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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 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


Type: Paid survey referral site

Recommended?: No and for good reason



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 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 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.


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 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.


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.


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, 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 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 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 a Scam? – Honest Review

Is 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 (at 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 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 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


  • 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.



  • 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 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,,, 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,, 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:

Is Signature Surveys Legit? – Avoid This Place

Is Signature Surveys Legit

Signature Surveys claims to be a nice way to make some extra money online by testing out products/services and taking surveys. But is this place really any good and is it worth your time? After all… Every website like this claims to be the best opportunity out there but many of them are ones you want to avoid. So is Signature Surveys legit or is this all a scam?

With the $5 instant bonus that you get after signing up and they chance to win an extra $20 bonus I can see how this survey site may be luring. The $5 bonus is nice, but a lot of different survey sites offer bonuses up to $5 for signing up. It is the $20 bonus that really gives this place the edge… $20 is a lot of money to be given out as a bonus.

But anyways… As you can see from the title of my review here, I do not care for the site and I do not recommend that anyone join. In this review you will be seeing why I am saying this.

Signature Surveys Review

Upon landing on the Signature Surveys website it seems like pretty much every other paid survey website out there. They claim to pay people for testing out and reviewing products/services, taking surveys, and referring other people to join.

All sounds well… I mean it is obvious that you will be taking surveys on a site called “signature surveys” and getting to test out free products/services sounds like fun.

As four is getting paid goes… They claim to pay via PayPal or check and you need a minimum balance of $20 before being able to request a payment.

But how good is this site really? How much do the surveys pay and how much do you get paid for testing out products? Well… Unfortunately I never made its this point because of the horrible experience I have added during the sign-up process, as I will go over below…

Spammy Sign Up Process

When you go to sign up it starts out just like any normal sign-up process would. You first start by entering your name, email, phone number, address, etc. After you submit that information is when it starts to get very spammy and makes you question whether or not this site is actually legitimate.

You will be taken to a “survey” that they claim that helps them better match you with offers you will be interested in. However… The survey is nothing more than a bunch of promotions basically. They try to get you to sign up for a bunch of different offers in the reason they’re doing this is because they are getting paid when people do sign up for these offers.

You can see a screenshot I talked below of some of the offers they were shoving down my throat…

And it doesn’t end there. There were four pages of these offers, which was ridiculous, and I answered no to every single offer. I don’t want to sign up for other paid survey sites and I am not interested in signing up for any of these offers because I know that I will just end up getting bombarded with emails if I do.

Something else worth mentioning is that many of the offers they are pushing on me were likely scams. I saw things like work from home opportunities where you could supposedly start making over $5000 per month, opportunities to blend free cruises and vacations, and a bunch of ridiculous things that seemed too good to be true.

After answering knows every single offer for four pages, I was then presented with a list of offers in which they gave me no option to answer no. As you can see below, my only choice is to answer yes and I have to answer yes to these offers before moving forward.

This is the point in which I just gave up. I have experience with a lot of different survey sites, dozens of which I have reviewed on my blog here, and any site like this I will avoid. There are plenty of different paid survey sites out there and there is certainly no shortage… Which means there is no point in signing up for spammy ones like this.

You are literally forced to accept a bunch of offers which you probably have no interest in… What type of legitimate survey site would do this?

What About The $20 Bonus?

I honestly don’t even know if the $20 bonus exists. I think it might just be a marketing stunt used to to glory in as many new members as possible and then force them into accepting offers, as they forced me to do.

The reason I don’t think this bonus exists is because it just doesn’t make much sense to me. In the FAQ section of the website, they tell you that in order to claim this bonus you first have to request to cash out. This means that you first have to get the $20 minimum in your account in order to cash out, then you can send a payment request for the $20 bonus to and tell them what method of payment you want.

I don’t know about you but that will process seems very strange. They are going to give you a $20 bonus just for reaching the minimum $20 cash out amount? And then sends the cash out minimum is $20 and you are going to get a $20 bonus… You would just be able to cash out two times in a row. This really doesn’t make sense and I can’t see any paid survey site going through with this. This seems like a bonus that would put the company out of business.

What Other People Are Saying

Of course it is always very important to see what other People are saying about opportunities like this. I like to form my own opinion on things, but I do find it very important to learn from other people’s experiences.

The problem is that there is virtually no one talking about this place. It was very hard for me to find any reviews from real users. And what I did find was only a few complaints, such as receiving tons of spam emails after signing up, which I would expect.

Something else that is very strange is their Facebook page. Why is a strange? Well… The page hasn’t been updated since 2013. There were a lot of posts made back in 2013 and then they abruptly stopped. Why is this? The survey site is supposedly still up and running so this seems a bit odd…

Something else that I noticed is that the comments on their Facebook page seem to be fake. There are a lot of people commenting in saying the exact same things over and over again with little difference in how they are cited. I’m talking about things like people saying… I love taking surveys, the surveys keep coming and coming!, And a bunch of stupid comments like that.

My Opinion Of Things

My final opinion of this website is very bad. It seems like a rundown old survey site that you want to stay away from. They are just trying to make as much money as possible off of people by first suckering them in with the $20 bonus, which probably does not exist, and then forcing them agree to a bunch of offers which they probably don’t even want. which reminds me of Survey Money Machines and Make Survey Money.

I don’t know about you, but I like survey sites that treat you like more of a person… Not ones like this that try to harvest every bit of money they can out of you.

Better Alternatives

As I said, there are many different options out there if you are looking to make money taking surveys online. FusionCash and the Swagbucks would be my top two recommendations if you are looking to do such. Both sites, besides offering paid surveys, also offer a variety of other ways to make some extra money, such as by watching videos, completing offers, etc.

That said, you should know that paid survey websites are only good for making small amounts of money in your spare time. You will not make anything significant even with the best of these paid survey websites. They are best looked at as ways to make some extra pocket change. So if this is what you are looking for then go for it, but if not then you may want to look into other avenues.

Something else you may be interested in is how I make money working online, which you could also do. I started working online back in 2015 and currently do so full-time, making a heck of a lot more money than I ever could on some paid survey website. But anyways… You can click the button below to learn more and learn how you can get started doing the same:

if you have any comments or questions please leave them down below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

Panel Place Review – Worth Your Time or Scam?

Panel Place Review

Panel Place claims to be a website where you can find opportunities to earn money online, but what exactly is meant by this? Is Panel Place a website that is going to be bringing you amazing income opportunities or is this just going to be a waste of time and something that you should be avoiding? Is this all just a scam?

These are all important questions that should be answered before joining a website like this. In this review I will be going over all that you need to know. I’ll cover what exactly this place is, how it works, whether or not it is a scam and worth your time, and more.

What Is Panel Place?

When you land on the PanelPlace website you may think that it is just a normal paid survey site. You know, the sites where you take short online surveys and get paid, usually in the form of points which you are then able to redeem for cash or gift cards. However, this place is not a normal survey site and is different.

Basically this place is just a directory that sends you off to other websites, mainly paid survey sites, where you can earn money online. You could think of them as a middleman in a way. This place is not directly provide you with earning opportunities but rather provide you with a list of different sites that have earning opportunities which you can join.

How It Works

What you will do on PanelPlace it’s fill out some basic profile information in order for them to match you up with earning opportunities. This information includes the following:

  • Name
  • Your country
  • Your city
  • Date of birth
  • Gender

And that is it. Fill that out, confirm your email, and they match you up with a bunch of different sites. The websites that I was matched up with are as follows…

  • Point Club Surveys – Paid survey site
  • Zippy Opinion – Paid suvey site
  • Preply – Paid online tutoring site
  • One Opinion – Paid survey site
  • PollPass – Paid to chat with a bot (answer questions, similar to paid survey sites)
  • PineCone Research Panel – Paid survey site
  • Global Test Market – Paid survey site
  • and others…

This is literally all this website does. You fill out some basic information and they provide you with a list of websites, mostly paid survey websites, that you can join to make money online.

But there are hundreds of different paid survey websites out there and are these ones really any good? Are these ones worth your time?

Are These Sites You Are Referred To Any Good?

Well… This all depends on what type of income opportunity you are actually looking for. The bottom line is that with paid survey websites like this you will be making very little money, which is why I usually recommend paid survey sites for people looking to earn some extra pocket change in their spare time.

Some people like paid survey websites because they can take surveys and earn a little bit of extra money in their spare time, such as on their lunch break or whenever, but most people see them as more of a waste of time than anything.

I I am not familiar with all of the different paid survey websites that Panel Place referred me to, but I am familiar with a bunch of them, such as Point Club, One Opinion, PineCone Research, and Global Test Market.

These are all your pretty typical paid survey websites in are all fairly popular. Generally speaking you can expect to earn anywhere from $0.50 to $2 per survey that you completely and these usually take between 10 to 25 minutes. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

Besides the low earning potential, another downside to the recommendations you are given is that they don’t recommend any GPT sites, or Get Paid To sites which will pay you to do a multitude of different things. GPT sites often pay people for doing things like signing up for websites, signing up for free trials, searching the web, playing games, and of course taking surveys. FusionCash is a good GPT site if you are interested (they have a $5 signup bonus right now just for signing up).

Is PanelPlace Worth Your Time?

So is Panel Place Panel Place even worth your time?

Well it’s think about that for a second… This site just provide you a list of other sites that you can join to make money online. Or the sites really that special? Did this place actually match you up with opportunities that are particularly good for you? Or would it be just as easy to find these opportunities looking around on Google for yourself?

Good Opportunities Specific to You?

The fact of the matter is that Panel Place does not provide you with the best opportunities for you. I mean how could they even? All they did was have you fill out some very basic profile information. So how could they possibly match you up with the best opportunities off of the limited information that they have?

The answer is that they can’t. The list they provide you with is generic.

That said, you are able to fill out your profile in much more detail inside the members area of Panel Place. You are able to fill out information about your household, lifestyle, career, and so more personal stuff. I just don’t get why they don’t make you do this initially. If they did they would potentially match you up with better opportunities from the get-go.

Do They Make Things Easy For You?

It would be nice if a site like this that refers you to a bunch of other sites would make things easy on you when signing up for these other sites. But unfortunately they do not. It would be nice if the profile information filled out at Panel Place was transferred over to the other sites to make the sign up process go a lot faster but this does not happen.

So does this place make things easier on you? Not really.

What I Like About Panel Place

Well honestly there really isn’t too much to like. I have seen plenty of other sites like this that just refer you to other survey sites, but I will say that I like this one more than most.

The reason is because they actually provide truthful information and do not trick people into joining these other paid survey websites. Most of the other similar sites out there somewhat mislead people into joining paid survey websites, as does Survey Money Machines that I recently reviewed. They will feature exaggerated income claims and overall just make people think that the opportunities are better than they really are.

Panel Place keeps things realistic. They don’t tell you that you can make $2000 a month or up to $100 per survey, or any such unrealistic claims. This I like.

What Is The Point of A Site Like This?

You might be wondering what the heck the point of Panel Place is in the first place. I mean this site has to make money to stay in business right? So how are they making money if they aren’t actually providing you with the surveys in getting paid from the companies they are conducting market research for?

You might or might not know this, but survey sites have referral programs that pay people to refer people to join. This is how sites like Panel Place make their money. When you join any of the websites that they recommend, they get paid.

That is why, like I said, most of the websites similar to Panel Place mislead people into joining with exaggerated income claims. This is because they want as many people to join as possible so that they can make as much money as possible.

There is nothing wrong with earning money from referring others, it is just that when it is done in a deceitful way, that is one is wrong. But there is nothing wrong with the way Panel Place goes about it.

Final Thoughts

Okay… so Panel Place is what you could call a referral survey site. They do not provide survey opportunities themselves, but rather refer you to sites that do and earn money in the process.

This referral website could potentially benefit you a little bit if you fill out your profile completely, because then it might match you up with some opportunities that are good specificly to you, but overall I really don’t see much value in using a website like this. I just see them as unnecessary.

Skip the middleman and go straight to the source. This will save you time.

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My Survey Jobs Scam – Yes It Is a Scam People & I’ll Show You Why

My Survey Jobs Scam

My Survey Jobs is promoted as a way to earn easy money by taking paid surveys online, and a heck of a lot of it, but is it really? Can you really earn up to $500 per survey and $100 within two hours of joining? Or is My Survey Jobs just another stupid scam that is going to be a waste of your time?

If you are thinking about signing up for this site then you are definitely going to want to read my review here… I can guarantee that. Things are not as they appear… The opportunity that My Survey Jobs provides is not nearly as great as they tell you it is. Yes… You can make money taking paid surveys here, but not even close to as much as they lead you to believe.

In this review I’ll be going over the truth of the matter at hand and exposing My Survey Jobs for what it really is, which is a place you are definitely going to want to avoid.

My Survey Jobs Review

My Survey Jobs claims to be the “Most popular place online to earn cash and rewards for sharing your thoughts”. That it is quite a bold statement to make and made me suspicious right off the bat because I had never heard of this survey site before and I know that other sites like Swagbucks and FusionCash are extremely popular.

But anyways… If you are new to the whole paid surveys thing you first should know that this is a legitimate way to make money online. The reason sites like this pay people to take surveys is for the purpose of market research. Companies pay big money for survey sites to conduct research so that they can better improve their products and services. So the companies pay the survey sites and the survey sites pay people online to take the surveys.

Well… At least that is how legitimate paid survey sites work. But is My Survey Jobs really legitimate? The answer is NO and you will see why.

Another major red flag that I came across on the homepage was in the FAQ section where they claim that some surveys pay as much as $500 and most of them pay between $3 – $45. Now if this is not one of the most ridiculous claims I have ever heard then I don’t know what is. Up to $500 for a online survey!!?? Sign me up!

But seriously… I have tried and reviewed dozens upon dozens of different paid survey sites out there and none of them are even paying close to this much.

Another ridiculous part of this website is the fake income calculator or you can supposedly “calculate your potential earnings”. With this calculator you click on how many surveys you will be taking per day and how much cash you will earn per survey. It will then spit out some numbers for your weekly, monthly, and yearly income.

As you can see below, I selected that I will be taking 20 surveys per day and that I will be earning $75 per survey. With this amount entered I should be able to receive $547,500 per year. Over half $1 million just from taking paid surveys online? What a bunch of BS…

But anyways… Although I already knew this place was a scam, I decided to sign up to see what is really going on here.

My Experience After Signing Up

After signing up I was presented with a video that said I could make $100 right now. You can see a screenshot of this video below. This woman is actually a paid actress that is available for hire on the freelance marketplace called Fiverr. Not that it really matters or anything, but the name she gives you in the video is not real…

Not a big deal, just thought I’d point it out.

After watching the video presentation you are told that you need to set up three accounts in order to receive the highest paying surveys. The goal here is to make $100 in two hours or less, which is she claims is very possible as long as you sign up and create your accounts for the three survey providers given.

As you can imagine, this is a bunch of crap. The three survey providers that I was told to sign up for include…

    • Ipsos iSay

Survey Club

  • Survey Junkie

These are all legitimate paid survey sites and our nothing special by any means. They are all your typical “run-of-the-mill” survey sites that generally pay between $0.50 and $2.00 per survey. You certainly are not going to be able to make $100 in two hours or less by signing up for these three sites.

Also, you should know that I tried to create accounts at all of these three places and my anti-malware software blocked me from doing so due to spam and likely malware on the sites as being directed to.

It didn’t seem to really matter though. After attempting to create my accounts, I was still able to continue to the next step.

After Creating Your 3 Free Accounts

The next step was to create an account with InboxDollars, which they told me that I had been selected to work for. They also said that this place only opens their doors two times per year and that I was lucky.

However, I am very familiar with InboxDollars and have even written a review on this place. What they tell you is nothing more than a lie… As usual

Inside The Members Area

Once you are done with all of that you are finally directed to the members area. Once there you are presented with a video that goes over why it is so important to do exactly as they say if you want to make tons of money taking surveys.

Then… The next step two making all this money that they have been talking about includes signing up for 10 more survey sites. That’s right… 10 more survey sites!

As expected, they lead you to believe that you will be able to earn thousands of dollars per week on these different survey sites which is yet another lie…

How Much Money Can You Make?

The cold hard truth here is that you will not make much of any money doing as they tell you to do. All of the different survey sites that they refer you to our legitimate, but our nothing special.

The same goes as I said before… You will generally make between $0.50 and $2 per survey and much of the time you will make on the lower side because you will be disqualified from many of the surveys that you attempt. That just comes with the territory and is one of the reasons why paid surveys are not worth the time for most people.

You will not make $100 in two hours or less; you will definitely not make $500 for a single survey; heck… You won’t even make $3 – $45 per survey, which they tell you is what you will make on average.

It is all a lie ladies and gentlemen. But what is the point? Why would someone create a site like this in the first place?

What Is Really Going On Here?

The creators of this My Survey Jobs website or making money by referring people to join these other paid survey websites.

Paid survey websites, most of them, have referral programs where you can actually make money by getting other people to join. It is usually a very small amount of money, but it can add up especially when you are suckering people in by telling them lies of being able to make hundreds of dollars taking paid surveys.

That is the entire point of this website. They make money by tricking people into signing up for all of these different paid survey sites. This is the same thing that Survey Money Machines does.

Final Thoughts – Scam

My Survey Jobs is obviously a scam and a complete waste of time. If you do actually want to make money taking paid surveys online then go right to the source. Don’t bother with this stupid My Survey Jobs website. Go right to the survey sites directly increase your accounts. Don’t let the scammers behind this website earn money off of you.

That said… Paid survey sites are only something I recommend for people looking to earn pocket change in their spare time. This sort of opportunity is not something that you can make reliable or significant income from by any means.

If you are looking for a better opportunity to make money in your spare time then I would highly suggest taking a look at how I do so. I actually make a living working online and it is something that you very well might be interested in. I’m not going to get into it all here, but you can click the button below to learn what exactly I do and I’ll explain the best way to get started if interested…

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Is Permission Research a Scam? – What You Should Know

Permission Research a Scam

Permission Research is a market research community that gives you the chance of being potentially rewarded for allowing them to monitor your Internet activity as well as for taking surveys. But is this place really worth your time? Or is Permission Research just another scam that is going to take from you and leave you with nothing in return?

In this review I’ll be going over what you should definitely know before you join this place. Based on my own research you are probably going to want to reconsider if you were thinking about joining.

Permission Research Review

Permission Research, as I said, is a market research community. They are a division of a place called comScore Inc, which is part of the Advertising Research Foundation that was founded way back in 1936.

They claim to have over 2 million members worldwide, but who knows how true this actually is. I can’t really imagine them having this many active members. Maybe they have had a total of over 2 million members join, but from what I see many of the people joining this site or quitting shortly after.

The purpose of this market research place is to improve the experiences of users online, particularly when it comes to browsing websites and doing e-commerce shopping. In a nutshell, what they do is monitor your behavior online so that they can analyze what you’re doing, find similarities between what others are doing, and improve in different areas. Additionally they also offer surveys which collect your opinions about all sorts of things.

This type of business is needed. It will be interesting to see what the Internet would be like without research companies doing things like this. Would online shopping be a complicated on organized nightmare? Who knows…

How It Works

Monitoring Software

The monitoring software collects data on what you do online. It runs silently in the background so all you have to do is download it to your computer wants and that is it.

I’m not sure what all that monitors. I have reviewed other similar market research programs in the past, such as Gomez Peer Zone and Mobile Xpressions, that only monitor certain aspects of your online activity. They avoid things like monitoring your email, and other more private areas.

This monitoring software may sound like a good idea, but there are some serious drawbacks to it that I will be going over soon.

Taking Surveys

When you join Permission Research you will also receive survey invites from time to time. And if you get lucky… They might even pay you.

Overall the surveys are pretty disappointing. You won’t get many of them in the fact that you won’t even get paid for all of them is a big downside.

Privacy Policy

When it comes to market research places like this that monitor your online activity, privacy is always a big concern. Luckily, they are straightforward with their privacy policy. It is easy to understand and written in plain English. You can read here if you want to.

Some things worth noting in the privacy policy are that they also collect additional information from third parties, such as email providers, television providers, etc. in order to better analyze individuals.

The good thing is they don’t sell personal information to third parties. What they sell consists of information dealing with your online behavior, but they will not be selling anything personal.


Low Paying

This is a massive downside. You could pretty much say they are “no paying”. This place is one of the lowest rewarding sites of this kind that I have reviewed. Gomez Peer Zone is a much better choice, although they do not always accept the new members.

Software Problems

If you read through user reviews on sites like SurveyPolice you will find a lot of complaints about people having problems with the computer after downloading the tracking software. These include things like a slow running computer, draining your battery, the Internet browser not working properly, and a bunch of random strange problems.


I’ve also read through multiple complaints about people getting viruses soon after downloading the software. They claim to have been alerted by their security system that was already on the computer before hand. One person even claims that he got a virus which destroyed his hard drive. So that he then had to go out and purchase another.

Screened Out Of Surveys

What little number of surveys you get invited to, you will get screened out of some. This just comes with the territory and you will find complaints about this for any survey site out there. It is just a real bummer here because they barely provide you with any surveys in the first place.

On the upside, you do get entered into the sweepstakes drawing and could potentially win up to $100,000. They do this drawing monthly but I have never heard of anyone actually winning anything.

Privacy Concerns

Of course they tell you that they are handling your data appropriately and not selling any personal things to third parties, but there is still always a concern when it comes to this. Can you really trust this place even with all the people complaining about viruses they have got from their monitoring software?

Final Thoughts – Worth Joining?

Overall I am pretty disappointed with what I see at Permission Research. It just seems that they take intake but don’t get much back at all. Users are hardly rewarded for their time and it just does not seem to be worth it in my opinion.

One of the few things I actually like about this place is that they are partnered with Trees for the Future, and they plant a tree for everyone who joins, not that this matters to you at all.

If you were thinking about joining this place I would definitely recommend against that. If you want a place that will reward you simply for allowing them to track your Internet activity, go with Gomez Peer Zone or Mobile Xpressions. Just don’t expect either of these places to be that amazing either.

What you might also be interested in are reward sites like FusionCash, which I am more of a fan of. At FusionCash you can get paid for taking surveys, playing games, clicking on ads, and a few other things. In this place is currently offering a $5 bonus just for signing up.

Anyways… I hope you enjoyed the short review and found it helpful in one way or another. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

If interested in earning good money online I would suggest taking a look at how I went from $0 to over $6,000 a month working online.

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