The way that MyView presents itself is a little bit unusual in the field of survey and offer sites, and it is a bit of a frustrating approach. The site actually says very little about what it is or what it offers.
For example, the information on the site never explicitly says that users earn money from doing surveys and the company never directly says that users will be doing surveys. Instead, they just mention about surveys here and there in the information.
The approach works because most people who go to this type of site assume that they are being paid to fill out surveys. However, it’s a clever trick because it means that the company doesn’t actually promise anything.
Surprisingly, the site also makes it difficult to sign up. The landing page for the website asks for log-in information, but doesn’t even have a sign up link.
I couldn’t find a sign up link anywhere on the site, instead I had to go to Google and search for the link.
According to the FAQ, the site uses closed recruitment and recruits members through other sites. It’s kind of an odd approach, and it isn’t really true because otherwise they wouldn’t have their sign up page indexed in Google.
Like most survey sites, MyView uses a conformation email approach for signing up.
This means that you give them your email address and wait to receive the confirmation email. If you don’t get it, you can click the button again. While the site does send the email, it takes longer than it should, something the site doesn’t mention anywhere.
The Site Itself
I wasn’t particularly impressed with the members’ area of the survey site. Once I had entered basic information, the site did tell me that it had a survey for me, but that was it and no survey actually appeared.
I tested on multiple different browsers but always got the same result and the site offered no indication of how I was supposed to access surveys.
One nice thing about the site was that it did award points for filling out elements of your personal profile.
There were 11 total profile elements to fill out, each offering 350 MVPs (MyView Points). The profile pieces are pretty fast to complete, but you can only do them once, so you still have to rely on surveys from the company.
While I didn’t have access to any surveys, posts on forums suggested that surveys were sometimes around 400 or 600 points, with some around 1,400 points.
So, assuming you do actually get surveys, what does this mean for money earning potential?
The lowest amount of points that you need to actually get a reward is 12,460, which is for a $10 gift card to 1-800 flowers. Honestly, it’s a pretty pointless reward for most people as just about everything on that site costs more than $10.
The cost of rewards go up from there. Most of the rewards are gift cards and the early ones tend to be to places that most people wouldn’t be interested in. It isn’t until you hit the 66,500 point mark that the company offers rewards like Visa or Amazon.
So, unless you have very specialized wants/needs, you would need to try and earn at least 66,500 points to cash out. Even if you were earning 1,500 points per survey (which is on the high end), that would take you about 45 surveys to get enough points.
That’s a lot of surveys to do especially when the site doesn’t seem to offer them all that frequently.
At the same time, you are also dealing with qualification issues for surveys. Every survey you take will require you to first fill out a shorter survey to see whether you qualify. Often you won’t, which makes the whole process much more time consuming and reduces how many surveys you can actually do.
Time and Money
My biggest issue with survey sites is the time it takes to earn anything.
Yes, most of the time you can actually earn money through these sites, but it is so slow and so tedious. This means that you end up working at far under the minimum wage and doing a whole lot of waiting.
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