Survey site briefing – Populus live

Survey site briefing – Populus live

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New blog entry! In my earlier post about earning money online through surveys I mentioned a survey site called populus live. Here I’m going to share my experiences and some hints and tips for getting the best out of this site and hopefully earning yourself some money!

But first if you missed my post on earning money online through surveys then click here for the post.

So why do I recommend it? 

Populus live is one of my favourite surveys sites. Why? Well because unlike many other survey sites Populus live pays its users for their time rather than by the type of survey they’ve completed and it pays well for your time!

How much does it pay?

Populus live pays at the rate of £1 for every 5 minutes means that they offer an hourly rate of £12. Not bad for something you can do sat at home while watching the TV!

Any negatives? 

There are some negatives about the site. You have to earn £50 before they’ll send a payment to you (which will come via a cheque in the post). In my experience it can take between 3 to 4 months to earn this amount which means that a £150 a year is possible. Like all survey sites though it depends upon your demographics (age, gender, occupation etc) as to what surveys you get offered.

It’s important to pay attention in the signup process and when filling out your profile data – it’s takes a few minutes to do this but make sure you’re honest and pay attention to the answers you give. You don’t for example want to give the wrong date of birth and end up then getting disqualified from every survey you try and enter when you put your real date of birth in because it conflicts with what you supplied previously! Don’t worry though – if you do make a mistake you can go back and correct this later.

One other downside is the fact that you can only access surveys via an email invitation. This means that if you don’t check your email regularly you’ll miss out on the surveys as they have something called a survey quota (basically the number of people who can complete a survey before it closes). Take too long to access a survey and you’ll find it’s not there any longer!

Hints and tips

It’s important to pay attention in the signup process and when filling out your profile data – it takes a few minutes to do this but make sure you’re honest and pay attention to the answers you give. You don’t, for example, want to give the wrong date of birth and end up then getting disqualified from every survey you try and enter when you put your real date of birth in because it conflicts with what you supplied previously! Don’t worry though – if you do make a mistake you can go back and correct this later.

The biggest tip I can give you though is in terms of making sure you get notified about the availability of a survey for completion as soon as possible. To do this first of all make sure you have an email app on your smartphone. You can then set a rule in your email account so that you get notified straight away of any emails from populus live (their email address is surveys@populuslive.com). I use the Microsoft outlook app on my iphone and have a rule set up so that all emails from that address go into my ‘focused’ inbox which means my phone gets a notification as soon as an email comes in. I then click on the link and access the survey straight away if I can (most populus live surveys can be completed on your smartphone) so that I don’t miss out. Sometimes you’ll get a message to say that the survey can only be completed via a PC which can be annoying if you’re out and about and don’t have access to a PC at the time. Just don’t forget to give the survey a try when you get in front of a PC as you might be lucky and the survey could still be open! If you do access it and find that the survey’s quota is full don’t worry – you’ll still get given an entry into the Populus Live prize draw so you might still get some money!

One thing I like about Populus live (apart from the money of course!) is that screenouts are relatively rare and tend to happen quickly so that you don’t waste your time. This means that the chances are good that if you get offered a survey to complete you’ll be able to fill it out and get your reward 🙂

Also I wouldn’t expect to get surveys every day from populus – I usually find I get two a week on average although some weeks I can get a lot more. It depends entirely what’s happening in the outside world. For example if there’s a large political event taking place e.g. a general election or a referendum (like the ones for Scottish independence or Brexit) then you’ll find that there’s a lot more surveys being offered!

Sign up!

I’d encourage you to sign up to Populus live and give it a try (after all you’ve got nothing to lost and £50 to gain!). If you do want to sign up here’s a link Populus Live

For the next briefing I will discuss the survey site Prolific Academic but in the meantime if you do sign up to Populus Live or are already a user and want to share any of your experiences please do use the comment section below and let me know how you’re getting on!

 

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