I always need to preface my posts regarding online surveys.

It seems that whenever the topic comes up, a few people like to come out of the woodwork to call me a scammer for saying there are legitimate online survey companies. Real survey companies do exist people. It’s not the glamorous $75/hr jobs some websites try and lead you to believe, but if you sign up for enough companies and spend enough time taking surveys, you can easily make some extra spare change each month.

It’s true! Honest.

Also, a legitimate survey company will never ask you for money or to complete offers as part of a survey. These are not surveys, but scams. As long as you know that online surveys aren’t insanely lucrative and you never spend a dime to take a survey, you’ll do just fine.

Is BigSpot.com a Scam?

BigSpot.com, while free to join and use, isn’t exactly a survey company and they do tell you this upfront. Instead, what they’re doing is “matching” you with other survey companies. You fill out a small form with your demographics and they send you a list of survey companies they recommend you join.

You do have to decline a number of “offers” (read: spam) in order to get to the list of companies and this is where BigSpot.com makes it’s money. If you’re not careful, you could be giving away your private and personal information to a bunch of companies you’ve never even heard of. You’ll receive junk mail, credit card offers, spam, and just about every annoying type of direct mail offer you can imagine.

So, I’d have to say that while BigSpot.com technically isn’t a scam, I still wouldn’t recommend joining them.

There is one redeeming quality to the site. Right on the main page is this paragraph…

Will I get rich?
No, silly. You’re not going to get rich taking surveys. You’ll have the opportunity to put some extra cash in your pocket each month and the chance to earn some really great rewards.

It’s a good relief from the usual scams that claim you could be making hundreds of dollars per hour and could even live off of the money you make taking surveys. They’re at least upfront about the income you could expect to earn.

The Bottom Line

While BigSpot.com isn’t necessarily a scam, you can skip all the hassle of shelling out your private information to a random company and join a few legitimate survey companies directly. Here are three that I highly recommend above the rest:

  1. Swagbucks – Login, answer questions, take polls, watch videos, make money. I’ve cashed out a couple hundred dollars in my first few months of joining. Absolutely a must join.
  2. SurveySavvy – This is my all time favorite survey company. I’ve cashed out thousands of dollars over the past 4 years from both my completed surveys and referrals. This one is highly recommended.
  3. Global Test Market – Another company that has been around for ages. Very reputable and well worth signing up for.
  4. Bonus: InstantCashSweepstakes – ICS is a fun way to pick up some extra cash in your spare time. You answer short three question surveys every few hours. Some surveys were created by companies, other by users. Every survey you take has a chance at earning you cash. It’s fun, easy, and definitely worth checking out.

You can click here and check out a list of 22 additional survey companies. These are all legitimate companies that are looking for panel members to complete SURVEYS. They’re not looking for you to complete offers, you won’t have to spend any money, and you WILL get paid.

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Last Updated: July 11, 2016

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  • Jon

    Almost forgot SWAG BUCKS ROCKS Steve, Thanks again.

  • Jon

    Has anyone tried Panda Research?

  • Jon

    I agree with your post on BigSpot.com, I tried it and didn’t qualify for 1 thing for several months. After seeing your trial on a few survey companies, I tried Opinion Outpost and ICS. I have been with Opinion Outpost since I saw your post and have made over a hundred of dollars doing surveys from them, which I have turned into Amazon gift cards and like you addicted to online shopping. I tried Instant Cash Sweepstakes but it was taking way too long to get over the amount to start receiving anything, although once I got over the minimum amount they do send a check out like you stated. ICS just took too long for me and I cancelled my membership, but for someone else it might be what you’re looking for. I have been with MySurvey too and have done pretty good on there as well, even did some at home trials surveys through them for other companies and earned good points. Received 2-$25 Amazon gift cards and 2-$15 ones and spent them on Amazon as soon as I received the codes, which states it takes 7-10 days but in actuality it took about 4-6 days to received the gift card codes. Can’t Thank Steve enough for all the great reviews that has helped me earn supplement income at home during my free time. Have several friend’s I told about I’ve Tried That and it also helped them as well.

  • Alexander | Legit Make Money Online
    Alexander | Legit Make Money Online

    Thanks for setting the record straight. I assumed all along that it wasn’t legitimate because they advertise so much and they wouldn’t be making that much money if they were legitimate. I bet they’re ripping off thousands of people everyday and making millions from them. It’s so sad that people don’t do their research first. :(

  • Clara Kish
    Clara Kish

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