Feb 6 2008

Getting Paid to Take Surveys Online

Signing up to take surveys often scares people away. There are plenty of scam survey sites out there. Never give your credit card information, if they need that, something is definitely wrong.

There are some, however, that are very legit and you can earn some extra money for your ‘opinions’. You just have to know which ones. Lucky for you, I have signed up to several and been paid by them all.

Quick Survey Tips

Besides not entering credit card information, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Taking surveys do require some skill. For example, if you are taking a survey about movies, it may be a good idea to answer that you’ve seen and been to some movies lately. Sad to say as well, surveys can be racist. Selecting “21 male white” usually disqualifies me from many surveys. Survey sites often want variety so different nationalities are needed.

Be consistent. I’ve noticed with certain survey websites, the more consistent you are, the more surveys you get. Eventually you will even get to try products as well as bonus surveys that pay more. Several times I have been rewarded 15$ for survey. This was for watching something on TV, a DVD or trying a product.

Which survey sites should you use?


SurveySpot is the one I would recommend most. I’ve reviewed SurveySpot before after using it for a couple of months. I have mostly good things to say about them. Surveys are consisten, fair pairly paid, and there are chances and contests to win even more money. The only negative is that you don’t get paid right away. Sometimes it takes a few weeks for them to credit your account for the survey you’ve taken.

The biggest attraction to Surveyspot for beginners may be the 5$ minimum payout. Just for taking a few surveys for money, you can earn your payout. We usually get our payments anywhere from 2 weeks to about a month.

SurveySpot EarningsChecking my payment history, I’ve earned about 375$ dating back to March 07. The money isn’t huge, but as you can see it is pretty consistent. Click the image to see my payment history.


GlobalTestMarket is a little bit different. By taking surveys you earn points. By earning points, you can then cash that in for cash. To earn the minimum payout you must earn 1,000 points which is worth 50$.

I’ve been paid once by Global Test Market (50$ and some cents), but I never really got back into it. I think they are one of the larger survey sites, so I often miss survey opportunities. Surveys are just a part-time thing for me, so I got behind on this service. It is definitely one to look into, obviously it pays, but I found it wasn’t for me.


SurveySavvy may appeal most to bloggers, because it is the only one with an active affiliate program. (GlobalTestMarket has one but you must apply. I’ve been declined.) I’ve referred 28 people to SurveySavvy so far, with an average of 1$ per completed survey by my referrals.

The reason SurveySavvy is at the bottom of the list is because they don’t offer as many surveys as the others. I get maybe a handful of surveys per month. However earning $money$ per every completed survey by your referrals is incentive enough to sign-up and promote it.

Do you take surveys for money? If so, do you work with any of the three mentioned?

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  1. ryan said:

    Surveys require too much effort, and skill. Seriously!

    February 6th, 2008 at 12:37 pm
  2. sir jorge said:

    i use survey spot, and made 2k last year, including a $400 amazon gift certificate delivered in $100 codes every quarter.

    It was a good year.

    But yes, time consuming.

    February 6th, 2008 at 1:12 pm
  3. webduck said:

    My personal opinion about surveys is that for my age group (57) there are not too many that I can take. They want the opinions of younger people and I am only good enough for telling them about which cell phone company I would use, or which detergent is my favorite. Never mind that my age group is currently driving the economy! Anyway, surveys do take too much time with not enough reward (in my case). I am currently waiting for a $50 check from Global Test Market which I ordered last month. That is about a year’s worth of surveys for me. ZoomPanel is a good one where you can accrue points pretty fast, but they are only redeemable for ’stuff’. Lightspeed Panel isn’t too bad, but you have to devote some time to taking the surveys. I have worked for them since 2003 and made about $80 total. Not great. Maybe you could do better though. Truthfully, I am thinking of quitting all of them to free up more time for other things. It would also reduce my email load. :) I am not saying DON’T do surveys, but don’t expect to get rich doing them either.

    February 6th, 2008 at 2:08 pm
  4. Daily Celebrity Gossip said:

    Great blog post, keep it up :)

    February 6th, 2008 at 2:54 pm
  5. Matthew Henrickson said:

    great comment, its definitely not a get rich quick scheme. However if you have some extra time each day its better than doing nothing, or answering those boring surveys on Myspace lol

    February 6th, 2008 at 4:11 pm
  6. Shamelle @ Enhance Life said:

    Well, I suppose if one has some time to spare, this is a nice way to earn some quick cash :-)

    February 6th, 2008 at 7:05 pm
  7. Sampath said:

    Most of the paid surveys are scams. Thanks for informing us about some real sites.

    February 6th, 2008 at 7:49 pm
  8. JBiggs said:

    I’m very enjoy to read this content.
    Thank you for good information :)
    I ‘m coming back to read more content.

    February 6th, 2008 at 8:41 pm
  9. NSpeaks said:

    Unfortunately, SurveySpot supports only US and Canada. :sad:

    February 7th, 2008 at 6:31 am
  10. Matthew Henrickson said:

    ah I didnt see that about Surveyspot. Sorry!

    February 7th, 2008 at 9:28 am
  11. Daniel B said:

    I’ve been looking into doing surveys for quite some time now, but like many people have been under the impression that many of them are just scams. Thanks for the recommendation on those 3 sites, I shall certainly check them out!

    February 8th, 2008 at 3:12 am
  12. Michael said:

    I’ve considered doing surveys for a while but haven’t been able to find anywhere to point me towards good survey sites.

    SurveySpot seems to be down right now so I guess I’m going to try out GlobalTestMarket and see how it works for me.

    February 13th, 2008 at 11:53 pm
  13. Tony said:

    Yes, it’s totally true about being able to make money taking online surveys.You can make a few hundreds dollars a month depending on how many you sign up for. I have done online surveys for a few years, one to two hours a day, and make a couple of hundred dollars a month every month. Of course you won’t make a living out of it but it’s better than nothing and above all it’s fun. I get everything I need from this website:

    February 29th, 2008 at 2:28 pm
  14. Free paid survey said:

    Paid surveys are legit, but they take a loooooong time

    June 5th, 2008 at 7:17 am


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