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Overall Ranking: 5/10
What is MintVine?
The site name doesn’t offer any indication of what they offer but essentially MintVine is, yet another, survey site.
There certainly is no shortage of these online and at this point I’ve done a number of different survey site reviews. As a general rule I’ve found that the sites aren’t great for making long-term income. Nevertheless, some are better than others in the short-term.
So, in this MintVine review, I’m taking a look at where MintVine falls on that list and whether it is worth trying out.
First things first is signup. This is pretty easy and you can even do it via Facebook. Personally though, I prefer avoiding Facebook signups unless the site is one that I trust and MintVine doesn’t fall into that category.
I will admit that visually, the site works well.
There are pretty clear directions about where to go and the whole site ends up looking fairly professional as well.
As for the surveys themselves, they were a little unusual.
For one thing, the rewards were relatively high, at least for the ones that I saw. For example, in the image above, the points for the survey were 200, which basically equates to $2.
Additionally, you do still get a little bit if you don’t qualify, which is nice.
The site doesn’t offer the typical list of surveys either. Instead, you get pushed from one to the next. In my case, I wasn’t eligible for any surveys and the site didn’t say why.
So, I wasn’t even able to see inside them.
There is also a conditions part at the bottom of the page, which was interesting.
This aspect actually concerns me. For one thing, a minimum completion time could be a problem, as people naturally answer questions at different speeds. The site doesn’t state whether the completion time is obvious on surveys or whether you simply get penalized if you don’t do it.
Open-ended questions would also make surveys take longer and they would end up being pretty frustrating.
Also, the idea that you may be asked the same question more than once could trip people up.
I understand why companies want to do this from a quality control perspective. However, you might not always remember what answer you gave the first time, especially if there were multiple answers that applied to you.
Other Ways to Make Money
MintVine isn’t exclusively about surveys. Instead, like some other sites, it branches out a bit. For example, one area is offers and deals.
Additionally, there is a daily poll which lets you earn 5 points (the equivalent of 5 cents) per day.
In terms of earning points, deals are certainly the way to go. But, of course, there is a catch. Basically, you earn points by using the deals and the deals cost.
Not surprisingly, the more expensive the deal is, the more points you earn.
In general, offers are an extremely bad way to make money.
The only way you could turn a profit would be if you were getting points from things that you would buy anyway. But, most of the offers probably don’t fall into that category.
Plus, there’s still a temptation to buy things that you wouldn’t otherwise, so offers can get expensive very easily.
The final way to make money is via recruiting. This is one of the more interesting aspects that I found as part of this MintVine review.
A referral program is relatively unusual for a survey site and I haven’t seen many that let you earn a percentage of what that person makes. In theory, this could be profitable. However, it would only really be beneficial if the people you recruit are somewhat dedicated.
It’s hard to know how this would work in practice.
For one thing, you have to recruit others. You might do this by reaching out to social contacts or you could even try to recruit via your own website.
But, more importantly, you have to get people who are going to consistently do surveys. That’s where things start to get a little shaky.
There are certainly people out there that like doing surveys and survey sites but most people tend to get sick of them pretty fast. Additionally, those that are really into surveys are probably already involved in MintVine or have enough survey sites to work on already.
So, there’s a decent chance that you might not be able to find many people willing to dedicate themselves to doing surveys.
Furthermore, you might find that you have to be misleading about income potential to even recruit successfully. I would hate to do that personally, although I imagine that some may find it easier than others.
There is no shortage of different survey sites out there and looking at reviews is one of the best ways to figure out which ones are good and which ones aren’t.
In writing this current MintVine review, I’m providing as much information as I can about the company all in one place. But, as you can probably imagine, I haven’t tried to make money from it for months prior to writing this review.
Thankfully, there are many people out there that can shed some light into how the company works long-term. For example, the rating below comes from the site SurveyPolice and makes it clear that many people aren’t happy with the service.
In some cases, people seemed to have problems cashing out and even positive reviews note that it can take a long time to get approval and to actually get rewards.
The reviews aren’t all bad, though. Instead, many of them are positive.
Additionally, there seem be more positive reviews than negative ones recently, which suggests that the company may be improving.
Now, these reviews don’t show the whole picture. For example, how you find the company is going to depend on what you expect. Many of these reviewers are comparing to other sites. So, in that sense, MintVine seems to fare pretty well.
Likewise, you typically only earn enough to cash out once a month, or a few times at best, regardless of the survey company. Most reviewers would have been expecting that and would have factored it into their review.
Benefits and Advantages
The various MintVine reviews out there suggest that some people do successfully cash out through the company. This means that you can, in theory anyway, earn money.
Additionally, with MintVine there are a lot of ways to cash out, including various gift cards and withdrawing through PayPal directly. The cash out level seems to be the same in all cases – 1,000 points.
That isn’t too bad either, as some surveys do seem to offer 200 points. In theory, this means that you could earn money fast but I doubt it works that way in practice.
The additional ways to make money are also interesting but the one with the most potential is recruiting. Still, it’s difficult to see how this could turn into a long-term source of income, especially if the people you recruit don’t get surveys often.
Issues with MintVine
The biggest issue with MintVine is the same one that plagues pretty much every survey site – the whole area of time versus money. Basically, surveys take time and even the good ones don’t pay all that well.
For example, I saw one survey on my end that paid $2 and was supposed to take an estimated 15 minutes. Now, if that was accurate and you did 4 of them, you’d be making $8 an hour, which isn’t horrible.
But, that doesn’t account for all of the time involved with clicking around the site, not to mention actually waiting for emails and surveys in the first place. So, in practice you may only get a few surveys per day or per week.
In the end, you basically spend more time waiting than doing anything else.
Realistically, that’s not a good way to earn money unless all you want is a little bit on the side.
Can You Make Money With MintVine?
Technically speaking, yes, the information in various MintVine reviews suggests that you can earn money, as people do actually get paid.
But, that being said, the process probably isn’t worth it in most cases. After all, much of what you’re doing is waiting. Plus, the surveys themselves are likely to be pretty tedious.
My Personal MintVine Review
I never recommend survey sites, not even as a way to make a little bit of money. They are simply too fiddly and you don’t have much control over any aspect of the process. Plus, there is always the risk that your account will get banned at some point, as the company has that right.
Realistically, if you want to make money online, you’re better off with an option that has long-term potential. You’re never going to find that with a survey site, regardless of how good it seems.
Instead, a more effective approach is to run your own business.
Admittedly, that sounds a little scary but it doesn’t have to be. It really is possible to develop a successful business online with no previous knowledge and simply the willingness to learn.
The best way to do so is via a process called affiliate marketing. This works so well because you don’t need to have a product of your own. Instead, you’re just promoting things from other sites and companies.
You can get started in this field through a site called Wealthy Affiliate. Wealthy Affiliate is a comprehensive all-in-one training site. Not only do you get lessons and community support but the site also acts as a place to host your websites and to get feedback as you go along.
This is much more than you get with any other program and a great way to develop your own effective online business.