American Online Jobs sounds like a fairly traditional job company. It even has listings on sites like careerbuilder.com, where it claims to have 399 active jobs. While that might sounds good, reality doesn’t match the marketing. When you get down to it, American Online Jobs is something entirely different. It certainly doesn’t offer the type of jobs that you might be expecting.
In this review, we’re taking an in-depth look at the site, including the sign-up process and the actual approach for earning money. We also consider whether the idea is even worth pursuing. After all, you don’t want to want to waste your time on a company that isn’t going to be profitable.
Joining American Online Jobs
The first thing to mention has to be the way that the American Online Jobs site is set up. There is no page telling you what the company is or what you can expect. Instead, you’re simply directed to a set of Pre-Screening Questions.
The questionnaire just asks generic questions (like ‘are you capable of following detailed instructions’) and doesn’t even work properly. In particular, you can only provide one answer, even though there are seven different questions.
The issue with answering doesn’t matter anyway, as the survey is just a way to get you through the door. It isn’t even a real questionnaire at all. Once you choose to ‘submit’ your answers, you’re taken to this site:
You’re meant to sign up for Opinion World (which offers surveys) and then go to Step 2 of the American Online Jobs site. For that step, you need to sign up for a site called onlineflexjob.com. This one claims to offer flexible jobs that pay between $18.50 and $29.90 per hour.
I’ve reviewed a similar site in the past (FlexJobs), which had some appealing factors. Of the two, FlexJobs was better designed and looked somewhat legitimate. In contrast, onlineflexjob.com looks like the company couldn’t even afford a decent web developer.
Online reviews also suggest that the site is nothing more than a scam. As part of the application process, you need to pay for a specific piece of anti-virus software, which you (apparently) get reimbursed for later.
There is nothing legitimate about that practice. If a company really did want you to install anti-virus software, they wouldn’t take this approach. There is also considerable risk in downloading files like this. They could easily give your computer a virus and compromise your own security.
When you get down to it, onlineflexjob.com offers the chance to be a ‘processor’. They don’t define the role but it’s not going to be a good way to earn.
Beyond this, American Jobs Online suggests joining up to 8 other companies that are looking for ‘referral agents’, like the ones below. They probably look familiar, as they’re simply survey sites. In fact, I’ve reviewed My Survey and Opinion Outpost in the past.
After those steps, you register with your email address to get access to free training. The training consists of 9 short videos, with a narrator that almost talks in monotone.
The training is honestly quite odd. It consists of two different angles. One is to complete the surveys and focus groups from the programs that users initially joined. The other is referral marketing. At least, that’s the term they use.
They’re actually just talking about affiliate marketing, which is where you are earning a commission by promoting products and sales through affiliate programs. The idea itself is powerful as a business strategy and can lead to long-term income.
Wasn’t this site promoted as a source of online jobs? Affiliate marketing is a way to earn money and develop your own business over time. That’s hardly the same as a job that pays by the hour.
The training is also very simplistic and it focuses on promoting survey sites, along with promoting American Online Jobs itself. Most of those sites don’t have good affiliate programs anyway. Besides, surveys don’t actually pay very well, despite what American Online Jobs claims. This issue makes it more difficult to get successful conversions.
Key aspects of the training include approaches like promoting affiliate/referral links through Facebook and posting ads. You also get a ‘free website’, which is nothing of the sort. The process just gives you a profile with American Jobs Online and an affiliate link.
There is one more lesson after the on that gives you the ‘website’. But, that doesn’t even work. The page just gives a 404 error.
Honestly, the whole idea is frustrating. Sure, you can earn decent money through affiliate marketing, but you need to know what you’re doing first. American Online Jobs doesn’t really teach that. The training just offers little pieces of information and leaves you to figure out the rest.
Earning With Surveys and Online Flex Job
We skipped past the other ways to earn with this program, so let’s talk about them now. As part of the signup process, you join various survey sites and Online Flex Job. You’re meant to remain active in these, while also doing the referral marketing side of things.
Surveys are legitimate ways to earn, although some sites are better than others. You basically earn a little bit of money each time you qualify for a survey and complete it. Sites often have multiple ways to cash out, including gift cards and PayPal. You’ll just need to hit a minimum payment level first. $20 is a common figure, although this can vary as well.
The problem with these sites is that you’re never earning very much. The process is also pretty slow. You’ll often spend more time waiting and applying for surveys than doing them. When you calculate it out, you often earn a couple of dollars per hour – at best.
That might be fine if you were desperate for money and had a decent amount of time to spare. Surveys also tend to be very sporadic. You might find yourself waiting days, or longer, just to get some new surveys. When you do, you might only qualify for one or two of them (or none at all).
The same is true for focus groups. These can pay a decent amount, especially if they’re complex. They’re still not amazing, as finding one that you’re qualified for and getting accepted is often challenging. Expect to spend a lot of time waiting and hunting. You’ll probably get rejected more often than not too.
The main way around that issue is to join multiple sites. Of course, your balance will be different for each of these and it will probably take months before you can cash out even once.
For people who want a little bit of money every so often and don’t mind spending the time, a survey site or two can be entertaining. If you’re going to do this, look for sites that get good reviews from users, like Swagbucks. Even then, don’t expect much income.
Online Flex Job isn’t much better. The idea is that you’re doing a processing role, which is never described very well. In practice, the approach will be similar to envelope stuffing or perhaps data entry jobs. With these, your income is minimal, if you earn anything at all. Plus, you have to pay to even join Online Flex Job.
If nothing else, American Online Jobs is incredibly misleading. It is promoted as a way to get jobs online, but members are told to sign up to survey sites and a site that offers processing work. Then they’re taught some very basic information about affiliate marketing.
None of these approaches will work well on their own. There are also no regular jobs to be had, despite all the advertising to the contrary.