Are Online Surveys Worth It? – No No NO!

Are Online Surveys Worth It

You may have earned some dollars from online surveys but at the same, they are spending your valuable time. You may be asking “Are Online Surveys Worth It?

In we have reviewed several survey sites: Clixsense, Cashcrate, Toluna, Opinion World and so on. We know that people are making money from them but still, we are not recommending any of them. If I would recommend survey sites, I would probably earn good amount of money when people would join through my links and I would earn commission from referrals.

So why am I throwing money away by saying that online surveys are not worth it?

Because I want to provide the best information and value for my readers. I don’t want to recommend something that I wouldn’t be ready to use myself.

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“But People Are Earning Real Money With Surveys!?”

You may have seen pictures from successful Internet marketers of their survey site earnings. Below they have written, “Easy $50 every month.” That’s their way to motivate new people to join through their links and they will earn commissions for referrals. That $50 may be easy if they earned it only by answering surveys but it doesn’t mean that it would be worth it.

If you have spent 20 hours to earn $50 from surveys, I wouldn’t say it’s worth it. You may have earned that same $50 in 3-5 hours in your normal job and spent the rest 15-17 hours doing something fun that you like to do instead of answering surveys. Would you prefer sitting 20 hours in front of your computer or 3 hours at work + 17 hours with your family/friends? I would take the latter one.

99,99% of the times you will be making much better income with a normal job compared to answering surveys.

Conclusion 1: Don’t answer surveys for money. They are not worth it. ANY other job makes you earn more. And there are much better online opportunities out there.

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Think Long-Term, Not Short-Term!

Probably you may think that answering surveys or playing little games can be an easy way to make some useful extra dollars. But let’s analyze this subject a bit closer. My claim is that your life should be spent in a more valuable way than answering online surveys and playing little games to earn some pennies.

It may feel like a little time to answer one or two surveys but if you keep on doing that, minutes and hours will add up to a huge time in total. Let’s say that you use 2 hours a week answering surveys. It makes about 9 hours in a month. You may earn probably $20-30 with surveys with that time.

9 hours/month makes 108 hours/year. And imagine if you would spend double that time, it’s already 216 hours a year. In that time you could already learn a language to a decent level. Or you could learn how to play piano/guitar. Or you could earn $3,240 with $15/hour salary. With surveys, you probably would probably make max. $400 in 216 hours. The difference is $2800.

Or you could use that 216 hours with your children, with your loved ones or with someone else that you enjoy spending time with. Why on earth would you like to spend your valuable life in front of your little computer answering those boring surveys or playing those useless games!?!

Have a look at my recent video on Youtube where I explain why online surveys are not worth it. (I made the video after researching more than 100 survey sites.)

Better Alternative to Relax (Compared to Online Surveys)

If you are answering surveys with an excuse, “I just want to relax a little bit.” I have here 3 alternatives that are far better ways to relax than filling online surveys.

are online surveys worth it
Spend some good time with your girlfriend/boyfriend. (Or get one!) 😉
Spend some fun time with your friends!
Go to enjoy nature. There are beautiful places in every town.
The guy answering online surveys to earn some pennies. You don’t want to be this guy! 🙂

Conclusion 2: Don’t answer surveys for relaxing. There are much better ways to earn money online.

Better Alternative to Earn Money Online – Affiliate Marketing

As we concluded before, online surveys are not going to make you good money. But I can honestly tell you that the Internet is full of opportunities to earn money online. And it can be ultimately profitable. See 5 examples of guys who are making +$10,000/month (all of them started without any experience!).

That way is called Affiliate marketing.

In a nutshell affiliate marketing means that there is a company (for example Amazon) and they have products (for example books). Then you leave a link about their product to your website, social media or anywhere else on the Internet. Then somebody clicks your link and buys some product (from Amazon). Then you earn some commission from the company.

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What are your experiences with online surveys? Do you find them worth it or not? Why/Why not? Leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to reply you personally.

By Roope Kiuttu

Hello! I am Roope "Robert" Kiuttu, the founder and owner of I created this website back in 2015 to help you to make money online. You can ask me anything and I'll be happy to help you out. I help people daily to make more money online and I love seeing people succeeding. If you want to get my 1-on-1 support and help to make money online as well, get started HERE.


  1. Online surveys have never worked for me because I am tired of seeing “no surveys available in your region, try next time.”

    Most of the surveys are region specific, therefore, it may not be possible for everyone to earn from surveys. But then surveys don’t give you nice income. IN most cases, surveys are under paying. Having said that if you are on a lot of surveys sites, and participate on surveys regularly you can make extra income.

    1. I understand what you mean. When I tried surveys (already a few years ago) I was tired of seeing the text, “We’re sorry but you weren’t qualified for this survey. Better luck next time.” That text came usually after I had used 5-10 min answering their questions.

  2. I do a lot of surveys this past few days. At first I was disagree with you. But when reading deeper and deeper I am right now totally agreed with you about affiliate marketing. Sounds good but I hope someone will teach me step by step about affiliate marketing. A guide for newbie please? 🙂 Good post.

    1. Wealthy Affiliate is probably the best guide for a newbie who wants to learn make money with affiliate marketing. When I joined WA I didn’t have any experience of affiliate marketing. I didn’t even understand what the word means. But their training has took me all the way through from a complete beginner into a full-time online entrepreneur.

  3. I definitely agree with you. I spent hours filling out surveys with not much to show for it. I also have just recently gotten into the affiliate marketing game.

    I am really enjoying learning a whole bunch of new things. There is a lot of things to learn when you are starting out. However I am finding everything interesting so it is making it fun.

    Great article, really enjoyed it.

    1. Hi Michael,

      yeah, anyone who wants to earn some dollars with online surveys must use endless hours filling those boring blankets: “What is your income?” “What did you like about this product?” and so on…

      Affiliate marketing requires some learning but I find it also fun because I love learning. It’s a great feeling to know that I can do something that I couldn’t do for example 1 or 2 years ago. It shows that I am making progress. The information is out there on the Internet (and in Wealthy Affiliate). One just needs to find it and put it into practice.

  4. Wealthy Affiliate is a hub of knowledge teaching you the ins and outs of creating a passive flow of income. They say the average millionaire has 7 streams of income, this can be the starting point. WA is the reason i have gone the entreprenuerial route, it planted the seed for me.
    WA is the way forward, forget surveys youre right haha, great article

    1. Hi Matthew,

      generating several income streams is very interesting idea. Average people have only one income stream. They go to work and they earn money. If they stop working, they stop earning (or maybe they can get some money from the government but who would like to live with other people’s money?).

      Investing to stock market or real estate are two interesting income streams. Investing to stock market doesn’t require very much work but it requires some knowledge to be profitable. Real estate investing requires more work but it can also give you a very good stream of income.

      Then nowadays there are thousands of possibilities to make other income streams online. One way is affiliate marketing. There are many benefits but my favourite reasons for affiliate marketing are:

      1.You can do it anywhere in the world
      2.You can help big amount of people while earning income
      3.You can do what is interesting for you
      4.There are no income limits (so you don’t need to sacrifice your whole life for work if you don’t want)

      What are the main reasons that you like affiliate marketing?

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