fact and opinion. By fact I mean price, where it is available, what sizes it comes in, or whatever's relevant for that particular product. Yes, I know a lot of this information can be found quite easily elsewhere but isn't it easier when it's all in one place? But overall the opinion is much more important than the fact. Afterall, when people look for reviews they are looking for opinion. A good review contains opinions on every aspect of the product, not just 'This product was great'. For example, if you were reviewing a hair dye it is important to mention the clarity of the instructions, the ease of use and the results, so there are no nasty surprises for people who then go on to buy the product.
I think reviews should end with whether or not you'd recommend the product. Often this is clear from the review itself or the number of stars given but if the review mentions both advantages and disadvantages of a product, how do they weight up? Is it still worth buying?
Reviews are always much more enjoyable to read when the spelling and grammar is correct. Ofcourse, everyone makes the odd spelling mistake and not everyone's grammar is perfect but bad spelling and grammar is something that really bothers me. I've read some reviews in which the spelling and grammar has been so bad I haven't finished the review. If this isn't your strong point, there's no harm in writing the review in a programme which has spellchecker then copying and pasting. I also much prefer reading reviews with paragraphs. Reviews that go on for 20 lines with no spaces between paragraphs aren't easy on the eye and aren't as appealing to readers. Sometimes if i see a review that isn't paragraphed I just decide not to bother reading it.
The final point i'd like to make is more advice to people who are new to Dooyoo. Read other reviews of products in the same category as the one you're reviewing. Obviously you're new, your reviews aren't going to be great. So it just helps get an idea of what should be included. Often it's obvious that new writers haven't done this and I have to rate their reviews as not useful or as somewhat useful and I feel bad for that.
To sum up, a good review should have good spelling and grammar, contain both fact and opinion, and be just a little bit personal.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: What i've learnt from dooyoo about writing a good review