Sites like My Survey do tend to be popular and this makes them look like a good idea. In fact, there are a lot of people who are really passionate about survey and rewards sites and promote them as excellent ways to earn money.
However, most of these people are using the sites to earn a little bit of money on the site and that’s about it. That doesn’t mean that survey sites are actually any good as money making tools.
Nevertheless, My Survey actually does have some advantages compared to other survey sites I have seen online.
In particular, the ability to link through to your Facebook account is quite useful, as is the site’s mobile apps, both for iTunes and Google Play. That’s a nice touch, because it offers a bit more in the way of flexibility – but it’s only part of the story.
This site offers a range of different things that you can earn with your points. Many of them are a little uncommon for survey sites, like specific DVDs and magazine subscriptions.
You need to earn at least 1000 points through the site to qualify for any of the rewards, and 1,100 points for most of the $10 gift certificates (which include Amazon, restaurants and other businesses). You can also earn actual money through PayPal, which again costs 1,100 points for $10.
But, how long does it actually take to earn these points?
I actually had a little difficulty finding this out, because the site is unreliable. After signing up I was given a list of four surveys to complete. The implication was that completing them would fill out my profile and let me get access to surveys that actually earned points.
However, none of these surveys actually worked. Instead, they took me to a page thanking me for my responses (even though I hadn’t given any) and then back to the homepage. Even though the site seemed to think I had completed the surveys, they remained there and I couldn’t access any other surveys.
When I looked at user ratings for the company I noticed that there were a lot of people having similar issues and may of the reviewers claimed that the site was very unreliable. This included problems like surveys crashing or users not earning credit for the surveys.
On the SurveyPolice site, My Survey scored less than 2.5 stars out of 259 reviews. A score that low means that there are a lot of people on the site rating My Survey badly.
Additionally, the people who review on SurveyPolice tend to be people who regularly use survey sites, so they have an idea of how My Survey compares to its competitors.
Some of the complaints note that the surveys on the site can take quite some time to complete and many have low payouts. This suggests that earning money through My Survey can be time consuming.
Are Surveys Worthwhile?
Doing surveys for money does seem appealing, partly because it seems like a lot less work than most other ways of earning money online. The problem is that surveys are inefficient.
With many survey sites it is possible to earn $10 here and there by completing surveys, but at the high end this is somewhere around $30 a month. That isn’t a lot of money and it often takes hours of work just to earn $10.
Survey sites also limit how many surveys you have access to. This means that you have to spend time waiting for new surveys to pop up before you can earn on a given site. If you aren’t in any hurry to earn money, that might not be a big deal, but it makes surveys pretty much worthless as a realistic way to earn decent money.
At the end of the day, you tend to earn far under the minimum wage working on a survey site, which just doesn’t make it worth it in most situations. This is why I focus on internet marketing instead.
Internet marketing is an approach that has a lot more potential in terms of earning money. It is also something you can continue to develop and build on for years.
Perhaps the nicest thing about internet marketing is that it is an approach that lets you earn more over time without your workload increasing. That is honestly what you want from any way of earning money and it’s not something that survey sites offer.