- Apr 16, 2018
Time is my most valuable resource. I’m always looking for ways to earn money, and in my opinion, time not spent making money is time wasted. I thought about trying survey sites while waiting in line at the DMV. Normally, the time spent in line would be time wasted. Same goes for time spent in traffic. Lines and traffic (which is actually a type of line, when you think about it) take up so much of my time. That’s time that I could have spent earning money.
Survey sites were a game-changer for me. They gave me the opportunity to earn during those otherwise idle moments. It was easy to do and didn’t require anything other than a mobile phone and internet connection.
One of the sites I tried was Opinion Outpost. I’ve read comments about the site - both good and bad - and I thought I’d add my own opinions to the conversation. Here’s my Opinion Outpost review. I hope you find it informative, and that it helps you decide whether to spend your valuable time on it.
Get to Know Opinion Outpost
OpinionOutpost was founded in 2009, and assists companies in conducting market research studies. The company would hire Opinion Outpost to conduct surveys among the site’s members (such as myself). In exchange for our feedback, Opinion Outpost rewards us with points, which can be redeemed as cash or gift cards.
When you register, you will have to provide certain pieces of information such as your age, location, gender, interests, and things you own. The site needs this info to assign you with surveys that fit your demographic; this isn’t a survey buffet where you can take whatever survey you like. Opinion Outpost does the matching.
Earning Potential with Opinion Outpost
Earning depends on the number of surveys you take. And since these surveys are assigned to you, your earnings will also depend on the number you’re actually qualified to take.
The amount of points you get per survey also depends on factors such as its length and how difficult the questions are. Each point is equivalent to ten cents.
Some commenters have said that they were assigned up to four surveys per day. That pretty much lines up with my own experience.
Got Five Friends? Refer Them and Earn!
Opinion Outpost has a pretty good referral system going. You get $1 for each friend you successfully recruit onto the site. You can make up to a maximum of five referrals. Well, you can refer more than five, but you won’t earn from those extra referrals.
Other sites will let you earn from your own your referrals own referrals as well. Sadly, Opinion Outpost hasn’t implemented that sort of system yet. Probably because I’ve heard that some members actually make money off referrals, and tend to ignore actually taking surveys.
The minimum payout for cash is 100 points, or $10. You can choose to redeem this amount as either cash or gift cards.
Your gift card options are iTunes and Amazon , which are pretty standard for survey sites. But the minimum for the gift card option is only $5. There’s a three-day processing fee for gift cards, though. Keep that in mind if you’re going to use your rewards to go gift shopping for an incoming birthday or celebration.
How do I Join Opinion Outpost?
Joining is super-easy. All you have to do is visit the site and register. But make sure your profile is complete and you provide all the info the site is asking for. You may be asked for your age, location, as well as info about your household and family. It may seem intrusive, but the site needs it to give you surveys that match your demographic. After you’ve completed your profile, you will receive email notifications about surveys that fit your interests and personality.
Also, joining is free! You’re supposed to make money from the site… not the other way around!
Opinion Post: The Good and the Bad
So far, I’ve been giving you a balanced appraisal of the site. If you’re still having a tough time deciding whether this site is worth your time, let me break it down to The Good and The Bad. Let’s do this.
Low minimum payout for both cash and gift cards
You only need $10 for a cash payout, and $5 for gift cards. While I usually wait until I’ve accumulated a large sum before cashing out, the low minimum gives other people a bit of flexibility. If an emergency or urgent need pops up, it’s good to know that they can get their cash faster.
It is focused on surveys
Other survey sites provide other means to earn, such as watching vids and downloading apps on your smartphone. While multiple ways to earn are definitely an advantage, I kind of like the fact that Opinion Outpost is focused on just surveys. No distractions, just surveys. I appreciate the simplicity.
No international memberships
So far, Opinion Outpost is only open to residents of the United States. I am of the belief that the wider a survey site’s user base is, the healthier its business will be. But for now, the site is a US-focused company only.
This is a big deal to me. On other sites, referrals sustained me during times when I wasn’t eligible for surveys. But on Opinion Outpost, I am limited to only five referrals, with no earnings from their own recruits.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Opinion Outpost had lots of surveys… it just so happened that I didn’t always qualify for them. I wish the site would get even more partner companies to broaden the qualified demographics of its surveys.
The Verdict: Legit or Scam?
Opinion Outpost has a pretty weak referral program, and you won’t always have surveys to take, which is odd for a site that only has surveys. But within those limitations, Opinion Outpost is still legit. They are a legit company that works with legit companies.
If you luck out and fit the demographics of most of their surveys, this site is a great way to earn!
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This review is based on my own experiences with Opinion Outpost. Now it’s your turn to share. Have you tried Opinion Outpost? What surveys did you qualify for, and how much did you earn?
Let’s hear your stories!