Welcome to my SurveyCompare review.
I like answering surveys. It’s kinda weird to say it but I do. Although I don’t enjoy being ambushed to fill out a survey on the street, I do enjoy answering surveys online. Most of the surveys I fill out usually come from the apps and games I use on my phone. And often enough, the surveys that come from those games usually reward you with something that you can use in those games. Most of the time, it’s in-game currency. It’s a pretty decent way for companies to get feedback. Incentives are always a good motivator.
So when I come across websites that say you can earn a lot of money from participating in and answering surveys, I was intrigued. It was an interesting premise. You answer surveys and you get paid. That seems simple enough. Surveys don’t take that much time to answer. And the possible cash rewards aren’t bad either. But something about that premise feels off to me.
So I made this review to get to the bottom of it.
Here are some quick details about the website:
- Full Name: SurveyCompare
- Owner: Marketing VF Ltd.
- Availability: May depend on the country
- Website: UK | Philippines
What Is SurveyCompare?
SurveyCompare is a website where it can help you earn money or rewards for answering surveys. This website does not conduct any of the surveys. It merely acts as a hub where you can sign up for various survey panel companies.
How Does SurveyCompare Work?
Like I mentioned earlier, SurveyCompare mainly works as the hub where you can register for each survey panel company that they partner with. It’s actually similar to how Survey Spotter functions.
I’ve mainly come across the websites for residents of the United Kingdom and the Philippines. If you search for it online, you made get an ad for the website tailored to your country. The URL in your country will likely include whatever the country code is. Though it may vary.
When you open the website, it will most likely look like the screenshot I included at the top of this review. There aren’t a lot of places you can go elsewhere on this website. If you scroll down, you will mostly see details on how the website works. If you noticed that asterisk next to the word “survey” and “[amount]/month,” there is a disclaimer at the bottom that says:
* The amount of money you can earn depends on how many companies you choose to sign up for and how long you want to spend completing surveys. For instance, the average survey pays £3; taking 5 surveys a day, 5 days a week gives £300/month
There’s a lot to unpack there. SurveyCompare isn’t directly involved in rewarding you for answering the surveys. Let’s make that clear. The survey panel companies are the ones who will do that. I’m gonna save up the rest of my explanations about the rewards system. It’ll happen later in this review. Sorry for being a tease.
How to Sign Up
But first, let’s talk about the most important thing: signing up. The sign up process takes five steps. First, you must provide your gender identity and birthdate. Second, you must provide your email address. The website will then redirect you to the list of survey panel companies you can sign up for.
The amount of survey panel companies you can sign up for depends on where you’re from. In the UK, they have around five or so survey panel companies you can join. In the Philippines, or at least in my case, they only have two. As you can see in the screenshot, they also include icons on what kind of rewards of you can earn from each panel. With YouGov, you can earn cash, gift vouchers or other prizes. With Ipsos iSay, you can only earn gift vouchers and other prizes.
Once you’ve chosen any or all survey panels, you will then have to provide some basic information about yourself. You know, the usual. Name and address mainly. After you’ve finished that, all you have to do is wait for the emails to come in. You will receive those emails almost immediately after signing up on the SurveyCompare website. Each of the panels you’ve chosen will send you the link in order to answer an initial survey. Those initial surveys will go a bit more in depth regarding other demographic details they need from you. After completing that survey, they will reward you according to their respective rewards system.
Participating in Surveys
Now I know what you’re wondering. “What do I do now?” Well… How should I put this? You wait for them to notify you if you qualify for another survey.
Yeah… You don’t immediately get another survey after the initial one. If you don’t already know, surveys don’t happen as frequently as you’d hope. Some do, but most of them take a while. Your answers to that initial survey basically serve as gauge to let the company know if you qualify for an upcoming survey or not.
After I finished answering the initial survey that YouGov provided, there wasn’t much else to do. It would be kinda weird to immediately qualify for another survey. I do want to mention that I set my survey frequency to weekly instead of regularly. As much I enjoy answering surveys, I don’t actually like doing them often.
Is SurveyCompare Legit? Does It Pay?
To answer the first question that the heading ask, yes. It is legit. The answer to the second question is a bit more complicated.
As I have said earlier, SurveyCompare isn’t directly involved with any of payments. Its main purpose is to lead you to the actual companies that are going to reward you for participating. There’s nothing else they really do besides that. But it is a good time to dissect that disclaimer from the previous section of this article.
(Side note: I’m going to include it here again in case you forgot. Though I will change the amounts to the one from the Philippine website. Mainly because it is easier on my part to explain.)
The amount of money you can earn depends on how many companies you choose to sign up for and how long you want to spend completing surveys. For instance, the average survey pays ₱100; taking 5 surveys a day, 5 days a week gives ₱10,000/month
I find it hard to believe that you can actually earn up to ₱10,000 a month from completing surveys. Because for the most part, the frequency of how many you can complete depends on how many you can qualify for. So if you haven’t qualified for five surveys in one day, you’re already losing out on earning ₱500 that day. You may qualify for surveys in the following days. But what if you only qualified for just five surveys in the entire month? That’s not a lot for so much time that was wasted.
And because there’s so many survey panel companies with their own methods of payment, you’re not really guaranteed that your payment will be in cash.
Take YouGov for example.
YouGov rewards you with points for completing surveys that you qualify for. After I completed that initial survey, I received 100 points. And since I haven’t qualified for another survey, I’m pretty much stuck with 100 points. And all of the rewards you can get each require 5,000 points. How the fuck are you gonna be able to reach those amount of points? The rewards itself seem decent enough. But the amount of surveys you have to complete in order to reach that requirement isn’t worth the hassle.
I’ve only been able to sign up for YouGov because I kept getting an error message from Ipsos iSay that I can’t finish creating an account. And I’m pretty much stuck with only that survey panel company. So if you’re wondering if you can actually reach ₱10,000 a month for completing surveys. You probably can’t. Especially if you only qualify for one panel.
Pros and Cons
- Easy to sign up for the survey panels
- The featured companies are legit
- There are a good selection of survey panels to join
- Rewards vary per company
- Doesn’t guarantee you’ll qualify for every survey from each panel
- Amount of panels you can join depends on your location
I can’t really recommend participating in paid surveys as your primary source of income. There is no way that you can actually earn the amount of money that the SurveyCompare website advertises. Paid surveys don’t really pay that well. The website may say that the average survey payout is ₱100 or £3. But it’s actually just a fraction of that. And because not all survey panels have the same rewards system, you’re not guaranteed actual money as compensation.
You’re just gonna waste so much time waiting to see if you qualify for a survey. And when you do, the survey may somehow change its mind and say you’re not qualified. Then what the fuck was that whole initial survey even for? Why would you even ask me for my household’s annual income if I don’t even qualify for a survey looking for people with that kind of income? Is this a joke?
But if you still want to answer surveys, go ahead. Just don’t expect you’re gonna get a lot from it.
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