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Over the last few years I’ve gotten nearly 100 emails asking me what I thought of legitimate survey sites and why I’ve never listed any here.
Well, the truth is…. it’s just not my favorite way to earn extra money.
Personally, I get really bored filling out online forms and I often find with survey companies, I’m only making $7-8/hour.
But, it’s easy. If you’re interested in getting paid to take surveys at home, I’ve finally put together a list of our favorites.
It can be a little time consuming, but my recommendation is to signup for all the survey sites on this list at once. And that’s because each site is probably only going to be able to match you up with one or two paid surveys a month.
So, if you want to make any real money — you need to be a member of a LOT of panels.
I do this kind of work while I’m watching TV and if I’m able to complete all the surveys sent to me, I’m usually able to earn $250+/month.
Without further ado, here are the best survey sites…
1. Opinion Outpost
This company conducts polls for governments, public bodies and local businesses. I usually get 5-10 surveys a month from them, so it’s not uncommon for me to get a check every couple of months.
Sign up for Opinion Outpost here.
2. VIP Voice
This is a pretty popular site with readers that like the gamification behind taking paid surveys. VIP Voice gives you points after every survey, which are good for gift cards, free vacations and electronics.
After you join VIP Voice and take a few surveys, look out for a special survey that offers a $25 reward. (Sit tight. You might have to take several surveys before you see this one.)
Sign up for VIP Voice here.
This is definitely a reader favorite, because of the wide variety of ways to make extra cash beyond taking surveys for money. It’s also famous for handing out free points (called SBs) at random just for being a member.
It’s free to sign up and you’ll get a $5 bonus when you take your first survey.
You can redeem your SBs for cash via Paypal or gift cards to a number of popular retailers, including Amazon.
Sign up for Swagbucks here.
Have you heard of MyPoints? It’s a cash-back site that lets you earn rewards by shopping online and printing coupons. It’s an instant way to save on everything you buy. (For example, you can get up to 5% cash-back on purchases in some categories on Amazon.)
But, enough about that, here’s how to get a free $10 Amazon gift card that you can use to buy pretty much anything:
- Sign up for MyPoints here using your email or Facebook account. (It’s free.)
- Use the MyPoints portal the next time you need to shop online. (It’s connected to thousands of stores including Walmart, Amazon and Target.)
- As long as you spend $10 at any of those stores, MyPoints will reward you with 1,750 bonus points which you can redeem for a free $10 Amazon gift card.
5. Harris Poll
This is another favorite because it’s run by the Nielsen company (so you know it’s legitimate).
It’s also famous for contacting survey panelists for local focus groups in its area.
One of my readers was asked to participate in a focus group for two hours about food, and she earned an easy $80!
Sign up for Harris Poll Online here.
6. Inbox Dollars
I’ve written about Inbox Dollars before because I’ve made some easy money signing up for trial offers on their site. But, they also offer several short, daily surveys that you can take.
If you take all four each day, you could earn an extra $730/year. Not too bad.
Sign up for Inbox Dollars here.
7. Point Club
Point Club is awesome because you’ll get points for every single survey you take — guaranteed. Plus, the company gives you $5 just for signing up!
Once you accrue enough of them, those points are redeemable for gift cards to a ton of useful vendors like Walmart, Amazon and PayPal. Heck, you can even cash them out for charity. Sign up for Point Club here.
8. Survey Junkie
Survey Junkie’s clean look and “cashout wheel” keep you motivated to take as many surveys as you want.
The surveys are relatively quick to complete and reward you with points. Once you earn 1,000 points — or $10 — you can cash out. Some surveys offers up to 300 points.
My dashboard was always full of surveys to take — and I cashed out with a $10 Amazon gift card within a month of signing up. You can also have cash deposited to your Paypal account, but I chose to support my Amazon addiction instead.
If you love to travel or have been craving a weekend getaway, you might want to join this survey site of more than 3 million members.
It’s called eMiles, and you get rewarded in points for hotels and flights for doing simple tasks — taking surveys, watching ads and claiming deals. The site claims to save consumers $20 to $30 on their next trip just by spending an hour on the site.
You can redeem these points for flights with major airlines like American Airlines, United or Southwest. If you’re not much of a traveler, you can also use them at Amazon or Starbucks.
Signing up takes approximately 10 seconds. You’ll just need your email address and to be a U.S. resident. Plus, for a limited time, you can snag bonus points, too.
10. Ipsos Panel
You might recognize the Ipsos Panel name because it’s the same company that does most of the political polling during elections.
I’ve heard some of the top-end surveys can pay up to $95, but those are rare and can take a bit to complete. Most surveys pay a buck or two and only take 10 to 15 minutes.
Also, Ipsos rewards you with points which can then be redeemed for Paypal or gift cards to Amazon, iTunes, etc. (For example, 1000 points can be redeemed for a $10 Paypal card).
11. Springboard Panel
As part of the Springboard Panel, you get to give feedback on a new ideas and test new products for extra cash. It rewards you with points you can use towards cash or gift cards.
Plus, once you join the site, you’ll be entered to win a $1,000 and can earn additional entries for each survey you complete.