Thanks for checking out my Survey Junkie review. If you’ve been looking for ways to work from home, you might be wondering if online surveys really work. A lot of people enjoy making money with Survey Junkie (3 million according to their website), but it may not be the kind of money you’re looking for.
In this review I’ll get talk about the pay and rewards, dive into the Survey Junkie reviews and see what people are saying, and of course… confront the obvious question. Is Survey Junkie safe?
Please note, I am not affiliated with Survey Junkie. This review has been researched with information and testimonials that are available online in the public domain. Any conclusions drawn by myself are only opinions.
What is Survey Junkie About?
Survey Junkie is an online survey service that rewards members for taking paid surveys and sharing their opinions about consumer products, services, and brands.
As a way to earn extra money, online surveys are becoming very popular, but not all survey sites are good.
Survey Junkie is not among the highest paying survey sites, but it is one you can trust.
Located in Glendale California, Survey Junkie is owned by Blue Media Ventures and since 2011 has become one of the most popular survey sites online today.
How Does It Work?
Signing up with Survey Junkie is free and open to residents of the US, Canada, and Australia who are over the age of 13.
Registering is simple… you can join with your Facebook account, Google+ or with your email, and they’ll give you 25 points for your effort.
This step is quick, and you’ll be asked 5 questions…
- Your Zip or Postal Code
- Date of Birth
- First and Last Name
You’ll then be rewarded with your first points.
Setting Up Your Profile
Now that you’ve got your Survey Junkie login, you can set up your profile and earn an additional 50 points.
Personally… I’m not a fan of online surveys specifically for this reason, but that’s just me. Some of the questions are a little invasive, but an accurate profile is how they can match you with relevant surveys, so it’s important to be honest.
The profile questions you’ll be asked are…
- Do you have any pets (and what kind of pets)?
- How much of your household grocery shopping do you do?
- Your living situation (do you own or rent, do you live in a house or apartment?)
- Marital status?
- Language related questions…
- Do you have children and if so, how many, their ages and gender?
- Highest level of education?
- Household income?
- Are you a registered voter?
- Employment status?
- Industry you work in?
- Job title?
- How many employees are at the company you work for?
- Which areas of your company are you involved in purchasing products or services?
- What department do you work in?
- List the health issues you have…
With your profile complete (and 50 points added to your account) you can begin doing surveys.
To get a better idea of the sign-up process this quick tutorial walks you through it.
Who Is Survey Junkie For?
Doing online surveys has never made anyone rich, but they're great for earning just a few extra bucks in your spare time.
Who It’s Not For…
While surveys can be a good way to get your feet wet and make a little money online, those looking for something more substantial will likely look elsewhere…
The advantage to making money online is that the connected world gives you leverage. It enables you to create something once and earn money from it many times over.
Paid surveys provide zero leverage. For every survey you do, you only get paid once... and even then, it's not very much.
I’m not sure about you, but I prefer to earn passive income.
How Much Do They Pay?
I’ve seen surveys on Survey Junkie pay as low as 10 cents and as high as $3 or $4. Unfortunately, the higher paying surveys are far and few between, and you still have to qualify for them.
Having said that… it’s better than many other survey sites.
Surveys average between a couple minutes to take, up to half-an-hour… depending on how thorough you are when answering. Be careful though, they’ll ask you repetitive questions and try to trip you up to make sure you’re being honest and paying attention.
Points : Dollars Ratio
1000 points is equal to $10.
Minimum Payout Threshold
One of the things I like about Survey Junkie is that they don’t hold you hostage with a ridiculous minimum that you must reach before cashing out. Vindale Research for example has a $50 minimum which also expires.
All you need here for redemption is 1000 points ($10)… and you’re already at 75 (points) just for signing up and completing your profile.
You are required to verify your identity when cashing out, and points can be redeemed for e-Gift cards such as Amazon and Target (US only), along with PayPal and Dwolla if you prefer cash.
Here is a video of a member demonstrating the redemption process.
Other Ways to Make Money
Survey Junkie does surveys… and they do them well. They don’t do games, product testing, sweepstakes and so on…
On one hand, it would be nice to have multiple ways to make money, like Swagbucks for example. On the other hand… it’s good that they stick to what they know best.
They do have a refer-a-friend program if you’re interested in recommending them to others, and you can also earn up to 5 points for doing tutorials.
Is Survey Junkie Safe?
If you’ve read this far, you’ll know that Survey Junkie is safe… but if you’re just skimming, I'll touch on this topic because it doesn't matter what make-money-online site you're on... someone will accuse them of being a scam.
One of the most common issues with online surveys is the one shown above… and with just about every online money-making site you’ll get people calling them a scam.
The big issue here is that you complete surveys, accumulate points, and then get kicked out before getting paid, or have your account suspended for some mysterious reason.
Usually it’s an error, or the survey taker was too quick and provided inconsistent answers.
Survey Junkie responded to the complaint above, and the vast majority of reviews are positive. Currently, 88% of Trust Pilot reviewers have rated Survey Junkie either great, or excellent.
There are a few Survey Junkie reviews saying “scam”, but not many.
And, there are definitely real scams out there; dishonest survey sites that disqualify you and close your account so they don’t have to pay… but Survey Junkie is NOT one of them.
Survey Junkie Reviews and Complaints
They are legit, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get complaints.
With thousands of Survey Junkie reviews on sites like Reddit and Trust Pilot, you’re going to find some problems.
It should be noted though, that these complaints are common to many other survey sites as well.
- The surveys fill up fast and you get a message saying link expired or quota full.
- Getting disqualified from surveys (wrong demographic or inconsistent answers). Survey Junkie estimates that you will qualify for 1 out of 4 surveys.
- Low pay. Many of the surveys pay under 50 points.
- Difficulty when verifying identity (example below).
Members also have a lot of good things to say about Survey Junkie…
- Able to earn the minimum threshold amount in under a week and payments through PayPal are made immediately.
- Although not many, you do earn some points for survey attempts when you get disqualified.
- A lot of survey opportunities.
What I Like
- Points are offered just for signing up and completing your profile.
- Better Business Bureau accredited with an A rating.
- Take surveys on any device.
What I Don’t Like
- Survey Junkie is one of the most popular survey sites out there, so surveys fill up fast… usually within 24 – 48 hours.
- Not enough good paying surveys.
- No passive income potential.
I'm not a big fan of doing surveys for money. They can be time consuming, the pay is low, and you’re not building an income producing asset for the future. In my opinion, it’s better to spend your time online creating something that will provide a long-term income.
But... if you've struggled to make money online, surveys can be a fun way to get started. They’re simple and safe, and even though they don't provide passive income... if you only need a few extra bucks for coffee every now and then, Survey Junkie is a good choice.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope my review was helpful.