Can you really get paid to take surveys online?

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There are many ways of making money online, and one that comes up frequently is online surveys. Many people question if you can really get paid to take surveys. Absolutely! There are many apps and websites that pay you to take their surveys and reward you with either points or money.

How can you get paid to take surveys?

What you need to do

Before you get started with surveys, you need to be sure that you really want to share your data and information. Survey sites corroborate information so you can’t just lie. You have to be consistent. Otherwise, your account will be terminated.

If you’re comfortable giving your personal information and accepting cookies, the next step is finding the right survey provider. You can join as many as you like. Ideally, you want to find somewhere that will offer surveys you like, that give good rewards, and give you enough opportunities to earn. It may take you a good few tries to find the right apps or sites.

Where can you get paid to take surveys?

It’s important to know that not all countries can access the same surveys. I live in the UK, so most lists of survey apps and websites are useless for me – they’re focused on people in the US. During my tests and research, I found a few names that keep popping up and seem to be accessible to more countries. Below, you’ll find some of the best survey providers I’ve researched and tested.

Top tips to get paid to take surveys

These are some of the best tips to get paid to take surveys. Make sure to remember them to maximise your efforts and not lose any money. You never know when a company might go bust or delete your account.

  • Be honest so you don’t get your account banned
  • NEVER pay to join
  • Stick to one or two to maximise your payout
  • Redeem or withdraw money as soon as possible in case the company goes under
  • Be prepared to be disqualified from a lot of surveys
  • Redeem vouchers ASAP and spend them

Best paid survey sites

These survey sites are some of the best websites to get paid to take surveys. If you have more suggestions, drop a recommendation in the comments!

i-Say

i-Say is an online survey site active founded by Ipsos, which has been in the survey-based research industry since 1975. They do have an app, but it opens surveys in a web browser, making the app useless. Their reviews range wildly from 1 star to 5 stars, though most reviews state that they pay reliably. Some people have had issues with accounts randomly closing, so always make sure to cash out as soon as you have enough.

My experience: Multiple surveys are available each day, though most of them will kick you out after 3-10 questions. There are also prize draws to enter. i-Say has user polls to get involved with though only Featured polls have a chance to give points.

Rewards: i-Say awards points for answering (or attempting to answer) surveys. You can redeem a $10 Amazon gift card for 1000 points or $10 PayPal funds for 1020 points, among many other offers. You can even redeem donations to charities.

Reward Redeem Range: $5 – $100 (lowest and highest Amazon gift card rewards)

PrizeRebel

PrizeRebel is one of the most well-reviewed survey sites out there, though many commonly complain about the amount of disqualifications they get. Have no fear, because PrizeRebel has many, many more survey offerings than most, and there are other ways to earn as well.

My experience: Within 1 hour of signing up, I’d already managed to gain 200 points, the (approximate) equivalent of $2. This is my favourite survey site I’ve come across based on the variety of surveys offered and how quickly it loads the next survey once you’ve been disqualified.

Rewards: PrizeRebel awards points (1 point = $0.01) and also has account levels that can help you earn even more. The more points you accrue, the higher your level and the more you can earn, especially through referrals. They offer gift cards and even game cards for games like League of Legends.

Reward Redeem Range: $2 – $20 (lowest and highest Amazon gift cards rewards) or you can also redeem up to $100 PayPal credit

Best survey apps

There are many survey apps out there who claim to pay for answers. I’ve tried and tested these apps for you to find out whether you really can be paid to take surveys.

Swagbucks

Swagbucks tops so many lists of paid survey apps. For good reason! Alongside surveys, Swagbucks also offers cash back offers, playtime rewards, and more. Reviews of Swagbucks are generally positive, with most bad reviews mentioning struggles redeeming rewards or not being compensated ‘SB’ points. They also have a website you can use.

My experience: If you’re looking to do surveys alone, this isn’t the best option. The majority of my ‘SB’ points are thanks to filling out my profile to get more surveys – which worked, sort of. I’ve generally received 3-4 surveys a day and not been able to complete one of them. There are options to test products, join what sounds like focus groups, and more. Swagbucks has many options to earn points so it’s up to you what you’re comfortable with and interested in.

Rewards: Swagbucks awards ‘SB’ points which you can redeem for gift cards, PayPal credit, and more. They also have reward sales where you can redeem fewer points for the same amount of money.

Reward Redeem Range: $5 – $250 (lowest and highest Amazon gift card rewards)

Google Opinion Rewards

Google Opinion Rewards is ideal for anyone who uses Google often, especially Android users. The app prompts you to answer surveys based on your recent Google searches and adds credit to your Google Play account to spend on apps, books, or any other connected Google products.

My experience: I’ve been using Google Opinion Rewards for a few years now, and in that time I’ve earned £5.45 ($7.53) from 37 surveys. Perfect for an occasional in-game purchase or to buy a book via Google Books. Sometimes surveys have been about YouTube videos or ads, but mostly they’ve asked me about recent searches and what I was looking for. Surveys only take a few seconds to fill out.

Rewards: Google Opinion Rewards adds the money (typically a few cents, but can be more) directly to your Google Play balance.

Reward Redeem Range: automatic, surveys give between $0.08 – $0.55 (based on my own rewards history)

Qmee

Qmee advertises itself as an ‘online companion’, and its primary function is to help shoppers compare prices and discover new brands, with surveys also available. You can also get cashback offers. Qmee has a website you can go on as well. Their reviews are largely positive with some complaints of completing surveys and being rejected 20 minutes in.

My experience: Qmee has the best app that I’ve tried. It’s clean but can load slowly. They also had the greatest range of surveys on signing up.

Rewards: Qmee requires linking to PayPal and has no minimum payout. Gift cards can be redeemed but you still need a PayPal account linked to Qmee.

Reward Redeem Range: They have no minimum payout. The minimum amount for a gift card is $5

Other ways to get paid to take surveys

There are even more survey companies out there constantly looking for new participants. Check out the app store for your phone, tablet, or computer to find more. Always check reviews! Rarely will you see a survey company that has more than 4-star reviews on average, so I recommend checking out individual reviews to see what problems you might come across.


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H L Noss is a freelance content writer who loves exploring new subjects and researching as many of them as they can. They particularly enjoy topics involving history and sustainability, and H is always looking into new ideas.

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