As I've become older I've come to realize there are some topics that are extremely polarizing and because of social media you can quickly learn some things about your friends and family you may not want to know. So I try to avoid discussing topics such as politics, religions and social issues. I want to continue to judge my family and friends on the people they are and not the idiotic views they may have. Oops that slipped out. lol Well if you're the type that loves to debate these topics, your views about it may actually be worth some bucks. Apparently YouGov.com is set up to reward people like you that love to express their opinions. But is it worth it? Let's find out.
What is YouGov Polling Point?
Unlike many of the, free online surveys that may tend to focus on products and services, YouGov Polling Point is marketing research company that comes from a different angle. YouGov Polling Point is primarily interested in opinions about social issues, news, and your political perspective. With that being said, YouGov Polling Point was started in 2004, headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, and has welcomed not only US resident participation but worldwide as well. YouGov doors are open to several countries around the world: UK, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, France, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. At the time of this review YouGov Polling Point has earned an A- rating by the BBB.
How does YouGov Polling Point work?
Well, let's get to it! To begin making money taking surveys the YouGov way:
- Sign up FREE on the YouGov website using a verified email or Facebook account. NOTE: Sign-up acceptance is determined if you meet the criteria for panelists they are currently looking for. If you don't, you will be re-directed to another panel which of course you are not obligated to sign up for.
- Create your profile by answering questions which will help YouGov better survey match you (making sure to send you relevant surveys)
- Surveys will soon be sent to your email account. YouGov surveys can be between 5 to 20 minutes long; average of 20 to 30 questions
- Once you have completed a survey, your individual survey data is kept confidential, but the overall combined polling results for each survey will be publicly posted on the site for interested panelists to view
- YouGov will then pay you for each survey that has been thoroughly completed
- Most surveys will award between 500-1000 points each; the longer the survey, usually more points awarded
- 35,000 U.S. points (which equals$15- $25 depending on the gift card) is cash-out threshold. Points never expire!
- For UK residents, a ?50 minimum account balance is required for cash-out
How does YouGov pay and when can I expect payment?
They pay in various which are included down below:
- Paypal cash
- Visa prepaid cards
- Gift cards to stores and restaurants (Amazon, Best Buy, iTunes, Walmart, and more)
- Retail store e-vouchers
- Movie theater vouchers
- Charity donations
- YouGov branded merchandise
- Sweepstakes entries
It'll take about 10 business days for PayPal cash payments to be received? Yep, that's right. Damn, that's long! For U.S. panelists prepaid cards, gift cards, check, non-eVouchers, and other merchandise can expect to be delivered via U.S. mail within four weeks of cashing in.
Company Hacks or Tips?
YouGov has a referral program which can earn you even more points. Now check this out:
- Refer family and friends to YouGov and earn 2,000 bonus points per referral. And if you really want to rack up referrals without having to harass your family and friends then check this out!
- Fill out your profile and they hook you up with about 500 points.
Are we there yet?
Cash-out threshold can take too long to accumulate. Last I checked it takes about 35,000 points to cash out one of the lowest rewards which is about $15-$25. YouGov tends to send a lot of interesting surveys that pay hundreds of points and sometimes thousands. But it may take a bit to reach the first reward threshold. They should offer something with a lower point value so you can see your rewards sooner which will inspire to continue to work with this company. Some of us may not have the patience for it as it stand snow.
There were some reports where people requested a gift card for a certain amount but instead received one of lesser value than it was supposed to be. Imagine selecting a $50 gift card that has only $11 on it when it arrives. Wonder how that flaw was explained. It wasn't. Customer service continued to ignore inquiries about it. Everyone makes mistakes but it's beyond unacceptable to screw up and ignore that type of mistake. That said maybe it was a one off incident.
There have been reports that some folks accounts were closed without any sort of notification. I've seen this happen with various companies and it could be a number of reasons. One, the person was violating some rules knowingly or unknowingly. Or two the company is just shady and doesn't want to pay a member that has racked up enough points to cash out. If I see a lot of reports like this I tend to think it's the latter. But if I just some sparodic reports of this, I know it's probably the former reason. Either way this can suck.
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Is YouGov A Scam or Not?
Panelists have said the following about YouGov: “a great site”, “reliable company”, “interesting surveys for rewards”, “easy surveys”, “got my $100 gift card in 2 weeks!” So with these positive comments under their belt, I'd say NO, YouGov is not scam. It has some flaws but every company does.
Well, we've come to the end of another review. I'd love to hear your thoughts about this company so feel free to leave a comment below this article. Your two cents are always welcomed here.
As always, I look forward to hearing from ya!
Peace out! (Yes I'm on my 90's tip. lol)
Eddy with a y