Is Survey Spot A Scam Or Legit?-What You Should Know

The world of online surveys is so confusing, simply because there are just so many survey companies. In this article, we will be talking about Survey Spot.


Company: Survey Spot

Owner: Survey Sampling International


How It Works

After signing up, you will be able to take surveys in exchange for points, with each point equaling one cent. Surveys typically take 15-30 minutes, with a reward of 50 points.Occasionally, it can be higher or lower. You will also get several survey invites each day via email.

Points can be redeemed for gift cards at Amazon, iTunes, or airline miles. You can also cash it to your PayPal account. Payout starts at 500 points, or $5, for Amazon gift cards, but if you want cash through PayPal you need a minimum of 1000 points, or $10.

If you get disqualified from a survey, you get one entry into a drawing for a cash prize. (I think of $10,000.)

Who Is Survey Spot For

Survey Spot works well for people with some extra time on their hands and are willing to answer surveys to make a couple extra bucks a week.

Some FAQs…

>Q: How easy is it to qualify for a survey?

Answer: From my own experience, (everyone might be different,) it’s actually easier to be qualified than some  other survey companies I’ve tried. You’ll still be disqualified, probably more often than not, but they’re pretty good at disqualifying you earlier on in the survey, rather than later (although it does happen).

>Q: How well does it work on mobile devices?

Answer: Their website itself works very well on mobile devices, as do most of the surveys. However, some surveys will tell you at the beginning that you need a desktop/Windows/Mac. Some surveys will include watching a video, so you might want to keep that in mind.

Some Pros & Cons…

+Pro: Very low payout requirement.

+Pro: Not terrible when it comes to disqualifications (compare to other companies.)

-Con: Surveys can oftentimes take longer than expected.

-Con: Usually not more than 50 points/cents per survey.

-Con: Very low earning potential.


 So… Is Survey Spot Worth It?? Can It Really Be True?

Well, it depends on a few things. If you’re looking to make additional income to support yourself, pay your bills, or whatever, then no, Survey Spot is not worth your time; as you will not qualify for all the surveys, you probably won’t make more than a dollar an hour, tops.

But, if you’re oftentimes lying in bed, fiddling with the radio dial with one hand and mindlessly browsing the web on your phone with the other, and you’re willing to take surveys in that time in order to make some extra pocket cash, then yes, Survey Spot might be for you.

However, take my advice: Don’t go overboard. If you’re aiming for a certain amount of money/points each day, you’re opening yourself up to a lot of frustration, as it will take much longer than you think. Instead, consider making yourself a limit; for example, you’ll try 5 surveys a day max; if you’re qualified, good for you. If not, forget about Survey Spot for the rest of the day.

By doing this, you’ll save yourself from a lot of frustration and aggravation. Eventually, your points will add up, and as the payout is relatively low, it won’t be that long before you can cash out.

survey spot scam

I had 1005 points at SurveySpot

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They paid me via PayPal


Survey Spot is legit. Actually, it’s not a bad survey site. However, don’t get your hopes high, as the most you’ll make is some extra spending cash.

Questions? Comments? What was your experience with Survey Spot? Feel free to chime in below!

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  1. Kenny Lee

    I’ll take your word that survey spot is not a scam. It’s hard to get survey sites for users from Asia country. But I managed to get a couple of good ones. Only we must not have any high expectations of the payouts. Most may too little or have few surveys in between to make it count. I find it more practical to invest my time in other things.

    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Kenny,

      It’s actually just as hard to find good survey sites for American or European users. The payout for most survey sites just make the whole thing not worth it. I never really found a survey site that I personally have found worth using.

      All the best,


  2. Jonathan

    Hey Ben, I can really appreciate your recommendation for only 5 surveys a day. I’ve have had a lot of frustration with these online surveys. I am going to take your suggestion and try just 5 surveys, if they disqualify then I’ll wait until the next time I get on. Do you have any other recommendations to make more money online?

    Thank you,

    1. Ben (Post author)

      Well, you can make money by writing for other websites. It’s hard to advance and become a successful blogger, but you can apply to jobs at job boards such as the ProBlogger Job Board. If you are just starting out, you may want to try out content mills such as BlogMutt and Textbroker. Other content mills can be found by clicking on “Writing” in the categories section on the sidebar. They pay little, but a lot of work is available.

  3. Glenn

    I don’t know a lot about surveys but as you said if you have time on your hands it may be a way to make some extra cash. Would it be good for high school kids trying to make some pocket money or do you have to be a certain age to do the surveys? Also you talk about getting disqualified. Why does that happen? I’d be interested in your feedback.

    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi, I don’t see anything on their website excluding teenagers, but people under 18 would probably get disqualified from many surveys. That brings us to your second question — people get disqualified because surveying companies are looking for people with specific demographics, such as age, region, etc, and it also may depend on your shopping practices.

      They ask you about these stuff at the beginning of each survey. But I guess it could be a good way for a teenager to make some extra cash once in a while without taking on a job though they must make sure they have a way of getting paid, for example, they should have a PayPal account.

  4. John

    Nice work on your review about survey spot.
    I have not heard of survey spot before but they sound similar to other survey sites that I have come across.
    If you have plenty of time on your hands, you might be able to make a few dollars, but personally, I would prefer to spend my time investing on how to build a long-term successful business online the right way! A program such as Wealthy Affiliate would be ideal to learn the ropes if you really want to make money online.

    1. Ben (Post author)

      Yes, John, you really can only make a couple extra dollars, even at the good survet sites.
      The problem is, the economy is not the best, and many people are hard strapped for cash, and for whatever reason they can’t get a job or their current job does not provide adequate income. I’m all to familiar with the feelings of desperation. Many people turn to the web, hoping to make some additional income, but unfortunately, there are very few ways to to that quickly.
      I would certainly recommend Wealthy Affiliate, as you will get the full training in setting up a long-term business, but that’s what it is-it’ll take a few months of work till the money starts coming in. But it’s defenitely superior to wallowing in desperation running from one scam to the other, from one online survey company to the next.

  5. Beau

    Great review of a fairly popular survey panel. The thing that always stops me from putting any time into paid survey sites is the fact that there is no way to scale the income to something substantial.

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Ben (Post author)

      That’s true, there is no real income opportunity from answering online surveys, as I made clear in the article.
      It does work for some extra few bucks a month, as long as you don’t get your hopes high.
      BUT, why waste your time taking online surveys when you can actually set up your own website and have your own online business? True, it takes more work than answering surveys, BUT, once you have a website, it’s not going away! You can work part-time and choose your own hours.


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