About ChatAbout

ChatAbout is a website that allows you to “chat about what interests you” across thousands of different topics such as health issues, TV shows, places, hobbies, sports, movies, parenting, or anything in between. Unlike similar sites though, each time you interact with the ChatAbout community, you’ll earn points that can be redeemed for cash, gift cards, and other products.

It appears ChatAbout has been in business since late 2012, though the company is not listed with the Better Business Bureau. ChatAbout also features a fairly extensive affiliate program (see more about this in the Pricing section), which is often how new companies will spread the word, but which makes locating legitimate customer reviews difficult. With this in mind, some of the most common complaints we encountered during our research cited the inability to speak with a live company representative; that moderators are quick to ban users and/or take away points without recourse; and not getting paid.

How ChatAbout Works

After signing up for a ChatAbout account by entering your name, email address, and password (or signing up through Facebook), you can click on any one of the more than 10,000 Topics, News Discussions, or Questions & Answers, which will take you to a live feed list of the most recent active topics. Then, to add your two cents, simply click on the Join Discussion link under each section.

Once you do this, you’ll be awarded points each time you “leave a comment, answer a question, refer your friends, or participate in the community” by writing articles. Each action you perform can earn you anywhere from 2 to 20 points, though you’ll want to browse through ChatAbout’s Rewards Program page for full details.

Each point you earn is equivalent to $0.01, and you’ll need to earn at least 500 points (e.g. $5) in order to redeem them for Amazon gifts cards, direct PayPal deposits, and other sponsored products. Once you’re ready cash in your points, just visit your profile page where all available options will be displayed.

Before you begin participating in the ChatAbout community, be sure to read through the Rules and Guidelines section, or you may find yourself frustrated—or even worse—banned altogether. Some common sense pointers include:

  • You cannot leave comments that lack substance and that do not add value for other readers.
  • You can only earn up to 50 points from commenting per day.
  • You’ll be subject to a limit of 3 new posts per day.
  • Whether you’re commenting on existing content or adding new material, it must be original.

As of the time of this writing, ChatAbout is only accessible via a computer, although we read several reviews claiming that mobile apps are under development.

ChatAbout Pricing & Refund Policy

ChatAbout is completely free to sign up and use, though you must be at least 18 years of age. Also, the service is currently available only for US, Canada, Australia, and UK residents.

If you opt to purchase an item (versus having your cash awarded on an Amazon gift card or transferred to your PayPal account), all products include free shipping.

In addition to earning money by participating in the community, ChatAbout features a quick and easy affiliate program. According to the company, all you have to do is install the ChatAbout widget on your site, and you’ll receive $1 for every individual who clicks on your link and registers an account.

Pros:

  • A fun, unique way to earn a little extra money.
  • Simple and easy to use.
  • Affiliate program offers the ability to earn even more money.

Cons:

  • No mobile app currently available.
  • Only way to contact the company is via an online form (no phone number).
  • 1 point = $0.01, so you definitely won’t get rich by using the website.
  • Common complaints include the inability to speak with a live company representative; that moderators are quick to ban users and/or take away points without recourse; and not getting paid.

Bottom Line:

While ChatAbout appears to offer a unique way of interacting with other users, keep in mind that it takes a fair amount of work in exchange for very little money, and all your hard work can be wiped out by moderators at any point in time.

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24 Customer Reviews for ChatAbout

Average Customer Rating: 1.5
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 3 4 stars: 0 3 stars: 0 2 stars: 0 1 stars: 21
Bottom Line: 13% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    A scam

    • Agusan del Norte,
    • Sep 9, 2016

    ChatAbout is a scam. I reached $5 and redeemed it, but they did not send it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    ChatAbout

    I got paid twice already, 2-3 days within requesting. It is easy to get points. It is one of the few sites that work.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Chatabout is a scam!

    It's bad enough that they only pay you one point per 20 word plus post. You cash out at 1000 points which equals $5. Now, I have read that this has happened to so many people. I got close to cashing out. I was at about 824 today. I tried to sign in, and it does not recognize my email or password. They never respond to emails. That is a lot of time wasted. That is not right. There is no way I can warn the people who work hard there everyday.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    • Lockport, NY,
    • Oct 7, 2015

    I had previously cashed out on ChatAbout with no problems. Just recently, I went to cash out for a $5 payment and my account was wiped out. Claiming technical difficulties. It's been 2 weeks and no response from administration.

    Don't waste your time.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    • Canada,
    • Oct 3, 2015

    I was on this site for months and when I cashed out I was banned. Now I cannot even log back in as it states tech problems. This is a scam site!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 2 people found this review helpful

    A good site to have a good time

    • Tarlac, Philippines,
    • Sep 15, 2015

    I had been in some sites similar to ChatAbout and really, this site is very nice to meet friends with similar interests and it somewhat gives me a sense of belonging and fulfillment in my passion for writing in a fun way.

    We cannot get rich with this site but the rewards is good enough to make it worthwhile being in this kind of fun community. I just hope that ChatAbout will continue its service so that people like me will get benefits from its unique way of bringing people together.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    • Toronto, ON,
    • Sep 10, 2015

    Once I reached the level to claim some money, they wiped out my account, claiming technical issues. They never paid me and they do not respond to emails.

    Do not waste your time here.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    ChatAbout is a total scam

    • Philippines,
    • Sep 7, 2015

    After I had my first redemption and while I am still reading comments and posting, I was just surprised that I was logged out. I tried logging in but it says that there were technicalities and my email does not existed in their database. Then I checked and all my posts, comments, and even my articles and reviews are gone.

    There was no explanation or any any notifications, just totally as if I never spent time in their site. Good thing I was there only for a week and a half!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Crappy Waste of Time

    • Missouri,
    • Aug 10, 2015

    I would rate this a zero but it won't let me.

    Just to let you know I'm no stranger to doing surveys online for gift cards and such (aka this isn't my first rodeo). I've been a part of many sites for years in most cases. I have participated in product improvement websites, tested products out for free, and even been paid to try products before. I'm an avid coupon user and an expert money saver.

    This site is the worst of all I've ever been to and that included one 'Inbox pays' that never really pays and you find that out weeks later.

    I say this is the worst because the people I encountered there were the least tolerant of anything you post I've ever run into online (including and very similar to Facebook). No one seems to delete or moderate it so it's about like high school would be without the principles or teachers there. Nice eh? Well after two hours there I realized it would either take decades to cash out or I'd have to spend triple the time I spend anywhere else for better payouts. I just decided it wasn't worth it and blocked all communications after writing via the 'contact us' button and asking to be removed. Main reason for leaving was the lack of tolerance of it's supposed 'adult' members. The stuff they could post there people have never been allowed to post on any of the other 'interaction' sites I've been a part of.

    Save yourself the trouble and hassle I went through and please don't join.

    I recommend instead myview.com (ask them from Facebook page and they'll send you an invite). This one pays 100 points even if you don't qualify for the survey.

    I also recommend mypoints.com (really great for coupon capers).

    I also recommend swagbucks.com (good for quick cash outs on gift cards and points for online shopping)

    Please go to any of those three I mentioned instead if you want your time online to matter.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Feb 20, 2015

      Kayla

      I agree. Some of the people there seem to be looking for a fight! They are rude, and totally not worth the time to converse with.

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Good For a While Only

    • Washington DC,
    • Aug 5, 2015

    When I first saw ChatAbout, I thought I had struck gold. I love posting comments online, so being paid for it was really cool. I did make money, and they did send out my gift cards codes promptly.

    After a few months, however, I noticed that the site was starting to be way too policed. Once the users began to chat about a couple of topics a lot, they deleted those topics. That was probably because we were making a lot of money that way, although the site administrators claimed it was because it was confusing other users about how the site should be used. I have no idea how that could have confused other users.

    I also noticed that ChatAbout expected to be praised to the skies. With every gift card code they send you they ask you to post on their site that you have received the reward. That's obviously a publicity stunt to boost their credibility and popularity. However, when you criticized the site (even in a polite manner, like pointing out what you did not like about it), your comments would be promptly deleted. I posted a couple of comments about how ChatAbout's agenda was getting on my nerves and I was locked out and lost my points. Frankly, I expected it that from them, so I made sure to cash out before I spoke out about their ridiculous policing polices, so I only lost something like $1.37.

    Basically, that place was starting to feel like a regime to me. I felt that freedom of speech (especially with what I was saying was actually civil) was more important than the few cents I earned on there each day.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    SCAM

    This site is a scam. They offer a gold membership package and a free account. I started a free account, stayed a free member for 4 month before upgrading, built up a good following, and earned a lot of points. I paid out of my own pocket even though you could use your points to pay for a membership. 4 days after paying them for the Gold Membership, I can no longer log in. I emailed them 4 times in over 3 weeks. No response, not one.

    PayPal redeemed me the money after opening a dispute. They even tried to contact them, to no avail. At least I was able to get my money back.

    Stay away from this site and them. I can see that people are still writing on the site, and most of them are free members.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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