Finding Legitimate Paid Surveys!

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  1. f5mtadas

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    Many websites will post ads that say something like " Huggies vs. Pampers, take this survey and get a $500 gift card". That is not a paid survey! If you read the terms of that type of offer it will tell you that you need to join their sponsor offers and trials to receive the reward.

    • What is a Real Paid Survey ?
    A real paid survey is conducted by a legitimate market research firm. The market research firm is hired by a company to gather information about a certain product or advertisement. An example of this would be:

    A major cell phone company wants to change their logo and slogan and wants to see which one of their ideas has the most appeal to the public. They hire Luth Research to conduct a study of people 18 - 35 in major cities who own a cell phone. Luth Research then sends a survey to their online panelists via their online paid surveys division, Survey Savvy. They may send the survey to 10,000 people. Each of those 10,000 people are paid $5 to answer questions about the way they feel about the advertisement, which logo and slogan they think is best and why. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and the panelist is mailed a check a few weeks after the study is complete.

    • Where Can I Find a Legitimate Source For Paid Surveys ?
    There are hundreds of paid survey panels that you can join that are legitimate and do exactly what Survey Savvy does. The problem is finding a resource for paid surveys that actually promotes real paid surveys. There are sites where you can pay a fee of up to $60.00 just to get a list of legitimate paid survey panels. These sites are taking advantage of the fact that most people don't know that the same information is available free all over the internet. You can try searching any of the major search engines like MSN.com for a Free Paid Surveys Directory. This will bring up several sites that actually have everything a paid membership site has but is totally FREE.

    • What are the Best Paid Surveys
    From my experience the best paid survey panels you can join are Greenfield Online, Opinion Outpost, Survey Savvy, Lightspeed Research, and NFO My Survey. All of those can be found on any free paid surveys directory or by searching a site like MSN.com for the "Top 20 Paid Survey Panels"

    When starting out in paid surveys it is best to at least join the top 20 paid survey panels. Each panel will not send paid surveys everyday. Some may send a survey once a month, while others may send you 5 a week. It all depends on who they need and when they need them. So the obvious thing to do is join as many as possible. That way you are almost guaranteed to receive at least one paid survey a day. Sometimes more.
     
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    If you enjoy doing that type of thing, focus groups are another place to look for some extra cash.
     
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    Thank you for this information, f5mtadas. I've often looked into the paid survey opportunities and only found non-legit offers, or been unsure of the offer, so I pass it up. I'll check the suggestions in your post.
     
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    This was very helpful. I have been looking for some legit sites but was never able to find any. All I kept going to sites that never payed you a thing. I think I will join a few of these sites :)
     
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    I wish you best success and be careful for scammers who promise big, but nothing you get. Specially from paid surveys.
     
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    Thank you :) this guide has helped me decide which ones were legit :)
     
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    How much money could you make from filling out these surveys?
     
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    Very little, in my opinion you would be much better off focusing on planning, setting up and managing your own business. I'd be delighted to be proved wrong and to hear from someone who has made good money from completing surveys.
     
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    Yeah, I think of time and money kinda equally. If I'm taking an hour just to fill out one survey and making a little amount of money, then it's not worth it for me.
     
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    I'm not too sure surveys take that long though. I sometimes just do it to get a little pocket money. Of course like Fergal mentioned, a business would do a lot better money earning wise :)
     
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    I agree, filling surveys is big myth, that somebody may build good lifestyle - it is only earn money today, this week
    or month, but not for life. Yes you can make 200$ - 400$, but it is temporary and there are surveys, which offer that, just
    need to know how to find legitimate surveys sites.
     
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    Exactly how do these survey companies use and process the information they collect from users? And who pays them to do these surveys?
     
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    Different companies will use the information in different ways, An Alien. Some companies will simply evaluate the results based in proportions, e.g. to see what proportion of responders prefer one brand over another. Other companies will actually take respondents contact details and use those details for future promotions and mailings.

    Sometimes what happens is, a company will pay a market research firm to carry out the surveys on their behalf. The market research firm then pays the responders for taking the time to complete the surveys.
     
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    Hmm, this sounds like a good idea. I wonder how much profit the survey company makes from this. Businesses might pay a lot for that kind of info.
     
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    I think no always the results is correct fro the commpany, which pays for the service to test the market, for that reason may
    the members can be cheated
     

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