When I first tried making money online, I did what most people do: I joined a few survey sites and was immediately excited when I saw hundreds of surveys available for me to take. I joined a dozen of the top sites mentioned on most get-rich-fast blogs (no shortage of those, right?) and put in several weeks of hard work, 10-15 hours per day. Yet I never took home more than $15 in a week.
Talk about cold water on the face… So what was going wrong? No punches pulled here because it’s high time someone writes honestly about survey sites: 90% of them are garbage. No, they are NOT scams, at least technically. You CAN earn small amounts, but based on the time and work involved, it is simply not worth it.
The absolute biggest issue with taking surveys is that you have to qualify, a slippery word since you don’t know upfront if you qualify and will not know until you put in 10-15 minutes of your time. At that point, if you do not qualify you are rejected. WTF? Adding insult to your injury of lost time, the survey requester just walked away with the data that you submitted. At your expense. After such an experience, why would anyone take another survey again?
Another problem is the technical error rate is high, I would guess about 1 in 5 surveys result in an error message upon submission, meaning you lose everything. Forget trying to argue your case to the requester, you are a number to this person and they will not bother to answer you or give you credit. In the instances when I received answers, I was told quite plainly to read the disclaimer and flake off.
So save yourself a lot of time up front, don’t listen to the hype.
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