Screenwise Trends is a browser extension designed to help Google improve their search results that pays you. I've been meaning to review it for a long time because it's one of those “set it and forget it” things that allows you to earn a little extra money for doing basically nothing. Who doesn't love auto-pilot cash?
The Screenwise Trends panel is only open to US residents age 13 and up. You will need to get your parent's permission before joining if you're between the ages of 13 and 17.
How does it work?
Once you have the extension installed on your computer and/or the app installed on your smartphone or tablet, you are allowing Screenwise Trends to track your internet browsing behavior. The site says the purpose of this is to help make Google smarter and better understand what sites you are visiting for research purposes. You don't have to do anything out of the ordinary once the extension is installed. Just browse the internet like you always do.
Keep in mind this is not always open. When the quota has been met for the number of people they need using different browsers, recruitment will end temporarily. But you can always check back to see when it opens up again.
What if you don't like the idea of your internet browsing being tracked?
If it makes you uncomfortable, then you probably need to take a pass on this one. Screenwise says the purpose is to help make Google smarter, but I totally get it if you don't feel sure about it. There are plenty of other ways to make extra money that don't require tracking your browsing behavior.
What do you need to make it work?
You need a computer, smartphone, and/or tablet with the Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer browsers installed. You will also need a Google account (free to make one of those).
How much can you earn?
Screenwise gives you an install bonus reward just for joining their panel that ranges between $2 and $6. The amount you earn will depend on how many devices you install Screenwise on. If you do just your computer, you get the $2 bonus. If you do your computer and either your smartphone or tablet, you get $4. If you do all three, you get $6.
In addition to that, they give you a weekly activity payment for keeping the app/extension installed and running. This ranges between $1 and $3 a week depending on how many devices you have it installed on.
In what form is the payment?
You can use your Screenwise money for either gift codes to over 100 places (including Amazon) and you can also get Paypal cash.
How long does it take to get paid?
The FAQ on the Screenwise Trends website says to give them 4-6 weeks to send your rewards to you, but it could possibly arrive sooner.
What Do I Think?
I think it sounds like a completely effortless way to make extra money if you're OK with Google tracking your internet browsing habits in order to help provide users with better results. If you're not, you may want to take a pass on this one.
What Do Others Think?
Screenwise Trends has some praise you'll find online, but I have seen a few complaints on how long it takes to get paid. However, it appears that people are getting paid.
How to Start?
Go here to sign up for Screenwise Trends and install their browser extension. Please comment below and let us know how it's going for you if this is something you already use! Keep in mind they are not always open for new registration, so check back at a later date if they are not open when you try to sign up.