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Dooyoo The Pros & Cons - Dooyoo Closely Reviewed

Updated on September 30, 2011

In this article we take a close look at the internet review site known as Dooyoo. We review the pros and cons of Dooyoo and basically see if it’s worth bothering with this site. We look at how much money you can make on Dooyoo and explain a little bit about the site. If you are considering signing up to Dooyoo then this review will tell you everything you need to know about the site.

I have been a member of Dooyoo for over two years now. I have had plenty of experiences both good and bad whilst using the site. I know how it works, what the advantages are and what the pit falls might be, so using that knowledge and experience I want to tell you all about Dooyoo.

What Is Dooyoo?

So first of all you obviously need to know what exactly Dooyoo is. The site models itself as a consumer review website. In other words, the members write reviews on products they have first hand experience of using. There are thousands and thousands of reviews from Dooyoo members, these are scattered all over the internet and will often come up in search if you are researching a certain product. Dooyoo makes it’s money through advertising and affiliate marketing. In other words if you click a link on a Dooyoo page and then buy a product, Dooyoo will make some money.

The reason people join Dooyoo though is simply because the company pay it’s members for writing reviews. All you have to do is write a basic review of a product and as long as it meets certain criteria you will get paid for it. The website has a large community and many active members who rate each others work and leave comments on other members reviews. This is a very well established website that has been running for quite a few years now.

How Much Money Can You Make?

This is the question that most people want the answer to. The fact is you are not going to get rich if you sign up to Dooyoo, however you can make a little extra money. I have been on the site for around two and a half years and have made around £700. The fact is that is never going to be enough to live off but there are members who make more than that but obviously this requires some serious effort.

Dooyoo use a system called miles, 100 Dooyoo miles is equivalent to 10p. The payment structure actually changed last year. Now instead of earning 50p per review it now depends what category you write in. For instance, write about a laptop and you will earn 60p per review, write about a book you have read and you will earn 30p per review, write about a film and you will earn just 10p. So obviously writing in the top category is more profitable.

You also earn money for every member who rates your review. Again in depends which category you write in, level 1 earn 2p per rate, level 2 earns 1.5p and level 3 just 1p per rate. If you want members to rate your work you need to get out there and rate other people’s reviews, then they will return the favour. This means Dooyoo is about more than just writing, you also have to read and rate other people’s work.

When it comes to cashing in your Dooyoo miles you have three options. The most popular is for actual money. When you reach 50,000 miles you can request a payment. Then Dooyoo will send you a cheque for £50. You can wait till you earn more and cash in more miles, but £50 is the low limit. You can also cash your miles in for Amazon vouchers, you only need 5000 miles or £5 to be able to do this. The final option is to donate your miles to a charity of your choice.

What Can You Write About?

The fact is there are thousands and thousands of products and services and even places you can review. If you use a product and it is not listed on Dooyoo you can actually suggest a product and if accepted you can then review it. This is a handy feature although it can take a few weeks for product suggestions to actually get accepted.

Although you can write about almost anything your reviews have to meet up to a certain standard. Each review must be at least 150 words long. You must have experience of the product you review and in most cases actually own it. Your review must be readable, in other words not full of bad grammar and spelling errors. You can only write one review per product. Most importantly your work must be your own, no plagiarism is allowed on Dooyoo.

The Pros Of Dooyoo

The fact is that there are some good things about Dooyoo. I have been active on the site for over two years and although I certainly won’t say it my favourite writing site it does have it’s plus points and it is the place where my writing actually got started. One benefit of Dooyoo is that it is easy to write there. By that I mean the guidelines are pretty flexible, the quality of work is low and you are not under that much pressure to perform. I write for about five different sites and I would say I probably put least effort into Dooyoo, this is simply because if I write a 500 word ramble about a product I will earn the same as if I were to write a 3000 word masterpiece. So it is easy to just churn out very basic reviews, all you have to do is make sure they are of a reasonable quality.

The site is very simple. Out of all the sites I write on Dooyoo is the simplest. This means it’s easy to navigate and easy to get the hang of. The payment structure is easy to understand and your Dooyoo miles are displayed neatly for you to see. It’s very easy to cash your miles and once you have filled in your details you don’t have to bother with that again unless they change.

The Cons Of Dooyoo

In some ways it’s greatest strength is it’s greatest weakness. Because Dooyoo fail to reward writers for quality, although admittedly an exceptional review will earn a £1.50 bonus known as a crown, it means that the standard of writing on there is quite low. The site does not encourage members to improve their writing skills and there is never any mention of SEO techniques or anything like that. Dooyoo seem happy to just churn out thousands of average reviews. This could in the end bring about the companies downfall as Google starts to look to reward quality more than quantity.

Another con is the rating system. It is very simple but members will often revenge rate if you give them a poor rating. Plus the fact is that if you want to get ratings you need to be actively rating other people which takes up time. This is another issue, you don’t earn a passive income. Once you have published your review and it has received the initial bout of ratings, that’s it, your review ceases to earn. The means realistically you are not likely to earn more than £2 per review.

There is no forum on Dooyoo. This is something that has always surprised me as there is a bustling community of writers. This means though that if you have a question or a problem it can be hard to find an answer. Another issue is payment, yes it is easy to cash in your miles but it can take at least a month for your cheque to arrive, the longest I waited after cashing my miles was 7 weeks before my cheque came through the door.

Final Thoughts

The fact is that with any writing site there are going to be pros and cons. Dooyoo is a good place for beginners to make a little bit of extra pocket money while writing online. You are never going to be able to make a living on this site but you can make a little bit of extra cash. The site is easy to use and as long as you write half decent reviews you should have no problems with the site. As I have said I have been at Dooyoo for around two and a half years and I will continue to write reviews over there every now and again. If you want a nice easy to use site that will give you a little extra money they I would say it is worth giving Dooyoo a try.


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      BristolBoy 3 years ago from Bristol

      Useful hub, I will definitely consider writing on Dooyoo once again!

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      amitthaliyal 3 years ago

      dooyoo pay in inida please let me know if anybody have any information about it

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      Kimberly Vaughn 3 years ago from Midwest

      I had never heard of Dooyoo before. Thanks for sharing! Your hub is well written and informative.

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      Andrew Orrell 4 years ago from UK

      Yeah I used to write a lot on Ciao. They are a little different to Dooyoo but they are very reliable. Never had any issue with them. Ciao tend to pay for quality and not quantity, whereas with Dooyoo it's quantity rather than quality that seems to pay.

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      Cotswold-G 4 years ago

      Thanks again Andy. HubPages seems to be the only one I haven't seen any negative comments on thus far. What about Ciao? Do you have anything on them? Can't see much negative about that one either. Cheers.

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      Andrew Orrell 4 years ago from UK

      It's been very mixed. They have missed several of my payments, but at the same time lots have come through. It's probably the easiest site for making money on at the moment.

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      Cotswold-G 4 years ago

      Thanks for the prompt response. I'll check out Bubblews. It's a new on on me. Cheers.

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      Andrew Orrell 4 years ago from UK

      I occasionally still write on Dooyoo, I don't really think it has changed all that much in the past few years. I do most of my writing on Bubblews and Hubpages now though.

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      Cotswold-G 4 years ago

      I just noticed that this post is a few years old now. Do you still write for dooyoo? If so, has anything changed since then? Cheers.

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      Cotswold-G 4 years ago

      Thanks for that insight. I have been considering writing some reviews for them but have not yet got beyond registration (as with HubPages).

      I note what you say about passive income. What other sites do you write for - apart from dooyoo and HubPages that is? Cheers.

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      Venture Boyz 6 years ago from Floating in the clouds

      Nice.. I never heard about Dooyoo until I read this hub. I wonder if there is any plans in the works to bring Dooyoo to the U.S. Good luck with your progress on Dooyoo!