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Follow-up Review: Knowledge Panel is a Legit Survey Site

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Last September, I posted about how I received $2 in the mail from Knowledge Networks and an invitation to join their panel. At the time I didn’t know anything about Knowledge Panel, but a quick Google search seemed to indicate they were pretty benign.

Since then, I’ve seen a few people coming to the site by searching for whether or not Knowledge Panel is a scam, so I figured I should to an update post about my experiences.

No, it’s not a scam. They are a legitimate survey site. Since September I’ve received 2 checks from them and overall have been very happy with my experience (check out proof of payment). Their surveys are a little different–instead of being about particular products or companies, they’re usually about things like political and personal views, or my habits and interests as a person.

Since their sign-ups aren’t open to all (your household must be selected and receive a letter from them), I won’t go into the sign up process. Their process is pretty typical for survey sites though.

If anyone has any specific questions, feel free to ask in the comments or by email, and I’m more than happy to answer them.

Knowledge Panel Stats

Info Required to Sign Up: They ask the usual questions survey sites need: Name, age, address, etc.
Member eligibility requirements: Your household must be selected
How money/points are earned: If you already have Internet in your home, you will receive points for each survey, which can be redeemed for cash or spent on sweepstakes entries. If you don’t have internet, they will provide you with internet service for as long as you remain active in the panel.
Value of survey: Each survey is usually worth 1000 points.
Earnings for disqualified survey: From my experience, you still get your points, unless the survey has closed.
Redemption options: Internet service, cash, or sweepstakes entries.
Fees or rules for redemption: No fees. Must have 25000 points to redeem for a check.
Time redemption takes: In my experience, it’s been a week or less.
Cash value of points: 1000 points = $1

If you have any questions about Knowledge Panel, please check their FAQ and the FAQ I compiled as well.



47 Comments on Follow-up Review: Knowledge Panel is a Legit Survey Site

  1. Dee on Thu, 5th Aug 2010 1:31 AM
  2. The coolest part of being asked to join knowledge panel is if chosen and you don’t have a computer they really do give you one!!! I got a great little net book thats mine to keep so long as I do thier surveys,and I get paid too! IF THAT $2 SHOWS UP IN YOUR MAILBOX GO FOR IT!!!

  3. Jon on Tue, 26th Oct 2010 7:20 PM
  4. I have a problem with the software they wanted to install on my computer it runs in the background 24/7 if you uninstall you break the agreement and u can lose everything u earned. Email support was less than helpful they wouldn’t tell me what the software does just that its not adware or spyware. I am assuming its to make sure people aren’t using an automated software to fill out the surveys but still im uncomfortable with a program potentially watching and reporting everything i do on my pc.

  5. Tiffany on Wed, 27th Oct 2010 8:45 AM
  6. Jon, I’m not sure what you’re referring to. I’ve never been asked to install anything by Knowledge Panel and I never have installed any software from Knowledge Panel. It’s possible they had a study where they asked you to install software and you get paid for every week or month that it’s installed on your computer (I’ve seen other panels offer opportunities for this, but I have never participated because I didn’t feel comfortable being tracked).
    My only recommendation is that if email support wasn’t helpful, you call their support line: 1-800-782-6899. You could also just uninstall the software.

  7. Nillie on Wed, 3rd Nov 2010 2:58 AM
  8. I have only good things to day about Knowledge Panel. I agree withTiffany.
    You get 1000 points per survey usually. Each 1000 points equals $1.
    A couple times the points were not automaticlaly added and when I wrote
    to them they looked into it and added them.

    Once in a while the survey is longer and is worth more than 1000 points. I’d guess it takes me 6 months – a year to get a $25 check. It just depends how many surveys you have been sent. The telephone number Tiffany gave you is correct.

  9. Steven on Wed, 1st Dec 2010 3:48 PM
  10. I think Knowledge panel is legit also. I fill out the survey and get approx. 1000 points per. sometimes more they did ask me to down load some soft ware but i didn’t want them to have that much power. they were find with that. I still get surveys.

  11. Mike on Tue, 22nd Feb 2011 8:23 PM
  12. Knowledge Panel is legit, not a scam. I received their invite in the mail (with $10, cash) , did some research about them and signed up. After answering various surveys I requested they send me $100 for the points I had accumulated. Got the check in 2-3 weeks! There is no software necessary to download/install to participate but one survey did ask if I was willing to download and install a program to track my internet use. They paid out points at a premium if you did do the install. The terms, data collected, etc. was completely explained and you can choose not to install, no harm done either way. I’ve never had any problem with them in any way. If you do get an invite from Knowledge Panel, I recommend you sign up. It’s a great way for you to voice your opinions and earn a little extra cash along the way.

  13. maria on Thu, 10th Mar 2011 7:12 PM
  14. how can i recieve an inventation by knowledge panel?????

  15. Tiffany on Thu, 10th Mar 2011 9:52 PM
  16. There’s nothing you can do but hope you get selected and receive a letter in the mail unfortunately.

  17. Carol on Sun, 17th Apr 2011 11:46 AM
  18. Do you really get a computer free if you don’t have one? To keep? Do you have to send it back if you quit the panel?

  19. Tiffany on Sat, 25th Jun 2011 8:08 AM
  20. They will send you a computer if you don’t have one. Please contact the Knowledge Panel for more information.

  21. karen on Tue, 24th May 2011 2:41 PM
  22. how do you join

  23. Tiffany on Tue, 24th May 2011 5:50 PM
  24. Karen, unfortunately you have to be invited through a letter in the mail. There is no other way to sign up.

  25. Dawn on Tue, 24th May 2011 7:15 PM
  26. If you get a free PC to do the surveys, can you use the computer for other things or only the surveys?

  27. Tiffany on Sat, 25th Jun 2011 8:07 AM
  28. Yes, you can use the computer to access anything on the internet. Please contact the Knowledge Panel for more information.

  29. ticolie on Mon, 13th Jun 2011 6:02 PM
  30. i goot a invitation thursday i filld it out and mailed it friday when will they contact me or send something back

  31. Tiffany on Sat, 25th Jun 2011 8:06 AM
  32. Unfortunately, I replied online so I don’t know how long it takes to sign up via mail. Please contact the Knowledge Panel for more information.

  33. Jessica on Tue, 12th Jul 2011 2:01 PM
  34. I just recieved the invite in the mail, im interested in it and mailed it in, but my partner doesnt feel its legit, can i add him later if hes interested??

  35. el on Wed, 31st Aug 2011 9:41 AM
  36. @ JON i feel you 100% if u read further in the private policy, they could potentially send you 2 jail 4 things found on ur cpu

  37. Latoya Jackson on Fri, 2nd Sep 2011 4:49 PM
  38. how do i become selected to be apart of knowledge panel

  39. Michael Hart on Tue, 20th Sep 2011 3:50 AM
  40. I would like a free computer, touchpad or Ipad.

  41. Eric on Tue, 18th Oct 2011 11:28 PM
  42. I’ve been doing this for about a year and a quarter. Everything is legit. I have a computer and there for did not get one sent to me. That would have been quite nice. Most of the surveys have been fun to participate in. Some are quite long. I think I’ve done over 30 surveys. I’ve gotten between 1000 points and 10,000 points per survey. Most of them are 1,000. I recieved about 200,000 points for the first year. Those points included 15,000 every quarter for the program they ask you to load up. I felt a bit uncomfortable with that but I tried it anyway. I suspect that it slowed my computer down a bit. Couldn’t say for sure. Overall it is fun and harmless.

    I just wanted to share this info.

  43. Paul on Thu, 3rd Nov 2011 8:30 PM
  44. I just got the invitation letter in the mail. However, I didn’t receive any $1 or $10 bills. I am tempted by this.

  45. Tiffany on Fri, 4th Nov 2011 11:13 AM
  46. In my opinion, they are one of the best panels out there, so if you’re interested in taking surveys you should sign up.

  47. Dana on Thu, 29th Dec 2011 2:48 PM

  49. D.Andrews on Wed, 25th Jan 2012 12:06 PM
  50. I have participated for a year and have received nothing. redeeming my points is confusing and deceitful. My points also shrunk for some unknown reason. The contact phone person was from another country and unhelpful. I did survey/multiple for 19000 points, it was a rip-off. i didn’t get the points. I have done many surveys and have yet to receive anything. The procedure for redeeming is unnecessarily confusing and not at all intuitive. Where’s the Beef! I’m a disabled veteran too!

  51. Jose on Mon, 20th Feb 2012 12:01 PM
  52. If I add a household do i get points?

  53. Jessica on Mon, 21st May 2012 6:28 AM
  54. I’m just wondering if this will actually work

  55. Mk on Sat, 2nd Jun 2012 2:04 PM
  56. I think it is legit but the compensation is not worth the time spent on the surveys .

  57. sharon on Tue, 18th Sep 2012 5:55 PM
  58. i too got $2 in the mail..of course my son took the money but we both signed up have been doing surveys for 2 years..the surveys are not complicated nor are they intrusive..also u don’t get linked to other spam…it is the only survey online i have found with no catch –no gimmicks– no problems..thanks knowledge panel

  59. Rich on Sat, 22nd Dec 2012 12:38 AM
  60. I’ve been doing this for a little more than a year. I do like that 10,000 points gets you magazine subscriptions for a year. I’ve been getting magazines for answering surveys!

  61. Amanda on Fri, 4th Jan 2013 1:24 PM
  62. it is the real deal…. knowledge panel is the only one i do surveys for… the way i see it, its a dollar a survey if you so choose the 25 dollar check… sometimes they are worth more.. it surprised me the first time i received my first check from them.. i’ve been with knowledge panel for about 8 months now

  63. Luis on Sat, 2nd Feb 2013 4:08 PM
  64. what a waste of my time

  65. Tish on Tue, 12th Feb 2013 8:47 AM
  66. I have been doing this for a while now! I have been getting magazines and also I am accumulating points and have been redeeming them towards movie tickets!! I am in love with it.

  67. Bruce T. on Sun, 3rd Mar 2013 2:44 PM
  68. The Knowledge Panel agreement specifically states they can harvest and use existing cookies placed on your hard drive by other sites to gather further information about your internet usage and habits. This is an invasion of privacy in my opinion. I also question their survey asking what banks I do business with and what type of accounts I have with them. If you try to click past these questions they will warn you that they need this information. Clicking once more will take you to the next question. Their privacy policy speaks nothing of asking for bank usage information. They seem to want to know more about my personal information than my opinion.

  69. maureen on Sat, 23rd Mar 2013 12:51 AM
  70. I have read the posts written by many people. I am very interested in doing these surveys but disappointed that I can’t request to join.I am hoping someone from knowledge panel reads this and can arrange to send me an invitation. thanks

  71. Austin on Wed, 24th Apr 2013 2:06 PM
  72. So am I Maureen.

  73. Crystal on Fri, 26th Apr 2013 10:18 AM
  74. I love getting my checks in the mail. We got the letter in the mail a couple of years ago. I find the faster I responded to surveys the faster they link me up to another one. I also have been able to get into a couple longer term surveys. One’s were they tell you there going to send another survey out in so many months and how long the research will be going on. One of mine is for tobacco smoking. The nice thing is there are a few surprise bigger point surveys that do come up. One year I was able to get 4 checks in total.

  75. Fred on Mon, 15th Jul 2013 5:24 PM
  76. Be very careful what you answer. One health care questionnaire asked VERY SPECIFIC information regarding birthdate and other personal details. For any statistical survey, asking the year you were born, maybe even the month and year would be sufficient, but to INSIST on supplying the day of the month seems suspicious. That and the fact they have your name and address on file….hmmmmm. With all the demographic info they have accumulated in all the surveys, I can not help that that info is used in directly marketing to you, regardless of their disclaimers.

  77. Jessie on Sat, 17th Aug 2013 6:37 AM
  78. Well, I participated in one of their studies in May which required me to go to Boston for a study one evening. I showed up, did the study and was promised 76,000 points for it.

    I have yet to receive the points. I contacted their support and still got a letter in July stating this was being escalated to the concerned team.

    Now here we are in August – no points yet!! I did a similar study from Myview which required me to purchase a product, use it and then join a discussion for a few days. I got the points within 2 weeks – needless to say, I’m very disappointed in Knowledge Panel – the items they sell for points are cheap and stop working very quickly.

  79. Nathan Valdivia on Fri, 6th Sep 2013 7:55 PM
  80. I keep getting the same reuuest to do but nevrytime I try to do it it tells me they are alreadyrvey no, 45710

  81. Judy on Fri, 20th Sep 2013 5:03 PM
  82. I’ve been a member of GFK for a year now. I am a veteran. I have never had a problem with GFK. They are awsome!
    I got the $2 in the mail. I got the $10 after the initial interview with no problems depositing the check.
    I’ve been collecting points and cashing them in with no problems. I usually get the free movie tickets. You get a code from GFK. Then, you go to this vendor website hollywoodmoviecash.com and print a coupon with a code. I took this theater and I got into it for free with no issues!
    Thank you GFK for choosing me!

  83. Erik on Fri, 11th Oct 2013 11:13 PM
  84. The checks come through, but the surveys have gotten longer and longer. Their mobile surveys are a serious compromise to your phone’s security and privacy. Also, their Prize Wheel is completely dishonest. I tested it 1000 times and published the stats on my blog (you can click my name if you want to read it).

  85. Lee on Sun, 13th Oct 2013 3:14 PM
  86. My wife and I have been doing this and it is legit. I just received my first $50 check and both of us are close to another $25 each. For all the people saying they don’t like KP for this or that survey or this or that program. You are not required to do any survey or install any program. They state at the very beginning what the survey is about and if you don’t want to do it, you just don’t and wait for the next one. They can be anything from TV watching habits, your opinions on current electronics, opinions on politics, healthcare, community, retirement, smoking etc. So it is not like if you decide to not do banking and healthcare surveys you don’t get to accumulate points. The one program install I did do was 40,000 points for 2 months. It was not ongoing and at the end of the time, I uninstalled the program and got my points. Also, it is not an invasion of privacy, when you agree about them monitoring your web habits. If you want to be private, don’t do those surveys/installs or just don’t sign up. Simple enough.

  87. Denise on Tue, 8th Apr 2014 1:10 AM
  88. I just got one of these invites by postal mail. I put that I have a computer and internet access at the moment. But in a few months I wont have either. Will they send me a computer and provide internet access if I dont have one after I join?

  89. Sandra Bennett on Tue, 5th May 2015 12:26 AM
  90. I need extra money, not points!!! Show me the money. I’m just not sure. As a matter of fact, I’m not sure if i am still on the same sight i started from. Wanted to be a computer programmer- i should have finished.

  91. Sandra Bennett on Tue, 5th May 2015 12:34 AM
  92. One more thing, I think this could be a survey to see how uneducated people can be. And guess what it’s free for who ever designed this program.

  93. Mick on Thu, 25th Jun 2015 5:17 PM
  94. I just received my free “laptop computer.” from them… It’s a refurbished Acer tablet, with only 1G of memory! So after doing survey’s for 3 years I get to keep this beauty? Really??? Cell phones now have more memory! Then when I called customer service with a question, like everyone else has said, they have such a heavy accent you can hardly make out what they are trying to tell you! I did find out that if you have any problems with the free “computer” that they send you, YOU are responsible for the repairs! So they send you a refurbished piece of junk, that YOU are responsible for, and after 3 years you get to keep it…! WOW! I must be dreaming!! What a joke!! I haven’t completed one survey yet, and am not going to. I’m sending my free “computer” back, and they can pick on someone who’s time is not worth more than a $1 an hour to them!

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