Are paid surveys a waste of time or a good extra income source?

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I might regret it, but I just paid for membership to a site that has 300 paid survey companies. The companies are listed in terms of how they pay(cash or drawing for prizes). The time it would take to fill out all the forms, even using software seems to be a lot. Also it seems like it would take forever before you saw any cash. What I guess I am asking is are there any people who make real money doing paid surveys? Is it worth the time or is it a waste?:confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author ot
    It's only worth it if you place zero value on your time. Also, a lot of survey companies vanish overnight.
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  • Profile picture of the author petemcal
    On an overall basis it may not be a bad thing. The problem is each company has a payout threshold. So collectively you might have $1000 in credits across all your survey sites BUT you're actually only 40% of the way to reaching the payout threshold on any of them.

    If done intelligently you can make some money off of paid surveys. But I would stick to one or two sites and hammer them until you reach the payout.

    It will always be pocket money unless your doing actual test centre focus group work.

    What was the company you signed up with who have the 300 survey sites/offers under their belt?
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  • Profile picture of the author Surminga
    Waste a lot of time doing these surveys for very minuscule returns
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  • Profile picture of the author whland
    Personally I think they're a waste of time. Plus everyone I signed up for had me do a survey and then after finishing that survey I was supposed to get paid for, it told me, sorry we don't currently have any surveys available in your area.

    I quit trying those surveys after 40 or so told me that same darn thing after sitting through a long survey.

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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Holl
      Originally Posted by whland View Post

      Personally I think they're a waste of time. Plus everyone I signed up for had me do a survey and then after finishing that survey I was supposed to get paid for, it told me, sorry we don't currently have any surveys available in your area.

      I quit trying those surveys after 40 or so told me that same darn thing after sitting through a long survey.

      Chad
      I had a similar experience. They had me what i thought was an actual survey but was actually a pre-survey. After 30 min doing that (which it was asking product related questions) I was told I didn't qualify for the survey.
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  • Profile picture of the author pheonix44
    On an overall basis it may not be a bad thing. The problem is each company has a payout threshold. So collectively you might have $1000 in credits across all your survey sites BUT you're actually only 40% of the way to reaching the payout threshold on any of them.

    If done intelligently you can make some money off of paid surveys. But I would stick to one or two sites and hammer them until you reach the payout.

    It will always be pocket money unless your doing actual test centre focus group work.

    What was the company you signed up with who have the 300 survey sites/offers under their belt?
    It was called SurveyScout, but they go by several names these days.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by pheonix44 View Post

    Are paid surveys a waste of time or a good extra income source?
    I think it's going to depend what you mean by "good", Robin.

    My own impression is that they might be ok as an additional income-source for people in countries where $5 - $10 is a full day's pay, commensurately with the local cost of living, but not so much for yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author PolicyMaker
    Wastage of time and Money... Build a Real Businezz instead of going for shortcuts that will ultimately lead you in wrong direction...
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    • Profile picture of the author PhillyGalJen
      I think that if you are looking at it as something that makes you a couple of bucks when you are sitting watching TV, then you are OK. Paying for one of these sites in the hopes of making good money is a waste in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author redtiger
    Writing articles is a better way to go in my opinion. Surveys are a bit of a here today, gone tomorrow-option.
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    • Profile picture of the author caseter
      I've tried a few sites an generally end up with the" nothing available in your area". If you're looking for some start up cash or pocket money offering a service on Fiverr would be more reliable and easier to cash out I think
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      • Profile picture of the author PotPieGirl
        Whether it's a "waste of time" or "good extra income" is totally decided by you and your needs.

        I'm not familiar with the company you joined, but I will tell you this. The "secret" to making those sites work for you is to first - learn the system inside and out and actually make money with it that you can prove. Then, teach others how to do it referring them to the site thru your affiliate/referral link.

        Many of those types of sites will pay you a % of what those that join thru you earn - and that's where the money is AND how it makes "time sense" (since others are working to earn you money - not just you).

        But, if you plan to just sit there all day taking random surveys for pennies... well, it may not be the best use of your time to make extra money. Again, that is all dependent on time you want to spend vs what you consider to be "good" extra income.

        Just my 2 cents =)

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  • Profile picture of the author Dale_Anthony
    I'd say find a few that Strickly pay cash to your paypal account.

    When you join these paid survey sites what you're doing is giving them permission to use your email, phone number and address.

    You go through their link and sign up for different companies promo offers and by doing so you surrender your email, address & phone number....with the higher paying surveys in some instances you've got to give them your credit card or bank routing number.

    I've signed up before and filled out smaller amount surveys that ended up making me $200 or so for about 10 hours work. You don't see that money till the affiliate (the paid survey site) gets paid from the Merchant (the people who's promo offer you signed up for).

    I think Legit Survey sites that eventually pay you cash usually only have enough work on them to last you three of four days or so. Make sure you use an email account that can delete ALOT of spam.

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    • Profile picture of the author wordwizard
      Originally Posted by Dale_Anthony View Post

      I'd say find a few that Strickly pay cash to your paypal account.

      When you join these paid survey sites what you're doing is giving them permission to use your email, phone number and address.

      You go through their link and sign up for different companies promo offers and by doing so you surrender your email, address & phone number....with the higher paying surveys in some instances you've got to give them your credit card or bank routing number.

      I've signed up before and filled out smaller amount surveys that ended up making me $200 or so for about 10 hours work. You don't see that money till the affiliate (the paid survey site) gets paid from the Merchant (the people who's promo offer you signed up for).

      I think Legit Survey sites that eventually pay you cash usually only have enough work on them to last you three of four days or so. Make sure you use an email account that can delete ALOT of spam.

      Dale
      I second that...

      Surveys were among my first forays into making money online and almost stopped all my MMO efforts cold since they turned out to be such a scammy scene.

      Dale is right about the email account. In fact, be sure to make it a separate email account altogether.

      Also... you've got to be super organized because most of the survey companies that actually pay cash (or so they say) require you to sign up for bunches of offers, which will then start debiting your credit card unless you cancel really fast.

      Just read their terms of service REALLY carefully, and you'll discover in a lot of them that you will have to sign up for trial offers for any surveys that actually offer a cash payout (as opposed to drawings for "gifts").


      I also agree with Potpiegirl, Alexa, and others who suggest that it depends on what you expect, and that writing articles or offering services on Fiverr might be a better use of your time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hill
    This is such a scam I'm not sure why ClickBank allows this type of product.

    What's stopping these product creators from creating their own survey companies to administer the surveys and then fail to pay by some made up rules like "Not available in your area"; "Payment threshold".. etc...

    And those that offer to enter you in a prize draw will NEVER draw a real person to win. They say "Hey look Shirley Smith just won!" ... LOL

    So these product creators could create a laundry list of their own bogus companies and then charge you for access. What a scam in my opinion!
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    • Profile picture of the author hometutor
      As I understand the big money in surveys is getting other people to conduct surveys. That said, you're still getting up every morning starting over. Building a business will get you clients which make it easier everyday to make money.

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    • Profile picture of the author Brian Tayler
      Originally Posted by Mike Hill View Post

      This is such a scam I'm not sure why ClickBank allows this type of product.

      What's stopping these product creators from creating their own survey companies to administer the surveys and then fail to pay by some made up rules like "Not available in your area"; "Payment threshold".. etc...

      And those that offer to enter you in a prize draw will NEVER draw a real person to win. They say "Hey look Shirley Smith just won!" ... LOL

      So these product creators could create a laundry list of their own bogus companies and then charge you for access. What a scam in my opinion!
      Yes.

      Not to mention most of the sites require you to solicit your friends, family, co-workers, acquaintances, etc. to sign up and complete offers too. Short of standing behind the person you referred as they do the survey then checking your account... how can you be sure they are crediting you all the people you referred? Not to mention they'll refuse/close any account with ANY suspicious activity. This can mean ANYTHING to them... it could mean simply filling out a survey correctly.
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      • Profile picture of the author satrap
        Originally Posted by Brian Tayler View Post

        Yes.

        Not to mention most of the sites require you to solicit your friends, family, co-workers, acquaintances, etc. to sign up and complete offers too. Short of standing behind the person you referred as they do the survey then checking your account... how can you be sure they are crediting you all the people you referred? Not to mention they'll refuse/close any account with ANY suspicious activity. This can mean ANYTHING to them... it could mean simply filling out a survey correctly.
        I think you guys are mistaken those GPT sites with real market research companies. Those GPT sites are basically cpa marketers who promote paid surveys sites and many of them are indeed scams.

        The best way to do surveys is to directly sign up with real market research companies like SurveySavvy or GTM. Although, as I mentioned above, nobody is going to make a living with surveys anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author sahilsxy29
    total waste of time.. though you can try updating a fan page status and get some traffic to the offer and see whether it converts or not?
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Originally Posted by pheonix44 View Post

    I might regret it, but I just paid for membership to a site that has 300 paid survey companies. The companies are listed in terms of how they pay(cash or drawing for prizes). The time it would take to fill out all the forms, even using software seems to be a lot. Also it seems like it would take forever before you saw any cash. What I guess I am asking is are there any people who make real money doing paid surveys? Is it worth the time or is it a waste?:confused:
    All I can tell you is that these "surveys" sites are a total waste of time and your money that you paid for the membership.

    The only people who are making money with this kind of program is the program owner and his affiliates.
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  • Profile picture of the author angshuy2k
    Long back it use to work and now it is almost dead and before even anyone can reach the threshold most of the time, I figured it out it is gone.
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  • Profile picture of the author MrDay
    The Money isn't in the surveys, it's in the referrals!!

    How many threads get started on this topic anywhooo.

    I've made thousands from Cashcrate, my opinion one of the best survey sites out there, especially for affiliates.

    But not by sitting there filling out little old surveys for 2 cents a pop.

    I had a site around Cashcrate (still do) and got mad referrals. I think I have about 3000 or so. Yes, I'm elite status with CC.

    And that's where the moneys at with survey sites.

    Think like a marketer, not as a customer.
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    • Profile picture of the author ss442
      Pot Pie Queen is correct. We do some surveys for Knowledge Networks and you can request a check for $25 when you get enough points. It could take 7 to 10 survey to get that.

      We've made a few hundred bucks over the years but the surveys that pay anything are few and far between but for us it is kind of like doing a crossword puzzle. We find out what government or companies are looking for and get paid for our time.

      I doubt you can make a full time living doing surveys.
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  • Profile picture of the author Antonio J.
    I would recommend you stay away from doing surveys. The only way you can make some good profit with that is if you decide to sell it or promote as an affiliate.
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  • Profile picture of the author satrap
    If you are looking to make a living, forget about paid surveys. If you are trying to make some pocket money, then go for it.


    I actually got my start in IM and making money online in general, with paid surveys. Here is the deal;
    You can never make anywhere close to what those banner ads and some of those paid survey routers claim you can make.

    To be honest, surveys are fun actually, especially if you get invited to those that evaluate movies, food items and things like that. Better yet, some companies do send you stuff to try at home. I got all kinds of things from gum, shampoo and candies to body wash, canned pasta and so on.

    I think if you spend enough time, you can make a few hundred a month at the most. But in all honestly, most people wouldn't be able to. Remember that not every single survey you get invited to, you are going to qualify for.

    If you really want to make decent money, you should find focus group studies in your local area. These are the ones that pay upwards of few hundred dollars for focus groups that take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2-3 hours.

    And if you get lucky and qualify for studies conducted by local university and hospitals, you could get paid in the thousands some times. Of course they take days or weeks sometimes to complete.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Huge time waster. While there may be a few legitimate survey companies around, they're not in the program you bought. You will spend endless hours filling out surveys and get little to nothing for your effort.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nicholas H
    That's actually how I made my first Income online. Made $500.00 within the first week or so and started a PPC campaign.

    You should NEVER pay to access a survey site, at least In my experience. The legit survey sites are the ones that are free to join, because they get a small commission when you complete a survey, or they are for market research. The paid sites almost always turn scam. I was In Market Research surveys.

    I'm also not talking about GPT's (Get Paid To), all though I use to make a few hundred a week on them.
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  • Profile picture of the author devonm
    Wat a waste is all I found. Moreover, from Canada, or possibly other countries like this, DON'T EVEN F&#%ING BOTHER!
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  • Profile picture of the author pheonix44
    That's actually how I made my first Income online. Made $500.00 within the first week or so and started a PPC campaign.

    You should NEVER pay to access a survey site, at least In my experience. The legit survey sites are the ones that are free to join, because they get a small commission when you complete a survey, or they are for market research. The paid sites almost always turn scam. I was In Market Research surveys.

    I'm also not talking about GPT's (Get Paid To), all though I use to make a few hundred a week on them.
    The problem is where do you find so called "legit" survey companies that are free to join. Can you provide some sources?
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    • Profile picture of the author aprilm
      In my opinion, I don't think you can make a lot of money from taking surveys. Maybe I'm wrong, but I tried this once. And you earn pennies. It was taking up way too much time, half the time I wasn't eligible to take the surveys I was offered, and lots of time I realized (after the survey was over) it was actually a ploy to get me to buy something like car insurance or something like that.

      Be very careful. My best advice to you is not to buy any kind of paid survey program...especially from Clickbank.......but go straight to the source.

      Global Test Market
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by pheonix44 View Post

      The problem is where do you find so called "legit" survey companies that are free to join. Can you provide some sources?
      Google Market Research companies. They don't accept everyone. They are often looking for specific demographics.
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  • Profile picture of the author GlobalTrader
    Over the past 5-6 years I have played around with several of the companies that have been posted above. As of today, there is only one that I will probably continue to do surveys for - the main reason is not that they are "not-legit" companies but they over inflate what they are going to reimburse you.

    You have to really look carefully at the 'points' or "dollar" value that they are offering and what they offer to pay you with. Most do not pay cash, most offer gift cards but the ripoff part of it is the value of the gift cards are generally about 1/3 the value of the dollars they 'pay' you for taking their survey.

    Example: One that I have just dropped - had $75 on account but had to use that to get a $25 Itunes gift card so literally what appeared as a good value for taking their surveys has turned out to be 1/3 the true value - my bad for not reading the fine print and looking at how much it took to get a gift card.

    After I get my last gift card from the above company, the only one that seems to have any worth in continuing is a SurveySavvy.com which (if I did not read it incorrectly) pays the actual cash value in cash (if that is your option of payment).

    Lastly, over the same period of time that I have mentioned above, I also signed up for "focus groups" and in the past 3 years I was called two times to attend "locally" a two hour focus group - one paid $100 and the other $175 for two hours - that would be your better bet, if you live in or near a large city that has a company offering this type of service. Not something you can depend on for regular income but an interesting way to make some nice cash for 1-2 hours of your time.
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    • Profile picture of the author Hamida Harland
      Paid surveys are a complete waste of time I think. When I first started affiliate marketing quite a few years ago I promoted a few of the survey products on Clickbank. I hadn't thought much about it except that they'd be a good way for people to make some extra income, and they converted extremely well.

      As soon as I saw the ridiculously high refund rate I went and bought one of the products for myself and tried it out (yes, I know now I should have done that BEFORE I started promoting them). Never again! It would take ridiculously long hours to make very little money, and alot of the surveys offer 'rewards' rather than cash (prize draw entries etc.) Plus all the signing up you have to do and the spam emails you incur - to me it's definitely not worth the hassle.

      I stopped promoting the survey products immediately, rewrote my reviews to reflect my experience, and started sending my traffic elsewhere. I'm not saying you can't make money with surveys - you could certainly make a few hundred dollars a month (I would imagine), but there's alot of work involved. Plus you don't really need to spend $30-$50 on a Clickbank product to get a list of survey companies - I can't list any off the top of my head but I've seen work at home forums where people are discussing different companies that DO pay. I'm sure a quick search on Google would throw up a few.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    My good lady does a lot of these surveys while watching tv....

    It won't make you rich but when you choose the right companies it pays a little bit into the beer fund each week.

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  • Profile picture of the author obin94
    It is only worth it if you get others to do it for you and then get a cut of their earnings.
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  • Profile picture of the author wordsuwant
    I did some at one point and I did not make very much at all. Some claim to pay $75 per survey but it seemed the higher they paid the less "qualified" they said I was. Maybe they have changed over the years, but I know when I tried them I never had luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    The most demoralizing thing about partaking in survey is, you will need to sign up for hundreds of survey companies in order to receive surveys frequently.

    Your earnings get accumulated on different company accounts and there is a threshold for each of this account before you can claim your funds. It might take you 6months or more and that is if you ever reach before quitting.

    Another problem is, most of the surveys are for U.S resident only.

    I will say it's a huge time waster too.
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  • Profile picture of the author markwilson4074
    Paid surveys are a total waste of time and efforts. These days, nobody fills out a survey to make you BIG grands!
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    • Profile picture of the author CassAngel
      Depends. You wont get rich doing them. You can make some small easy cash with them as long as:

      1. You cut out any middle man and go direct to decent market researchers.
      2. NEVER EVER pay to join a survey company. EVER.
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  • Profile picture of the author pheonix44
    Your earnings get accumulated on different company accounts and there is a threshold for each of this account before you can claim your funds. It might take you 6months or more and that is if you ever reach before quitting.
    This is probably the biggest concern that I have and why I am going to ask for a refund.
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  • Profile picture of the author varneca
    Surveys are a waste of time. I am currently signed up with several survey sites. You would get notices in the mail for a survey with a nice amount of money such as $2 and when you take you do not qualify (a waste of time). The surveys don't do what they say they do (get your opinion). You spend more time answering questions about yourself than giving your opinion on something.

    I found it was a waste of time when almost every survey I took was either asking questions I felt was not necessary to the cause or it was too personal such as asking about income, company's income, how many people in your company (which have not to do with giving your opinion a product).

    I also fee they are a waste of time is when you spend almost 5-10 minutes on a survey just for them to say "Sorry, you don't qualify for this survey" and then have you go through another one just to get the same message.

    I feel if I'm going to spend that much time on a survey just to be told "Sorry you don't qualify" I should be compensated for it.

    I gave up on them. The amount of money they say you can make, would take you almost a year to make that much. To me personally it a waste of time. These surveys are for people who have a lot of time to spend. I have bills to pay and I'm not making anything taking surveys.

    All this money you supposedly make seems like you make in less than a month THAT IS A LIE, I have been taking surveys for a while and I have not made no where near what they claim. So I gave up. If I see them I delete it. But that just me.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    they never made anyone rich.

    I always get involved with things that make people rich and reverse engineer them.

    Paid surveys would be good if you wanna pay a $50 bill or something, otherwise, im guessing you are moving in the wrong direction there. Just a thought.
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  • Profile picture of the author chemtechguru
    The people making money with paid surveys, are the affiliates promoting the site...and even more so the owners... same thing for most IM job opportunities actually.
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