Advantages Nice payment method, good payout, you can add pictures, treats members with respect
Disadvantages Fiddle to post ops with web based e-mail. I dont like the search
Sorry there was supposed to be a questions mark at the end of that title, but ciao won’t let me. Anyway on with my latest way to earn a few bob on the net, now ciao has gone so downhill.I first heard about bigrag from another ciao opinion. Basically it is another opinion site, in that you write an op, post it on their site and get paid for it. The site is aimed purely at students, especially University level. I have no problem, in fact some of the things are a bit older for me, but the categories are put to be in tune with the students. Not all the normal ciao categories are here, and I guess some people may have trouble writing on pub-crawls and other aspects of student life.
Signing up is easy, you have all the usual requirements such as address, name and username. I have used the same name as here on ciao, so look me up (Chris_Padden). It is easy and simple, much like the site itself. www.bigrag.com is both easy to use and looks good. In the top left there is a link to the categories, which appears on all the pages which gives an easy surfing. On the left hand side there is a list of links once you get inside the categories, which divide up into sub categories. In the center there is news and top tips, with plenty of pictures to look good. The basic colour scheme is purple, with a cream background. The search is not too easy to use, it searches opinions rather than categories so is not much use.Payments are one of the best things about bigrag, and it is far better than ciao currently. One main difference is you do not get paid for reads on your opinions. Instead when every one of you opinions is reviewed and posted, if it is good enough it is awarded one of three medals. A top quality op will get you a Gold medal, and £2, a good, but not good enough for a gold will get you a silver and £1.25 while a bronze is still good quality and gets you £1. The main disadvantage for this system is you only get paid up front, and nothing down the line. This system is perfect for me, as a decent ciao writer getting 40-50 reads per op I would be earning around £1 per op under the old ciao, here I can make that and more every op. Some of the better members who get 100+ reads per op on old ciao then bigrag could be a bit of a let down. The system could also clear the way for churners, but as every op is read by a real person before being posted then there is a good chance that they will get caught, and never prosper. (Why cant ciao come up with something like this?)
Like I said above every opinion is read by a person before it is passed and put up on the website. This is another big difference between bigrag and ciao. Instead of posting in real time and being put up instantly, you e-mail them (firstname.lastname@example.org, subject BIGRAG submission) with your op in the body of the message. To submit an opinion you go onto the category that you are going to write under, click on submit on the left hand side then continue and you default mail will open with the information such as your member name, category, and so on, then you cut and paste your work into the message and send Then this bloke called Dan reads them, formats them, and then puts them up on the site.
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