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 sound good, reality doesn’t match the marketing.
When you get down to it, American Online Jobs is something entirely different, and in my American Online Jobs review, I'll show you why you should avoid this website at all costs!
American Online Jobs certainly doesn’t offer the type of jobs that you might be expecting, and 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 they advertise. I also want to see if this website is actually worth using, because you don’t want to want to waste your time on a company that isn’t going to be profitable for you.
American Online Jobs Review
Getting Started With 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.
Wouldn't it make sense to explain what you're signing up for, before you start answering private questions?
The questionnaire just asks generic questions (like ‘are you capable of following detailed instructions’). Unfortunately, the form doesn't even work properly, which is a pretty bad sign. 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 good stuff about it, but wasn't something I would pursue long term. I'm more interested in earning income online instead of earning a few dollars with cheesy survey sites. FlexJobs was much better designed that onlineflexjob.com, so it may just be a copycat site outsourced to an Indian web developer to scam Americans. Just guessing though.
Other online reviews of onlineflexjob.com also suggest that the site is nothing more than a scam, so it's a bad sign that American Online Jobs is advertising that website.
Why is it 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.
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. You can expect lots of junk email to show up after signing up to so many survey websites.
What's Actually Inside The Training Offered By American Online Jobs?
The training you enroll in for American Online Jobs has two different parts. One is to complete the surveys and focus groups from the programs that users initially joined. The other is “referral marketing” which is where you are earning a commission by promoting things through your links. It's a legit way to make money, but here's my confusion: Wasn’t this site promoted as a source of online jobs?
This type of work doesn't pay by the hour. You get paid a commission for each sale you make. That means you could work for ten hours and make nothing at all!
You might like this type of work, but in my opinion, they don't give you proper training on how to actually be successful. The majority of what they suggest is just to post your link on Facebook, social media, and forums.
The training is also very simplistic and it focuses on promoting survey sites, along with promoting American Online Jobs itself. Is that how you envisioned this “online job”? Just posting a link on Facebook?
You also get a ‘free website’, which is nothing special. It's actually just a profile with American Jobs Online, and a link to that profile. Honestly, the whole idea is frustrating.
Can You Really Earn With Surveys and Online Flex Job?
Making Money Through Surveys
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. It's definitely not a way to earn legitimate income. 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).
Making Money With Microtasks
The same is true for microtasks, focus groups, and other random things which might pay. Finding tasks 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.
Online Flex Job isn’t much better. From what I can gather in this ridiculous website, is that the approach will be similar to envelope stuffing, or perhaps data entry jobs. With these, your income is minimal, and you might actually be scamming people if you get involved in envelope stuffing.
American Online Jobs is a waste of your time. It is promoted as a way to get jobs online, but members are really just doing useless tasks to earn a couple pennies. The owners of American Online Jobs are probably pulling in thousands of dollars every month by getting clicks to advertisements, and they are getting this work for free by misleading you into thinking you can make money with their website.