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Another Site that pays for reviews!
Member Name: jo1976
Date: 21/08/08, updated on 27/06/13 (199 review reads)
Advantages: Get paid to write reviews with a lower minimum word count than DooYoo
Disadvantages: Can only review businesses.
www.bview.co.uk is a site aimed at promoting businesses and helping customers to obtain information about businesses locally and nationally, through the use of financial information and consumer reviews.
The blurb on the sign-up email states that "BView is an unbiased, online resource designed to facilitate communication between businesses and their customers. BView's rich and unique collection of online information includes financial data from Equifax, key information about individual businesses, such as principal contacts and opening hours, as well as customer reviews, pictures and videos."
If that sounds a bit dull and boring - the most exciting bit is that they are encouraging people to submit reviews of businesses by paying £10 worth of Amazon vouchers for new members.
I discovered this site in July 2008 when they were running a similar promotion encouraging people to review businesses listed on the website. Then the offer was the same, with the added potential to become a 'super reviewer' and publish up to 100 reviews earning up to £50 in Amazon vouchers! (I'm not boasting by saying that I was accepted as a 'super reviewer' as I think everybody that wrote half-decent reviews was.)
I completed my first 20 reviews very quickly, as I found that there was less detail required than on a review for DooYoo. I then had to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org confirming that I had completed 20 reviews. The reviews are checked for quality and to make sure they meet the minimum word count. I received email confirmation and my Amazon gift certificate was sent to my inbox the very next morning!
The main difference between BView and DooYoo is that you don't really get much feedback on the content of your reviews. (I suppose that could be a good thing if you get lots of negative feedback!) You can click whether a review is helpful or not, but there isn't currently the facility to give any more detailed feedback.
My confirmation email did mention one of my reviews specifically and said that it was very good, as it gave a detailed personal account, but there isn't any way of knowing who else has been reading your reviews and whether they found them useful or not.
Okay, so why aren't I still writing reviews for BView and why have I defected to DooYoo? One reason is that I simply ran out of things to review on BView! That's something that I couldn't ever imagine happening over on this site! The difference is that BView is a site that just rates and reviews businesses (rather than products) and there is a limit to the number of businesses that one person is likely to use.
The other issue is that the initial offer was a time limited promotion. The current promotion for August 2008 is limited to new members only, so it's a good thing that I've ran out of businesses to review! Since then though Bview have continued to run different promotions offering payments around 20p-50p per review, depending on the terms and conditions attached to the latest promotion.
The site also asks for a 'meaningful amount of text' with a minimum of 100 words per review (so slightly shorter than the minimum needed here.) Each review is split into 'pros' and 'cons' which I found useful to structure my reviews, being fairly new to the process of reviewing at the time. You also give each business a rating out of 5 for Quality, Reliability and Value.
It is possible to submit reviews anonymously on BView as ordinarily your name is printed with each review. Any anonymous reviews won't count for any payments, so I'd recommend avoiding any inflammatory reviews about your local and sticking to something neutral! You are asked to give a personal account of your experiences as a customer of any business you're reviewing. I guess for most people on this site, that's a bit like teaching granny to suck eggs so I won't mention anything else about what makes a good review!
The final condition is that you attach either a photo or an avatar to your profile to give your reviews a more personal touch, I suppose.
Signing up is very straightforward. Basically all you need to register is your name and email address. You then validate your sign-up by clicking on the link in the email and off you go! There's no limit to the number of reviews you can submit in one day and you're not going to annoy anybody by 'churning' so you can write to your heart's content!
Well worth having a look at the site to see what current promotions are running for new members although don't expect the level of interaction that you get on Dooyoo.
Summary: Fancy a change. Try reviewing businesses at BView!