Before you sign up and start filling out surveys without a plan in place, let’s look at how you can maximize your earnings with a few useful Survey Junkie tips.
Tip #1: Take The Demographic Surveys
You should do the demographic surveys right away, because that will enable you to get more targeted surveys (which pay the best rates).
If you’re hesitant about providing personal information, in the video below, I run through the general profile questions for you to see the type of information you’re providing.
Tip #2: Use A Dedicated Email Address
Create an email address that you use only for surveys. While you might be tempted to skip this step, believe me, it’s best not to overload your primary inbox.
This is especially true if you sign up for more than one site. While Survey Junkie tends to only send one email per day, some sites bombard your inbox with a notification for each individual survey opportunity.
Tip #3: Be Sure To Download The Survey Junkie App
While the website is optimized for mobile browsers, the Survey Junkie app has a clean interface and is easy to use on your phone. That really opens up your earning potential, as you can tackle surveys whenever you have a few minutes to kill.
Tip #4: Answer Honestly
Most survey sites have algorithms that can identify people who complete the surveys as fast as possible, without taking time to read the questions and answer honestly. In other words, they know if you’re just clicking buttons and your answers don’t add up.
Survey Junkie will even throw in some random quality control questions to make sure you’re paying attention (and not a robot).
Take the time to mark the correct answer. It’ll pay off in the long run, as you’ll get survey opportunities that allow you to earn more.
Tip #5: Do The QuickStart Checklist Up-Front To Maximize Your Points
You earn 25 points for confirming your email address and 50 points for completing the profile survey. Those are high-value tasks for the time involved.
Tip #6: Accept The Fact That You Won’t Get Rich
Remember, this isn’t meant to be a huge money-maker. Keeping realistic expectations will make this process more fun. This should be viewed as a way to spend a little free time to earn a bit of pocket change or a free gift card here and there – not as a full-time online job that’s going to pay your bills every month.
Tip #7: Compare Time Vs. Points
Before attempting a survey, compare the estimated time it will take you to complete versus the points you’ll earn. For example, the picture below shows two surveys, each worth 55 points. The first takes nine minutes and the second takes 18 minutes.
The best choice isn’t always as obvious as this example, so you should get in the habit of doing a quick calculation in your head to figure out which surveys give you the chance to make the most amount of money in the least amount of time.
How Does Survey Junkie Pay You?
You can redeem the points you earn for free gift cards or PayPal cash. If you live in the United States, you also have the option for a direct bank transfer through a third-party service called Dwolla.
To cash in your points for any method of payment, you have to have at least 500 points, which equates to $5 in value (one Survey Junkie point equals 1 cent). This is one of the lowest minimum withdrawal amounts in the paid survey industry.
Survey Junkie Vs. Swagbucks
Swagbucks is different from Survey Junkie in one key way: while it does offer surveys, it’s more of an overall online rewards platform than a dedicated survey website.
For example, it offers a cash-back shopping portal and get paid to sign-up offers (read our Swagbucks review to learn more).
If you like more variety when it comes to earning money online, Swagbucks might be a good option for you. As with Survey Junkie, you can get gift cards for your points or redeem them for PayPal cash.
Survey Junkie claims that the data you provide is anonymized and stripped of any personally identifiable information.
While that’s true, you should be aware that digital marketing firms (and others) use this information to create wide-ranging (anonymized) profiles that influence things like the advertisements you see when browsing websites.
In other words, this information may not be directly attributable to you by name, but it does become part of the “big data” picture of you that shapes your internet experience.
In return for this data, you’ll earn some amount of passive income. Unfortunately, Survey Junkie does not offer any insight into how much you’ll earn or how frequently, and user reviews from around the web have been mixed.
At the same time, the consensus seems to be that Pulse does not pay as much as other passive income apps, such as the Nielsen Computer and Mobile Panel.
Finally, note that Pulse users have access to an array of paid surveys that are not available on the main Survey Junkie platform. In other words, using Pulse means you’re likely to get access to more and better surveys.
Survey Junkie Pulse
Survey Junkie Pulse (stylized as SJ Pulse or Survey Pulse) is a free browser extension that allows you to share your internet usage data with the company in return for rewards.
Once installed, it works in the background and serves as a passive income app. In addition, there’s a 150 point sign-up bonus for having it installed for 30 days.