Surveys 4 Checks was a very disappointing site, offering the highest registration fee we have seen to date for some of the worst content.
The Surveys 4 Checks homepage seemed well-organized upon first glance, with a line of tabs across the top to direct users to different sections of the site.
Once we began scrolling down the homepage, it quickly became clear how long and unorganized it really was.
It began with a link to a short video of a presentation outlining the benefits of doing online surveys.
Below the video link was a series of statements with various bold and colored highlights extolling the virtues of online surveys, such as no deadlines, no traveling, no selling, and more.
This was followed by a potential income calculator, skewed with numbers already in place.
Next were links to sample surveys which showed values of $20 and $50 for only inputting a minor amount of information, a very misleading and inaccurate “sample” for unfamiliar users.
The next few lines included testimonials with more questionable statistics about potential earnings.
Below the testimonials were three steps instructing users on how to get started, followed by a link to some commonly asked questions.
Next was an offer for VIP upgrades at an additional cost, and finally a link at the bottom of the page to register.
The link offered a half-off discount of the $99.99 introductory rate to a limited number of customers; however this discount was still published on the site a few months later.
We ended up finalizing our registration on the site for $49.99 plus tax, bringing the total registration fee to $51.44.
This was a one-time fee with a 60-day money back guarantee.
The next page we proceeded to was a payment location where we could input our credit card information for our registration.
This was followed by a confirmation page that included our order number, and then another page which included our assigned username and password.
The username and password appeared to be unique to the individual and not based on the email address or name entered with the initial registration information.
We followed a link from this page to access the member’s area.
After navigating past a welcome page offering a VIP upgrade, we entered the main member’s page which we bookmarked for ease of access the next time we visited the site.
The main member’s page is unfortunately very cluttered and messy to navigate.
Our attention was first drawn to the 10 tabs listed across the top of the page.
The Paid Surveys tab is the main page of the member’s section and includes the survey directory.
The Free Shopping tab includes links to mystery shopping sites.
The Incentives tab links to sites that pay users to click on ads or visit websites.
The Focus Groups tab links to online focus group registration sites.
The Paid2Drive tab links to companies that pay people to drive around with ads plastered on their cars.
The Freebies tab links to sites that offer free product samples.
The Paid Surveys 101 tab lists tips and tricks for making the most money doing paid online surveys.
The Get Paid to Read Email tab includes links to register for paid email programs.
The Get Paid to Drink Beer tab offered links to product testing sites.
Finally, the Contact Us tab offered links to a Frequently Asked Questions section, as well as a form field that users could fill out to submit questions to customer service.
The Paid Surveys section of the member’s area included several banner advertisements down the center and right-hand side of the page.
The left-hand side had numerous links to sites that were ranked according to user comments.
We opted to access the survey directory by selecting our region from the options available on the upper right-hand side of the page.
Upon selecting United States, the banner advertisements in the middle of the screen were replaced by a list of 59 links for paid survey opportunities.
The links contained brief descriptions of the sites they directed to, but were intermingled with a variety of advertisements.
Scrolling to the bottom of the page drew us to a link for additional survey companies.
This link brought up a two-page list containing 81 different links.
Upon further investigation, we discovered that this list of additional survey opportunities was EXACTLY the same as the list available on MakeCashTakingSurveys.biz, a site we registered for previously at a lower rate.
Overall, the experience with Surveys 4 Checks was a very unsatisfying one in comparison to top-rated survey database sites available on the web today.