First, I would like to congratulate you to take the time to do your research before signing up with a service online. There are so many scams these days that it is very good to learn as much as you can about a service before signing up for it.
With that being said, I am going to use my own experience with Survey Junkie to describe how it works and why it’s not a scam and why it can be a legit way to earn some money online.
Who is Survey Junkie
Blue Media Ventures, Inc is the name of the company running the Survey Junkie website. It was very hard to find any extra information besides what they have on the survey site which is very slim.
What I was able to find is that the website has been created back in 2011 and has been around ever since. It has an A rating on the BBB website and they have today more than 3 millions panelists participating in their surveys.
Their motto is:
You read it here first!
If you want to make your voice heard, make sure to join Survey Junkie. Or at least, that’s what they are claiming…
How does Survey Junkie work?
Even though it is a survey site, it strongly feels more like an aggregator. If you have ever used other aggregators, you will most likely see some familiar names such as Ipsos, i-Say, VIP Voice, etc. For each survey completed you will earn some points that can be redeemed later in cash or e-gift cards.
To get started, simply follow the steps below.
1. Create an Account
Survey Junkie will require you to create an account to be able to participate in surveys. Go to Survey Junkie and click on “JOIN NOW” and signup either using your email address, your Facebook or Google+ account.
You will get 25 points for confirming your email address which is worth $0.25
Tip: Create a new Gmail email address just for survey sites so you don’t get spammed by third-party emails This is not necessary but I strongly recommend it. If you are not sure how to create a Gmail account please see the video below
2. Complete Profiles
Once your account is confirmed, you will need to complete your profiles. Survey Junkie needs to create an extensive profile of you so they created 7 mini surveys (also called profiles) to help them define who you are and what type of consumer you are.
Each of the 7 profiles will reward you with points when you complete them. The mini surveys are very easy to complete and you should be done will all of them in less than 5 minutes.
You will get an additional 50 points worth $0.50 when you are done completing all your profiles.
Your profiles are important because they are the what Survey Junkie will use to decide which surveys to show you. You see, market research firms are not always trying to gather data from a general pool of people. Therefore, by creating a detailed profile for each of its panelist, Survey Junkie is able to match you with the best surveys available.
3. Complete Surveys
From there it is pretty self-explanatory. Normally, all the surveys you see on your dashboard should specifically be picked for you, however, I have come across few surveys telling me that I was not eligible for.
At any given time, you should have at least a dozen surveys available to you which should equate between $5-$15.
For each survey you will know in advance how much points you will earn but also approximately how much time it should take you to finish it. It is a very nice feature because it helps you decide which survey rewards you the most per hour.
Tip: When completing surveys for money, you should always try to maximize your $/hour so make sure to look at all your options to make the best decisions.
If you want some more opportunities to earn money, you can set up your activity preferences to be eligible to participate in other types of activities such as product testing or phone surveys.
These opportunities are not always available but Survey Junkie will reach out to let you know when they have something you could join. Generally, these opportunities are well paid but they require more of your time.
Just like I mentioned above, make sure to see what is the potential $ earned/hour and decide if it is worth your time.
Tip: You will need to give your phone number to access these special offers. Do not give your main phone number. Instead, create a number using Google Voice. You will then be able to filter the calls, get access to great opportunities while never revealing your phone number.
If you don’t know how to create a virtual phone number using Gmail, please watch the video below:
4. Redeem your money
Once you reach 1,000 points, which is equivalent to $10, you can redeem your money. You have 3 ways to redeem:
There is no charge or timeline to redeem your money so you can redeem as soon as you get 1,000 pts in your account.
My experience with Survey Junkie
I am sure the first question you are wondering is “how much did he get paid?”
Well, please keep on reading to know how much.
First of all, let me discuss the appearance of the website. I really liked how the site design is very nice and simple. It is very easy to navigate through the different menus and get your account set up.
I also really liked the fact that Survey Junkie offers rewards for the different tasks you need to perform to complete your survey. By simply signing up and completing my profile, I had already earned 169 points.
The surveys I completed were very easy and generally took less time than the estimated time. I did qualify for lots of surveys, however, there was some that I could not do once I was redirected to some third-party sites. It only happened three times so it was not a big deal, especially because I had lots of other options available on my survey dashboard.
I was also pleasantly surprised to find three different options to redeem my money. It is very convenient and should allow anybody to redeem their money. I personally used Dwolla and got the money I earned sent directly to my bank account within a few days.
To be honest, the $10 threshold to redeem your money can be a little bit challenging to achieve if you don’t complete more than 10 surveys. It means that if you want to redeem multiple times, you need to be aware that you will need to put some work into it.
Out of 54 surveys, I qualified for 31 of them. This is a 57% success rate. I’m a 32 years old single man who lives in one of the biggest cities in America, so depending on your profiles the success rate could change. I just shared so you could have an idea and compare your success rate with mine.
Compared to other survey sites, my success rate was pretty average but I did qualify for worthy surveys with good rewards.
It is never nice to get denied but there is one bright side… You will get 3 points for being rejected! It might not be a lot but it is still nice to earn rewards for 15 sec of clicking action, especially knowing there is no cap to how many times you can get disqualified and earn 3 points.
Tip: Find a way to get access to surveys you don’t qualify for and keep on collecting 3 points for disqualifying.
Now let’s talk numbers, I was able to reach the $10 threshold after spending a little over 6 hours doing surveys which is whooping $1.67/hour.
I did not get any issue to redeem my money so as far as I know, Survey Junkie is not a scam and rewarded me with what I was supposed to earn. It was not hard work for the money but the time involved to get to the threshold is not something I would stop my job over.
So overall, my experience with Survey Junkie has been positive and anybody interested in survey sites could give them a try (it’s FREE to join), they are legit!
Due to the emergence of a lot of fake survey sites scamming people all over the internet, legit sites such as Survey Junkie, InboxDollars and Swagbucks have seen their reputations take a hit.
Survey Junkie has been around for a few years now and has a large variety of well-paid surveys. Being in business for that long is a strong sign of how trustworthy a company can be so you can rest assured that you’ll be remunerated when you reach the payment threshold of $10.
Make sure to share your experience with Survey Junkie and how much you have made on that platform as I am curious to see how well others do with that platform.
With that being said, you will not become rich from taking surveys but it is definitely a way to generate some easy income for some easy work.
There are better ways to earn some money on the internet than making $1.67/hour.
To me, my time is way more valuable than what I could make filling out surveys. Since I have discovered Wealthy Affiliate, I have learned about affiliate marketing and how to create websites generating passive income. It does require some time to get your site going but the reward is much greater.
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