Surveys: Email Notification
of a Paid Survey
When there is a survey to complete you will
receive an email from the market research company. In my experience
Global Test Market, Pureprofile and Valued Opinions will send these quite regularly. The email will contain a coded link that will take you to the survey and an indication of the reward being offered for you to participate
in the survey.
When you click on the link in the email an introductory page to the survey will load in your Internet browser.
No Emails Yet? - Don't expect them to come
instantly, but if its been a few weeks, it might pay to check that you
email program isn't sending paid survey and reward emails to the 'junk
mail' folder. If that has been happening you should be able to add the
email senders address to your 'safe' list to stop it re-occurring.
The Survey Screening
Most times the survey will begin with a
series of screening questions to see if
you fit the profile of the audience that the company doing the research
is looking for. This can involve demographics like age, sex, location
and usually a consumer question like, "are you interested in buying a TV
in the next year?" or "have you been to the movies in the last 3
Again, honesty is the best policy, but do remember they are
looking for a "yes" to the consumer question. If you don't fit the profile
they are looking for, they will politely thank you (sometimes they give
you a small
reward) and send you back to the market research companies web site.
This is referred to as being 'screened out.'
Complete the Survey
If you are accepted into the survey, you then simply follow the instructions
through to the end of the survey. At the end you will be credited with the reward
that is offered for that survey. The reward should register under your
profile on the paid survey web site.
Several of the reward programs send out
daily/weekly reward emails. These are adverts for some offer or another.
If you click on the email to view the advert you are rewarded with
points. Clicking on a
link in an email from Rewards Central will earn you 10 points. Its roughly worth
cents a click to you so don't sweat it if you miss them, but it soon adds
up....(2 x companies x 10 cents x 365 days = $73 per year = Christmas
present for little people)
On Site Points and Rewards
Some paid survey and
reward programs offer point credits for activities
that you carry out on
their web site such as viewing adverts or movie trailers. It can pay to check with
programs like Pureprofile once or twice a week. They have a section
on their web site called the "NEXT" button that
contains advertising "paid per view" promotions. You can pick up 5 or 10
cents for clicking on each advert. There are also some small surveys and
other bonuses. When combined with surveys this starts to add up pretty
quickly. The ads build up in your profile so you only
need to log into the site every few days.
Rewards Central has a few spots to pick up extra credits. Under
the section "Free Rewards" there is a daily short survey - one question
worth 3 points and a "web clicks" worth 2 points. Under the "Games"
section look for the free "Guessing Game" its worth 200 points if you
win. There is also a banking facility where you can put your
points in a term deposit and earn interest on them until you have sufficient
claim a reward cheque. I usually bank them so they mature at around the
same time and I can convert them straight into a cheque.
Your Rewards - Cash and Gift Vouchers
The credit you generate for doing each survey,
for clicking on reward
emails, and viewing adverts will build up in your account and when it
reaches a specified limit you will be able to draw down on your credit.
Some programs will let you take cash while others will let you take gift
cards or products.
Programs that allow you to
take cash will send you money by direct deposit into
your nominated bank account, via a cheque in the mail,
or as a transfer to your Paypal Account. I transfer the money
I earn into my
high interest online
savings account to maximize the amount of money
I make over the year.
Other programs will send you gift vouchers
in the mail. I have received gift vouchers for Coles,
Hoyts, DStore, HMV Music and Bunnings. I usually choose the Coles/Myer/Target/David
and use them to buy things like clothes, toys etc for the kids. They
also make pretty good presents as well, and I have more
than once used a gift voucher to bribe the mother-in
-law to mind the kids. I
have also used the Bunnings vouchers I have received
Opinions to buy a whipper
snipper and other man toys.
There are some programs
that only allow you to convert your points into entries
in their competition. I don't usually rate them very
highly, but sometimes they are worth being registered
with because they invite you to
focus groups where you
get paid to attend a session to talk about or trial a
Tips & Tricks
with Online Surveys