Do online surveys really pay you? Maybe they just collect your data and never pay?
Are they all outright scams? In many cases, probably most cases, they’re not. But the online surveys industry is generally very shady, and oftentimes, people who work for them do not end up getting paid. Indeed, trusted and worthwhile online survey companies are few & far in between.
Let me explain.
Why So Many People Don’t Get Paid
In my experience with online surveys, I’ve noticed a number of reasons why people don’t get paid. Some of these reasons apply even to reputable and honest companies; they are inherent to the online surveys industry. Others are a result of dishonest and unethical practices, which were designed and put into place with the intention of getting out of paying as often as possible, all the while adhering to the law.
Problems With The Industry
- Online surveys can never offer even close to the minimum wage. With thousands of people online willing to take online surveys, added to the fact that companies simply don’t have enough money to pay normal wages because they don’t want to overcharge the businesses that they are analyzing data for, the average amount earned per hour taking surveys would be around $2-5.
- Not everyone can qualify for all surveys. That’s just the way it is. Businesses analyzing data need data from people with specific characteristics, and that means that people will end up starting surveys that they will be later be disqualified from. Here, though, each company differs from the next. Some make sure to ask all qualifying questions at the beginning, try to match surveys to people’s profile, or try to make surveys as inclusive as possible in order to reduce the disqualification rate. Others, however, don’t care a bit. Rarely, a company will pay a small amount to be people who were disqualified, and that is excellent, because you will get at least something for your time. Most companies, however, simply enter disqualified participants into a prize drawing or give them nothing at all.
- The unavailability of surveys. There are thousands of people vying to make some easy money online, and there are hundreds of online survey companies. Therefore, business can sometimes be slow, and there may only be a few surveys available daily. And because there usually is a minimum payout amount, it can take a LOT time to reach a payout.
Sometimes, though, companies will do things to get out of paying as much as possible, all the while pretending to be legit. Here are some of those things:
- Having a high payout amount, such as earning a minimum of $50. It’s unlikely for someone to actually make that much money taking surveys from one company.
- Causing complications when it’s payout time, such as long payment processes, not answering to emails, and requiring identification proof.
- Closing accounts do to “data” or “security” concerns, just as a payout is almost reached.
- Making a complicated point system so that they can end up paying less.
- Not offering cash as rewards, only merchandise or gift cards to some store that nobody uses.
- Disqualifying people after taking a lot of information from them, and doing this on a regular basis.
I really understand why some people like to take online surveys. It doesn’t require any experience or qualifications, and it is not hard work. But I can’t really recommend taking online surveys as a way to make money online, not only because the pay rates are so low, but also because it usually leads to heartache and frustration because of being disqualified, not getting paid, running into problems when requesting a payment, and so on.
There are very few, if any, good online surveys companies. However, there are many other real ways to earn online. You can become a writer, or you can become an affiliate marketer.
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