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Writing a Good dooyoo Review
Member Name: cha97mw
Writing a Good dooyoo Review
Date: 24/09/11, updated on 07/10/13 (219 review reads)
Advantages: writing better helps everyone who uses the site to make better purchasing decisions.
Disadvantages: it takes time at first to structure your thoughts better.
After recently writing my 300th review and celebrating 18 months of being a Dooyoo member, I thought I would share my experiences with other members on what makes for a good dooyoo review. Maybe I am not the best qualified, having only 16 crowns in the 18 months, mostly occuring in the last 7 months, but I feel that I am constantly trying to do better, and perhaps I do have something worth sharing for newer members to the site.
I think most of us join dooyoo as a way to make a few extra pennies. Within a short period of joining, you realise one of 2 things.
1) people who are here are not daft, and they expect you to write about things well
2) you love it and you want to do the best you can while also earning some pocket money, or you aren't keen, so you kind of don't bother once you reach payout.
Myself, I think I did write fairly well at the start. I tended to write in paragraphs, and mainly review things that I was strongly opinionated on, so I had something to say. Looking back at some reviews though, I can see they were less useful as they had very little opinion and my typing was rushed, and I often got told off for slipping in 'i' instead of 'I' in my haste to get my ideas down in the box. I also didn't do much to format my reviews.
I think the turning point for me was receiving my first crown. It made me take a little more pride in my work, and make me want to really share to the best of my ability. At first I couldn't tell what I had done that made that particular review better, but I then recreated that experience another 16 times, and now I get a bit of a feeling about whether a review will get nominated as I am writing it.
What we need to remember, is that this site is for consumers really. We might forget that as it is us reviewers who rate each others work, but we get paid because advertisers want to sell products. So we need to write for these consumers, and not for your mate for example. So, when I am writing, I do something I used to do when I was teaching. I would say to the kids, explain this as if you were explaining it to an Alien who popped down to Earth for a visit.
I can't really speak for other people, but I don't sit down to write with a specific idea of what to write on most occasions. If I see a product suggestion has come up, or I am feeling inspired, then I will write about that particular thing I am thinking about.
I then make sure that in my review, I try to explain really well what I am reviewing. If that is something like a book or film, I might look at an outline of the plot, with something about the author or actors, and make sure I include opinions such as how well it was written, how well the actors played that part, how believable it was, and what was it that made me enjoy it, or dislike it. Although these are perhaps to some people the easiest reviews, I find these quite hard, as your opinion can be quite abstract.
For something of a higher market value such as a household appliance, or a mobile phone, for example, I know that there is a really wide market available, so the reader will want to know why my version stands out. Here, I tend to look at the manufacturers page online or the actual instruction manual while I am writing the review. This way, I can outline what the best features are, and why I love or hate them, and then look at anything that really does not work well compared to other models on the market. I actually find this sort of review easier as you are comparing a stated fact such as this machine will wash 8kg of clothes and leave them crease free, with your opinion if it does this or not. I have certainly seen a lot of crowns in this field too.
The other thing I review a lot is the toys and games my children play with. Here, as well as saying things like what it is, how much it costs, and if I think it is good value, I look at what sort of thing that my children do with it. I might hate it, but to them it is the best thing since sliced bread. This is the sort of thing that a parent wants to know. Eg. I thought it was great because it was really educational, but they picked it up once, and never bothered again as they got bored.
To write a good review, you don't have to be the best writer. You don't need to have any qualifications. You don't need to write an essay. You need to write from the heart, giving an explanation of what it is and how it works, and then make sure you give plenty of reason why you love or hate it.
If you are new to the site, don't assume you can copy something from somewhere else and this will be ok, or that you can rush off just 150 words and it will be great as it meets the minimum requirement. Just be honest, and write the best you can, and think to yourself as you proof read it, if I knew nothing about this, would this tell me what I need to know about it. If you are old to the site, don't get complacent and think you can't improve.
My only tip is keep writing, keep reading, and you will definitely get better, and that elusive crown might one day be awarded to something you have written.
When I started, I couldn't even imagine hitting 100 original reviews, but here I am, review 305 and counting.
Summary: I hope I am not telling you all how to suck eggs, I just thought I would share.