Are you kidding me? Make money taking surveys online?

by J Bold
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So, remember 5 years ago when you'd always see those Google Ads about making $300/hr, etc. making money taking surveys by all those "big companies" that would pay you "big money" just for filling out a simple "5 minute survey" etc. etc. etc.?

Of course it looked like nonsense, but it got people! I admit, before I knew even anything about making money online I thought maybe it could actually work. I read countless sales letters at those sites, and in the end, I never pulled the trigger and bought as I thought, "This just can't be true."

Now, I don't know, maybe somewhere, someone made decent money taking surveys a few times and were paid their $150/hour to get lucky enough to be part of some "focus group", etc. Then they thought, "I'll make a clickbank product about how anybody can do this, even though they really can't, and I'll make a lot of money promoting it!" And then the copycats started and on and on and on...

But we all know this is not something pretty much anybody is doing to be able to do, right? I mean, just seems incredibly silly, right? You're not going to become some millionaire taking surveys, you're just not. I will note I researched back in the day as I was wondering if people can make money with surveys and there are places you can make money with surveys but from numerous reports on forums, etc. the best you are going to be able to do is about $2/hour or even less!

Why don't see the plethora of those survey offers around anymore? Why do you rarely if ever see them all over Google ads anymore? Because it's BS.

That's why I was shocked to see an IMer promote a make money taking surveys clickbank product to his list today! Ya, I'm on the list and have been for a couple of years. I never, ever, buy any of his stuff of any of the stuff he promotes, as it usually just doesn't look good to me (why do I stay on this list? To know what NOT to buy). Now, I know he makes bank with JVs and clickbank launches, etc. but c'mon, isn't there better stuff to promote these days as an affiliate to your huge list?!

I mean, we are talking about making money making surveys! Give me a break...

Just can't believe it...

I will continue to stay on this guy's list as frankly, it usually makes me laugh to see the stuff he promotes, and I like a good laugh now and then. If he responded to this thread he would probably talk about the huge amounts of money he makes (and I really think he does from some research I've done on him before) and the huge list he has, but c'mon, man, if you have such a huge list surely there's something that actually converts AND is not total BS...
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  • Profile picture of the author WilliamBerg
    Actually, taking surveys was pretty well paid for a while. 50-60 bucks and hour not counting free software etc you recieved from different brands. It is still possible to make money from it allthough it is no way to make a living. If you want to pick up a few extra movie tickets each week on the other hand it is still good.
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    • Profile picture of the author J Bold
      Originally Posted by WilliamBerg View Post

      Actually, taking surveys was pretty well paid for a while. 50-60 bucks and hour not counting free software etc you recieved from different brands. It is still possible to make money from it allthough it is no way to make a living. If you want to pick up a few extra movie tickets each week on the other hand it is still good.
      I'm sceptical it was ever a good way to make money full-time, for the majority of people. Perhaps a few who got the hook ups? And did you ever make that money or no anyone personally who did? And when was that?

      Hey just wondering, just always seemed pretty scammy and unbelievable to me...
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      • Profile picture of the author THK
        Originally Posted by J Bold View Post

        ... did you ever make that money or no anyone personally who did? And when was that?

        ...
        Make a living? No. (but I think we all know that is quite absurd to begin with)

        Get cash? No.

        But getting something valuable? Yes. It has been a while though. Not me but someone I know very well. And he is not an MMO opportunity seeker or anything like that. I think he somehow bumped into that, took a survey and got some electronics that worth a bit of money back then (5/6 years back).

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    • Profile picture of the author J Bold
      Originally Posted by maame View Post

      Lol... this is a funny thread. You have a thing on this guy hahaha

      Anyway, I've tried lots of things and taking surveys being one of them. What can I say= We've all done crazy things when first starting out. Of course, it never, and I mean NEVER, brought me any real money worth mentioning.

      People fall for that "make instant money" crap as, to be perfectly honest, we all want some 1 second success formula but in reality, it doesn't work that way. There's no magic formula or instant way to earn huge amounts of money. Even if there was, taking surveys would be probably on the loooong list of unsuccessful ways to do it.
      ya for instance you can go on amazon mturk right now and make about $1/$2 an hour taking a few surveys set up there...
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I haven't seen a survey promotion in a good long time, although I still see the original sites on clickbank. I did actually buy in once. It was a fiasco.

    It gave the names of companies that allegedly payed cash for surveys. I did the surveys and was offered prizes instead. Garbage prizes. I emailed the support of those companies and they asked me how I got their company names and who told me that I would get cash. The survey people didn't even really have permission to list them and promise cash payments. It's been a long time since then and a lot learned in the mean time.
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    • Profile picture of the author J Bold
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      I haven't seen a survey promotion in a good long time, although I still see the original sites on clickbank. I did actually buy in once. It was a fiasco.

      It gave the names of companies that allegedly payed cash for surveys. I did the surveys and was offered prizes instead. Garbage prizes. I emailed the support of those companies and they asked me how I got their company names and who told me that I would get cash. The survey people didn't even really have permission to list them and promise cash payments. It's been a long time since then and a lot learned in the mean time.
      Ha ha, thanks for the insight. I guess they did get you, huh!

      Ya one day I was really just about to buy for something like $34 and I just thought, this cannot be true or it's just too much money if this product is BS.

      Like I said, I suppose someone somewhere was able to make good money with surveys, once upon a time. But I'm sure most of those products are absolute BS.

      I was just shocked to see that in my inbox, today, and I actually signed up to this guy's list from here at WF maybe a year or more ago.
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    • Profile picture of the author lastreporter
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      I haven't seen a survey promotion in a good long time, although I still see the original sites on clickbank. I did actually buy in once. It was a fiasco.

      It gave the names of companies that allegedly payed cash for surveys. I did the surveys and was offered prizes instead. Garbage prizes. I emailed the support of those companies and they asked me how I got their company names and who told me that I would get cash. The survey people didn't even really have permission to list them and promise cash payments. It's been a long time since then and a lot learned in the mean time.
      Several years ago when I investigated this scam, I pretty much found the same thing: a total unmitigated scam perpetrated by denizens of the worst ilk.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lee Murray
    I bought into it, too. It was more for research purposes to see if anything substantial could be made... mostly because I wanted to market it from experience. Like Suzanne, I was mostly offered prizes and "points." Not to mention the fact that the surveys were LONG and BORING as hell.

    You do get "lucky" every once in a while and take a survey for a major university or something, and you end up getting a 10 dollar check in the mail about 3 months after taking the survey.

    Like you, I figured this "opportunity" had run its course. Somebody's feeling nostalgic, I guess.
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    • Profile picture of the author taffie
      I tried one but did not succeed with it, the company eventually disappeared, not sure whether to call it scam or whether it was business gone bad.

      I think I tried a couple more but I just found the process long, not really worth my time, they seem to have a lot of gimmicks. I don't think I will bother with them again.

      The worst gimmick is when upon signing up they start introducing you to even more surveys, I mean c'mon there must be better things to do.
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      • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
        It's almost impossible to earn a real living with surveys but I used to make a few hundred a month taking them in my spare time. Plus got tons of free products to test along the way.

        The higher paying surveys are never given to those just starting out with the company (something the products sold about surveys tend to leave out). Those come once you've built up credibility with the company.

        I've never earned $150 or $300 per hour, but had times where I did make $50 per hour doing it. Of course, that's only for two hours - you don't do that every hour.
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        • Profile picture of the author psresearch
          Originally Posted by Tina Golden View Post

          It's almost impossible to earn a real living with surveys but I used to make a few hundred a month taking them in my spare time. Plus got tons of free products to test along the way.

          The higher paying surveys are never given to those just starting out with the company (something the products sold about surveys tend to leave out). Those come once you've built up credibility with the company.

          I've never earned $150 or $300 per hour, but had times where I did make $50 per hour doing it. Of course, that's only for two hours - you don't do that every hour.
          I did, too, but that was in the 1980s. :p
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          • Profile picture of the author LindseyRainwater
            I found one company a few years ago that seemed legit, and offered cash payments. I took their surveys and actually made a little money (like $12.)

            But it took me around four hours of taking surveys to get that money, and I decided that writing articles (even for $5 each, which is what I was getting back then) was a much better use of my time.

            I've met a couple people who know the money they make isn't good on a "per-hour" basis, but they enjoy the surveys. So it is a nice method of bringing in a little (very little) money for them - I hated all the redundant questions. *lol*
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            • Profile picture of the author J Bold
              Originally Posted by LindseyRainwater View Post

              I found one company a few years ago that seemed legit, and offered cash payments. I took their surveys and actually made a little money (like $12.)

              But it took me around four hours of taking surveys to get that money, and I decided that writing articles (even for $5 each, which is what I was getting back then) was a much better use of my time.

              I've met a couple people who know the money they make isn't good on a "per-hour" basis, but they enjoy the surveys. So it is a nice method of bringing in a little (very little) money for them - I hated all the redundant questions. *lol*
              Looks like surveys are still around for some, eh? But yeah it's a low, low paying thing to do. I suppose you could do them as a hobby and get paid for a hobby...

              I just thought the days of people promoting clickbank products that promise good money for taking surveys were over. Perhaps things go in cycles...
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    • Profile picture of the author J Bold
      Originally Posted by Tina Golden View Post

      It's almost impossible to earn a real living with surveys but I used to make a few hundred a month taking them in my spare time. Plus got tons of free products to test along the way.

      The higher paying surveys are never given to those just starting out with the company (something the products sold about surveys tend to leave out). Those come once you've built up credibility with the company.

      I've never earned $150 or $300 per hour, but had times where I did make $50 per hour doing it. Of course, that's only for two hours - you don't do that every hour.
      Interesting to see people who actually did make something with this, even if just a few hundred a month. Don't see that happening too much these days, I would say.

      Ya I can see the potential was there if you were a bit lucky and stuck with it for months and months or years to get higher paying gigs.

      One time, on Oprah I think it was, I saw a guy who made his living as a guinea pig, not taking surveys, but trying out and testing new products, drugs, condoms (really), etc. for big companies, and made something like $100K a year. So there is money to be made in product surveying and testing, probably, but extremely unlikely more than a few are going to make a full-time living at it.


      Originally Posted by dillpickle View Post

      Im thinking something like this could work.

      If you offer people money to read your emails and the emails are targeted..tell them they will be getting 3-5 (or even 10) emails/day and they are all sales pitches but they must READ them and give like a one sentence review about what they read (so you can make sure they are reading them...

      this could pay for itself even if you DO pay them to read. Just an idea feel free to steal it and run with it
      I don't really get what you mean. Pay people to read your emails? Then hope they buy from you?

      Why don't you test that out and report back here in 6 months?

      Sounds very weird and risky to me. I certainly would not try this but hey what do I know...
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  • Profile picture of the author lewi77
    I tried it out, not worth it at all. I got a tone of emails offering points and rewards. Sorry - I would rather pull hens teeth.
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  • Profile picture of the author peatermead
    Yes, a few bucks can be made daily taking paid surveys but you can not make a living. Stay away clickbank affiliates who tell you get rich by taking surveys. But it is nice to earn a few extra dollars in your spare time.
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    • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
      I have a work at home site so I looked into a number of get paid to read and survey sites for my readers. Of the fifty or so sites I looked into, I found one surf the net site and earn points for gift cards and prizes that was easy to do. But other than that the rest of the sites were time consuming with little reward. Very poor way to make money. I would not recommend it.
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanLima
    Haha.. Well I will say you CAN make money promoting surveys through sites like cpalead and sharecash....
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  • Profile picture of the author Prowebstakht
    i have taken surveys, but its full of scam! Good post
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  • Profile picture of the author David Sneen
    Turn back the clock 5-8 years, and there was good money. There is still a bit of money to be made. But, ...unless you know exactly what you are doing and where to look--there is very little money to be made in online surveys. For those with flexible schedules who know where the very best bucks are $10/hour is achievable...but, that is an hour of surveys here and there...not consistent work time. Like William says, it can be a movie ticket, not much more.
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  • Profile picture of the author jthom804
    Its funny that is actually still being somewhat heavily promoted. I guess that just goes to show that there is still a demand out there for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author ThisTimeNextYear
    I agree that you couldn't make a full time living doing surveys, but I promote various Clickbank and CPA offers showing people how to do this.

    People spend sooo much time on Facebook / Pinterest / Procrastinating sites that if your ad says spend a bit of time filling in surveys as well as poking your friends then you can afford to treat yourself to that new dress (yes Women convert much better) then it's easy to sell to them.

    These offers are blowing up on mobile at the moment (get paid to surf the web on your phone) etc etc
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  • Profile picture of the author OmarNegron
    Ok ok ok...I won't lie.

    I did lose some money to the get paid to take surveys ordeal a few years back. I have been waiting for my $37 check from one of these companies for like 4 years!

    Think I will ever get it? haha

    Nope

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  • Profile picture of the author TomDean
    My first success online was promoting a survey website years ago. Back when adwords were cheap.

    It was just a members area with "how to pages" & links to survey sites that were known to pay... roboform etc. Buyers were mostly female & bought mostly in the afternoon before school let out or after 10/11pm. Eventually sold the site.

    Never got paid much from taking surveys myself. Mostly discount coupons or the occasional gift card
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      I tried doing a survey like this one time years ago. I must have been on a bad site or something because it just kept taking me from screen to screen to screen. I finally just exited out of it and thought SCAM.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Dean
    Looks like there are still plenty of survey/mystery shopper sites running ads. Must still be a market.
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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    Funny someone looking to up their post count revived this thread!

    Ya, surveys. Make you rich? Not so much.

    Make money with Clickbank products are one of the things that gives this whole industry a bad name.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ettienne
    It's all BS, stay far, FAR away. The BEST survey site MIGHT make you $15 per month, but don't expect more than that.
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  • Profile picture of the author asuran
    When I was starting out I digged really deep in these surveys but earned no more than 1 dollar per month because I was not living in the us.
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  • Profile picture of the author JoeRockefeller
    I remember trying it out for one day. I ended up getting like $30 for a whole day full of work. Never did it again. Brings back memories though. LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author namaka
    i was scammed into paying membership fees every month. cancelled my subscription but never realized i have been charged until my credit card statement was issued. bad experience
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  • Profile picture of the author Aswad
    I remember one day, I almost sign up for surveys. the BS thing is I need to pay to take survey. I'm lucky enough my friends stop me from sign up.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    Originally Posted by J Bold View Post

    the best you are going to be able to do is about $2/hour or even less!

    Umm.. excuse me? You're making it appear really obvious to me right now that you've never completed a survey before. Your avg survey might pay a dollar, and take 5 minutes to complete, so you do the math. Now if you automate part of that process (your own personal information) you can make money that much faster.

    Because even when I was a newbie I was easily able to make $20 an hour doing surveys. I can log into my cashcrate account right now and record the process if you don't believe me. On other days depending on my mood, I can make $30 an hour.

    So I have NO IDEA where you got your $2 an hour estimate from. Surveys were one of the first things I did to make money online. The reason I don't do it anymore is because the act of filling out surveys (even the autofill software I use for my personal details) just sucks. It is mindnumbing and so boring you will feel like you're in hell after only 20 mins of doing it.

    If I could get past that intense feeling of discontent, I could definitely make $20/hr EASILY filling out surveys.

    The $2/hr figure you mention I have no idea where you got the number from. Go fill out surveys on cashcrate for an hour you'll make more than $2 guaranteed.

    Unless you're talking about something different idk. But your figure is just way off afaic.

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  • Profile picture of the author Blue445nm
    Its actually not bad. I used to do this kind of stuff 6 years ago when I made around $50 a day doing surveys. It won't be 300/hr but you make a decent amount every day.

    It also depends on the site you sign up on and the credit rate of each survey AND how much the advertiser is paying.

    If your getting $2/hr something is wrong and or your really pathetic.

    I've got 6 years experience in this stuff and I know that a newbie should be able to rake in more than $5 EASY an hour which is more than 200% of what you said.

    I pity all the people who said only $10 a month or less because if you actually knew how TRAINN works then your making an easy $200+ a day. (Good old days haha)
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  • Profile picture of the author Jsollee
    I was part of these survey sites back in 2010 and I know my personal experience was terrible! The surveys all paid between 1-5$ and they pre-screened to see if I was in their correct demographic, and if I was, they would send me to the survey. The problem was, at any time I could give an answer that they didn't like and they would say"thank you that is all the questions we have for you today" and then there would be no compensation.

    No site that I ever went to had surveys that only took 5 minutes. The average was 45 minutes to an hour for usually a dollar or two. The biggest paycheck I ever got was 90$ from Opinion Outpost and it took me like 2 months to get it.
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    • Profile picture of the author GlenH
      I'm sure there's one of those.."make thousands per week taking surveys" products that is in the top 5 on Clickbank right now, with a three figure gravity.

      Go figure
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    I recently wrote an article about how to earn money by filling out online surveys. You definitely can make some extra cash but I seriously doubt you can make a full time income just from taking surveys. Additionally, most of the companies that will pay you to write surveys are only available in the U.S. Whenever I try to sign up I get a "Sorry, this offer is not available in your country." error so I have never been able to try my own hand at taking surveys.

    But you can make some extra cash every now and then.
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  • Profile picture of the author bob33229
    Not all surveys are bad. Panels like Pinecone,Opinion Outpost, Ipsos etc. are legit and do pay. I would suggest to join surveys that pay by PayPal.
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    • Profile picture of the author surfer46
      Scams are these companies that want you need paying for their information. These information are free. You paying for information, not get paid. The international companies who are in many countries paying for taking surveys. It's really.
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  • Profile picture of the author ashloren
    I started out online by taking surveys through sites like surveyspot.com. I had to lie my ass off to qualify for any of them, otherwise you would just end up answering the same long list of questions that are asked for ALL of them and then get kicked out of it once they figured out you weren't the type of respondent they were looking for.

    Back then, I had no clue how to make money online at all, but I was determined to start somewhere so I didn't mind stretching the truth a bit in order to see how much I could make. It became like a guessing game, trying to figure out how they wanted me to answer in order to continue on with the rest of the survey. Didn't always work, but pretty often. Some were a lot less obvious than others.

    Also, the focus groups are where it's at. I originally took a survey through surveyspot that was a focus group at a taco bell in my area (I had my choice of several different locations) and they have me on their own email list now and send me private invites on a fairly regular basis to taste test new products and get paid $25 for doing so.

    Obviously these are much sweeter deals. Free food and money too! Hard to beat that. Also, I took another survey that was for a new drug that a hospital in my area was doing tests with and since I have a medical condition that is fairly common, I qualified. They were going to pay me quite a bit to try the medication, and the risk level was very low. I would have done it, but I couldn't have passed the drug test, lol. So that sucked.

    Anyway, the point is...there are lots of good opportunities. Another place to search for focus groups or paid studies is Craigslist in the "other/ect" category under jobs. I have had some profitable luck with that resource in the past as well.

    But on average, I was getting about $10 every other day to my Paypal account when I was at the height of my survey taking. You gotta start somewhere I guess.

    Just get out of that ASAP obviously.
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  • Profile picture of the author ZerocooI
    Anyway, the point is...there are lots of good opportunities. Another place to search for focus groups or paid studies is Craigslist in the "other/ect" category under jobs. I have had some profitable luck with that resource in the past as well.
    This is good advice. I have also had some luck making money here and there. Overall I think the online survey thing is mostly a scam though. Half of the time there is malware on those sites and things that you have to do EXACTLY right or you will not be paid.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      The best online survey anyone can ever take is one that consists of one question:

      "Why aren't you doing something more productive?".


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  • Profile picture of the author EliTheGreat
    completing offers/ surveys, haha i remember those days.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jenna619
    I did this way back in the day and made like $5 bucks and got a ton of spam on top LOL....

    When I hear people saying man I can make some extra money online doing surveys start laughing...

    I don't mess with surveys any more I hate surveys...
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  • Profile picture of the author cjalvarez91
    First time that I encounter myself with paid surveys I was around 13 years old. I payed $30 to this guy who promised to give me access to a list of companies who would pay me for doing surveys, he used all that hyped sales letter and brag about how he made thousands of dollars doing surveys from home.

    After all, it was all a lie, I found myself doing surveys to possibly win a prize. I was 13, around 2004, dumb and stupid but I learned.

    Few years later, around 2007 or later I sign up for another website, I paid $0 and within a month they send me a $10 check.

    Now last time was around last year, I made almost $50 but I spend like 20 dollars of mine for a total profit of like 25-30 dollars.

    I'll never go back to it, it's worthless..However clicking ads for $ it's even worst!
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  • Profile picture of the author flovin
    No, I don't believe in this. It does not work for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Social App Zone
    This is funny. I do about one a day when they arrive in my mailbox takes me about 10 minutes.

    As an hourly rate it works out as about $12 an hour, not good. But its ten minutes a day and I get an insight into marketing trends...

    but but but.. THEY PAY ME IN SUBWAY CARDS
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  • Profile picture of the author kayfrank
    I first started out making money taking surveys as a means to pay for learning how to make proper money online! Most of it is rubbish but you can earn up to $5 for taking a 20 minute survey. I remember signing up with them all! In the end I cancelled all accounts apart from 3.

    My advice - stay clear!

    I also did some mystery shopping which was fun and better paid. But if you want a real income then you have to create your own business - its takes time but it is a far more realistic way to make money in the long term.
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  • Profile picture of the author Felix Hill
    I live in Northern Europe and over here I have seen, the last couple of weeks: "Make money from home 300 dollars from 15 minutes of work" Ads on Facebook.

    I never bought into the "make money with surveys", but over here most people have not seen all the IM stuff that has been going on for years and years in the states and elsewhere.

    - Felix
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    • Profile picture of the author MarketMaster13
      Taking surveys did work then,I remember at one point making $300 out of nowhere just taking a 3hr survey....nowadays i think its not something to earn a living though it still work with some people.
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    My company actually pays students a bonus $25 for completing surveys at unique rewards
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  • Profile picture of the author neodarth
    I never make a dime taking surveys... but I'm ashamed to say that I once made money promoting a clickbank product related on this... even when in the review i said it won't work, that it was a waste of time and you will never qualify for surveys that actually make you money... even so I made a few sales...

    The perspective of easy money blind most people...
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  • Profile picture of the author Fazal Mayar
    I think surveys are a way to make quick cash for newbies just like PTCS or GPTS. We all know we can't make a long term income with that, that's not how Internet marketing works.
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  • Profile picture of the author TwinkleToes
    I think these are all scams, I have tried many times but never successes. These type of site asks to sign up then next step and the last step ends with pay money only...... and the sites that are free never return back with any such task. I wasted my time and money. It had been obvious in my opinion in which they claim that online surveys generate income had been phony as no one wanted to pay real cash. Nevertheless, there are many offers for junk, coupon codes and rubbish for my time. It will be prudent for you to avoid those online survey sites. You will only be disappointed by their unethical declare that surveys generate income. It is very tough to find a genuine site.
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    • Profile picture of the author heavysm
      There was one legit company that sent me offers about 3 - 4 years ago where I had a good $100+ in my account prior to forgetting about them lol

      I think the worst are those with the facade of a survey company where they actually just act as the middle man for various CPA marketers looking to make a quick buck, albeit unethical and against ANY CPA network's TOS, from people just looking for fast and easy money.

      Then they get like 10/20 cents for 3 - 5 minutes of work. Just yikes
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  • Profile picture of the author Joan Altz
    Never did surveys myself, but I did help set a survey offer up for a client's site not too long ago. It was only temporary, however, but he did pay the qualified applicants who took the survey, and it was really just a lead gen tactic he wanted to try.
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  • Profile picture of the author NewParadigm
    i just got spam emails on this yesterday. they wanted all my contact/personal/bank info to set up paying me.

    I responded to email with F&*k you. And then i got a couple more response emails thanking me with the next steps. LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author MaxFreedom
    Over on Reddit it's called 'beer money' Beer Money, my younger bros do this sort of stuff all the time, 10 bucks here and there, I say to them "hey do you want beer money or an income? Let me know when you want to buy more than just the next new x-box game that comes out" lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel J
    Yeah surveys are hit or miss. If you go to the legitimate sites, you CAN get paid. I few hundred a month in your free time sounds about right. I also used to work for a survey company (cold calling- ugghhh) and we would pay people $40 to do a taste test. This data is really valuable to companies and there ARE legitimate companies that will pay out for public opinion. I teach people how to fill out surveys very quickly but ONLY as PART of a strategy to build start-up capital (then invest that money in a real sustainable business.) I would be VERY surprised if anyone could make a full living with paid surveys.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
    I think surveys are a great start for teenagers who may not be able to get into certain opportunities because of age or lack of money to invest.

    I made a couple hundred from surveys and it really helped me out when I was a teenager. Paid surveys gave me my first taste of making money online.
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  • Profile picture of the author cyberzolo
    At max you might be able to get $1 for completing a single survey and they take so long, simply not worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Craig Fenton
    Hi J. Bold:

    Happy and safe holidays.

    One thing to always be mindful of there are people in every vocation that will try to sell anything regardless of the value or merit. If they can make 1.00 out of how to fly to mars in 4 seconds during the winter, it will be sent to their list.

    In addition there are many people that are getting paid upfront behind the scenes to market a service/product. I don't know if it is the case here but let me give an example.

    John and Jane Doe are the #1 product reviewers in the world. ABC Survey company knows that they are also not the most ethical and for compensation of some sort (cash and or goods, trips, etc.) the Doe family would be happy to make a video about Survey For Dollars in 2014.

    With almost 4 million video views on their YouTube Channel and a website that gets 59,000 people a month the survey company knows it is win-win for both.

    I am not saying that is the case here but there are back alley deals that go on all the time and that is why on the surface it may seem strange a guy that normally emails a list about Search Engine Optimization is talking about a new Rock Band. Believe me there is a method to the madness (a shame but a method anyway).

    Have a great night.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasondinner
    Originally Posted by J Bold View Post

    Why don't see the plethora of those survey offers around anymore? Why do you rarely if ever see them all over Google ads anymore? Because it's BS.
    They're still around in abundance, just not where you're used to seeing them.
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  • Profile picture of the author knight19661
    Tried different surveys more than year and agree that surveys full of scam
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