If you’re looking to do some Harris Poll Online surveys for the possibility of cash or prizes, you can sign up with the company here:
Registration is free, so there is no cost to join.
UPDATE 03/24/09: It looks like my link to Harris Poll is now redirecting to Ipsos I-Say; apparently the original company has made some changes to their campaign. You can still go ahead and sign up with Ipsos I-Say if you want, however. I have already checked them out and they seem to be legitimate.
Meanwhile, I have also found another paid survey lead that you can try. It’s called “Survey Adventure” and you can register for free after clicking through on the banner below. The only caveat is that they are only accepting signups from the USA.
Harris Interactive, the company that conducts the well-known Harris Poll, has been involved in telephone and Internet polling for over 25 years and is now the 13th largest market research firm in the world according to the Honomichl Global Top 25. Their online panel now includes over 6 million members in 145 countries around the world.
After completing registration and filling out basic profile information, you can receive surveys that cover a wide variety of topics. After completing a survey, you will receive HiPoints that can be redeemed for a variety of gift certificates or merchandise. Unfortunately, there is currently no direct conversion from points to cash offered through the program, although reports from other sites suggest that there was a brief period during the summer of 2008 when HiPoints could be redeemed for PayPal payments. Of course I am hoping that this feature will be reinstated in the future.
Probably the closest thing to a feasible reward (at least for people like me who are not into buying random merchandise) that Harris Poll Online offers in its redemption section are the Amazon gift certificates. Interestingly, the most valuable redemption in terms of points to dollar value is the $20 Amazon gift card, which can be redeemed under the 2500 point Folio section. Although there are many higher point value folios available (these range from 800 to 10,000 points), the Amazon cards that correspond to the higher point values are actually worth less, something that you may not discover unless you do the math.
Meanwhile, if you do not want to use the Amazon cards and don’t want any of the other prizes available, the next best thing you can do is to redeem for one of the other gift cards and sell them for as much cash as you can get at a gift card exchange site. Alternatively, if you have any friends or associates who are really into buying stuff from various retailers, you may be able to sell the cards to them offline, which would avoid the hassle of dealing with snail mail to ship cards or paper checks.
In spite of the lack of direct cash payments from the site, I have still remained a member of Harris Poll Online because their surveys are very easy to satisifice due to relatively quick loading times and the fact that they tend not to disqualify panelists for minor details like not using a particular brand of product. This means that you can almost always qualify and get credited for the whole survey without it taking up too much of your time. The downside is that the number of HiPoints offered per survey is usually not very high, so it may take a few months before you can redeem your rewards. However, since there is no cost to join the panel or take the surveys, it is still a potential source of cash, albeit an indirect one at present.