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.