Well, the babies are still sick, and I'm exhausted, but let me at least put something of value in my post for the day!
I recently joined up with MySurvey.com, a website that claims to offer rewards and points in exchange for it's members taking surveys.
Although I am typically a skeptic when it comes to this, the website was recommended to me by someone that I trust within the blogging community. So I signed up. I expected that within a few hours I would be inundated with phishing and spam emails (and probably never even see a survey offer), but I was pleasantly surprised to receive around five survey offers within my first day as a member.
Again, being the skeptic that I am about this sort of thing, I figured that the few starter surveys were just to lure me into a feeling of safety, and that the spam emails were coming at any moment.
It's been a week, and so far, no spam at all to the email address I used to sign up. I've received anywhere between 7 and 10 survey offers per day, and about half of those are ones that I am eligible to take. I already even have enough points saved up that I am 20% of the way to a gift card. Even when I'm not eligible for a survey, the site rewards me by giving me a sweepstakes entry for a chance at 10,000 points (that's good for a whole lotta gift cards!).
The website itself is clean and well laid-out, which goes a long way in putting me at ease when I'm working with a new site. I don't ever see ads or pop-ups, and the survey notifications always come from the same email - no worrying about deciding which ones are spam and which are the real deal. The surveys can be long, but they allow you to step away from the computer without closing you out of the survey. Just make sure you come back before you've been gone for two hours, and don't close your browser window or you won't be able to take the survey again.
Now for the bad stuff: Happily enough, most of the "cons" of this website are due to my own computer issues, but it's still kind of a bummer. There are some surveys that I can't get to load when I use Google Chrome, but they will load when I use Internet Explorer for some reason. Unfortunately that means that half the time the survey thinks I've started, and I can't restart on a different browser. That leads to me losing points and surveys. The other problem is that some of the surveys are "bugged" and when I go to the Help page, the Help page is also bugged! I'm thinking that a big chunk of that is due to the fact that the website was recently redone, and they are still working out the kinks. A simple email to the site's moderator can go a long way in fixing any problems though, so I don't foresee this being a permanent issue.
Overall, I've been very pleased with using the website, and the surveys have been interesting, albeit a bit repetitive. Make sure to be honest with your answers, even if you think that answering a certain way will get you disqualified from a survey. And don't exaggerate! If you like to critique movies with your friends, don't say that you have a job in "market research". And if you make $15k a year, don't say that you make $50k a year! If you end up getting approved for a survey based on your falsified answers, you are going to have a difficult time answering the rest of the survey (since it won't actually pertain to you).
I like this site, it makes me feel in the loop. Now when I hear someone complain about a statistic and say "How'd they come up with that, they sure didn't ask me!" I can pipe up and say that it's because they asked me instead! ;)
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