Friday, July 31, 2009

More Survey Reviews

Here are some more paid survey reviews.

It's pretty easy to rack up cash on this site. You get a $5 bonus for signing up and you also get paid for each member profile you complete.

Focusline Surveys
Run by the same company as Surveyhead. Basically the same concept.

I really like this one. They don't send surveys all that frequently, but they pay very quickly when they do. And the surveys are fairly quick and easy.

A neat little survey panel. The rewards they offer aren't that great. But the surveys are quite fun. They call their members "innovators" instead of panelists. And the surveys include advanced features to allow you to better express your opinion.
Also, they include spin-wheels for chances to win additional points or prizes (your chances are pretty good for this, I've won a lot of additional points!)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Some GPT News!

I guess I'll start with the good news.

Cash Crate is now offering a new way to get your payments. In addition to getting checks in the mail, members who are at least Silver now also have the option to request payments directly to their bank accounts! This will probably come as a great convenience to many!

For more on this, check out Reanna's post on her blog.

Now for some not so great news:
If you are a member of GPT sites you are probably familiar with Brandarama offers. Well, their company is declaring bankruptcy and will not be paying for any of their offers completed in June and July. Therefore, you should not waste your time completing any offers of theirs from now on!

Thanks to Miss Money Hunter's post for this news.

Well, that's all for now, folks. Just wanted to give these quick updates!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Getting Paid Via Paypal

Lately, I'm just in love with Paypal! It's like an old pair of jeans. You dig into the pockets and discover cash you didn't even know you had. The other day, I logged into Paypal and found that I had $30, which I did not expect. And it's so much more convenient than getting checks in the mail, since you can easily transfer the money right into your bank account without even getting out of your seat!

Now, most of you probably already knew all of this, to some extent. But did you realize how many opportunities there are for you to earn online and have it deposited directly into your Paypal account?

Two survey panels that I was recently paid by are the Zandl Group and Opinion Place. They're a bit different than other survey panels. For one, it seems like almost everyone qualifies for their surveys as they are rather general in nature. Also, you don't have to reach a minimum payout. They pay you after each survey you complete. I should also note that they both paid me really well.

Zandl Group paid me a whopping $10 for a pretty fun survey about my favorite products. It took about 30-45 minutes to complete.

Opinion Place paid me $3 for one survey and $3.75 for another. Each took me about 15-30 minutes to complete.

I highly recommend both panels.

For more Paypal earning opportunities, check my GPT Reviews. All, except Cash Crate pay via Paypal.
Also check out my Paid to Click Reviews.

If you don't already have an account, you can sign up for Paypal here.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Over 70 Ideas for Working at Home!

I just had to make a separate post for this because it's the most comprehensive article I've written on the subject.

See the lens here: Work at Home Ideas

If you find it helpful, please rate it (if you're a member of Squidoo) or spread the word! I really appreciate it!

Basically, this lens discusses various work at home jobs categorized by the personality, skills, and interests that go best with each job. It also lists many ideas for home-based businesses. Additionally, I've included various resources for making these ideas a reality.

It took me almost a week to compile all the information to write this, so it's very detailed. Anyway, I worked really hard on it and I hope you like it!


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Great Survey Panels

Here are some great survey panels that I have not reviewed in detail yet. The following are some of the more well-known and established panels. Not necessarily better than other panels, but I would definitely recommend them.

Despite it's name, the American Consumer Opinion Panel (ACOP) is an international survey and focus group panel. Surveys are not as frequent as other panels, but they offer much higher pay for each survey. Advice: make sure you participate in the screeners they send out. They are not for pay, but they allow you to qualify for the paying surveys.

Pine Cone Research is definitely one of the more "elite" survey panels. They offer higher compensation for your time and frequently offer "paid to try," which is when they mail new products to your home for you to test. However, it's very difficult to get into since they are usually not accepting new members. What you have to do is just keep your eyes open. I just found a link one day on some message board and that's how I joined. It's all about being at the right place at the right time. It's definitely worth it though!

Harris Poll is probably one of the market research companies that's been around the longest. It was even discussed in my Sociology textbook! The surveys are generally pretty short and fun sometimes. However, their compensation is definitely not as high as most other companies. Still, it's a good idea to sign-up because it's not at all time-consuming.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Another Squidoo Post

You know how I said in my last post that I was addicted to Squidoo? Well, the addiction is growing. Already made a total of three lenses! And I put a lot of effort into them so it was quite time-consuming.

So here are my two latest lenses (I've already written about these topics on this blog, but these lenses cover them in much more detail) :
How and Why I Do Paid Surveys
Avoiding Paid Survey Scams

Since I intend to continue making lenses, here's the link to my member profile where you can access all of them (instead of me updating every time I have a new one):
My Squidoo Profile and Lenses

Monday, July 20, 2009

My First Squidoo Lens

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Squidoo, it's an online community where you get paid to produce content, in the form of "lenses". A lens is basically a miniature webpage about any subject you want. But you don't have to have any special skills to create one! All of the coding is done for you, you just have to add content, such as writing and images.

I actually joined awhile ago, but I finally got around to creating my first lens last night! I definitely would have done it sooner if I had known it would be this easy! I'm addicted now! I'm already working on more. It's really fun to play around with all the widgets and special features that they offer. I think I might still do this even if I wasn't getting paid!

Here is my first lens: Work at Home...I Do It!
If you like it please comment and rate it! Thanks :)

Here is the link to start earning yourself: Join Squidoo

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Paid to Post at myLot

On myLot you get paid to post in their forums, where you can talk about anything. It's actually really fun and works a lot like other social networking sites. Why would they pay you to use their site? Well, basically they're paying you to create content. They need content in order to make money, so you are really doing them a favor. Doesn't it sort of make you think that all online communities should be paying you to participate?

How do you earn money on myLot? There are many ways, actually. You get money for each post, as well as every time a person replies to your posts. Therefore, it's a good idea to post quality and thought-provoking content. You can also complete tasks posted by myLot or other members, which generally offer higher amounts of money than posting. Tasks usually involve joining free programs, as another member's referral. Another way to earn us to post original images that you hold the rights to. Lastly, you get paid 25% of the earnings of the people you refer.

When you reach $10, you get paid via Paypal. If you're just posting, this might take a while. But if you take advantage of all that myLot has to offer, then you can make it much quicker.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Paid Surveys for Moms

When it comes to online paid surveys, moms are definitely at an advantage. In addition to the general paid survey panels that are open to everyone, they can also join panels targeted specifically to moms. So whether you want to be a WAHM (work at home mom) or you just want to earn some extra cash, I suggest you take advantage of these opportunities.

Mothers Know Best
The Mom Test
Mom's Mind Pool
Alpha Mom: AM Labs
Raising Kids Panel
Mom Central
Silver Stork Research

Note that moms with infants or younger children will have more opportunities than those with older children.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Kids Paid Surveys

Even if you're under 13, there are still options for you when it comes to making money online. Here are some paid surveys for the younger set. (Note: for most of these you will probably have to either have a parent sign up as the primary user or mail in a signed form of consent.)

KidzEyes (6-12) This panel is run by C&R Research, the same company behind TeensEyes.
Kids Opinions (6-14)
Panel Polls (Nickelodeon Kids Forum) (6-14) (3-5 also allowed under certain conditions)
Weekly Reader Insider- (7-17)
Dubit Informer- Only open to the UK, ages 11 and up

You can also ask a parent if they would like to become a member of other paid survey panels. Every so often they will ask if members would allow their kids to participate in a survey.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The A.W. Surveys Scam

A lot of you are probably already aware of the fraudulent activity at this site. However, due to the large amount of links across the web and people falling for them, I felt it necessary to post this. I also apologize for the length of this post, but you need not read it all unless you still doubt that A.W. Surveys is a scam.

OK the first clue that they are a scam is in the fact that they promise big bucks for each "survey." I tried one for myself, which said it was offering $4. The so-called "survey" in this case was visiting a website and writing two sentences about my first impressions of it. There is no way that any company could afford to pay that much for such a small task.

In case you continue to doubt it's a scam, I'll dig even deeper. If you search the internet, you'll find numerous complaints from survey-takers who have not been paid. Apparently, A.W. Surveys has a habit of canceling accounts as soon as people try to cash out. Also, they have a history of disappearing for periods of time and then coming back.

Now I have a feeling someone's going to read this and say, "But I know someone who got paid." Well, that's their scheme. If you are very, very lucky you will get paid. They randomly choose people to pay in order to hide the fact that they're a scam. But it's a very small ratio compared to all of those who are not paid.

Another tactic that they're using to keep themselves afloat is their referral campaign. I've seen links all of the internet, including on blogs of people that I respect. These people do not realize it's a scam. All they know is that they are promised big bucks for referrals so they'll do anything they can to promote it. Plus, it is impossible to reach payout without referrals since they stop sending surveys after you've reached $20-$30. And you can not cash out until you've made $75.

If you still need further proof (because I've seen these people who have actually gotten paid fight this like crazy) just check out the report of A.W. Surveys at the Better Business Bureau. They gave it a score of an F. The reasons cited being that they are lacking important information, such as background information, a number of complaints filed against them, and failing to respond to the complaints. It also says that the BBB has not been able to contact them or even obtain accurate contact information. The only address they have on file is a P.O. Box.

It should also be noted that, according to GPTBoycott, Aclarn, Inc. (the company behind A.W. Surveys) is also believed to be behind other fraudulent paid surveys sites, such as Survey King and Top Surveys.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Toluna Replaces Your2Cents

News Update: Toluna has now completely replaced the Your2Cents Survey Panel. They've been merging for a while, but the panel has now officially moved over to the Toluna website.

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this yet, but it seems like it might be a move in the right direction. The site now has more of a "social media" type feel. You can vote in regular polls for points, as well as participate in other members' polls and create your own (not for points, though).

We'll have to wait and see if anything changes in terms of how well they pay, but I'm thinking it will either stay the same or increase slightly.

Anyone have any feelings/comments about the switch?

Saturday, July 11, 2009

PTC at YouData

I'm not usually a big fan of PTC (Paid to Click) sites. You usually only get fractions of cents for each ad you view. And it takes forever to go through them because you have to wait a certain amount of time before clicking on a new one.

YouData is completely different. I signed up a while ago, but finally got around to using it yesterday. And let me tell you, I am now a HUGE fan! I already got paid $0.76 through Paypal for just 1 minute of my time! That's another great thing: there's no minimum payout! You get paid every Friday. I can't wait to see how much I make when I use it for a whole week.

Now, you might be wondering how they can afford to pay higher than other PTC sites. Well, what's special about YouData is that the ads are targeted to you based on your profile and demographics. That way advertisers aren't wasting their money on random audiences, most of which are totally incompatible with their product/service.

Basically, whether you're a PTC fan or not, I highly suggest you join for some VERY easy money!

Note: You only have to be 13 and over to join!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Teen Paid Surveys

If you're a teen, there are actually more survey panels open to you than you might have thought. It's a great way to earn extra cash for clothes, food, and, let's not forget, saving up for college (sorry to be a downer). Also, some survey sites that are for those 18 and over, will periodically send out surveys for teenagers in the household to fill out. So it might be a good idea to have your parents sign up for some good survey sites. But here are some great sites that you can join even if you're under 18!

Since this site will probably not be mentioned elsewhere on this blog, I decided to write a short review. I've never personally done any surveys with them, but they are a very well-respected and legitimate company. Their panel is open to teens aged 13-18 and you can make between $2-$20 per survey! Also, the surveys are specifically designed for teens so they are more interesting to you. Note: They will mail a letter to your parents to let them know that you have signed up.

Here are some more sites that are open to you:
Epoll (13+)
Your 2 Cents (13+)
Clear Voice Surveys (13+)
SayNation (13+)
Global Test Market (14+)
Valued Opinions (16+)
Survey Savvy (14+)
ACOP (14+)
Survey Head (14+)
Harris Poll (13+ in US and Canada, 14+ in other countries)

Non-Survey Sites
Cash Crate (13+)
Scour (13+)
YouData (13+)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Get Paid To Search

Scour is a great search engine! I use it all the time now and I don't miss Google one bit. You never realize how many searches you actually make each day until you are getting paid for them. On Scour you get paid in points for each search you make. You can then make more points if you rate and/or comment on the search results. When you get enough points you can cash them in for a Visa giftcard!

At first it might seem like its going to take forever to get enough points, but you'll soon see that they accumulate pretty quickly. Not to mention, Scour likes to give lots of bonuses now and then. And even if it does take you a while to cash out, you're not losing any time or money so it's still free cash!

Earn money with Scour!

Monday, July 6, 2009

HCD Surveys Promotion

Hey all you lovely money-makers! So today I got an email from HCD Survey about a special promotion they have going on. If you sign up using this link and complete your member profile, you'll get a $1 sign-up bonus!
I've already reviewed HCD Surveys in a previous post, but in case you missed it I'll give you the basics. They are different from other panels in that their focus is not so much on consumer research as it is on your views on social and political issues. The surveys are very short and pay very well. They're also quite fun and usually include a video about something that's been a recent hot topic in the media. All you have to do is let them know how you feel about it.
Fast, easy money? Well, that's what this blog is all about isn't it?!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

International Survey Panels

I've noticed that I've been getting a lot of international traffic so I decided to add a list of sites that are open to other countries :) If you know of any more good ones, just let me know and I'll add it.

International Survey Sites
Open to Select Countries
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