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Published October 2nd 2016
Learn Who to Trust Before Signing up for Online Surveys
Make Some Extra Money Online There are hundreds of online survey sites, however some of them either pay very little or some actually sell your address on and you get a lot of junk mail if you sign up for them.
With all these companies you can begin a survey and get "screened out", which means you were not suitable for that particular survey.
The following lists are ones that I have been using for some time and are genuine, pay when you request payment, and are free to join.
There are several ways they can pay you:
PAYPAL Paypal is a convenient way to receive money as you can transfer it to your bank account for no charge.
They have a quarterly prize draw and usually if you do not get to do the survey, you will get a few entries into the prize draw. Their surveys give around 120 points for a 12-minute survey.
If you are screened out, you get 20 points and an entry into the prize draw. You also earn up to 500 points if you refer a friend.
You cannot cash out until you have 1000 points which equals $10 and they have a $10, $20 or $50 Flexi eGift Card.
Global Test Market
This is an international company, as the name implies, and they issue more invitations to do surveys than any of the other company, however I seem to get screened out of these quite a lot, so you ARE wasting time each time you spend five minutes or so before you are screened out.
They have sweepstakes entries as well as the normal payment with points for each survey completed and they pay about 22 market points for 10 minutes work, and 193 market points gives you a $10 e-voucher. In reality, this means you have to do about 10 surveys to get a $10 voucher.
Mint surveys is owned and managed by The Online Research Unit Pty Ltd (The ORU Pty Ltd). The ORU is one of Australia's leading online research companies, 100% Australian owned and an established member of the Association of Market and Social Research Organisations (AMSRO).
The amount of reward points received from this Firm is clearly stated on each survey invitation that you receive, and will depend on the length of time the survey takes to complete. This is one of the few survey companies who pay you in dollars instead of points, and I find this far better than the points system, as you know instantly how much you will earn when you receive an invitation to do a survey.
Once the survey has been completed, your $AU rewards will be added to your Mint Surveys account. If you are screened out of a survey you will receive 1 reward point.
With Mint you can redeem your points for a Coles Myer gift card.
They are a member of the Association of Market & Social Research Organisations and European Association of Opinion and Marketing Research (ESOMAR) and as such comply with Australian and Global industry standards and guidelines.
Unfortunately, this company does not have as many invitations as some of the others, however, their surveys are usually quite interesting.
You can redeem your reward points for $30 cash via direct bank deposit from this Company, or redeem your reward points for a voucher, or, as a few of these people are now doing, you can donate your rewards to Charity.
Valued Opinion is an International company and although they pay similar to the rest, I find that the first process to check whether you qualify for a particular survey, often can take longer with this company. You can get five minutes into a survey and then be told you do not qualify. I feel this is too much time spent for an entry into a prize draw. However, they are legitimate and the few times I have complained about this, they have given me points to compensate for it.
OpinionWorld is operated by Survey Sampling International, and is a global provider of opinions, and they link companies with consumer views. Over 3,000 companies worldwide use SSI to gain insights to grow their business. SSI has been established for around 39 years and 32,000,000 surveys are completed annually. SSI has several survey panels including MyOpinions, Your Voice and QuickThoughts in Australia.
I believe there are a lot of "dodgy" companies around claiming to do surveys or make money online. All the ones I have mentioned, I have been doing for 2 - 3 years now and they are all legitimate.
You are not going to get rich from doing surveys, and if a company states you can make a lot of money, then it is possibly a scam, but you CAN make a bit of extra pocket money and if you are at home anyway, some of the surveys are quite interesting!
It is something that you could possibly do while you have young children, or if you are, like me, retired, and looking for something to do, you can just make a bit of extra money.
I generally get the Coles or Woolworths vouchers as payment, and I always enjoy going to the checkout and getting $50 or whatever, off my groceries!
It is also something you can do when you have just 10 minutes spare, however, I find if I leave it for a day after I receive the email re a particular survey, I mostly screen out. This is due to them having had enough people with matching criteria to myself, having already done the particular survey.