This site really isn’t like any other site out there. It’s very strange and often people have a hard time understanding it. But once you read this you will understand it no problem. (I hope)
Before you log in or even sign up you can see at the top right hand site of the screen, folder tabs. Which are labeled “Spiders – Ratings – Rewards – Fun – Info”
The one you will want to go to every so often is titled FUN.
Once you sign up and log in you are taken to the home page of your account. Pay close attention here to the Menu on the left hand side titled NOW OPEN. (Check this every time you log in.) There, you will find surveys you can take. The status of the survey will let you know when you can enter or not.
To back track a bit, in your home page of your account, click Profile page. Scroll to the bottom and fill those 8 surveys out for more points. They are open certain days of the week.
Now go over to that FUN button at the top right. Then click on SPIDER VOICE on the left hand side of the screen, forth one down.
Below on the bottom is where people’s posts have showed up after being approved by the editors. They can be rude and often wrong, and they can reject your posts because they just feel like it. They will tell you how your posts can’t show up and then 3 days later let someone else’s through of the same nature. (I know because I’m one of the many editors.) It’s random which editor does what. So there is no way of telling if you get one that checks them.
Go over to the right hand corner where you see the word submit at the top. Click that.
You will find yourself on a page in which you have to put a web address and rating of the site. Your job here is to explain why or why not you feel the site is such a way. Talk about details, graphics, fonts, design, and speed of the site. Or why the site is a scam, what had happened to you, or because your the boss, how you want things to change on a site or things.
After reading the postings on the forums it will give you an idea what to do. Be careful to post new sites or your posts will be rejected. You can only do 2 a week and be credited for them, so don’t rush let the editors post your posts before you rush off to do another review. Your posts are set at 24 hours before you can post another one.
You redeem your points for loads of things you can choose from in your account home page, under rewards.
When you get enough points, you are permitted to add your comments in the forum to other people’s posts.
Ignore the spiderchat, they claim it’s up but I have never had got it to work.
When you join you get a welcome email. I beg you read it. It will help. (Yes I know it’s long but if you want to know how to earn it’s well worth the read.) In case you haven’t got the welcome email I will provide a copy for easier convenience.
The chief let me know that they do not approve paid to read site postings, as well as survey sites, because it’s in direct competition with what they are doing. So please don’t waste your time on reviewing those type of sites, unless they are scam sites to warn others of your troubles. Ect. This is a great way to warn people off paying for survey lists.
I hope this information is helpful I know I was a bit lost when I first joined.
(Welcome email below)
Thanks for joining our spider family.
This is your introductory email, where we try to respond to the questions most of our new spiders ask. At the same time, you will also receive this month’s spiderByte, our newsletter. If you have chosen not to receive email from us, these are the ONLY two ‘promotional’ emails you will ever receive. Promise.
So, I’ve joined, now what do I do?
Your ‘Spider Home’ (the page you go to when you first login), contains links to most of what you need to do. It also shows your points summary, any messages we may send to you personally, and any late breaking news.
First thing you might like to do is complete your profiles (click the profile link from your spider home page). The main profile is open at any time, the extra sets are open on different days. Completing your profiles not only pays you points, it also increases your chances for being selected for a survey (see details on the profile page).
If you haven’t already done so, next you might like to take the Trial. Again you earn points for the trial, and it also gives you an idea of how we do things. For the Trial, click the Trial link on your home page.
Now check what public surveys are available right now. Click the Now Open link from your spider home page. A new Quickie opens every Friday, and generally stays open throughout the week. Sometimes it temporarily shuts down, and re-opens in a few hours.
From time to time, other opinion boards are also available under the SpiderVoice section. This section is currently under expansion, to accommodate for new and upcoming ways for spiders to Voice their opinion.
Finally, as you browse around, chances are you will be asking yourself one of the following questions. So, here are, the top ten questions new spiders ask:
1. Can I refer my friends?
Ok, rule number 1: we hate SPAM. We strongly discourage you from bugging other people, just like you probably dislike being sent SPAM email. You may invite people you know to join us, and more information can be found in your referrals page (from your Spider Home, click Referrals).
2. What do I get for referrals?
You get 1 point every time one of your referrals takes part in a full Rating (20 points or more). You do not get points for them joining, or participating in Quickies.
3. Where do I find the 20 point surveys?
What is listed in the ‘Coming Soon’ page, are only the public surveys. All spiders are able to participate in those, and usually pay one or two points. The Full Ratings (including web site ratings, general surveys, focus groups, discussion meetings etc. etc.) ARE NOT listed in the ‘Coming Soon’ page. Instead, when selected to participate, you will receive an email with a link to follow.
4. What’s this about ‘when selected to participate’?
Our clients nominate the profile of the spider they would like responses from. For example, they may choose only males, 18-24 year old, who live in Canada. Only spiders fitting that profile will be invited to participate in that particular survey. So, unless your profile fits the demographic being sought, you will not receive an invitation, and you will not see the survey listed in the Coming Soon page.
5. What are the Private surveys worth?
It varies greatly, but at least the minimum points for each spider species. As a Daddy Long Legs, the minimum is 20 points. Longer, more complex surveys may pay up to 50 points, Focus groups have in the past paid 300 points. When we invite you, we will tell you what is involved, and how much this particular survey is worth.
6. So, I may only ever get the 1 point for a quickie?
Unlikely, chances are you will be invited to a few surveys over time. Also, there are a number of other earning opportunities on our site:
Take the trial survey.
Complete your profile, all 9 sets.
Participate in SpiderVoice, various topics.
Participate in competitions run from time to time.
Win bonus points for providing good comments.
Win bonus points for constructive feedback for our site.
7. What competitions?
For example, the cute little spider on our home page was designed by one of our members, and earned her 200 points. Some issues of spiderByte may include a task, or question, and a response is usually worth something. Could be points, could be a freebie of some sort (we have been known to hand over eVouchers and stuff from time to time).
8. Do my points expire?
No, they have no expiry date, however we do ask you that you log into your account once every six months, so that we know you’re still with us, and still interested in being a spider. After six months of not hearing from you, we will close your account. You can then email us, at any time to re-open your account.
9. About technical problems?
The most common problem is an ugly message saying ‘blah blah blah SQL syntax blah blah’. This only happens if you have logged into our site more than once. Make sure you close all browsers, and log in again. Only one login can be supported at any one time.
10. Can we contact you people?
We’d love you to. We consider our spiders ‘family’ and we will do anything we can to make you feel the same way. If you ever have a problem, a concern, something you don’t like, please please please talk to us. If we don’t know, we can’t help you. Email support and we promise your enquiry will be dealt with by our support staff (no automatic emailers here, thank you!).
That’s it! Hope we have covered the basic stuff to make your journey into spiderLand enjoyable. There’s more FAQ under the Info (Home > Info > FAQ) and also our policy pages, also under info.