If you are like me, and dive around websites that offer data entry jobs or related, either work from home or locally, you may have come across some listings like this one on career builder.
It does specify survey in the description, so there was no misdirection here, but once I clicked on the listing, I was given the impression that the job was through USASurveyJobs. Once I tried to apply, however, I have redirected toward Opinion Outpost, which is another questionable survey site, that advertises the ability to make money via surveys. USASurveyJobs was nowhere to be seen or heard from again.
So I did some digging to find the company
USASurveyJobs is actually a non-secured website that shares information about other survey sites so you can sign up for them. So far that does sound legit, right?
Not so fast.
Because what USASurveyJobs is not telling you is, is that the only way to make actual real money from these survey sites (and that goes for most survey sites) is, to get people signed up to those sites.
You see, USASurveyJobs makes money of the referral to those sites, which in itself is not a bad thing. However, it is not clear that they make money like this, unless you click on the individual posts, which have a small disclaimer at the end of the post, stating that they may have been paid for there opinion. Nowhere in the listing mentioned above – that redirected me from CareerBuilder to Opinion Outpost was any affiliation mentioned.
This practice is at best questionable, and unethical.
The sad part is, that Survey sites on their own, are not a scam. They are by far not a good way to make more than pennies, unless you want to do something similar (with hopefully more disclosure) than USASurvey did, and direct people toward those sites, however, they are legit. Also, survey sites like Opinion Outpost and Fusion Cash, often share surveys with you to complete, that after entering some information, you are told you no longer qualify. This, of course, it a big waste of your time, but again, there is nothing fishy about the entire process, it is simply an inefficient way to make any money.
What you should do instead
If you are only looking to make a few dollars here and there – which is what I hope you have in mind, if you are looking at survey sites, then join web testing sites instead. I am not affiliated with any of them, however, I have made as much as 400 Dollars within a month, just simply participating in those tests, in my spare time. If you are willing to do live tests (meaning, testing a website, while being on camera with a representative of the company that the website belongs to), you can make even more. These moderated tests pay anywhere from 30 to 60 Dollars, and the most time I have ever spent on a test has been 1 hour.
In my opinion, USASurveyJobs.com itself is not a scam, however, they have questionable practices that makes me not trust them. Survey jobs, in general, do not make you more than a few dollars every few weeks (the most I have ever made was 40 Dollars over a three month period), so they are pretty much a waste of time. Join a legit company like UserTesting to make some extra cash, that actually adds up to something.
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What are your experiences with survey sites? Have you ever actually made any money from them? If so, how long did it take you to do so? Leave your comment below!