To tell you the truth, online surveys aren’t the way to go if you are looking for a full time online income, they are more of a way to earn extra money. They very easy to do however, and I made of list of some of the best. It can be a little time-consuming, but I recommend that you sign up for all the survey sites listed now, because each site is only going to match you up with a couple of paid surveys in a month. So if you are looking to make some serious income, you will need to be a member of tons of sites.
The Swagbucks program is one of the best legitimate paid survey programs out there. The questions are very straight forward and simple, such as “Which of these drinks have you consumed in the past four weeks: Beer, Wine, Tea, Coffee, etc.” and “How often do you eat fast food: Once a week, Twice a week, etc.”.
The average payout for answering a survey varies, but lets say you earn 50 Swagboucks, that is equivalent to 50 cents. just note that you will not qualify for every panel, but you can usually expect about $10 for an hour of work.
2. Panel PayDay
The Panel PayDay program is a very well paying survey site, you earn $25 just for signing up. Their website states that you can earn anywhere from $25 to $75 per survey you take, the minimum payout for taking a survey is $1. If you are in a selected focus group, you can earn up to $150.
There are multiple ways you can earn money with Panel PayDay. You can obviously take surveys, but you can also participate in focus groups and discussion groups, and even become a mystery shopper. The reason you can earn money in so many ways is because Panel PayDay is partnered with other survey companies that will pay you directly.
While most survey companies pay you in points, which can be saved up and redeemed for cash or gift cards, the payout method for Panel PayDay surveys is different each time. Sometimes you are paid with cash immediately, and other times you are awarded points or gift cards.
3. Survey Junkie
Survey Junkie is one of the highest rated survey sites with over 3,000,000 members and many 5 star reviews. Surveys vary in length and cover a variety of topics that help to influence and improve retail products. It is also possible to earn points by completing profile questionnaires and referring friends.
4. Opinion Outpost
Opinion Outpost will ask for your opinion on almost any topic, you may receive a survey asking about what you usually eat for breakfast this week, and the next week asking about politics.
Most of the surveys take about 10 minutes to complete, but that time fluctuates, depending on the topic and answers you provide. You will receive longer surveys if your profile is a better match for the survey target audience. Joining is free, but if you want to increase the probability of receiving surveys more often, be sure to fill out the entire profile questionnaire when you sign up.
5. Vindale Research
Vindale Research is a fairly popular survey site. After you complete your personal information, they will try to best match you up with surveys relating to your background. They offer the whole gamut of survey topics, from popular restaurants to cars.
In addition to earning cash through filling out surveys, you also get paid to read sponsored emails, find reward codes, watch videos, take pictures of your rewards checks, and refer your friends.
6. Panda Research
Panda Research will pay you for doing a number of things, including completing surveys, reading emails, referring friends and more. The minimum payout is $50, and the payment is made through PayPal on the 1st and 15th of every month.
7. Survey Spot
If you want to take surveys for FFM, it is possible using Survey Spot, and you can also get paid with PayPal cash or gift cards. You can earn anywhere from $0.25 to $5 per survey, and if you are selected to be in a focus group, then you can earn as much as $20 for about 15 to 20 minutes of work, and with each survey you take, you are entered for a chance to win $10,000.
You can begin cashing your points for rewards after you reach an account balance of $5.
8. Survey Sheep
Survey Sheep advertises surveys that pay between $25 and $75 to complete by partnering with other survey companies to help find you the best paying surveys on any topic. After signing up, you can choose the categories you want to survey for. Your selections don’t guarantee you will get a survey for each category, but the more categories you select, the greater odds you have of receiving an invite. You will be paid by the survey company after each survey has been completed.
Survey Scams To Avoid
There are 5 red flags when it comes to online surveys. If they do any of the following, they are most likely attempting to scam you.
They Ask you for Money
This may seem obvious, but most scam survey sites wouldn’t keep showing up if people didn’t keep falling for them. There are literally hundreds of these scams on the internet and they usually promise you the access to top paying surveys if you give them some money, when in reality, they are taking your money and you get nothing. Once you pay, all you get is a little eBook filled with some links that you could have easily found for free, if you had searched google.
They Offer you Too Much Money
If a survey is saying you get $50 for a survey, you should turn back and look elsewhere. Good rule of thumb, if it sounds too good to be true, then it simply isn’t true.
They Make you Pre-Qualify, by Asking Hundreds of Questions
These types of surveys are very sneaky on how they get you. It isn’t uncommon for a survey to ask you a couple of pre-qualifying questions to see if you meet their target demographic, the problem is when they ask you hundreds of questions, it takes forever and then they say “Sorry, you don’t qualify”. The catch is that you just took the survey and they didn’t pay you because it was in the name of pre-qualification.
They Require an Unachievable Amount Before Sending you a Check
This one is extremely annoying. You join a survey group, and they promise you a couple dollars per survey you take. There is nothing wrong with that, until you find out later that you must accumulate a ridiculous amount of earnings before they send you a check. This scam is very popular among survey companies because they know very few people will actually stick with it long enough to see a check.
Now that you have signed up, it is time to start filling out surveys and start making money. Again, I don’t think surveys are the best way to go when it comes to making some serious money online, but they are definitely a pretty good place to earn a little extra cash.
If you want some other business ideas and how to start them up, be sure to check out the other posts on my site.
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