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Member Name: Mephit
Date: 06/04/12, updated on 06/04/12 (344 review reads)
Advantages: short regular surveys
Disadvantages: badly designed surveys, glitches
I joined OnePoll two years ago in 2010. The idea was to make a little bit of money in spare moments, with hopefully the least effort possible! I joined several other survey-answering sites at the same time, but OnePoll is one of the few which stuck.
Basically all it is is clicking answers to online surveys and being rewarded by a few pence each time (usually between 10p and 20p per survey). You reach pay-out level at £40, at which point you are paid via BACS or Paypal.
It's a simple process to sign up to OnePoll, just an email address required really, and off you go. You don't need an invitation, unlike some sites, but if you join, it's nice to go through someone as it gives them an extra 50p in their OnePoll account. If you then go on to earn money as an active member, they also get a little extra when you reach £20 and £40. (So if you want to join, please feel free to PM me and go through me, #cheeky grin#).
With OnePoll, you can stay logged in all the time if you like, so you can immediately check your 'account overview' page, which shows you what surveys are available to you and a scale of where your earnings are. You can also join OnePoll Cashback, which is one of these things where if you shop online but click through from OnePoll, you get a bit of money. I'm not a member of this part of the site however, so can't comment on how well it works. Links on the overview page include:
- 'account details', so you can change emails or phone numbers etc,
- 'survey history' page, where you can see a list of the last 30 or more polls you filled in and how you've earned your money
- 'competition winners', if you're interested in who won the regular competition surveys (it's never me, wah!)
- 'earn' is to help you get friends to join as well.
I find the site easy to navigate and it is very rarely off-line.
***What I like about OnePoll***
Unlike some survey sites, you don't have to wait for an email invitation to a survey, you can just pop on whenever you're online and see if there are any available. I think that's actually my favourite thing about it. There don't tend to be any new polls outside of office hours or during weekends.
There's no limit applied to how many surveys you can take in a day, you are simply presented with a list of the available ones on your overview page and can complete (or try to complete) the lot. Sometimes you go on and find a great long list, and sometimes you get nothing for a day or two, or have missed them. OnePoll tend to have a number of responses they require and will remove the polls once they get it.
The surveys tend to be quite short and sweet, so they don't take an awful lot of time or effort to go through. Occasionally you get ones with YouTube adverts to view and respond to, which can take longer. I don't mind that the pay per survey is fairly low, because they truly don't take much time or thought.
When it comes to being screened out (which is always annoying but occurs in most of these kinds of sites) you are usually kicked off it within two or three questions. It happens fairly frequently, but compared to another site I was on, where screening out seemed to happen very late in surveys and I had wasted much more time on them, OnePoll's system suits me better.
***What I don't like about OnePoll***
There are some awfully badly phrased and organised surveys that put words in your mouth and basically tell you what answers they are expecting you to give. Things like not giving you a 'none of the above' option, so you have to lie or at least align yourself with a statement you don't identify with in order to complete the survey. Or if there is an 'other' or 'none' option, the next question in the poll assumes that you gave the answer they were expecting instead. Another problem that crops up is asking you to rate something between 1 and 10, but not saying which way the scale runs - whether 10 is good or bad. Useless. YouGov has much better formulated polls, and has a page at the end of each asking you if you had any problems with the survey or thought it biased. If OnePoll had a similar check page, I'd almost constantly give it low scores.
Another problem the site has is glitches with surveys, where you are told you missed a question when you _know_ you haven't and are sent back. Sometimes this has happened almost at the end of a survey and I've done it again, only to have the same thing happen. I've learnt not to persevere with any that go a bit wrong, as it is very frustrating.
Once in a while you get screened out because they have had the amount of responses they needed. This is very irritating if you're half-way through. I always fill out the highest paid surveys first when there is a list to choose from, in the hope that I'll get through them before other people do!
When you're around the £38 mark, so very close to pay-out, surveys seem to mysteriously dry up. I swear I spent about a month at £38.25, without a sniff of a survey, even competition ones, when I would usually get two or three a day. I persisted, and eventually clocked up the remaining pence, but it was really irritating and felt like a deliberate policy to drive you out rather than pay out. That said, when I did claim the £40 I'd earned, it was paid within a couple of weeks and I was happy with that. But afterwards, in the same sort of time it had taken me to get that last £1.75, I earned about a fiver once I was at the far end of the pay-out scale again. Hmm.
OnePoll has its problems, but over all I find it easy to use and (mostly) enjoyable.
It has give me some laughs, such as when it asked whether I thought milking cows were male or female (although it's disturbing that presumably someone felt there might be doubt as to the correct answer in the general population). I also enjoyed the question "Who at home is responsible for the tv remote control?" - one of the options being "we pay someone to do it for us". Yes, the butler does it, dahhhling...
Filling in online polls is never going to make anyone rich, but at least OnePoll isn't as demanding in time and effort as some other similar sites. It's not exactly a quick money-spinner: I joined back in 2010 and have only have reached £40 once in that time - it took about 15 months to get there, for me. It would vary with how often you get screened out and whether you happen to catch the surveys when they're put up. I'm now on £6.40 - go, me! But if you have the inclination, it's a way of making time you waste on the internet pay a little, and as such I recommend it.
Summary: Reasonable survey site