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Survey Says!

I am going to talk about the online survey game. It is nothing like The Family Feud, where you might actually have a chance to win some money. The Survey is where I actually started my online quest to earn some extra cash.

We have all heard about these things, right? All you have to do is find them, fill them out, and you are home free...

Not so fast... if you Google the word survey, you will find at least 600 pages to choose from. So then you narrow it down to those that promise cash. After that you weed out the ones that want a sign-up fee.

Even if it is free to sign-up be prepared to agree to some kind of trial period, or to try some product on a trial basis.

I landed on a page that was supposed to possess all the inside secrets of making cash. And I have to admit they did seem to know what they were talking about.

Because I was quite serious about this endeavor, I paid the $44.00 to have not only exclusive access to the best paying surveys, but, also to the support and training I would need.

The first thing they recommended was that I get the free download of a pass-word manager.

Actually this was the best thing to come out of this site. If you are going to spend a lot of time filling in surveys, it makes your life so much easier.

In fact, I have long since given up the survey game, but have kept the pass-word manager, and even have it on my phone. I figured the $44.00 was for the pass-word manager, considering the site helped me do nothing.

I went through their little fluff training, and then proceeded to sign-up for all the major survey companies. I spent more time going through the pass-word manager tutorials, because it was time better spent.

The next thing I know, I am bombarded with dozens and dozens of survey companies, all with offers better than the last. Excited about this, I jump right in, and before you know it I am signed-up with 24 survey companies. Great right?

Well... not so much... I spent many tedious hours signing-up, signing-in, sifting through pages and pages....and pages... of offers, and coupons, and deals, and other survey sites, to get the actual surveys themselves.

The surveys were always interrupted by more offers, and more deals. When I finally got through to the end, I was sent an email stating that I did not qualify, or did not meet their criterion.

I then tried other sites that were dedicated survey sites. In other words, I would not have to go to any other site; I could find all the surveys I wanted with just one site. One stop-shopping, as it were.

They even offered a $5.00 sign-up incentive. we are talking, or so I thought.

After feverishly filling out a dozen surveys, while dodging the endless offers, I thought I was up to $10.00. As it turned out, I did not qualify for any of them, (I suspect because I dodged the offers).

I was allotted $00.01 for my efforts. So I only made $00.12 cents, after many tiresome hours. The final blow came when I discovered that I needed a minimum of $25.00 in order to cash out.

Actually, there was very little cash involved with any of the survey sites, contrary to their hype. I found I could rack up points, or credits for more of their merchandise. But no real cash. Plus, now I am inundated daily with a ton of spam, asking me to come back to their site.

So, long story made short, the survey racket is just that... a racket. However, I try to learn something or to take something of value with me, when I leave one of these wild goose chases. In this case it was the pass-word manager that was the best thing to come out of it.

Stay tuned, just like a Knight on a quest, I have a lot more trials and tribulations to share.


Street Talk

Thanks again, for taking the time to comment :)

  about 1 decade ago

Interesting read. Thanks for getting the word out on this crap that litters the net.

  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Cynthia, I appreciate you taking the time to comment. It is my sincere desire to help people avoid some of the pit-falls of the online money making rackets/schemes. I can't say i'ts the soul reason I started my website, beings how I am a starving Artist and all:) Working for minimum wage, and being treated like crap, pushed me over that threshold; however, I did make the decision to only promote products/services that I personally believe in or have tried for myself. This is not a popular choice, again, it's the difference between living on the sidewalk with my integrity, or living in a mansion built on lies. I think the sidewalk is a more solid foundation...Cheers--EK

  about 1 decade ago

Glad you got yourself a useful tool from your journey! Good article on a hot topic. Thanks for saving me and others who find your article the time of checking it out. You do indeed bump into stuff online saying surveys are s a good way to earn. Didn't consider whether survey racket or learn something on my part -- simply didn't seem interesting to me. Now I'm glad didn't put time in... and since remembering passwords helps my mind I'd not have gotten anything:-) Good article! Thanks.

  about 1 decade ago
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