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Say Ciao to ciao.co.uk!
Member Name: stephbond89
Advantages: Great way to make friends and some extra cash!
Disadvantages: Can take up to 5 weeks for a payout, can be slow to earn if you dont put many reviews on!
== What is Ciao.co.uk? ==
Ciao is very much like DooYoo in that you go online and write reviews about anything you want, be it books, DVD's, music, food items, make-up, laptops, TVs, coffee machines, sofas, shops, online shopping, and general debates. The list is endless!
You earn money for each review you put onto the site, earning every time the review is rated by other members.
Money can be taken from your Ciao account and put straight into your bank account when you have at least £5 in your account, which can easily be got within a week or so. There is no limit to how many reviews you can put on the site each day, but, most members will only rate 2 or 3 reviews by you each day, so any more than this and they may not be rated, and subsequently are not making you any money, so my advice is to put around 3 reviews on the site each day, this way you are likely to earn around £30 a month, which isn't bad at all! Of course there are more ways to earn more money on the site...which I will go over in a later section!
Writing quality reviews is what you are aiming for, and so writing a 5 line paragraph about the product is not going to get you anything more than a Not Helpful rating or Somewhat Helpful rating.
The key to earning the most money is not the length of the review, but the quality of the reviews! What you need to remember is to make your put in as much opinion as product information. So, for example, if you were writing about a film. You would only need a short paragraph about the plot, giving a short outlay of what happens (without giving away the ending!), and then around double or triple that of what you thought of the story, who it is for, did you like it, would you read it again etc. This will get you the most money, and the best rates! And you need to remember the work must be your own, if you do use any information from outside sources (i.e. if you were to get travel information for a hotel from the hotel website, you can use this, but always put the source of the information clearly stated! This way you ensure you're not to get into trouble!).
Other than all of the above, the site is great fun, and perfect for anyone who enjoys writing! It is a great way to improve your writing skills and even have a rant about the things which you thought were very bad quality, and you want to warn people off the products! If you are a fellow DooYooer, you will already know all of the above, but that info is more for people who have never used either site.
== Sound's interesting, how do I join? ==
Joining Ciao.co.uk couldn't be easier! Now I know people say this, and then you try to sign up and it's impossible and takes hours, but Ciao isn't like that. When you go to the home page you will see a simple button to click to sign up, or you can click on this link: https://www.ciao.co.uk/reg.php, from there you fill in a quick form choosing a username, password and entering your address details (NOTE: You must have a UK bank account to make money on this site and the money is not payable through PayPal). When you have registered this info, you are a member, there are no tests which you have to partake in like some sites, you can then continue to add a photograph, enter some information about yourself, and enter your bank details for your payments.
You can then start writing reviews, you will earn £1 for your first review. A big tip is to go to the member centre (situated in the top right hand corner of he screen), and rate the other new reviews which are on the site, this makes people aware of your presence and they will be more likely to rate you back!
You start off as a no coloured member, but as you progress, you get "colours" next to your name, which shows other members how established you are on the site, you go up in colours by getting points, these points come onto your account every time you put a new review on the site, every time you rate, and every time your reviews get a positive rating (you lose points when you get a negative rating!). I have been on Ciao for a year now, and my colour is Red, this is around level 4 or 5 in colours, which is good, my next colour is Orange!
== How much can I realistically earn? ==
This all depends on how hard you work on your reviews. If you are putting 3 reviews on every day, and rating around 15 reviews every day, you can realistically earn around £50 a month. If you put one review on the site a week, and rate 5 reviews a week, you'll earn around £3 a month. So it depends on how much effort you put in to how much money you take out!
There is also something called the Premium Fund, which is £2000 divided up amongst the best writers each month, every time a review gets a rating of Exceptional it is entered into the Premium Fund. If this review is a great review, you will get more and more money. I have known people to get £100 from the Premium Fund each month, I myself have had £30 from the Premium fund this month, and £16 last month!
So there are more than one way of making money!
== Talking of earning, how DO I earn? ==
There are numerous ways you make money on Ciao:
1) Writing reviews- Each product have a certain number of £ signs next to it, either 1, 2 or 3. 1 been the lowest earner, and 3 been the highest. Every time your review gets rated Exceptional, Very Helpful or Helpful, you are given a small payment to your Ciao account. For products with £, you get 0.5p per rating, for ££ you get 1p per rating, and for £££ you get 2p per rating. This doesn't sound like much, but it soon adds up when you have 50 people rating each of your reviews (if you have 3 reviews with £££ a day with 50 rates a day per review, that is £3 a day, times that by a month and that is £90, so that small 2p per rate may not sound much but it very quickly mounts up if you work the site well!).
2) Recommending people to the site- when you recommend someone to the site, and they join, you will earn 50% of their monthly earnings for 6 months, so if you invite someone who is earning £100 a month, you will get £50 a month for their work, on top of your own earnings!! Even if they are only getting £30 a month, that is an extra £15 for you!
3) Premium Fund- I have gone over this in the above section!
4) Product of the Week- each week a product is put up for product of the week, every Monday this is put out! When you write a review on that product within that week, you are entered into the competition, where the highest three rating reviews will earn £15, £7 and £3 for first, second and third place. This is decided by how many ratings the review gets during the week, and is a great way to earn a bit of extra money! Also at the end of the year, the people who have won the most times will earn £70, £40 and £20 for first second and third place! I have come third place 3 times now in this competition, so it goes to show, it is winnable!
You can see how much you have in your Ciao account easily by going to you account page, and the amount is shown there!
Requesting money is simple, there is a button under your account page, where you can request the money!
Payments are all made once a month, so it can take up to 5 weeks to get your payment, but in my own experience, payments are initiated (i.e. sent) during the middle of the month, so if you request your payments at the beginning of the month, you should only be waiting a couple of weeks for your payment to arrive in your bank account!
It takes around a week from the payment been initiated to appear in your bank account!
== What are the people like? ==
In my experience the people on Ciao tend to be very nice, with a couple of exceptions who you will get everywhere! Most of the people on Ciao are also on DooYoo!
People don't take well to people who copy and paste reviews from Wikipedia (which I see a lot of!), or who write in very bad and broken English which is hard to understand, and you are likely to be reported a lot if you do either of these things.
If you are a serious reviewer you are likely to get on well with Ciao and the members, but beware, some people are very wary of new members (as many are fakers just there to cheat!), so you may be treated a little suspiciously until you establish yourself as a good writer!
Overall, you will always have some people who you don't get on with, there will always be someone who is jealous of your writing if you are better than them, and there will always be someone who you can't please, in my experience there are a few of these people on both Ciao and DooYoo, but overall the people are generally nice and friendly and will talk to you and give you good advice!
Ciao themselves are based in Germany, so if you do email them, you may find the email you get back has been translated and a little hard to understand, and they do tend to take a long time to get back to you when you email them about something, which is one large downside to the site.
== Can I have an account on there and DooYoo? ==
Of course! One thing I will say though, is make sure you put in your "About Me" section that you write on both sites and your Username for both the sites so as not to get confused with a copier! Also, if you have a website or blog where you put your reviews, make sure you say this in the About Me section too! Otherwise there can be a lot of confusion resulting in your account been closed. Other than this, there is no problem having an account on DooYoo and Ciao!
== Ok so, honest opinion, is it any good? ==
I like Ciao a lot, although it can be a little harder to earn on the site (i.e. you don't get paid for every review you put on the site unlike here!), but once you work out how to use the site well, it is great!
I definitely recommend using the site! I have had around £50 from Ciao, and another £38 on the way next month, in the year I have used the site, but I have only really started using the site properly in the last month, so really £70 of this has been earned in just over a month!
Summary: I love Ciao and Dooyoo! Both great sites!!