Is YouGov a Scam? No, But You Should Know This

YouGov offers money for taking online surveys. Some people seem to like this survey panel but are they really worth your time? Or is YouGov a scam that is going to end up leaving you frustrated at the end of the day?

If you have ever read any of my posts then you know that I love to try and test out new ways to make some extra money online for the heck of it. YouGov was on my list so I finally got around to looking into this survey site to see if they are any good. In this short review I’ll be going over a few things you should be aware of about this site before moving forward.

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  • Website:
  • Type: Paid survey site
  • Cost: Free to join
  • Rewards: Gift cards, pre-paid Visa’s
  • Legit?: Yes


YouGov is a research panel that operates online and conduct their research via paid surveys.

I’m sure just about everyone has heard about survey sites like SwagBucks and GlobalTestMarket. But what makes YouGov a little different than the more common survey sites is that their focus is on government, politics, and whats going on in the world, rather than on the consumer market.

They are free to join and if you are the type of person that is interested in whats going on in the world and making a few extra bucks then keep on reading.

How It Works

1) Join The Panel

Joining YouGov is pretty simple and straightforward. First you will enter your email and make a password. Next you will have to confirm your email by clicking a link that they email to you. Then you will login and answer some basic profile-type questions. It is important that you answer these accurately because they will use your answers to match you up with appropriate future surveys.

You will receive 2,000 points just for signing up.

2) Complete Surveys

Right after you join there probably won’t be any surveys for you to complete. You might have to wait a bit for them to match you up with some.

But once they do you will be able to see the survey offers when you are logged into your account. After the completion of each survey you will earn points.

3) Redeem Points

The points you earn have no real value until you redeem them for the gift cards that YouGov offers.

What All Rewards Do They Offer

Once you have enough points you can redeem them for a range of gift cards as well as pre-paid Visa cards. They have gift cards to all the big retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Nike, Walmart, etc.

The earliest you will be able to redeem your points is once you have 25,000 saved up. This is because the cheapest gift card that you can get is a $15 Amazon gift card.

Unfortunately they do not offer Paypal as a way to redeem your points. This is a bummer but the Visa cards are pretty much just as good since you can use them to buy anything you want and are not limited to one store.

How Much Can You Make?

If you are looking to make a lot of money with this then you are in the wrong place. This is certainly not going to make you rich and you will earn little.

$1 equals anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 points, depending on what you are redeeming them for. And each survey will pay out generally anywhere from 500 to 1,000 points. Which each survey taking 5-10 minutes this means that you would be making about $3 – $6/hr (in theory).

$3 / $6 per hour isn’t all that bad considering this is a brainless activity that you can do in your spare time. However, you can’t really make this much per hour and that is why I said “in theory”. I will go over why in the complaints section next.


Lack of Surveys

You really can’t expect much when it comes to the surveys. Most members complain about getting only a few surveys per month. From everything I have read I would say that you can expect to get 1-3/mo with YouGov.

This isn’t fairly normal for paid survey sites like this and is nothing I can personally complain about.

Low Pay

Another common complaint is the low pay that you make. This has become the industry standard with paid survey sites and it doesn’t look like its going to change. I also cannot personally complaint about this either because it is what I expected.


At times you will start to take a survey and then get disqualified after a couple of minutes. This happens because they determine that based on your previous answers you are not the type of person they are looking for.

Overall there aren’t too many complaints on this and I would say that YouGov does a good job at pre-matching panelists up with appropriate surveys. But its going to happen every so often.

Final Thoughts & What I Recommend

YouGov is definitely not a scam and overall I like what I see with this paid survey site. They bring something a little different to the table and offer surveys that are focused on politics, government, and whats going on in the world which I like.

There really aren’t all that many complaints about this place that I have and I would recommend it to people who think they would be interested in answering surveys of this type and that are not looking to make a lot of money.

It is very important to be realistic here. You can’t expect more than a small handful of extra bucks per month. The amount you can make will vary but its always going to be minimal.

Personally I don’t care all too much for paid survey sites for this very reason. I actually make a living working online so my time is more valuable elsewhere than taking online surveys.

If you are looking for a way to earn good money online then what I would recommend taking a look at how I make money online because paid surveys aren’t going to cut it.

I actually make a living working for myself online and I sure as heck am not going around taking paid surveys. I have written a post on what I do to make money online, how it all works, and how others can do the same. You can click the link below to read about it if you are interested.

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My name is Kyle and I am the owner of Earn Beast. I created this website to explore the various ways of earning and mainly focus on teaching others how they can make money online. To learn how I make a full-time income online, Click Here

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