I’ve been looking into online survey sites a lot recently and E-Poll Surveys is one site that I stumbled across. At first glance, the site isn’t particularly impressive. The copyright notice runs from 1997 to this year and honestly, it looks like it was developed in 1997 and hasn’t been touched since.
The site is in urgent need of an appearance revamp. This is often an indication that a site also isn’t getting the attention that it deserves from its owners – which tends to mean lower support and things not quite working as they should.
So, for E-Poll Surveys, the signup process is about normal for survey sites. You do have to put in your street address as well as some demographic information. This is fairly typical for a survey site although honestly it is still an approach that bothers me.
Additionally, you have to use a legitimate street address to even sign up for the site.
Overall, the site feels unpolished. For example, I completed the introductory email for the site and there was no link back to the homepage. Doing surveys is a time-consuming approach to earning money to start off with. Plus, it's certainly not as profitable as other ways to make money online.
One unusual thing about E-Poll is that it doesn’t appear to host surveys directly on the site itself. Instead, you get the surveys only through email.
This is concerning.
It means that there is nothing proactive you can do to get surveys any sooner. Instead, you have to wait for the site to actually send you out surveys. I’ve done this in the past and it is a frustrating process. Often you can wait days or even weeks between surveys.
Like many survey companies, E-Poll operates through a points system. You earn points by completing surveys then use these points to cash out. Rewards start at 2,750 if you want to donate money to charity, or 3,750 points to get a $5 gift card (or PayPal deposit).
So, how hard is it to earn the points?
To be honest, I don’t really know. The initial survey the site gives you is supposed to give 100 point and I did get these eventually. However, I never received a single survey from the site via email.
This is a pretty good indication that it takes a long time to earn any money from the site. This perspective was shared by reviewers too.
In fact, even many of the positive reviews for the company comment that it takes a long time to get surveys from the company.
This means that if you actually wanted to make income through surveys regularly, you would probably need to be signed up for multiple survey companies. That’s a lot of work and management for relatively little money.
There is also an unusual thing about the points system for this particular site.
Most survey sites offer a simple scale for points, like 1,000 = $10 and 2,000 = $20. This means that you get the same amount of value for your points regardless of when you cash out. This isn’t the case for E-Poll Surveys.
Instead, they use a system where the value of points go up the higher you go. So, 3,750 will get you $5 (0.13 cents per point) while 18,750 points will get you $30 (1.6 cents per point). This approach encourages people to build up points rather than spend them as soon as they get them.
However, it also means that you have to wait even longer to earn money from the site if you plan on holding out for the higher values. That can be quite frustrating.
With E-Poll Surveys, it may well take months to earn even a $5 cash out, particularly as the surveys do not seem to come frequently. That’s kind of useless if you are actually wanting to make money.
In fact, survey sites in general don’t tend to be good ways of making money. Even if the site does provide surveys often, you tend to spend a long time doing them but don’t earn all that much from the process.
This is why I use an email course to teach people a more effective way of making money online that you can do regardless of your skill or experience. It teaches you the basics of how I earn money online, and how you can continue your education to build a real business, instead of wasting time with surveys.
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