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Can You Really Answer Surveys For Money?
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Can You Really Answer Surveys for Money?

Undoubtedly you have probably heard of getting paid to take online surveys before. This sounds like a great opportunity. Why would anyone not want to answer surveys for money right? Unfortunately, like most everything online in regards to making money, it is never as you are led to believe.

It is important to note that surveys are legitimate tools that companies rely on. By understanding the thoughts and views of everyday people companies can determine what improvements to make to existing products. Surveys also help in figuring out if there is any interest in a potential new product or one that hasn’t been launched yet.

While surveys are important some of the problems with being able to answer surveys for money are the following:

Demographic – In order to get paid to answer surveys for money you need to be qualified to participate in the survey. It is important to remember that products are designed for a certain age group and/or gender. So what surveys do is they ask specific questions about you before the survey begins to determine if you are the type of person they are seeking results from. If you do not qualify to participate than you have will have not made any money. It can be very hit or miss because you never know what the survey is about or what type of people they are looking for before you begin taking it.

Finding Surveys – One of the hardest things in getting to answer surveys for money is simply finding surveys to participate in. If you don’t know where to look then you are going to have a very tough time with this. What happens is most companies partner up with a survey network that various companies post available surveys to. Then members can see a list of current surveys and pick and choose which ones they want to participate in. There are a lot of survey sites out there you can join. Like everything in life some are better than others. Beware of any that claim you must pay money to join. These should definitely be avoided. Surveys never cost money to participate in so you should never have to pay money for the opportunity to participate in them.

Payout – Contrary to popular belief you don’t truly make money with online surveys. About 90% of the time you will receive credits or points from the survey network you’re a member of. When you accumulate enough credits or points you can redeem those for things like gift cards or coupons. It is becoming rare to find networks that allow you to truly answer surveys for money anymore. Even if you were lucky enough to find a network that still paid you cash for surveys you would be disappointed in the amount. Most surveys only pay a few dollars. Sure this adds up over time, but this is not a substantial amount of money.

Surveys are important for companies and, to some degree, consumers. The misconception is you will make lots of money participating in surveys. In reality this is nowhere close to true.

The demographic requirements alone kill your chances much of the time and most of the time you don’t even receive money upon completion of a survey, but points or credits from your survey network.

To answer surveys for money is not something you want to rely on as a long term online business solution.


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Jamie16  

I'm a bit sceptic all about this also but it's a good article

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  about 6 years ago

Good article. I keep getting e-mails telling me to take surveys for money. Frankly I'm skeptical.

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  about 6 years ago
Barbara9  

i don't trust surveys. they want too much personal. i thinks most of them are scams

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  about 8 years ago
AnnMarie  

Thanks for the informative article, James. All very good to know. I never qualified for the surveys when I tried this. Just figured I'm a weird demographic all on my own...LOL I gave up.

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  about 8 years ago

I wish I could land myself one of these, my region is hardly allowed to participate, n I have been scammed several times as well.

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  about 8 years ago

surveys for money is for the birds.

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  about 8 years ago

Most of these I try out will not take people from the UK and I am wary of scams

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  about 8 years ago

When I was new to making money online, this was one of the things that I considered doing, and I did found out scams on the net that ask you to pay before you can access their pool of surveys. Thanks for clearing things up that you won't make a living out of answering surveys on the net.

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  about 8 years ago

You certainly wont! Yeah unfortunately there are loads of the scam pay to play type sites.

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  about 8 years ago

One thing I've learned is you better use an email that's not one of your primaries...they'll spam you with promotional crap..and then sell your email to other companies.

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  about 8 years ago

I wish I read this article before joining a paid survey before. You're right, demographics is one of the problems. It's really not worth the money I paid there.

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  about 8 years ago

Oh yeah. The demographics are a REAL PAIN! Ugh.

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  about 8 years ago
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