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Are Online Survey Panels Worth the Effort?

February 28th, 2010

paid-survey-panel.jpgBecoming a member of an online survey panel can allow you to claim vouchers or cash, but for many people, they require too much effort for the rewards that are received. This article looks at some of the pros and cons of participating in online survey panels to earn cash rewards or vouchers.

The Pros: Rewards

Most people who sign up to online survey websites do so because they want to be rewarded for their time and effort. While the actual rewards vary from panel to panel, it is common to receive either vouchers (such as Amazon) or a cash amount as compensation. For vouchers, you will often need to accumulate a set number of points to be able to exchange them for a voucher of a specific denomination (for example, 10,000 points may be equivalent to a $10 voucher). Alternatively, you may earn a small amount per survey (for example, $2 per survey), and this can be exchanged for a voucher, check, or cash in your Paypal account once you have reached a certain threshold. The rewards situation often differs depending on the survey panel in question, so it is best to look into this before you sign up to ensure that it will be worth your while.

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Bukisa Upgrades to 1.1 Beta Version

July 6th, 2009

get paid for writing articlesLast Thursday the relatively new revenue sharing content site Bukisa announced that it was implementing a significant upgrade to Beta Version 1.1. In addition to the usual model of being able to submit articles to the site and earning a portion of the revenues collected, Bukisa has introduced a range of new features, including private messaging, new banners for promoting, better tracking for friends and referrals, more detailed statistics, Twitter integration, and a tab for viewing comments from other users.

Bukisa is also beginning to tighten up its submission policies somewhat. According to the latest notice, they are now rejecting articles that are obviously of poor quality or are simply self-promotional. Nevertheless, as long as your writing is up to par, Bukisa can be a good way to earn a small but steady passive income from your articles. You can join the site for free by clicking on the banner in the upper left of this page. Meanwhile, here is the text of Bukisa’s recent newsletter that explains the details of the latest upgrade.

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Ipsos I-Say Looking for More USA Panelists

July 3rd, 2009

Join the Ipsos Survey PanelAccording to the July newsletter that I received earlier today, the Ipsos I-Say survey company has temporarily deactivated registrations for members from Germany and the UK. However, they are seeking more members from the USA, specifically mothers with babies and males of all ages. As you can see from the newsletter message below, we are not allowed to promote the program in a “get rich quick” kind of way, nor are we allowed to offer incentives for joining. However, I can say that I have been a member of their panel before, and found Ipsos to be one of the more reliable survey programs out there.

While it is true that taking Ipsos surveys is not intended to be a substitute for regular employment, you can still have some fun with it by having the opportunity to test a variety of products before they become available in retail stores. You can also provide your opinion about current products or advertisements, which has the potential to influence future offerings from major companies. If you would like to join, all you need to do is click on the little square banner in the upper left of this page (yes, it’s free) to reach the correct page on the Ipsos I-Say website.

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MySurvey.com Goes Green for Earth Day

April 25th, 2009

Click here to join MySurvey.comWhile I have never really thought of paid surveys as a “green” thing, MySurvey.com seems to be jumping on the environmental bandwagon in the latest edition of Opinion Matters, the company’s monthly newsletter. This particular issue was timed to coincide with Earth Day, which occurred this Wednesday on April 22. MySurvey points out various things they are doing to lessen their impact on the environment while providing us with the opportunity to make some extra money on the surveys. They also suggest some things that we can do to “save the planet” — while I am not sure that agree with all of these (for example, low flow toilets and shower heads often wind up wasting more water and time because they’re not effective enough to get the job done), I understand that when it comes to politics and publicity, for many people keeping up appearances and making everyone feel better often takes precedence over actually being more efficient or saving more of the environment.

Nevertheless, as a paid survey company MySurvey has always been one of the good ones that is reliable about payments and does not waste too much of your time with repetitive questions or non-paying surveys. In case you haven’t joined yet, you can do so by clicking on the banner below and filling out the standard registration. There are no costs or obligations incurred by simply joining the program.

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GlobalTestMarket Hints at Future PayPal Payments

April 20th, 2009

In a recent newsletter sent out last week to its panelists, GlobalTestMarket dropped an interesting little nugget of information implying that the company may be getting ready to offer PayPal payments as a redemption option to members within a few weeks.

If this actually materializes, it will be a welcome feature for me because this happens to be one of my more reliable sources of paid survey income. Currently we receive payments by check, but these are relatively slow because they take about a month to arrive and must be routed through my bank and over to my PayPal account before I can use the funds for outsourcing article writing and other services. Receiving the funds via PayPal directly would save a lot of time and avoid the risk of checks getting lost in the mail.

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Making Money with Mystery Shopping

March 22nd, 2009

With the economy officially in recession, many people are looking for an extra form of income. This article by T. Hillukka is a review of opportunities for making money with mystery shopping companies. It includes both the benefits and drawbacks of mystery shopping. Don’t forget to click on the image to the left to if you want to check out one of the most informative books on mystery shopping available through Amazon.

Mystery shoppers, secret shoppers, and secret consumers – they all have one thing in common. They make money by trying out various products. It is not all fun and games, though. Is mystery shopping more work than it is worth?

Mystery shopping can be a great money-making opportunity if you do it right. The most important thing to remember is that you should never have to pay to sign up with a mystery shopping company. They should be paying you, not the other way around.

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Opinion Outpost Reveals Sweepstakes Odds

February 12th, 2009

After a long history of working with market research organizations and sending out payments to members, the paid survey company Opinion Outpost sent out its first ever newsletter today. Interestingly, the company actually responded to member questions and explained how their sweepstakes and instant win games work, including revealing the actual odds, something that I have seen very few other survey companies do. The newsletter also explains how to qualify for more surveys and mentions that they are switching over to a faster check processing system.

Meanwhile, if you are interested in earning some extra money and have not joined this one yet, you may do so from the banner link below (yes, registration is free).

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Harris Poll Online Surveys

January 22nd, 2009

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:

Harris Poll Online

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.

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Get Paid for Writing Online with Bukisa

December 20th, 2008

bukisa-get-paid-to-write.jpgEarlier tonight I discovered a new site that lets you get paid for writing online. It’s called Bukisa and is the latest promising launch in a genre of revenue sharing UGC (user generated content) sites that includes eHow, Helium, Triond, Squidoo, and several others that have achieved a significant track record of payments and sustainability.

The basic business model for both writer and publisher is relatively straightforward. As a writer, you create an article (or hire someone to do it for you), submit it to Bukisa, and if the quality is acceptable, it is published on the site within a day or two. Alongside your article page there will be some advertisements such as AdSense, Kontera, or banner ads promoting various companies. Whenever visitors to the page click on the ads or purchase something from the advertisers, Bukisa is paid a certain amount of revenue which is later shared with the writers.

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Quick Rewards Revisited; PayPal Payment Received

November 18th, 2008

During the middle of last month, I had the chance to revisit Quick Rewards, an old get-paid-to program that I had almost forgotten about last year when I had problems with confirming my new email address with them. Fortunately, I was able to get the confirmation problem resolved, after which I promptly began earning money again by completing various clicks, offers, and surveys. Due in part to my new Firefox extension that I discovered while optimizing earnings for Treasure Trooper, I was able to increase my earnings surprisingly quickly. Last night, having surpassed the $40 mark, I decided to go ahead and put in a payment request before continuing with the day’s offers. By the time I woke up today, the payment message from PayPal was already in my inbox:

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SendEarnings Newsletter with Black Friday Trivia

November 5th, 2008

sendearnings-banner.gifThe November issue of the SendEarnings Newsletter has been released, this time with some interesting facts about “Black Friday” included. When I first started reading, I thought this was a reference to the “triple witching hour” phenomenon that occurs around the last Friday in October when various options contracts expire simultaneously, which often has the effect of introducing greater than normal volatility in the stock market. However, the newsletter was actually referring to the Friday after Thanksgiving, which many people regard as the beginning of the holiday shopping season (others consider this period to begin on the first day after Halloween). Apparently, the Black Friday thing started back in the 1800s as some type of “gold rush” phenomenon where prospectors were able to have a dramatic effect on the financial markets of the time.

Meanwhile, I am beginning to make significant progress with the SendEarnings program. Just before I received this newsletter email, I had received another message informing me that one of my previous offer completions had been credited, putting me over the $30 minimum payout threshold on my account. Now all I need to do is redeem the earnings and I should receive another check. An image of one of my previous checks from the program can be found here.

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