People looking for a simple way to make some online income often find themselves in the murky world of online offers and surveys. In this ySense review, we look at whether ySense (formerly Clixsense) is a platform worth signing up to.
I joined myself and tried it out for a couple of months in 2020 in order to give my verdict. However, the end of 2020 also saw the end of ySense’s collaboration with Appen. So, I thought it was time to go back and see what has changed and whether I now need to change my verdict.
Before we begin, I should emphasise that I’m very familiar with sites like this, as I’ve been reviewing them for several years. Despite the bad press that survey sites get, several ARE worthwhile and legitimate. You can read some tips for making the most of them here.
Is ySense legit, or is it a scam? You’ll have to read this updated ySense review to find out.
Table of Contents
- What is ySense?
- Is ySense Legit?
- How to Join ySense
- How do you Earn Money on ySense?
- ySense Review: Our Experiences
- ySense Payments
- ySense Review: The Problems
- ySense Referral Scheme
- Conclusion: Is ySense Worth It?
- Alternatives to ySense
What is ySense?
ySense is a website that provides various ways of making small amounts of money online. The opportunities include online surveys, promotional offers, and a referral scheme. The site used to offer micro-work tasks as well but these were provided by Appen and so are no longer available.
Is ySense Legit?
ySense is a legit website, and it’s possible to find ySense payment proofs from people who have earned money using the platform.
How MUCH and how reliably you can earn is another question entirely, because it depends on how much work is available at any one time, and whether you qualify for it.
Is ySense a Scam?
ySense is not a scam. It’s operated by Prodege, a US-based company established in 2005. As with most survey and offer platforms, it’s not difficult to find negative ySense reviews from unhappy users, however it is NOT a scam.
How to Join ySense
It is very easy to sign up to the ySense platform. All you need is to verify your email and choose a password. Still, you should always take your time to fill out your profile carefully. Many complaints about ySense revolve around not being offered many surveys or getting disqualified from surveys. Such complaints are only reasonable if you have done due diligence in filling out your profile as fully and honestly as possible.
In Which Countries is ySense Available?
As far as we could work out, ySense is available globally. However, you will find some surveys and offers are restricted to certain countries. You can only complete surveys and offers for the country you are in so this is something to bear in mind if you are travelling or are a digital nomad.
Based on the referral incentives, ySense is most keen to attract users from specific “top tier” countries, as per the screenshot below.
Unfortunately even when platforms try to provide opportunities globally there will still be marked differences in the quantity and quality of work offered in each country. This is one of the reasons why ySense gets such varied reviews on Trustpilot:
How Old Must You Be To Use ySense?
According to the ySense FAQs, you must be at least 13 years old in the US, and over 16 elsewhere.
Not that many platforms allow teenagers, so ySense could be worth a look for younger people looking to earn online – subject to there being any work available. We have a separate article on online jobs for teenagers here.
How do you Earn Money on ySense?
ySense offers you the following ways to earn money:
- Taking online surveys – both from ySense itself, and from partner survey companies like YourSurveys and Peanut Labs.
- Completing offers – ySense provides substantial lists of offers that pay you a sign-up incentive. Like the surveys, many of these are in association with partner companies such as OfferToro and Wannads.
- Referral Scheme – you can also earn referral fees if you recommend ySense to other people and they start to earn using the platform. I discuss this separately below.
ySense Review: Our Experiences
We like to try out a platform thoroughly before publishing a review on HomeWorkingClub. As such, I can assure you that the opinions here are based on more than just a quick look.
Unfortunately, my TL;DR is that I didn’t, on any of the occasions I logged in, find a reliable way of making money. If you read on to the end of the article, you’ll find some alternative ideas.
The ySense interface is pretty standard stuff for a site like this. The menu bar at the top allows access to the key areas: Surveys and Offers.
My initial impressions of the surveys on ySense were pretty positive. I saw lots of options, and it was clear how much each paid for how much time taken.
However, once I actually started trying to take the surveys, everything went downhill rather fast.
I’m very much familiar with “screen outs.” This is where you don’t meet the demographic the company needs for the survey, so you are unable to complete it and earn the money.
Some survey platforms are good at handling screen outs. You find out quickly that you’re not what they’re looking for, and don’t have to give out a lot of personal information nor waste a load of time in the process.
Sadly, this isn’t the way things panned out for me on ySense. I found myself repeatedly having to give out lots of information before seeing this depressing little message:
Not only that, I found that on many of the partner surveys, I was being asked to agree to give away a considerable amount of personal information before even knowing if I could qualify.
Now I do fully understand that there’s always an element of trade-off between giving away data and earning money on survey platforms. But the balance seemed rather wrong here.
On several occasions, I logged back on to ySense to give this another shot. But despite trying numerous surveys, I was either screened out or asked to tick far too many boxes that I wasn’t comfortable with.
There do seem to be plenty of surveys on ySense, but actually earning any money from them seemed to elude me, despite several attempts at giving the service a fair crack.
Offers on ySense
The Offers section of ySense is the part with the most potential for making money.
Many sites have offers sections like this. Generally the way it works is that you’re paid an incentive for signing up to something – a trial offer, or a membership to a site (often related to things like bingo and gambling). UK site, 20 Cogs, has an entire model built around offers like this (read a review of that here).
If you’re organised (and have plenty of self-control), you can do quite well from offers like these. However, there are often specific requirements, such as staking a certain amount of money on a site. You also need to be very careful to cancel things so you don’t end up paying to continue a subscription you don’t want.
(If you happen to be in the UK, you may have come across 20 Cogs, which is worth a look if you’re interested in offers like this).
I have no fundamental criticism of these offers, and some are from perfectly legitimate companies (including one I saw for Amazon Prime subscriptions). However, once you delve into the partner company offers, some involve quite sketchy products like supplements.
If you’re smart about these offers you can do quite well from them. That said, you should proceed with caution. You do also tend to find the same offers seem to crop up on lots of different platforms – so if you’re active in the world of offers and freebies, you’ll probably find things you’ve already participated in.
How Much Does Losing Tasks Affect ySense?
It probably won’t make much difference to most of the platform users as there were never many tasks available.
The micro-tasks area of ySense was the bit I was most interested in because of their partnership with Appen. However, every time I tried (and I tried a LOT of times), I saw this:
I even delayed publishing my original ySense review in the hope I’d be able to try this part out properly. So, as far as I am concerned, Appen’s decision to no longer work with ySense was not a major issue but it does make the platform a little less worthwhile for those who did find work doing micro-tasks.
One plus for ySense is a decent range of cashout options, including Skrill, Payoneer, and a decent range of local gift card options. Of course the issue is earning enough to cash out.
What is the Minimum Threshold for Cashing Out on ySense?
Technically it appears that the minimum you need to earn to cash out is $5. However, the threshold varies according to the payment option. For an Amazon.com voucher it is $5.00 while a voucher for the Amazon UK site requires a minimum of $32.50. If you are interested in actual cash then the minimum for PayPal is $10.00, Skrill is $5.05, but for Payoneer it is a whopping $52.00.
ySense Payment Proofs
In the absence of being able to check out ySense payments for myself, I had a good look online and did find ySense payment proofs, such as this one:
As I’ve already made clear, I have no reason not to believe that ySense doesn’t pay members who have legitimately earned money on the platform.
ySense Review: The Problems
The main problem with ySense is that it feels like a platform in decline and the loss of tasks further accentuates this problem.
I dug through some ySense reviews and found several people saying there’s not much there, especially since it evolved from Clixsense.
Ironically their recent blog article declaring that “Surveys are (finally!) coming back!” just makes matters worse. How bad does it have to get for you to feel the need to write an article celebrating a seasonal uptick in the number of surveys? Even the title gives the impression that ySense had no surveys available for a prolonged period.
Aside from the endless survey “loops,” I came across a pop-up offer asking me to sign up for a free Shaw Academy course for a $7.50 incentive, which was only $2 when I clicked on it. Something that did not serve to boost my already low level of confidence in the site.
ySense Referral Scheme
ySense offers a referral scheme. You can find it under the “Affiliate” menu on the ySense dashboard.
As well as earning a 30% commission on the money your referrals make, there are also some small sign-up commissions (10 or 30 cents) and bonuses of $2 once your sign-ups hit $5 in earnings.
Of course the issue is whether anybody you refer will actually make it to that point. As things stand at the time of writing, I wouldn’t plan to get rich on your commission. My referral link is here should you wish to take a look.
Conclusion: Is ySense Worth It?
Unfortunately I have to conclude my ySense review by saying that it’s not a platform I can strongly recommend.
The surveys with endless screen-outs left me disappointed. Yes, there’s potential to earn some money from the offers, but there are plenty of other places where you can do that.
I should caveat my conclusion by saying that I tested out ySense from the UK. You MAY find in other countries that there’s more activity on the platform. But based on the ageing news stories on the home page this seems a little unlikely.
I’d certainly be happy to hear any feedback in the comments if you have a more positive experience to share. Similarly, I will continue to check back and update my ySense review if things notably change.
At times like these, I am aware that sites like ySense can get oversubscribed, with too many people scrabbling around for too little work. However, there are sites that remain much better money earners than this. I suggest trying one of those out instead.
Alternatives to ySense
- Swagbucks, another site run by the same company, seems much more dependable. There’s also a sign-up bonus, so you’re guaranteed to earn at least something!
- PrizeRebel is another similar survey, tasks and offers site that has stayed quite consistent over recent times.
- If it’s micro-work that appeals to you, Amazon Mechanical Turk and Clickworker are a much more regular source of work.
A legit platform that could be solid if there were more opportunities. Instead it all feels rather barren and abandoned. There are better options out there.
Offers section well populated.
Too many survey screen outs.
Thresholds for some payment options are too high.
Founder of HomeWorkingClub.com – Ben has worked freelance for nearly 20 years. As well as being a freelance writer and blogger, he is also a technical consultant with Microsoft and Apple certifications. He loves supporting new home workers but is prone to outbursts of bluntness and realism.