ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Making Money Online Answering Surveys: The Surveys List!

Updated on February 9, 2017

With the economy on the low side and bills piling up, many of us have tried to look for some side money. With the boost of the internet, many are looking for online income, and this has become extremely popular these days. Among the many opportunities (and scams) the internet has provided us with, there are a few popular options: data entry and surveys to just name a couple.

If you research on Google, the many ways to earn money online, you will see that surveys show up quite often. The idea is that you can make money by providing your honest opinion on services and products that you already know and use. So far so good, it seems quite an honest way of earning money, especially if you do not mind providing personal information and helping companies perfect their marketing skills to target you better with ads.

However, if you do opt for this method of earning an income, there are a few things that you should know ahead of time. After being burned a few times with the 'get-your-money-making-survey-list', I have decided to provide people with a reality check and maybe help avoid wasting their precious time and money away.

The Money-Making list of Survey Directories:

In trying to make some extra income online, I have encountered quite a few offers from people who wanted to "give" me a list of survey platforms that could make me some substantial income in just a few minutes a day. The "give" there should give you something to think about, more often than not, they ask you for a small fee or donation of... let's say $5.99 or something.

Beware of this! What will happen is quite simple: you pay that fee and what they send you is a list of survey directories to which you have to sign up for first, before getting any survey or money.

So basically, they make it sound like all you have to do is sign up with them, start answering surveys and get paid. But really, all they did was merely type in "survey directories" on Google and gather them all into one page. You still have to comb through the list ad sign up with individual companies. Then, you have to fill out a bunch of profiles to even begin to receive surveys. Eventually, your inbox will start flooding with surveys from many different websites, for which you still have to qualify for, despite the profiles you’ve created!

Money Wasted
Money Wasted

Why is it a Problem?

You could say that these people, at least, went to the trouble of researching and compiling a useful list of survey directories, plus set up a webpage where you can access this list, and they spent time and maybe even money to advertise it and get you to see it, right?

Well… not so! With a little time on your hands and a little research, you will eventually find out that:

1. They are Free, to begin with!!

Most of these survey directories do not charge you anything to sign up for an account and start earning with them.

This is the biggest wake-up call! What does it mean? It means that you just spent money on something you could have done yourself with a simple Google Search! Bang! Money down the drain!

2. The List is not screened!

Often the people that sell you these lists do not go through the trouble of figuring out if these survey directories are legitimate.

You can easily be paying for a whole bunch of really futile survey companies that will, in one way or another, waste your precious time and money!

3. They get a commission!!

So first, they make money from your registration fee. This way, they get paid whether you sign up for the survey companies or not.Then they also receive a commission in points, cash or prizes, for having you sign up for each of those websites under their name. Double earnings for them, none for you!

Worse Yet:

After all of this, you find out that the list they gave you is full of scam artists! You end up with your inbox piling up with surveys that you rarely qualify for, or waste your time completing for a miser few cents – or worse – points and prize draws you’ll never cash out! Bang ~$5.99 (or more) straight to the garbage!

If you have experienced this already, maybe it feels better to know that I am speaking from my own experience too. At least, you are not alone. Still, just make sure you don’t fall for that again, and this goes for any other online business idea/opportunity.

Word of Advise:

Do your research first, look for things yourself! Most of the time you can start earning money with just a little time and research put into it, no money in. After all, in the offline world you don’t pay to attend an interview without guarantee of getting hired, do you? So you should not do it online either!


Have you ever been scammed by 'survey lists'?

See results

© 2010 Veronica Almeida


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • varonny profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Almeida 

      7 years ago from TORONTO

      Thank you!

      Yes surveys are in deed a very tricky things that waste people's time more often than not. :)

      *sorry for the late response but have been away for a while..

    • fibo777 profile image


      7 years ago from UK

      Very good hub. I do not believe much in the surveys stuff. There are more serious ways to make money online. Most of them take time. Up for you.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, 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:

    Show Details
    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 or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    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)
    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.
    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)