Many people make money by participating in paid online surveys.
Some do not.
The difference, the reason some succeed and others fail, lies in choosing the right survey makers.
While all of the 700+ survey makers in the U.
and the 3,000+ worldwide will send you invitations to take surveys, only about 20% will actually pay you for filling out the questionnaires.
The situation is complicated by the fact that almost all survey makers advertise that participants will be rewarded.
So they lie.
Some pay in cash, some say they are putting your name in a hat for a drawing, the winner of which gets $1,000.
(They don't tell you whether there are 10 names in the hat or 10,000!) So "paid" online surveys becomes a matter of semantics insofar as the word "paid" is concerned.
If you go into it for the money, you want to be paid in cash or equivalent.
Some use points that can be converted into cash.
Some pay in Amazon.
com gift certificates, which may be great if you buy a lot of things from Amazon, not so great if you don't.
The dividing lines between paying and non-paying are sometimes not clear.
So where can you get good info about paid online surveys?From certain guide companies.
There are many guide companies out there, companies that maintain lists of survey makers and offer to share their lists.
There are both paid and free sites.
Some charge a membership fee to let you access their list, others offer their list for free.
It is important to understand that these guide companies have two ways to make money.
One is by charging fees to their survey-taker membership and the other is by getting recruiting fees from the survey makers.
The good survey makers, the ones who pay in cash, do not pay recruiting fees to brokers or recruiters.
They don't need to since their participant turnover is low.
The 80% of survey makers that do not really pay for paid online surveys, have high turnover.
So the non-paying survey makers must pay recruiting fees to get new survey participants.
The ones with the highest turnover (the worst ones from the point of view of the survey taker!) pay the highest recruiting fees.
The free sites are supported solely by recruitment fees from the non-paying survey makers.
The paid sites are supported by the membership fees they collect, but they can "double-dip" and also collect recruiting fees from some low pay/no pay survey makers, if they choose to do so.
It's important to understand the forces at work (recruiting fees) that encourage guide companies to steer new survey takers to the bad (no pay/low pay) survey makers.
Getting steered that way is why so many survey participants do not make any money; they were doomed to failure from the start.
The only ones who will give you good info and steer you to paying survey makers are the paid sites that do not double-dip.
How do you find paid sites that do not double-dip? You can find them by looking at their guarantees and their refund rates.
They should have a strong money-back guarantee and a low refund rate under that guarantee.
If they do, you know that their recent clients were happy, made money with the paid online surveys they took and felt they got their money's worth.
On the other hand, a weak guarantee or a high refund rate indicates that the site is either double-dipping or incompetent at finding survey makers that pay.
In either case they have many unsatisfied, unhappy customers demanding their money back.
To make money with paid online surveys and get paid to take online surveys, avoid guide companies with weak guarantees and/or high refund rates.
Choose one with a strong guarantee and a low refund rate.