Have you ever been paid to take a survey? Lately, I’ve seen a lot of these kind of opportunities on the internet claiming you can make a pretty good living by taking paid surveys. So I did some research and found Survey Scout, one of the leading survey websites.
Over the last two weeks I’ve been putting Survey Scout to the test to see if they are legitimate or just another survey scam. In this article I will be discussing the good, the bad, and the ugly of Survey Scout so read on.
What Is Survey Scout
Survey Scout is a program that pays to hear your opinion on a multitude of different things from the latest tech gadgets to the normal everyday things you use around your house.
But that’s not all they do. They also have review panels, get paid to play video games, drive cars, shop, and even read emails. With all the things they pay you to do, it all sounds to good to be true. But is it?
Is Survey Scout A Scam Or Is It Legitimate
First off, Survey Scout is not a scam, but it also isn’t the most legitimate way to earn a living online. If you’re expecting big dollars doing surveys, think again. Even the best in the business only make around $2500 to $4700 a month. This is not saying you will make that much either.
Second, not all surveys pay cash. Some pay in points which you can redeem for prizes later on once you accumulate enough points, and others will enter you into prize drawings. I personally stayed away from their surveys.
Finally, you have to put in a lot of time to see any serious results. If you plan on putting just a few hours a week into Survey Scout don’t expect to blow the bank out. To make even a modest income you will have to put in some serious time, at least ten to twenty hours per week minimum.
This raises the question, is Survey Scout worth the time? I am not going to give you a yes or no answer here because that is really up to you to decide. However, I will personally say that I can make more money in better opportunities than this.
What I Liked About Survey Scout
Out of everything I didn’t like about Survey Scout I did find a few things that were able to hold my interest about the opportunity.
First, they had a lot of great info on getting started with Survey Scout. In fact, they had an entire start-up plan in place that took all of the guess work out of figuring things out. This included everything from the tools you needed to simplify the process to how many surveys you should sign up for.
Second, one of the great tools they include is a program called “roboform”. This tool simplified the process of signing up for surveys by automatically inputting your information for you. This will save you tons of time and speed up the process.
What Really Frustrates Me About Survey Scout
Now that I’ve gone over the good and the bad of Survey Scout, it’s time to hit on the ugly part of it all. This all has to do with the actual surveys themselves. In the entire time I worked with Survey Scout I have not been able turn up even one dollar.
In fact, in my first survey, they offered me a $20 bonus for completing the sign up page for the survey and if I completed the survey they were going to enter me into drawing for a Toshiba Laptop.
However, when I got to the end of the survey it became obvious to me that they wanted me to buy a product of some sort before I could be entered into the drawing. This is when the real truth set in that Survey Scout is not really about doing surveys but rather finding out what kind of products you like and use.
They then take that info and cater it to you in emails designed to get you to buy products through them. For me, this was the ‘aha’ moment. So this begs the question, is Survey Scout a scam? No, but to me it is a very unethical way to take advantage of people.
Are You Right For Survey Scout
If you’ve lasted this far in the review and still are not sure if you are right for Survey Scout, here are a few things you can consider.
- Do you want to just make a few dollars here and there or do you want a more stable income stream? If you just want to make a few bucks here and there this is a great opportunity for you.
- If you don’t mind giving out your information to companies this may be an opportunity for you. The one thing I noticed once I signed up with Survey Scout is that I got tons of spam offers. This raises a lot of red flag questions for me but if you don’t mind it keep reading.
- Finally, if you’re someone who doesn’t want to actually sell a product online but still make money online this may be for you. However, this doesn’t mean you won’t have to buy a product in order to participate in a survey.
Signing Up With Survey Scout
By this point you might have noticed I have not put any affiliate link inside this article. I could have very easily done this but my standing on Survey Scout is not as a scam but more along the lines that it is really more of an unethical business opportunity.
However, if you are still convinced at this point that you would still like to sign up with Survey Scout, there are two ways you can do this. The first way is to pay the $34.95 to sign up. I personally don’t like this way because I feel in the end you will be disappointed like I was.
The second way you can sign up is by what is called a trial play. A trial play basically means that you buy a product of $5 or more off a list of companies that they have on their website such netflix, godaddy.com and that company will pay for your membership on Survey Scout as long as you own the product.
So instead of paying the $34.95, I bought a domain name from godaddy.com for $10 and they paid for my membership. At least this way if I don’t like the website, I got something that was worth the money.
What’s Your Opinion
Have you tried Survey Scout? My results may be different than yours. Feel free to leave a comment and share the results you have with Survey Scout or any other online paid survey program.