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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 19 May at 8:45PM
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    edited 19 May at 8:45PM
    nandrews said:
    The case is not about what they say they will pay for a survey, but what they actually pay, how much and if they will pay at all. Indeed we are free to choose whether to enter a survey or not. But my gripe is when I receive an invitation to enter a survey, from a company who I have given an extensive profile to. Then they ask me maybe three questions such as age, gender, location and then reject me based on my profile. I say, why was I ever bothered by them when they clearly already knew I could not enter!
    You may do surveys for the compensation they will pay you, but they say it's not a paying deal and that they expect your opinions to be given voluntarily. Which us why the compensation is generally very small. But even so, as volunteers, I feel I deserve more respect for my time and effort than just being selected apparently at random, without regard for the details they already know.
    I appreciate that for some the choice of survey panel is a personal preference. But it's still worth sharing the reasons why, as the plus points maybe be helpful to others. Indeed the negative points may not have been realised by someone else and their mention might save them much wasted effort.
     

    I have always got paid the stated amount, if there is a screen out within a handful of questions it doesn't bother me (I would guess maybe 1 in 10 for direct surveys) - For all the sites I use it is a paying deal and time is rewarded - it is voluntarily only to the extent of whether to complete a survey or not but them rewarding for a completed survey is not voluntary.

    The "SurveyPolice" site (link already posted) rates over 100 survey sites and there are also user reviews for many of the top sites on there


    There are also numerous threads in this section on MSE with comments on many different survey sites.

  • MoonChild91MoonChild91 Forumite
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    Does anyone have any experience with Life Points? I've had them recommended to me but can't find much information on MSE. 
  • mjm3346mjm3346 Forumite
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    Does anyone have any experience with Life Points? I've had them recommended to me but can't find much information on MSE. 
    Recommended by someone you know or just one of many many many many promotional links (many) that have been about for a few months?

    They are another incarnation of the old lightspeed panel (Kantar/Lightspeed is a very large group).
    I used them years ago but gave up when I cut out several panels as not worth the effort - I did sign up to Life points (to pick up a bonus another site paid if you signed up to LP through their link), but I haven't used them as the rewards are not high enough for me to bother with.

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    I am with LP. Have been since MySurvey and GlobalTestMarket merged into it. It's the same as the majority in my view. You won't get much from them, but you do get the usual amount of time wasting invites (i.e., already closed, ask you again for profile details and reject, or ask many more questions and reject!). If you complain you will be brushed off and if you complain too much for them they'll stop their invites! I think all survey panels are tarred with the same brush!
      
  • MoonChild91MoonChild91 Forumite
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    That's good to know! One of my colleagues uses them, but I was dubious about signing up after my experience with Toluna - the only survey site I've ever used, and I thought it was a complete waste of time. I might not bother if they're nothing special!
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    I also had a few difficulties with Toluna, seems to be going about
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    what are the top 5 paying survey sites right now?
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    nannyto2 said:
    what are the top 5 paying survey sites right now?
    Check the MSE list - but your demographics will affect your earning potential, for example a single 80 year old, with no car, doesn't shop online, no insurance, not responsible for household bills or choosing energy suppliers and living on a state pension with no savings is likely to get very few survey opportunities.

    https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/make-money-surveys/

  • nandrewsnandrews Forumite
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    That's a tall order. Because for me it's not those that promise to pay the most (the best). It's more about those that actually do payout what they promise in their invitation! As you may have experienced, too many in fact all will invite you to enter surveys and then reject you, sometimes almost immediately, other times after repeating details from your profile yet other times still when you have answered many questions or even all of them!
    So the more steady of them which pay less per survey might be the better bet.
    I would suggest www.opiniumresearch.co.uk in that category. Though don't expect a problem free ride.
    Consider also Consumerpulse, Shopandscan and Nieslen who are interested in your shopping and also ask for occasional surveys.
     
  • dandyhighwaymandandyhighwayman Forumite
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    Has anyone had any problems with Your Say Pays? 
    I signed up a couple of weeks ago. I have completed 3 surveys, one for 20p (completing my profile), one for 35p and one for 50p, in that order. On completing the 50p one I checked my account balance and whilst listing all three amounts correctly it had my overall total as 50p.
    I emailed support asking what had happened and got this response:

    "I can see that you have completed 2 surveys on YourSayPays - the May 2020 Survey and the June 2020 survey, both for 15p each. You have also received 20p for completing your profile.

    We haven't run any surveys for 35p or 50p, so could you perhaps be mixing us up with another survey site?"

    Aside from the condescending tone this directly contradicts what was in my account yesterday (no, I haven't got sites mixed up) so I signed in to take a screenshot and - lo and behold - my history has been changed to match what's in their email.

    Consequently I don't feel that this is a trustworthy site.
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