Today’s savvy internet users are better able to detect whether or not a survey site is legitimate or not. Unfortunately, scammers are getting much better about making their sites look legit.
Here are some tips on how to find trusted online paid survey sites.
Do They Charge to Join?
Time and again, we hear stories about people who paid money to sign up with an online survey company only to find out that they’ve been scammed. Legit survey sites (as well as in-person panels and focus groups) will never charge you to take surveys. Here’s why…
- They have been paid by the company that is sponsoring the survey; there’s zero need to collect money from survey participants.
- Surveys in their truest sense of the word have always been free to take and are on a volunteer basis.
- Collecting money from survey participants can cause negative emotions (i.e., resentment), which can negatively affect survey answers.
Valid sites will never charge, so steer clear of anyone who asks for credit card information or a “small fee” to have the privilege of taking their surveys.
How Much Will You Get Paid?
Top paid online survey sites are truthful and upfront about what you can expect to receive for payment. Some companies award gift cards, points, or money for your participation.
A red flag to look for is when you are promised an unreasonably high reward for participation. For example, getting a $100 gift card for a 5-minute survey just doesn’t logically add up. Taking surveys is not a “get rich quick” scheme; it’s a way to make a little here and there, which adds up over time.
How Much Time Will You Have to Spend on Surveys?
Surveys, panel discussions, and focus groups can vary depending on how much information the sponsoring company needs from participants. For example, some might take 5-minutes and reward a $10 gift card, while others may take an hour and award $50.
In-person focus groups and panels will usually pay more than online surveys, but the survey company will inform you ahead of time about how much you’ll get and how much time it will take.
Can Kids and Teens Participate?
Absolutely! There are plenty of surveys and focus groups that test kid’s toys and snack products aimed at a younger audience. Teens might be needed to test out a new feature on a smartphone, a video game controller, or to comment on a new line of athletic shoes.
These types of activities can be fun and lucrative for kids and teens, but we do caution that a parent or guardian should always be present, whether doing the survey online or in person. You can’t be too careful when it comes to your children!
Do Online Paid Surveys Really Work?
When you do your research and keep the above tips in mind, you can have a very positive experience doing online paid surveys. One of the best paid online surveys involves getting paid even if you are unable to complete it.
Most sites will not give you anything unless you complete the survey. At Point Club, however, we pay you a certain number of points even if you don’t finish. Why do we do this? Because sometimes the internet connection fails or something important comes up…and we believe in rewarding our loyal participants just for trying.
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