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Pure Dead Brilliant
Member Name: ryanando
Advantages: Makes money, nice and neat, easy to use
Disadvantages: Mammoth sign up process, very slow to build money and a high redemption rate
It would seem the world likes me today. It is a Monday and yet I do not feel like I'm going to fly into a homicidal rage. Probably has something to do with taking it off as a holiday. I was out the night before so I thought I'd make sure I didn't need to go into work hung over, just in case I decided to get smashed off my face. As it turns out, I was driving so I wasn't even hung over today.
One slight downside to my day was the fact that I had no food left in the house that didn't involve deep frying it and I'm currently trying to watch my weight. God, however, was smiling on me (as much as a non-existent omnipotent being can smile on anything) and I decided to check my bank balance. Rather magically a £25 payment had appeared. I had steak for supper.
The mystical payment had in fact came from Pureprofile.com. This brilliant little website is one that allows you to do surveys and will pay you for doing so. I had seen a couple of reviews kicking around Dooyoo and Ciao for this website so I decided, what the hell, ciao won't let me access their surveys any more for no apparent reason, I shall take my answers elsewhere! And so I did.
---Sign me up baby---
Signing up is the first thing that may put you off this website a little. It took me about an hour to sign up. The point behind the website is that it builds a profile of you're life. It uses your profile to direct surveys at a suitable audience. The profile it builds on you is nothing short of mammoth. I'm surprised they don't just use it to answer the surveys for you. There are no less than 19 sections on your profile (for example: About you, Money and finance, Work and education, Beauty, eating and drinking, ritual sacrifice) (ok maybe not ritual sacrifice), each of which comes with about 5 "sub topics" that contain three or four questions each. If you are mathematical, you can work out that means you will have to answer (at a rough estimate) about 380 questions to fill out your profile. If you are not mathematical, then you can join me in sobbing in the corner at the thought of doing math.
The one upside of the site is that it DOES allow you to come back to the questions later if you can't be bothered answering them all. But it does make it clear that it's best to have a full profile so you can get as many surveys as possible.
---How much do ya get?---
If you are familiar with other survey websites, you will know that most of them ask you a few questions first of all to determine if you fit the criteria and if you don't, you've just wasted 3 minutes. PP asks the questions (which after the sign up I find rather odd; they should already know) but will give you a minimum payment (at least 10p sometimes 20p) just for taking those three minutes to answer the eligibility questions and being told to go away.
As for the surveys you get to complete, they offer you anything between 30p and £5. It is more common to get the lower paying ones but I have noticed that the rates of pay are usually fair for the time it's going to take you to get through the surveys.
Once you have completed the surveys, the payment is added to your PP account instantly, which is great. On the downside PP will make you wait to cash out till you reach at least £25 before you can cash it out and then it can take anything up to 40 days (even though it states 21 in its terms and conditions) (yes, I read them, how sad).
---Is it pretty?---
The layout of the site is pretty neat (in the tidy sense, not in the OMG FONZ sense) making it very easy to navigate. Your account balance is displayed on almost every page you will visit so you never loose sight of how much you've made. There are two tabs at the top once you log in: "Pureprofile" and "Next Button"
---Tab number 1---
Under "pure profile" you are presented with a few more clickable.
~~Home~~ is just that, the PP homepage, advertising itself shamelessly.
~~Profile~~ will display the mammoth amount of sections of your profile in a neat little order so that, if you so choose, you can edit any of your information if it changes. Or you can be like me and not go near it because you can't really be arse annoyed updating anything after the initial sign up.
~~Profile dashboard~~ will show you if there are any sections of your profile that you are yet to complete, so if you DID choose to come back to it later, you can easily see what sections need answers.
~~Search~~will for no apparent reason give you a facility to search for items you want to buy. It's not a very brilliant search tool, doesn't give you any money for using it and you'd be better off using Google.
~~Refer a friend~~ As with most survey/ review sites, PP relies on word of mouth to spread their business and offers you incentives for doing so. Rather oddly the incentive is in dollars, but states that you earn up to $5 for every person you refer. You get $1 every time your friend makes $5 and you can refer as many people as you so choose. Whether the dollar thing is a typo, I do not know as I've not got any friends who would want referred.
~~Account details~~ is where you can view your details such as name (in case you forgot it) your email and phone numbers (in case you changed it) and your address (if for some reason you felt obliged to give it to them in the first place). You can also change your password from this page. Mines is "doyoureallythinkimgivingoutmypassword69" ;. Now all you need is my log in name.
~~Preferences~~ is where you can ask the nice people at PP to email you if there is a survey you can do. You can set emails based on the amount you will be paid and the time it will take you to do the survey. You also get to choose to participate in "phone in" surveys, where you dial free phone numbers and get paid 20p per minute.
~~Transaction history~~ does what it says on the tin, showing you what you did and how much you got paid for it. Handy if you are a bit of a weirdo who doesn't trust anything to give you the right money.
~~Redemption~~ is the section you go to when you need to save your soul. It will bless you 3 times and ...er...send you out some holy water. It will also give you all you're money once you reach £25 quid. You just type in your account number and sort code (as far as I remember) and off it goes. The only redemption I've made so far was made on the 18th of December 2008 and it arrived into my account today (which is the 25th of January 2009 for the record). I used that handy transaction history to find that out...oh dear.
Under this tab is where the useful stuff takes place. It's rather fun in that it gives you a rather large red button to push called the "next button" If you have a survey to complete, it will show up on this page. If you don't want to complete it, you click next.
The fun, however, is very short lived if you check the website often. Personally I only got 2-3 surveys a week at most so the page was always empty. There is a function under the link "Next Time" where you can add your favourite websites to the next button and note the time of day you usually use them. If you log on around that time of day, the next button will direct you to your website. I think this is to encourage you to use PP as a homepage but again, it doesn't pay you to do this, so it's a waste of your time when you can just use your bookmarks to find the pages you want.
So, is it worth it? Yes and No would be the quick answer. What? You want more? Oh fine.
~~Yes~~ Of course it's worth it. Every penny counts and all that jazz. I just made £25 off of it! The surveys are mostly nice and short, nothing too difficult and if, like me, you spend a lot of time at your computer, why not do a quick survey in the background if it will make you some pennies?
~~No~~ I've been a member for 220 days (which is around seven months, I'm not counting back to give you a date... oh wait...transaction history says I took my first survey on the 25-06-2008) and I've only managed to make £28 out of it (I've got another three saved up after redeeming the first £25). It might be a bit less irritatingly slow if they allowed you to cash your money before the £25 mark. But it doesn't.
Over all I suppose it all depends on how many surveys you get sent to you and how much of your spare time you're willing to throw at the site. I have a tonne of it, so it's no biggie for me. It also means I get steak for supper and some ace food when my bank balance previously stated I would be starving for the next week.
Summary: Another way to make a few extra pennies if you are patient.