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Survey Queen – Scam or Legit? [I’d Avoid This Place!]

Survey Queen claims that you can make $100 “sharing your opinion”, but unfortunately this place is not what you think. Is it a scam? No, I wouldn’t call it that, however, this is not a place I’m going to be recommending to my readers and for good reason.

In this review I’ll be going over what exactly Survey Queen it is, what they have to offer, how it all works, why don’t recommend it and more.

Review

So when I first landed on the website I was thinking it was going to be your typical paid survey site. These types of sites are very common and I am very familiar with such. Basically how it works is that they host their own online surveys along with third-party online surveys and you get paid for taking them, usually anywhere from $0.25 to $2 a survey.

Market research is a big deal these days. Companies want to know as much as possible about consumers and through paid surveys is how they get a lot of this information. So this is how you make money from them in the first place, the companies pay the survey sites and the survey sites pay you as a small incentive to take the surveys.

But Survey Queen is NOT your typical paid survey site.

I first got a hint that this was the case after scrolling down a bit on the homepage and seeing a bunch of other sites being promoted. You can see in the screenshot below that for some reason they are promoting Best Day Ever, Survey AllStars, and Inbox Pays.screenshotI thought I was going to take surveys and make money… Not join other survey sites?? And besides, Best Day Ever isn’t even a survey site. It is a sweepstakes site.

All Surveys

But anyways, I saw in the top menu there is a link for “all surveys” so I decided to click it and see what they have to offer…

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Unfortunately it was the same sort of deal. They just provided me a list with a bunch of other paid survey sites along with some sweepstakes sites and others mixed. The list they gave me included…

  • SurveyAllStars
  • Green Panthera
  • Survey Club
  • Survey Rewards
  • Inbox Pays
  • I Love Samples
  • Opinion Outpost
  • Global Test Market
  • Product Testing US
  • VIP Voice

Community

There was also a link on the top menu for “community”. I checked this out and it was just to some Facebook page that was not up-to-date and I saw no point in joining.

Basically it is a Facebook page (which isn’t even called Survey Queen) that promotes paid survey sites, just like they are doing on the website here.

Subscribe

The the only other link at the top menu was to “subscribe”, so I decided to check it out. Here is where they said I could “make $100+ sharing your opinion”.

Of course this is not necessarily a good thing. Making $100 or more sounds great, but what if it takes you 500 hours to make that $100 or more? That would be pretty horrible right?

But anyways… I decided to enter my information on the page you can see below and see what they have to offer…join page

One thing that I want to point out is that after I entered my name and email address, up popped a bunch of promotions. There were promotions for newsletters, email alerts, job alerts, health insurance and more…

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And below the “join now” button there was small print that says you agree to receive emails from Survey Queen and “its partners”…. But more on this in a second.

After clicking to Join Now I was then redirected to the page you can see here, which says that I start making money in 3 easy steps…

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And guess what? That’s it!

That is all this place has to offer. On the page you can see pictured above there was nowhere to go any further. This was the end of the line. They presented me with a list of paid survey sites, for like the 4th time, and I could either join them or leave.

There was no step number 2 or anything like that.

What Is Survey Queen Really?

This place isn’t much, I’ll tell you that.

The only thing this place does is refers you to a bunch of other paid survey sites and similar sites, like sweepstakes sites, product testing sites, etc. Along with that they also try to get you to take up offers that are completely unrelated, such as getting life insurance (which was promoted when I first entered my information to join).

What’s the point?

You may be wondering what is the point of all of this, and it is pretty simple… They make money off of you. Every person that they get to join one of these other paid survey sites or sign up for an offer, they make money off of.

This is not the paid survey site that I was expecting at all.

There is absolutely no value here and no point I see in joining this place. For some reason I have been coming across a lot of really crappy sites like this lately. In fact, I just reviewed a place called Survey Monster recently that was the same type of deal. And I’ve come across others, like My Survey Jobs, in the more distant past.

These places just sucker people in just for the purpose of making as much money off them as possible.

Final Verdict – Avoid

There is absolutely no reason I see for anyone to join this website, unless of course you want to get a bunch of spam emails in your inbox. This is the only thing that is going to come from it if you do join, because remember, you have to agree to receive emails from their “partner” sites, and we have no idea what all this includes.

If you do actually want to make money taking paid surveys online, then I would suggest trying a well-known and trusted survey site like Swagbucks. They have been around a while and offer a variety of easy ways to earn some money.

That said, you should know that paid survey sites like this pay out very little. They are best for earning a bit of extra pocket change in your spare time, but not much more than that. If you want to actually make good money in your spare time online, I would highly suggest taking a look at how I went from $0 to over $6000 a month working online for myself.

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Beware of the Paid for Research Scam – PaidforResearch.com [Avoid!]

Paid for Research claims that you can earn up to $100, you can complete cool surveys, save money and collect freebies, but unfortunately it’s claims are very misleading.

I know it can be tempting. I mean who doesn’t want to earn $100?

But I’m warning you that this place is pretty much a scam in my opinion. You do not want to join this website. And believe me, you will see why in this review.

Besides, earning up to $100 is necessarily a good thing. Just think about it… If it takes 100 hours to earn $100, that would be only one dollar an hour you are making, which would be horrible.

But anyways… You are not going to make $100 at this place and you will see why.

What Is Paid for Research?

In a nutshell, Paid for Research (paidforresearch.com) is a very scammy website that acts as if they are some sort of paid survey site, where you can make money taking surveys online, but really they just make money off of people by selling them on a bunch of scammy promotions, which is similar to Survey Monster and My Survey Jobs (avoid these places too!).

Right off the bat, when I first came to the site, things didn’t seem right. There are a bunch of red flags that I noticed that acted as warning signs, telling me to stay away.

Red Flags

First off, the website looks like an absolute dump. It is not very professional looking by any means and this was concerning at a first glance.

Also, I noticed that there are a lot of spelling errors on the website. Spelling errors all over the place, such as these on the FAQ page…spelling errors

And what is weird is that this site is supposedly only available for residents of the US, yet the creators seem to be from some foreign country. Well… maybe it isn’t that weird.

How It Works

What they lead you to believe is that you will be able to sign up, participate in online surveys and earn rewards such as cash or freebies…

how it worksSounds pretty awesome, doesn’t it?

And it would be awesome IF IT WERE ACTUALLY TRUE… Which it is NOT!

My [bad] Experience Here

So after the initial registration where I entered my name, email and some other personal information, I was then provided with this survey…

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As you can see this “survey” wasn’t too much of a survey really and was basically just pushing me to join other paid survey websites, sign up for personal loans, get prepaid credit cards and so on. In fact, there was even a question that asked if I wanted to become a substance abuse counselor.

Are you joking?

And guess what? That was only page 1 out of 10 pages of this “survey”.

Page 2 was the same sort of deal… A bunch of very scammy promotions about every and anything…

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There were 10 pages of this crap and I noticed that many of the questions got asked on multiple pages, just they might have been worded differently or something like that.

I saw just about every type of promotion possible. All sorts of things including…

  • Political promotions
  • Biz opps
  • Free trials
  • Supplements
  • Loans
  • Life insurance
  • Carpeting/flooring
  • Grilling equipment
  • Sleeping problems
  • And so much more

And BEWARE OF THE SCAMS!

I noticed that there were quite a few scams being promoted in this “survey”, usually ones that present some sort of business opportunity such as that pictured below…

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I sign up for this website thinking that I am going to be able to take surveys and make money doing so, and then move on only to be bombarded with probably well over 100 different scammy promotions.

What a joke…

But it’s not over yet… The worst is still yet to come…

After finally going through the 10 pages of ridiculous “questions”, most of them not really questions at all, I finally made it to the end and I was told that there was a “special offer” waiting for me where I could “make an extra $450+ taking paid surveys”.

Of course at this point I no longer trusted anything this place told me, but I was already done with the survey site decided to click the submit button and see what they had in store for me…

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Did I make an extra $450 with this special offer?!!

Did I strike it rich?!

Was this the opportunity I had been waiting for all along??

NOPE… It was just another scam. I should’ve known better.

Well… Actually can’t be 100% positive that it was a scam because I never even got to see the darn thing. When I clicked on the submit button up popped a new webpage but unfortunately my browser blocked it, along with my antivirus software because… Well… You can see for yourself…

scam site

Nothing But a Waste of Time

So after wasting about 10 minutes of my precious time (it only took me about 10 minutes because I flew through those survey questions and just answered NO to just about everything) I ended up with nothing to show for it. Just a lot of frustration.

All this website does is promotes a bunch of crap to make money off of people who sign up, and as much money as possible. I’m also willing to bet that I will be receiving tons of spam emails since I gave them my email address upon registration. Luckily I gave them an email address that I don’t really care about.

You can make money with paid surveys online, but not from Paid for Research

In the ridiculously long “survey” that I took, there were lots of promotions for legitimate survey sites. If I wanted to, I could have signed up for the sites and could potentially make some money taking surveys online. HOWEVER, I certainly do not want Paid for Research to get credit for referring me and besides that, taking paid surveys are largely a waste of time.

You usually make much less than minimum wage after you factor in all of the time wasted on getting disqualified, etc, and of course they just don’t pay much to begin with.

Final Verdict – Avoid at All Costs

There is absolutely no reason I see for anyone to join Paid for Research. The only thing that will happen is you will waste your time and you might even get a virus or 2 on your computer if you’re lucky.

If you do want to take paid surveys online and make a bit of extra money then I would suggest reputable paid survey sites like Swagbucks. Although, like I just said, don’t expect to make much money. These opportunities are best to make a little bit of extra pocket change in your spare time.

If you are looking for a way to actually make good money online, I would highly suggest taking a look at this guide I put together that shows you exactly how I make a living working online and how others like yourself can get started.

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Is Survey Monster Legitimate? – It’s Not What You Think!

Is Survey Monster Legitimate

Survey Monster is not the survey site that it claims to be, and I’ll show you why in this review.

Is Survey Monster legitimate? The answer is both yes and no, but mostly NO. It is not like this site is doing anything illegal, but it is very “scammy” and I would definitely not recommend anyone to join.

I know, I know… It is promoted as a great way to earn some extra cash in your spare time, which sounds awesome, but this place is just going to be a waste of time.

Also, they claim that “unlike other paid survey sites” they are free to join. What the heck are they talking about here? Just about every paid survey site out there is free to join as well. This is nothing special by any means.

*Before I dive into this review I want to make it clear that I am reviewing the Survey Monster site located at SurveyMonster.net. There is also a SurveyMonster.com website but this is for people looking to create surveys, not take them and make money online.

What Is Survey Monster?

Well… At first glance it appears to be pretty much a typical paid survey site, in which you would take surveys provided by them and research companies that they work with, and make money from them. It does look a little run down, but not too bad I guess. HOWEVER, as I said it is not as it seems.

Basically what Survey Monster really is, is a “scammy” website that lures people into joining a bunch of other survey sites just so that they can make money off of you.

Don’t worry, you will see what I mean in a bit.

When I first came across this site I decided to register and give it a try just to see what it was all about. They had testimonials displayed (like that pictured below) which make it sound pretty awesome…

testimonial

Also, you can see above that they are telling me to hurry up and register so that I get an “extra bonus”. So I decided to give it a try.

How It Works

Sounds pretty simple… Just create your account, register for surveys and get paid…how it worksBut, of course, as you can imagine, it probably isn’t quite what you would think at first.

My Experience (Not Good)

So after entering my personal information to join, which included things like my name, date of birth, ZIP Code, gender, email, etc., it then was asking me to join a bunch of other paid survey sites.

You can see in the screenshot I took below. It was asking me to join popular survey sites like Toluna and Global Test Market, which I am very familiar with. HOWEVER, just because I am familiar with the sites doesn’t mean that I want to join them.

screenshotThis was the first of several red flags that popped out at me and seemed very “scammy”.

Why would this place be asking me to join other paid survey sites? I thought I was joining Survey Monster to take surveys and make money online…?

Then after submitting my information I was then taken to a page that told me I could “earn up to $150 or more per hour” and that “on average you make around $20 per survey, which takes 10 -12 minutes”.

Are you serious?

Are you freaking kidding me?

I can potentially make $150 or more per hour and on average make $20 per survey?? That sounds incredible… But unfortunately it also sounds a lot like a scam.

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Below that they had a list of their “top paid surveys” that I could sign up for.

But is not what I was expecting when I first came across this website. It is not like I could click on surveys, take them and make money. Instead, it just provided me with a big list of other paid survey sites that I could join.

Sites like…

…that I am very familiar with and have reviewed in the past.

survey list

THE PROBLEM:

The problem is that there is absolutely NO way you were ever going to make close to $20 per survey on average or $150 per hour. This is a ridiculous claim that has absolutely no truth to it.

These websites that it is recommending that you sign up for are your pretty typical paid survey sites. Generally speaking you WILL NOT MAKE MUCH!

You can expect to make 1 to $2 per survey that you take and once you factor in all the time that you waste getting disqualified from surveys and things like that, you are pretty much guaranteed to make much less than minimum wage.

Doesn’t Seem Very Legitimate to Me!

So is Survey Monster legitimate?

I think you can see the answer now. I mean, I guess they aren’t doing anything illegal, but what they are doing is definitely scammy.

They are lying to people just to get them to sign up for other paid survey sites.

Maybe it is illegal… I don’t know.

The point is that there is no way that you are going to make $20 per survey on average and they know this darn well. The reason they say that is because they want to make it sound like the greatest opportunity ever to get as many people to join as possible.

The Reason They Lie to You

The reason they are lying and trying to get people to join these other paid survey sites is simple… They make money from it!

Yes, you can actually make money by getting other people to join paid survey sites. If you have ever been a part of survey sites in the past, you probably already know this. They all have referral programs, and although you won’t make much, by referring massive amounts of people the money adds up.

This is the same thing that other sites like My Survey Jobs does, which is another scam I exposed here on my site.

Conclusion – Avoid

There are a heck of a lot of paid survey sites out there, many of them legitimate and many of them scams. While I wouldn’t call this a complete scam, I would definitely say that it does lean towards the more scammy side of things. And for this reason I am not going to be recommending any of my readers join it.

There are a lot better paid survey sites out there. If you want a personal recommendation from me, I would suggest Swagbucks. Swagbucks has been around for a while and is well trusted.

That said, one thing you have to realize about any paid survey site is that you are not going to make much money. This sort of opportunity is best for people looking to make just a little bit of pocket change in their spare time. If you want to make good money online then I would recommend reading this guide I put together that explains how I do so, and how you can do.

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My Opinion Now Survey Site Review – Scam or Easy Money?

Welcome to my review of the My Opinion Now survey site!

Is this place any good? Is My Opinion Now a scam? How much money can you make from taking surveys, if any?

Don’t worry I’ll be answering all these questions for you so that you have a better idea of what you are looking at here and whether or not this place is going to be worth your time.

Keep reading to learn all you need to know…

My Opinion Now Review

  • Website: myopinionnow.com
  • Type: Paid survey site
  • Recommended?: No, more on this

Believe it or not, it is possible to get paid by taking short and easy surveys online. Now if you are new to all of this then that may sound amazing, but it often isn’t nearly as good as it seems.

My Opinion Now is one of many different paid survey sites out there. You also have popular ones like Swagbucks and PaidViewPoint. They claim to have paid over 1 million people from taking surveys but they still are not even close to being the most well-known out there, and honestly I do not consider them your best choice.

But can you make money? Yes.

You might be wondering how they can afford to pay people money just for sharing their opinions. Where does the money come from in the first place? They have to be making money somehow, right?

The answer is Yes, they do have to make money and the money does come from somewhere of course. Basically how it works is they get paid by all sorts of companies to collect peoples’ opinions so that they can improve products and services. It’s actually a really important business, but don’t think you will be making a lot from these surveys.

How It Works

The first thing you have to do is join, which is completely free to do. You will be rewarded right away for doing so with 1000 points. And these points can later be redeemed for things of real value, but I’ll get into all of that more in a bit.

When signing up you will have to enter information such as your name, birth date, email, street address, country, ethnicity, how many people live in your household, annual income, and more.

After that you will receive an email with a confirmation link that you will have to click. Then you will have access to the member’s area.

Surveys

The first thing you will want to do, and that you will see under the surveys section, is a “First Profile Survey”. This is important to complete. You will be providing them with additional information about yourself and the reason it is important is because they will use this information to match you up with appropriate surveys.

Anyone who has taken paid surveys online before knows how annoying it can be getting disqualified over and over again. If you fill this out as accurately as possible it should decrease this problem.

You also won’t have any real surveys available when you first sign up so this is the only thing you can really do anyhow. After that, like I said, they will be able to match you with appropriate surveys.

Once you do start getting surveys you will not qualify for everyone you take. This can be frustrating and is one of the major downsides to doing this, but you will encounter this no matter what site you go to.

Points

After taking surveys you won’t get paid right away. Instead, you will earn points. This is typical for these types of sites. You earn points and these points can later be redeemed for real money later on.

Rewards

This place has different reward levels and in order to reach these levels you need a certain amount of points, as shown below.

  • Level 1 – 20,000 points = $20
  • Level 2 – 40,000 points = $40
  • Level 3 – 60,000 points = $60
  • Level 4 – 80,000 points = $80
  • Level 5 – 100,000 points = $100
  • Level 6 – 120,000 points = $120
  • Level 7 – 140,000 points = $140
  • Level 8 – 160,000 points = $160
  • Level 9 – 180,000 points = $180
  • Level 10 – 200,000 points = $200

So you will need a minimum of 20,000 points before you can actually get rewarded.

Did you think that the 1,000 sign up bonus was going to help?

Ya… well think again. Sure, it helps some, but you will still need to put in a decent amount of effort in order to get up to 20,000 points where you can finally cash out.

Is This Place a Scam?

I know there are always concerns when it comes to things like this. When you deal with businesses online it is hard to know who you can trust.

That said, at first look it seems you can trust this place. I did some looking more into their reputation and found that they have been accredited by the BBB since 2007, which is about as good as you will find with these types of sites. They have an A+ rating al well.

I know that privacy is also a concern with survey sites. After all, they are gathering a lot of personal information and you may not want that being shared all over the place. But from what I can see you can trust this place. Their privacy policy covers all the big concerns.

But I still have some concerns…

Something that I find incredibly strange is that there is only one user review on SurveyPolice. For those of you who don’t know, SurveyPolice is a website that provides reviews of survey sites and individual users can leave their own reviews there.

Some sites have hundreds and hundreds of individual reviews from real users… and this places only has one. The reason this is so strange is because they claim to supposedly have paid over 1 million people online…. yet they only get one lousy review… hmmmmm?

Not to mention that the review is a negative one…

The person complained about being promised a $10 incentive and not being able to get in contact with the site to actually receive this money.

All in all it seems that this place is pretty much a ghost. There isn’t much talk about it and that is because not many people use it, or at least that is how it seems.

So while they don’t have any complaints with the BBB, and they do have an A+ rating, it might not mean all that much.

It’s hard to say.

How Much Money Can You Make?

You will NOT make much. That is for certain. Even if you do get paid.

Paid survey opportunities are often presented as being better than they really are, but I’m giving you the truth here.

There are tons of different survey sites out there but they all have this characteristic in common… the characteristic that they don’t pay survey takers very much. And the reason is simply because they don’t have to. It is cheap and easy for them to collect people’s opinions online. They have no need to pay much.

Generally speaking you are looking to make much less than minimum wage taking paid surveys online. Most paid surveys pay less than $1. And once you factor in the time you waste getting disqualified from surveys… it is hardly worth it.

I mean, of course you have the benefits of being able to complete paid surveys at any time of the day and from anywhere you like, which is nice. But I just want to make sure you have realistic expectations with these types of sites.

Conclusion – Worth Your time or Not?

Obviously I’m not too big a fan of these survey sites. However, if you do want to join one I would definitely recommend something more reputable, like Swagbucks. My Opinion Now just doesn’t have a great reputation. In fact, they hardly even have a reputation and are almost unknown. Swagbucks is well know to be legitimate, they do pay their member’s, and… they offer additional ways to earn rather than just taking surveys.

For anyone looking to earn real money online I would recommend taking a look at how I went from $0 to over $6,000 a month online. This has nothing to do with paid surveys but is also something you can do on your own schedule from anywhere you want, which is the reason I think you might like it. Plus it has a lot more earning potential.

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BigSpot.com Scam – I’d Avoid This Place.. And for Good Reason

BigSpot at first seems like it might be a good place to earn a little bit of extra money on the side, but is it really? The quick answer is no, at least not in my opinion and for good reason.

Will BigSpot.com scam you? I don't know if I would go as far as to say that, but there are a lot of people out there calling this place a scam and I completely understand where they are coming from.

This site is fairly popular, mainly because they run commercials and ads everywhere. You may have seen one of their commercials on the TV which led you to the website. Usually they are bit on the humorous side, showing some crappy product in telling you how you can make money taking surveys and influencing products like it. But there are a lot of details about the website that the commercials leave out and that you should probably know before hand.

In this short review I'll be going over all you need to know about this website, including my experience with them, what they are really doing, how they make money, complaints and more.

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BigSpot Review

Name: BigSpot

Website: BigSpot.com

Type: Paid survey referral site

Recommended?: No and for good reason

BigSpot

Overview

As I mentioned, BigSpot (as I will calls BS at times) runs commercials and ads all over the place. There is a good chance this is how you came across the website in the first place because I can't imagine anyone who has experience with it actually referring you there, but is just about sums up my opinion on the place (it's a waste of time).


They tell you that you can make money by sharing your opinion and influencing products, and while not completely untrue, they leave out a lot of information that would be very helpful knowing before wasting time. They tell you that they help match you up with paid surveys, but it just isn't as you would probably expect after hearing this.


You are probably wondering what the heck I mean by all this and I'll show you. I walk you through my experience with this website and how it works…

My Experience With Them

So when you go to the website you will see something like the screenshot pictured below. It might look a little bit different because they change up the graphics, but basically will tell you that signing up is free and easy, you will get matched with companies that need your opinions, and that can take their free surveys to earn extra money…

And all you have to do to sign up is enter your email address, date of birth, choose whether you are a male or female, and if you have Hispanic origin or not.


After clicking the "join now" button you will then be directed to another page that lists several survey panels that they recommend for you. I was recommended to join GlobalTestMarket, MySurvey, and Toluna...

They state that they match you up with the survey sites "based on your profile". However, I don't understand how they can do a very good at matching you up with survey sites that are a good fit for you, because they really don't have any sort of profile on file at this point. The only information I gave them was my email, date of birth, sex, and whether or not I have Hispanic origin.


How can they use this limited information to recommend survey sites to make? Who knows.…


But anyways, I decided to take their advice and join the first recommended site, which was GlobalTestMarket. After clicking to join I was directed to the main site where I could sign up. There I had to create a new account which required my first and last name along with my email address again…

They state that you can earn up to $5 per survey, that the surveys are "fun", and that you can even join for a chance to win $2000… Sounds pretty awesome to me.


But after the initial information was entered, I was then directed to another page to continue my registration. Here had to enter a lot more detailed information, such as my address. But I guess they're still really wasn't all that much personal information given out…

It makes sense that they would ask me for a bit more personal information and I see no problem with this. BigSpot didn't really have much of any information so I understand why the recommended survey sites would require more.


After completing the registration I was then able to make my way into the members area of the survey site. The next step was to fill out my profile, which basically means that you have to answer a series of other questions and provide more information about yourself. This is something that raises a lot of people's suspicion and makes them wonder why they need to enter such information, but this is actually a common process. Survey sites want to match you up with surveys that are relevant to your demographic so they try to get all the information necessary to be able to do this.


After doing all of that I decided to sign up for another one of their recommended sites, the MySurvey one, to see what would happen.


It was the same deal with this one, first you had to give your name and email…

And then you had to provide a lot more detailed information about yourself…

Why is all the personal information required?

As I said, it is important for survey sites like this to get your personal information so that they can match you up with appropriate surveys.


Just think about it… If you are a 19-year-old college student do you want to be taking surveys about retirement plans and raising grandkids? Probably not. But… If they don't get enough detailed personal information then you might be getting matched with surveys that are completely irrelevant like this.


Now of course that is an extreme example, but you get the point. A kids toys company isn't going to want to pay survey panels like this to have 18-year-olds answering questions about kids toys when they don't even have kids.

So What Is BigSpot Really?

You probably noticed that BS isn't much of anything. Basically all the site does is provide you with a list of survey panels… Survey panels actually offer surveys and pay you for them, which BS does not do.


In a nutshell, the anything this place does is refer you to other survey sites. They get very limited personal information about you and then recommend some sites that they claim listed "based on your profile", but I doubt this is true.


What Is The Point of This Place?


Now this is a very good question… What the heck is the point of this place? All they are doing is recommending you to other paid survey sites so why not just go directly to the other paid survey sites in the first place? You can do this you know. There is no need to be recommended to them through BS.


I could understand and see value in this website if they would actually do a good job at matching you up with survey sites that are a good match for you in particular, but I just don't see any proof of this being the case.


I don't think it matters at all what information you provide them when you are signing up… I think they just randomly match you up with some of the survey sites they are working with, which brings me to my next point… How they make money…

How They Make Money

You may or may not know this, but you can actually get paid to refer people to paid survey websites like this. Just about every paid survey site out there have their own referral program where members can get paid to do this.


That said, since BS is a rather popular site they probably are not using the normal referral programs for the different survey sites they are referring people to it. It is likely that they have their own individual agreements with the different survey sites and are getting paid more than normal people could to refer people to them.


So this makes you question their recommendations even more. Are they really recommending the best paid survey panels based on your profile? Or are they just trying to make some money in the best way possible?


Again... I see no problem in being able to make money referring people to survey sites like this, or to buy any sort of product/service. However, they do so in a somewhat deceptive manner and don't really seem to be providing any sort of value.


* I was reading other people's reviews and saw that some people claim they display a series of promotional ads (which they would make money off of) after you sign up but before you are presented with the list of recommended survey panels. I however did not come across this.

The Company Behind It

I was curious and knowing the legitimacy of the company behind this website so I decided to do a little bit of laying around.


There is very little information I could find, but I was able to find out that BigSpot.com is owned by a company called Varsityplaza LLC, which there is virtually no information on.


The little information that I was able to find came mostly from the Better Business Bureau's website. The address listed for this company is as follows…


44095 Pipeline Plaza

Suite 330

Ashburn, VA 20147


And it is worth mentioning that they have an A+ rating with the BBB, although this rating doesn't seem to matter all that much.


One think I found strange is that this company has supposedly been around for 14 years yet BigSpot.com has only been around for 10 years (at the time of me writing this). It might not sound strange, but when you consider that BS is there only business, you might start to wonder.

Complaints

One thing I always like to do when writing reviews, and just when looking into the legitimacy of something in general, is to look at independent reviews from people who have experience with whatever it is I am looking into.


SiteJabber is a good place to find independent reviews like this. Sure, reviews on this website can easily be manipulated because anyone can go and leave reviews, but a lot of times you find out some very helpful information.


For example, here are some very telling reviews that I came across warning people that this is a scam and a ripoff…

As you can see with the second complaint, the person claims that they are selling your personal information. You may be wondering… "What personal information?" Because all they asked for what your email address and date of birth for the most part. However, selling email addresses is a big business online. I have come across a lot of scams over the years, which I call "email harvesting scams", that have been involved in this. What they do and sell your email address to people so that they can spam the heck out of you and market products.


But I'm not saying that BigSpot is doing this and as far as I know, they are not. I just thought it was a complaint worth elaborating on.


In addition to the many negative complaints you will find, there also some positive ones such as these…

These comments are great and all, but I don't think I am the only one here questioning their legitimacy. Are they fake reviews? I think they very well could be.

Scam or Not?

Whether or not you want to say BigSpot is a scam is up to you. Some people would consider this a scam while others would not. It all depends on how you look at things and what your definition of a scam is.


I do agree that their commercials and advertisements are somewhat misleading. You are led into thinking that BS is going to be the company offering you surveys and paying you, when in reality they just refer you to a bunch of other survey panels.


That said, the survey panels that they do recommend you to are legitimate and you really can make money with them.

Is BigSpot Worth Your Time?

No they are not worth anyone's time in my opinion. They do not provide any real value in just send you off to a bunch of other survey panels. How is this worth anyone's time?


My recommendation would be to just go out and join survey panels directly… Skip the middleman because there is no need for them in this particular case.

3 Survey Sites I Recommend

#1 - Swagbucks

Swagbucks is one of the most popular survey panels out there and for good reason. They, unlike BigSpot, are actually a place that I recommend.


Here you can earn money doing a variety of different things, such as taking surveys and much more. You can also make money by playing games, watching videos, searching the web, and they even have their own cash back shopping program.


You are rewarded in swagbucks (points) but you can later redeem these for a number of good rewards, some of which include things like Amazon gift cards and PayPal cash.


#2 - InboxDollars

InboxDollars is another fairly popular survey panel that is similar to Swagbucks in the way that they are much more than just a survey panel. You can also earn by playing games, watching videos, getting cash back via shopping, searching the web, and even reading emails that this place.


They are good when it comes to the variety of ways that you can earn, but they do not offer as good of rewards compared to Swagbucks.


#3 - PaidViewPoint

PaidViewPoint it is a survey panel that is strictly that… They do not have all the crazy ways that you can earn like the previous two mentioned. However, they are usually considered one of the best a survey panels out there and are actually ranked number one by user reviews on SurveyPolice.

Important: You WON'T Make Much!

One point that I want to make it very clear is that you will NOT make much money with any paid survey site. All of the survey sites that BS recommends you to join our legitimate, but they are only good for making small amounts of pocket change in your spare time.


In the same goes with the site recommended above by me. Some people consider these sites to be enjoyable and a nice way to earn a little extra money on a lunch break, commuting to work, or in spirit time in general, but it is very important that you know that the potential of these places.


If you are looking for an opportunity to make real money online then I would suggest taking a look at how I went from $0 to over $6000 a month working online.


I Hope you enjoyed my review and found it helpful. Please leave any comments or questions down below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂 Also, please let me and any other readers know what you think of BS if you have experience with this place.

“Brands You Need” is a Scam! – Will You Make $350 Easily? NOPE!

There is this survey opportunity being advertised called “Brands You Need” that claims you can make $350 with them, which is a heck of a lot for any paid survey opportunity. But is it just another scam? Or is this the real deal?

The advertising is quite misleading. They just tell you that you can earn your first $350 by “sharing your honest feedback with top brands” but do not indicate the time span this will take. Now if it is going to take 10 years to make that $350, then this is nothing special, but if you can make that $350 in a month, that is pretty darn good.

But anyways… The point of me writing this review is to expose this place for what it really is, which is a SCAM. This is definitely not something I recommend getting involved with and in this review you will see why I am saying this. And if you do get involved you will regret it.


 

Brands You Need Review

One of the first things that I noticed when I came across the website, besides the fact that it sounded too good to be true, was that although the site was called “Brands You Need”, in the browser tab it was saying “Survey Voices”, which is a survey company that I am all too familiar with…

If you look up “Survey Voices scam” on Google you will find plenty of results. This place often misrepresents the opportunities it provides and lures people in by getting them to think that they are going to be making tons of super easy money, kind of like how this Brands You Need promotion is being advertised saying that you can make your first $350.

But anyways, you can read my review of Survey Voices for more info if you want to.


 

My Dreadful Experience With Brands You Need

Although I was pretty certain that this whole thing was a scam, I decided to enter my email on the main page and click the Start Now button to see what this opportunity had in store for me.

After submitting my email, I was then taken to the next page in which I had to confirm my ZIP Code and agree to receive emails from Survey Voices and a couple other survey research sites. Of course I didn’t want to agree to receive emails from these places, but I had no choice so I checked the box anyhow…

After that I was taking through a series of questions that was supposedly part of the qualifying survey. They said it would help me get matched up with the top paid surveys so I completed them.

This is short qualifying survey had questions like…

  • have I ever met a celebrity?
  • do I own an Amazon Alexa?
  • what is my income level?
  • what stores do I shop at?
  • am I a home owner?
  • do I want to save on my electricity bill?
  • what is my cable provider?

The survey started off harmless and it didn’t seem to make much sense, but then started asking me more “salesy” questions like if I wanted to save on my electricity bill, which cable provider I have, and so on. I’ve seen this kind of thing before… At this point I was guessing that after finishing the survey they were probably going to bombard me with a bunch of promotions based on the answers I gave.

After the survey was complete, the next step was to finish my registration and then agree to receive text messages and calls from their “marketing partners”. Yes… You seriously have to agree to receive calls and texts from marketing partners, which basically means you’re going to start receiving a bunch of sales calls and promotional tax, and who doesn’t want that?

Unfortunately, there was no option to decline this, so I confirmed, after entering a fake phone number of course, and continued on…

Sure enough, just as I was expecting and I mentioned earlier, after this was complete I was bombarded with a series of “exclusive offers”. The first was whether or not I wanted to get a loan of up to $30,000 in which I could buy a new car with…

 

And then of course I qualified for a Visa prepaid card… You know… Just because I guess I’m just the perfect fit for a Visa prepaid card…

I decline both of these offers and continued on.

And it was my lucky day… I soon found out that I qualified for a $350 survey check… Yippiee!!!…

But of course this is just another extremely misleading advertisement. As you can see, this ad is for National Consumer Center which is largely regarded as a fraud. In fact, if you go on Pissed Consumer you will find that they have well over 200 complaints about them.

After declining this offer, I was finally taken to the “top paid survey” matches that I was promised at the beginning of taking that stupid qualifying survey…


I was recommended survey sites like Swagbucks, VIP Voice, i-Say, Survey Junkie and others. Supposedly these are the perfect matches for me. However, I highly doubt it.

All of the survey sites that they recommended me to join are your typical paid survey sites. I don’t see any reason to believe that these are better matches for me than dozens of other paid survey sites out there. I think this is just another promotion so that this Brands You Need scam, which of course is run by Survey Voices, can make money.

I also want to point out that beside each of the survey sites they say that there are “only 18 spots left!” And things like this. This is completely untrue. Anyone can join these websites and I have never seen them put a limit on the number of available openings.


 

Another Data Harvesting Scam

All in all, this seems to be another example of what I call it a “data harvesting” scam. They lure you in with the hopes and dreams of making easy money, but it is all about getting you to give up some personal data so that they can shove different promotions down your throat and allow other “marketing partners” to do the same.

It may seem harmless, but it is all about them being able to make money off of you by suckering you into providing information for marketing purposes.

Luckily when I was going through this whole process, I was already fairly certain it was a scam from the start. Because of this I used an email address that I didn’t really care about and not give them my real phone number. If I would have, I would shortly be bombarded with tons of emails on a daily basis and start receiving phone calls and texts for other promotional offers.

I have reviewed similar scams in the past and it is not uncommon for people to receive 50+ spam emails the day after providing their email to a data harvesting scam like this.


 

This Place Wants Nothing More Than to Make Money From You

First they make money by the promotions that are supposedly “exclusive offers” that they bombard you with after the short qualifying survey you take. And then after that they recommend a bunch of typical paid survey sites that they lead you to believe are the best fits for you.

It is all about the money. They get paid for the “exclusive offers” they are promoting as well as the different survey sites.


Legit Paid Survey Opportunities, But Not a $350 Check!

Now I will say that all of the recommended survey sites are legitimate. Swagbucks, Survey Junkie, i-Say surveys, these are all legitimate paid survey sites. HOWEVER, don’t expect a $350 check from many of them!

They lure you in with this extremely misleading number of $350. Paid survey sites pay out very little and making $350 will take you a heck of a long time with any of the sites. And when I say long, I mean it. It would be an impressive feat to be able to make $350 in an entire year at any of these websites. Usually you make much less than minimum wage once you do all the math, since many of the surveys offered pay less than a dollar and you are often disqualified.


 

Conclusion = Not a Good Opportunity

If you still are interested in joining a paid survey site to make a bit of extra pocket change in your spare time, I would recommend  Swagbucks because I know they are legitimate and they offer a lot of different ways to make money, but to be honest I don’t really recommend any paid survey site.

Paid survey sites in my opinion are largely a waste of time… They take up a lot of time and pay you very little for it.

If you are at all interested in making substantial money online, I would highly recommend taking a look at how I went from $0 to over $6,000 a month online.

 

But anyways… I hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful. Please leave any comments or questions down below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

Swagbucks vs Inbox Dollars – Which Will Make You More Money?

Swagbucks vs Inbox Dollars… Which of these rewards sites are better and which should you choose? It is an important question before you dedicate a bunch of time trying to make money on either of the sites. Of course you don’t want to waste your time on one of them when you could be making more on the other.

But which is the better choice? The answer is not so simple… Is complicated because they are both pretty good when it comes to GPT (Get Paid To) types of rewards sites like this.

But anyways… In this short comparison review I hope to give you a better idea of which you should choose. There are differences and I’ll be bringing to your attention some of the more important ones that I think you should know about.

Does Swagbucks offer more rewards? Does Inbox Dollars pay more for surveys? Can you make more money playing games at Swagbucks? Lets take a look…


Swagbucks vs Inbox Dollars: Overview

Both Swagbucks and Inbox Dollars are very popular rewards sites. In fact, I would say they are two of the most popular ones I have ever come across and that is probably why so many people are wondering which is better and which they should choose.

The answer is complicated because they are so darn similar. They both offer lots of ways to earn money and they are both legit and well trusted.

If you are at all unfamiliar with either of these two programs, here’s a brief overview of each…

Swagbucks:

Swagbucks is not your typical paid survey site or GPT site… They are so popular because they are one of the most successful and best ones available. That is why you might have seen advertisements for them on TV and high-level websites.

But what do they offer? Well… You can earn in a variety of different ways, including…

  • Paid surveys
  • Watching videos
  • Playing games
  • Shopping online
  • Searching the web
  • Signing up for offers & discounts
  • Referral program

Of course you can get paid for taking surveys, this seems to be the staple of any GPT rewards site like this, but you can also get paid for a variety of other things ranging from getting cash back the online shopping, searching the web, and even playing games.

This program also has some very nice features that make earning a little bit easier on members. Things like the “Swagbutton”, which is a browser extension you can download, allows you to easily earn SB one searching the web without actually having to go to the Swagbucks website and also alerts you when there are cashback offers available on websites that you go to.

With Swagbucks you get paid in… Well… Swagbucks or SB for short. Then, you can later redeem these SB’s four real rewards of real value, such as gift cards, cash payments, or you can even donate to charity.

Inbox Dollars:

Inbox Dollars is another GPT rewards site that is right up there with Swagbucks… It is very popular and highly successful.

Like Swagbucks, it offers a lot of different ways to earn money. You have your paid surveys of course, watching videos and playing games, getting cash back from online shopping, searching the web, and so on. However, you also have additional ways to earn that Swagbucks does not offer, such as reading emails and listening to the radio. Apparently Swagbucks used to reward members for listening to the radio but it appears they did away with this.

Anyways, below are the different ways you can earn at Inbox Dollars…

  • Paid surveys
  • Reading emails
  • Watch videos
  • Playing games
  • Online shopping
  • Searching the web
  • Listening to radio
  • Product sampling
  • Referral program

One of the upsides, or what some people consider an upside, to this rewards site is that there is no point system. Instead of getting points in later redeeming them for things of real value, you just get rewarded with real money up front… Well real money in your account that is, but you still will have to cash out after reaching a certain point.


Which Will Earn You More Money?

There are so many different ways to earn on both of the sites and the potential to earn with each offer very so much that I cannot give you a clear-cut answer on which rewards program you can earn more money with. However, the paid surveys part of these programs is one of the more popular ways to earn… So let’s go over this… Which you can earn more with taking paid surveys.

With Swagbucks you will find a lot of surveys that vary greatly in their payouts. In the screenshot I took below, you can see that there is a survey that pays 140 SB and is 30 minutes in length, and then there is another survey that pays 40 SB and is 14 minutes in length… A lot of variation here.

And, since one SB equals about $0.01, this means you can earn as much as $1.00 for 20 minutes of your time or as low as $0.40 for 14 minutes of your time…

That said, this is just a small sample and you will find surveys that pay up to $2.00 and maybe even a bit higher at times.

 

At Inbox Dollars you can see below that there is the ability to earn as low as $0.50 for a 19 minute survey or as much as $2.00 4019 minute survey, again… A lot of variation here…

Based on the screenshots shown above in the different surveys offered by both of these programs, it would appear that Inbox Dollars pays more for your time. HOWEVER, this isn’t necessarily true and one of the main points I want to make here is that you will find a lot of different surveys that vary a lot in length and payouts.

In my opinion there isn’t really any difference between how much you can make taking paid surveys at Swagbucks or at Inbox Dollars.


Cashing Out

When it comes to cashing out in the rewards that you are able to choose from, I would definitely say that Swagbucks wins in this regard.

Inbox Dollars:

At Inbox Dollars you’re going to need a minimum of $30 in order to cash out. And… If you do cash out with just over a $30 minimum you will be charged a $3 fee. In order to get this fee waived you will need $40 to cash out.

That said, one of the cool things about this place is that you can get real checks sent in the mail. The downside is that, while you can get different forms of E-payments, there is no option to cash out via PayPal and I know this is going to be a big bummer for a lot of people out there.

Swagbucks:

At Swagbucks you only need a minimum of  $3 worth of SB (300 SB in total) in order to redeem those points for things of real value.

You can see a screenshot of some of the rewards available below and see that you only need 300 SB for a $3 Amazon gift card…

But with just $3 in rewards you will only be able to get a gift card, and not regular old money. In order to get regular old money you will need to get enough for a Visa prepaid card or PayPal. You can get a Visa prepaid card at $10 and can cash out via PayPal when you have $25.

There are just a lot more options when it comes to cashing out at Swagbucks and you are able to cash out much earlier.


Complaints

As stated in the beginning, but the sites are legitimate and have fairly good reputations, however… Of course there are always going to be complaints.

Most of the complaints I came across were your typical complaints that you will come across for any rewards sites of this type. I’m talking about people complaining about being disqualified from surveys and wasting a bunch of time, not earning that much money and it taking forever to be able to cash out, and of course there being horrible support if you encounter a problem.

There really aren’t all that serious of complaints worth mentioning though. I did come across a few people calling both of these programs scams, but I know for a fact that neither are and that both do pay as they are supposed to.

As far as ratings go, I always like to take a look on the website SurveyPolice to get an idea of what other users think about them. This is a site where anyone can go and leave their own independent review, so it is good if you want to see tons of reviews from real users, although there are always some fake reviews thrown in there.

The overall rating for Inbox Dollars is around a 3/5 and for Swagbucks it is a 2.5/5, which really isn’t that much of a difference…


Conclusion: Which Is Better?

While Inbox Dollars did get the better overall rating from users, there really isn’t much of a difference in this rating and you can’t always take these ratings to be completely accurate, due to the ability for people to easily leave fake reviews and distort the overall ratings.

In my opinion there really isn’t too much difference between these two rewards sites. It is not like one is going to make you rich while the other isn’t. They’re both legitimate, but with neither are you going to make very much money at all. That is just the reality of these types of programs.

However, they can be nice for some people who have a little bit of spare time, maybe on lunch break or maybe throughout the day at work, you would rather earn a bit of extra money rather than wasting time doing nothing.

Overall I would probably recommend Swagbucks over Inbox Dollars due to the fact that they offer a lot more cash out options and you don’t have to wait nearly as long to be able to cash out. Additionally, Swagbucks is currently offering a $10 sign-up bonus for new users right now.

> Join Swagbucks & Get a $10 Bonus <

If you have any questions or comments please leave them below 🙂

Does Swagbucks Search Work or Is It Crap? – [Review]

Does Swagbucks search work? Is it going to give you good results and will you be able to earn money? Or is this just going to be a waste of time for you?

These are important questions that should be answered before switching over to the Swagbucks search instead of using trust a search engines like Google or Yahoo. And… This is exactly what I’m going to be answering in this short post.

I’ll be going over how to use the Swagbucks search (there are two ways to do it), how it compares to search engines like Google, how much money you can realistically make by searching, and more.


 

How to Search the Web With Swagbucks

So there are two ways that you can search with the Swagbucks search. The first way is by simply going to the main website, Swagbucks.com. There you will see at the top of the screen, right beside the Swagbucks logo (if you are on a desktop computer) the words “search the web & earn”. This is where you want to type in what you are searching for…

The second way to perform a Swagbucks search is by downloading the Chrome extension called the “Swagbutton”. This extension has several different features and basically allows you to earn Swagbucks without actually going to the Swagbucks.com website. So basically just makes things a bit easier for you.

As you can see from the screenshot below, you can be on any website, anywhere on the web and click on the little Swagbutton icon to bring up a place where you can search the web…

However, the somewhat disappointing part about the Swagbutton is that after you perform a search it will open up a new tab for you on the Swagbucks.com website. So basically doesn’t matter how you search with Swagbucks, you will end up getting your search results on the main website.

For example, it doesn’t matter how you look up “by baby clothing”, these are the results you will get…

And as you can see from the arrows I put the above, it tells you how many SB’s you can earn by shopping at any of these places. If you are searching to purchase something and then you will see results like this often. This is because, as you may know, Swagbucks also has a cashback program where you can earn SB’s when you shop at different online stores.

So you see the basics of how it works, but are the results of the search any good? Or are you just going to be running around in circles trying to find answers to what you are looking for?


 

It’s All About Results… But Are They Any Good?

I remember a while back when I reviewed their search engine it used to be powered by Yahoo. It use to state specifically that it was powered by Yahoo but I do not see any mention of this anymore. I also tested out the Swagbucks search side-by-side with Yahoo the end found that they give different results… Which I guess means that it is no longer powered by Yahoo.

But anyways… Let’s see how it works:

So below I searched for “how to make a yellow marble cake”. One of the first complaints that I have is that there are ads displayed at the top of the search results and off to the side. In this case the ads are good and relevant, but they are not always that way. Sometimes they can be annoying in completely off-based…

 

Take for example to search below for “should you get a flu shot”. As you can see there is a completely irrelevant add displayed at the top of the results and then I am a little unsure whether the second result is also an ad… Because it is not very relevant either. I mean sure, it is about flu shots, but it doesn’t answer the question of whether or not you should get flu shots, which is what I was looking for…


I will say that there were some good relevant results displayed at the bottom of the first page, but why at the bottom? That is kind of ridiculous especially when you consider the fact that most people just look at the first couple results in search engines.

 

Swagbucks Search vs Google Search

You are probably aware that Google is the king of searches. Google alone accounts for more searches than Yahoo, Bing, and all other search engines combined… And for good reason. The reason is because it works the best and brings you the best results.

It is no different when it comes to Swagbucks search versus Google search.

Just take a look. Below I searched for “should you get a flu shot” just as I did a video with Swagbucks. As you can see, the results are very relevant and much more beneficial for the person searching for such information. In addition, there also no annoying ads displayed all over the place…


 

The Upside to SB Search… Making Money

But of course the whole point of view using the search through Swagbucks is to earn money. Just like many other rewards programs out there that pay you to do this, like Microsoft Rewards and My Points, so does Swagbucks. But is it worth it? Is it worth sacrificing a little bit of good search results so that you can earn a few SB’s here and there?

Will the big question is how much can you actually make by searching?

 

How much can you really make?

And the unfortunate answer is not much… And I can’t even really give you any expectations. It is hard to say when you are actually going to earn SB’s when searching or not. I’m sure they do have a method to their madness, but it seems that they just give you SB’s sporadically when searching.

You might go for 10 searches in a row without getting anything, then you earn a few on the next search and then a few more 2 searches after that.

However, I will say that when you do earn it is not much. You might earn a handful of SB’s here and there, but they won’t amount to much.


 

Conclusion – Is It Worth Your Time?

This all depends on you. If you have been using Google for years and are used to it, it might be a little bit hard switching over to the Swagbucks search and getting results that aren’t quite as good.

But then again… You can make some money, although very little money, by doing what you are going to do regardless… Which is searching the web. So how can it get any better than that?

In my opinion it is it really worth the time and the lack of good results, but some people love the fact that they can earn free money just by searching the web like this. It all depends.

 

But anyways… I hope you enjoyed my review here and found it helpful. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please leave them down below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

For my full review of Swagbucks, Click Here

Is SurveyPolice.com a Scam? – Honest Review

Is SurveyPolice.com a scam? This is an important question that needs to be addressed. I was looking around and found that there was almost no other information out there from people looking into the legitimacy of this website, which is why I decided to and wrote a review about it.

Can you really trust the reviews on this massive survey database, which basically it is? If they recommend a survey site and say it is great, should you join? Or is it possible that there a big scam that is just making money recommending survey sites that aren’t any good?

In this review I’ll be going over what exactly the site is and the information they provide, what I like most about it, how they make money, whether or not you can really trust their ratings, some concerns I have and more.


 

What Is SurveyPolice.com?

SurveyPolice (at SurveyPolice.com) is not a paid survey website and of itself, but rather a website that provides information about survey sites. And no… They have no association with any law enforcement agency all the other name is Survey”Police”.

Some of the information that they provide includes…

  • List of top survey sites
    • On their website they have a list of what they considered to be the top survey sites. They provide a brief description of each of the survey sites and buttons you can click to join them.
  • Reviews
    • The reviews of the different survey sites are probably what most people know this place for. I will show you below an example, but basically they review different survey sites and provide a good amount of information on each in a condensed manner.
  • Surveys that pay via PayPal & Amazon Gift Cards
    • Since a lot of people out there are looking for surveys that specifically pay via PayPal or with Amazon gift cards, they provide lists of different survey programs that you can join which pay out this way.
  • Search for Surveys In Your Country
    • You can also find surveys depending on where you are in the world. This is a nice feature because most survey sites only have open membership for people of certain countries.
  • Blog and news
    • And they also have their blog and news section of the website. Here they keep you updated on important things going on within the online survey world. Most of what you will find here isn’t that important and you probably will have no interest in, but every once in a while there might be something worth reading.

Survey Reviews Example:

Just as an example of what they provide with their survey reviews, below is a screenshot I took from a review of the paid survey site called Pinecone Research. As you can see, they have a picture of the website, the location and contact information, the overall user rating, and a button that you can click to join or leave a review…

Below all of that they provide a bulleted list of the rewards offered, member opportunities, information about redeeming your points, and similar panels. This way you can get a fast overview of the different ways that you can earn money, the different ways he can get paid, and so on.

And below that they then going to a little more detail on the general information of the site, such as the different types of surveys offered, how to join, how much you can make, customer service, etc. Not all the reviews are laid out in the same manner, but all are pretty short and concise which I like.


What I Like Most

What I like most by far as the fact that this website is a great source to find real user reviews. Anyone can leave reviews for different survey websites that they have been a part of and it is great to get little pieces of information from sometimes hundreds of different users. You can find out a lot of good things and negative aspects about different survey sites by reading over these reviews.

For the example I showed above, which is Pinecone Research, there are over 600 user reviews alone. That is a heck of a lot for a single survey site and in my opinion this is the absolute best place to go to find independent user reviews. I always a sure to check out the site when looking into different paid survey opportunities… And many of the times I jump straight to the user review section.


How They Make Money?

The problem, or what some people would call it a problem, comes into play whenever you talk about how this place makes money… Which is by referral marketing. In a nutshell, they get paid to refer people to all of these different paid survey websites.

As you can imagine, this creates somewhat of a conflict of interest. Are they really going to keep their reviews on a store or are they going to just end up promoting the survey sites that are willing to pay them the most money? This is a concern that many people out there have, and I completely understand.


 

Can You Trust Their Ratings & Reviews?

Sure they provide lots of ratings and reviews, but can you trust them? This is the big question.

Well… It’s not like I get into the minds of the people working at SurveyPolice.com and find out for myself, I only base my opinion on what I see from the outside.

Let me first say that there top survey rankings do not seem to be based on user ratings, which is a bit concerning I guess.

For example, as I am writing this, the number one rated survey site by SurveyPolice themselves is a place called OneOpinion

HOWEVER, the number one user rated paid survey site is a place called PaidViewPoint. And this survey site is rated well above OneOpinion by users as you can see below… And as a heck of a lot more user reviews…

So why is OneOpinion ranks number one by Survey Police yet it is ranked number three by users? This is something that I do not know the answer to and I wish they would do a little better at explaining their rankings.

And another big question is can you even trust the user reviews? I mean seriously… Take a look at the screenshot I just showed you above. The survey site that is ranked at number one, called PaidViewPoint, has 1,186 user reviews while all the other survey sites shown have less than 300. How can a survey site possibly get that many user reviews?

This brings the question into play of whether or not some of these user reviews are fake and/or manipulated. It is definitely not out of the question and I have seen fake reviews plenty of times before on similar sites. What is more concerning about these user reviews is that it would be incredibly easy for people to fake them. In order to leave a review on SurveyPolice.com all you have to do is create a member account, which is very simple.

For what it’s worth, I do think PaidViewPoint is a good survey site and they are one that I recommend.


Pros v Cons

Pros

  • Very informative, well presented information
    • Gives you a good idea of what you are getting into, what types of money making opportunities are offered by the different survey sites, what rewards are available, etc
  • Best source of real user reviews (in my opinion of course)
    • Can find tons of real user reviews for just about every survey site out there. Can you trust all of them? Probably not, but still… you will find out lots of helpful info from these reviews.
  • Most of what they provide is free
    • They do have memberships that you have to sign up for to write reviews. They are free as far as money goes, but you will have to give some personal info which they can potentially make money off of.
  • Helps keep you updated
    • Have the blog/news section that provides some good updates on what is going on in the online survey world. Most of them are probably of no interest to you but sometimes they can be helpful, such as when a survey site changes a policy or something along these lines.

 

Cons

  • They get paid to promote survey sites
    • I’m not saying that they are a bunch of liars…
  • You have to be a member to leave a review
    • This could also be seen as a pro because it will help deter people from creating fake reviews, just because it is a little bit more difficult to leave a review in the first place
  • User reviews can be easily manipulated
    • The question of whether or not you can trust the user reviews is something that you always have to wonder about. However, this is a con to any sort of review site out there that allows users to leave their own reviews, such as job sites like Glassdoor and thousands of other websites. There just isn’t much you can do about it.

Final Thoughts – Scam?

In my opinion SurveyPolice.com is no scam. Now whether or not you think that they are being manipulated by the money and misleading people into joining survey sites that pay them the most is up to you, but I see no proof of any of this.

Based on what I see, they provide a pretty good service and a lot of people use this website to get information before joining different paid survey sites.

What I will say however is that they probably do make just about any paid survey website seem like a little bit better of an opportunity than they really are. I will also say that I don’t agree 100% with all of their reviews and at times I see they do leave out some important information. But you can’t cover every important detail every time and all in all I think it’s a pretty good website that I still used to get information from, especially by reading the user reviews.

 

But anyways… I hope you enjoyed my review of this website and found at least a little bit helpful. Please leave any questions, comments, or concerns below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

By the way, if you want to check out my recommendation for earning good money online (not pocket change like paid survey sites provide) then check out how I went from $0 to over $6,000 a month online.

Is Gold Opinions a Scam? – It Sure Is… Makes Me Sick!

Is Gold Opinions a Scam

Is Gold Opinions too good to be true? I mean, making $50 per survey sounds awesome, but this doesn’t seem very realistic. Is this the real deal or is Gold Opinions a scam that you should be avoiding?

Before jumping into an opportunity like this in possibly wasting time or money, it is always important to do a little research, especially when things seem a bit suspicious, which Gold Opinions obviously does.

In this review I’ll be going over what exactly this place is, some of the claims made, some of the untruths told, and why it is a SCAM… Yes you heard me right… It is a scam.

What Is Gold Opinions?

Well… Gold opinions claims to be an amazing paid survey site where you can make a heck of a lot of money taking surveys. If you are familiar with paid survey sites then you know that they are largely a waste of time, usually paying out much less than minimum wage when you do all the calculations.

So how is it that this survey site is paying such high amounts of money for taking surveys through them?

Well… The answer is… THEY AREN’T!

The first red flag that should’ve caught your attention was that you have to pay for their services. Since when have you ever heard of a paid survey site costing you something? After all… You are the one providing them with a service as well. You are the one providing them with your opinion, which is of value to them because companies/brands pay paid survey sites to collect people’s opinions.

So why would they charge you for giving your opinion?

But anyways… This is just one of the many red flags that makes this opportunity really seem like a scam. Below I will be going over some of the false claims that are made followed by what this Gold Opinions scam actually is and how they scam you.

Claims Made… All False & I’ll Explain Why

On the website they tell you that you can make up to five dollars for a 10 to 15 minutes survey, up to $30 per hour with focus groups, from $15-$30 for a 30 to 45 minutes survey, and even up to $50 for a premium survey. Sounds amazing… However it is untrue.

To add some credibility, on the website they also show testimonials from people who have supposedly been making good money on this website, such as “Chris Miller year, who supposedly made $30 on his first day and is now averaging around $80 per day…

This something else obviously sounds way too good to be true. I mean seriously… Making $80 per day?? If this is true you could turn this into a full time job!

On the website they also state that Gold Opinions has been seen on MSNBC, entrepreneur.com, about.com, Yahoo news, and Working Mother…

BUT… This is just another lie. And this is a lie that can easily be proven to be such. You can go to MSNBC, entrepreneur.com, etc. and look up “Gold Opinions”. The results will be nothing related to this survey opportunity.

This is just another lie to try to make this opportunity seem more legitimate. Of course if we see something that has been all over the news, we probably are more likely to believe that it is legitimate, rather than just seeing some random source state something online.

Why These Claims Are False… What Gold Opinions Really Is

All of the claims made above are complete lies because Gold Opinions is nothing more than a paid survey affiliate site that provides you with a list of different survey sites. That is right… All this website does is direct you to other sites so that you can take surveys and make money. You don’t actually take surveys through the site.

And… The survey sites it refers you to our nothing special. You certainly are not going to be making anywhere even close to $50 per survey and you certainly shouldn’t expect to be able to make $30 in your first day, as this “Chris Miller” guy supposedly dead, which is probably just another complete lie by the way.

This site is similar to Smart Dollars Club and the Survey Voices survey scams that I reviewed in the past.

Very Misleading and Untrue

The entire website is just one big lie. They lie to you over and over again just to try to get you to purchase the membership.

Another lie worth mentioning is that you certainly are not going to be redeeming your first reward within 24 hours, as they state here…

Pretty much every paid survey site out there has a minimum withdraw threshold, usually around $10-$15, and you cannot redeem your first reward until you reach that amount… Which usually takes quite some time. Doing this in 24 hours is unheard of and, while I guess it could possibly be done in some cases, it is definitely a very misleading statement and not realistic by any means.

Gold Opinions Is a Great Way to Make Money… For The Owner

The on the person making good money from Gold Opinions is the creator of this website.

As I already said, this is a paid survey affiliate site. This site makes money when they refer you to other paid survey sites. Swagbucks, Inbox Dollars, MySurvey, etc., they all have referral programs where they pay people small amounts of money to refer new members to them. This is what Gold Opinions is participating in.

And of course, in addition to that, this website is also making money from suckering people into subscribing for their crappy membership which doesn’t do anyone any good, except make the owner more money.

Legitimate Paid Survey Opportunities

There are a lot of legitimate paid survey opportunities out there if you are looking for one. Some of the top ones that I would suggest would be Swagbucks and FusionCash.

HOWEVER… It is very important to keep your expectations realistic when it comes to survey sites like this. These opportunities should not be viewed as ways to make part-time incomes, or anything that you should be reliant on. They are just ways to make a little bit of extra pocket change in your spare time… Or at least that’s how I would suggest looking at them.

I have reviewed dozens and dozens of legitimate paid survey sites and one major characteristic of all of them is that they are low-paying. There was a time, in the earlier days of the Internet, when paid survey sites offered more money for people’s opinions, but nowadays there is no need for them to do that. It is so easy for these different survey sites to collect people’s opinions with the low amount of money they are paying out, there is no need for them to pay higher amounts.

Conclusion – Scam

Please don’t go and join Gold Opinions. Let’s try to keep the person behind this all from making money. They do not deserve to make money by misleading people into a scam like this.

If you did already buy into this, I would try getting your money back as soon as you can. This is a digital products sold through the ClickBank marketplace, which means you should be able to get a refund within 60 days I believe (or maybe it’s 30 days).

But anyways… I hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful. If you have any questions or comments you can leave them them below in the comment section and I will get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

Also, before you go I would suggest taking a look at how I make money online. This might be of interest to you since you are looking to make money online in your spare time, which is what I do. I actually make a living working online, but I’m not going to get into it all here… You can learn more by clicking the button below:

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