Tips and Tricks for Taking Surveys for Money
If you’re the type of person that is always trying to find out how to make money online then chances are at some point you probably either heard about or even signed up to take surveys for money. And if you did then you probably found yourself frustrated with many of the survey sites out there.
We previously listed some of our favorite online survey sites here. So if you want to save yourself a whole lot of frustration and wasted time you can check out our recommended survey sites. But we also thought it would be helpful to put together a list of our best tips and tricks for taking surveys for money. This should help you make the most money in the minimum amount of time.
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- First and foremost always protect yourself online. You need to be on the lookout for scams. Reputable survey sites get paid by companies to administer the surveys. They don’t charge you, the survey taker, any money. Don’t fall for sites that claim to have the highest paying surveys for money and try to charge you to join. Or for sites that want you to pay a monthly fee to get the list of surveys available. And of course never send any money to anyone and never give out your credit card information. Always try to sign up for reputable survey sites that have been around for at least 10 years like Pinecone Research and Harris Poll Online.
- Be realistic about how much money you will earn. While taking paid surveys for money is easy, all you’re doing is sitting around on your sofa answering a few questions, you have to realize that you’re not going to make a lot of money. If you’re doing it on the side, say 20-25 minutes a day taking a few surveys here and there you’re probably lucky if you make an extra $100 bucks a month. There are lot’s of better jobs you can do on the side that pay more money. But taking surveys for money is super easy, it can be done from the comfort of your home and if you choose the right survey sites it can actually be fun.
- Get a separate email address for taking surveys. Create a free email address at google or wherever you prefer and use that email address exclusively for signing up for survey sites. This way you can check that email address whenever you have time and want to see if there are any new surveys available without your normal email inbox constantly getting cluttered up with survey offers. Also, if you decide taking surveys for money is not for you, then you don’t have to go back and unsubscribe from all of the sites you signed up for. You can just get rid of the survey email address.
- While you’re at it, if you don’t already have one, get yourself a paypal account so you can get paid. Or add your new survey email address to your existing paypal account.
- Find survey sites like i-Say that tell you up front how much you’ll be paid and how long the survey will take. This is important to help you quickly weed out surveys that just are not worth your time. I mean if you get an offer for a 20 minute survey that pays .50 cents do you really want to bother with it? MySurvey is one site that I’ve generally gotten frustrated with regards to very low paying survey offers. I unsubscribed because I just felt they were not sending me any that were worth my time but you may have better luck with them.
- Get to know the point structures of the sites you’re signed up for. This is probably the most important tip I can give you. Some sites pay you in cash, like Vindale Research, so its easy to see what a survey is worth. But many of the surveys for money sites pay you in virtual points that you can redeem for gift cards or cash payouts. I can’t stress enough that you need to know what the points are worth in order to decide if a survey is worth taking. Many of the sites, like Branded Surveys have a structure of 100 points = $1.00. In those cases it is very easy to do the math and see if it is worth your time. But some sites are different. For instance Toluna, which is a reputable survey site, has a completely different structure. You need 30000 points for a $10 gift card. So when they offer you a survey that pays 3000 points for 15 minutes it might seem like a great deal but it really only works out to about $4/hour.
- When you sign up for a new site, fill out as much profile information as possible. This is so that they can email you surveys that you’ll be likely to qualify for. It’s very frustrating getting email offers for surveys for money that pay well only to click on the link and then be told that the survey is closed. Or that you don’t qualify for this survey but “we’ve got this other survey for you” that pays you .25 cents for 30 minutes of your time. If a site is constantly sending you emails for surveys you don’t qualify for, ditch that site immediately. It will be a huge waste of your time and clutter up your inbox. Paid Viewpoint is a good example of a site that does a great job of matching survey takers with qualifying surveys. They have something called a “TraitScore”. When you first signup they will pay you small amounts of money to answer questions about yourself. As you answer questions your TraitScore will increase and the higher the TraitScore the more surveys opportunities you’ll get. You have to be patient as it takes a while to build up your TraitScore. But its more beneficial in the long run than joining a site that is constantly wasting your time emailing you surveys that you clearly won’t qualify for.
- Be honest when filling out surveys. Most surveys for money will start you off with a couple of profile type questions to see if you fit the demographic of people they are looking for the survey. Don’t try to answer the questions the way you think they want you to. That will likely just lead you to being disqualified from the site for future surveys.
- Ditch sites that don’t quickly assess if you’re qualified for a survey. The only thing more frustrating than getting emailed for a survey that is already closed, is following a link for a survey and spending 5-10 minutes answering questions only to be told you don’t qualify for the survey. This is a huge waste of time. It’s the reason I stopped doing surveys at OneOpinion. They burned me several times with 5-10 minutes worth of survey taking only to get told I don’t qualify. I’m not saying this site isn’t legit, or won’t pay you because I’m sure they will. But I personally had too many bad experiences with them for me to give them any kind of good recommendation.
- Try to have fun! Yes, you’re taking the surveys for money but you should try to find survey sites that have surveys that you personally find interesting. I didn’t think it would actually be possible to have fun taking surveys but then I found YouGov. There is a reason we ranked them so high on our list of our favorite survey sites. Most of their surveys are either on entertainment, music, movies or current political topics that are of interest to me. It is the only survey site that I can honestly say I enjoy taking their surveys and it doesn’t feel like I’m doing a second job. They also don’t send you emails for surveys unless its something you’re going to get points for. Also, their surveys are usually very short, less than 10 minutes, and a lot of fun to take. I love it when I see an email from YouGov!
If you want to make the most money for the minimal effort, be sure to check out SavvyConnect from SurveySavvy. It is a program where you can get paid just to install SavvyConnect on your phone, computer and/or tablet. You don’t have to do anything else and you get paid $5 per month/per device up to $180/year!
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