In this InboxDollars review, I answer if InboxDollars is legit or a scam, how you can make money with them, and if I recommend you use them or avoid them.
But first, let me answer the question you really want to know.
Is InboxDollars a company that you can actually make money with?
Income Proof – My InboxDollars Earnings
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Note: This check is from 2014, but the content in this post has been updated over the years.
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How to Make The Most Money With InboxDollars – In Depth Review
Like with my other surveys, I like to start out with discussing the restrictions and details involved with the companies. This helps you determine if you qualify to use the site, and if it matches the kind of sites you are looking for.
After going over the details, I get into teaching you how I make the most money with InboxDollars.
- Location: InboxDollars is available in any country. Qualifying for surveys within the website do depend on country, but there are features that people from any location can use.
- Age: You must be 18 years or older to use InboxDollars
Sign Up Process: InboxDollars is simple enough to sign up with, just click here, fill out your information, and wait for the confirmation email. You also get a $5 bonus just for signing up.
Payout Minimum: The payout minimum is pretty high compared to most sites at $30, but you get $5 just for signing up, so it is more like $25. For the high payout minimum, I was still able to cash out pretty quickly with InboxDollars.
They also have a cool meter that keeps track of how close you are to reaching your payout.
Ways to Earn Money: InboxDollars is another site that you can earn money in a bunch of ways. They are most famous for paying to read emails, but they also have free and paid offers, surveys, games, videos, using their search, and using getting Groupons and Coupons through them.
Below I will get into which ones you should use and which ones you should avoid.
My Personal Survey Qualification Percentage: I did a few surveys with them, but not enough to make a definitive claim on how their survey qualification rates are. I didn't have a problem with qualifying for the ones I did do, however.
Survey Invite Rate: They use multiple survey companies to find surveys for you, so there were always surveys available through the dashboard, but like I mentioned before, I tended to make money with them a different way.
Is there a mobile app?: Yes, Inbox Dollars recently released apps for both Android and iPhone. In the app, you can check your account, use paid search, do paid-to-click emails, and most importantly, view their offers section.
Is there a Loyalty Program?: There is. It is called the Gold Membership, and you qualify for it after your first time cashing out. It is nothing too great, but it does have a few cool benefits which I like:
- Weekly Payments: You can now cash out weekly, rather than monthly
- Double Sweepstakes entries: Get 2 entries just for doing regular online activities with them
- Random Referrals: If a new member joins who wasn't referred by anyone, a Gold Member is automatically credited with the referral.
While a loyalty program doesn't make or break a survey company, they are always good bonuses to be on the lookout for if you have to decide between two similar survey companies.
The Best Way to Make Money with InboxDollars
While InboxDollars offers a bunch of ways to make money, there are only a few that I recommend doing to get a good return on your time spent with them.
Since I only recommend using a couple ways, rather than doing all of them, you may not cash out as fast if you were to do absolutely everything with them. This is why I recommend using multiple survey companies and only doing the best activities that each survey company offers. This way, you can take advantages of all the strengths survey companies have to offer while avoiding the weaknesses.
Free and Paid Offers
I always love offers. They are one of the fastest and highest paying ways to make money with a company. I wrote a post dedicated to paid offers and another dedicated to using some free software to fill them out even faster.
What you need to keep in mind is that when it comes to ones that cost money, there are a few things you should do:
- Do the math: Take how much it pays out, and subtract how much it costs, that's what you'll truly earn
- Set a reminder: A lot of the paid offers involve a free or discounted trial, then an upgrade to a costly plan. I set a reminder on my calendar and phone to cancel the service a couple days before the paid upgrade. This way I don't end up losing money on the deal
- Get a second email address: A lot of the free offers involve giving out your email. Check out my post on using a second email to avoid getting your inbox spammed.
I have used Groupons for multiple years now. I think they are one of the best ways to be able to go out to restaurants and have fun while saving a good amount of money (which is what we all like isn't it?).
InboxDollars has a partnership with Groupon to where if you spend over $20 on a Groupon, you awarded $5 from InboxDollars. This is pretty awesome, since Groupons are already saving you money, and now your getting paid while also saving money.
While this isn't a strategy to make more money, it is a good section of InboxDollars to be checking, so you can get paid for going out and having fun.
To be honest, if reading emails were the only thing InboxDollars offered, I would tell you to avoid them. You only get paid $0.02 per email, so you're not really going to be able to make much doing them. Especially since you only get 2 emails a day.
However, if you plan on using InboxDollars for a long period of time, you can simply let the emails accumulate, and then once a week go through all of them really quickly.
If you were to use InboxDollars for a year, getting 2 emails a day would equal about $14 a year. Not bad for about a minute of work a week.
The surveys aren't the highest paying out, since InboxDollars isn't the company actually surveying you. Whenever you have a 3rd party between you and an actual survey panel, you are going to be making less then if you went directly to the survey panel.
However, if you need a few dollars to reach payout, the surveys are probably the next best thing to use, behind the offers.
Overall Assessment of InboxDollars
- Paid and free offers
- Bonuses for completing certain tasks
- Payouts in cash
- Loyalty program
- Groupon partnership
- Processing fee on cashing out
- Higher payout minimum
- Limited number of good ways to make money
Overall, InboxDollars is another good website to add to your arsenal. If you solely use InboxDollars to make money online, then you will be disappointed. But if you want to have 10 great sites to rotate between to maximize your earnings with online surveys, then InboxDollars should be in your top ten.
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