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Making cash from online survey sites - new MSE guide

edited 28 January 2013 at 5:23PM in Boost Your Income
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  • penyfforddpenyffordd Forumite
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    Panelbase.net is not worth the result.

    I became a member in March 2009 (yes 2009), with a £3.00welcome for joining.

    Did you surveys come, ecky thump, did they not!

    When they did, I kept getting blocked out as soon as theyasked me in the survey, where did I live. I lived on the border, so I put in next region, and everytime I wasaccepted to go on in the survey.

    I just looked at my profile, over the past 4 years, I wasasked to take part in 187 surveys, which amounts to about 3.89 surveys a month.

    From my start date of 3 March 2009, my first survey Icompleted, for a 25p was on 18 August 2009, after that 1 January 2010, for 50p.

    I am in the process of making a withdrawal, I think after 4years, I have given it enough time of my life. Once it hits the bank, I am unsubscribing, the other main reason for leaving is last paragraph below.

    They say that they do hold a prize draw every month (yeahright), and every survey you do, even if you get screened out, an entry is putin for you.

    What can I tell you about the surveys you get fromPanelbase.net. In my case, 80% was aboutadverts I heard on the radio.

    Also recently (October 2012) have been getting surveys abouttelevision programmes that have appeared on Sky. Have you watched them, did you know they wereon, what did you think of the advertising of the programme.

    There is one disadvantage to Panelbase.net. They rely very heavy on Adobe Flashplayer,which makes it an impossibility to use any apple IPAD or iphone.

    So when you mainly use an IPAD, and a survey comes in viayour email, you either have to crank up the PC or Laptap.

    In todays computer world, you would think they would have the facility to accomodate the ipad etc, so this was another major reason why I shall also be unsubscribing.

    I hope I have not waffled on, but this is my experience of them for the past 4 years.

    Thank you for reading.
  • fairyclicksfairyclicks Forumite
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    Debt-free and Proud!
    Just came across this thread and thought some of you might find some of my other survey sites threads useful. There is a lot of info on them though they haven't been used in a while:

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=3769327

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4375829

    Hope you find them useful xx
    Debt at Aug 2010 (LBM) £21,908.86, Debt Freeeeee Date 4th Nov 2013 :j:j:j Massive Thanks to the £10 per day thread :A Next goals:
    Savings £1203.16/£10,000******Mortgage to Zero: £52,579.46 to go
    Feb Earnings: £711.20/£500 March: £434.41/£500
    Currently compiling an A-Z of earning sites and happy to share it ;)
  • MollyDollyMollyDolly Forumite
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    Penyffordd,

    I have been with PanelBase for about 12 months now, I find them very good and have cashed out a good few times with them.:)

    I don't always receive emails for surveys, or if I do and don't complete them straight away they may have reached their maximum responses.

    I find it a good idea to log-in to all survey sites regularly and see what is available - some companies don't send out email invites at all.

    The thing about FlashPlayer is understandable really - so as to be able to complete certain surveys.:)
  • Planet_SwitzerlandPlanet_Switzerland Forumite
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    I've been doing Yougov surveys for a few years now, but signed up to a few more sites in October, and then a few more at the start of the year. This is how I've found them so far:

    Yougov - I joined in 2007 and it took me till October last year to reach the £50 threshold. I did however ignore a lot of surveys over that time, but since October I have done all the paying ones I've been invited to and have £15 so far, so I'm hoping it should take less than 5 years this time round. The surveys are quite good, never too long and I have never been screened out of one.

    The following were ones I joined in October:

    Global Test Market - The one I've earned most money from so far, but also the one I spend the most time on. It's rare that a day goes by that I don't have an invite from them, but I do get screened out a lot. The surveys themselves can be hit or miss, quite a few are with external companies so some can be interesting and some can be tedious.

    New Vista Live - The only one of the ones I joined in October I've got no money from yet, but does have the highest threshold (£50) and I'm around half way there. The surveys themselves to pay well for the length of them, there just isn't enough of them.

    Panelbase - Don't get too many surveys from them. I once had a survey that was very tedious and took a good 20-30 minutes and when I got to the end it said my answers failed validation which I was obviously very annoyed about. Have had no such problems since and have reached pay out once, but this always sticks in the back of my mind.

    My Survey - Very much a feast or famine of surveys for this one. It's only £3 threshold and I have gone from zero to pay out in one day before, but then can go for weeks with absolutely no surveys.

    The rest of these are ones I joined at the start of the year:

    Crowdology - The invites I get are quite often mini quizes which can be quite fun. Only need £4 to rech payout too. However, you do need to be quick as on more than one occasion I have gone to a survey around an hour after the invite to be told it is now closed.

    Mind Mover - Invites are quite rare so can see it taking a while to reach payout. I honestly can't remember too much about the surveys I've taken which is probably a good thing as it shows I'm not getting irratated by them.

    One Poll - Don't think they send out invites, but you get several small surveys when you log in. Quite often get screened out, but usually it happens after one question. I'm guessing that this may be a good one for single people it seems that the bulk of my screenouts come from saying I'm married in the first question.

    Opinion Bar - This one seems a big waste of time. If I remember correctly, I got £1 for completing my profile which apparently gives me more survey opportunities. However, my balance has increased by just 20p since then and this was shortly after joining too. I think this is one where you can only do ones your invited to, but the invites never come.

    Opinion World - When I first joined the surveys tended to just be prize draw ones rather than paying ones, but this has since improved. There does however appear to be no correlation between time spent on surveys. I'll get one invite saying 50p for a 5 minute survey, then the next one will be 50p for 30 minutes. It can also screen you out quite far into the survey which is annoying. They do have a lot of available surveys though.

    Opinium - Similar to mind mover, haven't done that many surveys but the ones I've done haven't been too painful to do.

    Populus Live - I think every survey I've been invited to take is about politics. They pay genorously for the surveys you get invited to, but invites can be quite rare.

    Pure Profile - I was thinking this one was a waste of time. I remember spending a long time completing my profile only to find invites rare. They pay 5p if you get screened out of a survey, and up until a couple of weeks ago I only had 20p balance from 4 surveys I got screened out of. I have however discovered you can find surveys available to you by logging in a clicking the "Next Button" and I've finally managed to complete some surveys and my balance isn't looking that bad now.

    Springboard - Gave me a good first impression with a couple of nice little surveys to complete. I was also asked how often I would like to receive invites to which I said every day. However, invites are very rare and as tings stand it looks like this is going to be the second slowest paying site after Opinion Bar. Shame because the surveys themselves are probably the nicest ones.

    Surveyhead - I reached threshold on this one a few weeks back, but some of my surveys are still "pending". This is one where you will find more surveys on your dashboard when you log in. Of all the sites I joined in January, this is the one I have earned the most money on (in terms of balance). The surveys can be quite tedious though. Occasionally I get an invite for a 5 minute survey paying £3 (or similar) which I always get screened out of, then get offered a 30 minute survey for 72p which is rather annoying.

    We Pay Per Survey - Only a £4 threshold, but surveys are quite rare. Often when I get invites, it tells me that I'm going to a specific survey but then fill out a couple of details, then go somewhere completely different, fill out the same details again, then go somewhere else again etc before being told they couldn't find me a suitable survey which is annoying

    WH Smith - Think its the same people as We Pay Per Survey, and my experience is also the same.

    Your say Pays - They send out invites randomly for available surveys so you need to check your account. This is going quite slowly but the surveys are nice and quick.

    Of course it's still early days with a lot of them and I may change my mind in a few months time.
  • melf1nnmelf1nn Forumite
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    MollyDolly wrote: »
    Penyffordd,

    I have been with PanelBase for about 12 months now, I find them very good and have cashed out a good few times with them.:)

    I don't always receive emails for surveys, or if I do and don't complete them straight away they may have reached their maximum responses.

    I find it a good idea to log-in to all survey sites regularly and see what is available - some companies don't send out email invites at all.

    The thing about FlashPlayer is understandable really - so as to be able to complete certain surveys.:)

    I also really like panelbase. I just prefer the layout of their surveys over a lot of the other companies I use. I have also had quite a few payouts from them aswell.
  • I have been completing surveys for about 2.5 years.I check most of the panels,some are great, others so so and a few distinctly dodgy. I am also a member of coupleof forum panels. Last year I made over £1000 in Amazon vouchers, paypal and cheques. To earn a decent amount you have to put in the time completing the surveys. I have a regular routine -when I get home from work, I shower and change, make myself a cuppa and power up the laptop.I spend about an hour a night on surveys.Favourite panels - it varies,I seem to do well on some for a while and then surveys either dry upor I get filtered out a lot. Fortunately when this occurs other panels seem to become more active. The most consistent tend to be My Survey,Valued Opinions, New Vista and Pinecone. For a while I was doing very well with Vivatic but recently I have been less lucky with them.
  • RathiRathi Forumite
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    Hope many of you know about TopCashBack website. If you are new to the Paid Survey Site then you can signup for the following survey sites through TopCashBack where you will ear from 0.70 to 1.70 pounds. I did that and so thought of sharing.
    1. mysurvey uk
    2. GlobalTestMarket
    3. NewVista
    4. Populus
    5. surveys.co.uk

    If you are not a member of TopCashBack then check with your friends/relatives about the feedback and ask them to refer, so that they get referrel bonus of 10 pounds.
  • daisy0210daisy0210 Forumite
    25 posts
    I never had any luck with Pinecone. I filled in application forms but never got any surveys.
  • paulat82paulat82 Forumite
    1 posts
    i've always found Panelbase a good one and have made lots of money from them. Use all the other ones on here also. Also good ones are, survey network, focus line surveys and surveyhead. reward tv is a fun site and you can swap your points for vouchers in the shopping spree if your fast or bid on auctions.
  • divvyonedivvyone Forumite
    13 posts
    Could someone help me please I'm a newbie can't get a handle on any of these earning ops nothing seems to track or I'm not fully completing or something. I keep seeing Permission Research on a few survey sites I've joined has anyone had any luck with them I always click off as I have read you have to download something they may have a virus. In the no purchase offers for Surveys.co.uk is there a magic trick to get these to track I have done a few none have tracked do you have to complete through an email they send you? I'ts all getting a bit soul destroying now any help would be such a help, thanks
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