Money

Online Surveys

Surveys are definitely time-consuming and can be quite frustrating at times but slowly you can build up your fund. When I first started I signed up for pretty much any survey website that came up on the first few pages of Google and kept a detailed spreadsheet of them all. However, I have come to realise that some are just not worth my time and effort. They either don’t send me enough surveys to do or the pay off isn’t great or their minimum pay out is too high. It’s worth bearing in mind as well that there can be quite a lot of setting up to do when you sign up for these accounts. They tend to want you to fill in anything from two to twenty surveys to begin with just to fill out your profile. These can get quite monotonous if you are joining loads of different sites so I think it’s worth making sure you are signing up for the ones that will suit you best.

The main ones I use now are:

GlobalTestMarket

Number of surveys: up to 6 a day

Rewards: Marketpoints

Rewards are paid in Marketpoints and generally the longer the survey, the more Marketpoints you are awarded e.g. a 25 minute survey could get you 35 Marketpoints. You can also be awarded sweepstake entries, winners are drawn each quarter and the prizes are awarded in Marketpoints. They do £1500 worth of prizes each quarter.

Did Not Qualify/Screened Out: Sweep entries (usually 10 but sometimes you don’t get anything)

This can happen if you start the survey but you did not fully meet the criteria so you are not needed to complete it or the survey is now full.

Minimum Cash Out: 100 Marketpoints

Cash Out Method: E-vouchers, Gift Cards, Nectar Points, Charity, PayPal

A good range of E-vouchers and gift cards: Amazon, M&S, Starbucks, Nectar, PayPal, Cineworld, iTunes, Argos, Boots, Burton, Debenhams, Halfords, House of Fraser, Iceland, Love 2 Shop (high street), Mothercare, New Look, Toys R Us

Verdict: I like this site. You get a decent amount of surveys daily and they don’t tend to have a really short closing date on them so you can build them up and go through them when you have an adequate amount of spare time.This means I don’t have a problem getting to the minimum cash out requirement although I tend to build them up over time and get an e-voucher or gift card when I need to get a present for someone or I am getting something off Amazon. I also like that they let you know beforehand the approximate duration of the survey and possible reward upon completion. Although they don’t include the topic of the survey which is a bit of a downside.

Toluna

Number of surveys: up to 10 a day

To be honest Toluna have a survey centre with all their surveys in and I still haven’t cleared the centre so I don’t know how many you get a day. But judging from my email notifications I’m going to guess up to 10 a day.

Rewards: Points

The website says you can earn up to 50,000 points for an individual survey with some special ones offering even more. I have seen up to 3100 points awarded for an individual survey with the average between 1800 – 2400 but again the points awarded are reflective of the length of survey.

Did Not Qualify/Screened Out: Usually no reward as the answers given can not be used for their research

Minimum Cash Out: 55,000 points for £10 gift card

Cash Out Method: E-vouchers, Gift Cards, Additional Discounts, PayPal

A good range of E-vouchers and gift cards: Amazon, Starbucks, PayPal, iTunes, Argos, Boots, Debenhams, Halfords, Love 2 Shop (high street), Mothercare, New Look, John Lewis, TK Maxx, Flexicodes, Arcadia, River Island, Sainsbury’s, Pizza Hut, B&Q, National Garden

Verdict: Toluna seems to place more emphasis on being part of a community as oppose to just logging on and filling out some surveys. They would like you to be an active member by taking part in polls, topics, battles etc. It is not essential but to win prizes (sweepstakes are monthly) you have to be considered an active member of the community. Surveys are frequent and offer plenty of chances to earn points. It’s also handy that in the top right they tell you how many points you could possibly earn by doing all the surveys you have in your survey centre and they tell you the topic each survey is on. The credit can sometimes take time to come through though in some surveys because they go through checks and it states on the website that rewards can take up to 8 weeks for delivery. I do want to point out as well that the 1000 points is for an additional 5% off at Intersport and to be looking at £10 gift cards and above, the minimum would be 55,000 points. They also have opportunities for product testing which does not pay but you get to keep the product for free so that’s definitely worth keeping an eye on.

PanelBase.net

Number of surveys: up to 3 a day

Rewards: cash

Rewards offer £0.25 – £10.00 for a successfully completed survey dependent on length. Some rare ones can offer up to £50.

Did Not Qualify/Screened Out: One free entry into monthly prize draw for £50 cash.

Minimum Cash Out: £10

Cash Out Method: BACS (directly into bank account), Vouchers sent to registered address, Charity

Verdict: I am a fan of this site. Your rewards show up straight away in your account and will just show as pending until the survey has closed. You get paid cash, so no messing about with redeeming points and how to get the best deal. It also rewards well for the surveys, I find that I don’t get as many but when I do they are worth my time. They also let you know the duration and reward before you start on your page so you can pick which ones you would prefer to do. They do expire/fill up quite quickly though so you do have to do them when you get them. I also like that you can withdraw the funds straight into your bank account although this can take a few days to appear.

 

A few honourable mentions…

Crowdology is similar to Panelbase.net in that it rewards you in cash and with a minimum cash out of £4.00 it can be worth your time. I just find it a bit unreliable. There has been a few times when I have gone to complete a survey and it is unavailable even when I have only just got the notification. This can get a bit frustrating.

I also think the site Swagbucks is worth mentioning as it is a whole package. I don’t use it as much anymore because I focus more on the other sites but if you are looking for a site that will let you earn ‘swagbucks’ for online searches, doing online surveys, watching videos, shopping online (like a cashback site but you get swagbucks), online polls and more this one might be for you. They also have a good selection of payment methods as well as sweepstakes and bonuses.

Let me know what you think.

Love Aurora

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