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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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  • edited 11 October 2019 at 12:18PM
    Gizmo72Gizmo72 Forumite
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    edited 11 October 2019 at 12:18PM
    Harris cancelled my account for the same reason - they never sent me any surveys, so I couldn't do any surveys, so they closed my account due to inactivity - and it looks like Hi-epanel are going the same way - I keep on contacting them to find out the last time I did a survey or redeemed a reward but never get a reply.
    Edit: I got a reply today - it said there is no way to view when I last did a survey or got points, but says my last survey was in about June 2016.
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  • kjmpdekjmpde Forumite
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    there are other survey sites available but the reviews and past experience of OPINION OUTPOST indicates that this is a scam site . you do get the surveys but i have yet to find anybody that has received a reward. the account gets locked when you ask for a reward,
  • nandrewsnandrews Forumite
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    I have volunteered for OPINION OUTPOST for a number of years and have received rewards from them. But they are certainly no better than many such sites.
    My experience is that most invites, when I respond to them even after a few minutes, direct me to a survey with a different duration and rewards. More often than not one with no compensation. Though they ask a number of questions unrelated to the survey subject beforehand!
  • Polaris302Polaris302 Forumite
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    Hello,

    I've seen claims that people can earn up to £300 a month just by doing online surveys and I have questions:

    1) How much time would a person need to spend doing surveys a day /week / month?

    2) Is spending this amount of time answering questions feasible for someone working full time, say 40 hours per week?
  • Greenqueen_2Greenqueen_2 Forumite
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    I’ve been doing surveys for years. I earn nothing like £300 per month.

    To achieve that amount you would need to spend an average of 5 hours every day, including weekends, so for a full time worker I would think it’s not possible.
  • scaredofdebtscaredofdebt Forumite
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    Polaris302 wrote: »
    Hello,

    I've seen claims that people can earn up to £300 a month just by doing online surveys and I have questions:

    1) How much time would a person need to spend doing surveys a day /week / month?

    2) Is spending this amount of time answering questions feasible for someone working full time, say 40 hours per week?

    I work full time and once earned just over £100 in a month using Qmee - it was very dull and I didn't try to repeat that the following month. It was 1-2 hours effort most days, so as an hourly rate very poor return around £2 an hour I would guess.

    I think if you do surveys along a full time job you could possibly get around the £150 mark a month unless you are extremely resistant to boredom!

    I will be trying other survey companies though to see if any are more lucrative.
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  • crusader298crusader298 Forumite
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    I have started doing surveys recently and most of the sites are good (I really like Prolific) but Branded Surveys seems very tricky.  I get a ridiculous amount of emails from them, get screened out from a lot of the surveys and channelled down their pipe (wastes time) and they pay less than most others.  Has anybody else had similar experiences?
  • nandrewsnandrews Forumite
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    Welcome to the world of surveys - for good and bad!
    I have been doing surveys for a few years now and am happy to get a little bit of pin money for non essentials.
    But as you have experienced, many survey panels seem to have a poor view of the time and effort we provide them.
    There are no panels which I would say are much better than others, though some reward a bit better. All of them will send you surveys, many of which you won't be eligible for (even by the profile details you supplied them) and others you will dropped after spending some minutes answering various questions. The Market Research Society (MRS) are the trade body behind many of them and they seem to support the tactics they employ and defend them when challenged!
    I wish you luck, but encourage you to vent your experiences and opinions here as you progress.
  • CaitykinssCaitykinss Forumite
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    I have started doing surveys recently and most of the sites are good (I really like Prolific) but Branded Surveys seems very tricky.  I get a ridiculous amount of emails from them, get screened out from a lot of the surveys and channelled down their pipe (wastes time) and they pay less than most others.  Has anybody else had similar experiences?
    Give it time and you'll soon discover which sites you prefer, and which just aren't worth it. I flit between Ipsos iSay, YouGov, Swagbucks, Prolific, Onepoll, Lifepoints, and have just started using Qmee. Some I use regularly, and some I just dip in and out of. I've had payouts from all of them though, so I know they're genuine - even if some are better than others. 

  • nandrewsnandrews Forumite
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    I'm not sure I provided much that is useful. I am being rather a downer, but I think others will agree that the situation is very one sided. Heads they win, tails you lose!
    But I wish you success.
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