The topic of choice for today’s review is Survey Club, largely because I’ve been getting bombarded with advertising emails about them. I guess the site must be doing a big marketing push or something, because it certainly isn’t new.
Survey Club does have the advantage of looking pretty professional, especially with the claims that it was established in 2005 and that they have more than 16 million members.
Of course, there is no real way of knowing how many members use Survey Club and it’s likely that many of the site’s members aren’t even accurate. That makes the figure little more than hype.
The site is a little interesting, because it largely focuses on studies rather than surveys – at least in theory. Generally speaking, studies refers to research studies where people participate either online, on the phone or in person. While they can sometimes be hard to get into, they do tend to pay well.
In practice though, Survey Club is just another survey site.
When I signed up for the site, the Available Studies tab had a list of around 45 different studies. That sounds pretty impressive, but most of these were just typical surveys. For example, these were the first five on the list and how I did with them.
Survey Club does credit users with $0.10 if they are screened out of a survey, so I earned $0.20 for about 20 minutes worth of work going through the various surveys. That’s pretty low in terms of income. The site also has the frustrating habit of letting you get part way through a survey before screening you out, meaning more time wasted.
Out of the whole list of Available Studies on the site, more than half of them were simply sign ups to other survey sites and the remainder were just basic surveys. There weren’t even any actual studies anywhere on the list.
Even if I had been able to do every single actual survey on the list (and not get screened out), I would have earned a grand total of $26 and it would probably have taken at least four hours to get through them. That’s a pretty low rate for earning money.
Time and Money
Time versus money really is the key issue when it comes to online survey and offer sites. You spend a lot of time jumping through hoops and answering questions, but you don’t actually earn a lot of money.
In particular, you are relying on the company to provide you with surveys to complete. This often means that you have to wait for new surveys. In many cases you might end up only getting one or two surveys every few days.
This is a complaint that other users have had about Survey Club and reviewers have also noted that it is difficult to qualify for surveys (something I noticed myself).
If you wanted to make money off Survey Club, you would have to spend a decent amount of time filling out surveys and waiting for new ones to come in. Additionally, you have to reach $20 in earnings to even be able to make a withdrawal. Once again, that takes time.
With survey sites in general, the potential to earn money is always low. Yes, you can earn a little bit extra here and there, but the amount of time you have to put into this generally isn’t worth it. It's not like running a full time online business.
You also have to completely rely on the companies that you sign up with. This means that you have to trust that they will actually credit you for each survey when they are supposed and that they will send out new surveys regularly. Yet, survey sites are notorious for doing both of those things poorly.
A more effective approach to earning money is to make sure you are the one with the power.
You can do this by having your own website and developing a business where you control how much you can make and the time involved. This is what I do with my websites and many other people do too.
The approach can sound difficult, but it isn’t really and with the right starting information, you can be successful in the field even if you have never tried it before. At the end of the day, the online environment offers a lot of potential for earning money, but you have to be smart about how you do it.