Surveys are a handy way to make a little bit of extra cash every month. Whether it's for beer money or you just need it to make ends meet, surveys can be a great help. And if you're dedicated, you can make a decent amount of money each month, it wouldn't be enough to live on unless you have loads of referrals, but it can be enough to ease the pressure just a little bit.
But there are so many survey sites that it can be really hard to know which ones you should choose and which ones you should avoid, and you don't want to invest all that time and energy, only to find out that it wasn't worth it.
There is nothing really special or different about Toluna when you compare it to any other survey site, but is it worth your time taking any surveys with them?
The layout of Toluna isn't simple—it's overly complicated and quite difficult to navigate. There is a lot going on and pretty much every time I have logged on, there has been one section that is not working properly, and it's normally the rewards section. Logging out and logging in again normally helps, so it's not a major problem, but when it comes to surveys, time is money, so you can't really afford to be messing around with sites that don't work properly.
There are a couple of different ways to earn money with Toluna; you can take surveys or play games and win points, but unless you are determined to waste your time and get annoyed, then I wouldn't bother trying the games, just stick to the surveys.
You can take part in polls and start them yourself which can be a bit of fun, but you don't get any points for it.
I prefer sites that tell you how long a survey is going to take before making you take it, that way you can decide whether it will be worth your time or not. Toluna does this, you can decide which surveys to take based on their reward, but they operate a points system which I always think is a little bit pointless. I mean, it gets converted into cash anyway, so why not just use a cash based system for showing how much you will earn by taking a particular survey?
Their points system is unclear and the value of a point seems to vary depending on what kind of reward you are redeeming. I have never seen a clear explanation of what a Toluna point is worth.
There is no shortage of surveys on Toluna and I have never run out of surveys like I have on many other survey sites, they do seem to be constantly adding new ones, but whether you qualify for them or not is another story.
I have been screened out of more surveys on Toluna than I have on any other survey site—it's fairly constant and it always seems to happen really late on in the survey so it is a massive waste of time. This has led to me only taking short surveys for small amounts of points so if I do get screened out, I won't have wasted too much of my time.
There are a lot of rewards available on Toluna, and they have now branched out into offering their own merchandise. They have things like make up brushes, mobile phone supports and even children's toothbrush sets for some reason. But if that stuff isn't for you then you can stick with the standard gift cards like Argos, Amazon, Costa, iTunes and a load more, you can have a PayPal payment, but you have to get £35 worth of points first which is a massive 190000!
Your reward takes a long time to be delivered, it can take up to 8 weeks to get to you, and a lot of people seem to not even get it delivered in the 8 weeks which is a bit unnecessary. Mine didn't take that long thankfully, but I think things like Amazon and PayPal take longer, but mine took about a month (which is still a really long time) for an Argos voucher.
I am not sure why it takes so long when other survey sites can payout within the hour like ipsos, i-Say, and even My Survey UK only takes 10 days.
So Is Toluna Worth It?
Just about, it's not my go-to survey site, but if I have run out of surveys on all my sites, then I will come here. I am not going to rave about it, but I can't call it terrible, I can confirm it's not a scam, it pays, just not well and it takes a long time to get your gift cards.