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Much Much more than just surveys!....
Member Name: mojomojo
Date: 12/01/12, updated on 18/01/12 (136 review reads)
Advantages: There is no other site like it.
Disadvantages: Delivery times on rewards
I came across Toluna whilst browsing through the Martin Lewis's Money saving website, i was researching something i could do from home in my spare time to boost my income, something interesting which meant i enjoyed what i was doing whilst earning myself some little extra rewards.
I did not want to sign up for anything that meant i got bored easily or lost interest after a few weeks of putting in the time and effort of getting it started, i wanted something i could do at leisure and in my own time which also had no deadlines or time limits.
Toluna attracted my attention, it sounded like just what i was looking for, a fun and informative site which allows open communication between members, various ways to express your views and opinions in a way which actually counted and could possibly make a difference to the future, and allows you to earn rewards for regular participation in giving opinions, asking opinions, product testing and doing surveys.
I signed up as a toluna member in September 2011.
--HOW IT WORKS--
Once you have signed up and registered you then receive a confirmation email which when you click on the link activates your Toluna account, you then can set up your account by creating a username and adding a profile photo.
There is a very helpful tutorial page for new members which clearly details any questions you may have and helps you navigate the site easily, this also explains how the site works in a step by step guide.
For joining you receive 500 points in your account, you will then proceed to set up and manage your account where you fill in some mini survey questions about yourself which ensures that when you are sent surveys they are relevant to you personally, these mini survey questions are called interest surveys on subjects such as home & family, shopping habits, travel, internet usage, finance, health, and employment details, all for which you earn an additional 100 points for completing and you may change and up-date these as and when your circumstances change.
Now you will start to receive survey invites via email and you can expect to earn between 1,000 to 20,000 points from completing them dependant on the survey length and content.
You aim to earn points for participation which you can then exchange for various rewards, you have easy to use drop down navigation buttons on your profile page which allows you to keep track of the surveys you complete and the points pending your account.
There are various ways to earn points rather than just by completing the surveys you are sent, you can take sponsored polls which are a simple multiple choice question than you earn 15 points for answering, there are also quick surveys which vary in points and can lead you to a full survey if you qualify for the criteria which the survey providers are looking for.
You can also create your own polls and topics for other Toluna members to vote and comment on which can also earn you points.
Toluna is a two way participation site which heavily depends on it's members interactions between each other to aid the collection of points, the site has other features which makes it stand out from the rest like regular member competitions, a monthly prize draw and opportunities to test products as well as make new friends.
Based on the polls and topics you personally create you can earn a maximum of 15,000 points a month and these are called popularity points, once you receive your maximum popularity points which is known as "maxing out" you can still continue to earn points by doing the surveys, sponsored polls and quick surveys.
On the polls you create, if you get 500 votes you earn 500 points and for 1000 votes you earn 1000 points.
On the topics you create...
21 comments earns 500 points
31 comments earns 1000 points
41 comments earns 2000 points
51 comments earns 3000 points
75 comments earns 3500 points
100 comments earns 5000 points
In addition to this you will also earn an extra 100 points for every 80 word opinions you write on other members topics, with a maximum of 5000 points being earned in this way.
For every friend you invite to join Toluna you earn 500 points.
Points earned can be exchanged for rewards, some of which are posted and some are sent electronically via email, points can be redeemed for various rewards...
500 points = Prize draw entries
30,000 = 100 Face book credits
60,000 = 1000 Nintendo points
80,000 = £15 Voucher for any one of, Hmv, Love shop, Halfords, or Amazon
140,000 = £30 Voucher for Debenhams
The delivery of vouchers can take an estimated 4-8 weeks.
Points are valid for a period of 16 months and will be deleted if not used in this time.
Points are also awarded for social level advancement, you start off as a new member status then move up to beginner, intermediate, novice, expert and v.i.p and for each advancement you get a large lump sum of points added, and these points will count towards your monthly maximum popularity points.
Toluna members form the UK only have the opportunity to register for product testing and can choose which products they wish to test.
There is also a monthly £5000 prize draw; each time you get screened out of a survey you earn an extra entry into the prize draw.
There are regular competitions which you choose weather to participate or not.
On the toluna home page you have an overview of your statistics which consist of how many polls and topics you have created, participated in and the number of comments and votes you have received.
A list of recommended topics and polls you may wish to take part in, and any news or up-dates.
Your public profile is what other toluna members can view and consists of your public messages left form other members, a list of members whom you follow and who follows you, your ratings of up to 5 stars, your social status level of experience (new, beginner, novice, expert, v.i.p), and the last three polls and topics you created and posted.
--MY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS--
I admit to thinking that survey sites were a bit of a scam and not to be entirely trusted at first, and not worth the time and effort you put in for such little rewards in return, so needless to say i was quite sceptical before joining this site but my view was nothing ventured nothing gained so i am glad i gave it a chance because toluna is so much more than just a survey site.
I receive regular email invites to do surveys at a rate of around 7-10 a week which is a comfortable amount considering they each can take anything between 10 - 60 mins to do, however it is annoying when i spend 20 minutes doing a survey only to be screened for not fitting into the criteria based on the answers i give, i do accept this as part and parcel of being a member of the site and understand that there is a risk of this happening as surveys usually require feedback across all spectrums of the public and i find this depends on how quickly i respond to the email invites as some openings tend to fill up fast as an example the age group 21-34 which work full time and live in London is a criteria which will fill up fast due to it being a larger group of the public if you will.
I have found toluna to be very easy to use and navigate my way around, i learnt pretty fast how it worked and other members was always eager to help in the first few weeks, i was welcomed and looked after until i was used to the site myself, the layout of the site is very simple, i thought this appealing because too much cluttered pages mean confusion to me and not once have i become confused whilst using this site.
I am drawn to toluna more regular each day as i think it is a fantastic way of keeping up to date with what is going on in the world because many polls and opinions reflect this, it is very interesting reading peoples opinions on every subject imaginable and i often learn things i did not know prior to reading, i feel it helps to broaden the mind and help with empathy and looking at things in a way i possibly would not have even thought have before, it helps to make informed choices and opinions as people are honest and share many thoughts with each other, it is not only subjects of what goes on in the world but topics and polls can also be quite personal to the creator, lots of people use it as a way of asking for advice and asking the toluna community what they would do in certain situations which i find fascinating and helpful.
Toluna is a unique social community site which has everything and more, being able to earn points and claim them for various rewards is a bonus of the site in my view because it is certainly not entirely what the site is all about, you do get the ones who are there just to earn the points and make money out of it but i have found the majority are there because they enjoy the interaction and banter as i do, somewhere we can freely express our opinions and thoughts without being judged or ridiculed for it, it is a place which encourages morals and which is very informative and enjoyable, my experience with the toluna members have been excellent and i have made a few new like minded friends along the way of the same age and interests, it is a very varied site which is ultimately very useful and engrossing to be a member of.
Toluna does require regular participation to benefit from and i would say the points kick in evenly after being a member for over a month, it took me a month to earn enough points to redeem my first voucher and after that the points were added quite fast, this is because survey points can take 4-6 weeks to be added to your account so doing surveys regularly means a regular addition of points. Two weeks after claiming my first voucher i had enough points to claim another which i was pleased with, the reward don't seem much at £15-£30 a time but i think that it is a nice little earner for a little treat every now and again and because i enjoy being a member and taking part then it never seems like i have to put in too much effort so the rewards are an extra bonus to me and not the reason i primarily use the site.
Would i recommend?.... yes, if like myself you are looking for something to occupy your spare time with something which is fun, informative, you can learn from, you can make new friends, and earn rewards from but at the same time not take it too seriously and just come and go as you please as there is no commitments to it, you basically get out of it what you put into it and toluna is very much a two way street and depends on having a good following of other members.
I enjoy my daily toluna fix tremendously and will continue to be a member.
--HINTS, TIPS, ADVICE--
Here is a few words of advice and tips i have picked up along the way and will be useful to someone considering joining Toluna...
Create a spare email address account and use this for your surveys, it means less spam is sent to your main address and is easier in general management.
Cash in and redeem rewards as soon as you have enough to claim them, you are not protected if the site decides to close down and will lose any points and rewards which are not claimed.
Always be honest when answering the survey questions, it does pay to tell the truth because companies who create the surveys will often corroborate previous answers so any dishonesty is always uncovered and this can result in a loss of points and rewards.
Only sign up for one Toluna account, trying to use two or more accounts by using separate email addresses can result in an instant ban from the site.
Any source of extra income has to be declared to the Inland Revenue and you must pay tax on your extra earnings, being a toulna member and participating in reward based surveys is regarded as being self employed.
I have rated this site a 4 out of 5 stars as your success depends on the amount of input you are willing to make as a member, and if you were looking to join this site just to make money then i think you would be disappointed, the rewards are fantastic but you do have to earn them and the time it takes for vouchers to arrive can vary wildly.
Thank you for reading
(Also posted on ciao under mojo-mojo)
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