There are a lot of forums promoting blacklisted surveys right now. Be careful what you sign up for being promoted on other forums. They are either ignorant or just trying to post new survey panels without even checking them out. Blacklisted survey panels are often obvious. Here’s a few warning signs so you can tell right away and if you belong to a forum promoting bad/scam sites you can respond and save others from it.
Terms read you have to complete offers
You are asked to join other panels before you even join theirs!
Also here’s this…
1. Look at the bottom of the survey page, do you see a link that says “Affiliate Program”.
2. Does the survey company ask you to pay them, instead of you being paid?
3.Does survey company page claim you will earn $100 an hour?
4. Do you have to sign up for other offers in order to join the survey company?
5. Does the survey company offer you a chance to win a prize before you even sign up?
6. Do the terms of the survey company read “Receipt of the free incentive gift requires: 1.) Completion of offer terms, including age and residency requirements; shipping address verification; and registration with a valid email address 2.) Completion of user survey. 3.) Participation in sponsor offers. Upon completion of participation requirements, we will ship the incentive gift to you with free shipping”
7. Does the survey company have more than 3 pages of information you have to fill in and answer “No” to?
8. Does the link of the survey company in the address bar of the site you wish to join have “hop=” in the subject line?
9. After signing up for the survey company is all you get is spam?
10. Does the link of the survey company read clickbank?
If you answered “Yes” to any of the above, read below:
1 – The reason I ask this is because if it has an affiliate program to join, 9 times out of 10 it’s a site you don’t want to join because the site is earning so much off of you, that anyone can join their affiliate program and earn money too by promoting it to others. Now, I’m not saying being an affiliate is a bad thing not by any means. I’m saying if a survey company “shows off” they want affiliates before you even join to get surveys something is wrong.
2 – You should never pay for surveys, if you do you are being ripped off. There are loads of sites out there that list survey companies for free.
3 – There is no way on earth you can ever earn $100 an hour from ANY survey company. I know, I been in the business since 1998.
4 – If you have to sign up for offers in order to join a survey site, that is screaming scam. They are paid by other affiliate companies for you signing up for whatever they have listed on their site. Legitimate survey companies do not operate in this manor. They send you surveys, you either do them or not. There is no signing up for other “offers”
5 – Fraud survey sites are now offering prizes, “Complete this survey to win this free digital camera.” The terms of those offers permit the company to sell off your personal information to other companies.
6 – This means whatever their “sponsored offers” are, they are being paid a great percent for you doing so. Those “sponsored offers” are usually, signing up for magazines for a full year or other pricey things which require your credit card.
7 – No legitimate survey company has more than 3 pages worth of sign up information. They ask your name, address, email address, password, household information, race, age. The only time you will run into a company asking loads of questions is beta testing and that is only if you are actually up for the product to test.
8 – 100% of the time if the link reads “hop=” it’s a scam site. It will encompass any and all the above information already written.
9 – If all you get is spam after signing up with a survey company, and you weren’t getting spam before the chances are you signed up with a bad survey company. The company will sell your email address off or add it to other lists that if you sign up for the offer in the spam, they are paid for it. This is what keeps the spam, and the fraud going on. Not everyone knows this is part of their scam.
10 – Though clickbank offers a refund, would they have to if it was a legitimate survey offers? I have known loads to have to ask for a refund after being suckered into a clickbank offer.
Previously posted to Annika’s message board and moved here before deleting the forum.