Sunday, May 6, 2012

Online Survey Reviews

When I first turned to the Internet as a way of earning money, one of the first things I did was take online surveys. I don't do a whole lot of it anymore...I enjoyed it but eventually tired of it.  However, there are many people that absolutely love taking surveys online, so I thought I would share with you some of my favorite online survey companies by writing some online survey reviews.

Note: It should not cost you anything to sign up with any of the online survey companies. If you are asked to shell out money for a list of companies or to join some forum or club, run in the other direction. The information you seek can be found freely all over the Internet.

Here are some of the online survey companies that I had the most luck with:

1. Survey Savvy
One of the most frustrating things about taking online surveys is that you typically have to meet a threshold of earnings before you can cash out.  The nice thing about Survey Savvy is that the threshold is only a buck. However, they do send earnings by mail, and the check can take weeks to arrive.  This is okay if you just want some fun money.

Survey Savvy also has a referral program, which means that you can make a little kickback from the earnings of others who've signed up under your link. You can post a link on your blog (like I did above) or invite friend to join via email.

2.  Survey Spot
Survey Spot rewards you with points that can be traded in for gift cards or cash if you have a verified PayPal account.  You need a minimum of 1000 points to cash out.  I never traded for gift cards, but it only took a day or so to get the money through PayPal.

3.  testspin
testspin works much like Survey Spot.  The rewards you can get are points you can use on or cash through PayPal.  You need a minimum of 10,000 points before you can cash out.  Typically, it takes five to seven days to get money through PayPal.

4.  American Consumer Opinion
This one is almost* my favorite.  Before sending you a survey, American Consumer Opinion sends out a "screener" survey with a few quick qualifying questions first to see if a survey is right for you.  I like that because you don't have to waste your valuable time answering a bunch of questions on a survey to find out that you don't qualify to take it. (one of the things I don't like about online survey taking)

I qualified for a phone survey about gift cards through them....made 50.00 for a one-half hour phone call. Loved that.  I received points which I redeemed for cash through PayPal. One penny equals one point and you need a minimum of 1000 points to cash out. It took several weeks to get paid, if I remember correctly, but all in all, I found my experience with this online survey company far easier than most.

*I called that last one "almost" my favorite, because there is still a better way to take surveys, and that is through Amazon Mechanical Turk. However, because it's unique, that subject deserves its own post, and I'll get to that shortly.

Don't believe any advertisements that tell you you're going to find a full-time income taking online surveys. You won't qualify for every survey, and you can spend a lot of time trying. The bottom line is that you're not going to get rich doing this.  But if you just want some knocking around money and are looking to kill some time, online survey taking can be fun and rewarding.

Tip: Make sure you fill out your profiles at these companies so you're more likely to receive invitations to surveys that you will qualify to take.

Because every little bit helps...

Carole Tee

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Survey Savvy - Survey Scam Phishing eMail

I received an email that purports to be from Survey Savvy yesterday.  It is a survey scam.  A phishing email, and I want to make you aware of it.  If you get an email like the one below, don't respond to it.  Some unscrupulous soul is trying to get your personal information.  Here is the survey scam email:

You have been invited to participate in our Business Evaluation Survey !!!
$150 per survey
SurveySavvy assigns over 150,000 in-store surveys each year and has provided
business evaluation services for over 15 years. It is free to sign up and we are
always looking for enthusiastic new shoppers.
Through our business evaluation surveys, SurveySavvy delivers an accurate
picture of the customer experience and services using on-profile people in real situations to report
on their interaction. Apply to join our panel and get paid to shop, enjoy leisure activities,
or have your say on customer service standards.
If you would like to be considered for assignments, please fill out the Application below:
Address Line 1:
Address Line 2:
Zip Code:
Home Phone Number
Cell / Mobile Phone Number:
Thank You,
1365 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101-4208
SurveySavvy 2002-2012 - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
The information contained in this e-mail, and any attachment, is confidential and is intended solely for the use of the
intended recipient. Access, copying or re-use of the e-mail or any attachment, or any information contained therein,
by any other person is not authorized. If you are not the intended recipient please return the email to the sender and
delete it from your computer.
I will soon be posting an online survey review which includes what I think about the legitimate Survey Savvy company.  

Drop me a line via the comments below or stay tuned.
Because every little bit helps...
Carole Tee