Vivatic is one of the many companies that offer a little extra to the holiday fund via online surveys.
The appeal of online surveys for cash is huge – especially to stay at home mum and dads who see it as an easy way to top up the pennies whenever there’s a spare 10 or 20 minutes.
Today I’m going to review Vivatic and see if they really are a viable source of earning an extra income online.
The Vivatic website looks really inviting, and there seems to be a few different ways to use Vivatic to earn money, so not just a survey from first impressions.
So let’s jump in and see what it’s all about.
After a quick signup process to join Vivatic I’m ready to make some cash! There are different country sites for Vivatic and they are: the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia. There are 8 tabbed links at the top of the screen that need investigating:
- Take A Survey
- Join a Panel
- Writing Jobs
- Get Paid To Search
- Refer a Friend
I’m a keen writer (plus I noticed they are paying up to £10 for approved articles) so I click the writing jobs link first. I soon notice that I can’t do the writing jobs – I’m not approved yet! To get approved I must first “quality” by completing 50 micro jobs first!
So 50 micro jobs before I can apply for the “proper jobs” – Fair enough you might think!
Vivatic Micro Jobs
For each task I was given a search term to use and a website to lookout for in the top 100 search results.
I spent far too much time 15 mins, searching the first 10 pages of google.uk looking for websites that were not there for the 3 x £0.04 tasks that’s less than £0.60 an hour even if I was able to complete and get paid – which I wasn’t.
So I opted to cut my losses and went for a £0.40 task. Again I was off searching google.uk for a website that didn’t show in the SERP’s. By this time I was rather peeved and had wasted too much time.
I totally agree with the Vivatic statement that these micro jobs should take seconds, but the reality of what I experienced is far from that.
So micro jobs were an epic fail and without 50 I’ve no chance of the £10 an article gig that looked so appealing.
But I must join panels on these other survey sites before I can take a survey… I feel a little uneasy about having to join more sites as I thought Vivatic was a total solution in a box.
Well, I must signup to get to the surveys so I join a few panels 12 out of the 16 on offer.
Take A Survey And Earn Some Extra Cash
I jump into my first survey from one of the panels I joined called opinions survey – I started the survey and 8 minutes later when the survey showed 33% complete I was told that “the customer is looking for a certain type of person”. I put it down to bad luck as I’m redirected to another survey.
Gratispoints was where I ended up and yet again – at 12% complete I was again told that I wasn’t right for the survey.
So a little over 30 minutes and not getting much joy as yet. But there were many more surveys to do now so I clicked another link.
Success! I completed a survey 100% and got a pound to add to my £1 for signing up. Quite possibly the most excited I’ve been about earning £1 for a while… and it only took 54 minutes!
Not a great return on my time invested though was it?
I soon lost the feeling of excitement after being booted off more surveys after filling in details on each for a few minutes first. Time to check out the Polls and Competitions.
Polls And Competitions
I was hoping for more chances to earn and my heart sank faster than a horseshoe in a bucket of water.
Polls – You are able to enter 1 poll a day and I was asked how often I upgrade my mobile phone.
Competitions – There are three different competitions you can enter. A £5 daily competition a weekly £25 one and a monthly competition for £100.
So do you want to enter?
- To enter the daily comp you need to take the daily poll and take 1 survey
- The weekly competition takes five polls and 5 surveys to enter
- To enter the monthly competition need you to complete 15 surveys and take 15 polls.
I guess I won’t be entering too many competitions then! Trying to complete a surveys has left me …moody! Ok so far Vivatic surveys has been an epic fail, but I still had 3 tabs to investigate. Offers, Get Paid To Search and Refer A Friend.
The offers consisted of joining another survey panel for £1.50 to signing up for deals and a chance to win vouchers. I clicked on the top deal offer “win an ipad 2” plus £0.60p into the kitty.
Whoops as I clicked my antivirus alarm sounded and it shutdown the site – I didn’t click any more. Just paid to surf and refer a friend left.
Paid To Search
- a). Complete at least 50 searches a month
- b). Get paid £1.50 at the end of each month for each month you use the service
OMG I get paid a cap of £1.50 per month for using the “paid to search page”. Yep, it’s an actual page not even a search bar extension.
Refer A Friend
The last resort is getting friends to take a peek at Vivatic, but will I be recommending Vivatic to my friends? Based on my own experiences…no way! Oh and just in case you were wondering how referring a friend can get you in the money…
“Recommend Vivatic to your friends and earn £2 for every friend who signs up and earns £25”
Don’t hold your breath because it could be awhile before you see that £2!
Giving out details I knew I’d regret…
What I noticed was that on all the surveys I started I had to enter the same basic user demographic over and over again.
I thought the point of a survey site is they have your demographic and served up surveys relevant to you?
Every site asking for the same information was a real chore – I hate to think what it would be like without my roboform form filler!
Sure enough I was getting emails and phone calls from every Tom, Dick and Harry about phone and insurance as well as PPI and anything else that can be sold over the phone.
Online surveys with Vivatic for me was a most unpleasant waste of a day – but I guess I am at least £3 richer for the experience!
Surely there must be a better way to add to your holiday fund than Vivatic?
If you have any experience with Vivatic then we would love to hear about it in our comments section below.
Tony – WFHW