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August 17th, 2007

Today was an especially busy day for paid surveys. I have noticed that on Fridays and sometimes Saturdays, I seem to receive a significantly heavier volume of survey mails than on other days. I am not sure of the reasons behind this, but this Friday was certainly no exception to this general trend. Fortunately, it has been one of my better days on the cash rewards side of the ledger as well. Around two hours ago, I managed complete a personal finances survey for $10, with the possibility of earning another $20 from some shorter follow-up questionnaires that will arrive over the next few days. A few minutes before that, I received another invitation to an interactive online survey, this time for a $25 reward. I also finished up some surveys for smaller cash amounts and received a $20 check from the balance on one of my market research company’s internal accounts.

This is the invitation for the $10 survey:

Details of today’s survey:

Topic: Personal Finances

Reward: If you qualify and complete this survey, you’ll receive $10. In addition, you can play the new Instant Win game and be entered into our $25,000 sweepstakes.

In addition to the first survey you will be asked to complete a 7 day diary that should only take 5 minutes of your time each day. If you qualify for and complete all 7 days of the diary, you will receive an additional $20. Should you qualify for this diary you will receive a follow up invite in the next 1-2 days.

Survey length: About 40 minutes.

Click this link to start: [active link was placed here]

Your opinion makes a difference. Thank you for taking part.
Questions? Please reference survey number: 675433

This one was a pleasant surprise because not only did I manage to qualify for it and get all the way to the end, but it didn’t really take the full 40 minutes that the email had indicated (it was more like 15-20 minutes in real time). Meanwhile, here is the next major invitation:

Dear Karl,

Thank you for agreeing to participate in our online interactive survey. This survey will be hosted by our research partner for this project, Invoke Solutions. In order to participate in the survey, you will need to follow the instructions below. SPACES ARE LIMITED! Please remember that by logging in early or on time and completing the entire survey, you will be entitled to a $25 incentive.


Your session is scheduled for Tuesday August 21st 2007, at 7:00 PM EST / 6:00 PM CST / 5:00 PM MST / 4:00 PM PST.

Duration: Approximately 75 minutes

Session URL: [link placed here]

Toll-free support line: 1-866-299-9467 (Available 1 hour prior to the session)


1. You will need to use a computer with a connection speed of 56kbs or greater. Cable modem, DSL, ISDN, T1 and T3 all have acceptable connection speeds.
2. You need to login 15 MINUTES prior to the scheduled start time, to successfully prepare for the session.
3. You will need to use a computer running Windows 98, ME, XP, NT 4.0, 2000 (or above) with Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 (or greater) or AOL 6.0 (or greater) installed.
4. If Microsoft Internet Explorer or AOL is your default browser, simply click the event URL listed above 15 minutes before the actual start time.
5. If your default browser is not Microsoft Internet Explorer or AOL, then run MS Internet Explorer or AOL and copy the link above into the address bar of your browser.
6. Once the URL address is entered, follow the instructions on the screen.
7. If you encounter any technical problems logging into the event or during the event, please call our toll-free live support line listed above.
8. If you have any questions before the event, please send an email to: techsupport@invokesolutions.com.

We look forward to seeing you at the online interactive survey on Tuesday August 21st 2007.

Hopefully things will go smoothly on this one, although I do not yet know what the topic is supposed to be. My experience has indicated that these kinds of surveys are very time sensitive. In order to be allowed to participate and collect the full reward, it is important to log in and enter the session well before the actual start time. I had one of these a few months ago that was supposed to pay $40, and even though I logged in 10 minutes before the starting time, the site displayed a screen saying that the survey had already filled up and they were not allowing any more participants. I was somewhat lucky in this instance because they still gave me a $10 consolation prize for logging in on time; usually if the survey fills up, there is no reward given at all. Apparently they overbook these sessions in advance to offset the possibility that some people may not show up at the right time and actually participate. Unfortunately, this means that if there are not enough “no shows”, then even people who have qualified and click the link on time can still get left out. Therefore, I have started logging in about 30 minutes before the start time to make sure that I can get in there and receive the reward afterward.

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