Tips and Tricks on How to Make More Money From Online Paid Surveys

Fri, Sep 25, 2009, by reapapas

Money Making

Since you are reading this article on how to increase your profit from online paid surveys, or more simply said make more money, well this probably means that you have tried some paid survey websites, got your first checks or gift cards and you liked it. You are trying to figure out how to make more out of it and most likely are wondering if this could provide a good chunk of money to be your second income. I hope that with this article, I can provide the necessary information that will help you “excel” in the world of online paid surveys…and of course make more money.

Since you are reading this article on how to increase your profit from online paid surveys, or more simply said make more money, well this probably means that you have tried some paid survey websites, got your first checks or gift cards and you liked it. You are trying to figure out how to make more out of it and most likely are wondering if this could provide a good chunk of money to be your second income. I hope that with this article, I can provide the necessary information that will help you “excel” in the world of online paid surveys…and of course make more money.

And now lets get to the real meat of this article. That is, how to make more money from online paid surveys.  Here are my recommendations:

  1. Be part of more survey websites. It’s a no brainer. If you are a member of more paid survey websites, you will have a possibility to receive more surveys. I bet you heard of this again and again.
  2. Complete the online profiles. Almost all paid survey websites have these mini surveys or profiles that they you ask to fill out. While usually they don’t pay anything, they are extremely valuable and will definitely bring more surveys in your inbox.
  3. Complete surveys when they come. If you leave the surveys for a long time, they might reach the quotas that they have quickly and of course you will be rejected. For this reason, check your email more often and complete surveys as they come. In addition, use a first come first serve policy. When you login your email and see 10 surveys, always start with the earlier one since that is the one that will probably reach its quota first.
  4. Something that is related to the previous tip. Complete the higher paying surveys first. I think this speaks for itself.
  5. Say that you have a lot of hobbies. I am not saying that you should lie but, if they ask you about your hobbies … well, why not put bowling even if you only played once in the last 2 years, or include photography. I mean everybody takes pictures right? Didn’t you take pictures last time you went on vacation? The word hobby is a little vague so to me it means anything that you have tried and maybe will try again.
  6. Usually a survey starts by asking you about your age, zip code, gender, and maybe salary. You should not lie here. Just say the truth. In fact if you lie, I would say that you risk being excluded from future surveys. If you say for one survey that you are 40 and in another that you are 50, that may flag your account and you may not receive any more surveys. However, if they ask you for your date of birth or address well adding a couple of numbers in the day or the month, or giving the name of the street a couple of blocks down the road would not hurt. This would definitely protect your identity, but it also wouldn’t affect the statistics of the survey. While this point might not increase the number of surveys you get, it will protect you and of course not decrease your number of surveys.
  7.  The next question in the survey might be something like, “Do you or any member of your family work in this company?” Well, again here if you answer yes you are definitely not considered for the survey. I am not saying you should answer no. Just answer the way it is. You should note one important thing. Every single survey will ask you if you or a member of your family work in advertising or marketing. Well if the answer is yes to this question don’t bother trying paid surveys. You will never qualify for any of the surveys since this is always one of their requirements.
  8. The next question is probably the most important one. It is usually phrased like this: “Have you tried any of the following products in the last 30 days?” I bet you know why surveys ask this question. One of the products in the list is probably the one that you will be surveyed about. Here I would recommend that you answer yes to everything. So what if you haven’t tried it the last 30 days, but tried it 31 days ago? You can provide the same quality information for the purposes of the survey.
  9. If you have taken more than one survey, you might have guessed what follows. The next question would be something like: “Have you taken any surveys about this product the last 3 months?” It is certain that if the answer is yes, you will not be qualified from this survey.
  10. If you take a vacation always, try to find some time to check your email and attempt the surveys. When I go on vacation, I login every couple of days and try the surveys and if I don’t have time to complete them, I still attempt them but do my best not to qualify. What? Not to qualify? How would that help with making more money from paid surveys? Well consider this. If you leave for 2 weeks and don’t attempt to complete these surveys, many survey websites will lock your account (without notifying you even most of the times). And believe me even if you try to argue with them it won’t help. That is why usually, when I am in vacation, every 2-3 days I try to login and not qualify for surveys since I don’t have time to sit down and try them. That way you can spend 10 minutes, keep your accounts active, and then continue your vacation or break.
  11. Always have the latest version of flash installed on your computer. Many surveys show videos and usually require the latest version of Macromedia Flash. If you don’t have it, then they will ask you to install it, but some websites will not let you retake the survey because you started it once already. I know this sounds weird, but that’s how some paid survey websites operate. In addition to this I noticed that many survey websites “do not like” Firefox. For this reason, I recommend that you use the latest version of Internet Explorer, even if it is just for taking surveys.
  12. If you start a survey and spend a really long time answering questions and then you get the never wanted message that you didn’t qualify, I would recommend that you send an email to the survey website and of course don’t forget to give the code or number of the survey. It is noticed that some companies do this as a trick so that they don’t pay you or the work you did to complete the survey. Just be careful if it happens to you. For me, 15 minutes or more is a long time. If a survey company continues to do this then drop it. Cancel your account after getting paid any remaining earnings from that survey website and focus on the survey websites that are fair. The same applies if the survey gives you an “error” after you have been answering questions for a long time. They got their answers, which they are going to use so you should be rewarded. In addition, after you have some experience with paid surveys, if you notice that you spent an hour on a survey and that you were rewarded a ridiculous amount of money (i.e. $1.00), I would definitely contact the survey company and complain. The compensation amount really varies from one paid survey website to another, but still if you do the math and you notice that it is less than $5.00 an hour, which I consider the minimum, I would complain. I guarantee that nothing will happen. In fact many people I know have told me that those survey websites don’t even reply to your email. Well, that is fine. Again, just cancel your account, focus on the fair paid survey websites, and if you would like to do something more, give them a bad review.
  13. Some of the survey websites give you after completion of surveys automatically an entry in sweepstakes. Some though ask you to play a game in order to enter the sweepstakes. Make sure that you play the games. That way you take full advantage of anything that the survey websites have to offer. A few of the survey websites that pay in points give you extra points with these games that are added to your account and then you reach faster a reward.
  14.  Try to be invited in a focus group. If they ask you during one of the online profiles of the paid survey website if you would like to be part of a focus group sometime in the future then definitely say yes. Sometimes they will pose this same question at the end of your completed surveys. This question is usually intended for future surveys so that they have you in mind for potential focus groups. Focus groups pay extremely well and you should expect to be paid more than $30 an hour.
  15.  Be part of the “good” statistics. What do I mean by this? Well, it is true that you have to be whatever the surveys look for. And they are usually looking for married people, with kids etc. This is not really a tip or trick just a note that this is the best way to qualify for a survey.
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