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Can You Really Get Paid for Taking Surveys Online?

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Can you really make money taking surveys?… Get paid to take online surveys is a phrase that you’ve probably heard once or twice on the Internet. But do people really get paid for it?…

These days, everywhere you turn, there are people from both side debating whether or not you can really earn money taking online surveys.

I am sure most of you are familiar with the image of a person with a laptop in one hand, and a cup of coffee in another, and a big old smile on his/her face, taking online surveys and making lots of money! What do you think? Do you think it’s possible to make money filling out simple online surveys?…

Do people really get paid for online surveys?
If you ask me, I would have to say yes, you can make a little extra cash in your spare time by taking online surveys, but not as much as those ads suggest.

Companies such as Valued Opinions and Toluna Surveys, who want to know whats on the minds of their customers are willing to pay for your opinion. And evidently the market research industry is a huge industry. Companies do spend millions of dollars every year to conduct market research studies, and find out what consumers are saying about their products.

So for those who aren’t sure about this whole thing, and are asking “is taking surveys worth it?”, yes, there is money to be made with these market research studies. But the thing is you can’t expect to get rich taking surveys, unless you spend every second of your daily life in front of computer and fill out online surveys, which even if you do that, I doubt you could get rich. But what can happen is that you can make some extra money doing paid surveys, possibly a couple hundred dollars a month, or perhaps a little more.

Can You Really Get Paid for Taking Surveys

How much money can you make taking paid surveys?
To be honest, it depends on a couple of things, like the number of legitimate survey companies you register with, the number of surveys each company sends out on weekly basis, how many of those surveys you qualify for, and the most important factor is how much time and effort are you willing to put into it.

I myself have been taking paid surveys off and on for about 6 years now (I used to spend a lot of time taking online surveys, but I can’t do it anymore, since I don’t have much free time). I have had months that I’d make more than $700 a month working probably about on hour or so every day, taking surveys. Let me put it this way, if you have time, and are willing to put some effort into it, you can make a decent amount of money.

Paid Survey Scams
Here is the important part – There are a lot of paid survey scams out there. So, you need to make sure of legitimacy of a research company before you spend hours upon hours participating in their studies.

You want to make sure you will get paid for your efforts. Most legitimate paid survey companies like Survey Savvy and MySurvey are free to join, so if you come across one asking you to pay for registration, do a little more research.

Tips to succeed as a survey taker

  • Throw Away email
    Register a free email account just for your surveys. Use that email only for registering with paid survey companies and receiving invitations to surveys. Because after a week or so of registering with these survey sites, you will get invited to a lot of surveys. So, it’s a good idea to have a separate email account just for surveys, otherwise your primary email will be full of survey invitations. A separate email address will simply make it easier and more convenient to track and respond to your survey invitations.
  • Register with PayPal
    Although, you can get paid by check, gift cards and other ways, almost all paid survey sites pay by PayPal, which is a very fast and convenient way to get paid. If you don’t already have an account with PayPal, go ahead and sign up. It’s free, and it enables you to receive your payments instantly. Plus, if you are an online shopper, PayPal is a very popular and safe way to shop online as well.
  • Register with more than one survey company
    I recommend that you register with as many survey sites as you can, obviously because it increases your chances of getting invited to more surveys, which enables you to make more money.
  • Refer others
    Not all but most legitimate paid survey companies offer a commission for each new survey taker (or “panelist” as they are often called) you refer to them. Some will pay a flat fee of say $2 or so, but some give you a better deal, they give you a percentage of what the other person earns for as long as they are active. But it doesn’t mean they take money away from that person and give it to you, no, your referrals won’t lose anything, you just get a little extra money. So, if you have friends and family that may be interested, be sure to ask them to register under your name.

 

OK, now you are ready to get paid to take surveys, but how do you find these paid survey companies? How will you know if they are legitimate paid survey companies?…

Well, a good place to start would be the BBB’s site, you can type in the company’s name and see what comes up. You can also use “Get Paid To” forums to find legitimate paid survey sites. And of course, you can check out my huge list of legitimate paid surveys here. These are real survey sites that you can use to actually get paid for taking surveys online.

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  1. lokesh says:

    Your suggestions are great. I’ll try to make some money this way. Thank you.

    • Satrap says:

      You are welcome Lokesh. Good luck.

  2. elaiyaraja says:

    thanks for talking about it realistically, not like some people who say “oh you can make thousands of dollars every month by just doing 2 hours of survey”. i mean yeah you can make some money but not thousands of dollars. so thank you for letting us know for what really it is.

    • Satrap says:

      Laiyaraja,

      I know what you’re saying about being realistic. I don’t like to hype things up and say you can get rich by taking surveys.

      I have to be honest. I have been taking surveys for years. And I can tell you that you can’t make thousands of dollars. But as you said, it’s possible to make a couple hundred dollars a month.

  3. Sundarapandian says:

    i am a big fan of paid surveys and i make about $200 to $300 a month doing this, plus i get a lot of gift certificate and other prizes too.

    • Satrap says:

      I am glad you are doing good with it Sundar. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  4. Teries says:

    thank you for the good information and the realistic view of paid surveys. i subscribed to your feed. thank you again.

    • Satrap says:

      Thanks Tries. I am glad you like it.

  5. DG Thomas says:

    It’s possible to make several hundred dollars per month with part time surveys, but you have to sign up with alot of companies and be serious about taking surveys. That means setting time aside everyday and setting a goal for how much money to make each day. Also, keeping records of what surveys you took and how much money each company owes you.

    • satrap says:

      I agree, and as I always say, it depends on your effort and persistency. Keeping record however, is not that hard to do, since I myself just use the legitimate ones, I don’t have to worry about how much they owe me or not. Anytime you need to know, you can log in and see it.

      But I know some very organized people who use a spread sheet and document everything. Eitherway it is possible to make good money doing paid surveys, if you are working for the legitimate ones and not the many hundreds of scams out there.