Can You Make Money Taking Paid Surveys?

With all the attention – both negative and positive – that online paid surveys are getting these days, I am sure some of you have preconceived ideas about paid surveys already. However, as with most other things, it is better if you do some background research (as you are probably doing now because you are reading this forum) before you pass judgment.

Online paid surveys have gotten a lot of flak and some of them are not unjustified. There are several reasons for this, the main one would be the scammers out there who just want your personal details so that they can spam you. Yet there are legitimate online paid survey sites and market research companies out there who are definitely not scammers but nevertheless do not provide the expectations of their panelists.

If you are like me, your main goal in taking online paid surveys is to earn cash. This is the main issue even with legit online paid survey sites actually. Though many of them are not out to scam you, they do not actually pay cash for their surveys. Instead, you get trinkets and other token rewards. Otherwise, you are just entered for a cash drawing. Those drawings involve considerable amounts of money but of course, what are the chances of you actually winning them on a regular basis?

Our best bet then is to pinpoint the sites that actually do pay cash for each survey taken. These sites will not probably pay much – several dollars at best. It may not seem much but in my experience, many little things add up to bigger things. So my strategy is to sign up with as many sites as possible. I make sure that the sites do pay cash (no matter how small) for each and every survey completed. As I will probably get a limited amount of surveys per company anyway, I just make sure that I can make up for it with quantity. Several dollars per week per site actually adds up to a fair amount in a month’s time. I also take on sites that pay in gift checks or certificates. Though I wouldn’t be getting cold cash, I’d still be able to purchase what I want with them.

How do survey companies make money?

They actually do get a lot in return for paying you to answer their surveys. Big brand names pays this survey companies to help them in researching, assessing, and testing the applicability of new products or experimenting with new advertising methods for their existing products. These collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn from the consumer responses is having incalculable monetary, intellectual, or financial worth to them.

The data can be used to find the right market for their product and estimate interest in their products. They can also test advertising before they spend a huge amount of money on a national advertising campaign.

Not only do the companies get a huge amount of sum from the information gathered from consumer responses, but they can even use the amount in the aggregate to form very detailed ideas of what a certain market segment wants or needs. Consumer testing done through paid surveys are one of the most important methods of research and testing that big companies use to research, develop and market their products. It's a win-win for them, for the consumer and for the people taking and answering the surveys.


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BB Supp said...

Yep, that's the best strategy...sign up for as many sites as possible. And if you can get a free list of sites so much the better. Why pay for something when you can get it for free?


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Charlie said...

I signed up for a couple of cash survey sites and got no surveys through at all. So I would definitely recommend signing up for an many as possible - you can always drop a couple if you're getting too many to complete.