Survey Junkie Review: Can You Really Make Hundreds of Dollars?
I kept hearing about Survey Junkie and seeing it all over the place. From what I could gather, it seemed like a few people were making a decent income from the platform.
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Needless to say, it got me a little curious. You know what I had to do next right? In true experimental fashion, I decided to play around with it and test all the claims people were making.
In this Survey Junkie Review, I’ll break down the platform, how you make money, and whether Survey Junkie is legit.
Let’s get into the weeds.
Survey Junkie is an online survey platform that pays participants for their opinions. It was founded to help businesses unlock insights about their customer base. As a result, they’re able to make better products, deliver better services, and kill off the things people don’t care about.
I’m sure Survey Junkie is charging companies a decent amount for this service. We’ll look more at the payment structure in a moment.
It works by aggregating a lot of different survey sites into one platform which makes it possible to find more opportunities. You’re awarded points for taking surveys, filling out your profile, and answering basic questions. Each point is worth one cent so 100 points is equal to $1.
This is the big question. Is Survey Junkie legit, do they actually pay out, or will it be a waste of my time? These are all good questions because there are tons of survey sites out there that’ll ask you for all your personal information, make you jump through hoops, request a registration fee, then fail to pay you.
That’s not a fun experience.
On a side note, any survey site that asks you to pay before joining is probably a scam.
The good news is that Survey Junkie is 100% legit, free to register, and you can use it to make some extra money on the side. They currently have millions of members with more signing up every day.
Will it replace your day job? No.
They also have high ratings on trust pilot (among the highest of all the survey sites) and a decent BBB (Better Business Bureau) rating.
First off, Survey Junkie is free to join but they limit eligibility to people 13 or older in US, Canada, and Australia.
When you fill out your profile, you’ll be able to get better survey matches. If you leave it blank then it’s basically hit and miss. You get points for filling out your profile so why not earn that extra cash?
As I mentioned earlier, Survey Junkie is there to help companies make better decisions about their products and services. Not everyone’s opinion matters to every company.
For example, if you never have and will never use an apple computer then a survey from an Apple accessory maker wouldn’t make much sense. That’s part of the reason why they ask demographic survey questions when you want to sign up.
It helps companies categorize respondents to their surveys so they can draw better insights.
Some of the information you can expect to provide includes:
With this information, they match you with the appropriate survey. Sometimes, even after filling out that information, you’ll find you don’t qualify for a survey. It’s not because of you as a person. You simply don’t fit their buyer profile so it wouldn’t make sense for you to take the survey.
I’ll say it upfront. You won’t make a full-time income from Survey Junkie, but there is income potential there which I’ll discuss a bit later. For now, let’s look at the rewards/points structure.
Most actions you take on Survey Junkie are tied to earning a few points. When you sign up, you get 25 points. When you confirm your email, you get 25 points. When you take the new user tour after you sign up, you’re rewarded with 5 points. When you fill out your profile, you can earn up to 50 points.
As I mentioned earlier, each point is a penny so if you do all the minor tasks you’ll have over a hundred points.
The major points are earned when you take a survey. Each survey has a number of points assigned to it. Some are as little as 50 points and some are as much as 500 points. In addition to the number of points a survey comes with, there’s an estimated time of completion.
This one is worth 95 points and will take at least 20 minutes (they usually take less time than advertised). If you’re trying to optimize your earnings with Survey Junkie, this one isn’t a good choice because you can do, at most, three in an hour. That comes out to $2.85/hour.
There are other surveys that require less than ten minutes and have almost as many points associated with them.
Not every survey you try to take will be a good fit and you’ll find out if you’re eligible after answering a few qualifying questions. If that happens, Survey Junkie will still give you three points as compensation. Also, if you start a survey but it has already achieved its quota of participants, you’ll get two points for trying.
This is the moment of truth. I’ll be honest here. You won’t earn thousands of dollars a month with Survey Junkie. If that’s your goal then you’re better off starting a business or legit side hustle.
You can earn between 50 to 400 points per survey. That equals $0.50 to $4.00. Of course, each one has a different time requirement.
Let’s work backward from a goal of earning $200 a month from Survey Junkie.
Every month has four weeks so we’ll divide 200 by 4.
200/4 = 50.
That means we have to earn at least $50 a week. Every week has five weekdays. You don’t want to work on the weekend do you?
So we’ll divide that 50 by five weekdays.
50/5 = 10.
We need to earn ten dollars a day to hit our target of $200/month. All you need to do is make sure you’re earning a thousand points every day on Survey Junkie.
This is a reasonable amount to shoot for with the platform. A few motivated users will make a bit more but there’s simply not enough inventory on Survey Junkie for you to earn thousands of dollars.
Once you get 1,000 points ($10), you’re eligible to get paid. This is lower than most of the other survey sites which can require at least $30 in earnings. There are three ways to get paid – PayPal, Dwolla, and gift cards.
With the gift cards, you can choose from
They pay out in denominations of $10, $15, $20, $25, and $50. The payouts are almost instant which is a big difference from lots of other survey sites. Those ones can take days or longer before they give you your earnings.
Though Survey Junkie doesn’t sell your information, they do send quite a few emails to alert you of new opportunities. This may be overwhelming for many people so you might want to set up a specific email account to register for this site and other survey sites.
Consiconsiststency is key. If you breeze through questions and don’t take the time to read them then you may answer similar questions differently. Survey Junkie takes note of this and will eventually disqualify your account if the discrepancies are too much.
Take your time, answer questions truthfully, and be consistent. If you do that then you won’t have any problems with the platform.
Let’s start with the good news.
There’s always bad news.
While you won’t make it rich from answering surveys, you’ll definitely make a few extra dollars. If you’ve been looking for something simple you can do to earn extra money then Survey Junkie is a great choice.
You don’t have a lot to lose and hundreds to gain so sign up and give Survey Junkie a shot.