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Y Live Review: A Legit, Well-Paid Survey Site

Looking for a survey site that pays better than most? Then this one could be for you. Take a look at this Y Live (formerly PopulusLive) review to see how the site works and much you can realistically expect to earn.

10-second Y Live Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

One of the best paying survey sites out there, which pays you in cash and not vouchers. The only downside is that the number of surveys you receive can be very sporadic and it can take months before you reach a payout. Certainly worth using alongside other survey sites.

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Y Live

I have now lost track of the number of survey sites I’ve joined over the last few years. Some have been a bit of a disappointment and only pay a couple of £s per hour. However, I’ve seen a lot of positive comments about Y Live, even though you can’t withdraw until you reach £50, so I decided to give it a try myself.

Please note that Y Live was formerly known as PopulusLive.

Are survey sites worthwhile?

The last thing anyone wants is to slog away on their computer or mobile for an hour and earn £1. And unfortunately, a few bad survey sites have given many others a bad reputation. The fact is, you can actually earn a pretty decent side income from surveys. it won’t be enough to give up your job, but just £6 per day could give you over £2,000 per year.

It’s just a case of finding the right survey sites. And you can’t go far wrong than with Y Live… in fact, it comes in at an impressive 4th in my list for top paid survey sites.

What is Y Live?

Y Live is owned by Populus Data Solutions Limited, a British company based in London that has been operating since 2010.

Taken from their website:

Y Live is the online research community created by Populus. Y Live provides intelligent research and informed insight for clients in the worlds of business, culture and politics. We specialise in stakeholder audits, providing insight for communications and government relations teams and offering strategic advice based on our research and experience.

Like other survey sites, Y Live pays you for your opinions, collates the information with other respondents and then sells this on to other companies.

How do Y Live surveys work?

After signing up and giving some details about yourself, it’s a case of waiting for emails inviting you to a survey. But be warned, although an invite means that Y Live thinks you might be a suitable fit, it’s not guaranteed.

You are rewarded with points for every survey you complete, with 5 minutes being equal to one point. Once you reach 50 points, you’ll qualify for a £50 reward which will be sent to you by bank transfer.

Is Y Live safe?

With over 10 years of business, you can be assured that Y Live is a genuine survey site. I have been using them for over 2 years and received numerous payments. Since 2010, they have paid out over £5 million to their users.

What are the surveys like?

The surveys you receive do vary quite a bit. You can be asked about your thoughts on train travel, vaccinations, political parties or the latest products. You never really can tell what your next one will be about. But this is a positive thing, as it can be quite boring if you find you’re filling out the same surveys again and again.

My daughter was sent a cardboard VR headset and asked to share what she thought about a video that looked at train safety.

virtual reality headset from populuslive

I have also received the odd item to test. These are quite rare, but not only do you get a free product, you also get paid too! Take a look at how to become a product tester if it’s something you would like to get involved with. Below is some gin I got to sample.

product testing with populuslive

The good

Y Live pays very generously for their surveys. In fact, I would go as far as to say only Prolific Academic can compete for the amount paid. Surveys are generally very quick to complete and average around 10 minutes. However, I have completed quite a few surveys that have taken me between 20 and 25 minutes which earned me £5.

how much you can earn from populuslive

I even completed one survey that paid £10!

Nearly all surveys can be completed from a device of your choice – either by computer, phone or tablet, meaning you can even earn when you’re out and about. You will get the odd survey that can only be filled out from a certain device, but the email you receive will tell you beforehand.

And, if you start a survey but you don’t qualify for one reason or another, you are automatically entered into a £250 monthly prize draw,

The bad

You won’t see regular surveys from Y Live. For the time I’ve been a member, I’ve generally received around 1 or 2 a week. But some months, I have seen just one survey. I can earn £15 in 1 week and then nothing over the next 3.

Just because you have been invited to a survey, doesn’t mean you qualify. On occasion, I have spent almost 5 minutes completing questions, only to be screened out. This can be quite frustrating but doesn’t happen too often.

Like most survey sites, the quicker you take a survey, the better. All surveys have a certain quota and if too many people with a similar profile to yours get there first, you will be rejected.

And be warned, there are a couple of attention check questions in every survey. Make sure you answer them correctly, otherwise you won’t be paid for your effort.

Oh, and I’ve never won anything from the prize draw.

How much can you earn from Y Live?

On average, expect to earn around £1 for every 5 minutes. So that equates to a pretty impressive £12 per hour. You will do very well to find another site that pays as well. However, you will only be sent money when you reach £50.

Bank transfers are usually made around the middle of the month after you reach the cashout amount. There is an option to be paid by cheque, but this is a much longer process.

As a member for over 3 years, I tend to average around £200 per year from this site alone.

How do you get more surveys on Y Live?

The site is good, but how do you get Y Live to send more surveys? I have read in forums that if you give well-written, thorough answers in open text boxes, you’re far more likely to receive extra surveys. But apart from that, you just have to be patient and wait.

My worst ever month, I received one survey worth £1. Then the following month, I earned over £30. Just keep going!

Refer a friend

Referral schemes are often a good way to earn extra from survey sites as they pay you an incentive when you encourage friends and family to join. Unfortunately, Y Live hasn’t run a referral scheme since I’ve been a member (5 years) and I can’t find any trace that they ever have.

What other people say

I always like to check other people’s opinions when writing my reviews on survey sites. Taking a look at Trustpilot, Y Live scores 4.8 out of 5, which is the highest rating I’ve found of all survey sites. Positive reviewers say that the site is reliable and pays well. On the negative side, some users complain that they are screened out of surveys or they have found it difficult to reach 50 points.

My Y Live review conclusion

This is a must to sign up for. Yes, you can get screened out of surveys (a little late than I sometimes like) and yes, waiting for that £50 limit can be frustrating. But the truth of the matter is, they pay far more than most other sites. And now you can be paid by bank transfer, there is no reason not to join. Combine it with some other survey sites and you’re on your way to making a decent extra income.

2 weeks earnings from populuslive

I still prefer Prolific Academic though. Surveys at both sites pay similar amounts, but with Prolific, you can earn on a more consistent basis and you can withdraw anything over £5.

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Fiona davison

Monday 11th of February 2019



Tuesday 28th of April 2020

Hi! Thanks for this great review, I guess it is definitely a good way for one to earn extra income. Just a quick update here, they now pay through BACS since the COVID outbreak, makes things much easier.

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