The truth about taking paid surveys online

Paid Surveys

Here’s What You Should Know About Taking Paid Surveys

If you’re like most people, you’ve got a lot of opinions on a lot of subjects.  Well there are plenty of consumer research companies out there that offer paid surveys to hear what you’ve got to say and here’s how it works.  You sign up with a survey company, then they will generally ask you a couple of questions like age, marital status, job status, where you live, if you have any children, etc.  This is so they can match you with qualifying surveys.  In some cases they will email you with paid surveys and in others you have to check their website to see if there are any available.  Then you answer the questions and they pay you for it!   Sounds good doesn’t it?

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Well the issue is that while there are occasionally some really good paid surveys or research studies that you’ll qualify for, most surveys don’t pay much money at all.  And if you don’t sign up for a good survey site, you’ll end up making less than minimum wage for your time!   There are literally hundreds of sites to choose from and quite frankly in my experience a lot of them can be a huge waste of time.  They spam you with surveys you don’t even qualify for.  They offer you nothing more than spare change for very long lasting surveys.  Or they waste your time asking you 10-15 minutes worth of questions before telling you that you don’t even qualify for the survey.

At Wage Booster we wanted to find the survey sites where you could actually make a decent amount of money.  So as an experiment we signed up for over 50 survey sites and did paid surveys for several months.  To be honest we were expecting to put together a much longer list than this.  But no matter how hard we tried we couldn’t come up with more than 5 survey sites we actually felt comfortable recommending to our readers.  This doesn’t mean you can’t make money on other survey sites, different sites are looking for different demographics of people so you might find more success on other sites than we did.  But we strongly recommend you start with these highly reputable survey sites and then if you decide it is something you enjoy doing, you can expand out and find additional sites that work for you.

As a side note, if you are going to sign up for more than a handful of survey sites then do yourself a favor and get a separate free email address from a site like Google.  Use that email exclusively for surveys so your regular inbox is not getting filled up with survey offers all day.  While you’re at it, check out all of our tips and tricks for taking online surveys.  Or you can just take our word for it that the sites listed below are some of the very best the internet has to offer:

1. Global Test Market

Global Test Market has been around since 1999 so they are one of the most trusted survey sites around.  Once you sign up you’ll need to verify your email address to complete your registration.  If you don’t get the email right away, check your spam folder because that was where mine went.  Your first survey is a typical profile survey asking about your marital status, employment status, level of education, children, etc. and you’ll earn points for the survey and then they will immediately offer you additional surveys that you can qualify for.  Earned points can be cashed out directly to PayPal if you want the cash or you can choose from a variety of gift cards in their rewards center.

2. Harris Poll Online

Harris Poll has been around for almost 50 years and Harris Poll Online is one of the more respected online survey companies there is.  They offer surveys frequently and they are usually easy to take and can be completed in a reasonable amount of time.  The only downside to Harris Poll is they don’t pay in cash, they pay in points you can redeem for gift cards.  But the points can accumulate quickly and you can redeem them for gift cards to most major retailers including Amazon where you can buy just about anything.  Be sure to confirm your email and fill out the demographic questions to make sure you get chosen for the best surveys they have available.

3. YouGov

YouGov is definitely the most fun survey taking site.  Their paid surveys are a lot of fun to take because most of their polls are about interesting subjects like entertainment or politics.  They are not just endless boring consumer products surveys.   Also, unlike most survey sites, if they email you about a survey, you’re almost always going to get points for doing it.  A lot of other sites email you survey offers then when you get to the site they tell you that survey is no longer available.  Or they say you’re not qualified for it but with YouGov, its extremely rare that you get rejected for a survey if you respond in a timely manner.

YouGov’s website is extremely user friendly.  Most YouGov surveys are very short, in the 5 to 10 minute range and you can see your point balance get updated immediately as soon as you finish the survey.  I got 2000 points just for signing up and then another 2000 points just for filling out my profile.  The only downside I’ve found with YouGov from other survey sites is that they do not pay out in cash.  There are no options for checks or paypal at all.  You can only redeem your points for gift cards but they have all major retailers and even pre-paid Visa cards which are almost as good as cash!

4. Swagbucks

While Swagbucks does offer paid surveys, they are so much more than just a survey site.  There are lots of different ways to make money with Swagbucks.  In addition to surveys they will pay you to surf the web, watch online videos, shop at your favorite stores, they will even pay you to eat at local restaurants.  They have a Swagbucks Local program where you can link a card and then automatically get cashback for shopping at participating local restaurants and shops.  You get paid in “Swagbucks” but this can easily be used to either purchase gift cards or it can be converted to cold hard cash and deposited directly to your paypal account.

5. i-Say

Just based on paid surveys i-Say could be higher on this list but I put them 5th because their website can be a little slow sometimes.  They are still worthy of being on this list because they have frequent chances for you to voice your opinion on everything from global brands to entertainment to future advertisements.

If you sign up you won’t have access to their surveys until you confirm your email.  Be patient as it took 5-10 minutes for me to get my welcome email.  After that you will want to fill out their “Getting To Know You” survey and their extended profiling surveys so you can maximize your survey invitations that they will send you.  The paid surveys they have available on the website aren’t usually worth much but once you get all of your profile information filled in you can get emailed with much better surveys.  I like their paid surveys but their website can be frustrating sometimes.

Additional Sites You Should Check Out

Ebates is not a survey site, but anyone who spends any time online should be a member of Ebates.  They are hands down the best shopping rewards program on the internet.  They give you cashback for shopping at over 2000 of the most popular retail stores.  Unlike most rewards programs, there are no signup fees, no forms to fill out, no points to keep track of, just shop and get paid either via check or Paypal.  You are already shopping at most of these stores so why not get paid for it?

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Disclaimer:  WageBooster makes no guarantees about the amount of money you can or will make taking paid surveys.  This will vary from person to person.  The amount of money you make will depend on things such as which survey sites you sign up for, the demographics each of these survey sites are looking for, how much demographic information you fill out for the survey sites, the number of paid surveys they email you, how quickly you respond to these surveys invitations and whether or not you qualify for these surveys.