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Paid Survey Market Heats Up As 2007 Winds Down

December 27th, 2007

paid-surveys.jpgToday I received an email from Pinecone Research which seems to confirm what I had suspected may be an upward trend in the volume of market research activity over the past several months. Apparently the number of requests for surveys and product tests is increasing to the point where Pinecone is expecting an increased number of questions and surveys for panelists:

At this time PineCone Research is experiencing a high number of survey requests across many different clients and for the evaluation of many different types of products. In order to identify which of these requests is best suited to you and your household, you may be asked an increased number of questions than usual or receive an increased number of requests to respond about the types of products used in your household. We try to minimize the number of questions/requests needed to identify the various needs of our clients, but as the demand increases, so do the number of questions, as well as the number of possible surveys available to our panelists.

It is important that you answer all of the questions so that we can process your responses. We appreciate your participation and hope that you enjoy being a part of PineCone Research.

This coincides with the increase in the number and frequency of survey invitations that I have been receiving from the other companies. Of course, this is good news for paid survey participants because it means more opportunities for us to make money and receive free products.

However, during this same period I have also noticed that some of the paid survey companies are becoming more sophisticated in their efforts to screen out people who try to “beat the system” by rushing through the surveys too quickly or giving obviously inconsistent answers to the questions. There has also been somewhat of a crackdown on non-disclosure agreements; for instance, companies such as GlobalTestMarket have occasionally suspended memberships or terminated accounts of people who have disclosed confidential product information that was made available to them during the surveys. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the exact instructions of each survey that you take in order to avoid accidentally violating a non-disclosure clause or getting screened out for moving too quickly.

Meanwhile, for those of you who have not had the chance to experience the money-making potential of the paid survey community, there are a few places such as MySurvey.com, Opinion Outpost, and Survey Savvy where you can get started for free. On the other hand, if you don’t mind paying a little bit of money up front and would like to save yourself some time in researching the myriad of legitimate but somewhat lesser-known survey companies out there, you can sign on with a membership site such as Paid Surveys Online and accelerate your work-at-home earnings potential.

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