Online paid surveys are a great way to make some extra money, even though they won’t make you rich. Despite the fact that they don’t pay a lot, there are a few tips and tricks to earn more from paid online surveys.
Sign up with multiple survey panels:
Not every survey site will have enough surveys for you each week to make decent money. Some sites have more surveys than others.
To make the most money, you need to sign up with multiple survey sites and take as many surveys as you can. You won’t qualify for every survey, so increase your chances of qualifying and earning money by taking as many surveys as you can.
Get autofill software:
Filling out information is the most time-consuming part of taking online surveys. Using autofill software, which automatically fills in information you have previously provided, will drastically reduce the amount of time you spend on this task.
This gives you more time to fill out even more surveys and make even more money. If you can’t afford the software, there are number of free autofill software programs, such as Roboform and Lastpass, and even Firefox has a free autofill add-on called Autofill Forms.
Get a separate email account:
Most survey sites send you an email whenever a new survey becomes available. If you have signed up for multiple survey sites, this means you’ll receive a lot of emails each day.
You don’t want to miss a single one of these simply because they got lost in the shuffle. To avoid this, set up a separate email account solely for online surveys.
This will keep you organized and focused and will make sure that you never miss a single survey invite again.
Check your email frequently:
Survey panels have a quota for each survey they send out. Once the companies receives enough responses, the survey expires. Particularly high paying surveys will fill up even faster.
This is why it’s important to have an email address specifically for online surveys and to check it frequently. You’re not going to make any money at all if you continuously miss out on survey opportunities.
If you have a smart phone, set it so the phone alerts you whenever you have a new email. If you don’t have a smart phone, just make it a habit to check your email at least every hour to two hours.
If you do receive a survey invitation, drop what you are doing and complete it right away, before someone else beats you to it.
Never pay to join a survey site:
Legitimate survey panels will never ask you to pay to join. If a site does ask you to pay, don’t comply. Leave the site immediately, as it is most likely a scam.
Also, never pay for a list of survey sites. Although it is very convenient to simply purchase a list of survey sites, any money you spend on such a list is a complete waste since all of this information is available for free online. If you simply take a few minutes to do a little research on the topic, you can easily save yourself some cash.
Join BBB accredited survey sites:
Survey sites accredited by the Better Business Bureau are guaranteed to be legitimate, honest sites that are worthy of your time. These are sites that have pledged to abide by the BBB rules of conduct and tend to have a rating of a B or better by the bureau. If you are looking for new survey sites to join, BBB accredited sites are the best place to start.
Read reviews of survey sites:
Save time and hassle by spending most of your time on survey sites with the best reviews. Online surveys are a popular way to make money and many bloggers have documented which sites are more lucrative than others.
Pay rates among survey sites vary as do the number of available surveys on each site. Find out which sites pay the best and have the most survey opportunities and focus your attention on them. Do a search for words like “best paid survey sites” or “paid survey reviews.”
Fill out the profile section of your account:
Filling out profile surveys or the profile section of your account will ensure that only relevant surveys will be sent to you. This will save you a lot of time and hassle in the end because you won’t have to waste time taking surveys that you disqualify for halfway through.
Remember, you only get paid for the surveys you qualify for and complete. If you start taking a survey and find you are disqualified, you don’t get paid for your time. Update your profile information often to make sure you get the most relevant surveys.
Keep a record of each payout request:
If you have signed up for multiple survey sites, it is easy to lose track of who owes you what and when.
Every time you request a payout from a survey site, take a screen shot of your payout request and store the image somewhere safe. That way, you’ll have a record of how much money you’re expecting and you’ll know when to expect it.
If your money doesn’t arrive, simply contact the survey site, inform them of the problem and send them the screen shot as proof. This will save a lot of time and hassle, for both you and the survey site and will ensure that you receive every penny you earn.
Only Do Short Surveys:
Surveys don’t pay a whole lot of money so to make sure surveys are worth your time, stick to surveys that only take between 10-15 minutes. Surveys that take any longer than that simply don’t pay enough for the amount of time they require.
Most surveys sites will tell you ahead of time how long each survey will take and a few survey sites, such as Mindfield Online and American Consumer Opinion, state right on their website that all of their surveys take less than 15 minutes to complete.
Don’t Rush or Take Too Long:
Surveys are only valid for as long as the quota has not been met. As soon as the company receives the desired number of responses, the survey expires. This is why you need to complete a survey in a reasonable amount of time once you start it.
Try to avoid interruptions and don’t walk away from the survey to take care of something and then come back to it. You may find that the survey expired while you were away.
On the other hand, survey companies are aware that many survey takers try to cheat by not even reading the questions and racing through the survey as quickly as possible.
If you are caught doing this, the company will end the survey prematurely and you won’t be paid for your time. To make sure you get paid, just complete the survey promptly without rushing through it.
Always cash out when you reach the minimum payout:
Once you reach the minimum amount to cash out, do so promptly. There’s no reason to store your available money on the survey site when it should be in your wallet or bank account.
Survey companies go out of business all the time so there’s not telling when the site might shut down, taking your money with it. As soon as you can get your hands on your money, do it.
With these tips, you should be able to streamline the process of taking online surveys and earn more money. If you have any tips or tricks of your own, leave us a comment and let us know.
Stick with surveys that pay well:
As easy as surveys are to do, surveys that pay less than 50 cents are not worth your time. Since most surveys take at least 10 or 15 minutes to complete, and often times more, surveys that pay very little are simply a waste of your time. If you do surveys for this little, you’ll have to do more of them to earn any money at all and before you know it you’re spending a lot of time making very little money. For more info, read the following article How Much Do Online Surveys Pay?
Focus on the Survey Sites That Work the Best for You:
After you have been taking surveys for a while, you will notice that you make more money with certain sites more than others. Or you may notice that you make the same amount on certain sites with half the effort than other sites. Maximize your time by focusing on the specific sites that seem to be the most profitable or time efficient for you.
Don’t Give Up Too Soon:
The amount survey sites pay you isn’t a ton so it is easy to get discouraged when you only see a small amount of money accruing in your account each month. The thing to remember is that a little bit each day really adds up by the end of the month.
Instead of getting discouraged by focusing on the big goal of reaching the minimum payout, instead focus on small goals of 50 cents to $1 a day. When you reach this goal each day, it will feel like a small victory every day and will encourage you to keep going.
Although they won’t make you rich, online surveys are worth it if you know how to make the most of your time spent doing them.