Is PaidViewPoint.com A Scam?
So if you've been in this industry long enough you may eventually hear buzz about making money with paid online surveys. Now here's the thing, depending on your experience and your mindset you either love paid surveys or think they're a total waste of time or scam!
I can totally sympathize with the latter group. Let's face it, too often many market research companies will have you spending nearly 5 or more minutes on screener questions only to discover that you didn't qualify for the survey! Now ain't that a bitch! I just lost minutes of my life that I could have used to earn guarantee money on some place like Amazon Mechanical Turk, Clixsense or Swagbucks! Of course that doesn't sit well with people and they start to resent these market research companies.
Another common beef is not getting any surveys at all. You spend all that time filling out demographic information about yourself and then you wait for those survey opportunities to come. But they never do! That sucks! You end up feeling one of two things; rejected or pissed! I understand the sentiments either way but just keep in mind that market research is based on supply and demand. Some demographics are more valuable to certain companies than others. If you don't fit that demographic then you're ass out. I know, understanding the reason doesn't make it feel better! Sigh….
Reading this you can't help but feel getting paid to take surveys isn't all that appealing. Well before you go ahead and write them off, you may want to reconsider your position. Finally there is a market research company that seems to have heard our complaints and has created a paid online survey company with us in mind!
Who is PaidViewPoint.com?
PaidViewPoint.com is basically a sister company of an already established and legitimate work at home opportunity we all love here, InstantCashSweepstakes.com. Like most market research companies they're in the business of gathering information from folks like you and I. They report their findings to businesses so in turn they can make better products, services, websites, advertisements, etc. All of which adds to a company's bottom line and why they are willing to pay us for our feedback.
What makes PaidViewPoint.com different?
I think they pretty much summed it up best in their own words:
"PaidViewpoint is the market research survey site built upon 4 principles:
- We pay cash for every completed market research survey.
- We never screen you out once you've been invited into a survey.
- We've cracked the code that takes "boring" out of the survey answering experience.
- Privacy – we never ask you to register your real name or complete physical address."
Notice how they hit some of the major complaints that we survey takers have expressed! It makes me wonder if they surveyed users at InstantCashSweepStakes.com or elsewhere to create the answer to a common problem?
Either way these are the traits I love about this company! Can you imagine if every survey company worked like this?
So how does it work?
Like most survey companies you'll usually get an email when there is a survey ready for you. At the time of this review, I usually get a paid survey from them every day! This may or may not be the case for you. Another thing to note is that many times their survey invitation emails end up in my spam folder. Fortunately I'm already in the habit of checking that folder every day because so many of my WANTED emails end up there. So just keep that in mind if you don't receive any invitations for a survey.
In any event, once you get an email, you just log in and answer a series of short questions. They are very short multiple choice questions. If you've taken InstantCashSweepStakes.com polls, they're exactly like that. So they're nice and short like a leprechaun. Usually after answering 10 questions you are then awarded some money, guaranteed!
How much money can you make?
Well at the time of this review I earn about $.10 per completed survey which usually consist of 10 short questions. There are times when they send higher paying surveys that can pay anywhere from .30 up to $2. Those surveys are usually limited time offers so you need to respond as quickly as you get them to qualify for the larger amounts. But it seems like $.10 per survey is the average. Again it could be different for you. What I do know for certain is you're paid for every survey which is a refreshing change!
Now you may think to yourself a measly dime is nothing! No, not making anything is nothing! That's what happens when a lot of folks are working with other survey companies. Those folks put you through non-paying screener questions or surveys! So it's all about perspective with this opportunity like many of the ones I've introduced you to in the past. You'd be surprised how fast .$10 per day can add up and considering it takes you less than 2-5 minutes to complete the surveys, why not!
You waste that amount of time on Facebook, Twitter, surfing the web, tv, etc. It's a no brainer when you consider this.
When do you get paid and how do you get paid?
Currently there is payment threshold of $15 that you must reach before you can get paid! It could be more or less by the time you read this. Hopefully the latter. But once you reach the payment threshold you can cash out by paypal.com only! When I did it I was paid within a few hours which was sweet.
How to make more money!
Well like your wife or girlfriend, trust is a big deal with PaidViewPoint.com. Let's face it, if you've joined a lot of survey companies just to earn a buck, your responses may not be of the highest quality! Keep in mind the whole reason these business are hiring companies like PaidViewPoint.com is so they can get an insight on how we think so they can better market to us and thus give us products we want to buy and make these companies money.
So if everyone is just putting crappy answers for these survey questions, these companies actually lose money because it won't really lead to more money for them. So PaidViewPoint.com understands this and has a trust factor built into their surveys. Again if you've used InstantCashSweepstakes you might be familiar with this concept. On ICS if you respond to the same question the same way, they reward you for it. Well sort of the same thing happens with PVP. Your trust score goes up as you answer the same trait questions in the same way.
But they really mix up the way the questions are asked to confirm that you are really consistent! So be honest! If you are, then your trust score goes up and allegedly once it reaches the highest level you'll earn a lot more money on the surveys. My trust score is getting up there. So we'll see if this is true or not but it takes a lot of time which I guess makes sense.
The next way you can earn more money is with referrals! What a shocker! Not. As with most of my favorite recommendations you can get paid for sharing this company with others as I am doing with you. If someone you refer takes 6 or more business surveys you earn $1. Initially it sounded pretty sweet. But read the previous sentence again. The users need to be active to get paid! I'll discuss later how that hampers the potential referral income even for a trained affiliate like me who reaches thousands of people every day that trust me!
That's it in a nutshell, if you didn't really understand some points above watch the video walk through I've created below:
Okay so this may all sound good but if you "watched this show" before, you know I have to discuss the ugly stuff! So here we go!
1. Payment experience.
I'm not found of the payment threshold being so high when you consider that most of the surveys you're taking are only worth a few cents. I think they should have followed their sister company model and kept it at something easily attainable which is $2. I think psychological people are more inclined to keep taking the surveys on the site if they continue to see they're getting paid out over and over again so easily. At $15 some folks may get discouraged and give up on this opportunity.
Another issue is that in their attempt to combat fraud and cheating they make you do some crazy phone or text verification before you can request your payment via paypal. Don't worry it's pretty easy to complete but it seems a bit excessive. But at the same time it's probably necessary because there are always some a-holes out there gaming the system and messing it up for the rest of us!
Folks may also take issue with the fact there aren't any other payment options besides paypal. If you don't have a paypal account then you're not getting paid since they don't issue checks. Furthermore paypal isn't available in every country, so if you live in one of the unsupported countries you're out of luck too.
2. Referral program.
As a trained affiliate marketer, ya'll already know I love me some companies with a referral program! Because I know how to reach several thousand people per day with my sites and you guys trust me I usually make a killing on referrals alone. Referral programs tend to be straightforward.
The parent company pays you for when someone sign ups for a free account or if a person buys something. PaidViewPoint.com's referral program is different than many other survey programs I promote. Instead of just earning a flat fee for referring a new member, they require that the member actually take a certain number of surveys! I know from experience there are a lot of "Deadbeat" members to any program I recommend. These folks sign up but never actually take action! Now obviously for the company that pays me, this is a bad thing. However for me it's a great thing because I still get paid for the introduction. But again from the company's point of view, they're not getting any value from members that aren't doing anything.
With that in mind, I can understand PaidViewPoint.com's logic. But just because I understand it doesn't mean I have to like it! Personally I think a happier medium is to initially pay something for the sign up and then pay a bonus for the members that turn active. This way we all win! So right now I'm not a huge fan of their referral program. I have a few active members that make me some money (hopefully that will be you. lol) but for the most part many of them are just dead weight and haven't added value. So that sucks!
3. Show me more money!
Right now it seems like PaidViewPoint.com is still growing. I think they probably have way more survey participants than they do have paying businesses that want to tap into our opinions. As a result there aren't as many business surveys which are the ones that earn you more money and tie into the referral income one can earn! So although you're getting paid for every survey you earn, it's not as much as you could make if they had more clients.
But I've always argued that surveys aren't really a consistent source of income you depend on. They're just a nice occasional one off to add to your multiple streams of income. The exception to this is when you have a large referral base like I do which guarantees me money from many survey companies every month! Again affiliate marketing keeps paying the bills folks!
4. Consistency is a must!
I don't know about you but sometimes I have a change a heart on certain topics or things change in my life. Well with this company that can hurt you on the survey questions. Your trust score can go down with inconsistent answers and thus lowering your chances of making the bigger bucks. Again I understand why the trust score is in place. I just wish it had a bit more wiggle room depending on the nature of the question. One of my facebook fans summed it well. She said it feels like you're being accused of lying when you mess up a question. lol I have to agree.
So Is PaidViewPoint.com Legitimate?
At the time of this review and based on my own personal experience it appears to be the real deal. I have cashed out a payment already and will be doing another one soon. So I feel confident recommending this company because the same folks that are behind InstantCashSweepStakes.com are behind this company.
Hopefully this company will just get better as time goes on (not that it's bad right now). I just really want to see that payment threshold lowered or an increased number of business surveys that pay more. I would also love to see a revised referral program that still rewards us for the initial introduction. Other than that I don't really have a lot gripes with this company and it will be one of my daily activities I take online to earn me some easy money. Couple this with many of my other recommendations and it will add up. But don't expect to earn a living off this!
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Anyway, let me know what you guys think of this opportunity. I know many you have already plunged in before my review was completed. I'd like to hear from you early adopters and everyone else. What are your thoughts about the company?