“ Category: Money-Online / Internet Profit „
Pureprofile is an Australian-based research company, but offers membership to anyone over the age of 13 around 77 countries. As every pureprofile experience is different in each country the review I'm writing is about Pureprofile panel in the UK.
It's easy and free to join. You can sign up by visiting www.pureprofile.com and clicking a blue banner "Register an account". Then you need provide your email address, date of birth, and a password to create an account. Once registered, you will automatically receive an activation email with a link to confirm your membership.
Once you click on the link, you can log on your account to fill your profile. There are 13 items to answer, such as About you, Household, Entertainment, just name a few. By the way it's not essential to reply all of these items and the membership is not limited to one member per household.
Different from most survey websites you will rarely get any survey invite from Pureprofile. To take part in a survey you need access the site and click a red banner "Next Button". Then you will find if you have a survey to answer or not.
The surveys are about different topics and subject matters. The surveys rewards are calculated in pounds and pence. Depending on the survey length the rewards start from 5p to £2.00, £2.50 or even more. If you are not qualified for the full survey you still can get a 5p reward.
Once your earnings reach £25.00 you can redeem them into your nominated bank account via BACS. Then Pureprofile will send you an inform email letting you know when the payment will be made. Usually it would take 30 days to complete.
What I like?
I have joined over 20 paid surveys websites since 2009. Pureprofile is one of my highly ranked survey panels.
First, the layout of the Pureprofile site is quite pleasing and easy to follow. The Profile Button is in light blue colour, and the Next Button is red colour. Whenever I click on any of the buttons, I am very quickly taken to my requested page.
Second, the survey rewards are appropriate for the time I have spent. After I've completed each survey, the payment has always instantly appeared in my Pureprofile account. A small incentive is made for pre-screeners, so I never come away empty-handed for any survey.
Third, not like most survey websites that pay you vouchers or prize draw entries, Pureprofile pays you cash. To me cash is the ultimate redemption. I have the flexibility to spend it the way I want to.
What I dislike?
It seems Pureprofile doesn't have many surveys. More often I log on my account and find nothing under the 'Next Button'. That made the payment threshold a bit too high to me. It took me almost 4 months to redeem my first earning of £25.05. Once you made a redemption for your hard-made earnings you still need wait for another month to let them process the withdrawal request.
There is only one redemption option. To people who are worried about disclosing their private information it is not convenient. I would like to say it would make Pureprofile more favourable if PayPal was included as an option to receive payment.
At Pureprofile website you can see a Referral button, but Pureprofile never provide any details about the referral incentive. Currently the referral system is upgrading.
I would be more than happy to recommend pureprofile.com to anybody who are interested in making money for surveys in their spare time. Pureprofile can't make you rich, but at least you have nothing to lose.
Get paid every time you participate in a survey claim the people at Pure Profile and for once this is actually the case. Even if you're screened out you get paid, Ok so its usually only5p but 5p is better than the likes of Toluna, Lightspeed and Valued Opinions who decide after ten minutes that you don't fit the demographic their client is looking for and terminate you survey without payment of any form.
Of course there are more than a few negatives to Pure Profile. Mostly that unless you happen to be a partially sighted lesbian from an ethnic minority with at least one life threatening illness, a tribe of children and a part time job paying several million a year you're likely to be screened out of everything.
Payment is made in cash direct to your bank account once you reach the heady heights of £25. Since joining Pure Profile in March 2006 I have attempted every single survey to enter my inbox and am finally teetering at the brink of claiming my first ever £25. However since the surveys are few and far between the final elusive 50p is likely to take several months to obtain.
You don't always receive notification to your inbox that surveys are available. Once in a while its worth logging in to check. These random forays into the pages of Pure Profile are usually more lucrative but you can waste a lot of time visiting the page each and every day only to discover that the site remains barren for weeks on end.
Surveys are bought in from other companies so they never seem to follow a common layout. The subjects are very varied and remuneration is reasonable for the amount of time invested in each project.
Unfortunately though the sheer lack of surveys available places them way down my list of preferred sites. Four and a half years to reach payout makes this a long term commitment. There are many more prolific survey companies out there.
I've been a member of PureProfile for some time now. I don't recall exactly how long, but long enough that I've had time to cancel my subscriptions to every other survey site I joined at the same time.
To me, the internet has to be productive. I like filling in surveys, and I like writing reviews, but I have to feel like I'm doing it for a reason - like it will be valuable to others and worth my time, too.
That's why I'm sticking with PureProfile. I've tried a wide range of other survey sites, including the popular Valued Opinions, but found that most rejected me from surveys I'd already committed time to, saying that I was unsuitable to continue - perhaps a ploy to make me give them the information they wanted before avoiding to pay me? PureProfile isn't like that. You create a very detailed profile on sign-up, and I've yet to be rejected from any survey they've given me. That's not to say that I get lots of surveys from them - I've made a mere £3.80 and need at least £25 before I can withdraw cash to my bank account - but that every survey I do get is one I can complete; PureProfile don't want my answers for nothing, and I don't feel ripped off.
The PureProfile profile can be updated at any time. It asks you a huge range of questions to really make sure that the surveys it digs up are suitable for you - everything from your television region to your hobbies and aspirations...oh, and your dress size. Keep it in check (I find this in itself fun!), and you'll be rewarded with enjoyable surveys that you can actually answer. Not only that, but the website is pretty too. It's really easy to use, with a 'Next Button' taking you from one survey to the next, and giving you a full poll when you reach the end of your surveys - the current being "Would you rather be a movie star or a rock star?".
If you use other survey websites and are treated well by them, then PureProfile might not be the big money earner for you, but if you're looking for a reliable survey website that pays you for your work, it is.
Just like the many other survey sites out there, to register you go to www.pureprofile.com and click on the box where it says 'Register as a new member' and they then send an email with a confirmation link and you fill out a member profile. This will then be used to send you apropriate surveys...
I have been a member of this survey site now since March 2009. It takes ages to get to the redemption amount of £25. You may feel like you might die trying! The rewards are not instant and so you cannot exchange the amount of something like a voucher like you can with points based surveys.
One good thing about pureprofile is that they do pay you 5 pence if you do not qualify for a survey and give out good amounts if you do. The money appears instantly in either case.
Few bad things are that you:
- have to log in to actually get to know if a survey is waiting and not rely on the emails. (And surveys can be very few!)
- don't get many surveys per month. (I have had 2 in the past 2 months).
- takes ages to reach the redemption amount of £25.
So far I have made £30.15p. Just debating now weather or not to carry on with it.
Like many people here I enjoy making extra money on the internet and as well as writing reviews I have joined several survey sites over the last year or so. Some are really not worth the effort and after the first payout I have left them alone but there are a few that I quite like and Pureprofile is one of them.
---How To Join---
Pure profile is easy to join. You can visit their website for quick registration or you can join via a link forwarded to you by someone else. This survey site has an age limit of 18 years and over.
The website is clearly laid out and looks professional. The colours are mainly turquoise with some red and the pages are easy to navigate. There are no irritating popup-ups or advertisements so the pages load quickly and cleanly.
After your registration you are asked to fill in your profile. The main disadvantage of Pureprofile is the length of the profile pages. You start enthusiastically enough with filling in some background detail but there is simply page after page after page. After about 20 minutes I stopped filling any more in. Every time you answered yes to a question you were then given more e.g. Do you own a car? Then led to fill in the make, the model, the engine size, the body type, if you have insurance, who with, annual premium and renewal date! Although I have only got my profile about 50% complete I still seem to do alright with the surveys so occasionally I will go and fill in a bit more I do not think it has adversely affected my earnings. I have been in contact with some other people who use Pureprofile and if they get surveys that I don't it usually relates to their age or the age of their children so I would be automatically screened out.
---Making It Work For you---
Pure profile does say that they will e-mail you when a survey becomes available. Although I do receive these e-mail alerts I was also recommended to log in frequently and check if there were any surveys to answer. I do tend to log in most days and there are often surveys available that I have not received alerts about so it is certainly worth looking at the site regularly.
Once you have logged on you simply use the big, red "Next" button to advance the page and it will load any surveys that are available to you, if you don't fancy any of them you just move forward using the "Skip" key.
The surveys vary in length and take many forms but usually they pay between 80p and £2.50 for a completed survey. The advantage of pure profile is that you also get a screening out fee of about 5 or 10p. Although this isn't much it all helps towards you total and is more than most sites currently offer. I feel that the number of surveys from which I am screened out seems less than most other sites, perhaps the profile does screen out the most unsuitable surveys. Usually the screening out happens quickly but I have done one or two surveys where I have felt that I have answered a lot before I have been screened out, however these have been hosted by Toluna so that might account for that as they are generally not good. I have found that the surveys load quickly and the page turnover is also good. I have never encountered any problems with the surveys themselves so I have never had to contact them so I am not sure how well they respond to problems.
Another way that you are able to earn money is via the occasional click-through to other websites. These are usually only 5p but since they require no other effort than letting a manufacturers page load and then quitting they are worth doing.
Persuading your friends to join Purepropfile is very lucrative. If they join via the link that you send them you will earn money. You receive £1 for every £5 they earn until you have reached £5. I believe this is per person you refer so it is a useful way of boosting your total.
Payments from Pure profile are made by transfer into your bank. They do say that they will introduce other payment options but currently the cash transfer is the only option. Your balance has to be at least £25 to initiate a transfer. The maximum you can cash out is £50 every 60 days but unless you have signed up lots of people I think you are unlikely to need to cash out more than that! Payment says that it can take 21 days. I have not quite reached my cash out level yet but £22 since November seems to be quite lucrative to me. I am confident that they money will arrive safely when requested because as I said I know several people who have already successfully received their money.
---Still Thinking About It?---
Overall this is certainly a site I would recommend. It is refreshingly quick to use and the surveys are very varied. The payment levels are certainly higher than most other sites for the same survey lengths. I would expect £1.50 on Pure profile for the same survey that would earn about 80 lightspeed points or 40 global testmarket. Remember not to wait for the e-mail alerts or you will never reach your target. If you enjoy filling in surveys then I would certainly suggest that you have a look at this site and give it a try but don't worry if you never finish your profile!
After a hellishly slow £7.28 earnt from CIAO! I jumped ship to Pure Profile. Now, before I start, do not think surveys they will get you rich. They don't now and never will. Even if you spend all day for a year in front of a PC you will not make millions. What you will make is the occaisonal bonus that you can use to treat yourself with. If you approach these site like this you will enjoy it and make the occaisonal £25.
I don't remember when I joined but it was probably about a year ago and I only answer surveys in work time. I find though that I don't always get infored about surveys by email so check if three or four days.
Most surveys are relevant and (touch wood) I don't get zoned out of that many as heppened with 9/10 CIAO surveys.
The payout ranges from £0.05 for starting but not qualifying to about £3.00 for completing a survey. There are occaisonally other offers but my work PC doesn't support alot of these.
I just hit my £25 and cashed in at the start of Decemeber and got my money in my account the day before Christmas so they do pay out.
There are occasional problems with surveys not working or video links not working but these can be reported and solutions found.
It is best to fill in the whole profile as accurately as possible as it is this information that is used to select surveys for you. It does take a while but you get more offers and reach the payout quicker. Payment is direct to your account.
All in Pureprofile can take a while to get to the target but you will complete less surveys than many other sites to get there. Good for an occasional bonus to treat yourself.
Six months on and I am a fiver away from my next cheque of £25. Not bad given it's just for a bit of fun and money to throw away. MOst of these surveys are done at lunch time at work so imagine what you could do if you spent a few ahours a day on several. Good way to treat yourself.
I signed up for this site after reading a positive DooYoo review on it several months ago. Sadly I have not been very impressed with it at all and am now biding my time until I hit the payout threshold at which point I shall be closing my account.
On the positive side this is a very attractive and easy to navigate site. Signing up is quick and easy and like most survey sites you initially have to fill out a profile 'dashboard' so that you can be matched with surveys. The profile for this site is the lengthiest I have come across - I reckon it would take an hour or so to complete it all. However, the profile is divided into twenty different topics such as travel, media and shopping with each topic being made up of between one and ten different questionnaires. If you complete at least one questionnaire for each topic then your profile is marked as complete so there is no need to spend time doing them all.
To access the surveys you click the 'next button'. This then takes you to a screen which tells you how much you will be paid for taking the survey. One good thing about this site is that you can see how much you are earning as the rewards are given in pounds rather than points which convert into pounds using some obscure multiple.
To take a survey you click the logo in the middle of the screen. The surveys are hosted by other sites and they all look different so I can't really comment on the format of the survey or how easy they are to complete. However I have found that on a couple of occasions the survey has crashed when I have been halfway through completing it which is especially frustrating because you can't get back to it to finish it off at a later date.
I have been signed up to Pure Profile for three months now and have only earned £4.40. In three months I have qualified for four surveys and been screened out of seventeen which is very poor compared to other survey sites I am a member of. The one bonus of this site is that you do get paid even when you don't qualify for a survey, usually 5p or 10p but the fact that surveys are so few and far between means that this really doesn't help your earnings mount up very quickly. Occasionally you can also earn a small amount of money simply by clicking through to another site although this has only happened to me three times in three months.
Unfortunately you need to earn £25 before you can get paid; I suspect this may take some time given my current earning rate! Once you do reach £25 you can withdraw your earnings by direct transfer to your bank account.
Overall I have not been very impressed by this site due to the low level of earnings. This is a real shame because it is such a nice-looking site and one that I like using. If only they had more surveys because at this rate it is going to take me over a year to reach the payout threshold.
Go to www.pureprofile.com if you fancy giving this site a go.
~~~ Update at 17 November 2010 ~~~
Over the last few months the number of surveys available on this site seems to have increased considerably and I received my first £25 payout a few weeks ago. Since then I have accumulated almost £9 more so am already well on my way to another payout. Surveys seem to come in clusters - some days I can have 4 to complete, each paying 75p to £1 and then it will go for a week with nothing.
Pure Profile is one of a myriad of online survey sites offering cash incentives for completing surveys. I have been a member since February 2008, and it is one of the better survey sites that I have used. Unlike some of the others, it doesn't cost anything to join up and start earning money. You can get your hands on the cash as soon as your account reaches £25, with it paid into your bank account.
The sign-up process is pretty much the same as any of these survey/pay-to-click/review sites; you fill in a short form with your name, email, date of birth and choose a password. You then get sent an email which you have to validate. The process is very simple and self explanatory,
On first entering the site, there is a "profile dashboard" to fill in, where you can enter a whole load of information about yourself from eating and drinking habits, to your clothing, to your views on the environment. This is apparently so they can target you with surveys that are more suitable, but whether it is worth bothering to fill this in is debatable. I filled in all my details religiously when I first started on the site, but I still get surveys that aren't suitable - for example about kids when I've clearly stated I don't have any. Also I know of people who haven't filled in any of their details, but have received just as many survey offers as me. So I guess it's up to you whether you think it's worth it or not. You can fill in as much or as little as you want, the whole thing takes about an hour to 90 minutes.
The important thing to remember if you do sign up for this site, is that they very rarely send you invitations to their surveys. Normally you have to check the site, which I do most days, click the "next" button and see if there are any surveys waiting for you.
The site itself looks fairly snazzy and high-tech but is very easy to navigate and user-friendly. At the top you've got a Home button and a "Next" button. The latter is used to take you to your next survey if you have one waiting. Also, for no apparent reason, once a month Pureprofile seem to ask a random question on your opinion about something and you're asked to choose from a selection of answers. The latest one I received asks you who you think should pay on a first date. Pureprofile collates all the answers it gets and presents the summary. There's no point to this as far as I can see, and you don't get paid for it, but I normally answer just because it's there!
As with most similar sites, there is the option to refer friends. You earn 20% of there earnings up to a total of £5, which is a pretty good incentive. If you can sign a few people up and this is probably the best way to get a decent amount of money from the site.
Also, there is a "preferences tab" which is a nice touch and different to a lot of other sites. Using this you can specify how often you want to hear from Pureprofile, and whether you are interested in all the surveys, or just the ones that pay a bit more.
The big disadvantage of Pureprofile is the relative lack of surveys. I've completed a total of 91 surveys since I joined in Feb 08. That's about four a month which is a pretty low ratio compared to most of the sites I've been on.
Out of those 91 surveys, I've earned a total of £37.95. Really that's a fairly low amount for the length of time I've been a member, but I have to say for the amount of time I've actually spent on the surveys and on the site, I'm pretty happy with the total. And one thing about Pureprofile which is different from other survey sites is that you're paid for every survey you do even if you get screened out. It might be only 5p or 10p but at least it's better than the frustration of wading through dozens of questions to be screened out with no reward like on some other sites.
The Surveys Themselves
As previously mentioned, you get paid about 5p or 10p if you get screen out, which only takes a minute or two. If you complete a survey, it can take between 10-15 minutes and you'll earn about £1 - £2.50. The surveys range from mildly interesting to mind-numbingly boring, but most people are just there to earn a bit of cash and I don't suppose care too much what the surveys like.
A general idea about what you might be asked:
- First the screening questions - Age, location, sex, etc
- Which of the following do you own? (tick all that apply): HD Ready TV, mobile phone, laptop etc
- You then might be asked to name all the Mobile Phone Networks you can think of
- They might then ask what you think of certain phone networks and you'll be asked to rate each one out of ten for reliability, customer service etc
- Next you might be shown an advert and asked if you've seen it before on TV and what you think about it. You'll be asked what difference it makes to your opinion of the brand
- You might also be asked some questions about your personality - like are you a trendsetter or a follower
Obviously all the surveys vary, but a lot follow this type of format. I have generally found them all to be user-friendly and I've never been able to not complete one because I didn't understand what to do next or for any technical problems with the site.
The only really annoying thing is that you keep answering the same screening questions - it would make life much easier if they just saved the answers you give and only invite you to complete surveys that suitable.
Understandably, some people are worried about giving away their bank details to a site like this. All I can say is that Pureprofile is a fairly well known, reputable company and I've never heard any horror stories. My own experience has been hassle free - I received my money quickly after passing the minimum of £25 and asking for it and they email you confirming the payment has been made.
Pureprofile is an easy way to make a small amount of money. You won't earn a fortune, but you won't spend ages answering pointless questions for no reward either. It's well worth signing up to, as long as you remember to log-in at least every couple of days and are prepared to be in it for the long haul
So I joined PureProfile in June 2004 and it started well and my first 8 surverys each paid £1 each so I thought getting to the £25 would be no problem at all. Then they started dropping to anywhere between 5 and 40p and the amount of surveys sent to me started to dry up.
Here's what I was sent
2004 - 4 Surveys (bear in mind I joined in June)
2005 - 1 Survey!
2006 - 15 Payments (I say payments because for a while they paid for web searches I think. They were like 40p a go)
2007 - 5 Surveys
2008 - 30 Surveys
2009 - 17 Surveys
So as I got older, the surveys became more frequent, which to be honest, I can understand. The fact that it took me 72 surveys to get to the minimum payment shows how measly the rewards often were. I have requested the payment so fingers crossed it goes through. I will then have to decide whether to stop using the site or whether to carry on for what might end up being another few years...
The surveys and the site are very easy to navigate and I've always felt PureProfile has the best feel to it...shame it takes so long to get some wonga!
I don't believe I've ever actually completed a survey for the market reserach company 'Pureprofile.com'
It's an internet-based survey site that's free to join. Pureprofile collects a wealth of individual / household info from new members, and then emails them inviting them to take surveys that have been notionally 'tailored to suit' them. There is a scale of renumeration for participating in Pureprofile surveys; you get about 10p for starting a survey and up to £2-3 for completing one. There's a threshold level of payment from Pureprofile; you need to have accumulated at least £25 in your account before this can be credited to you. I wouldn't know how this happens in practice because, over all the time I've been registered with Pureprofile and have been clicking on surveys attempting to complete them, I've only accumulated a total of just over £3.
I registered with the site about a year ago, and have received many survey invitations, and started many of them, but in practice have qualified to complete none at all.
You have to be quick off the mark with Pureprofile and a lot of the time by the time I've tried to complete a survey (even though this has usually this has been within 24 hours of receiving the original invitation), I find that the survey is already closed, as the required quota of respodents has already been filled. If I do successfully start entering answers for a Pureprofile survey I inevitably don't qualify to complete it. This is because most of the survey subjects I've encountered have concerened buying habits for new cars / mobile phones - products I have little or no current interest in. On this basis I would say that the survey topics you're invited to comment on via Pureprofile are very tedious indeed.
Not qualifying to take certain surveys is all very well, but given that the 'my profile' information that I entered on registereing with the site contains exhaustive personal details of the type that should have pre-emptively 'screened me out' from being invited to complete irrelevant surveys in the first place, I do feel that Pureprofile have been wasting their, and more importantly, my time through their apparent incompetence in matching survey subjects to potential respondents. For example, in answering the question 'when do you next intend to purchase a new car' during the initial registration process with Pureprofile, I know I answered something like 'not in the next 5 years' so I don't understand why I'm routinely invited to complete surveys sponsored by companies which are trying to sell their new cars to people RIGHT NOW. In these surveys I get as far as the 'when do you next intend to purchase a new car' question, answer 'not for five years' then am ejected from the survey with only 10p to show for it. It's not much use to anyone, that.
It would help if in their 'invitations to survey' emails Pureprofile included even some basic info like 'would you like to complete a survey on mobile phones' or, 'would you like to complete a survey about buying a new car' - then people like me who know they won't qualify to take the survey would have the option of not bothering to start it in the first place. But no. With each new survey you don't find out what it's about until some time in - after you've had to manually enter answers to a load of questions - and you have to tell them quite a lot each time, actually - before you get any idea what the survey subject could be.
These initial questions are also a bone of contention, because even the most basic info about respondents is apparently not passed on. The preliminary questions for the surveys I've started to complete have ALWAYS asked me for general info such as my gender, age bracket, employment status; surely this is the kind of screening info that would be automatically entered for each participant in a better-run kind of survey site.
The only mildly good point I can think of for being a Pureprofile member is that the surveys I'm invited to complete open automatically in a new window from my email account, which means I'm automatically logged into the Pureprofile survey site each time. This is handy as I've no idea what my Pureprofile login ID or password are and as I find the site and survey such a complete waste of time, I've little interest in reapplying to find out what those were again.
I have mixed feelings about Pureprofile.com but I really like their format now, and yes, over the years they have had many different personas, but this one seems set to stay. Reinventing your web presence seems to me to make sense, when you think about it, redesigning your image has to be good to pull in more people and get more people interested in your product. I think their profile dashboard is very lengthy and time consuming but you have to admit it is incredibly thorough - this is the equivalent of completing a profile for almost every category of personal information ever invented down to even what toothpaste you use! However, they do use the information in order to send you relevant surveys, and I have to say I usually get an average of about 3-5 per month worth around 50p-£2.50 each. Now, you need £25 for redemption purposes, but as this goes straight into your bank account, you can't really complain - it usually happens really quickly too, which is something, again, I have no complaints with. My problem, really, with them is that I suppose it just takes quite a long time to reach anywhere near what you need to ask for your money which you rightfully earned. I would like to say they are my favourite, but I do have other favourites, I must say. I like them, on balance, and they are good to have running in the background and slowly building up to a decent amount for a special occasion. Just don't count on them for too much and you will not be disappointed.
Pureprofile is yet another online survey site, and it's one I've been a member of since 2003. Looking at my rather long list other survey site reviews, you may be wondering why I've never written a review on this site before today. It's not because of lack of earnings, or the fact that I never get any work from them - because I do well out of this site, and have done for a number of years now. The answer is fairly simple; I just lacked the will. This site has had more changes and re-launches than most, and just when you think you've got a handle on the way they operate, they decide to change things yet again. However, the site seems to have settled down somewhat of late, and I feel I can actually venture an accurate and straightforward opinion of them at long last.
~*~ Who or What are Pureprofile? ~*~
Pureprofile are actually an Australian-based research company, but they also offer membership to residents over the age of 18 living in the UK (and many other countries around the world too - have a look on their website if you need more details). Membership is not limited to one member per household, which is a bonus if you want to sign your husband / wife / partner up.
Although their website blurb tries to make it look like they are a survey company with a difference, don't be fooled. Their website claims "Pureprofile gives you the platform to sell your attention to businesses and your answers to researchers. We enable you to make money from your profile; because without the profile there is no way for you to market your attention and be targeted with relevant information". The idea behind this, is that you create a profile on things you are interested in i.e. a new mobile phone, and advertisers will contact you with "relevant, paid offers" matched to your profile. That's a complete load of old tosh and/or marketing-speak as far as I am concerned; I've never been targeted or contacted by any advertisers through my profile.
As far I am concerned, Pureprofile are no different to any of the other survey sites I am a member of. Basically they're a market research company that pays you to answer surveys. And of course, like most survey sites, you receive irrelevant survey invites all the time. It doesn't matter what you put on your profile, you still get sent surveys that have nothing to do with your likes/dislikes. You can tell them you're a 21 year man with no kids, and you'll still receive surveys on Barbie dolls!
However, if you discount all the whizzy marketing blurb, Pureprofile is actually a survey site worth joining, as they do offer quite a bit of well paid survey work. You just need to ignore all their silly claims of "you are the next media mogul", "experience the next button, Real Research and the power of your Profile" and "Serendipity on the web" << yes seriously, it does say that on their website......
~*~ How do you sign up? ~*~
The website can be found at www.pureprofile.com. It's a very high tech looking website in a rather soothing turquoise shade. The site is fairly well laid out, and easy to navigate once you know what you're doing. Initially it can seem a little daunting, as there are a lot of tabs and buttons all over the shop. However, you soon get used to how it all works.
Registration is easy, and it is, of course, free to join. On their home page there's a banner screaming "Open a free account in 30 seconds!", and you simply fill in a short form giving your name, email address, country of residence and your postcode. You also choose an account password at this stage too. Next you'll receive an email from Pureprofile asking you to confirm that you wish to go ahead with your membership by clicking their given link.
Once you click on the link, you'll get a screen congratulating you on joining Pureprofile and inviting you to click on their "Next" button. I should say at this stage that Pureprofile are very, very keen on their "Next" button. It's something that features all over the site and you will often finding yourself clicking on it to access their surveys, quizzes, Stat of the month (a current poll their change monthly) or simply completing any personal profile. The good news is that you can't miss it - it's bright red with a white arrow and a white question mark on it!
Once you're logged in, you need to have a good browse around the site. First off, I'd go to the "Preferences" tab, as you can tell Pureprofile how often you want to hear from them, and whether you're interested in receiving surveys at the lower end of the paying scale as well as the higher. Next, they'll invite you to complete your personal "Profile", which is an interminable selection of questions. Honestly, it's never ending! I estimate it takes between 60 to 90 minutes to complete all their questions. Everytime you answer a question, a whole new set of questions asking for further details pop up. It's very annoying and frustrating indeed. If you decide to complete your entire profile (and there are 20 different sections, which I'm not going to list here as they're too boring and repetitive) then your "Profile Dashboard" will come up as 100% complete. Well done - you've wasted an hour of your day...for no reason whatsoever! I'll let you into a secret here. As I said earlier, this site has had more changes, makeovers and general reincarnations than Madonna. At one stage in the last couple of years, members were redirected to a newish looking site, and asked to complete a new series of questions about themselves, probably sold as a way to "maximise our earning potential" or in Pureprofile speak "unlock a brand new world of participation and payment". The thing was, I'd already completed a similar profile and wasted half my life doing so, when I'd first joined back in 2003. I was blowed if I was going to go through the whole process again....so I left my Profile Dashboard at about a 20% completion level for months and months and months. Nothing happened, no one contacted me to ask why, and most importantly, I still received the same amount of survey invites, and my earnings didn't dip. In the end, I did complete my dashboard up to the full 100% (mainly because the site had probably gone quiet on me, like all survey sites do sporadically), but it made not one jot of difference. My earnings stayed the same - and I've received no more or no less surveys or earning opportunities as a result. The moral of that particular secret is that completing your full profile on this site is a waste of time - you won't get anymore work out of them despite what they say. Similarly, you'll still be invited to complete all sorts of inappropriate surveys that don't match your profile in any shape or form!
~*~ How do they reward you? ~*~
I know if probably sounds like I don't really rate this site, as I have been criticising it a fair bit. However, despite all its silly claims and time-wasting irritations, Pureprofile is one of the better ranked survey panels I'm a member of. It does offer a good amount of work, and the payment is fair and appropriate. Most importantly, when you do reach their claim threshold, they pay out promptly and in a timely fashion.
Payment is made into your nominated bank account via BACS, once you reach £25.00. The site is secure (with that little padlock thing displayed next to the URL), so you need have no worries about disclosing this information. You'll receive an email from Pureprofile informing you that they have received your request for payment, and letting you know when their next BACS payments will be made (usually within 21 days).
~*~ The Surveys ~*~
Surveys rewards are calculated in pounds and pence, so no strange points system to get used to with this site. Survey rewards can start from as little as 5p (one or two simple questions only) and go up to £2.00 / £2.50 for longer questionnaires. The lowest amount I've been paid is 5p and the highest £5.00 during my six years of membership with this site. I must say that the rewards are always appropriate, and scaled to the amount of time you put into them. There are no silly rewards of 10p for a 50 minute survey like some sites I've known.
What is nice about this site is that they even pay you even if you don't quality for the full survey - sometimes 5p, sometimes 10p and often 20p. So responding to a survey invite is always worthwhile, as you rarely come away empty-handed, or with a paltry prize draw entry you've got no hope of winning.
A lot of people complain that they rarely get any survey invites from Pureprofile, and that it's not worth joining their panel. And here's where I let you into secret number two about this site. You should never wait for an email invite from Pureprofile before you access the site to take part in a survey. In my experience, they only ever email survey invites to their members as a last ditch attempt to fill their quota on numbers of respondents. If you log onto the site every now and then (say two or three times a week), you may well find you log straight into a page displaying that "Next Button", which is the signal that you've got a survey that needs answering. I'd say that at least 80% of the surveys I do for Pureprofile have been through accessing my account, rather than waiting for an email from them.
I'd say on average I respond to 4 or 6 surveys a month from Pureprofile - sometimes it's more and sometimes it's less. Like most survey sites, the surveys can be sporadic. You get nothing for three weeks, and then four all in one week. I don't always quality for the full survey, but I don't mind coming away with 10p or 20p just for responding....as they soon add up. If you are screened out, they do it quickly and cleanly, and you're not lead half way around the garden for twenty minutes before they boot you out, like some sites.
Surveys from Pureprofile can be any variety of different subjects - there's no particular theme to them. I've answered surveys on beauty products, phones, technology, food and drink and TV to name but a few. On the whole the surveys are well phrased, easy to complete and the rewards are always commensurate with the time spent on them.
As soon as you complete the survey (or even if you're screened out), your account balance will be updated, so no annoying hanging around waiting for them to add credit to your account. As I specified earlier, payment can be requested once you reach £25.00. That may seem like a lot, but it's fairly easy to reach this threshold - I'd say it roughly takes me from seven to eight months. In six years of membership, I've amassed a total of £175.00 from this site - most of which has been earned in the last two to three years (they offered little to no work when I first joined them in 2003, and didn't really become a good earner for me until 2005/6 onwards).
~*~ Referral Scheme ~*~
Another good thing in Pureprofile's favour is their rather generous referral scheme. If someone joins through your referral link, then you can earn up to £5.00 from their activity. Everytime your referee earns £5.00, you receive a £1.00 credit to your account (up to maximum of £5.00). There is no limit to how many people you can refer, and it really does work. I have referred several people over the years and the credit does reach your account without mishap. If you'd like more details on joining or you'd like my referral link then do please ask me : o )
~*~ Recommended? ~*~
Yes, if you're a fan of online survey work - then I would recommend Pureprofile without hesitation. Despite all their hype, serendipidity(!) and super-flashy website, Pureprofile is quite a good earner. For me, it offers reasonably frequent survey opportunities, above average rewards and a threshold that is achievable if you put in the effort.
Recommended with four stars from me. They lose one star for their over-complicated and flashy website, and all their silly marketing-speak. If you ignore all their silly stuff, you'll find that underneath, they're a fairly decent survey site with a nice amount of reasonably well paid work on offer to their members.
~*~ Quick Summary to get the best out of Pureprofile ~*~
DO Regularly log into your account - there maybe a survey for you behind that Next button
DO Use the referral programme as a handy way to boost your income
DO Respond to all survey invites even if you think you won't qualify as they still pay out for pre-screeners
DON'T Bother with their time-consuming profile questionnaires if you don't want to
DON'T Wait for email invites as you may be missing out on work
DON'T Let the techno-babble and general flashiness of the site put your off joining
~*~ Contact Details ~*~
57-61 Mortimer Street
Tel: 0207-101-7101 or 0207-101-7379
Just a quickie:Have just closed my account as invites were few and far between and the £25 payout seems to be so high I am just wasting my time. Before closing it warns that all funds will be lost (£2.50) but i am happy to accept that as i dont think i will ever hit the threshold anyway. Was dissappointed as the site looks good and surveys quite quick a shame i mostly got screened out anyway. Nevermind better luck next time. (good sites to look at are lightspeed panel, ipsos and valued opinions - better in my opinion) :-)2/5
Purprofile.com is another of the seemingly endless supply of survey sites where you can earn some money however like many others in this field it can be a hard slog to reach the cash out amount which is currently set at £25.
Based in Australia according to some of the small print however it is open to UK citizens to take part in. It is easy to register and as usual the more info that you provide the more surveys you may qualify for, sometimes I do wonder about how much junk mail I will be getting because of this type of site so I use a yahoo account with a junk mail folder as my contact e-mail.
The site is easy to navigate and you can check your account page to monitor your earnings. Earnings from surveys are slow and not that generous, expect about 50p a survey on average and the time they take to complete does vary a fair bit. One of the good earnings in theory is the refer a friend link which can earn you up to $5 however they mus reach the cash out amount to get the full payout also remember that is Aussie dollars so worth about half to 40% in UK terms I think.
The problem with the site is that I have not really been inundated with survey invites and to be honest if you do not reply on the same day you will stand little chance of being accepted as it will have already reached the required quota.
Not the ebst site to join unless you can get friends involved and to be honest my earnings are so slow and infrequent I hardly bother to click through any more.
I signed up to pureprofile.com around 18months ago after reading a review on Ciao a bout how wonderful the site is as you get loads of surveys so earning money from the site is quite easy, so here are my thoughts
Pureprofile is an Australian survey site, which does have the benefit of paying you a small fee for simply visiting the survey and getting paid more money for completing the survey. I have found the surveys that I have actually completed to be quite interesting.
After completing any surveys that are waiting for you, you are presented with a monthly topic , which after answering is displayed on your account the next month. This is all controlled by a next button, if you dont want to see something on your account simply clicking this next button takes you past this. However some of the topics are native to the Australian market, so are unapplicable to ourselves.
Within the website you can update your profile. This is quite a nice site, with a nice layout.
The sign up process
This was extremley boring and time consuming as you answer questions from 20 different areas each containing around 5/6 questions. I can remember when I did this been asked questions about which brand of coffee I drink for example. However i have never seen a coffee survey, so I dont see the relevance of some of the questions.
The friend referral part of the site is actually one of the better features of this organisation as you get paid $1 per every $5 that your friend earns. This is limited to $5 per referral. So you can earn roughly £2.50 from each friend who signs up to this. You can also put a link on a website and anyone who signs up to this via clicking on your webpage is classed as a friend.
Is it worth it?
In my opinion no. This is the worst of the sites I have signed up to on the internet. I have been a member for 18months and have only made £10. You need to get £25 before reaching a pay out. This is apparently done via BAC's but I dont know the speed etc at which this is done yet, but hopefully it will be quicker then the time it will take me to get to this figure.
I do however find that this site sends email notifications of surveys, the frequency of these emails is very sporadic and the surveys are often open for a certain time limit. I am now trying to login to the site more to see if I can more surveys that way and it did work today as a 50p survey was there to be completed, but i do think that I will get to the magic £25 mark and will claim my money and leave this site.