Sure has been a while since I talked about survey sites so I felt a slow Saturday morning would be a good opportunity to talk about how I approach these now. Clearly my focus has been on other more profitable ways to spend my time but if you approach these the right way you can in fact earn a few extra dollars.
There is clearly no shortage of survey platforms and trust me I have tried most of them. One nightmare for me is remembering when I first started trying to make money online I would see dozens of sites with hundreds of surveys but no matter how much time I committed? I could never earn $15+ a day. Blogs raving about earning $500 a week pushing the flawed thinking to join as many as you can and your earnings will be unlimited. Absolute bunk and hype- the truth is you will spend all day constantly getting disqualified after 10 minutes, crediting issues, lack of customer support when something went wrong etc etc. Trying to make big money taking surveys will ultimately lead to you walking away from all of this calling it a scam. You can make more money in 3-4 days on Amazon Turk taking surveys then you can all month spending 15 hours a day on traditional survey platforms. Nobody will tell you this because Amazon doesn’t offer a referral program, most traditional panels do.
Joining dozens of survey sites will do nothing but waste more of your time and energy. Applying this thinking to traditional panels does NOT work and I cant stress that enough. Apply this strategy to market research firms that email you invites and you will start making real money. Sites like InnoPoll, TVFocusgroup, BrighIdeas, LiveWire, 20/20Panel, GSB Lab, Accelerant, BrandInstitute, Esearch, WatchLab, etc etc. You take 5 minutes initially to sign up and they send you personal invites every few months. These are the sites you want to keep joining- the more you add? the more invites you will receive that are specifically aimed at your profile and if you don’t qualify for an invite? It NEVER takes more then 2 minutes to be disqualified. The hourly pay rate is extremely generous and they treat you with respect. These are reputable Market Research firms & there is big money in this business but its critical they receive quality data.
Pick a few winning survey platforms and avoid the rest. Once you isolate the winners? You then must approach them properly. Even the best sites will steal your time and frustrate you if you let them. Don’t waste hours on these sites! Instead pick the highest paying opportunities. Spending 10 minutes trying for a $.5 survey is throwing your time away but if Fusion Cash has a $2-3 survey? Its worth trying to qualify. Same thing with MintVine. These sites can be fantastic but if you force it and spend hours on the site you just defeated the purpose. Inbox Dollars has horrible surveys that take huge amounts of time for little pay but 2-3 times a month? they send me an email invite for high paying opportunities. Those are all I take- I never go to that site trying to find a survey. Let them send me the winners and pay me for my time. Opinion Site is a new one that sends me invites and so far its a winner. MyView is a personal favorite of mine. YourWord is relatively new but so far it has my attention. Opinion Outpost has some fantastic surveys but unfortunately they are notorious for stealing 15 minutes of your time only to tell you sorry, you didn’t qualify. PineCone is one of the best hands down. They are consistent, professional, $3 for 10 minutes of your time and they send tons of freebies which you also get paid to try. VERY hard to get into the panel but worth the effort. See forum post and use this link to my friends site that offers a signup link.
One last note about Survey Panels. You will find that each site is different and what works for one person may not work for another. If you are married or single, young or old- all of this matters. For me a huge factor is to concentrate on sites that have fantastic customer support and believe me most of them do NOT, in fact on some sites if you complain they tell you to unsubscribe. You can look at some of my past posts regarding survey sites to see opinions on which offer quality support. This is a HUGE factor for me. See Top 6 survey sites and 9 more survey sites posts for more. I need to update these lists so just use these to determine the customer support aspect.
Sorry- long winded post. I tend to ramble because I am very passionate about what I do. I worry less about grammar and sentence structure nor do I care if everything looks picture perfect and professional. If you came here for that? there are plenty of other blogs that will impress you with perfection. I am a hard worker and relying on all these sites to earn money. I am not a writer, I have poor grammar and spelling and I spend zero time making the site look flashy and professional but I can guarantee you one thing- every site I share, every tip and idea given, you can mirror the results I am getting. Its honest and sincere. Later this year I will be fixing up the blog to accommodate the increasing views and add a more professional touch but for now all I promise or care about is sharing honest data. This blog is about real information and I have no desire to spend hours trying to gloss it up or create eloquently written posts. Who has time for that? Its bad enough I tend to be long winded but you have to tolerate that because there is a lot of valuable information hidden in these rambles.