Most people who want to earn a little extra money from home come across survey sites at one point or another. Maybe you’ve run into ySense and are wondering whether or not you should join it.
So, is ySense a scam or a legitimate site?
ySense – formerly known as ClixSense – is a legitimate site where you can earn money by completing surveys, offers, and microtasks. You can earn on average $3 per hour, with the opportunity to earn bonuses and partake in weekly contests.
Now let’s dive in and see what ySense is all about!
What is ySense?
Sort of like a mix between Remotasks and SurveyTime, ySense is a website where you can earn extra money online by completing various tasks, surveys, or offers.
If you’ve heard of Clixsense, you’re probably wondering if this is similar. Actually, it’s the same thing – the company just changed its name to ySense in August of 2019.
Along with the change of name came new rewards and new ways to earn money, like new survey providers and offers that let you earn money from companies like Uber and Tidal.
As far as new rewards go, you can now cash out with PayPal or earn gift cards from big sites like Amazon. Alternatively, you can also get prepaid gift cards (either Mastercard or Visa).
They also have an affiliate program that you can sign up for where you can earn money from referring people.
Who’s Behind It?
Clixsense – now ySense – was founded way back in July of 2005 by a guy named Josef Gorowitz.
Now, the company Prodege LLC owns it. Prodege is an internet media company that owns lots of different companies, some of which you’ve probably heard of before, like:
So, as you can see, they’re very successful in the online survey and task space.
Altogether, they have over 100 million members across all their sites, and they’ve awarded more than $800 million in cash and free gift cards since the company’s founding.
They’re a privately owned company (meaning they aren’t publicly traded), so they don’t have to release their annual revenue. However, some sites estimate their revenue is around $200 million per year.
How Does It Work?
The idea is simple: once you sign up and get an account, you can start earning money by completing a variety of tasks, surveys, and/or offers.
You can basically break it down into three simple steps:
- Sign up
- Earn money
- Get paid
Let’s take a deeper look at what each step consists of.
1. Sign up
Signing up with ySense is incredibly simple.
To start, you have to go to their website. Honestly, it looks a little scam-ish when you first see it, but don’t let that put you off.
You’ll see a box in the top right corner of the page where you can sign up. You just have to enter your email and create a password (which has to be between 6-12 characters).
Once you’ve done that, you’ll be redirected to your account. But before you can actually do anything, you have to verify your email.
Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to move on to the next step!
2. Earn money
There are five main ways you can earn money on ySense:
- Daily Task Bonus
- Tasks Weekly Contest
You can do a variety of these each day, so long as they’re available. The pay might seem small at first, but over time you’ll get access to higher paying offers, surveys, and tasks.
When you’re logged in to your account, you’ll see a tab at the top of your screen titled “Tasks.” By clicking on that, you’ll be able to view all available tasks, what they are, how much they’ll pay, and more.
Next to an available task, you’ll notice a numeric value denoting the number of times a task may be completed. You’re allowed to complete most tasks an unlimited number of times – or at least multiple times. However, there are a few tasks that only let you complete it once.
Overall, tasks generally pay the most money for the amount of time it will take you. However, when you’re just starting out, you’ll probably only be able to complete very low paying tasks.
Examples of different types of tasks include:
- Drawing boxes around products
- Verifying whether a person still works at a certain place in a certain position
- Categorizing popular product names
In various places throughout the ySense site, you’ll notice the tasks being called “Figure Eight” tasks. That’s just because a crowdsourcing service called Figure Eight is who provides ySense with the tasks.
If you go to the surveys page, you’ll find a list of available surveys you can complete. Next to the survey, you’ll see how much money it will pay.
Some surveys make you take a “training session” before you can actually start the survey. These are basically evaluating you to see if you qualify for taking the survey or not.
These can sometimes last up to 15 minutes, and if you end up not qualifying, you won’t get paid for your time and you won’t be allowed to take the survey.
For the surveys you successfully complete, you can generally expect to see the money in your account right away.
However, there are certain surveys that are marked by a little red flag. These surveys usually pay higher amounts, but they need to be approved before you can get paid, which takes 30 days.
The offers you’re allowed to take are arguably one of the best parts of ySense. You can earn the most money through them – if you do it right.
To find offers, you go to one of the “offer walls.” ySense has their own offer wall, but they’ve partnered with other companies so you can view their offers on ySense as well.
Some examples of offers are:
- Donating $21 to the American Cancer Society: earn $25.00
- Subscribing to TruthFinder: earn $35.00
- Signing up for Hulu: earn $15.00
- Applying for a loan through cashUSA.com: earn $57.00
Just remember that if you subscribe to a service or apply for a loan or anything like that, you’re working with a third party.
So, for example, if you subscribed to Hulu for a month just to earn the $15, and you wanted to cancel, you’d have to contact Hulu, not ySense.
Daily Checklist Bonus
On top of the three main ways to earn money, you can also earn more with the Daily Checklist Bonus.
This allows you to earn more money by adding a percentage of your earnings to your account balance at the end of the day.
It’s broken up into three parts that total a 16% bonus, and it breaks down as follows:
- Complete Daily Checklist: 12%
- ySense AddOn Extra Bonus: 2%
- Activity Extra Bonus: 2%
The biggest portion of the Daily Checklist Bonus comes from actually completing your daily checklist. To do that, you must do one of the following:
- Complete ten Figure Eight tasks
- Complete two Offers or Surveys from the offers and surveys pages
- Complete five Figure Eight tasks and complete one Offer or Survey
The ySense AddOn Bonus is a bonus you get by running the ySense addon in the background for one hour during the day. To be eligible, you must have survey notifications enabled.
The Activity Extra Bonus is what you get when you’ve completed the daily checklist three days in a row. You get the bonus every day thereafter until you miss a day, at which point it resets and you have to start over.
Tasks Weekly Contest
The Tasks Weekly Contest is a strong point for ySense and helps them stand out against their competitors. This is where a lot of the money can be made.
Every week (a week being Monday through Sunday), there’s a contest that rewards those who complete the most tasks that week. The rewards are:
- 1st place: $50
- 2nd place: $20
- 3rd place: $10
- 4th and 5th place: $5
- 6th – 10th place: $2
The winners are paid instantly at the end of the week, just a few minutes after midnight. The winners are shown at the bottom of the Task page.
To give you an idea, you would need to complete anywhere from 1,000-2,000 tasks to win the top prize.
3. Get paid
Every time you successfully complete a survey, offer, or task, money gets added to your ySense account.
You can cash out whenever you want, but the threshold minimums vary depending on the method you want to cash out with.
For example, if you wanted to cash out with PayPal, you would need a minimum of $10. But if you wanted to cash out by getting an Amazon gift card, you would only have to have $5 minimum.
Regardless of how you cash out, you generally get your money within 4-5 days of requesting your payout.
How Much Can You Make?
One cool thing about ySense is that it costs you nothing to get started, and theoretically it doesn’t cost you anything to earn, either. That means all of what you make is profit.
Of course, how much you earn is dependent on how many tasks, offers, and surveys you complete.
As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to earn around $3 per hour. There are some extreme exceptions to this, though, like the person who earns $650 per month with it.
However, that’s not a realistic expectation for everyone. But if you win the contests, you could significantly up your earnings per week.
Another cool thing about ySense is that for every $50 you earn in completed tasks, you get a $5 bonus.
And while this is the standard earning situation for these types of sites – which isn’t bad considering you’re just taking surveys and such – there are much better ways you could earn money on the side.
ySense Referral Program
There is a referral program available through ySense, where you sign up to become an affiliate.
For every person you refer to ySense that becomes active, you can earn a signup commission of $0.10.
If those referrals are from one of the 34 “top tier countries,” like:
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States
Then you’ll earn $0.30 as your signup commission instead.
You’ll also earn more money once your referrals earn $5.00 (not including bonuses). After their first $5, you’ll earn $2.00.
You’ll also earn 20% commission on each approved survey, offer, and task your referrals complete.
And once you have 100 active referrals (that have had at least one transaction within the past 30 days), you’ll earn 25% commission. And that percentage jumps up again to 30% once you have over 200 active referrals.
Can You Cheat ySense?
If you’re wondering if you can cheat ySense, the answer is no. I mean, technically, you could try, but because it’s run by Prodege – which runs far bigger survey sites than this one – chances are that you won’t be successful.
Plus, they do have steps in place to prevent abuse. For example, the people you refer to them must meet “certain conditions” in order for you to get money. However, ySense doesn’t disclose what all those conditions are.
What Are Others Saying?
The best way to find out whether or not you should join ySense is by hearing what others who have already done it are saying.
Multiple people who had joined ySense had a bad experience specifically revolving around the surveys.
The main complaint was one that is common amongst most survey sites: that you could spend over 10 minutes trying to qualify for a survey just to find out you won’t be able to take it and thus wasted all of your time.
Like this review on TrustPilot for example:
Another common theme among reviewers is that Clixsense – what ySense used to be called – was the best survey site to be a part of. But after it changed, it’s gone downhill.
And yet another common complaint is that people completed a survey or a task only to, for some reason, not get the money credited to their account. And when they tried to fix it, they ran into more difficulty with the apparently poor customer service.
However, those are just personal opinions, and not everyone has had such negative feedback to give.
Some people claim that ySense is still one of the best survey sites out there, and that sometimes the solution to many of the nay-sayers’ problems is simply a little patience.
Lots of people have only good things to say, and many have been able to earn a little bit of extra cash on the side with ySense.
Is ySense a Scam?
No, ySense is not a scam. They actually do pay out either via gift cards or PayPal.
They’re owned by a legitimate company (Prodege) that is the parent company to major survey sites like SwagBucks and InboxDollars.
It’s also very easy to find proof of payment made to people online from ySense by doing a simple Google search.
- There’s lots of proof that they do pay out
- It’s free to sign up for and you don’t have to pay anything to be able to earn
- There are lots of different ways to earn money
- They’re owned by a strong parent company
- You can’t make very much money compared to the time investment it takes
- It takes time to build up to surveys and tasks that pay a lot
- You could spend a long time trying to qualify for a survey, only to have it be a complete waste of time
Summing It Up
Overall, ySense is a legitimate survey and task site. You can actually earn money from them – albeit not very much.
There’s a considerable time investment that needs to be made, especially right up front if you’re just starting out. However, it is free to join and you don’t have to spend any money to be able to keep earning.
Whether or not you join ySense is a personal decision, but there are better ways to make money on the side (in my opinion).
What is ySense?
ySense is a website where you can earn money by completing a variety of tasks, surveys, and offers.
Who’s behind it?
Prodege LLC is the company that owns ySense. They also own a variety of other survey websites like SwagBucks and InboxDollars.
How does it work?
All you do is sign up on their website. Then you can earn money by completing a variety of tasks and surveys. Once you’ve racked up enough cash to meet the minimum thresholds, you can request a payout.
How do you sign up?
To sign up, you go to ySense’s website and enter in your email and a password in the box on the top right of the screen. After that, you’ll just need to verify your email, and then you can get started.
Is ClixSense and ySense the same thing?
Yes, ySense was formerly known as ClixSense until August of 2019 when the company rebranded itself.
How do you get paid?
Once you meet the minimum threshold (which varies depending on your method of payment), you request a payout. It generally takes 4-5 days to receive your payment.
Is it a scam?
No, ySense is a legitimate site that has paid out millions in gift cards and cash throughout the years.