Just how valuable are your opinions? Cashback Research seems to think that they are pretty valuable and that you can make a lot of money simply by sharing your opinions, but I’m not so sure.
If you’ve ever been to survey sites in the past, then the marketing for Cashback Research might look familiar. It should, because this website is using many of the same promotional techniques that other similar sites use.
One interesting thing about the site is that it makes two very different claims about how much money you can make. The first set of claims is on the landing page, and they are highly exaggerated.
I have never seen a survey earn anywhere close to this amount and any survey that earns a person more than $5 is very rare. I highly doubt that Cashback Research actually offers a survey with a payout this high, and if they do, then most people probably wouldn’t qualify for it.
What bothers me more about the claim is its implication. The site isn’t implying that you might possibly get lucky and get a single survey that pays $75. Instead, it is suggesting that most of the surveys on the site will offer decent amounts of money.
That isn’t the case though.
The second set of claims for the site shows up on the next page.
This claim is much more realistic and it is actually honest too. Doing surveys is never going to rival the money that you can earn through an actual job and most of the time the money you earn is little more than pocket change.
I’m not sure why Cashback Research has claims that seem to contradict one another – but of the two, the more unrealistic and more hyped up one is much more visible. That suggests the site is trying to mislead consumers about how much you can actually earn with this type of work.
The site itself offers a range of ways of earning money. Some of them are pretty typical, while others are a bit more unusual.
One approach is the Bonus Cash Offers. With this approach, you seem to earn money by signing up for things. It’s difficult to fully know, because the site doesn’t actually take the time to explain what these mean.
However, I highly doubt you earn $17 by watching a video for Coffee Shop Millionaire (the first on the list). Instead, you probably have to buy the program to get any money. If that is the case, then you are losing money by completing the offer.
Another area is survey panels. This is a whole list of different survey sites, many of which I’ve reviewed in the past. Cashback Research tries to get its users to sign up for as many of them as possible. Doing so can be a frustrating process.
In fact, you have to ‘complete’ one of the survey panels to even be able to take a survey with Cashback Research. That’s the first time I’ve ever seen that mechanisms and it is a pretty stupid one.
If you are trying to earn money off a single survey site, throwing a second one into the mix only makes matters much more confusing.
I actually took the time to join one of the survey sites in the list through their link, but was still unable to access surveys on this site. This might be because it takes time for it to register, but if so, it is a bad design, because you can’t earn much on the site without surveys being active.
Surveys and Money
Surveys continue to be popular because people like the idea of earning money without much setup or responsibility. This is fine if you are doing the surveys as well as having a normal job – but even then, you really don’t earn a lot.
If you are looking at surveys as a legitimate way of earning money online, then its best to forget that altogether. Surveys simply don’t have the potential to do this. Not only will they earn you very little money, but the amount of time taken is also very high.
Like many others, I use an alternative method to make money.
This is an approach that requires more time to set up and more work to maintain. However, it is an approach that has more potential to earn money and can literally turn into a part-time or a full-time job.