Zoombucks is one of the more well-known offers sites, boasting a large number of different ways of earning money. At face value, the site looks like a great way to make some money on the side, but if you dig a little deeper it’s not hard to see that the site has some serious limitations.
Advantages of Zoombucks
I’m pretty familiar with offers sites. Over the years I’ve reviewed a number of them. Some are a major cause for concern, but others are okay.
I can see the appeal of earning money through offers and tasks. After all, you don’t have to do a whole lot of setup to use a site like Zoombucks. In fact, Zoombucks even makes the entire registration process very simple.
Zoombucks does certainly have some advantages over other similar sites. For one thing, they are very upfront about their rewards and what’s involved. For example, I got this message during their tutorial:
The site also offers a lot of different ways to earn points. For example, the tutorial for the site promotes signing up to other sites and services. If you do sign up, you earn Zoombucks. In most cases, you also have to do something on the site, like complete a survey. There are many similar opportunities on the site itself.
It’s a clever trick really, because the site tries to convince you that it is offering a great opportunity. In reality though, they’re trying to manipulate you into being active on multiple similar sites.
Beyond that there are surveys (when you qualify), offers (which can cost) and tasks like games and radio. Most of these don’t pay all that well and sometimes it’s not even clear what you have to do to earn the points (that’s especially true for the games).
The versatility is nice and you could probably find enough free offers to keep you occupied and earning for as long as you like.
Problems With The Site
In general, Zoombucks is fairly good for an offers and rewards site. But… it’s all relative.
Most of the tasks on this type of site pay fairly low, and that’s certainly the case here. For example, you might earn 40 or 50 ZB for a survey.
Given it takes 300 points to earn $3, that’s effectively $0.40 or $0.50 per survey. That might be okay if you could get surveys like that frequently, but that’s never the case. Instead, you might try multiple surveys and be screened out of them before you found one that you got in.
Additionally, the tasks that you might find interesting pay very low indeed. For example, listening to the radio pays 3 ZB (so, $0.03) per half hour, and only if you put in the captcha. Likewise, some videos earn you 2 ZB a piece, while others give you 2 ZB if you watch 10.
For the most part, you don’t actually have to watch the entire video, but you also tend to be dealing with videos that really aren’t interesting to watch. So, it’s a decent amount of work for little in the way of a reward.
That really is the general pattern with this type of site.
You can earn money, but it would take a decent amount of work (and clicking) to get there. If you’re bored and have nothing to do, that might be appealing. However, it’s never going to be a great money earner.
In fact, you’ll probably find that it takes you more than an hour to even hit the 300 point mark. That’s far less than the minimum wage.
If you really have a lot of time on your hands, Zoombucks might be something to consider – but otherwise, it really isn’t.
Making Money with Zoombucks
When it comes down to it, most people join sites like Zoombucks to earn money. But at the end of the day, Zoombucks simply isn’t a good approach for doing that. You end up spending so much time on the tasks, yet individually those tasks earn very little money.
People seem to end up on these sites because the idea of earning money online seems too good to be true – even if they are doing a whole lot of work for very little return. The thing is though, earning money online isn’t too good to be true.
I should know, because that’s how I make my living.
The trick to making money online is to find an approach that you can grow over time – and one that you have control over. With offer or survey sites, you have too little control and your potential for earning money is never high. You can see how I started my own business online with no experience, and grew my earnings from $0 per month to a full time income! Achieving this wasn't instant, but spending time building a real business rather than playing games online produced some incredible results in just under two years.