Jaiya Gill

What's DYOR?

If you're new to crypto, you probably see the term DYOR a lot. DYOR stands for Do Your Own Research. But doing your own research is easier said than done. DYOR became popular in the crypto space with the surge of catchy headlines and 'expert opinions' without much proof to back them up. It can help investors answer exactly why they are buying or supporting a project. While the suggestion is sound, not knowing how to do your own research can lead to more confusion.

Here are a few tips on how to do your due diligence:

Talk to friends you trust 

Asking questions to friends who've been in the space for longer than you is a great way to learn what to do and what not to do while learning more about crypto. It’s also useful to see if any of your trusted sources are following or talking about the project/token/coin that you’re looking into. We compiled a list of some people you can look up to in web3 (insert link)

Learn, learn, learn 

Before investing in a project/token/coin, learn as much as you can about it. Not just from the original source, but also from other trusted sources that tell you both the pros and cons of the project. Be sure to search Twitter for any threads or articles found on it. Take the time to know what you're getting into.

Check your sources 

Often, people shill projects they have some financial motivation towards in hopes to boost the price, and will only promote the upsides of the project, without painting a true picture. It can be hard to distinguish between someone shilling for the project vs. an unbiased post. A good way to check is to look at the project’s social media and website. Search the project’s community on Twitter and see if there are a lot of fake bots that are shilling it. The more you look into things the better you get.

Do a deep dive on the project 

Take a look at a project’s:

  • Purpose or utility: Does the project promise to deliver some utility and is this something that interests you.
  • Community’s authenticity: Take a look at the community’s activity and engagement levels and whether the team themselves are actively participating in the conversation. Often times numbers can be inflated due to bots or bought followers.
  • Team’s background: This can be easily searchable to see the team’s backgrounds, any past projects they have worked on, and whether or not they are doxxed.  
  • Market cap: For up-to-date data on market performance and market cap, you can take a look at CoinMarketCap (@CoinMarketCap) or CoinGecko (@coingecko). 
  • Website + Whitepaper + Roadmap + Vision: Look into what the project is trying to achieve, its future plans, and whether or not this resonates with you.
  • Trading volume + Liquidity + Supply: Make sure these all look good to you.

Get involved 

Join the Discord community or Telegram group of projects you're interested in and see what the community is like for yourself. The more time you spend in them, the more you learn about the project, and the more equipped you become with knowledge before making any investment.

Start small 

If you do want to invest in something, it's probably wise to not dump a lot of money into it at once. Only invest what you're comfortable with losing in the unfortunate event that a project doesn't take off. Consider dollar-cost averaging your investments

DYOR never ends.

It's important to acknowledge that research is a continuous process given that the nature of the crypto space is constantly changing and updating. Always stay on top of your sources. Take everything with a grain of salt.  

At the end of the day, it's your money and your decision. All investments have some level of risk. So make sure you gather as much information as possible from all kinds of trusted sources across different channels and not take anyone's source too seriously.