Welcome and thanks for stopping by to read my Survey Spotter Review.
If you're searching online for a way to make money, you've likely run into several online survey sites.
It sounds like an easy way to make extra money, especially when you have bills and debt to pay off. But do sites like Survey Spotter really pay?
Is Survey Spotter legit?
This review will explain what Survey Spotter is (hint: it's not a survey company), what they do, and how they work. I'll also discuss the benefits, the drawbacks, and whether Survey Spotter is a scam.
Here are the topics I'm going to cover:
- What is Survey Spotter?
- Is Survey Spotter a Scam?
- Can You Make Money With Survey Spotter?
- How Does Survey Spotter Work?
- Does Survey Spotter Actually Pay?
- Survey Spotter Reviews and Complaints
- What I Like About Survey Spotter
- What I Don't Like
- Where Do You Go from Here?
Please note, I am not an affiliate for Survey Spotter. This review has been researched with information and/or testimonials that are available online in the public domain. Any recommendations and/or conclusions are strictly opinions and may not apply to, or agree with, all persons or situations. See full disclaimer for more info
What is Survey Spotter?
Survey Spotter is a third-party survey aggregator that allows users to earn money for completing small online surveys and offers. Based out of London UK, it is operated by Leadscale Labs Ltd.
Leadscale, known as All Grove Ltd until November 2021, was founded in 2003 and is located at Unit 1 6 Owen Street Islington in London.
Survey Spotter/Leadscale Labs Ltd.
As a survey aggregator, Survey Spotter connects you to other survey sites. They are similar to sites like Survey Compare and Panel Payday, which don't offer their own surveys or market research services.
Rather than being actual market research companies, they provide a portal where you can join other market research companies (survey sites).
In turn, Survey Spotter receives a small commission at no cost to you. Think of it like a shopping mall for legit survey sites. Rather than going to each survey provider individually, they are all here in one place.
Is Survey Spotter a Scam?
SurveySpotter is not a scam, but some might consider it misleading to appear as a legit survey site and then redirect you to other sites.
In other words, they don't provide a ton of extra value because you'll still have to fill out forms for each individual survey site.
Having said that, they provide a central location where you can access each survey company, saving you time. And they've filtered out the online scam surveys from the legitimate ones.
Still, a major complaint about survey companies, and a reason they are accused of being online scams, is that they often disqualify you after you complete the survey. As a result, your time was wasted answering questions. In these instances, there will be no payment.
This happens because you often need to participate in the survey before they can determine if you're a good fit. In addition, many survey sites have pre-screener surveys.
Another reason some might consider Survey Spotter a scam is because they make money when they refer you to other sites. There's some interesting psychology here. Although some people are happy to make money themselves, they don't always like it when others make money (but that's a topic for a different article).
Anyway, in this instance, Survey Spotter is effectively an affiliate marketer. They generate leads for sites like Branded Surveys, Opinion Outpost, Pinecone Research, etc. And even though there are no costs to sign up, someone made money (which can make people feel they were taken advantage of, which is not the case).
It would be like your real estate agent offering you a gift for referring your friends. Or a car dealership giving you a free oil change for every person you refer who buys a car. They are only using decades-old sales strategies to generate leads.
It only becomes a scam when someone refers you to a scam, and that's not what Survey Spotter is doing. Instead, they are referring you to legit survey sites.
If you're looking for a full-time income online, an online business may even be what you're looking for.
You may be at home because of difficulties with your health or young ones to look after. Or maybe you're just tired of your job.
Can You Make Money on Survey Spotter?
You don't actually make money on Survey Spotter, which I'll discuss further below. You are instead making money on the sites you join through Survey Spotter.
A different question that gets more to the point is whether you can make money doing surveys at all.
Yes, you can make money doing surveys.
However, I will say that Survey Spotter's estimates are optimistic. They say you can earn up to £300 per month or £20 per survey.
In my opinion, this is not realistic.
While it's theoretically possible to earn £300 per month using multiple sites and completing many surveys, individual surveys that pay £20 are extremely rare. I wouldn't say they are non-existent, but they are usually specialized and only apply to experts in a specific field.
How Much Do Survey Takers Make?
Most surveys pay in the £1 – £2 range. Some surveys pay less than £1, but occasionally, you'll have an opportunity to complete surveys in the £5 – £10 range.
Surveys take between 5 and 20 minutes to complete, give or take.
The only time I can remember getting paid more than that for a survey were actual focus groups I attended in person.
In either case, surveys will not provide a full-time income.
Surveys generally pay based on the size of their target audience. A survey with generic questions that anyone can take will pay lower than one that requires specialized knowledge or a specific demographic.
For example, if a company that manufactures portable blood pressure machines is surveying people, it's likely they are of a certain age with a shortlist of medical conditions.
Because the pool of people who can respond to that survey is relatively small, the payout will need to be higher to attract enough people for a usable dataset.
Or, a tool company may be conducting a survey requiring specialized knowledge only auto mechanics have. In that instance, they would have to pay a significant amount to make it worth the mechanics' time.
On the other hand, if a fast-food chain surveyed existing or potential customers, their pool of potential survey takers would be significant. Therefore, their pay rates would be lower.
Overall though, a full-time time survey taker using multiple sites can potentially earn a few hundred dollars per month. It's less than minimum wage, but that's the trade-off. What minimum wage job can you do in your spare time while sitting on your couch and watching TV?
Is Survey Spotter a Good Website?
Different from the question of being able to make money on Survey Spotter, or if it's legit… is whether it's a good website. In my opinion, it is. It's simple to use and provides a clean user interface.
It also doesn't ask you for personal information other than age and gender.
They don't ask for financial information, marriage status, political affiliations, whether you're a homeowner or anything you might find too personal. They don't even ask for your address.
How Does Survey Spotter Work?
If you've been reading this far, you'll know that Survey Spotter is not a survey company but rather an aggregator or a curator.
However, if you're just skimming quickly and you've jumped to this section, I'll explain it again briefly.
When you join Survey Spotter, you will be presented with a list of survey companies that you can choose to join. It looks like this…
Of course, before you reach this point, you'll have to sign up. So, let's start with who can join and the qualifications.
Survey Spotter Qualifications
Qualifying for Survey Spotter is not difficult, but there are a few things to consider.
First, you must be over 18 years of age and provide a valid email address.
Although Survey Spotter (and its parent company) are London-based and say in the Terms and Conditions you must be a resident of mainland UK, that is not necessarily true.
While Survey Spotter publishes these terms, the reality is that you're not doing any business with them. You are not signing up for Survey Spotter services.
The actual qualifications depend on the survey company you are signing up for.
For example, if you join LifePoints through Survey Spotter, it doesn't matter what Survey Spotter's terms and/or qualifications are. They are overridden by LifePoints because they are the marketing research company providing you with surveys.
They are also the company that is consolidating market research and data for clients.
Once you register on each survey site, your direct relationship with Survey Spotter is no longer necessary.
Therefore, the most accurate response to Survey Spotter's qualifications is that it depends on your chosen survey platforms (even if you join through Survey Spotter). Each one will have its own set of qualifications.
Furthermore, each survey you do will have its own set of qualifications.
For example, to qualify for a survey about baby products, you will most likely have to be a parent.
How to Join Survey Spotter?
Joining Survey Spotter is simple. You don't even need a password-secured account.
Step one is just entering your gender and age.
Once you do that, Survey Spotter will request your name and email (but not a password). If you want to receive promotional emails about new survey companies, you have the option of clicking ‘yes' (as shown below).
Now you're ready to get started.
Now that you're inside, they will present you with a list of survey sites to join, which will look like the list shown earlier (a couple of sections above). To participate, choose the ones that interest you, as shown in the example below.
Shortly after your selection, you will receive an email asking you to complete the account set-up process with each individual survey company.
Here's an email I received from LifePoints asking me to finish setting up my account by providing more details…
Once fully registered with each company, the process will vary. Some companies provide a members area where you can view surveys, tasks, and various offers.
For example, Cashback will give you a list of tasks to complete that involve signing up for subscriptions and free trials.
In other cases, sites like Branded Surveys send you survey invites and promotional emails. Below are examples of the invites I've received from them…
Does Survey Spotter Actually Pay?
No, Survey Spotter does not pay you. Your payments come from the individual companies you've signed up for. As mentioned earlier, once you've created separate accounts with each survey site, your Survey Spotter account is no longer necessary.
Your surveys, tasks, offers, and rewards will come directly from your selected companies. Not from Survey Spotter.
Depending on the site, your payments will be made in different ways.
Each one will use a different payment processor. For example, some may pay through PayPal, gift cards, check, or direct deposit. Others offer rewards programs like Amazon, Netflix, or Starbucks gift cards.
Some companies pay through Payoneer, Dwolla, Skrill, and other payment services. And most require that you verify your identity before payment can be made, and fees may apply.
Each site will have a minimum payout threshold, and approval times will vary.
A couple other good online survey sites I recommend are Survey Junkie and Inbox Dollars. They also offer rewards for doing things you might normally do online anyway, like searching the web, visiting websites and watching videos.
If you're looking for a full-time income online because of medical issues keeping you at home, kids to take care of, or just a job you no longer like, an online business may be what you want.
There's so much junk and misinformation out there though, that knowing how (and where) to start is what you need in order to get what you want.
Surveys Sites Currently Listed On Survey Spotter
Survey Spotter's list will change over time, but the current list includes:
- Branded Surveys
- Toluna Influencers
- Valued Opinions
- Opinion Outpost
- Oh My Dosh
TIP: If you're going to sign up for online surveys, set up a separate email account so that all of your surveys are in one place.
Survey Spotter Reviews and Complaints
Survey Spotter complaints are surprisingly few, which is good. Most user reviews are positive, and the few complaints within blog and YouTube comments are more about the survey sites themselves, not Survey Spotter directly.
Compared to other ways of making money online, surveys don't pay a lot, and you will find complaints about that. It's a valid complaint but not particularly helpful. Surveys pay what they pay. It's not the survey company's fault.
It's supply and demand.
They provide market research data to their clients, and their clients are only willing to pay so much. If the survey company charges too much, the client will choose another survey company for the job.
The other complaint is that Survey Spotter is not an actual survey company. That's true. However, the end result for the survey taker is the same. They sign up, take surveys, and get paid.
I expected to find more Survey Spotter user reviews on Reddit, Trustpilot, and similar sites… but those are relatively few as well.
What I Like About Survey Spotter
- Free to join. No credit card is required.
- They don't pretend to be a get-rich-quick site or make other ridiculous claims.
- All current survey companies they recommend are legit sites.
- Survey Spotter performs as advertised. There were no technical issues that I encountered, and there were no complaints from users.
What I Don't Like
- Earning potential is limited.
- Each survey company's screening process is different but, in some cases, can be intrusive. Common questions include income, loans and banking details, employers, etc.
- Using Survey Spotter, you still need to deal with third-party survey sites and any challenges they present.
- There is no reason to use Survey Spotter if you are already registered with several survey companies.
Where Do You Go from Here?
Survey Spotter provides an easy way to join multiple survey sites all in one place. And they filter out the scams.
Having said that, you won't be able to quit your job and only do surveys. They don't provide a full-time income under any circumstances.
If you've got a stack of bills and debts to pay off, some monthly survey money is helpful but not life-changing.
You might be a student in school or a single parent at home. You may have health challenges that make regular work difficult, or maybe you're just tired of your current job.
If that's the case and a full-time income is what you're looking for, an online business is what you want.
With all the scams and schemes out there though, knowing how and where to get started the right way is what you need in order to get what you want.
I hope my Survey Spotter review has been helpful. Please share in the comments section below if you have any comments, questions, or experience with Survey Spotter.