Facts About Online Paid Surveys – What YOU Need to Know About Online Paid Surveys
Hey everybody! Well here’s the post I promised you all. This update is a bit different from what I usually post here in my blog. Recently I was researching online for paid survey opportunities, and I’ve came across a particular website that had articles; one on how online paid survey sites can benefit you, and another on how taking surveys can reward you.
I noticed in these articles that there were a few misleading facts about Paid Surveys which often lead people to fall victim to scams. I’m going to give you the low down on Paid Surveys, and clear up these common misleading facts.
What are Paid Surveys?
Paid Online Surveys are basically online questionnaires concerning studies on different topics. These questionnaires are given to everyday people like you and me, and we simply give our personal opinions on the study. Now maybe some of you are wondering “Why would they want my opinions?” or “What happens after I take the surveys?” Here’s why;
Paid surveys are operated by market research companies who dedicates their work in researching different name brand products, mostly new ones. They do this by collecting data which is our opinions we input into the questionnaires, and then uses the statistics to determine whether or not the products will fare well in the markets. So basically we influence the future of these products. This is why our opinions are so very important!
– There are different kinds of Paid Surveys, but the most known ones are. Product Testing, Focus Groups, and Mystery Shopping:
Paid Product Testing is one of the most common paid surveys on the internet as well as one of my favorite things to do in my spare time. Sometimes when doing a survey, you’re asked to test a new product in the comfort of your own home. When you do try out these products you’re sent a follow up survey to answer questions concerning your experiences with that particular product.
Focus Groups are a special kind of paid surveys. While normal surveys only requires one person to answer questions on a particular topic, focus groups require more than one person to answer these questions. Market research companies do this to collect data on people’s opinions as a group, instead of an individual. Now the awesome thing is that
Focus Groups pays more than normal surveys. These studies are done via internet, telephone, and sometimes in-person. When the group completes the study they are paid for their time. How much the participant is paid depends on the subject and the amount of time it takes to complete the survey.
Mystery Shopping is a completely different survey. You’re sent an invite to shop at local stores, or eat in restaurants. You don’t pay for the stores or restaurants you’re sent to. The company does that for you! Once you ‘mystery shopped’ you’re sent a follow up survey where you tell of your experiences of being a customer in that particular place. Once completed you’re compensated for your time.
Do I have to Pay Money to Take Surveys?
This question is often asked by people who are new to Paid Surveys. No, you absolutely do NOT have to pay money to take surveys. All legitimate surveys are completely FREE! Unfortunately there are many websites that offers you lists of the top paying survey sites for a fee. Sites like those are the ones you have to watch out for. Yes some of the surveys they offer you do pay, and are legit, but you can find those for free by using search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Ask.com, etc!
Can I Really Make Money from Surveys?
YES, you definitely can make money from surveys! When you complete surveys, you’re rewarded for your time. Paid Surveys are one of the easiest way to make money from the comfort of your own home. While this is a great opportunity for everyone, I’m going to be very real with you on this: You should not see Paid Surveys as a home job opportunity, but as a way to earn extra money. You will NOT get rich off of Paid Surveys.
Too many times people expects Paid Surveys to be their golden egg, because of all the hype, and rumors that are all over the internet. One of the most commonly used hype is the promises of people making hundreds and hundreds of dollars just by doing a few surveys. Sadly this all leads to people to being tricked into their scams. So be very careful. Should you see any ads promoting such hype AVOID them. Now while Paid Surveys can’t make you rich, you CAN however make enough to treat yourself, and your family to something very special, and even pay off a couple of bills if you’re very consistent. To consistently earn money you must join as many legitimate paid survey sites as you can.
The Benefits of Being a Survey Panelist:
Paid Surveys rewards the participant in cash which is delivered via checks, PayPal credits, sometimes in bills. In some paid survey sites, you’re rewarded points for completing their questionnaires. When you earn enough you can redeem them for money. Now money isn’t the only way you’re rewarded, there are actually various forms of rewards you are given for your participation. These include but not limited to: Gift cards, E-certificates, DVD’s, jewelry, Books, and Video Games. These rewards are then delivered to you by mail.
How Can I Avoid Paid Survey Scams?
Throughout this post I mentioned a couple of common Paid Survey scams, which are the ones that charges you fees to make money from surveys, and promises you exaggerated amounts of money. They aren’t the only kinds out there. In one of my previous posts I have written an detailed article on how to avoid paid survey scams.(Click here for the post on how to get paid for surveys without getting scammed).
I hope this post helped you understand Paid Surveys better, and that it cleared up any confusion you may have concerning them. I have meant to write an article like this when I first started this blog, but I never got around to do it until now. Better now than never right? Well everyone I’m going to get some shut eye. It’s late where I am but I wanted to get this out to you all before I sleep. Good luck and Goodnight!