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The Best Paid Survey Web-Sites
Paid internet surveys are one of the easiest ways to make money from home on the internet, but some are a lot better than others. Some pay a good hourly rate, whereas some really do not and are a real waste of time. I have tried quite a few of these survey web-sites and worked out which are the best and which should be avoided, which pay well and which do not.
This article looks at each of several internet survey web-site that I have tried and compares the relative success with each: number of surveys and payment per hour of survey.
Paid Internet Survey Web-Sites
Can you spare 15 mins for Â£1 payment?
I have been using Valued Opinions web-site for more than six months now and have found it to be the second highest paying site out of the ones I have been using: Global Opinions has paid me about Â£100; Valued Opinions more than Â£50; Ciao-Surveys and One Poll both about Â£20 each; Global Opinions Panel and Home of Research only about Â£5 or so. Valued Opinions does however pay a good rate per hour, probably almost as much as Global Opinions Panel (I estimate about Â£4 per hour for me - typically about Â£1.00 for a 15 minute survey)
Valued Opinions web-site is very easy to use and navigate and generally the surveys are not too boring (assuming you don't spend all day answering surveys) and the payment is reasonable. The web-site claims that surveys are typically between Â£1 and Â£5 and up to Â£50. I have never received more than Â£5 but Â£1, Â£1.50 and Â£2 surveys are the most frequent ones. The money is credited to the account within 28 days of completing a survey and once Â£10 has been accumulated a gift voucher can be requested. If you opt for Amazon vouchers these are emailed to you and can be used immediately.
If you start doing a survey that you have been invited to participate in and don't qualify for some reason (most surveys start with some questions about you to see if you are part of their desired audience) rather than receiving a small amount of money like with some survey sites you will be entered into a prize draw. This has happened to me quite a few times, but so far I have not won anything. More often than not, though, I do qualify for the surveys.
The surveys can be about a very wide range of topics: business and office equipment, grocery shopping, consumer electronics, cars, holidays and travel etc.
Overall I would say that Valued Opinions is one of the best of the many survey sites. The surveys are not too long or boring, the payment for the time taken is as good or better than most of the competition, although still probably no more than minimum wage.
Advantages: Low payout threshold. Well paid surveys
Disadvantages: Payment in gift vouchers
Summary: One of the best survey sites
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Global Test Market
Global Test Market
Global Test Market is one of many survey web-sites that I have tried in my search for ways of making some extra money when I have some spare time. In my experience it is one of the best and does give a reasonable payout for the amount of time involved. It is an American web-site and payment is in US dollars, but this is not a problem for people in the UK.
I have been using globaltestmarket.com for a few months. They have invited me to do quite a few well paid surveys and now I have earned almost Â£100. The surveys are paid in "points" where one point is $0.05 and a survey may pay 35 to 100 points on completion or 5 point if you don't qualify, so even when I don't qualify I don't get the feeling of disappointment and wasted time that I get with some other sites.
I estimate payment per hour to be about $8.00 to $10.00 (i.e. about minimum wage), but this will depend on how fast you are at doing these surveys or whether you are doing something else at the same time. Minimum payout is 1000 points (i.e. $50.00) which sounds quite high, but it doesn't take long to reach this amount. When you reach 1000 points or more you can request a cheque which will arrive within a few weeks.
The web-site is easy to navigate and is similar to so many other survey web-sites. Registering is quick and easy and once you have registered emails will start arriving inviting you to participate in the surveys. Clicking on the link in the email will take you through to the survey and you account will be credited on completion so you only need to log into your account occasionally to check your points balance or request payment. The surveys vary in length, but generally take between ten and twenty minutes.
Advantages: Good payment
Summary: The Best Survey Site (probably)
Internet Survey Web Sites
Loads of Dosh...
One Poll: Really Quick Surveys
I signed up for several review and survey sites about six months ago, partly just as an experiment to see if any of them really did pay enough to make it worth while spending my time contributing to these sites. I have found the review sites (such as dooyoo) quite addictive, whereas the survey web-sites can be rather dull. Surveys do, however, sometimes pay a reasonable amount of money for your time. OnePoll has the advantage that the surveys are often very short and therefore less boring.
Many of the surveys that I get invited to take, from other web-sites, are about business or shopping and take a significant amount of time, perhaps 20 minutes, for Â£1.50, whereas some of the OnePoll surveys are less than 5 minutes for Â£0.10. It's still not a good rate of pay, but I can rattle through several while doing something else. Some surveys may even be just one or two trivial questions, such as: "Which of these celebrities would you most like to have dinner with?" although some may be rather longer with just a 5p payment or entry to a prize draw for an iPod Shuffle or Amazon vouchers. Some of the surveys are targeted to certain groups e.g.: women, men over 27, drivers, children under 18, people with pet dogs etc.
Typically I might be offered a few surveys per day, so potentially an income of a of pound or more a week! O.K. When I put it like that it doesn't sound that great. OnePoll does not email you to invite you for a survey. Instead you will need to sign in to the site and check the available surveys. Many of the surveys recently have been about changes in behaviour or spending habits since the credit crunch, shopping and cooking etc.
The minimum payment is Â£40 which could take months to achieve, even if you check your available surveys every day. Signing up for OnePoll pays an initial fee of Â£2.50 into the account to get you started (or hooked) I have made about Â£20.00 already, so just another few hundred surveys and I can claim my money.
You are not going to get rich by answering surveys on OnePoll, although the payment per hour is probably comparable to many of the other, better survey sites, but with far shorter, more trivial surveys. Reaching the Â£40.00 minimum payout could take months.
Advantages: Lots of short trivial surveys
Disadvantages: only a few pence per survey and Â£40 minimum payout
Summary: It will take a while to get any money
Best Survey Web-Sites
More Good Survey Sites
NewVistaLive, RewardedOpionions and Toluna
Another good survey site is NewVistaLive.com (formerly known as itsyourview.com) - I received a cheque for Â£50 after just a few months and the payout is about Â£1 for every 5 minutes spent doing surveys.
RewardedOpinions.com (formerly known as homeofresearch.com) also seems to be a good site with good payout. Perhaps not as well paid as NewVistaLive, but better than most and very straightforward to use with prompt payment when the threshold is reached.
Toluna (formerly Ciao-Surveys) I joined this website when it was ciao-surveys which was another standard survey web-site linked to the ciao consumer review web-site. Some of the surveys were long and low paid, but some were reasonably well paid and definitely worth the effort, so it was just a case of ignoring any low-paid surveys and just taking the good ones. Cash payments were good and the payment threshold was just Â£5. Since ciao-surveys was taken over by Toluna, the surveys haven't changed, but the website is far bigger, more complex with a variety of competitions, prize draws, social networking etc. but with the simple cash payments replaced with points. The points may be exchanged for shopping vouchers (e.g. Amazon) The level of payment seems fine, but the payment threshold is higher (unless you want to swap your points for prize draw entries.