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Get Paid to Take Surveys

Updated on March 13, 2015

Get Paid to Take Surveys in Your Spare Time

You can get paid to take surveys. Paid survey sites are not a scam and they are not a get rich quick scheme. You won't make big money with paid survey sites, but you will get paid to take surveys in your spare time. Most survey sites pay between $1 to $5 per survey and it does add up over time.

Paid survey sites are a legitimate way to earn money online. Whether you are between jobs or just need to supplement your income, you can get paid for surveys.

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Learn how to get cash for taking surveys.
Learn how to get cash for taking surveys.

Survey Sites Pay for Your Opinion

Why you can get paid to take surveys

Companies are smart. They know that today's consumers tune out television ads and gloss over ads in magazines, etc. So in order to find out how to have effective advertising, they survey consumers. But today's savvy consumers hang up on annoying telemarketers and throw out junk mail surveys. Therefore, companies know that they must provide incentives to get your opnions. This is why there are now so many legitimate sites that pay you for completing surveys.

These can be great ways for people with limited computer skills to earn money. The payout may seem small at first, but those $1 to $5 here and there really start to add up once you get going.

Get paid cash for giving your opinion
Get paid cash for giving your opinion

What You Need to Know Before You Get Started

The Difference Between Paid Surveys and GPTs

Before you start earning money online, you first need to learn the difference between paid survey sites and GPT sites. Many GPT sites call themselves paid survey sites (but the really aren't) and many sites are both. So, it can get confusing at first.

Paid survey sites usually require you to sign up and then they email you surveys that you can either choose to complete or not. For each survey you are rewarded either a small sum of money (sometimes just pennies, but it can really add up) or points that can be redeemed for cash, gift cards, or sweepstakes entries. Most paid survey sites seem to only offer you sweepstakes entries for your efforts. While the odds for these contests are much better than winning the lottery, I prefer to focus my time on GPTs because they offer compensation for all surveys and offers that you complete. The surveys usually ask you questions about products your household buys and uses or questions about your television viewing habits, etc.

GPT sites have what they call offers. These usually require you to sign up for some annoying email newsletters or something of that nature. The purpose for these "offers" is to get you to submit your email, address, or phone number so that companies can reach you for future advertisements. Sometimes the offer will result in what is usually referred to as a silver offer. This requires that you sign up for a trial of some sort. For example, maybe you sign up for a trial membership of a book club. You get your free trial books and either keep them, agreeing to join the book club, or send them back and cancel the membership (which means you will be charged nothing). Accepting trial offers can be a real pain if you aren't wanting to put any money out at all because you will have to stay very organized and on top of everything so that you can cancel your trials before any money is due. I don't like having to worry about canceling things, so I just stick to surveys and 100% free offers. If you are willing to stay organized and do the trials, then you have the potential to make some serious cash. If you want to learn more about GPTs, including tips on how to be successful, and a list of sites that pay me, you can visit my lens How to be Successful with GPT Sites.

Tips for Doing Well with Paid Surveys

1) Use the same username and password for all the sites you sign up for to make it easy on yourself.

2) Sign up for as many as possible so you constantly have checks rolling in.

3) Keep an excel spreadsheet going of all the sites you register for and note every time you take a survey and what the payment for that survey was. Also on the spreadsheet include the minimum cashout for each site so you know when to request payment.

4) If you're also doing a lot of GPTs, be sure to use a separate email account for JUST the paid surveys so you don't overlook any surveys or reward confirmations.

Have you worked with any paid survey sites yet?

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      5 years ago

      Great, loved it.

    • ian-patrick-716 profile image


      5 years ago

      gonna give it a go thanks for the info

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      5 years ago

      i have tried a lot of them. they really earn..

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      5 years ago


    • thrashdeth profile image


      5 years ago

      Good informative lens, been reading on related lens themes Today

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      5 years ago

      Like the comment posted earlier on here, I was a little skeptical myself about being paid to take surveys. I did a little research into it and have found some great articles explaining on how to find the best sites and weed out the bad ones. I have even tried some and was able to make money. I have a site that has these articles and other useful information and tips. You can check it out at and hopefully it'll provide the information you need.

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      5 years ago

      Thank you for such an informative post. I have started a free web-site offering people info. and ways of getting paid to take surveys. I would like to share this post with them for that I find it to be very helpful. Thank you again, James

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      5 years ago

      I love my survey.I make money with them.

    • nsmooth profile image


      5 years ago

      Very helpful, there are so many ways on making money online. I've been making money through surveys and it really works. Inbox Dollars is a great way to make money online and it's free! You can join now and get started right away. You can also work on it when you are available, so you choose when to work.

      Check it out:

    • frugalfinance lm profile image

      frugalfinance lm 

      5 years ago

      I've always been a little sceptical of these if I'm honest, but if they work it's a great way to make a little money every now and again.

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      5 years ago

      very informative thank you

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      5 years ago

      great info thank's been doing survey for a while now survey paid is the best

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      5 years ago

      I signed up at

      great system if you ask me.

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      5 years ago

      Never, I promote one survey site just to enroll new members.

    • Wendy Leanne profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Leanne 

      5 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: I've never heard of it, but thanks for sharing.

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      5 years ago

      I am really missing Iconzoomer mentioned anywhere. It is an really awesome site, espeicially because all surveys are answered with photos taken with you mobile phone. I use their app to receive new assignments (every week) and take the photo and send it back. I get a paid out in cash every month via paypal. I really recommendts you to try it out.

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      6 years ago

      good sites

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      6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing superb informations, get new ideasright now

    • AliciaAnn89 profile image


      6 years ago from New York

      Yes I do. I'm going to check out some of the sites you mentioned too. Thanks!

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      6 years ago

      Haven't seen it posted here, but Points2Shop is another great GPT site where you can paid to do surveys. Hope you do not mind me pointing that out :) Great lens so far that describes tactics to getting approved on surveys.

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      7 years ago

      Yes, I do, but you've listed some resources I didn't know about, but will certainly check out! Thanks for an informative lens!

    • Angelina Gherna profile image


      7 years ago from California

      It's true, you really can earn money by doing surveys...great lens

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      10 years ago

      Nice survey lens! Feel free to join my Online Surveys group

      I've lensrolled you on my lens about surveys as well.


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