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Survey Site: Paid Surveys at Home
Paid Surveys at Home has earned THREE AND ONE HALF STARS and is RECOMMENDED with CERTAIN RESERVATIONS. This site had an excellent number of positive elements. One disappointment was a delay in responses to inquiries we sent to their customer service department, but all of our issues were eventually addressed. The delay was not enough to sway us from our belief that this is one of the better survey database sites we have seen.
Return Policy: 60-day money-back guarantee
Paid Surveys at Home was a pleasant surprise for our survey site reviewers, and quickly made it into to the top ranks on our list of favorite website survey sites.
Our first experience with the site was the main homepage. The layout was clean, crisp, and easy to navigate. It offered a convenient calculator at the top of the page, allowing visitors to estimate just how much money they could make as an online survey taker. Customer testimonials listed along the left-hand side of the page provided insights from other satisfied users of the site. The right-hand side of the page included an informative description of how the survey site works. The content was reminiscent of a sales pitch, but mentioned different ways people could make money online beyond taking online surveys, such as participating in focus groups, phone surveys, product sampling and previewing movie trailers. The bottom of the page had a large button users could click to get started.
On the next screen, the site posted statistics on what companies spend on market research each year, average price ranges for surveys, and a piece describing the advantages of doing online surveys. The list included no need for special skills, no office politics and no phone calls. The page also offered a link to a sample of a typical survey, a unique and useful piece of information for those curious about becoming an online survey taker. It was followed by a description of available bonus offers and a registration box to start the registration process for the site. One quick note about this page — we clicked the back button and then cancelled our decision to leave the page and were rewarded with a discounted rate.
After we completed our initial registration, we were taken to a page where we were given an opportunity to enter a half-off coupon. This code, in addition to the discount awarded earlier, took the total price from $68 down to $17 plus tax. This is one of THE BEST prices we have found for survey registration sites on the web. It was a one-time only fee, and we were given the option of paying via credit card or PayPal account. We opted for PayPal. Once we entered our payment information, we were taken through three different screen offering “urgent and very exclusive” invitations. Every time we skipped past a screen by selecting the “no thanks” link at the bottom, we were offered greater and greater discounts. When we reached the fourth page, we were greeted by a confirmation window where we were allowed to complete our order.
The next page after order completion was a thank-you page that gave our username and receipt ID — pieces of information we needed to log into the member’s area of the site. One piece of advice for others users is to make sure to pay by credit card if you do not want your username to default to the email address for your PayPal account. This page also included a “go to login” button, as well as a link to contact support. We opted to proceed to the member’s area by selecting the “go to login” button.
The member’s area for this site was surprisingly robust. The member’s area homepage included six tabs along the top that direct members to Home, Start Here, Market Research Companies, Your Upgrades, Bonuses, and Extras. The Home tab had a letter from Patricia Johnson welcoming new users to the site. The Start Here tab gave useful tips on how to maximize income earned through the site. The Market Research Companies tab went to the main page for the survey database. The Upgrades, Bonuses, and Extras tabs went to links offering other money-making opportunities. We focused our energies on the Market Research Companies tab.
This database offered over 450 links to survey opportunities, with the first 355 open to US residents. This number is huge in comparison to other similar sites. The first 40 links were organized according to top survey sites on the web. The remaining links were organized in alphabetical order. It was extremely well-organized and user-friendly. The links were included in a table that showed the name and link for the site, region, and what type of rewards they offered (cash, prizes, etc.). Our favorite column, and something we have not found on many other survey sites, was an option to report missing or broken links directly to customer service.
This site had an excellent number of positive elements. One disappointment was a delay in responses to inquiries we sent to their customer service department, but all of our issues were eventually addressed. The delay was not enough to sway us from our belief that this is one of the better survey database sites we have seen.
- Membership for a one-time fee of $17.49 (with discounts)
- Extensive member’s area
- Links to more than 450 survey websites
- Access to other potential money-making opportunities
Pros of this site:
- One-time only fee with a 60-day money back guarantee
- One of the lowest registration prices available
- Helpful survey tips in member’s area
- Links to other money making opportunities in member’s areas
- Pages load quickly and site was up every time we visited
- An organized and easy-to-navigate survey database
- Convenient links that easily take users to important areas of the site
Cons of this site:
- Lots of additional offers presented at registration
- Delayed responses from customer service
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