- May 16, 2018
Judging by the posts on the Earn That Buck forum, one of the more popular ways to make money online is through survey sites. And it’s not surprising - it’s really easy to sign up for survey sites, and it’s also easy to make money through them. You won’t earn enough to buy a new house by completing surveys, but it’s a great way to earn a few bucks during your commute or while waiting in line at the grocery.
I also enjoy using these sites. When I get home from teaching all day, taking surveys is a great way to wind down. It may be a passtime for me, but I still expect professional service - and I do expect to get paid promptly. Think about it: taking surveys may not be hard, but the survey site (and the company that commissioned the surveys) is benefitting from our effort. That’s why it really gets my goat when I end up using a site that turns out to be a scam.
I’m sure I’m not the only one with that opinion - which is why I’ve been sharing my reviews of the various survey sites I’ve used. Today I’ll be giving you my MySurvey review. Is MySurvey a scam? Read on to find out!
MySurvey was founded in 2001 by the National Family Opinion (NFO) group to take its intel-gathering operations online. Before that, they provided surveys… by mail! That is as old school as it gets. Can you imagine waiting days for a printed survey arrives, and then sending it out after you’ve mailed it? MySurvey has a pretty awesome history.
How to Earn on MySurvey
It’s simple: you fill out surveys, and get rewarded a certain number of points for doing so. You can also earn by testing actual, sample products. Product testing, as you would expect, pays more than taking surveys.
You can also earn points - 150 to be exact - referring friends. Each friend you recruit to the site will earn you 150 points.
Once you’ve saved enough points, you can convert them to either cash or gift cards (more on this later).
Before you can start taking surveys, you’ll have to register first. Residents of North America, Europe, and Oceania. Registering is free, which is good. Having to pay just to register is usually a red flag for me.
Your Earning Potential on MySurvey
Cash earnings per survey vary, based on its length and complexity. On average, they pay out points equivalent to 5 cents up to $1.25. Your monthly earnings will depend on how many surveys are assigned to you that month, and how many you get to complete. Some of these surveys have deadlines, so make sure you take them as soon as they’re assigned!
Once you’ve accumulated points equal to $10, you can request a payout. These payouts can be given as PayPal payment, or any of various gift cards, including Amazon . It takes 4 to 8 weeks to process payout requests, which is a bit on the long side.
MySurvey: The Good and The Bad
Low minimum survey - Trying to accumulate enough points to meet the minimum withdrawal can sometimes be like a long, uphill battle. MySurvey’s minimum of $10 is pretty low, and should be relatively easy to hit.
You can get paid multiple through ways - I always choose PayPal as a first option, but it’s good to know you can choose to get paid in gift cards. And as the name implies, gift cards make good, well, gifts.
Long processing time - 8 weeks is a long time to wait for $10, no matter what your intended use for the money is.
Dormant accounts get shut down - If you start taking surveys on MySurvey, you better not stop. Or else, they just might close your account without warning. What a great way to build goodwill… not.
The Verdict: Legit or Scam?
MySurvey is legit! Their user experience isn’t the best, but you will earn points, and you will get paid. I would suggest keeping MySurvey in your survey site rotation. But when you start using the site, make sure you don’t stop so your account doesn’t get closed.
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This review is based on my own experiences using MySurvey. Now it’s your turn to share! What was your experience using the site like?
Let’s hear your stories!