- Jun 13, 2018
Some survey sites look so shady that you instantly want to close your browser (and burn your laptop, for good measure). But on the flipside, there are sites that look so good, you want to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate while using the site.
Thankfully, CitizenMe is one of the latter. Everything about this site looks awesome and positive. With my curiosity piqued, I gave the site a try. And now here’s my CitizenMe review. If you’ve wondered whether CitizenMe is legit, read on!
CitizenMe: First Impression
CitizenMe has a pretty feel-good vibe. They seem to be pretty big on charity work and community outreach. Even the purpose of completing surveys and sharing data gets an uplifting spin here. By completing surveys on CitizenMe, members (called, appropriately enough, “citizens”) help businesses make better business decisions. It’s really not different from other survey sites, but, hey, I like the warm, fuzzy feels this site gives me.
The site is designed pretty nicely. In keeping with its feel-good vibe, nice, happy cartoon people inhabit the site. But beyond the visuals, the site functions pretty well. The layout is clean and easy to understand. And the content gives you a thorough understanding of how this site functions.
They also have mobile apps for iOS and Android. I’ll be discussing these apps below, but I thought they were worth mentioning right now.
My Hot Take: Excellent first impression! The site is great, the people behind it seem to be great. But is the experience of completing surveys also excellent? Read on to find out!
How to Earn on CitizenMe
CitizenMe really made an effort to make the experience using their site as fun and positive for members. While completing surveys is its primary earning method, surveys come in different flavors.
The site promises “more rewards, shorter surveys” and that is definitely true. Surveys are really easy to complete. Most of the ones I completed only took a minute or two to finish, on average (my speed record: 45 seconds!). The longest one I took was five minutes, which isn’t that long at all. Awesomesauce!
One of the cooler features of the site is the way it “remembers” some of your answers in previous surveys. That way, you won’t have to answer “how old are you?” for literally hundreds of times. That feature is a huge time-saver, and makes completing more surveys easier.
The one small negative here is that I usually get notifications for non-existent surveys. I get the notification, but when I check the site or the app… nothing. I got ghosted by a survey!
Quickfire Quizzes are just that - really easy, simple quizzes you can take and complete quickly. Whenever a Quickfire Quiz becomes available, you can select three colored blocks, which each have a corresponding option:
Pick red = donate your earnings
Pick blue = earn a little bit of money
With the app working in the background, you can earn from the data the app harvests. This data includes the sites you visit and how long you spend on each one.
This isn’t a money-earning method, but it’s still pretty cool. The site can give you insights on your personal digital footprint.
For example, the site told me that according to my digital footprint, I am 50% likely to click a link if it involves topics that related to my day job (I work in construction). That’s surprising, because I always thought I tried to steer clear of work-related topics on social media. But numbers don’t lie.
Optimized for Mobile
I mentioned a while ago that CitizenMe wants to make the experience of using their site as easy and simple as possible. In line with that, they’ve also optimized that experience for mobile. They have a mobile app for both iOS and Android. (I’ll be providing links in the How to Join section below) This is a big deal for me, because I usually take surveys when I’m out waiting in line or on the train to work. Other survey sites have mobile versions of their websites, but nothing beats an actual mobile app.
I know some of these features sound like an invasion of privacy. We’ve been conditioned to think that an app that works unseen in the background is basically malware. But CitizenMe makes sure to mention that they will not abuse or misuse the info they get from their citizens.
And all data is anonymized before it reaches CitizenMe. So don’t worry, no one will know you listen to Who Let the Dogs Out every morning.
My Hot Take: Man, all these features are awesome! Most (if not all) of them are survey-oriented, but the overall experience is still great. My favorite thing is that it’s just so darn easy to use this site.
Earning Potential on CitizenMe
On CitizenMe, completing surveys earns you actual money - no points here. Just straight cash.
On average, you will earn about £0.15 per survey (they’re based on London, which is why earnings are given in pound sterling). The highest I’ve gotten for a single survey was £2.47. The smallest I’ve earned was £0.10, and that was for a survey that had only three questions.
Your total surveys will depend on the number of surveys you qualify for and complete. The pay per survey is kind of average, but take into account the fact that they’re really easy to complete.
My Hot Take: I think the earning potential on CitizenMe is still pretty good. Since it takes less time to complete a survey here than on other sites, I actually think the payout here is better.
Payout Options on CitizenMe
There’s only one way to get your earnings here, and that’s via PayPal. To me, cash will always be king. So I don’t mind that there aren’t any other reward options.
Here’s the best feature about the site: they pay instantly! Yep, as soon as you complete a survey, your earnings will be instantly sent to your PayPal account. No minimum payouts to work with, no long waiting/processing times, no waiting for a person on the other side to manually validate my earnings. I can't emphasize enough how awesome this is!
But do take note, since you might be earning pennies per survey, it’s best to let your earnings accumulate in your PayPal account before withdrawing them to your bank.
If you want, you also have the option of donating your earnings to charity, which is also pretty awesome.
My Hot Take: It’s gonna be really hard for other survey sites to top instant payment. I’m a big fan of this, and I think it’s the greatest thing about the site overall!
How to Join CitizenMe
It’s really simple. First, you register on the site, and download the app to your mobile phone. I’ll be giving you the relevant links below. Ka-chow:
Make sure you use the app as often as possible to maximize your earnings!
The Verdict: Legit or Scam?
CitizenMe is legit! This is one of the best survey sites I’ve ever used. I’ve since bumped them up to a regular rotation. This is one of the sites I check first whenever I go online.
I can’t recommend CitizenMe enough. Go on, register, and be a citizen!
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Now it’s your turn to share! Have you tried this site? Was your experience as good as mine?
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