ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Making Money Taking Surveys: an Optimal Foraging Approach

Updated on January 18, 2017

Online Surveys

There are various webpages and apps that will pay you small amounts of money for taking surveys. Taking these surveys is not particularly difficult but it can become tedious. And the pay is very low so it pays to have an efficient approach to avoid wasting your time and reducing the pay rate to pennies an hour.

1) Join reputable sites

Not all survey sites are equal and they come in a range of formats, rates, rules an payout systems. I would suggest picking two or three of these sites to begin with to see how you go. I would suggest the following to start with. They both pay money, have a low minimum, and I have checked that they do pay out.

Quest Mindshare: Pays money via Paypal, minimum $10.

QuickThoughts: Pays in iTunes vouchers, minimum $10

Surveys on the Go: Pays money via Payal, minimum $10, small pay out for surveys when you are screened out.

Poll

What do you think is the most profitable survey site?

See results

2) Set up notifications

Set up the system that notifies you when a survey is available. For Quest Mindshare this is done via email. For Surveys on the Go you can load an app that sends a push notification the second a survey is available.

3) Do not manually check for surveys

This is key: only do the surveys when you get a notification. You can make money with surveys but the work is not scalable. That means that if you check more often, you will not earn more money. Any time you waste with fruitless checking is just reducing your effort to profit ratio.

4) Check your monthly profits

Different people do better on different sites depending on what kind of demographics they are after. Keep a tally of what you make regularly, such as every month. Keep on the sites where you earn the best, try new ones occasionally to see if you can find a better deal.

Finally--Why Surveys Do Not Pay Well

The amount most sites pay seems reasonable, until you take into account that you will probably be "screened out" and not paid for at least to surveys for each one you finished and are paid for. You also waste a lot of time filling in the same demographic information for every survey.

Surveys will not be a serious source of income until some site works out how to auto-fill these basic fields and auto-screen so that we are only offers surveys we qualify for. In this day and age, it should not be that difficult to do!

Photo credits

1) Tablet -- Author: hitsnooze / photo on flickr

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Kailua-KonaGirl profile image

      June Parker 

      2 years ago from New York

      In MHO, surveys are a waste of time. For the small amount of pay received for time spent, personally, I would rather spend my time building a website that will earn me more for my time and effort spent. Just saying....

    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks, i will try quest mindshare, never try surveys before.

    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I am a member of two "Rewards Central" a "My Opinion". They pay ok but it gets tedious doing surveys and I don't do all I am notified about. If you have the time and patience you can make a bit of money from surveys.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)