We all know that surveys are an easy way to make a bit of extra cash. Although, which do we choose from the large pool of survey sites available?
Well usually I would Google for the top 10 survey sites or something, and to my surprise YouGov seems to be on most of those lists. I decided to check it out to see for myself the reason why it’s so highly recommended.
Do note that I’m based in the UK so I’ve joined the UK version of YouGov.
What is YouGov?
YouGov very much like Ipsos, is a market research company. They run their own surveys so when you do get invited for a survey you won’t be re-routed to another website.
My first impression of this site was that it was pretty messy, but you do get used to it after sometime. It feels a lot more than a survey site ( which makes sense since they do market research ) because there are a lot of opinion polls, questions, etc.
You can also choose how much you like certain topics or people on your news feed, which feels a lot like some form of social media.
How do you make money with YouGov?
There isn’t much to say about the money making process, you do surveys and earn points, then exchange them for cash.
However, there is a very high cash out requirement, £50 for the UK and I think $25 for the U.S ( may have to double check this ). The other option however isn’t very attractive either.
You can choose to spend your points to enter a prize draw. They do give out £5000 every month to their winners, so that’s pretty cool but let’s face it if I’m spending time answering surveys I want guaranteed payment.
Also, there are only 5 lucky cash prize winners every month, the rest of the winners will get points instead. The good news is that 1 point is considered 1 entry, so you will be able to have tons of entries, but so will others.
Some cool things about YouGov
You do get some random questions from time to time ( actually really frequently ) asking you about stuff like your opinion on animal testing or something similar.
You can also “react” to a certain issue or statement, as well as view other people’s reactions and like or dislike it. Again this has a social media kind of feeling to it, which is pretty cool.
Overall, I find it to be a very fun and legit market research site.
How do you make money with YouGov?
So the minimum cash out is 5000 points or £50, which I don’t plan on reaching ( too high for me ). I believe they pay by cheque.
Each survey will give you about 50 points and will take about 5 – 10 minutes. There are probably longer ones as well which gives more points but all my surveys are worth 50 points, which makes it £0.50 per survey for me.
I do like their surveys though, they are easy to answer, not boring and generally just enjoyable. Most of the time I feel that they are just over in a flash.
You also get a welcome survey which gives you 100 points.
There is also a refer a friend program, you get your own link and when someone signs up through that link and completes 6 surveys you get 200 points.
I’ve joined for about 1 month at the time of writing. Sadly to say I don’t really get that many surveys. I’ve joined other survey sites as well and some of them literally spam me with notifications.
With YouGov I don’t think I’ve gotten more than 10 survey notifications up till now, which is just downright hopeless if I actually want to make 5000 points.
I’ve read some reviews on YouGov which says that being an active member can help in getting more surveys, which may be the reason as to why I’m getting so little surveys.
Overall, YouGov is a very nice site. However, it does feel more like a social/leisure kind of site, not a website to help you make money. Well you can make money, but it seems to slow for me.
The prize draw can get you a lot of money if you’re lucky, but as we all know it is unreliable. YouGov does seem to have a large user base as well. Your only alternative is to wait forever for that £50 cheque.
I do want to add on as a reminder, YouGov is by no way a scam or anything like that. From what I can tell they can be trusted as a market research firm so you don’t have to worry if you’re thinking of going for that £50.