When I started researching the many ways to make money online years ago, well before I even started this website, TreasureTrooper was one of the first companies I came across and even signed up for. I remember completing offers and taking surveys, making about $40 to $50 a month. While I don’t use it as often as I used to, it’s still around, allowing you the opportunity to make a few bucks every month.
Yes, it’s an older site at first glance, but it’s one that can make you money, I promise you that much. The question, however, is how much?
In today’s review, I wanted to talk a bit about it, showing you how it works, what I have made as well as how you can take advantage. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite way to make money on the side, but I feel some of you can benefit from it, especially if you’re looking to make $10 to $50+ a month. In the money-making world, we all have different goals and tolerance as to what’s worth it or not.
If you love taking surveys, completing offers or even playing mini-games and need a few dollars a month, then this could be a review to stick around and read.
What is TreasureTrooper?
At first glance, the TreasureTrooper website looks like something that was built in the early 2000s. And, that’s because I don’t think they have updated it once since they have launched in 2005. So, I think my initial thoughts are correct; however, while the design can be outdated, it doesn’t mean you can’t make any money.
It uses an Indiana Jones-like theme, where you can win pearls, discover gems and even find gold coins to trade them in for bonus prizes. This is a unique feature that I feel sets them from the rest of the usual companies I talk about. It’s not just your take a survey and get rewarded. As you use the site, it uses fun cartoon-like and comic-style images as you click around, allowing you earn more than just cash. It’s a lot different and can take you away from the mundane look of the many survey sites out there.
While the official website doesn’t have much in terms of an “about us” page, it’s hard to figure out who runs the website and where they are located. While this can be a red flag, and I understand that, I can assure you that this is a legitimate company that has paid me countless times.
To date, the company has paid out more than $7 million and has thousands of payment proof pictures to prove it.
To sign up with TreasureTrooper, it’s no different than most of your survey/research-like websites. They make it simple, only asking for your e-mail address and first name at first. If you do take the surveys, you will be asked for more information at the time.
In joining, they will give you a $1 bonus just for joining. This is subject to change, however, but they have had this promotion for quite some time now.
To join, you must be at least 13+ years old. While the website is open to everyone worldwide, it seems to work the best for U.S., Canada and UK residents.
Upon joining, you can immediately view your dashboard, which will look something like this:
As you can see, there’s a lot to do, and it can seem overwhelming at first. However, as you use the website, you will quickly find out which sections are best for you.
In all of my reviews, I like to break down each subsection/category and talk about it in my review. So, listed below, I will talk about each subsection and how it works as well as how you can benefit from it.
The Earn Section
This section is the most important of them all; it’s where you will make your money. Here, it’s broken down into eight categories, all of which can make you money in different ways.
In the cash offers, you will find hundreds of great offers that pay you for your participation. Most of what you find here will be surveys opportunities, but you can find some unique TreasureTrooper related offers as well.
For example, in that screenshot, you could visit the chatroom and register to earn $0.25 You could even follow them on Twitter to earn another $0.25. Check out the “hot offers” first as these tend to offer the best credit chances.
Most of the offers you find here will pay anywhere from $0.25 to $25+, with most offers not requiring a credit card. It’s where I would start if you’re looking to make cash.
Now, the thing here is that you won’t always see a cash value as you may see what looks like a shell or a coin. The platinum coins, which looks like a silver rounded coin, can be redeemed at the Trading Hut, whereas the Dragon Scales, which looks like a shell to me, can be redeemed at “Cogg’s Coop.” Later on, I will let you know how the redemption process works, but for now, just let it be known that you won’t always earn cash, so pay close attention to the currency value next to the offer specified.
Out of all sections, this is one of my favorites.
In this section, TreasureTrooper offers a variety of survey opportunities.
They offer what’s known as the “Study Storm,” which is another section you can earn money from surveys, where there are more than 1,000+ studies at any given time, or you can enter what’s known as the “Survey Seeker,” which is a private survey panel that lists several private survey options.
Not only can you enter those special sections, but you can take part of the daily surveys every day as well, all of which are listed near the bottom, as seen above.
As you can see in that screenshot, TreasureTrooper will reward you with an easy $6 if you complete all eight daily surveys. Complete all eight every day for the entire month and that’s an easy $180 added to your account.
Also, in addition to completing the survey bonuses, they will reward you with extra dragon scales as well, which can be just as good as cash in some cases. These dragon scales can come in handy if you start to take advantage of the site.
At least attempt to complete the daily surveys as this is a great way to pad your balance.
In the search section, it was designed to reward you for the searches you’re already doing.
Like the many websites I mentioned in my get paid to search post, TreasureTrooper rewards you for the searches you’re already performing. While they don’t pay cash, they do pay arrowheads, which is yet another currency you can use at one of their “stores.” Again, I will talk about this later on. For now, the search rewards are at random so you will never know when you’re rewarded.
If you do plan on using this search tool, they ask that you search for things that you plan on searching for, simply meaning it should be legitimate. If you attempt to game the system and/or search for multiple random queries, you’re just putting your account at risk.
Aside from searching on your own, you can also work as a team, where you can attempt to reach a “group goal” to win free pearls and dragon scales.
I have mentioned cash back shopping opportunities so many times. It’s a simple way to earn cash back for the shopping you’re already doing online. Just click on a special link and get a portion of your purchase back. Yes, it’s that easy.
Most of the websites I talk about, TreasureTrooper included, will reward you to shop at hundreds of retailers. Just check out the list and see how much you could earn if you plan on making a purchase online.
If going this route, however, just make sure you compare the rates over at CashBackMonitor.com as the cash back rates can greatly vary. Just because the percentage seems high at TreasureTrooper, it doesn’t mean it’s the best.
What I have found is that TreasureTrooper doesn’t offer the best cashback rates, so it’s important to compare these rates with other sites as it could put even more in your pocket.
Watching videos for cash is another topic I have covered in the past, basically saying it’s not worth your time. However, I just want to include it here as it is an option to make money.
If you’re unfamiliar with the process, you will watch a few videos and get rewarded for your time, usually no more than a few pennies for every few videos you watch. Hey, I didn’t say you would get rich.
There’s usually an endless amount of videos, but the bad part is that you don’t get to choose the exact video you want to watch, so it can get pretty boring.
In the cash path section, it seems as if the website just lets you sign up for “money-saving offers.” In doing so, you will receive a special reward in the end. It kind of reminds of the spammy-like offers that some low-quality websites make you look at before they allow you to access your dashboard. If you’re familiar with money-making websites, you will know what I’m talking about right away.
It doesn’t seem like it’s worth your time as it appears you’re just going to get bombarded with spam e-mail. Plus, 99% of the offers are probably something you’re not interested in anyways. But, as always, I love to include every option in my review.
I just didn’t like that you have no idea what you’re earning as well as what you’re getting yourself into. I will avoid this section if at all possible.
Arrowhead Dig Site
Another section, the arrowhead dig site area, is where you will find six “digsites,” each with unique offers that you can complete to earn arrowheads, the other currency I mentioned earlier.
These arrowheads can be traded for platinum coins or dragon scales at the currency converter. I know it sounds confusing right now, but I promise I will talk about this later on.
Just click through the sites and see if any offers are of interest. They range from downloading an app to completing an offer on a third-party offerwall-like site. What you will find is that you can earn anywhere from 50 to more than 1,700+ arrowheads.
One of the last ways you can earn cash is through the daily poll. This is a very simple section, where you can answer a question and get rewarded with arrowheads.
For every poll you participate in, you can earn two arrowheads, and they will auto-posted the second you vote. However, if you want your vote to count, you must have a Facebook and/or Twitter account tied to your user name.
Also, aside from voting, you can submit your own poll idea. If they use it, they will reward you with another 25 free arrowheads.
Another way to earn, and the last option I will mention in this section, is through your friends and family.
Known as referrals, this is when you can share a unique link and then earn a certain percent of what they earn.
The nice thing about TreasureTrooper is that you can earn 20% of your referrals’ earnings and 5% of the referrals they refer right off the bat. As you move up the pyramid, as seen in the screenshot, you can earn even more bonuses. As you can imagine, this can add up as you continue to add referrals to your down line.
As always, just make sure you don’t spam your link and/or share it anywhere you shouldn’t. Doing so can usually lead to a termination.
Redemption – Getting Paid
Many survey sites make it easy to redeem your points and/or cash. Usually, it’s as easy as buying a gift card or even cashing out via PayPal with your points or cash, and it’s straight-forward. This isn’t the case here.
Well, the bad, or the good thing, depending on how you look at it, is that TreasureTrooper has a variety of ways to redeem as you have already found out. From the arrowheads to dragon scales, it can be hard to figure out what’s worth what. This is a negative to some people, but as you use the system, it does get easier to understand.
As they offer a variety of redemption options, I will break each down below, but first, let’s talk about currency available.
Arrowheads can be exchanged for either platinum coins or dragon scales. This currency usually comes from the “Dig Site” or through your searches. The platinum coins and dragon scales can then be used for rewards.
The fun part of the game is to train pet dragons, in which you will need these dragon scales to grow your dragon. With this currency, you will buy dragon essentials to help them grow, such as treats, medicine, food, etc. Whenever you successfully “train” a dragon, you can cash it in for anywhere from $5 to $100+.
The gold coins can be used to purchase a variety of items, such as treasure maps and journal pages, to name a few. These are designed to help you find gems in the game.
Platinum coins, as I will get into next, is another form of cash in a way, where you can purchase physical goods or even exchange for a virtual gift card.
Aside from cash, these are the four main ways to “earn” in the game. With each currency, you can then use one of the store options below to redeem…
In the trading hut, you can use your coins, pearls and dragon scales to purchase a variety of items, from virtual Visa gift cards to even items like an Xbox One. You can even buy Bingo tickets to play Bingo that’s held every Tuesday night in the chat room.
Aside from the physical goods, you can also purchase pieces as part of the game, from treasure map fragments to go on a treasure hunt to “Mabutu’s Secret,” which tells an “important secret.
At the time, there were about 20 things to choose from, but this can change at any time. Just make sure to research the pieces, as part of the site, in depth since I did find that some weren’t worth it.
In Cogg’s Coop, this is where you will spend your dragon scales, most of which come from the dig sites that I mentioned earlier.
According to the site, you can use these scales to purchase a dragon and then develop him to adulthood or even sell your dragons back to the professor for some cash. If you were to develop a dragon that is deemed “rare,” then he may give you $100 for it. Most dragons, however, from what I did research, could be worth anywhere from $5 to $100.
This can be fun, depending on how you look at it, but it can also be hard to determine how much you can make with your dragon.
To watch your dragon grow and maintain it, you will do so in the “Dragon Lair,” which is located in the games section.
In the currency converter section, you can convert just about anything you have into something else. This is fairly straight-forward, and I will include a screenshot below to see what you can get.
If you’re interested in any trading, simply click on the trade to give and get. Just make sure the trade makes sense in what you want to do!
Inside the cryptic treasure area, you can enter a certain code, which you can often find in the newsletters or even through the official social media channels.
Prizes can range from free coins, pearls or even cash. When you join, just be sure to join all of the social media channels and pay close attention to the newsletters to take advantage.
Aside from the social media platforms, you can also connect via the chat room and forum if you choose to do so.
More Treasure and Getting Paid Cash
The most important part of the redemption process, at least to me, is the “more treasure” tab, which can be found in the right-hand menu if you’re using the desktop version.
Here, you will get a snapshot as to how much you have earned, where you have earned it as well as the valuables you owned. It’s a nice snapshot to see what you own, all in one easy-to-read picture.
In the case you have enough cash ($20), you can also request an instant payment if need be.
If you’re looking to cash out, your payments will be processed on the 15th and then sent by the 20th of each month for the previous month’s earnings. TreasureTrooper will automatically send out your payments once you earn at least $20 in cash. However, you can request the instant payment if you wish.
What Others Are Saying
As in all of my reviews, I love to see what the internet world is saying, the main reason I include the section. Listed below, I went ahead and combed the internet so you don’t have to, listing both the pros and the cons.
- it’s fun and unique, offering something different from most of your survey sites
- 100% free
- anyone can join worldwide, however, only certain countries will see success
- multiple ways to earn
- fantastic referral program
- $1 sign-up bonus
- automatic payments
- instant payout option
- some offers don’t pay cash; rather virtual items
- not mobile friendly
- $20 minimum payout
- it can be confusing to learn
Yes, it can be confusing at first, I understand that, but once you play around with it, you will find that it’s actually a very lucrative reward site. The owners tend to hand out a lot of rewards and the community, via the chat room, can be a lot of fun. It’s much different than the others I have reviewed.
Whether it’s taking some surveys, completing offers or even shopping, the site can keep you busy, but if you do plan on using it, just make sure you familiarize yourself with the virtual currency to make sure you’re buying/doing the right things. For example, when I researched the treasure map fragments, I found that the work involved wasn’t worth it. It’s easy to get sidetracked with all of the fancy virtual currency.
In the end, try out TreasureTrooper, especially if you don’t mind taking surveys. If you feel you can take advantage of the daily surveys and meet the goals, then this is an awesome way to earn at least $180 a month alone. Just make it a habit to log in every day. I have done it in the past and found it to be much easier than I thought.
Now, I’d like to leave it up to you.
Have you joined TreasureTrooper before?
What did you like? What did you hate?
As always, you’re more than welcome to sound off below.
And, also, if you do join, remember that TreasureTrooper will give you $1 just for joining.
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