Prolific Academic – take surveys for cash
April 21, 2016 by gina145
I’ve never been too keen on taking surveys and if I’m approached to take one at a shopping mall, I’ll always answer with a simple “not interested”. However, when I found out that there were websites which paid their members to take surveys, my interest was piqued.
From what I’ve read on a variety of forums over the last few years, some people earn good money on survey sites and I hoped I would be able to do the same. However I soon ran into a problem – most of the good survey sites don’t accept people from South Africa!
I wasn’t going to be deterred so easily though, so every time someone mentioned a new site I’d pay it a visit to see if I would be accepted there. Eventually I discovered one that would have me – PaidViewPoint. I signed up full of enthusiasm, but I soon discovered that it wasn’t the place for me, and despite my initial determination to cash out just once, I eventually closed my account without getting paid. If you’re interested in a more detailed account of my PaidViewPoint experience, you can read about it in an article I published at HubPages at the time.
When I closed my PaidViewPoint account I thought I was done with surveys for good, but then another opportunity came my way. Once more things didn’t go to plan and I never received a cent for my efforts there either. However this time I was able to donate the little I had earned to charity before quitting, so it wasn’t a total waste of my time.
After those failures I was convinced that surveys weren’t for me. Yet I couldn’t stay away from discussions about survey sites, and when I started reading good things about Prolific Academic I decided to give surveys one last try.
I’m happy to report that my experience at Prolific Academic (PA) has been a lot better than what I’d experienced in the past. Where previously I’d only received the kind of surveys aimed at establishing what demographic I fitted into, at PA I’ve been getting real surveys which pay more than the few pennies I was earning at PaidViewPoint.
On my very first day there I received a survey which paid £1.25. I’ve now been a member for a little under three months and I’ve had another three surveys since then, the best of which earned me £1.50. However when I looked at the list of surveys for which I’m ineligible right now, I noticed one with an average completion time of 34 minutes which pays £5.00. I think that’s pretty decent payment for the amount of time involved – far better than I’ve been able to earn on any of the writing sites I’ve joined so far. Hopefully one of these days I’ll be eligible for one that pays as well.
PA pays members via PayPal once they have £5.00 in their account, an amount I expect to reach in the not-too-distant future. Based on what I’ve read I don’t anticipate any problems with getting paid.
The site has a prescreening section where you can answer some questions about yourself – all entirely optional. As these answers are used in determining which surveys different members are eligible for, I recommend you answer all of them unless something makes you feel really uncomfortable. I haven’t yet had a survey from which I’ve been disqualified half way through, something which seems to be a serious issue at a lot of other sites, so clearly their prescreening is effective.
To find out more about how things work at Prolific Academic, I recommend you read through their participant FAQs.
If you decide to give PA a try, I’d appreciate it if you use my referral link. Doing so will cost you nothing but it may help me to cash out a little bit sooner.
Please read my updated review at my new domain.