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by Nicole on April 29, 2009

I have a love-hate relationship with SurveySpot. I have made more money with them than with any other survey site. What’s the “hate” side of the relationship? Most of the surveys I do start out as “sweepstakes only”. A lot of them end in a product test, an invitation to a high-paying online forum survey, or an invitation to join an online community where I get paid in giftcards for nominal weekly participation.

I get surveys from SurveySpot every day and sometimes complete them if I have time. In case you have a lot of time on your hands, you’ll have to learn to ignore some of their survey invites. They won’t tell you which ones might lead to product tests or online community or forum invitations, you just roll the dice and take a chance. For me, it pays off a lot of the time. I cash out each month with SurveySpot (you need $5 to request a check) and have always been paid timely with no issues.

It’s FREE to sign up and you are under no obligation to complete surveys. After each survey you are given the option to see if other surveys are available. Keep clicking – they usually are. I have gotten some of my best rewards and coolest product tests when I just kept on clicking!

Some of the other surveys companies already reviewed on this blog are Lightspeed, Greenfield, Global Test Market, Survey Savvy, SayNation, Valued Opinions, American Consumer Opinion, Opinion Outpost , Zoompanel, Ipsos I-Say, HCD Surveys, and university-sponsored sites. Have you signed up for all of them?

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1 lo April 29, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Thanks so much for posting this- I always thought the only surveys that paid or led to anything were the ones with the $ amount in the title. I didn’t know I was missing out on so much!! Thanks to your post I stopped by the site and took a couple surveys including a $5 one I would have never seen otherwise. Just another reason why I love your blog :)

2 Annette April 29, 2009 at 8:08 pm

I used to do SurveySpot but I was tired of only being entered into sweepstakes. I never once was offered anything else. I’m glad someone’s making money from them, even if it is hit and miss.

I finally had to unsubscribe because I was getting too many emails a day and I couldn’t keep up.

Good luck! Maybe…maybe…I’ll give it another go!

3 Business Mommy April 30, 2009 at 12:26 am

I hardly ever get anything cool from survey spot. I kept on going with it tonight to see. Nope. Nothing cool. I did get something a couple weeks ago for the first time (doing their surveys for several months.) I’m doing a product test that’s really neat. Oh, I got a $5 amazon gift card from one of the surveys too. But still. A lot of work, very little pay out.

However, I’m loving mystery shopping!!! It’s so much fun.

4 Michelle April 30, 2009 at 7:06 am

Hi Nicole,
is this one of the survey sites where you have to sign up for gold, silver or platinum offers? I really hate the ones that make you spend money to earn less.

5 Nicole @ Nicole's Nickels April 30, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Hi Michelle: I don’t know of any survey sites that have gold, silver and platinum offers? What sites are you referring to? The online offers I post about have gold, silver and platinum offers but there you spend A LOT less than what you earn (like my $500 valued gift that I got for $36.34). SurveySpot is FREE, you will never have to pay for anything on a survey I site that I post about on this blog.

6 Maggie Yaksic April 30, 2009 at 6:45 pm

I think Michelle is referring to inbox dollars. Very little pay for minimal rewards.

7 Empire Hancock August 16, 2009 at 1:05 am

I was happy with SurveySpot for a long time. I did surveys for them for, oh, I want to say almost 4 years. Got a decent amount of paid ones and even managed to qualify for a few 90min interactive focus group things that paid pretty well, plus a few free products to try out.

At some point earlier this year, I realized that hadn't sent me any survey invitations in quite a while. It had been about a month since the last one when I decided to log in to my account on the website. Well, when I get there, I can log in, but there is no saved account info for me, and the survey rewards I had accumulated over the last couple years were nowhere to be found.

I contacted them, wanting to know what happened with my reward money. They did respond very quickly, within 24 hours, I would say. They claimed that my account was / had gone inactive, but they would reinstate all my earnings and I could re-join with the site if I wanted. When asked, they didn't respond about why my account had become no longer active, but oh well.

Within 48 hours, the reward money was back in my account and I rejoined the site. Just a reactivation of my account – same username and password and all my saved account info (address, etc) was still there.

Two weeks later, I had yet to recieve a single survey invitation since "reactivating" my account. I log in on the website. Again, my earnings and all my account info are gone, yet I can still log in. I contact them again, same questions (what happened to my account/rewards). They were much slower to respond this time. Took almost a week. Again, they said my account had become inactive. How? I don't know. Your account CAN become inactive if you never complete any surveys within a period of time (at least it says that somewhere on the website), but it hadn't even been that length of time since I reactivated my account. But, again, they didn't explain why *my* account was inactive.

At any rate, when they did reply, once again they said they would reinstate my survey rewards and I could re-join the site if I wanted to. It took at least a week (not the 2-3 days as promised) for my account info and reward money to be reinstated. But to their credit, it did come back eventually. My earnings were there again. Of course, as soon as they were available to me, I requested a check and decided I wouldn't bother anymore. Which is kind of too bad, in a way, because I often enjoyed the surveys and I managed to rack up a decent amount of money in the time I was doing said surveys (mind you, I never cashed out in all the time I was with them, so when I finally did withdraw, I got x number of years of survey participation rewards all at once.)

On the plus side, they did cut me a check, and I received it in just under two weeks from the date of my request. I've read complaints on one or two other sites about how it takes them for-freaking-ever to send you a check, but I didn't have that problem.

In summation, I was happy to do surveys for them for a long time, but in the end, my account just kind of disappeared and it was sort of a hassle because they didn't explain why my account became inactive.. TWICE. But they did pay up, and did so in a swift and timely fashion.

8 Nicole @ Nicole's Nickels August 16, 2009 at 4:36 am

Empire Hancock: I'm happy to hear that they did provide you with good customer service. I guess the moral of the story is to cash out as frequently as possible and not let points accumulate. I recommend going through each survey site once a month and cashing out!

9 TERESA ROWELL April 12, 2010 at 9:32 pm


10 nicolesnickels April 12, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Survey Spot will not require you to pay anything but some surveys do not have high payouts. You will not get rich doing surveys but the companies I blog about are all legit and easy ways to earn a few extra dollars.

11 catherine houseworth December 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I would love to give this a try.

12 Matt February 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I have not had the type of experience you’ve described with Survey spot. I’ve done several surveys for SS & yet I’ve received no points at all so far. Another thing, & this may be a server issue. I saved your blog to my favorites so that I may remember the sites you suggested. When I clicked on Lightspeed, I got Survey head. When I clicked on greenfeild, I got toluna. I decided to just check m y inbox after that & that’s when (after completeing another SurveySpot) I realized that your description & my experience (so far) don’t match. what might I be doing wrong? or am I just too impatient.

13 Danielle Ridgway March 23, 2011 at 11:28 pm

I have been doing surveys for this company for quit a few months now but have found that latly when I try to sign in the site just keeps going back to the main menu and will not allow me to sign in. I enter my correct email and password and yet I’m stuck in limbo. Whats up with this? Any sugestions of what to do? (DEE)

14 nicolesnickels March 24, 2011 at 6:37 am

Contact customer service for account issues.

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