If you are a user of Craigslist and interested in working from home, you have probably seen many ads there for paid surveys. Many survey sites advertise there, but are these sites worth joining?
The short answer is that some of them might be, but there are also many scams. Below, I will explain why you have to be careful before joining a Craigslist survey site, and how you can spot the ones to stay away from and which ones are worth joining.
Why do survey sites advertise on Craigslist?
Craigslist is a huge portal when it comes to people looking for jobs, housing, items for sale etc. So by advertising there, a company has a good chance of getting out to a big audience. At the same time, it is often free or at least very cheap to advertise your product or service here compared to other places.
These things combined does however also mean that many people are attracted to this opportunity, and not all of them are legit or offer legit opportunities. So therefore, there is the risk of finding an offer that is a scam. Craigslist does have good ways to try to block spam, but on an online portal where everything happens so fast, it is not possible to block everything that is not legit right away.
So in relation to paid surveys, there are some signs you can look for and that you have to be aware of before joining a site you see advertising on Craigslist.
What do survey sites that advertise on Craigslist offer?
In general, many of the ads you see for paid surveys on Craigslist will have something in common. That is that you will be able to make thousands of dollars by answering online surveys from wherever you want to.
These ads are aimed towards people that are looking for the freedom of being able to work from home online and being able to make a living from this.
I will however right away say that it is definitely not all ads for survey sites on Craigslist that are scams and not worth joining. In general, I would divide the types of survey sites that advertise here into 3 groups:
- Scam sites
- Referral links
- Genuine offers
The scam sites:
The scam sites are often the sites that promise you huge rewards for doing surveys. They will promise that you can make thousands of dollars a month on their site. That is just not realistic to make that kind of money on surveys.
If an ad promises this, there are good reasons to be skeptical. Often the links on these ads will take you to a page where it will turn put you have to pay to join the panel. That means that they will try to make money from getting people to sign up to a certain panel – but legit survey panels are always free, so this is more a way for them to make money and not you.
Below you can see a picture of an ad that clearly promises unrealistic earnings. It promises you can make up to $7000 a month and makes it sound very easy and realistic. It is NOT tru that you can make this amount. In this particular ad, I also tried to follow the link (which I did not find any reason to include in the picture as I do not want to send traffic to a page like that). Once the website itself called homesurveylife it looks like you can sign up for survey sites, and also on the site it promises extreme high rewards. Once I clicked join, I was however taken to a page that was trying to get me to sign up for some streaming service. As you can understand this is clearly an example of a scam site that uses Craigslist to try to recrute people.
Some ads are advertising for a legit site, but just advertised by a person that is already a member and is sharing a link to promote the site to earn a small commission himself. That is in itself not a problem, and I also use referral links myself sometimes. The problem is just that sometimes people get so eager to earn a commission that they start using the same tricks as the scam sites and start promising you that you can make huge amounts of money and become rich on the site they promote.
I personally get annoyed when I see ads like this as I using referral links sometimes myself, and think it is sad when people use tricks like this. To refer people is very fine, but it has to be done in an honest way and not with fake promises. And it will give the sites advertised like this a bad reputation as they will not live up to the expectations, even though they might be legit sites, but just promoted by somebody that promises too much.
Below you can see an example of an ad for Vindale, but behind the link you can see some extra numbers which means it is a referral link. Vindale is a legit survey site, but this is an example of someone trying to promote it by promising unrealistic earnings. It will not make you $1500 immediately, and it will not make you $50 per survey. So this is an example of someone trying to trick people to join a site with false promises to make a small commission himself.
There are also legit companies that themselves use Craigslist to advertise genuine survey opportunities when they need members for their panel. These will usually not promise you thousands of dollars but simply just tell you about the opportunity to share your opinion and at the same time get paid a bit for it.
Below you can see an example of an ad that is legit in looking for survey participants. It does not promise you can become rich, but emphasize on the chance to share your opinion. And the company also have a phone number you can call and an actual address you can visit.
How you can spot which survey sites are legit on Craigslist
From the above you can see that there are several different kinds of survey ads on Craigslist. Some of them are legit and some of them scams. I have already hinted at some of the things that can give away which ads are what, but will now go a bit more into details about this to give you a clear idea about which ads you can trust and which ones you should stay away from.
Warning sign #1 – become rich:
If an ad promises you that you can make thousands of dollars or become rich from doing surveys, do not believe it. It is just not possible even on the best sites. However, some legit sites are also advertised like this, so an ad that promises this should not be disregarded because of promises like this alone.
Warning sign #2 – the site itself:
To be sure if a site is legit or not, it is best to visit the site itself and check it out. There you can look for the signs that it is a survey scam site. But in general, if the site itself also promises you that you can become rich from surveys, or if it costs money to join, you should stay away from it.
As mentioned, there are also sites that are advertising survey opportunities very honestly on Craigslist. They will usually be focusing more on the opinion aspect of it and not so much on the “get rich” aspect of it. Also they will often have a phone number included or an actual address for the company itself.
Can you make money on Craigslist survey sites?
Yes you can find survey sites advertised on Craigslist where it is definitely possible to make money. The best opportunities in my opinion are the ones that are more local and do not promise too much. And it might not even then be online you have to give your feedback.
Craigslist is a portal that is mostly aimed towards local opportunities and can be great at finding such opportunities. But if you are interested in doing online paid surveys from anywhere in the world, there are better ways to find the legit sites. Just please remember that paid surveys will not make you rich.
How do I find legit survey sites online?
There are plenty of opportunities for legit paid surveys online. You can for example check out the Top 10 paying survey sites to get inspiration and get started easily, or you can do a google search about surveys in your country.
Let me know in a comment below, if you have any questions or thoughts.