When you’re looking for ways on how to make extra money online, surveys are more than likely going to come up. Unfortunately though, not all paid survey sites are legit and even some of those that actually pay aren’t very encouraging.
That being said, I’ve listed what I think are the best paid survey sites that you can try as well as how to avoid the scams. These sites will give you easy chances to make extra money and pay relatively well (for a survey, that is).
So, let’s start!
Real surveys to make money online
Among all the paid survey sites on this list, Swagbucks probably offers the most versatility when it comes to earning points. Apart from completing surveys, you could also:
- Shop online
- Watch videos/playlists
- Use their Yahoo! powered search engine
- Play games
Moreover, there’s no minimum to how much you can cash out. Regardless, if you have $1 or $1000 on your account, you can and will get paid.
For those reasons, Swagbucks has consistently been at the top of my list when it comes to paid surveys.
InboxDollars is so similar to Swagbucks that, really, I have no choice but to include it here. Besides answering surveys to earn cash, this site also pays you to:
- Watch videos
- Play games
- Shop online
- Read emails
Plus, they also give their members coupons and cashback opportunities which I think is great!
The difference between InboxDollars and Swagbucks, however, is that the former has a minimum cash out requirement of $30. Again, thanks to its versatility, this much shouldn’t be too hard to get especially since you get $5 just for signing up.
These are three different paid survey sites but they do belong to one parent company, C + R research – a market research company based in Chicago. Here’s an overview of each.
As you can probably tell, ParentSpeak is made for parents. Specifically, it’s a community where parents can talk anything parenting and get the opportunity to be rewarded for participating in surveys, polls, and discussions.
If parents can get paid to answer surveys, C + R research has also made it possible for kids with KidzEyes. To sign up, simply go to your parent account and find the “Add a Child” tab.
Do keep note that your child must be 6-12 years old for them to join. However, you also have the choice to register children at a lower age so they can become members when they turn 6.
Of course, teenagers get a slice of the cake too. At TeensEyes, teens between 13-18 get paid to complete surveys that tell companies how their products and services look from a teen’s point of view.
With these 3 sites, making extra money online is a family affair, which is why I absolutely love them.
Well, what do you know? More survey sites for families!
Both these survey sites are essentially one and the same company with Kids Projects being a branch of Panelpolls. These sites are family-friendly with the topics of their surveys including TV shows, toys, apps and games, sports, and many more.
These sites are open to kids, teens, and adults ranging 2-34 years old. I like these kinds of family set-ups because it makes earning points that much easier when your whole family can chime in.
Besides signing up, you’re going to have to download the Nielsen Digital Voice app to be a part of this community. Once you’re a part of it though, you can be invited to take surveys for points, which you can then use to redeem gift cards. There is, however, a minimum of $10 before you can claim your rewards.
While the gift cards are cool, what I really like about Nielsen Digital Voice is their $10,000 monthly sweepstakes. Simply by being an active member, you get the chance to win up to $1000 per month.
In my opinion, Harris Poll Online is among the top paid survey sites because of their unquestionable integrity.
To be honest though, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of surveys to complete here so if you do get invited to one, I suggest you take the opportunity.
Also, sometimes you may get invited to surveys but after their screening, they might tell you that you’re not qualified after all—and that’s okay. Even if you don’t qualify, you can still earn coupons for discounts. More importantly though, you get entries to their sweepstakes every time you’re not qualified, so it’s a win-win either way.
While Harris Poll online doesn’t have many surveys to complete (but compensate heavily with sweepstakes), GlobalTestMarket is the opposite where they have TONS of surveys available. In fact, according to them, their members can answer hundreds of surveys per year.
Because of this, I think GlobalTestMarket is one of the easiest paid survey sites to earn points. Of course, your points can be used to redeem cash (via PayPal) or other cool rewards from well-known retailers such as Amazon, Macy’s, and Kohl’s.
From what I know, MindsPay has an incredible reputation as being one of the highest paying survey sites out there.
Moreover, you can also earn cash from your referrals. Each time they request to cash out, you earn 10% of what they do.
The catch, however, is that it also has a high minimum requirement of $50 before you can cash out. There’s a fair amount of surveys to complete though so it shouldn’t be too hard.
Also, payments are made in $50 increments so if you have a little excess, the spare change can’t be redeemed but will still be available on your account.
Vindale Research is another paid survey site that prides itself on its high paying surveys—and true enough, they do pay higher for each completion compared to most other survey sites. Up to $50 per survey to be exact.
Also, completing surveys isn’t the only way you can earn money on Vindale. You could also:
- Find reward codes worth cash on their blog and social media
- Refer people and get $5 for every referral
- Send a photo or video of yourself with your payment from Vindale and earn another $5
- Opt into their Reward Mail and get paid to watch promotional messages
- Watch survey videos
Speaking of survey videos, one site that’s completely dedicated to it is Mindswarms. To be honest, I’ve only heard of it fairly recently but it has quickly become one of my favorite ways to earn extra money online.
Through your webcam, iOS, or Android device, Mindswarms allows you to join in paid research studies. Plus, you only need to answer 7 questions – yes, just 7 questions – to get paid.
To join a study, you first need to sign up and click “apply” right next to the study name. You will then be asked a few questions (which shouldn’t take a minute to answer) where your answers are used to determine whether or not you qualify.
If you do qualify and you’ve finished answering the survey, you can paid through PayPal.
From my experience, SurveySavvy is one of the easiest paid survey sites to earn money. The catch, however, is that you can only participate in a survey through email invitation, so most of your money will likely come from other sources.
Where, you ask?
Not only do you get paid to complete surveys, you also get money every time your referrals complete theirs. What’s more, when your referrals also refer other people and they complete their surveys, you get money from that, too!
This is a program under SurveySavvy but it’s an entirely different way to earn easy money.
First, you’ll need to download and install the Savvy Connect app on your devices (maximum of 3). Each device guarantees you a $5-15 monthly pay out just for being an active part of their community.
The way this works is their app tracks data from the way you surf the web. This way, you get paid for doing what you normally do and in return, they get market information.
LifePoints (formerly known as MySurvey)
Lifepoints is run by Lightspeed which, according to them, is the world’s largest provider of custom research and analysis. At the moment, they’re also 5,000,000 members strong.
That being said, you earn points here mostly through surveys but you also have the opportunity to record diaries and test products for points, which you can then redeem via PayPal or gift cards.
Although you do get paid to answer surveys, FusionCash isn’t strictly a survey site. Really, it’s more of a get-paid-to (GPT) site which earns you CASH (not points) for completing all sorts of easy tasks. You can get your money through PayPal, check, or direct bank deposit.
The downside is that the reward for completing tasks isn’t as big as some of the sites on this list. On the other hand, because you have so many easy tasks you can complete, the money does pile up quite quickly.
Some of these tasks include:
- Completing surveys
- Watching videos
- Listening to the radio
- Cash back shopping
- Signing up for other websites (including paid survey sites)
- Trial offers from several different products and services.
For trial offers, do make sure to cancel your subscription before the trial ends or you can be charged and possibly lose more than you earn. Also, do give the trial a bit of time before you cancel—like half the given time, for example. Otherwise, you might not get paid, or worse, be banned from the site.
With over 9,000,000 members, PrizeRebel is one of the biggest paid survey sites right now. And, in my opinion, it’s also among the best.
Here, you get to earn points which you can redeem for cash via PayPal or gift cards from several popular retailers.
Also, you not only get points for completing surveys, you can also get them through offers, tasks, and referrals, so it’s pretty easy.
One of the most popular paid survey sites out there, Toluna makes it easy to earn points which, of course, can be used to claim cash and other rewards.
Here, you can get survey invitations via email and SMS but in case you don’t qualify for any surveys, you can also participate in sponsored polls, games, and referrals to earn extra points.
Unlike some of the survey sites here where you get to earn points from other activities, Opinion Outpost is all about completing surveys—and they have plenty to go around as well.
Naturally, you won’t qualify for all the surveys but you will get plenty of chances.
Also, if you do answer surveys and redeem your points, you also get to be a part of their sweepstakes. If you’re lucky, you could earn $10,000. Can you imagine how great it would be to win that much money? The chances are slim, of course, but hey, it’s icing on the cake that I’ll take any day.
Now, let’s move on to how you can differentiate legitimate paid online surveys from the scams.
How to spot paid survey scams
Does the site ask for a signing up fee?
Paid surveys are supposed to get you paid, not the other way around. Therefore, if you do find a survey site that asks you pay an upfront fee, skip it—it’s probably a scam.
You see, these survey sites get their money from the companies that hire them to know people’s opinions. They use this money to pay you, the consumer, in exchange for completing surveys. So, if they’re asking you for money before you actually get to answer a survey, that’s a big red flag.
Does the site offer an unusually large sum of money?
Like, $200 per survey, maybe?
If they do, then stop right there and click away. Although it may be tempting, it most likely is a scam. As a rule of thumb, always remember: if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
I’m not denying that it’s a possibility though but it’s also extremely unlikely. So, to be sure, continue reading into the next section.
If the answer to both questions is no, then I’m sorry but it might be a scam too. These survey companies aim to let the world know who they are so the “About Us” page should be a given.
Before you leave, do know that people don’t get rich through paid surveys. Sure, they’re a great way to supplement your income but please, don’t let it be your full-time job.
On that note, these sites have limited surveys each month, some more limited than others, and chances are, you won’t qualify for all of them. So, to maximize your chances (and your earnings), I suggest you sign up for as many legitimate survey sites as you can.
If this was any at all helpful, do tell you friends about it!