Tellwut Review: Fun Polls and Rewards

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Tellwut is a pinch different than most survey sites out there as they allow you to create surveys to get an opinion from others as well as take them to get paid.  The company, based in Toronto, Ontario, is an online platform in which organizations and individuals can quickly source information, no matter the topic.  They have been operating since 2010 and have more than 750,000 members.  Whether you want to survey their panel or you want to get paid answering very simple questions, Tellwut is one that you may want to join.

Today, I wanted to review the Tellwut panel to let you know how it works, what you can make as well as if it’s worth your time.  As in all of my reviews, I always remain honest, only recommending products/services that I only would use.  No matter what kind of relationship I have, I will be sure to remain partial so that you can maximize your time online.

So, if you want to make a few dollars in your spare time, let’s take a look at Tellwut to see what it’s all about.

Signing up for Tellwut

To sign up for the Tellwut, you can only do so from the desktop version at this time as there is no Android/iOS app at the moment. To start the sign-up process, look for the “create account” link in the upper-right hand corner.

In clicking that link, the company will want to know your email address as well as ask you to create a user name and password.  That’s it for the moment, but the registration process doesn’t end there as they will ask for more information once you access your dashboard.  You can also sign up with your Facebook account if you’d rather connect that account instead of creating a unique one at Tellwut.  It’s up to you, but no matter which option you choose, both will take you to the same dashboard.

When you sign up, just be sure to check the “send survey promotions” as I have found this as a great way to keep in touch with the company whenever a promotion arises.  This is optional, though.

Usually, Tellwut will give you 100 reward points just for signing up and confirming your email as well as another 150 points when you complete the entire registration process.

After you complete the first submission mentioned prior, Tellwut will then want to know your shipping address and your demographics so that they can send you online surveys of interest.  When you fill out the rest of your profile, as mentioned, you will receive a total of 250 points.

At the moment, Tellwut is only open to residents of Canada and the USA, who are 18+.

Tellwut Dashboard

When you complete your registration process and earn your free bonus points, you can then start taking surveys, which you can access via your dashboard via the “Available Surveys” tab in the left-hand sidebar menu.  This is what your dashboard will look like:

There are a lot of menu options, but most of your time will be spent in the surveys section.  The other sections are fairly self-explanatory, so I won’t go much into detail explaining them.  For now, the only important tabs will include the “available surveys” as well as your “rewards” tab when you’re ready to cash out.

Tellwut Surveys and Earning Points

As mentioned, most of your money will be made in the surveys tab.  If you click on this tab, as you’re about to see, you can view a few details before you take the survey.  This will include the points you will get in completing the survey, the time it will take as well as if it’s mobile friendly.

Whenever you take a survey, no matter which platform you use to take surveys, you will want to make sure your time is used wisely.  For this reason, I recommend you earn at least $0.50 per 5 minutes.  Anything higher than this and you’re not going to make too much.  Granted, surveys are never designed to make you rich and you won’t make a living, but if you play your cards right, you can earn $5 to $10~ per hour if you select the right options.

Aside from taking the surveys mentioned above, you can also take part in the daily poll, which rewards you with 10 easy points.  These polls usually ask no more than a few questions and take 30 seconds, at most, to complete.  You can find these by following the “Tellwut most recent surveys tab” in your menu.  You can find polls linked from their Twitter and Facebook accounts, too.  Make it a habit to check these out to earn even more.

Here’s how you can earn points as per the official FAQ:

How Much Can I Make With the Tellwut Survey Panel?

Tellwut almost always has surveys available on your dashboard, most of which pay anywhere from 30 to 200+ points.  Unlike most survey companies that make each point worth a penny, this isn’t the case here, so I want you to keep that in mind.  Each point, on average, is worth about $0.0025.  Or, every 4,000 points is worth about $10 in value.

So, doing the math, if you did about 500 to 1,000 points a day, which I feel is doable, you could earn about $3~ a day at most.  Some members do claim to earn more, but I feel you will be lucky to make no more than $100 a month.

I always stress that you won’t make much with surveys, and it’s no exception with Tellwut, but if you want to earn $20~ a week, then it’s a great choice, as you can see.

The Rewards

Tellwut will reward you with points, in which you can then cash out for a variety of gift card options.  The annoying about Tellwut, however, is that they don’t use a point equals a penny formula, as I mentioned.  Instead, every point you earn is worth about $0.0025~ in value.  Some sites do this, and while I don’t like it, you will have to whip out your calculator to figure out what your points are worth.  If you do use the site, every 4,000 points are worth about $10 in rewards, but some $10 rewards are a pinch more than the 4,000 points.

At the moment, while I write this review, Tellwut offers a wide variety of reward options, including:

  • Amazon
  • Home Depot
  • Tango
  • Subway
  • Sephora
  • Walmart
  • AMC
  • Starbucks
  • Target
  • CVS
  • Domino’s
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • GameStop
  • Visa
  • TJ Maxx
  • Bed Bath & Beyond

This is subject to change, of course, so be sure to click on your rewards tab to see what’s available at the moment.  There are a lot of great choices, but unfortunately, they do not have a PayPal option.

You will need at least 4,000 points to cash out, and when you do, it can take up to 15 days to receive.

The Pros

  • can take polls and create your own to earn points
  • decent rewards selection
  • lots of surveys to take
  • easy to use dashboard
  • reputable company
  • good customer service
  • lots of positive reviews on third-party websites

The Cons

  • uses a wacky points system
  • no app but the desktop version is mobile friendly
  • lots of emails
  • some feel the redemption rate is high ($10)
  • no PayPal

Final Thoughts

7/10Tellwut has some potential.

The thing I like about the platform is that I can take part in polls and even create my own to earn points.  Albeit, it’s not much, but it’s a nice break from the traditional surveys to earn a few extra points toward my reward redemption.

As for the other surveys, Tellwut seems to work with the many survey providers you find on your dashboard, so there’s nothing very unique there.  As mentioned in my cons, I do hate that they have a wonky points system.  I don’t like that it’s not a simple one point per one cent.  Instead, I have to do the math in my head.  It’s not a deal-breaker, however.

In the end, Tellwut is okay.  It’s not the best option nor is it the worst.  If you do sign up, I feel you can make about $20~ or so a month, especially if you log in every day and take a few surveys and answer the polls.  You won’t get rich, but it may be enough for a lunch or two.

As always, if you want to comment on Tellwut regarding your experience or maybe you have a question, you’re more than welcome to do so in the comments below.

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. You won't find gimmicks here. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I graduated from Arizona State University, and I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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