I’ve come across most earning possibilities online and there’s not much out there that I would deem original or unique. Paid opinions online have been around for as long as I can remember and they’re usually centered around the same old boring topics ( credit cards, shopping trends, product feedback etc etc ).
I recently came across YouGov surveys online and I was more than a little surprised at how they had stayed under the radar for so long.
They take a much different approach to the bog-standard Clixsense survey and they seemed pretty legit overall.
Let’s take a closer look at what earning opportunities YouGov has to offer…
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I think it’s best to start this YouGov review by covering the main reason why it differs so much to other survey providers out there.
Most regular Joe survey platforms provide rather boring surveys on products and services. YouGov provides surveys on various social issues, latest news issues and political angles.
I mentioned above that I was surprised that they had slipped under my radar for so long – they’ve actually been up and running since 2004.
From what I can gather they accept new members from several European countries along with the UK and the US.
How do YouGov Opinion Polls Work?
Lets take a closer look at how these YouGov opinion polls work…
1) Most typical online earning sites allow you to sign up with either a valid email address or your Facebook account – YouGov is no different! I must point out that YouGov are often looking for certain panelists to take on. This means that if you don’t really fit their current demographic they’ll pass you on to another panel.
2) Once you’ve been accepted into a panel you’ll have to fill out a few questionnaires before any work comes your way. This is a typical drawback with survey sites – they need to match your interests to the surveys they have on offer.
3) Once you’ve got through the rather irritating introductory surveys you are ready to start work for YouGov – you will start to see them ( surveys ) appearing in your inbox.
4) Your survey answers will be recorded and you will then receive payment in the form of points. These points can then be exchanged for cash cards or more standard gift cards.
As I mentioned, the YouGov rewards are paid out in the form of online ‘gift’ cards. Each completed survey gives you approximately 750 points and most of these cards cost about 35,000 points ( this point level is actually the cash-out threshold in the US ).
I was more than a little disappointed to find out that the cash-out threshold for UK members was at a whopping £50. That’s gonna take a lot of cash based gift cards to reach!
If you don’t want to go for the cash based cards you can always opt for your more typical gift card – Amazon, iTunes, Cinema tickets, donating to charity etc etc.
These cards are fine but if you’re anything like me – you want the cold, hard cash!
One word of warning if you are going down the Paypal cash card route – it will take about a fortnight for the cards to appear within your Paypal account.
Typical YouGov Complaints
I’ve encountered more than a few YouGov complaints but if I’m honest – they’re more or less the same complaints I see for every survey based site.
First of all you get the guys who are not happy with the payment threshold against the earning rates. I’ve encountered numerous ( former ) members who have just quit because it was taking them weeks to hit the point where they could see a reward.
Next there’s the members that feel they have been slightly ‘conned’ by the gift card system. I visited a forum where several members claimed they had received gift cards that were not what they asked for.
Not only were the gift cards different – they were actually of a lesser value than the ones initially requested!
Finally I uncovered a few reports of people suddenly losing their accounts overnight. Most of these ( former ) members claim they did not do anything wrong but I cannot be sure of this.
At the end of the day rules of the platform are there for a reason and EVERYONE must abide by them. If they find out you’re up to dodgy goings on to earn a little extra they are going to give you the boot sooner rather than later!
So, with all that being said, is YouGov scam? Well to be honest these types of complaints can be attributed to at least 99% of online survey sites out there.
It doesn’t matter what online earning platform you are using – nothing is 100% perfect and there will be hiccups from time to time.
It’s worth noting that I only came across a handful of people who believed they had received the wrong card and the same goes with the closed accounts.
There are quite literally thousands of YouGov members that are more than satisfied with the platform and have never had reason to complain.
My view? No, I don’t think it’s a scam at all. A simple ten minute Google search will not raise enough red flags to put potential members off joining.