A freelance writer living in Perth, and always on the search for something new, different and exciting.
Published June 12th 2011
Money isn't everything….but that doesn't mean it's not awesome to have more of it.
All that time you click around aimlessly on the internet, stare blankly at the TV screen, or wave around a laser light for your dog to chase, is all time you could be making extra cash by sharing your opinion online. I've compiled the most enjoyable and lucrative top 5 to get you started.
Pure Profile is home to the 'next' button. You'll be emailed when a survey is ready for you, then you just sign in and click on the Next button to complete it. If you're screened out (ie. you're not the demographic they're looking for with that particular survey) you still get paid – usually around $0.20. If you do go on to complete the survey, you can get paid quite a bit more. There is even cash incentives offered for visiting websites or viewing Youtube videos. If you log in everyday to check your Next button, you can accumulate cash quite quickly. Once you reach $25 you're able to request a payout directly into your bank account – too easy.
Rewards Central works on a points system. As well as earning points by completing surveys, you can log in everyday to earn points by viewing emails, visiting websites, completing quick surveys, or purchasing items through Rewards Central's online shopping partners. There are also games you can play, random member bonuses, and an ebank to help you earn interest on your points. Unless you shop online, it can take a little while to accumulate the points you need to cash out. Though once you have enough points you have the choice of receiving cash, vouchers, or even using them to bid in online auctions. You can also earn entries for regular prize draws.
valuedopinions.com.au Valued Opinions is popular with people I've spoken to due to the consistency of surveys offered. Each survey comes with a cash incentive for completion, which you can use towards purchasing vouchers for big retailers such as Bunnings, Woolworths, Dymocks and more. While there is plenty of opportunity to earn with Valued Opinions, there is some delay between completing the survey and actually receiving the reward.
wdyt.com.au Earning money online has never been so easy. With WDYT (What Do You Think) you get sent emails, and you get points for reading them. The more you click, the more you earn. WDYT will also email offers and surveys relative to your profile which can earn you points on completion. Once you have enough points you can cash them out for vouchers to Target, Myer, Kmart, Bunnings and more. You can even participate in reward auctions for movie vouchers, itunes vouchers and other totally awesome stuff.
mysurvey.net.au My Survey Australia is another great survey site that offers point incentives for surveys. Even if you're screened out of a survey you still get some points, which you can accumulate towards rewards. With My Survey you have the option of cashing out your points as actual dollars through PayPal, or you can redeem them for vouchers to use at well-known retailers. There are also regular mini-surveys you can complete to earn prize entries for their quarterly prize draw.
Now before you run off and sign up to all these sites, there are a couple of things you should take note of first. The signing up process can be quite lengthy, and you may be asked to submit a lot of personal details. This is so they can send you surveys that are most relevant to you. While this may take some time – don't be discouraged, you only have to do it once before you can start earning away. Also, as everyone is different, the amount and types of surveys you receive may differ dramatically from Jo Bloggs next door. Basically, the best way to guarantee you get more surveys more often, is to complete more surveys more often. And lastly, it's worth having a high speed internet connection if you're going to make it a regular habit.
So next time you're bored on the weekend, or find yourself looking at Facebook for the 100th time in one day, why not do something fun and useful with your time, and make your mark in the world of online surveys?
Hi Rachel. I have been involved in a fair few online surveys and agree it is very difficult to distinguish one from the next. You don’t want to be wasting your time completing a lengthy profile if the company isn’t very well established with few surveys to complete. Reading all the major pros and cons listed in your article will save many people time and hassle when signing up. I have personally found Rewards Central as well as Big GiveAway and Fuel GiveAway to be worthwhile companies, I will now try some of the others you have recommended. Thanks for the info.
By M Ed - senior reviewer Tuesday, 14th of June @ 08:23 am
Thanks for this rundown of the best survey providers. I've often wondered whether it'd be worth my time signing up to a couple of them, but it seems like a bit of a minefield and I've never really known which providers can be trusted. Thanks for the article.
By Tim Falk - senior reviewer Thursday, 14th of July @ 06:05 am
Thanks for a great article. I am already using some of them and going to check out the others from your review soon.
By Squirrel_Joe - senior reviewer Sunday, 24th of July @ 06:31 am
Waist of time and broadband & power.
The cost to run the computer plus your download / internet, makes it not worth it at all.
Some go for 30 min and that's just a waist of time download and power.
By scott - reader Sunday, 23rd of February @ 01:03 pm
New reader comment. Waiting for approval.
By Aussie Online Surveys - reader Thursday, 23rd of April @ 07:38 am