Earning online through surveys and competitions.
Get paid to complete surveys?
I plan on doing a separate blog site just for this (when I can think of a good name) but I figured I’d better start here or I’ll never get moving on it :S
It won’t just be surveys, of course, it will look at related options, like draw, competitions, secret shopper and the likes. The intention is, over the course of a year or so, look at all the available UK-based sites, weed out the rubbish and report how well, or how poorly we did.
There’s a few ways they ‘pay’ all good in their own way, but here are the main ones:
- Cash (or vouchers) per job
- Cash (or vouchers), paid when you’ve earned a certain amount (Google Adsense works like this)
- No payment, but entry into a prize draw
- You pay US to join and… (yes, those are scams!)
Needless to say surveys and competition sites were you must pay or purchase products to join a panel are scams, ditto most if not all sites that use pop-ups, to my thinking.
The later view is my personal experience and while for some marketers pop-ups are a valid (if distasteful) tool for conversions I hold them in contempt due to the level of abuse. Apply this 1,000 fold for those were you just cannot get with of the pop ups for more spawning!
(This post will be updated)
Today joining : [ Survey Network ]
And the first thing I note is:
You are also aware of the fact that you will be receiving mailings to which you can opt-out at any time.”
Already a good idea to take the time to read the small print!
“All of our payments will be sent via Paypal. Please make sure that the email you used to register for SurveyNetwork .co.uk is the same email that is registered with Paypal. We will only pay to UK-based Paypal accounts”
I may give it a try, but stuff like that makes me antsy because I am particular about who I give that email to.
Did a Google on them and nothing obvious jumped out, but I did read this post on MoneySupermarket :
I’m a member of Survey Network, I registered with them on February 1st and 42 days on I’m a few pennies away from the £20 mark. You get £1 for joining, and once you reach £20 you can transfer it to your PayPal account.
Twenty quid is twenty quid at the end of the day, but as you’ll note, it adds up at pennies a day. That said, that’s more that I’m getting from Google lately :/
Addenda Nov 2011
I did have another two sites doing just this! If can find the backups I’ll copy the articles here.
Will return to this page when I remember, and have more time. Google is your friend until then. I do know people earning several hundred pound a year doing surveys etc with various sites. Takes them about an hour a day/night, and is generally remunerated in the form of Amazon vouchers, occasionally in cash cheques.
I do recall there are a few sites that are/were notorious for letting you get 98% of the way through an hour-long survey and suddenly (having gathered all the data) claim you suddenly “don’t meet the criteria” and won’t get paid. Dodgy as heck.
Did a quick search for you all (Aug 2020) and these seem the most reliable posts to begin your research.
Money Saving Expert (Martin Lewis): Top 22 Online Survey Sites. Get paid cash for surveys & market research
Save the Student: The best paid online survey websites
Daily Telegraph: Five-minute guide to making easy money with onlinesurveys (This newspaper is behind a subscriber paywall though, maybe view with a trial).
Latest Free Stuff: The Top 25 Highest Paid Survey Sites!
I have no association with any of the above direct (Googled) links, nor the content of their pages. My advice would be to compare them all, and look for more, and make a list of 10 that all concur are trustworthy. I would take recommendations for Toluna with a pinch of salt though! Also, if any are affiliate links, be especially wary.