Honest Paid Survey Review
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Paid online surveys are good
work at home opportunities because it is an easy and free
way to make extra money online. But with so many scam and
spam sites popping up everywhere these days, oftentimes
it is difficult to determine what is real, especially for
beginners. To give a real picture of paid online surveys,
I have outlined some of most basic facts about paid surveys
in a questions and answers manner.
1. Are paid surveys for
Yes, paid online surveys are for real! A good number of
legitimate survey companies will pay you just for your time
and opinion. They pay you for your feedback on products
and services of manufactures and businesses.
2. Do I have to pay to take surveys and get paid?
Absolutely NOT! Legitimate surveys companies NEVER ask you
to pay to take surveys and get paid. They are always FREE
to join, and it cost absolutely NOTHING whatsoever! Please
be aware the difference between paid survey sites and paid
to sign up offer sites, the later pay you for signing up
offers, and sometimes you might need to pay upfront a small
amount (therefore provide credit card information) to try
3. How do paid surveys work?
You sign up with (join) a market research/paid survey company’s
research panel, provide your contact information (such as
email and home address) and basic (and sometimes a little
more detailed) demographic information such as your name,
gender, age etc... When the survey company has a market
research survey that fits your profile, they will send you
an email inviting you to participate. They will indicate
what the reward will be for completing the survey. You take
the survey, if you qualify and complete the survey, you
will get paid by the survey company. Often if you don’t
qualify for the survey, you will still earn a entry to enter
in a sweepstakes drawing.
4. Why so many people think paid surveys are scams?
There are four main reasons:
1). There ARE tons of scam sites - they claim to be paid
survey sites and in-fact they just want your personal information
and turn around and sell it, and you will get tons of spam
emails and even telemarketing calls, but no real surveys.
2). There are many websites promoting those scam/spam sites.
If you see any websites (paid or free) that list hundreds
(300+, 400+ or even 500+) of paid surveys sites, please
be aware! Lot of those websites just promote anything they
can for commission, no matter it is scam or spam. Remember,
more is not always better!
3). Many paid offers sites advertise themselves (or claim
on their own websites) as paid survey sites. The truth of
the matter is, even some of them do have paid surveys (usually
low paying ones), their main "business" is actually paid
offers. This could make people confused and often give false
impression that paid surveys are NOT FREE, and unfortunately
give paid surveys a bad name.
4). Lot of survey starters do not realize that it takes
time to get paid. A couple of weeks after signing up and
taking some surveys, you don't see the money coming in and
you start questioning this whole paid surveys thing is just
another online scam. Many people just give up this way.
Please be aware: If you sign up with legitimate survey companies
and complete surveys, you will get paid. But it doesn't
mean you will get paid right away. Some survey companies
have minimum payout requirements to cash out rewards, of
course it takes time to reach that requirement. Also, it
takes average 4 weeks for survey companies to process payments
5. How much can I make for taking paid surveys?
How much can you make really depends on several factors:
1). How many legitimate paid survey sites you sign up with
- the more you sign up with the more survey invites you
2). Your demographic profile which determines the number
and type of surveys you get and qualify - for example, you
probably will not get a women apparel product test survey
if you are a man.
3). Amount of time you spend taking surveys, focus groups,
4). How lucky you are when it comes to drawings, rattles
and sweepstakes - people do win!
I would say if you sign up with a number of good survey
sites and take the majority of the surveys you are invited,
you could make $1000 to $2000 a year in cash, gift certificates
and prize combined. I personally make average $200 a month
and spend about an hour and half a day taking online surveys,
it takes me about 1 year to reach this level.
Can you really make $100 an hour? - It is possible to make
$100 for an one hour focus group discussion, but you won't
have this kind of opportunity to fill a full day's work.
The truth is you are not going to get rich or make a full
time salary by doing paid surveys. However you certainly
CAN make pretty good extra cash.
6. Should I pay a database/directory/list for paid survey
No. With some effort, you should be able to find all yourself.
The problem with those database/directories is they usually
promote everything they can find for commissions, no matter
it is scam or spam, and they can NOT be trusted.
7. Is paid survey worth my time?
Yes. I personally feel that with the little effort I put
in and the rewards I earn, it's worth my time. It's easy
work and very flexible, I can do it anytime I want. I enjoy
testing new products before they come out of the market
and giving opinion on existing products and services to
make them better, and the better part is I get paid for
Doing paid surveys is not going to make you rich, but it's
certainly an easy and fun way to make some extra cash. For
more information about paid surveys, please feel free to
visit my site, you will find free paid survey lists (that
only list real legitimate paid survey companies), paid survey
guides and tips, as well as my personal first hand reviews
on individual paid survey sites.
Copyright 2007 Mei Lynn.
About the Author:
Lynn is the creator and owner of MySurvey123.com
- The most comprehensive and informative website about paid
online surveys, where she provides the Best FREE paid survey
lists, paid survey guides and honest paid survey review.
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