Make Money With Paid Online Surveys - Scam or Real Money Making Opportunity?

Author: Mark Bellinger

Online Surveys have had a lot of bad press recently as there are so many "survey companies" making absurd promises about the amount of money that can be made from taking online surveys "from the comfort of your armchair at home".

Is There Really a Market for Paid Surveys?

Well, the things is getting market research from consumers is a totally legitimate process which companies, both big and small, are driving all the time.

In other words this market research information which they often get in the form of online surveys is so vital to their existence or competitiveness in their market that they are more than willing to pay for it.

Some of them pay cash for each survey completed, others pay their survey respondents in the form of rewards but the point is this - you and I can really get paid for giving our opinion to do with products and services that we have experienced in the form of an online survey.

Where Can We Find Online Survey Work?

Well we can approach companies in our individual capacity and hope to get some survey work or you can sign up with a legitimate "online survey company" that will provide you with a constant flow of online surveys for which you will get paid.

Identifying Online Survey Scams

The "online survey scams" originate from the many so called survey companies, that have sprung up from this lucrative and legitimate opportunity, that promise a certain earning potential to their paying members but unfortunately only fill their email boxes with scam, spam and junk.

Quite simply the legitimate paid survey companies have stood the test of time and the scams have probably been named and shamed.

But just to make sure, do a Google search on the survey company's name and disgruntled members' comments will probably be reflected in the search results to do with that particular paid survey company.

Benefits of Joining a Legitimate Survey Company

Generally just taking Online Surveys isn't all that is offered if you are a member of an Online Survey company.

You will more than likely also be offered the chance to make more money by participating in the following...

You can get paid to participate in focus groups

You can get paid to take phone surveys

You can get paid to try new products and keep them in most cases

You can get paid to preview new movies

You can get paid to do data entry

Other Benefits of Taking Online Surveys

Apart from the main benefit of taking online surveys which is to get paid for your research, other benefits include the following;

Work from home or at the office

Work in your spare time or make it your full time job

Do only the surveys you want

Participate in the additional paid marketing research activities that you choose

Paid Online Surveys - Conclusion

Joining a legitimate paid survey company is certainly a real way to make money online fairly easily, however whilst it could provide a steady income, I doubt whether you or I could get rich by just taking online surveys.

So in a nutshell, all you need is a computer and an internet connection and you can start getting paid for taking online surveys from home or even at work in your spare time for some extra cash.

Get paid for Online Surveys and Reviews

I thought I'd add another post on some free stuff, its not work but its useful sometimes to take a break from your normal Work from Home job.

This can be anything from viewing adverts, reviews, completing surveys and giving your opinions on various items. You will never make enough money from this to make it your only job, but its useful to supplement your income. Anyone who tells you that you can work full time at this is just trying to scam you as its not possible.

I'm in the process of creating a list of all the survey websites I've used in the past. They operate as follows: you will be emailed various surveys, and awards a number of points for each survey completed. The points can then be exchanged for vouchers for most of the major online retailers.

I've found a few who will send you a cheque in the post, but you usually need to accumulate quite an amount before they send the cheque, so I find it best to just 'cash in' my points everytime I've enough for a $10 voucher, most times the voucher code will be emailed to me.



Generating Income from Blog and Sites

There are a number of ways to generate income from your blog and website. I'll share few which I found genuine and useful. Generally they are absolutely free of cost or have a very minimal cost of startup.

1. Advertisement Programs: It can be of the following types:

a. Cost Per Impression (CPM) Advertising Programs
These type of adv programs places some ads from the advertisers on your site based on your contents and estimates the page per impression. When these ads are displayed on your site its called an impression. You are generally paid a certain sum of amount for N impressions. The actual figures depends upon various factors. Also When someone clicks these ads you receive certain amount of money for it, which is also derived from the CPM.

b. Cost Per Click programs: these type of programs normally have a fixed sum of money associated with each ad and whenever a user clicks on an ad you get that fixed amount of money.

Google Adsense is undisputedly the most popular CPM Advertising Program around. Second to it will be Yahoo Publisher Network which works almost similarly to Google Adsense. Google is open for worldwide publishers while others still restricted to US and Canada mostly.

2. Affiliate Links

Joining an affiliate program means placing some affiliate link on your blog or site. Everytime people click on the affiliate link and purchase an item, you will earn commission from the sale. Also called Refferal links by some programs. Google adsense supports Refferal links as well.

3. Sell Text Links

You may also offer to place text links for other websites and collect a fee from them, but finding suitable and interested websites may be difficult and time consuming but if you are successful it can generate some decent revenue. But first you need to be holding a popular site and having a decent and relevant traffic.
Text Link Ads automatically places ads on your ad space and pays you.

4. Pay Per Post Program

PayPerPost Pays you for every relevant post you write in your blog. Kind of sponsored blogging, bur you may still choose to write what you find useful.