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The following is a guest post from Koupon Karen.  This is the second post in a series.

online-survey-tipsI have more information about taking surveys and earning money and I want to thank Jenny for letting me share more with her readers.  The last time I explained the process of signing up for surveys and a few do’s and dont’s.  I hope no one had any troubles getting started and have already started earning money.  If you haven’t, that’s OK it may take a little while.  Just make sure you filed out the profile or the first survey.  Sometimes that takes place of the profile.

One thing I’ve told my readers is taking surveys can be a great way to pay for your Holiday gifts.  You don’t have to cash out when you meet the minimum.   You can keep the money there and then in August or September start cashing out so you’ll have your cash and gift cards to make holiday purchases.  It’s possible you will have enough to cover it all and then buy yourself something too!

Another good thing about taking surveys is sometimes you may get products to test!  That’s a really fun part.  One time I was sent 6 boxes of tissue.  I had to use 1 box each week and take a 5 minute survey each time.  Buy the end of the review, I had only put in about 30 minutes of work.  I didn’t count using the tissues as work because I just use then as I normally did every day.  So in the end I got 6 FREE boxes of tissues and then was paid $50.00 for doing the product review!! How sweet is that.

I’ve product tested diapers, wipes, food, frozen snacks and so much more.  You never know what you might get.  You also never know when there will be a product test at the end of a survey so make sure you take as many as you can.  Even if they don’t pay, they may pay off in the end.

Now it’s great taking surveys and making money, but my favorite reason for taking surveys is knowing that I was able to give my honest opinion on either an existing product or service, one that they are developing or one they feel they need to change.  They need our opinions.  That’s why even if the survey isn’t going to pay me, if I have the time I still try to take them.  Of course if I have a $20.00 survey sitting in my inbox, sorry but I’m going to do that one first!

Someone mentioned in the comments from the last post that they were invited to be part of a $140 Focus Group once   That can happen too!! Wouldn’t that be great!  $140 for giving your opinion.  Perfect!!  Another person mentioned that she does two surveys per month for one company that pays $3.00 per survey.  That ads up to $72 for the year, not bad either!   Those surveys probably averaged about 20 minutes each.

Last time I reviewed My Survey and Survey Spot.   This week I have 3 more to tell you about.

  1. ePoll – ePoll is another good one but I don’t receive many invites from them. I get about 2 a month.  Most of them are paid.  I just looked in my account and one survey I’ve taken was for a drawing.  I still don’t mind because the surveys are pretty good.  Now that’s me, you could be different.  It all depends on your profile.  Always make sure you update it.  You earn points for each survey and they average about 500 points per survey.  3500 points will get you a $5.00 gift card.
  2. SayNation! –  I’ve been finding a lot of people don’t know about SayNation!  I don’t know how I found them but I joined SayNation! about a year and a half ago.  I receive a LOT of survey invites each week.  Sometimes a few a day.  Of course I don’t qualify for them all but some weeks I do qualify for about 4-6 if not more.  Again it depends on how much time I have to take the surveys.  You earn points for each survey completed and even the ‘screener’ surveys will yield you a few points.  You can cash them in for paypal, gift cards or prizes.  It does take 4 -6 weeks to receive your prize but I always get it!  I prefer Paypal or Walmart.com but they have a lot of choices.  I’ve contacted them a few times and the customer service is slow, but good.  Their surveys average about 1000 points and 12,000 points will get you a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card, just to give you an idea.  Now when you join SayNation! you must take the first survey, this is your profile survey and you’ll earn 250 points for doing it.  There may also be a few more surveys waiting for you right away in your account.  They will email you when there is a new survey or it will be listed in your account.  I have found that sometimes I get an email, but it’s not in my account so check both places.
  3. Survey Savvy – I really like Survey Savvy too.  I get about 3-5 invites some weeks and I seem to qualify for a lot of them.  But what I like about Survey Savvy is they have, from time to time, higher paying surveys.  I’ll take a $10.00 survey any day that’s for sure!  Of course you can’t expect to always get something that high but I’ve had really good luck with them.  They will send you emails when there is a survey available or you can look in your account.  They pay cash and once you reach $10.00 you can request a check.  I’ve never had a problem getting paid by them.  I believe I’ve done product testing with Survey Savvy as well.  It’s hard to remember who sent me what.

I’ll be back again with more!  Hope your enjoying these reviews.  I’ve enjoyed sharing my experience with you all.

Disclosure: This is my honest opinion of these companies. My words are my own and I have not been compensated by these companies to say anything about them. However when you join some of them, it does helps support my blog.

    • One bad thing on saynation's introductory survey – they force you to somewhat “lie” on their first quiz because you have to answer a question that may not apply to you if you rent… despite the question before it asking you if you own or rent. It asks “if you were to sell your home today how much do you think it is worth?” I had to put under 50K as that would be the most accurate for not having a home to sell… I guess.

    • traceym

      wow!thanks =)

    • AKLLHOLL

      I keep getting emails from Reward Port, Signature Surveys and Get Paid to Try but I never open them because I do not know if they are legit. Does anyone know about these three? Thank you for your help.

      • Angela

        I'm not sure about Signature Surveys or Get Paid to Try. However, I LOVE Reward Port! Reward Port and Inbox Dollars are a lot alike. The emails you received are paid emails. I can get anywhere from 3-5 emails a day from Reward Port. All you do is click the link to credit your account with points (it's a points system for Reward Port and a $ system with Inbox Dollars). You get from 3-5 points per email that you click on. It doesn't sound like much but it really adds up. I never even pay attention to what the emails are about. I just click the link, let the page for the link come up, and then X out of it. With Reward Port, you can turn your points into gift cards. With Inbox Dollars you can request and check. Each email is $.02 (it really does add up) and you get $5 bonus for signing up.

        • AKLLHOL & Angela. I don't believe that Signature Surveys or Get Paid To try work on a point system like Inbox and Reward Port. I believe those are the kinds of sites where you get points or money to try things, or to buy things. They are not real survey sites, nothing like what I'm taking about.

          I do know that Inbox Dollars and Reward Port do give you credit for reading the emails and it sure can add up fast if you click them all, but to me that's really the only good thing about them.

      • joyce

        i do surveys on reward port and really like them. i have just received a $25 check. know nothing about the other two.

    • crystalbrothers

      Are there any sites with surveys that you are guaranteed the opportunity to take? I have tried out a couple of these sites before and each time I'll be 5-10 minutes into a survey that is supposed to take 15-20 minutes and I'll get a pop up stating that they have met their numbers for this survey and no longer need mine. Because of this I have given up the whole survey thing because I don't have an extra 5-10 minutes to waste just for them to tell me that my survey will no longer count. I tried out several surveys at each site and it just kept happening. Do you have any advice about this? Any sites that won't do this?

      • crystalbrothers – unfortunately it’s very common for most survey sites. Sometimes it can be as simple as they’ve already received enough responses from someone your age, where you might of qualified earlier. It’s so hard to tell. I do know that ACOP is one site that will send you the screener first. It will clearly state that this is for an upcoming survey. These are usually short. Then if you do fit the survey requirements you’ll receive the link to take the survey a few days or so later. Then you know you will qualify. I love that they do that, but not all sites do. Try that out if you’d like.

        • crystalbrothers

          Thanks for the response. I understand that they need you to qualify and stuff. The frustrating thing to me is that I will take the screener and it will say I qualify, then halfway into the survey it will say that they have filled their numbers for this survey. One day, this happened 2-3 times in a row and I never did actually get to finish a survey. There were several screenings that I didn't qualify for but then even the ones I did qualify for I was booted out in the middle of the survey.

          • Yes that can be frustrating and it has happened to me a few times too.

    • Hi! I was just wandering if these “survey” sites actually offer a survey because it seems that all I ever get is the opportunity to give out my credit card number to net flix (for a 14 day trial), or sign up for insurance information, a chance to win 1,000.00 gift card to Wal Mart (but they want you to buy magazines with your required credit card number), or something of that sort. NEVER have I actually gotten a survey that didn't require my card number FIRST. Now to me, if you are supposed to get paid for a survey that doesn't mean I should pay YOU first. Am I doing something wrong or is this normal?

      • GaMom

        Hi April,

        You should go back to the very first link denoted by “the last time” at the beginning of this passage. That seemed to be a very helpful tool in getting started for me.

        • HI April, Those aren't real survey sites. That's not what any of the ones I've recommended are about. These are sites that will ask you for your opinion. You will not be offered anything to purchase, click on etc. Just opinions! Hope That Helps!!

    • christinelowther

      I signed up on My survey about three weeks ago and the night I signed up it allowed me to do 4 surveys. Since then I have not been asked do another one? I thought they would be available more often or did I do something wrong?? Thanks
      Christine

      • Hope

        Same happend with me…but survey spot has been sending me 4+ emails a day. Most are not paid though. I am enjoying trying this new arena to make a few extra bucks.

        • Hope – yes I get a lot from Survey Spot each day too and most are for entries or instant win but they aren't too long and I do take them because I know they will send me paying ones too. I've received many paying ones from Survey Spot.

      • christinelowther – My Survey seems to come in spurts but you will get more surveys from them. I've had dry spells too and then a bunch at once. That's why I like to belong to more than one survey site so that I always have surveys coming.
        You did nothing wrong. Just make sure you profile stays up to date.
        Hope that helps!

        • christinelowther

          Thanks!

    • juliemars

      Just a word of warning….over a year ago I finally had taken $10 worth of surveys from survey savvy and requested a check, never received a check, requested again, nothing….all that time wasted….

      • juliemars – I've received payment from Survey Savvy many times. Did you actually talk to anyone (via email)?? That seems odd because I have been paid by them. You might want to look into it, something may have gone wrong.

    • leigh57

      When I tried some time ago to do surveys, it ended up taking such a very long time to sign up with very personal information. Then it would send surveys saying they were worth points. I did a couple, but I did not know where the points went and I ended up very confused. I would definitely do what you are doing. I was a bit concerned after filling out that really personal one for the company. Is that common? Just curious to see what I ended up signing up for.

      • Hi leigh57 – It's very common to give them lots of information. This is how they will match you with the surveys.
        I'm not sure which company your speaking of but usually if you log into your account you'll see your points there.

    • joyce

      i do surveys on reward port and really like them. i have just received a $25 check. know nothing about the other two.