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What do you think about making money online? And I am not talking about a full-time job. I am talking about the situation where you already have a job, but you’re interested in making a few extra bucks doing some easy work on the Internet. Survey sites like Crowdology offer you a solution. Taking surveys is easy, it can be fun, and you can win some rewards. Paid survey sites won’t make you rich, but you can pocket some easy money. 

However, finding a reliable and good paying survey site is not easy. You can come across outright scams, sites where you will spend too much of your precious time and they will pay you peanuts, or sites full of glitches that will drive you crazy. So, it is crucial to make a good choice or choices, if you want to join multiple sites. In this review, I will show you what Crowdology has to offer.

What Is Crowdology?

Crowdology is yet another online panel that offers you to take surveys, and in return, it will reward your effort with money incentives. Crowdology is owned and operated by Savanta, a market research company. Savanta operates in the US and the UK. It is easy to obtain information about the company, so we can say that Crowdology is a legitimate survey panel. While this tells us nothing about how good or reliable they are, at least we know they are legit, for starters.

How Does Crowdology Work?

Joining the Crowdology site is easy. It is free and pretty much the same as joining other survey sites. First, you have to enter your basic personal information on Crowdology website. Then, you fill in a profile questionnaire. Some questions are obligatory while others are optional. However, your answers are used to match you with suitable surveys. Your chances to qualify for surveys depend on your demographics and your profile. So you should answer as many questions as you can. Also, you should keep your data updated to increase your chances for future surveys.

As soon as you sign up on Crowdology, you can start taking surveys. The company is honest about how much money you can earn, so it is another positive. They state that generally surveys take 5 to 15 minutes, and you will get between $0.4 and $2 per survey. As I already said, you won’t become rich, but this is a realistic pay rate for survey sites. You will get survey invitations via email. 

In most cases, surveys are short, interesting, and easy to understand. However, receiving an invitation doesn’t mean that you will earn money for sure. You may be disqualified at any time while taking the survey. There are many possible reasons for this and it is a common nuisance in the industry. A couple of questions at the beginning of the survey should determine whether you qualify or not. However, each survey has a limited number of needed participants, so it is possible that this number is reached when you are just a couple of answers from the finish line. In this case, you get screened out. I know, it’s frustrating, but that’s the way it goes.

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Payment Options

I didn’t mention it earlier, but it is good to know that in most cases you will receive money as soon as you complete the survey. However, some companies that order surveys have a verifying process before they approve your credit. You don’t have to do anything, it just takes up to 4 weeks to receive your money. This applies to money on your account. To get your hands on it, you need to accumulate $8. When you reach $8 you can request a payment. You can choose to receive cash via PayPal, or you can opt for an Amazon gift card. The threshold for gift cards is $10.

Anyhow, both these options are great. The threshold is pretty low and reachable. Cashing out via PayPal is quick and efficient. You will get your money in 2 to 3 days. 

What Do Users Say?

So far, I must say that everything looks pretty neat. Apart from screening out, Crowdology has a lot of positives. In theory, at least. But, in real life, things get a little bit more complicated. There are some happy users, but they are seriously outnumbered by those who are not so happy. The list of complaints is long, but one complaint pops up way too often. Too many users reported being banned from the Crowdology site for no apparent reason. Some of them managed to cash out a couple of times before being banned. Others were on the verge of reaching the threshold. None of them could reach for satisfying explanation for the ban. And the customer service was either bad or non-existent.

I can think of only two reasons for this problem. One: they do it on purpose, which I don’t really believe, but it can’t be ruled out. Two: they have a security program for protection that can be triggered way too easy. Either way, it is a serious issue. It was a deal breaker for many people, even though some of them were loyal members for a long time.

Pros

  • Fun and easy surveys. Interesting surveys that don’t last too long are appealing.
  • Low threshold. $8 for cash and $10 for Amazon gift cards are reasonable numbers.
  • Swift payment. Survey sites can be quite slow when it comes to payment, but not Crowdology.
  • Decent pay rate. Considering that surveys are usually short and interesting, earning $0.5 to $2 in less than half an hour is pretty good.

Cons

  • Disqualifications. Screening out rates are pretty high. Moreover, it can happen at the end of the survey. Overall, it is very frustrating.
  • Account bans. This happens too often and too easy.
  • Not enough surveys. I am not so sure about this one, but many users complained that they didn’t get surveys very often. 

Verdict

Crowdology is a legitimate site, there is no doubt about it. From first glance, it looks professional and appealing. Nice surveys, fast payment, low thresholds – many things look promising. However, some glitches and issues cast a shadow and raise some doubts. To be completely honest, I can’t make up my mind about this site.

One thing is for sure, though: there are reliable and trustworthy sites out there. While Crowdology has a lot of positives, I can’t call them reliable at the moment. So, it is not at the top of the list of my recommendations

But, I wouldn’t rule them out either. If they could fix those issues, they would be an excellent survey panel. Maybe, it is not a bad idea to give Crowdology a try.