Right before I graduated from high school, I remember signing up for a dozen survey sites. With each of those signups, I was often bombarded with tons of emails containing links to surveys. And guess what? I never qualified.
I realize now that partly may have been because I was 17, and most market research studies are looking for an older demographic. However, I was so discouraged, I gave it up for a few years. I figured it wasn’t worth my time to go through five or ten minutes of a survey, only to be told I didn’t qualify.
Well, last year, I remember reading a post my favorite deals website, Freebies2Deals. The post was about her favorite survey sites. And how people were actually making money doing it. And not just making money, but getting free products. I couldn’t believe it. But after reading the post, and doing some research on some of the companies she posted about, I decided to give it another shot.
And I’m so glad I did. Seriously, in the past 6 months alone, I think I’ve made over 100 dollars, plus I’ve gotten free, full-size products to try out. I have fifty dollars right now, just waiting to be redeemed (though I’m trying to save everything I make for Christmas, so I’m resisting the temptation!) We’ve gotten a huge container of Tide Pods, Bath and Body Works hand soaps, baby wipes, frozen meals, toilet paper, and more. And it’s so easy to do. At night, when we are just watching TV, I pull open my favorite survey sites, and see if there is any
Here are my favorite, legitimate survey websites. I definitely recommend signing up for the first two, because that is where I make my most money and get the most free products, but if you have some extra time, the other ones aren’t too bad either. These are all free survey websites as well — no catch!
- Both Forrest and I have signed up for this one, and have made a decent amount of money recently. I really like this one because I almost always qualify for the survey, and they are usually pretty interesting. I’ve gotten a few full-sized products from MySurvey as well, which is cool. They also send a ton of surveys, which is awesome, because if you don’t qualify for one, there’s usually another one ready to go. MySurvey has excellent customer service, which is nice, because quite often the surveys end up having an error at the end, and I don’t get credited my points. I just send them an email, and those points are usually deposited in a few days. Sometimes you might get selected for a special survey, where you get cash in the mail along with a product.
Points accumulate rather quickly. I usually save mine up for Amazon gift cards, but they have tons of different options. There are gift cards for restaurants, DVDs, games, or even just the option to be paid via PayPal. The minimum cash out is usually around 1,000 points, but it’s 1,100 for an Amazon gift card. It really just depends on what you want.
It does take awhile for points to be redeemed though, so don’t think you are going to get the gift card immediately. I think it usually takes about 2-3 weeks, so plan ahead!
- This is the first site I signed up with at the beginning of last year, so it has a special place in my heart. It used to be called Global Opinion Panels, but recently merged with I-say, which I also was a member of. The surveys are usually between 10 and 20 minutes long, and I feel like it is really easy to rack up points quickly. There are a lot of things that points can be traded in for, and I believe that 1,000 points will get you an Amazon gift card.
This is the site where I’ve gotten the most free products. I’ve also participated in several studies where, along with a product or a study I have to fill out at my house, I’m sent money as well. Like recently, I was sent a product to review, along with a 10 dollar bill, and as soon as I’m done, I’ll get another 25 dollars. So beyond getting points for surveys, you also can earn some cash.
There are usually quite a few surveys available, and I usually do qualify. It’s nice though, because even if you don’t qualify, you get 5 points. Which isn’t a lot, but it can add up. They also have the “poll predictor” at the end of each survey, where you can get a certain amount of sweeps entries for guessing the correct answer. I-say also has a loyalty program, where you get extra points for filling out a certain number of surveys
- Most of the surveys on here are worth 1 dollar, though I have gotten a few worth more. I have a love-hate relationship with SurveySavvy though. Sometimes I really feel like I”m going to qualify for a survey, and then after I’ve been asked a ton of questions, I get kicked out. However, the surveys really don’t take a lot of time, and when you do qualify, it’s worth it. I like that they have something to download to your desktop where you can take the surveys as well. They also have a good referral program.
- I haven’t made a ton of money with this one yet, but I have gotten some free products, so it’s one that I feel is worthwhile. They don’t send tons of surveys, but when they do, I usually qualify, unless they quota is already full by the time I get to it. They have a great referral program, and most surveys are worth 1-5 dollars. I think the minimum cash out is 5 dollars, and that can be accumulated rather quickly.
- Just pick two or three sites to focus on. When I first started doing surveys, I remember signing up for like 15. DON’T DO THIS! I just found that I got way too overwhelmed with all the emails I would get, and I ended up just deleting all of them. Instead of doing this, if you just sign up for a couple, you can really focus on getting those surveys done, and making some actual money.
- If anywhere in the browser says OTX, be aware that these surveys are designed to disqualify you. After I discovered this, I started to notice more, and I almost never qualified. I haven’t ever seen this with MySurvey or I-say, but I have with some other sites I’ve used in the past.
- Most sites will have some type of surveys to take about yourself when you sign up, or a profile to fill out. Be sure to do this. It really does help you get more surveys that you will qualify for, because they have already kind of pre-screened you. I found that I get tons of surveys about babies and children since I updated mine to say I had a baby.
- In the beginning, try and answer all the surveys sent to you. What I’ve realized is that when I filled out more surveys in the beginning, or over time, they send me more. I think it shows them that you actually want to participate, and they want to reward you for that.
- Don’t let it overwhelm you. Just have this be something that you wind down with, or do while you are watching TV. If you get stressed out about making sure you do every single survey right when you get it, it kind of takes the fun out of it!