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First off, if you’re reading this, it probably means you’re looking for ways to make a little extra income from home. That’s great! There ARE many avenues you can purse to earn an income online.

Secondly, right off the bat, I will say, YES, you can earn money or equivalent gift cards from survey companies online, but NO, I wouldn’t recommend them.

If you’re looking for any sufficient amount of income, surveys are NOT the way to go. Sure, the extra gift card or two for Christmas is great, but what are you really sacrificing when you sign up for internet survey companies?



First off, NEVER pay to join a survey site. Some survey sites promise you well over $1000/month for a $30 ‘membership’ fee. Sounds good, right? Wrong! These companies are making false promises. They can’t guarantee that you will make anything. Why?

Survey companies want to know more about specific consumers and their shopping habits. Most surveys are looking for specified requirements – and most of the time you won’t find out if you qualify for the survey until 20 or 30 minutes into it.

Never give out your bank or credit card information. One of the techniques that ‘scammers’ use is the promise to direct deposit funds into your bank account. When you give your bank account information over to a company it’s like saying, “Hey, here’s all my money! Take as much as you need.”

If you decide to join a survey company, make sure they offer payment through PayPal. PayPal is one of the most secure forms of online payment and it’s a great way to protect yourself from fraudulent companies.

Always check to see if the survey company has a Private Policy page. All legit websites should have one. Make sure you read over the terms and agreement page instead of just scrolling through it to push the ‘Agree’ button near the end.

Companies make it easy for you to skip over reading the actual information! They do this on purpose! You could very well have just signed your life away without even knowing it.



What is the actual cost you pay for a survey?

    • Time Wasted. As stated previously, surveys want to focus on a particular group of people. They won’t tell you that upfront. They will make you sift through question after question until you are disqualified near the end of the survey.

    • Your Information. Why are you sifting through endless questions only to be disqualified? They are actually gathering information on you to sell to their suppliers. By making the surveys obscure enough to disqualify you near the end, they are actually gathering FREE information on you based on your previous answers.

    • Unsolicited Emails/Spam. Once you sign up for a survey site, the company will continue to bombard your inbox with false offers and third party websites. Even after you request to be unsubscribed, it could take months before you stop receiving third party solicitations.

    • $2 on Average. Even on the legit sites where you can make money, remember that the average payout per survey is $2. Taking into account that most surveys will take you 20 minutes to complete – you’re only averaging $6/hour – assuming you qualify for each survey.


If you join a survey site, be prepared to give up personal information about your race, income, religious preferences, overall health, and educational background. Companies use this information to see what surveys you ‘might’ qualify for, but you’re really just handing over free information.

They can and will sell your information to marketing companies who will give them a hefty profit in return. Your personal information will SELL and you will have given it away for FREE.




Survey JunkieSurvey Junkie was relatively easy to sign up for – it only takes a couple of minutes. They offer a ‘point-based’ system which means you earn a certain amount of points for each survey. It takes 100 points to earn $1.00. The minimum payout is $10 or 1000 points.

Earning the first 100 points was fairly easy on Survey Junkie. Just for singing up and confirming my email I already earned 100 points, plus if you answer your profile questions, you can earn 5 points for roughly 3 minutes of work.

But once your profile is set up, you have to begin taking surveys. They make you set up your profile so they can offer you surveys that ‘match.’ But already, just today, I have clicked on 2 surveys that were on my profile and immediately didn’t qualify for them.

They even sent me an email about taking a survey. I clicked on it less than a hour after it was received and it said it was already closed. This is a gimmick they use to get you back to their website.



MyPoints is similar to SWAGBUCKS in the sense that surveys are not the only way you can earn points from their site. They offer deals and coupons to shop through their various parent stores and you earn back points by doing so.


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As for MyPoints, here’s an insight to what it takes to redeem points based on my experience. I am offered a survey that will take an average of 22 minutes. If I qualify for the survey, I can earn 120 points. To earn a $10 Amazon gift card, I need 1590 points.My Points Rewards

Doing the math, if I spent an average of 5 hours taking surveys, I could earn $10! That’s $2/hour. NOT WORTH MY TIME!




I found Harris Poll to be a joke! Their website is hard to navigate and I could not even find a place to sign up to join their company. So, I went to their Facebook page and THIS is what I found.

Harris Poll Facebook Review


So surveys can earn you money or gift cards, but you’re going to put in way more time than what they’re worth. At least, that’s my opinion.

Maybe you are a member of a really good survey site and you can testify to making actual money. Feel Free to Share! I’d love to know what other sites are out there!

Have you taken surveys online before? What are some of the frustrations you’ve come across? Drop me a comment below!

If you’re serious about making money online, check out my HOME page. Click the Work At Home tab to find reviews on the Money Makers – ways you can actually earn Money online.

If you want information about starting your own business check out my Wealthy Affiliate Review or just head over to the Getting Started Page to begin your own entrepreneur journey online TODAY!


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  1. Carl says:

    Thanks much for this information. I was looking into maybe doing some surveys to supplement my income but now I’m not so sure. It seems like a lot of work for very little payout in return. Are most survey sites set up like this? I really do not want to only earn $2/hour, that is just not acceptable. I will probably not be doing surveys and will look at your other options to earn income. Thanks again for the great article, it was a very informative read.


    • Kayla says:

      Thanks for your comment! I am still researching survey sites, but so far I have found that most are set up similar to these. You can earn a little money and it might be a good hobby if you just enjoy doing surveys – but they are definitely not something I would invest a lot of time and energy into if you are serious about making a stable income online. If I do find a great survey company I will post it here so keep checking back! If you’re serious about making an income from home, check out my Getting Started page and you can learn how to make supplemental income from your computer using the Wealthy Affiliate model. Or check out the ‘money makers’ under the work at home tab. There are a few sites that you can write for that will actually pay you!

      Best of luck to you in all your endeavors!

  2. Dee says:

    Thanks for your information on surveys I tried a few like Harris Poll and never qualified for any of them – all after giving out my personal information. Finally I deleted my account, but not sure if they still have a record or not.

    • Kayla says:

      Survey sites are very complicated! They are way too personal for my taste and I feel like they invade your privacy more than offer a legit way of earning extra income. I am in the process of doing some research on other survey sites and seeing if they actually pay out. I will let you know what I find! 🙂
      Keep checking back and thanks for your comment!

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