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Do you want to make some easy money online? There’s an abundance of such offers all over the Internet. Cashback Research is one of the sites that promise you some money for your effort. It is a paid survey site that offers rewards for your opinion. You voice your opinion by taking surveys, and in return, you earn some money. While this is a legit and viable idea, many sites that appear legit will try to get your opinion for free. Or to get your personal info in order to sell it to third parties. And some of them are outright scams.

So, you have to be very careful if you want to join some of these sites. While their offers sound more or less the same, the way they treat users is very different. Many sites will appreciate your time and your contribution. Signing up with these sites will allow you to make some extra money easy. You might even have fun while answering questions and voicing your opinion. It is never big money, though. But, as long as it is easy why wouldn’t you take advantage of it.

On the other hand, some of the survey sites operate in the ‘grey zone’. It means that they are legit, but you need to be lucky to get any money. And you’ll get a lot of frustration in the process. So let’s dive in to see what Cashback Research has to offer.

What Is Cashback Research

Cashback Research is a survey company based in South Carolina, US. It is not a big company, but you can easily find important information about them. By this I mean address, names of people in management, they even have a contact phone number on their site. This is usually a sign of legitimacy. Furthermore, they have an A+ rating with BBB (Better Business Bureau) even though they are not BBB accredited. They also have an impressive list of partner companies. Finally, on their survey site homepage, they say that you won’t get rich, you can only put some extra cash into your pocket. This is an honest statement that you won’t see often.

All these facts point out that Cashback Research is legit. Of course, it doesn’t mean they are a great opportunity, but for starters, at least we know it is not a scam.

Cashback Research homepage preview

How Cashback Research Works

Before you start earning money you need to sign up. It is a short and free procedure. You will receive a $5 sign up bonus as soon as you finish the process. Moreover, you will earn $0.05 each day you log in. This is an additional welcome bonus so to say, but when you reach $0.5, it ends there. Now you can start earning money.

Here comes the first surprise. Each and every survey will actually take you to another site. This means that Cashback Research is a survey generator site. They don’t offer surveys on their site but redirect you to many other survey sites. It is not the only site of that kind, but personally, I don’t like that. It means that you have no idea what kind of site you are visiting unless you do yet another extensive research. So, it is a bit complicated and it can never be absolutely reliable. And when things go south it is hard to figure out who to blame. On the other side, this system should provide more frequent opportunities.

However, there is a catch. None of the surveys are available before you sign up for at least one redirecting site. Then again, if you sign up for 12 different sites you will get a $10 bonus. But, make sure that these sites are from the survey panel list. So, it is a sort of roller coaster ride with this site.

Besides surveys, you can also earn through bonus cash offers. These offers are typical for GPT sites. The principle remains the same: you are redirected to other sites where you can take these offers.

How to Get Your Money on Cashback Research

You can cash out via PayPal, or you can opt for Amazon gift card. Either way, you need to accumulate $30, which is a pretty high payment threshold. It should take up to 2 weeks to get cash or up to 4 weeks to get a gift card. I forgot to mention that Cashback Research site has different membership levels. Joining 10 survey panels will upgrade you from bronze to silver level. Signing up for 15 panels or reaching 5 payouts will earn you a gold level. Finally, after 10 payments you will become a platinum member. Each level will add $0.05 to your survey reward.


  • Plenty of surveys available. While you won’t qualify for all of them, you will have more frequent opportunities.
  • Customer support is good. It is not the fastest customer service, but eventually, they will get to you if needed. Often they will resolve the issues you have.
  • Variety of ways to earn money. Surveys, bonus cash offers, signing up for other sites. More offers usually mean more money.


  • High redemption threshold. A $30 threshold is too high.
  • Bad links. Some of the links don’t work at all. This is negligence. They should provide reliable links to build trust.
  • Credit issues. Many users complain about not getting credits for completed surveys. You can’t tell who is to blame, the host site or Cashback Research. If you are persistent enough, you might get your reward. But, it takes time and can be very frustrating.
  • Spam emails. Your email account will be flooded by a zillion of emails from the site and their partners that you signed up for. You have accepted through sign up contract, so there is no much you can do.
  • Not the greatest pay rate. This site operates as a middleman, so you could probably earn more if you took the surveys and offers directly without mediation.


I am not very impressed with Cashback Research. While it is legit, and it is possible to earn some money, there are too many potential hindrances. I always recommend multiple memberships with survey sites. Cashback research sort of does it for you. But, it has too many unreliable partners. It also appears that they stimulate you to sign for as many other sites as possible, via their site of course. Why would you do that if you can sign for them directly? You do get all the offers at one place, but for me, it is not enough.

However, if you have a separate email for surveys, so you don’t care how many emails you will receive, you can give it a go. Some people have positive experiences, maybe you will get lucky too.