Top 7 Legitimate Paid Survey Sites


Are you searching all over the internet on how to make easy money online using Google, Yahoo search, Ask Jeeves, etc? In your search you would often see survey websites talk about how they pay you for answering a few questions; yet at the same time there would be some review websites, talking of paid surveys being all fluff, and hype. That can make things confusing for you. So I’m sure you’re wondering:  “Can I make easy money taking surveys?” YES, yes you can, and it’s FREE! =D Paid surveys are one of the easiest ways to make money online. (And also one of my favorites) It’s perfect for beginners, or newbies who are just starting on their money making journey. While there are many paid surveys that are legit, there are others that are flukes that scams you out of your precious time and effort. I’ve made this blog to help make your search in finding legitimate paid surveys sites more easier. I know you’re not here to read a wall of text SO I’m going give you the list of the top 7 online survey sites. These are sites that I personally make money from everyday, and even throw in a honest review on them! Here they are:

- Pinecone Research is by far my top favorite paid survey sites. Their surveys are always fun to do. When taking surveys, you’re never ‘screened out’ or disqualified from the study. They’re never too long to take, and they always pay on time. You are paid $3 per survey via check or paypal. Sometimes the pay maybe more depending on the projects they may send you to test at home. Pinecone Research does not recruit new members through their homepage, but by banner ads, or links which they send out when they’re open for new sign ups. Unfortunately they are not open right now. Until then, I’ll be sure to keep a sharp eye out for any opening opportunities, and place them in one of my future updates on this blog so you can join this awesome site. Should you find any be sure to jump on it! Go to the website to learn more!


Sign ups are currenly closed! Pinecone Research are not looking for anymore new members until the next opening.

- Opinion Outpost is another awesome survey site, and my second favorite one. When you become an panelist to the website, you’re sent surveys fairly often, that takes 10 to 20 minutes to complete, and sometimes a little longer. Sometimes you’re even sent projects to try new products, and give your say on them. You can even keep the products too! Sometimes you won’t qualify for certain studies, but even then you’re given an opportunity to win instant money in on of their chance games. When the surveys are completed you are rewarded points, that can be redeemable for checks, amazon gift certificates, and Citi gift cards. Every 10 points equals $1, and minimum payout is 50 points (Or $5). This is definitely another survey site worth joining!

- MySurvey (Formerly called Lightspeed Consumer Panel) is one of the more frequent paying survey site. When you sign up, you almost instantly start receiving survey invitations in your inbox. And from there continue to receive invitations everyday. The surveys usually take 20 minutes to complete, and you’re paid from 75 to 150 points. However there will be times where you may receive very lengthy studies. Fortunately you are rewarded for completing the longer ones more so. The pay method as I mentioned earlier is through points, which are redeemable for various rewards such as paypal, gift cards, Amazon gift certificates, video games (Yes people I said video games :P ) and SO much more. As great as the site is, there is a bit of an downfall. Sometimes when doing an survey, in the middle or sometimes at the end of it, an technical error would come up, causing you be unable to complete the study, and lose your points. I’ve had this problem a couple times but even then I remain an active panelist. I’m still earning continuous rewards to this day. With this I HIGHLY recommend anyone to register to this site! (For the full review click here)

- Ipsos I-Say is another site that sends survey invitations very often. The surveys are really fun to do, and the average completion time per study ranges from 20 to 30 minutes. I-Say has an benefit that is unlike normal paid survey sites, called the Loyalty Program. When you complete an certain amount of surveys, you’re given extra ‘loyalties’ points to add on top of that! The pay methods are points which are redeemed for checks, gift cards, amazon gift certificates, and other rewards.

- Global Test Market is a reputable international research panel that’s been around for a very long time. They send multiple survey invites to your inbox daily. The surveys you take are quite fun to take, and usually takes about 20 minutes to complete. Sometimes you may get surveys that are longer. This can be a bit tedious, but fortunately you are rewarded more for this effort. When you qualify and complete a survey you are compensated in points which you can redeem for checks. The minimum payout is 1000 points or $50, yes I said 50 dollars! While Global Test Market pays well, on the down side it does take a while to reach the minimum payout, but being consistent is very well worth it!

- Opinion Square is a good website to sign up for if you don’t mind being paid by prizes instead of cash. Survey invitations come very often, and they’re quite easy to qualify and complete. With every completed survey you’re rewarded 200 points, which are redeemable for prizes such as gift cards, electronics, dvds, and more! I’ve earn a couple of prizes out of this site pretty quickly so I definitely recommended signing up!


- Valued Opinions is another survey websites who doesn’t pay by cash but by rewards. When you sign up as a panelist, you began to receive invitations almost immediately. Most surveys pay $2, and $5, and sometimes even more so on special occasions. Minimum payout is $20, and can be redeemed for amazon gift certificates, Macy’s gift cards, Blockbuster, and other forms of gift cards, and certificates! The only downside about Valued Opinions is that it takes awhile for your account to be credited after an survey is completed. But overall it’s worth joining!


- If you do not live in the US (United States) , then you may find survey opportunities that are available in your country within this post: International Paid Surveys Sites

I hope this blog will prove helpful  in your making easy money online.  Now know that the surveys mentioned above aren’t the only ones that are legit. There are many others out there and in my future posts I will be adding them. Be sure to bookmark my blog, because I will be updating occasionally, and I don’t want you to miss out on any opportunities!


[Note: This is a sticky intro post meaning that it will stay in the same place all the time. All updates, and post topics made in this blog are right below this one. :) ]

Why Paid Surveys are Great for College Students – How it Can Help You Make Extra Money



Hey everyone hope  you’ve having a great week so far. During the past week I’ve been reading a lot of articles, and online discussion topics, and I noticed that a lot of college students tend to ask around for ways they could make money.  I can really sympathize with them, being a college student myself.  College is one of the most exciting places to be at. It’s the beginning stage of your dream careers, or sometimes  it’s the place where you discover your dream career.  At the same time it can put quite a strain on you especially financial wise.  While paying for your tuition you also have to pay for food, and other necessities.  While busy with college work, you may not have much time to go look for a part time job to pay for these necessities. Or perhaps you already have a part time job but you still need some extra money for other expenses.  Whatever the reason, you simply just need the extra cash.  This is what’s this week’s article is all about! :)   Here are some reasons why you should consider participating in Paid Surveys for cash.

The Pros

1) They’re very easy to do. -  Paid Surveys are one of the easiest ways to make money online if not THE easiest. It’s also pretty fun to do. There’s no experience or skills of any kind necessary to give your opinions on these survey sites . All you have to do is answer questions about different topics, through a series of multiple choices.  Sometimes you may have to answer a question by typing your answer in, but that’s nowhere near hard to do.  It doesn’t take too long to complete surveys; about 5 to 25 minutes usually.  Some surveys pay from 5 cents to even 5  dollars per completed surveys.  There are also  special surveys sent to you that pays you 30  to 100 dollars sometimes more. One of these special surveys are called Product Test Surveys, and the other are called Focus Group Surveys. They don’t come frequently as the normal low paying surveys,  and they take much longer to complete.  However they are definitely worth the effort.

2) Online surveys are voluntary. – All survey invitations are voluntary so you don’t have to complete EVERY survey.  You can skip surveys you don’t want to do and do the ones you want to do. You’re pretty much your own boss in all this.  This is perfect for those who want to make some extra cash between classes and study sessions.

3) NO commuting is necessary! – Paid Surveys are well known for it’s convenience. When participating there’s no need to commute anywhere. You can earn money from the comfort of your dorm room or apartment via your computer. Now there are some surveys namely Focus Group Surveys, that may ask you to travel to a location nearest to your home and/or dorm to try out a new product that hasn’t arrive in the markets yet.  They pay you quite well for your time. As I’ve mentioned before, they are completely voluntary so you don’t have to do them.

4) They’re completely FREE to join!   – There are no costs to  join Paid Survey sites.  You pay nothing zilch NADA. Legitimate surveys are always free to join Unfortunately there are a lot of sites that charges you to make money from surveys. If you come across any of these sites turn the other way immediately. They’re scams out to take your money and waste your precious time.

Now while there are  a lot of pros to taking online surveys, I’m not going to hide the fact that it has it’s cons too.

The Cons

1) You won’t qualify for every survey you do – Every survey you take has a certain criteria that needs to be met. Most of the time you’ll be able to complete the surveys you take. However there are some you may be screened out from. For example if you come from New York and they’re looking for people from California then you may not be able to complete the survey because of that.

2) Most Paid Surveys are restricted to certain countries – This is unfortunately true. Many survey sites mainly target English-speaking countries such as the US, UK, and  Canada to name a few. Because of this, it’s incredibly hard for a lot of people who aren’t from these countries to find legitimate paid surveys. (If this is you then I highly recommend checking out the list of International paid survey sites.)

3) Not all paid surveys are legit – As I’ve mentioned before, there are Paid Survey sites that are scams and only after your money.  There are so many of them all over the internet, and they’re only increasing more and more daily which is really sad. (To learn how to avoid these annoying scams check out this article)


Despite of the cons,  Paid Surveys are a great way to put some extra money into your pockets while in college.  The next step to do is actually start earning money which you can do from this list of the top 7 paid survey sites.  If you would like to learn a little more about this topic, check out my Paid Survey 101. In addition  I will give you some tips on how to earn from surveys effectively:
Tip 1 -   Create an separate email address specifically for taking surveys BEFORE you register to any of the paid survey sites. That way your more personal emails won’t be lost in the survey invitation emails you’ll receive once you become a panelist.  

Tip 2 – Join  as many survey websites as you can – the more sites you join the more opportunities to make more money you’ll receive. If you’re completely new to paid surveys then I suggest only joining up to 5 of them. When you’ve gotten used to the process then you can join even more sites.

Tip 3 – Make sure you fill out your profiles – In most survey panels you’ll see a series of profiling surveys on different topics such as your interests for an example. It is highly recommended you complete them in order to receive surveys that matches with your interests.

Tip 4 – Always clean your cookies from your browser after every few surveys you complete  This will help in going through survey questionnaires more smoothly

Tip 5 – Stay consistent -  While it’s very fun to participate in paid surveys, there will be times where you might find this to be a bit  repetitive. Despite of it you should remain persistent so that you can continuously earn money.

I really hope this article and tips helps you out. If you have any questions feel free to contact me. Other than that start earning! :)

Paid Surveys for Teens – The Top 3 Best Paying Online Surveys


Hey everyone it’s been a while.  Hope you really had an awesome summer. :) I’m really sorry for not posting in a while.  A lot of things have been happening that unfortunately resulted in me having to go away for awhile.  I just got back home very recently, and I’m still pretty tired from the trip.  But enough about me,  in today’s post is going to be about an issue that’s been buzzing around a lot lately.

These days you would often hear, or read about how jobs are increasingly hard to find with how unstable the economy is. This is especially hard for teenagers all over the world. Over the recent years the age requirement for jobs became more stricter, now mainly allowing those over the age of 18 to work.  In some places they even require you to have a diploma to work for them. With this, it leaves teens having to search for odd jobs such as babysitting, selling lemonade or baking goods, mowing lawns, walking the neighbor’s dogs to name a few.  Now while getting jobs like these can help put some extra money in your pockets, sadly they don’t last forever. Most of the jobs that were mentioned can only be done in the summertime, and when it ends then you wind up losing your source of income.

Maybe this is you right now. You’re probably looking for ways to make extra money to spend on that new video game that came out or to see that new movie that just came out in the theaters. Or perhaps you need money to help your parents out with groceries, or a small cellphone bill. It could be anything, but the point is you NEED the cash. Paid surveys are one of the best ways you can make extra money in your spare time. They’re easy to do, and completely free to join. They can also be pretty fun to do.  Unfortunately not all surveys are legitimate, and sometimes it can be difficult to tell which of them are real or not.  In this article I’m going to give you a list of the 4 best paying online surveys on the internet I will also give you an overview of these legitimate paid surveys:

MySurvey   is by far one the most reliable paid survey site out there. The minimal age requirement is 14. Their surveys are quite fun to take, and it usually takes about 10 to 25 minutes to complete. There are times where they’ll send you longer surveys but usually pay more than the normal ones.  When you’ve completed enough surveys, you’re rewarded with points. These points can be redeemed for cash sent  to you via Paypal, gift cards from several vendors, or merchandise.  The minimum payout limit is 1100 points which is 10 dollars, and it takes about a few days for your payment to be sent to you.  MySurvey is ideal site to register for if you’re looking to make some quick cash today.

Global Test Market   is a paid survey site that is very well known due to being around for a number of years.  When you first start participating into this site you’re given a few surveys to do per day.  Once you’ve become more consistent though, they’ll send you quite a lot of surveys in your email’s inbox. The time it takes to complete the surveys are various. Sometimes it’ll take 5 minutes, other times up to 40 minutes. Like Mysurvey, Global Test Market rewards you with points which is redeemed for a cash check, sent to you by mail.  The minimum payout is 1000 points which is 50 dollars! While this is a website that pays you well, it could  take a while for you to reach the pay limit. Despite of that it’s well worth the effort.  To start earning from Global Test Market register here.

Valued Opinions is the ideal paid survey site if you’re not looking to make cash, but instead want to be rewarded with amazon gift credits, and gift cards to shop online or in stores with.  They’ve been around for a few years now, and are becoming more popular each day.  Their surveys are quite fun to do, and it usually takes about 20 to 25 minutes to complete their surveys.  Once you complete enough surveys you’ll be sent a minimum of 20 dollars in gift cards. While this is a really good paid survey site, the only downfall is that it’ll take a while for your reward to be delivered to you. Despite of it, I still recommend joining this site

Now these three I’ve mentioned aren’t the only paid survey panels that allow teens to earn money from them. There are actually a lot of legitimate surveys out there; however from personal experiences, MySurvey, Global Test Market, and Valued Opinions are the most reliable sites out there.  I really hope this helped those of you who has been searching for a way to make some money.  Now it’s time for you to start earning!

Update: October 21 2012
I wanted to add this onto here to give you some tips that could help you make money from paid survey sites more effectively :)

Tip 1 - Create an separate email address specifically for taking surveys BEFORE you register to any of the paid survey sites. That way your more personal emails won’t be lost in the survey invitation emails you’ll receive once you become a panelist.  

Tip 2 – Make sure you fill out your profiles – In most survey panels you’ll see a series of profiling surveys on different topics such as your interests for an example. It is highly recommended you complete them in order to receive surveys that matches with your interests.

Tip 3 – Always clean out the cookies  from your browser after every few surveys you complete using software like CCleaner  This will help in going through survey questionnaires more smoothly.

Tip 4 – Stay consistent -  While it’s very fun to participate in paid surveys, there will be times where you might find this to be a bit  repetitive. Despite of it you should remain persistent so that you can continuously earn money.


An Update on Inspired Opinions – Find Out if It’s Really Worth Your Time


Hey everyone. It’s been a while.  Hope you all been well.  In my last post I’ve announced that I would be making an new blog. I’m still working on it as we speak. But today I decided to take a little break from it to write a new post here.   About a year ago I’ve written an review on Inspired Opinions a fairly recent paid survey site  I had said a lot of good things about it.  Now…I’m sure some of you are wondering if this site is really worth your time? Does it pay? Is it really legitimate  In this update you’ll find out…

I’ve been taking surveys from Inspired Opinions on and off for a while. Not as frequent as other surveys.  In the beginning I was doing well, but after awhile the surveys started to become almost impossible to qualify for.  Some of surveys even had glitches in them, causing me to lose the work I put into while participating in their studies.  Because of all that and more I began to ignore their surveys  and focused on others.  Very recently I decided to give Inspired Opinions another try and finally earned enough points to redeem for a 10 dollar amazon gift certificate.  Now at first I thought that I’d receive my payment in a couple weeks like some surveys but to my pleasant surprise I’ve received it instantaneously. Here’s the Payment Proof for Inspired Opinions:











Now although it took me a really long time to received only a 10 dollar amazon credits, I’m still happy that I got it.  However, because of the trouble I’ve been through trying to reach pay out I do NOT recommend giving this site a try.  :( Now this is a first for Make Easy Money Surveys that I’m not recommending a paid survey site.  I’m not saying that Inspired Opinions is a scam. It IS legitimate.  However I don’t want any of you to go through what I’ve been through. The trouble it just not worth your precious time.

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