Thursday, June 4, 2009

Paid Surveys FAQ (by Chris Price)

The biggest thing to hit the internet in recent months is paid surveys.
Paid Surveys actually aren't that new. People have been taking surveys for
money for over thirty years now. But lately alot of websites are popping up
claiming to pay you thousands of dollars for taking paid surveys online.

Most
of these websites have nothing to do with paid surveys, market research, or
any other type product tests or focus groups. They simpy pose as paid surveys
to get you to buy a product or subscribe to their mailing list so they can sell
your information to third parties.

However, there are several companies that really do pay you to take surveys
online. These are market research firms that are hired by major companies to
conduct research studies of their products or advertising methods. Big
corporations spend Billions of dollars every year on advertising. They then
hire market research companies to see if their advertising is working. In return
market research companies will pay you a small fee to test a product or give your
opinion of a commercial or other type of advertisement.

With so many paid survey scams out there it is difficult to tell the real from
the fakes. Below is a list of questions commonly asked about taking paid surveys
online.

Can I Really Get Paid To Take Surveys Online?

Believe or not the answer is yes. As I explained earlier, there are several
companies that will pay you to participate in paid surveys, focus groups,
product tests, and even mystery shops.

Will I Really Make $250 An Hour?

NO! It is claims like these that cause everyone to think that paid surveys is a
scam. It is possible to be invited to participate in a focus group that pays $250
and only takes an hour of your time. But you will be lucky if you were to get more
than one of those a year. They average paid survey pays between $5 and $20.

Should I Pay To Join A Paid Survey Site?

NO! NEVER! A legitimate paid survey site would never make you pay to work
for them. Most sites that ask you to pay are simply directories of companies that
you can join to take paid surveys. Lots of time these directories are outdated and
worthless. There are lots of websites that offer the exact same information for free.
You are usually fooled into joining one of these paid membership sites by claims
of making thousands of dollars a month. Those sites don't even send paid surveys!

How Much Can I Expect To Make?

That all depends on you. You can make a couple dollars a month with one
paid survey company. Or you can make a few hundred with several. It all
depends on how many surveys you take. In order to make hundreds a month you
would have to register with several paid surveys companies. Most companies will
send only a few paid surveys a month. Although there are a few that will send several
paid surveys a week. So the logic is... the more paid survey companies you are registered
with, the more paid surveys you will be invited too, and the more money you
will make taking paid surveys online. You will usually be asked a few questions prior
to taking a survey to see if you fit the demographics they are looking for
for that particular paid survey. You will not be qualified for all paid surveys.

How Do I get Paid?

Each paid survey company will have it's own payment system. Some will send you
a check for each survey you take. Some pay you through Pay Pal. Others use
a points system where you earn points for each paid survey and the points can be
cashed in for cash payments, gift cards, or other merchandise. Some paid surveys
will enter you into drawings or sweepstakes. Although these do not always pay, the
odds are not that bad. Sometimes the survey may pay $100 to 100 people who
took the survey. Which means if 1,000 people take that survey your chances of
winning are 1 in 10. And they are usually pretty short surveys.

Where Can I Find Real Paid Surveys Without Paying For a Membership?

There are several Free Paid Surveys Directories online. Try Doing a search for "Taking
Free Paid Surveys Online" at google.com . Or refer to the link at the bottom of this page
for a site that lists lots of legitimate paid surveys. Once again, Never Pay A Fee To
Join a Paid Survey Site.

What Are Some Good Paid Surveys To Join?
I have had the best experience with the following companies. This is my list of personal
favorites:
NFO My Survey
Global Test Market
Survey Spot

Survey Savvy
ECN REsearch
Lightspeed Research

Greenfield Online
Test Spin
Synovate Surveys

ACOP
E-Poll
Poll Cast
Cunningham Research
Pinecone Research

This article was written by Chris Price. Mr. Price is the owner of PaidSurveySources.com, a database of over 300 legitimate market research companies that have paid survey panels. Paid Surveys.

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