Monday, May 24, 2010

How safe is getting paid for taking online surveys??

I'm thinking about taking some online surveys for a part-time job. If its safe what website would you recommend?

How safe is getting paid for taking online surveys??
Survey's are not what you think. They require a lot of time, and you won't make what they claim you will. A couple of my friends did a six month test on several different survey sites like Survey Savvy, Harris Poll, Greenfield, Opinion Outpost, Survey Sport, Buzzback, NPD online, Lightspeed Panel, African American, Your2Cents, Project Payday, Inboxdollar, SnapDollars,Send Earnings, Creation, mycoke rewards, E-poll etc. Each did some the same sites and some different sites. Totaling at least 15 - 20 a piece. They're not what people say they are. Yes they are easy to do and you can receive money and prizes, compensating you for your time and effort. So they're not a scam. They're very time consuming though. When you add the time together, It's more time then you think! If you do decide to get into surveying, you better plan on spending 8 to 10 hours a day and make minimum wage. Sometimes you will hit good surveys that will pay you a lot, but what's required to get that is amount, the calculations of the time involved, and what you got paid in these "higher" paying surveys, still only averages out to minimum wage. It's a psychological thing because the time is spread out on these, so it doesn't seem to be as long as it really is. But we did the documentation's and figured the time vs money factor. We found that there was more time with little money to be made.

Here's how the survey's work. You spend approximately 10 to 15 minutes per each site to register and set up a profile to qualify for surveys. (this is non paid). To make anything really work, you need to register for at least 14 different ones, and make sure non are related to each other. Then you'll start receiving emails for surveys. Each survey you have to complete a 15 to 20 minute "pre-qualifying" survey, after you were already told you qualified based on your profile (you don't get paid for this) Then if you do qualify for a survey (which majority of the ones you don't qualify for. so you've wasted this 15 to 20 minutes and sometimes longer of non paid time.) Then if you don't qualify for one, they offer another and you have to do the same thing, and the same thing happens.) You waste approximately 45 minutes to an hour until you finally qualify for a survey. You take a 30 to 45 minute survey and make normally $1 to $3 a survey that they claim takes 15 minutes. Or instead of money, you earn "points" which later on can be exchanged for money or prizes. You have to earn enough points to make $10. That's not including the 15 minute pre qualifying survey, that you had to repeatedly do prior to land this survey. So you've now spent thirty minutes to an hour and made $3 or a few points. And the process between each of the survey sites is the same. So you can pretty much do the math. It averages out to be between $2 to $6 an hour. Sometimes you do come across a survey that will pay you $25 to $75 a survey, BUT there's A LOT more to it then what meets the eye on that as well.

Here's how the larger pay out survey's work. It could be a telephone survey or a Internet survey. You get the pre qualifying part of 10 to 20 minutes then if you qualify for it another 15 to 30 minute survey or a telephone survey about the product your about to try to see if you qualify to try it. Even though you took a 10 to 20 minute "pre qualifying survey" that said you qualify for. When you qualify for it, they send you a product out to try for 7 to 10 days and you do some daily documentation's on it. Depending on what the product is and the documentation's it's usually 5 - 15 minutes each daily documentation. (you got a free product to use around the house, this is a good part of it) after trying the product out you have to complete another survey that takes between 15 to 30 minutes to do. Now you do the calculations on that. You don't get as many of these types of survey's. They use the hype on getting paid $25 to $75 dollars for 15 minute surveys. NOTICE THE PLURAL IN "SURVEYS" What they don't tell you is that there is more then one survey involved in these. Now calculate from your pre-qualifying survey to the next pre-qualifying survey from the company carrying the product, to the trial and documentation's, to the last survey on these products. Then you receive a check four weeks to six weeks later. Do the math, that's less then minimum wage!

Another way to earn money on survey sites, is to refer people over to the sites. Some survey sites will give you a percentage on what the people do after they've reached a curtain amount of points or obtained their first check (refer back to the top of what's involved) You either get a lot of points for this, and only one time and when you reach a curtain amount of points you can exchange it for cash or prizes. (Cash amount is usually $30 before you can cash out- do the math on how many pre-qualifying surveys and the surveys you get, the time involved etc this is what it takes to earn the $30) Other survey sites you complete shorter surveys (5 to 15 minutes) and your entered into sweepstakes or lottery things for prizes or money. "Lottery"-one winner out of all the people doing survey's. If you don't win, you lose your points.

Okay, I'm starting to write a book. I can go on about all the other types of survey's available and what was

involved in that if you'd like me to elaborate on it.

I do survey's because it does help the marketing on different products and they do use the opinions of what things look like and what not. So I do it for the principle of the matter. Don't do it for money, because you won't make a sufficient amount of money with this.

If you'd like some links to various survey's, feel free to email me and I'll send them over to you. You really have to register for a lot of different sites. The paid survey sites offer the same survey's as the non paying ones. You get the same type of prizes and some pay a little more money. Again calculation time. Calculate how much you "paid" into these sites and the time you put into it, (refer back to how the survey's work) and it calculates back to minimum wage. If your doing this to make a living off of, you will be disappointed. But just for some extra cash, it's a good source and like I said, the companies do document the feedback and use it to better advertise their products and in some cases come out with new products based on the input of the surveyors. If you still want to do the survey's your more then welcome to email me and I'll send you the links.

If you want to work from home, (assuming this is why you want to do survey's) I suggest you start your own home based business. Not a home "job", they only pay minimum wage as well. I better not write a book on that right now on that as I' did on surveys LOL! There are so many different home based business to start up. Most home based business cost under $500 to start. They have the same income opportunity as traditional businesses without a lot of over head expenses and they are easier to run and manage.

Not knowing what you like to do, I'm not sure who to refer you over to and get information from. I can tell you what my husband and I have for the past 6 years and refer you over to my blog that I created on Home Based Businesses on my 360 page. Your more then welcome to go and take a look for some more ideas. We have our own home based business and it supports our entire family of 6 (we have 4 children ages 10, 6, 3 and 1)

We got involved in the Telecommunications industry, like I said a little over 6 years ago. We picked this one because the income opportunity is just incredible, as it is in most home based businesses. But in this, it seemed more practical. We partnered up with a 15 year old world wide company that offers services that people use every day and pay for anyway. Services like Local and Long distance telephone services, Internet, digital, video, VOIP, Satellite TV, and all the major cellular phone providers as well. Wireless Phones and services from Verizon, T-mobile, AT%26amp;T, Spring, Alltel, Nextell etc.

How many people do you know, or know of around the world that uses one or more of these services? We save people money on services that they are already using and paying for, and offer them services that they don't have. Every single month these people pay these bills that they are going to every month anyway, we make a percentage. You get paid every single month for these services over and over again. This is a very profitable business to get involved in.

If you have any questions on anything, feel free to email me whenever you want.

Reply:There are many good online paid survey sites which conduct market research surveys. Many of them give handsome rewards for your participation in online surveys. You have to join each of them individually and you get survey invitations by email. Rewards for surveys vary from $1 to $20 or more. Many pay for each survey you take or give you points which you can redeem for cash at a particular level. Some of them enter you into sweepstakes.

All are free to join. The so called paid surveys which charge money like $35 for you to join are only databases of such free to join companies, which you have to join individually. But only 30 to 40 out of those 500 or so survey sites are really worth joining.

I've included a list of the top 10 websites which I'm using on the above blog if you want to take a look.
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Reply:unfortunately there are an abundance of scams that turn people off from the whole process of making money online... especially paid surveys...... however, there are still a few legit sites that exist, and I have finally found the perfect guide informing people of these sites... the site is flushed with video tutorials, that can help you make a few extra bucks online.. they also have proof of payment pictures to show that these sites are not scams.

*the key is not to just sign up for one site and expect loads of riches, but to sign up for a few and have the smaller checks add up*

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Reply:Hi, real legit paid survey sites are safe to join. It's not a job but is a great way to make extra $$. This is the site I use and recommend: - it has free lists of legitimate paid online survey sites, articles of guide and advice, as well as reviews and ratings. It's a very informative site, should be able to help you get a good and quick start.
Reply:Most online survey sites are scams. Never ever ever pay to join a survey site.

There are legitimate survey sites out there, however you will usually only be able to make around 10-30 dollars a month per site.

Below is a partial list of legitimate online survey companies with no sign up fees and that will never make you pay a dime:

Survey Savvy

Haris Poll Online

Greenfield Online

Opinion Outpost

Survey Spot


NPD Online

Lightspeed Panel


Feel free to use a search engine to visit their websites and sign up, or you can visit my website at:

I am personally a member of all of these sites and many more and have received payment or rewards from all of them.

I have reviews for over 15 sites with detailed information including:

Rating (1-5 Stars)

Survey Participation Method

Payment Type

Payment Method

Minimum Payout

Average $ Per Survey

Survey Invitation Frequency

Referral Program

Minimum Age

I don't charge you anything for this information, but I have worked very hard compiling it, so hopefully you will bookmark it and share with your friends.
Reply:online job without registration fee is very hard to find. I have been working for one that not just need registration fee but also pays you through paypal. I have received payments several times too.

The job is just giving your openion about web sites given to you or visiting spounser site.

you may register for this job for free simply by going to

note: Payment is made to anywhere
Reply:Hi WAM,I've done surveys for some time now and can say online surveys are safe. It just depends which sites you join. I create a site that has everything I know about free online surveys. It has tutorial videos, legit survey sites that have paid me along with proof of payment, and contact info if you want more guidance or have questions.

Reply:Well they are safe so long as your with a trusworthy paid survey website. Never pay them to give you surveys and never give them your bank details thats a red flag there. This one will pay you paypal or cash whichever you prefer.
Reply:Taking surveys is not a JOB - but it is a great way to spend your time hoping you will make money and then finding out "you don't qualify, better luck next time". Been there, done that - never once made a penny.
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Reply:Safety should not be an issue. Just make sure you never give out any of your financial details. Get them to pay you via check or Paypal(best). Paid Surveys
Reply:I go here and usually just cash in the paypal money...the more you do, the more you get coming in...give it a try..
Reply:ALERT! If it's too good to be true, then it's probably a scam. Taking surveys is not a part time job, it may not be safe, and you may even end up paying them! That's what happened to me in researching for a blog. My early conclusion is stay away from online surveys!

You see, I got caught in a survey scam where I participated in two "so called" surveys and I ended up paying a couple of hundred dollars to the survey sites sponsors.

Here's how what happened with Vindale Research:

1. The GRANT RESOURCE scam: I clicked the "grant resource survey"... I always wanted to learn how to get a government grant, so I tried the free trial offer thinking I'll just cancel later. I paid $2.95 (mislead to thinking it was a one-time fee), but I ended up getting charged $49.50 a month!

2. The FORECLOSURE scam: I clicked a foreclosure site trial to learn how to make money on foreclosures. We'll I forgot (they bank on the lure that you'll forget), then I ended up getting charged $39.95 a month!

Yes, both companies were charging me outrageous monthly fees and I haven't earned a dime from the "so called survey companies." In fact, I had to sign an affadvit with the credit card company just to reverse the charges.

LESSON: Hide that credit card! Don't take any survey that requires acredit card number or you may end up paying monthly fees.

Here's what happened with A%26amp;W Surveys

I completed all the surveys and supposedly have $28 coming to me. Well, the cash payout is $75 and they only offer one new $1 survey a month. At that rate, I won't be able to cash out for another 3-4 years! I wrote them that they need to cash me out or I'll write the better business bureau. We'll see what happens.

LESSON LEARNED: Check the cash payout to see if they even have enough surveys for you to complete to cash out.

If you want to make money online, there are lots of other ways to make some honest extra cash, like taking advantage of viral marketing and getting cash back for your shopping. It's a fun way to earn some residual income, but it's not enough to support your need for a part-time job.

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