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Great for a wee extra income but it'll take a while!
Interesting topics, regular surveys and good payout
Can take a while to reach the threshold
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YouGov is a survey website which captures information on public opinion. Quite often the topics are politics and current affairs, but other times you get asked opinions of brands (known as brandindex) and things like use of holiday companies. Surveys are paid at 25, 50, 75 and 100 points. There are also prize draw surveys where you can win cash prizes (I've never been that lucky!). You need 5000 points for a payout and when you reach that magic amount of points, a cheque for £50 wings its way to you pretty quickly.
I joined YouGov having been made aware of some statistics they had generated and gone snooping on their site. I noticed you could sign up to participate and did so. There are bonus points available for recommending new members and I've encouraged friends and family to sign up with varying levels of success.
I've been a member of YouGov since 2006 and in that time I've had 3 x £50 cheques and am just starting off en route to my next one. I have friends who have had frustratingly slow process and have never had a payout, and others who have made progress faster than me. I tend to get at least one survey per week and unlike other sites, you are rarely screened out.
You have to give them profile information about you, your work, what newspaper you read, your political views and I think this information is used to decide what surveys you will get. This would explain the variance in the numbers that some of us get. I have noticed, for example, that since becoming a f/t student after being in f/t paid work I get fewer invites than previously. They obviously have quotas for participation.
You generally get emails from them inviting you to a survey with a decent (average two weeks) deadline to participate. Initially emails had the amount of points available in it, but now I find that you have to click the survey link to be taken to a page that tells you the reward. Every so often there are surveys called Brand Index which I dislike because they get you to click through page after page of brands, selecting ones you like and don't like, would like to work for and would be ashamed to work for. These are typically prize draw ones but can become repetitive.
A relatively new development at YouGov has been the TellYouGov project. It is a website (and now app) where they attempt to track public opinion on the matters of the day. THere is a leaderboard of the hot topics and you can simply add your own comments, firstly by voting either positive or negative to the topic in question and then writing a short bit of feedback on it. Politics seems to rule the roost here, and so Nick Clegg, David Cameron and the Royal Family are regularly at the top of the leaderboard of comments with a host of weird and wonderful opinions of them. There is a chance to win £50 per day in a draw that all participants are entered into. Despite commenting several times per day, most days of the week, I have never won this!
Overall, I like YouGov. It is slow to reach payout but I find the surveys interesting and it's well worth it when a £50 cheque drops through the door. It's worth a go to see how it works for you and you've nothing to lose. It's always fun when you see the findings on the news and know that you took part!