Survey Approved – Legit Survey Site or Big Scam? [Honest Review]

Welcome to my review of Survey Approved.

This is a new paid survey site I recently came across that says you can earn up to $40 per survey. Apparently, members are ‘matched’ with the highest-paying surveys in the industry.

It’s no secret that you can make money with online surveys, but most of them pay very little and many of them are in fact scams. So I decided to take a closer look at this to find out if it’s legit and if so, how much money you can potentially make.

Read on for the full review…

Survey Approved Review

The website ( was registered anonymously in July of 2018. And there’s no information about who owns or runs this company on the site itself.

The site claims that in just three simple steps, you can begin earning up to $40 per survey.

The idea is to answer some questions about yourself, and SurveyApproved then matches you with the best survey sites according to your answers.

So you don’t actually do any surveys for this site, they simply ‘recommend’ other survey sites you can signup with.

I guess if they actually do recommend legit survey sites that in some way are more catering for your profile, good and well. Especially since it’s a free service.

But make no mistake, this site is making money by referring you to other survey sites.

So they are essentially affiliates for these third-party survey websites. An affiliate is someone who connects a buyer and a vendor, or in this case, a survey taker with a survey provider.

Anyways, I took a closer look to see how if it’s actually worth your time…

How Does Survey Approved Work?

Once you’re on the site, the first step is to click on the “start earning” button…

Getting Started Process

From here, they ask you a series of questions (6 to be exact).

Here are the questions they ask you:

  1. What is your gender?
  2. How old are you?
  3. How much money do you want to make per month taking surveys?
  4. What hours can you dedicate to taking surveys each week?
  5. When can you start?
  6. Do you have basic typing skills?

As you can see, these are very basic questions. And according to my answers, I was matched with 3 market research companies that have 3,273 surveys available…

Optin Form Survey Approved

In order to get access to these surveys, I then had to put my name and email into the opt-in form.

The truth is that when you put this information into the box, you go into an email marketing database. Which means these people will be following up with you via email to get you to join and probably to convince you to join companies they are affiliated with.

I did some checking, and here’s a snippet from their privacy policy:

… you expressly agree to receive email correspondence from us and our preferred mailing partner which may include updated open positions, marketing messages and/or newsletters

So you’ll be receiving some promo emails, but I think that’s to be expected from sites like this. This is how they profit beyond just promoting third-party survey sites, they continually email you about other offers.

In some cases, these sites even sell and share this information for a profit. But I’m not sure that is what is going on here, I guess time will tell if your inbox is flooded with SPAM.

Anyways, once I put my name and email into the box, I wound up on this page:

Recommended Third Party Survey Sites

As you can see, the recommended survey sites here are Survey Junkie, Inbox Dollars, and Vindale Research. I haven’t reviewed all of these, but these are definitely among the more legit and well-known survey sites.

So that is a good thing.

The whole “secure your spot before the time runs out” is nonsense though. You can signup with ALL of these sites directly, at any time, and there’s no time limit. This is just a marketing tactic to convince you to join without delay, so they earn commissions off of you.

How Much Money Can You Make With Survey Approved?

As I explained earlier, Survey Approved is really just a “middle person.” So you’ll earn ZERO from this site. But you can earn money with the survey sites they recommend.

How much?

Despite saying that you can earn up to $40 per survey (which may be true), the reality is very different. It is a known fact that most people earn an average of $1 to $2 per hour doing surveys.

This is because most surveys pay very little. And when you factor in the amount of time you are spending on completing these, it works out to be extremely low paying.

Not only is there downtime between surveys, but you will also spend a lot of time ‘qualifying’ for various surveys too.

So you can earn a few extra bucks, but this is not an exciting income opportunity by any stretch. This is why I don’t recommend doing paid surveys. There are much better ways to create an income online. Like affiliate marketing.

The people that make the majority of money with these sites, are not the ones doing the surveys. They are the ones promoting them, like who are affiliates for all three companies.

This is where the real money is made.

The good news is, anyone can learn how to do affiliate marketing and the startup costs are very low. The ‘bad’ news is, it takes time and a considerable amount of effort to get into profit initially, which turns many people off.

You need to be willing to work hard and be persistent before earning.

Verdict – Is Survey Approved a Scam?

No, Survey Approved is not a scam.

The site doesn’t make wild income claims, they don’t appear to be selling your information, and they recommend legitimate survey sites.

However, the whole ‘we match you with the best survey companies’ is BS.

They almost certainly promote the same group of survey sites to everyone, perhaps changing it up slightly from to time. The questions are basic and these companies welcome mostly anyone.

So the site isn’t a scam but it is a bit of a ‘gimmick’.

In my opinion, you are better off just signing up with the third-party survey sites yourself, directly. Thus saving yourself some time and energy.

What you decide to do is up to you, but hopefully, this review has been helpful!

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