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Are Online Survey Jobs A Scam? The Answer Is...

Updated on July 28, 2011

So, here's the skinny on online survey jobs. Most of the online survey companies operate under a similar schematic. You must pay to join. Many skeptics will stop right there and ask, why pay to get paid? Many individuals will think you must be pretty gullible if you think you will get paid at all when you sign up.

Most of us in the hubpages community absolutely love to write. We are glad we encountered this community because we can do what we enjoy doing with that possibility of getting paid royalties. It does however take a lot of time and effort to begin making any significant amount of money. At least we did not have to pay to sign up.

Whether you are writing on hubpages as a hobby with the added benefit of earning some extra cash to supplement income or you are writing on hubpages and many other sites full time, as a freelance writer, it is possible that you have looked into other ways of generating on-line revenue.

For those of you who have seen ads regarding online survey jobs, but were very hesitant and skeptical. You can learn about them from me. I know firsthand. I consider myself an 'informed risk taker' so I was not totally averse to going ahead and signing up for an online survey 'job'. Here is what I encountered:

photo credit, Michael Jastremski,
photo credit, Michael Jastremski,

1. Without getting into the specifics of what company  I used and reiterating that the schematic for all those researched was just about the same, I found that the out of pocket cost to sign up was $20. A basic, secure on-line transaction, not for those that become faint hearted when it comes to on-line shopping. If you are fine with shopping on-line, but feel wary of giving information to a company that you do not already know to be reputable, that might rule you out from taking this 'risk'.


If this first step has not stopped you in your tracks, and you are willing to learn more, my only advice is to check your bank activity and credit report frequently, something you should always do anyway.

If you're still reading, I'm impressed, although you are probably reading not because you have any interest in signing up for one of these survey jobs but because you were always curious about how they actually operate.

On-line survey jobs definitely have a bad rep. for being scams. It might be the gossip of the day or a true reflection of people's reactions to these jobs.

First of all, they are not jobs at all. That description might be where we falter. If you go in thinking that you will be paid like you would an hourly or salaried rate at a job, you are mistaken.

Once that factor is elucidated, it really become a matter of defining "scam".

scam (skam) n. slang A fraudulent scheme, especially for making money, Oxford American Dictionary.

So, let's see: You are definitely not going to make money quickly and you are already $20 in the hole. Is it a scam yet?...


2. The second step after handing over your credit/debit card information and having 20 bucks withdrawn from your account is the following: You are granted access to an unlimited number of survey sources. Your 'FAQs' will advise you not to put all your eggs in one basket, but to be open to signing up with many of the sources, each of which you will need a separate user name and password for. So, who's got that kind of time?


3. Once you learn that you have 'unlimited' access to a directory of survey sites, you have to think about what that means. Unless you are planning to set up four computers and juggle a lot of activity, you will carefully discern which of the survey networks you want to join. I set up approx. 6 usernames and passwords but quickly abandoned the majority of them, I began checking just 2 accounts regularly. In the survey 'job' marketing campaign, you often see an image of a man in a beach chair, surfing the internet to answer surveys, while catching some rays on the beach. For me personally, that tactic would never work.

If you've read on of my other hubs,, you might sense that I would not have any desire to take my computer with me when I go to the beach.

4. If you stick with just 2 survey accounts like I did, you will find continuous claims that you can be paid to take a survey, The catch is that you first have to qualify for taking the survey. Various questions are asked about your income level, your job sector (i.e.- do you work in retail?), whether or not you are a smoker, etc.

5. After being asked the defining questions numerous times and learning that I was not eligible to take surveys, I quickly gave up, finding it to be a waste of time. If you decide not to pursue the surveys, like I did, then the next step is to see what other options there are for at least earning back your $20 membership fee.

6. You'll find that your other options are as follows: get 'paid' to open and read emails, get paid to play computer based games like solitaire or slots, or get cash back/bonus points for your on-line shopping at certain websites (more spending money to 'earn' money). I soon found myself participating in these options. If I was buying something on-line anyway, I would link it to one of the survey accounts. Through the 2sec it took to open an email, I would earn 2cents. Additionally, earning 1million points through on-line gaming earns $4. You better love the game because it takes several days of playing to reach 1 million points.

7. These survey sites do not cash out until you reach an earning of $35 or more. Then you can request a check. If you decide that it is something that would be fun to do, it involves spending about 15 minutes each morning opening up emails in an email account dedicated to the venture. Two cents per email adds up very slowly. If you let it pile up (i.e- going over a week without checking any of those emails, which I have done many a time), then you'll find that whatever 2 cent offer is in your inbox has expired. Checking everyday or every few days is best.

8. After maybe a full year, having opened hundreds of messages and following at least 2 survey accounts, you will parlay your $20 membership fee into an earnings of $100 or a bit more.

The take home message is that time is money and in this case you're getting very little money for a disproportionate amount of time., R. Mattioli, R. Mattioli

If you carve out a little time in your day to do it, you have to think of opening the emails like watching television, reading a novel or a magazine. Opening the emails is a bit of an idle pastime, not as rewarding as reading a book, but we are all allowed to waste a few minutes of our days just for the heck of it. That is where these survey sites belong -in the 'just for the heck of it' container.

It does not pay like a job and it does not feel like work either. If you decide to take this plunge, you too are now an informed risk taker. You in fact now know a lot more than I did when I paid my $20. Lucky for me, I was not expecting much anyway.

You can check out my other hub,  and remember that if you're going to be a risk taker, always be a well informed one.

There may be no absolute yes or no answer for whether the survey sites are a scam but more a matter of how you view them. Would you ever sign up for an on-line survey 'job'?

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      merwin 3 years ago

      i wish i could find nice money making surveys...

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      Toby 4 years ago

      I use system called get cash for surveys and it works for me check my blog for more info

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you all for sharing your links and advice.

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      DJ 5 years ago

      I just went through a bunch of different sites and have found some really good ones as well.

      Been doing this for 3 weeks now and earned about $200.

      Hope this helps everybody make some extra cash.

      Remember NEVER PAY TO JOIN!!!

      I created a blog just for this so here's the link to it where you will see all the sites I've used and actually made money all 100% FREE to me.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 5 years ago from USA

      Boylutaw and esuccess, thank you both for comments and sharing info.

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      esuccess 6 years ago

      I tried to sign-up at and after giving the necessary info. it continuously ask for my Paypal info., which I have given several times, boytutaw. Hey guys! visit my website I share your journey.

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      Boylutaw 6 years ago

      Data entry job:

      Invitation code: 1DI3

      This is the real one. Legit. But it also requires hardwork. 'Coz it pays just a penny only. So far so good for an extra income. Take a look to the site if you don't believe what i'm saying. Or you can search it to the web if its true or not.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

      Hi troy0619, thanks for your comment and link. Signing up for multiple sites can be more beneficial for earnings.

      simo, thanks for your comment and links as well. Perhaps your squidoo lenses will help to give some additional information to supplement what can be learned from this hub.

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      simo 6 years ago

      At first I want to congratulate you about your useful hub it’s really so interesting in every level and I’m agree with you that online surveys is the easy way to make maney (or same extra maney ) but in your hub you don’t explain why all the surveys companies spend all these maney to have the opinion of the population? and what is the gain of surveys companies from all his activities which allow to users to make maney?

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      troy0619 6 years ago from puerto rico

      in my opinion they work, the problem is that people sign up under just one site and expect to make thousands of dollars.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

      Hi princesswithapen,

      Thank you so much for your nice comment. I really appreciate that. I try to write helpful articles and I know I have received a lot of help/advice on various topics from other hub authors as well.

      Hi LoriSoard,

      Thanks for stopping by and posting a comment, sharing your own experience which is all too common for many of us:-).


      Thanks for posting your link. I will check it out and I know many others will find it useful too. Cheers to you for finding something lucrative to help with the bills!


      Thanks for sharing your experience as well. $30 a month sounds about right/ feasible for this kind of thing.

      All the best to all of you,

      Journey *

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      Cat 6 years ago

      I make a little taking online surveys. Maybe $100 every 4-5 months. I started taking survey's with a company by first taking a telephone survey after some company randomly called my house. I didn't pay a dime to join.

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      Louidam1 6 years ago

      I actually make pretty good money with online surveys. You just got to know which ones to sign up for. On my website I have listed legitimate online survey programs that pays and also posted proof of my payments. Check it out at

      I read this Hub a couple of years ago and wanted to post an update about how I am doing with online surveys. I make enough to pay a couple of bills.

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      LoriSoard 6 years ago from Henryville, Indiana

      Really good, solid research. The online survey sites I've seen will net you under $1.00 an hour. Or maybe I'm just slow at answering the questions. LOL

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      princesswithapen 6 years ago

      I truly hope that this hub reaches out to people who are looking for feedback on online surveys. There are hundreds of emails and advertisements floating around which promise to make you rich by simply answering 'a few' questions. "..The take home message is that time is money and in this case you're getting very little money for a disproportionate amount of time.." What you've written here is some much needed honest advice for readers who want a first hand opinion of online surveys.


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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

      Hi Renee, thanks for commenting. I am glad that this is information that you can use. Good luck with everything.

      Laura in Denver,

      You're welcome and thank you very much for your kind comment too.

      - Journey *

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      Laura Deibel 6 years ago from Aurora

      Nice summary of the situation. Thx!

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      Renee carbary 6 years ago

      well Ive read everyones comments on this site.Im goin to take all that info. and use it and ill be back to tell you what ive discovered

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

      Thefreething, bdonline, so so, warren hunter,cole and switty, thank you all very much for supporting this hub and writing comments. Cole, I am very appreciative of what you said. Thanks:-)

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      switty 6 years ago

      hello everyone..I just want to share a piece of information with you guys..anyoneone having financial difficulties and urgeently needing an online job can send me a mail on`ll provide with a 100% legitimate job that truly pays..All you need is a credit card..hurry up and contact me soon..I`ve got that job and am making great money with it,so don`t delay and start earning now!!

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      cole 6 years ago

      Hub,I am so happy reading your post and is a blessing to have you.thanks so much and i wish you all the best of luck.

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      warren hunter 6 years ago

      well i hope to make it in online surveying ,it a good job or business to me because you can work when you want from your on home and desk to computer at your own hours,well if there is anybodie have any more tip on company that paid off give some tips buy e-mail warren.hunter or call me at 810-496-0618 or 810-875-9971 leave a message please thank you and have nice day mankind.

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      so so 6 years ago

      Thanks everyone for all of the useful info.

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      bdonline 6 years ago

      a trust online survey job ca help a people greatly to income money from internet.Bangladeshis are surfing

      for getting information, it is a website under construction.

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      Thefreething 6 years ago

      Freebie group offers a best opportunity to make money online with the help of freebies, a full money back guarantee offer, so get free stuff and make money in just few days.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

      Hi Kai,

      Thanks so much for commenting. Good luck with your endeavor!

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      Kai 6 years ago

      I think the only way to earn money online is through e-commerce. I am learning how to develop websites. Maybe, this can help me earning money online. I already gave up placing my trust in people for a while.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 7 years ago from USA

      Thanks so much to everyone who posted the latest comments and for keeping the discourse going on this hub. It really does take a lot of patience to respond to on-line surveys. When we think of it in terms of the saying, "Time is money", the money we earn truly is disproportionate to the time we spend. Nevertheless, it is an opportunity to earn a little something extra from a source other than an actual job.

      -Journey *

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      Time Waster 7 years ago

      I did all my research and tested about 10 different sites. The reality is most do pay, however the time estimates they give are very untrue. 6 dollars for 30 min sounds ok, but after an hour and your only 3/4 of the way done, online surveys ends up becoming huge wastes of time.

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      Ollie 7 years ago

      There are many legitimate sites you can use but it will take a bit of research to find the best ones.

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      Sujan Mukherjee 7 years ago

      Very realistic post. Particularly there is so much hype these days.You've put it very well.

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      itcoll 7 years ago

      the survey sites are not worth it.i mean there are better ways of making money online like writing for hubpages :)

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      jbgnet 7 years ago

      There are legitimate ones that don't require payment. But..they are fun for extra money...would be tough to make a living!

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      Amelia 7 years ago

      I am looking for ways to make money while i am unemployed and looking for a job. I read this valuable info on survey sites and now have the info I need to make a sound decision. I will go stand on a busy street corner and beg for money during rush hour. I am more likely to make immediate cash begging than I would doing surveys and will spend less time doing it.

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      finniss 7 years ago

      I have been searching for long hours to find a reliable web site that offers Data Entry Work online & surveys. I have not been successful till now, may you please give me by sending we a web link for application.

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      Matt 7 years ago

      Is a scam? It looks pretty legit to me. Then again, why would I be on this page? haha

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 7 years ago from USA

      blackmagyk, paid to read emails, deepakkumaarr, thanks for posting comments. Participating in the surveys and opening paid emails can be quite time consuming and many do not think it's worth the small bit of money you can get for it.

      deepakkumaarr, if you would like to give it a try, you can use as a starting off point and then select the ones you would like to work on such as "Inbox Dollars" and "Send Earnings". Good Luck!

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      deepakkumaarr 7 years ago

      can u please give some websites where they pay for Surveys

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      paid to read emails 7 years ago

      There may be many scams but there are many earning from the same.There are good sites also which churn money when the work is done.There are many who depend on the Internet jobs for their monthly income and make it good.

      get paid to take online surveys

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      blackmagyk 7 years ago

      I've tried some survey sites and they just dont work.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 7 years ago from USA

      Paid Online Survey Jobs,locationary,Karen Perkins, M.s Fowler and Meow, thanks all for your comments. Meow, hehe, yes the surveys are good for "spare" time ;-).

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      Meow 7 years ago

      Yup.. i guess if you online surveys is for people who want to spend their spare time for something useful...

      When i say "spare" , i mean the time you spend wondering in the air.. thinking nothing ^^

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      M.s Fowler 7 years ago from United states

      Very useful!

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      Karen Perkins 7 years ago

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      locationary 7 years ago from United States of America

      Some surveys are hard on me and really strict, but I don't think those jobs are a scam at all. Thanks for the hub, easy to understand and useful. I'll try to dedicate some of my free time to help earn an extra income.

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      Paid Online Survey Jobs 7 years ago

      Surveys are not scam but one need to be aware....

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Hi Everyone,

      Thanks for posting your comments and sharing your links.


      Journey *

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      online surveys 8 years ago

      Nice post! Very informative. I also work for online surveys and really works for me. For more info about it visit online survey jobs

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      Alex 8 years ago

      Excellent work!

      "Global Survey Market" is best paid survey site among all I have joined. They pay every time on time. I love them.

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      weem 8 years ago

      Great information thanks for sharing this.

      I think that paid surveys are the best way for people to start making money online.I can tell that from my own experience.Last year I started that online business, now I make more than $1000, and I work only several days per week.The good things about surveys is that you can start working immediately.Absolutely no skills needed.Typically there are two types of survey sites - paid and free.I would recommend you to join free survey site at start, because there is no need to pay for membership.Here is one site that is 100% legitimate and 100% free for registration:

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      lovelovelove5454 8 years ago

      So I read a blog today and found a way to make extra cash at home by clicking ads. I wasn't sure if it was a scam at first but I tried it anyways. The sign up is free no personal info like name, address is even asked of you. Then you take a survey and answer questions about yourself like physical appearance, schooling, kids, skin type etc. Then only things you must have is a valid cellphone number they use this to make sure you only have one account and send your confirmation code and you must have a paypal account which is free too and this so they can pay you. After you take the survey it shows you what ads you qualify for and you just click and view each at and make $.05-$.10 an ad. Which doesn't sound like much but I made $1.76 when I first signed up in a month that's $52 can you say gas money for 15 minutes of my time. Also you get the money put in to your paypal account every Friday. Since I signed up today and it is Friday I can say this is legit because I have the money free and clear in my account already. If you are interested then click this link you also get to make money off referrals. Good luck and have a fabulous day!!!!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Hi everyone,

      I'm sorry I haven't been by to moderate comments on this particular hub in a long time. Thanks for all your comments!

      Rockfarmer, I'm glad the ebay selling worked out for you. You mention that you are running out of stuff to sell. I know a lot of people have bought items wholesale or bought huge lots of stuff such as books at yard sales and then resold them on ebay to make a profit. Maybe you would like to try that.

      Nell Rose and bonny2010, answering the surveys definitely isn't for everyone. Like Internet Money Maker said, you might definitely begin to feel like you are just wasting time- that the amount of time you spend on the surveys does not make it lucrative.

      rosaliabubakar and Daniel, thanks for sharing your links. I'm glad you're finding some survey sites that you do enjoy.

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      Internet Money Maker 8 years ago

      I don't recommend paid surveys because of some of the reasons you have mentioned you simply cannot make enough to make the time you spent on there worthwhile some free survey/incentive sites are a lot more efficient.

      There are many survey sites that aren't scams but the ends doesn't justify the means for most.

      Great article I enjoyed reading it.

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      Daniel 8 years ago

      Great Hub! Thanx

      Anyone can make money from Survey Sites but you need to find legitimate ones.

      I am completing Surveys for Global Survey Market and it's working perfectly fine. I complete Survey and my account gets credited. When I reaches min. Payout limit, money is transferred to my Paypal Account.

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      roseliabubakar 8 years ago

      Paid surveys are a great way to earn some "extra" pocket money. No doubt about that.

      Paid Surveys Blog -

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      rockfarmer2009 8 years ago from Virginia

      hey journey Just dropping in. Have you found anything yet. The ebay stuff is limited cause I'm running out of stuff to sell. Any New ideas not involving ebay. Anyone with ideas can drop me a line anytime.

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      bonetta hartig 8 years ago from outback queensland

      I'venever tried for online surveys so I can't comment but after reading your hub, which was great by the way, I have decided Iam definitely not a risk taker. thanks again.

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      Nell Rose 8 years ago from England

      Hi, I actually started out this summer doing online surveys, and it must have taken me about 40 or 50 surveys to earn 1.75p about 2 and a half dollars! apart from spending at least 10 or 20 minutes doing it, you then get the message saying, sorry you are not suitable for this survey. Never again. Thanks Nell

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      rockfarmer2009 8 years ago from Virginia

      I have since started selling my old stuff on ebay and have made decent profit. I would say give that a try.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      forlan, Louidam1, rockfarmer2009, JeffHu, thanks for leaving comments! forlan, there seem to be a few legitimate sites out there but I haven't discovered any that will allow you to make a lot of money. rockfarmer2009, I haven't yet reached the possibility of $1,000 a month on-line. That would be wonderful! We've got to keep trying:-)

      I'll tell you this much, I think it is important to have multiple streams of revenue with on-line writing, being an internet entrepreneur with an on-line store, etc.

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      JeffHu 8 years ago from USA

      I just found the great paid online survey websites. The website provides FREE survey directories.

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      rockfarmer2009 8 years ago from Virginia

      So Journey what is the best way to earn online? I have done extensive researching and can't find a legitimate way. I would like to earn $1,000 a month. I will do almost anything. I am open for training. Let me know. Thanks a million.

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      Louidam1 8 years ago

      Good hub and good information. Thanks!

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      forlan 8 years ago

      I have no find any survey jobs. perhaps they are scams

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Thanks for commenting Lgali.

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      very good hub Thanks

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Hi stuart747, thanks for your comment. I'm glad this hub might be of some help as you look into sites.

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      stuart747 8 years ago from Colchester, Essex, UK

      thanks for sharing, I will look into some of the sites suggested

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Hi manujkhera, I'm glad you liked this hub. Thanks for commenting.

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      manujkhera 8 years ago from India

      Great and interesting info.........Thanks for sharing.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 9 years ago from USA

      thanks for commenting.

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      acer laptop 9 years ago

      Great Hub you have here :) Please check out my website would love to network!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 9 years ago from USA

      LennyP, thanks for commenting. It's true that with surveys you can spend quite a few minutes answering the screening questions and then being told you don't qualify. I agree, that is annoying.

      Hi Whikat, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your comment. I chose my pen name sort of because- well, life is a journey (and writing is a journey, especially when we write about various life experiences;-). I'm glad you like this article and thanks for sharing the information about Pinecone Research.

      Frendy, thanks for leaving a comment on the article!

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      Frendy 9 years ago

      Well, many people use these systems. But should only use who really needs a job, of course, there are many jobs over the Internet, and as you say may be true. Good luck to all!

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      Whikat 9 years ago

      Hi Journey, I love your pen name by the way. This is a great article. I enjoyed how informative it is, and that you shared your thoughts. I have been involved with many survey sites, and I have to say that personally I have only received cash payments from 1 site. Pinecone Research is the only one I found to be free to join and they pay you in a day or two after you have taken surveys.

      Surveys are fun for a little extra cash like you had mentioned, but I don't think anyone could pay their mortgage with them. :-)

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      LennyP 9 years ago from Iowa

      The one I have had the most success with getting paid from is Lightspeed Panels. The annoying thing about them is sometimes you answer many questions before being told that you do not qualify.

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      phillyeaglesfan 9 years ago from United States

      no problem

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 9 years ago from USA

      hi phillyeaglesfan, thanks for sharing the info.

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      phillyeaglesfan 9 years ago from United States

      this site also helps with online surveys

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      Suzie 9 years ago

      I've been making good money with survey savvy. They send me 3 - 10 surveys a day (once you update your profile they start flowing in)

      Most of the surveys are $3 each and take about 10 mins. The key is that the more surveys you take, the more they send. They like to send them to active users to make sure they are quickly turned around.

      Sign up here

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 9 years ago from USA

      Hi Frieda, we have the same idea. You definitely want to keep an email account just for the surveys/paid emails and yes, sometimes you feel like it's a waste of time, but when you get close to payout, you want to keep going. I don't get much spam but have no problem deleting it because it is not cluttering an important inbox. Thanks so much for commenting! -Journey*

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      Frieda Babbley 9 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Great hub! and I know just the ones you're talking about. the only reason I keep going is to get my first cash out. I've gotten lots of spam since then, don't know if this is something you came across; at any rate definitely have a separate e-mail account you can close when you're done. Thanks for the info.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 9 years ago from USA

      You're welcome delzky. Thanks for posting a comment. It is so true. I think that if you decide to click on the paid emails which do not pay much of anything at all, you might enjoy some multi-tasking like listening to a music cd or a learn a foreign language cd on your laptop at the same time.

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      delzky 9 years ago

      Your article validates my suspicion about online surveys. I think they are a waste of time for decent writers. Thanks by the way for becoming my fan.

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      May 9 years ago

      Thanks for the info!

      I couldn't agree more with you! I joined and didn't make it pass $10 for a week?! Doing surveys online is extremely time consuming and not worth it. Not unless you enjoy earning a few cents to claim that you read an e-mail to claim credit. I also tried and tried playing a few games. That was a big waste of time too. There's too many competition and money you have to gamble in to win a daggone point!? Plus, is you want to redeem those points for prize, you have to earn over thousands of points to earn like a $5.00 gift card.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 9 years ago from USA

      Hi yxhuang, Thanks for your comment. I completely agree with you. Extra bits of money here and there but nothing much. :-) -Journey*

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      yxhuang 9 years ago

      I did receive some money by answering online surveys. However, I only did it on my spare time. I don't think one can really do that for living but once a while these little money came in from mail did make me smile.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 9 years ago from USA

      Hi, thanks for commenting and adding more valuable info.!

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      Kelly W. Patterson 9 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      There are legitimate surveys online and you can find them without paying for a directory. These are two pretty good lists:

      Also you can check whether a survey site is a scam or not here:

      As you mentioned, even the ones that aren't a scam aren't really worth the time it takes to make any sort of money. If you even qualify for the ones they send (which is probably half the time), you might get a "high-paying" survey that is an hour long and pays $6 dollars. Plus many of them don't pay actual, but points toward prizes or sweepstakes entries, so that's even less you are goingto want to bother with. Een the ones that do pay cash, make you accumulate $25 or $50 in order to get it.

      The survey for money thing really just isn't worth the time, even if they aren't a scam.


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