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There’s a secret to making money with online surveys. Honestly. And today I’m going to share it with you.
But what is the fascination with online surveys ?
Why do so many people (blog owners in particular) think surveys are one of the best ways to make money online ?
And why do “they” try to talk all stay-at-home moms into doing online surveys “in your spare time” ? Like there’s a lot of spare time for moms 🙂
Everyone who writes just about anything slightly related to working from home has at least one article about survey sites. Without fail ! And boy-o-boy, there are a lot of them out there. Luck for us, though, most of these articles throw in something like “…surveys won’t make you rich…”
Phew. I feel so much better.
Ok, I won’t deny that online surveys might be one of the easiest ways to make money online, but…
…you can’t make a lot of money doing them, and
…they’re not reliable sources of income, and
…there’s definitely not an abundance of them to do.
They are, however, the sport nookie of online jobs. We try them out, we kind of like them for a quick minute, we get bored and put them aside for a while, then we’re reminded of how easy they are and give them another look.
So, why the fascination to online surveys ?
I think it’s the thought of making quick, easy money. Thinking it might be possible to make a few hundred dollars – because we’ve read it’s possible – is what keeps us going back to them.
But the sad truth is, a lot of survey websites don’t actually pay cash – they “pay” in virtual currency, typically in the form of gift cards. And the ones that do pay in actual funds will eventually quit doing that. I can almost promise you that.
Which brings me to this: The secret to making real money doing online surveys
Here’s How You Can Make More Cash Doing Surveys
Actually, there are two secrets !
The First Secret:
Only do surveys that actually pay you MONEY. It can be hard to figure out which survey sites are legitimate, so a while ago I wrote about some of the best survey sites that pay cash. I also listed some of them below.
But like I said earlier, it won’t be long before these survey sites quit paying cash. And another thing: most of these survey sites invite you to do their surveys, based on the demographics you entered when you signed up, so there aren’t many surveys to go around.
And here’s something else to know: even the cash-paying survey sites will typically payout in points that you later redeem for cash.
With that in mind, the best survey site, and the only one I consider, is Amazon Mechanical Turk, aka Mturk. Mturk isn’t exclusively a survey site, it is a crowdsourcing marketplace that has a lot of surveys for the doing. Basically, Mturk is Amazon’s version of letting people post little tasks they need to have done in exchange for a little bit of pay to people who do those tasks. Including surveys of any kind. You are paid in real money via PayPal, AND there are tons of surveys that anyone can do. No waiting around for an invitation.
You can sign up with Mturk here, just look for the Sign In As A Worker link at the upper right corner.
And hey, even if you have to wait for an invitation to do a survey, the only thing it’ll cost you is your time. So I want to encourage you to sign up with other money payers, like these:
The Second Secret:
Ok, here are some well-known and reputable survey sites that “pay” in the form of gift cards:
iPoll (also pays cash)
My Points (more than just surveys)
Swagbucks (also pays cash)
But now you’re stuck with gift cards.
So you have a couple choices:
- use the gift cards (but you really want cash, right?), or
- you can swap them for cash.
Swapping your gift cards for cash is the secret.
You can sell your gift cards for cash through buyback companies like:
As much as you want to easily earn money, millions of people want to easily save money. These gift card buyback companies are online platforms that let people shop for discounted gift cards. You make money by listing your gift card – the one you earned from doing those non-cash-paying surveys – setting the selling price, and getting paid by PayPall, direct deposit, or check when someone buys your card.
So…Can You Make Real Money Doing Online Surveys?
Whether you’re hoping for cash or are willing to sell your earned gift cards, you really can make money doing surveys. Surveys are fine when you have a few minutes to spare; keep in mind, though, that you won’t make much.
And remember, sign up with more than one of these survey sites so you have better odds of being invited to do some of the surveys. And don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit…do some of the cash-payers and some of the card-payers.