Content of the material
- Frequently Asked Questions
- 13. Vindale Research
- When to Avoid a Survey Site
- 16. Survey Rewardz
- How long does it take to complete an online survey?
- C. Take surveys every day, and if possible take ALL of them
- Final Thoughts
- Best Practice for Taking Paid Online Surveys
- Is it Okay to Stretch My Answers for Surveys?
- Reasons you do not qualify for surveys
- Reason 1 – You do not pass the screening:
- Reason 2 – The site does not have surveys in your country:
- Reason 3 – Some survey providers on a site are not for you:
- Reason 4 – You are using a VPN or adblocker:
- Reason 5 – The site is a scam or poor:
- Another Important Tip to Avoid Disqualifications
- Wrap Up
Frequently Asked Questions
You’ve probably got questions about these sites—why they’re offering easy money for surveys, and if they’re legit. Check out the frequently asked questions below for answers and other useful information.
13. Vindale Research
Vindale Research is one of the better-paying websites on this list and occasionally pays $50 per survey. I consider them one of the best survey sites due to the large number of surveys that they have.
Along the same line, one of people’s biggest complaints is how many emails you get sent to your inbox alerting you that a survey is available. Unfortunately, this can’t really be turned down so if lots of emails bother you, then perhaps choose a different survey site.
You can earn money by taking surveys, of course, but Vindale Research also pays you for Reward Mail. These are paid promotional email messages that they’ll give you cash for opening and viewing. To opt-in for this, make sure that Reward Mail is checked in your email preferences tab.
To get paid, your options are PayPal or a paper check mailed to your home. Join Vindale Research here to get a $1 sign-up bonus.
When to Avoid a Survey Site
Although the sites on our list are trustworthy, you can’t trust every site that claims to pay you to take surveys. Avoid survey sites if they:
🚫 Ask for payment. A legitimate survey site will never ask you to pay to join.
🚫 Ask for private information upfront. You should not be asked to provide your Social Security number unless you’ve earned at least $600.
🚫 Have no history or ratings. Well-established companies are more trustworthy. You can read what real users have to say about them and verify their history of payments and available opportunities.
🚫 Pay too little. Legitimate companies will have some higher-paying opportunities worth completing.
🚫 Have a glitchy or outdated site. Companies that don’t take care of their websites may not take care of their members.
🚫 Make it hard to qualify for surveys. Don’t waste time on a company if it consistently disqualifies you for surveys.
Even if the site seems legitimate, if you’re skeptical about it or it spams you with emails, remove yourself from its list. There are enough quality survey-taking opportunities available that you can avoid ones that annoy you or aren’t a good fit.
16. Survey Rewardz
Survey Rewardz is a completely free to use survey site. They have low minimum thresholds to reach in order to be paid which makes them suitable for the casual survey taker.
Once you log in an create your profile, you’ll be taken to a dashboard showing you the available surveys. Next to each survey will show you how much you’ll earn per survey.
Survey Rewardz pays you in cash instead of rewards points. They pay you by paper check, PayPal, Payza, Visa gift card, or Amazon gift card. One perk is that there is only a $1 minimum for getting paid via PayPal. The other options have a $5 minimum.
There have been a few complaints that money has taken longer than expected to be paid out after the transfer request was made. The company’s website states that the average processing time for payouts is 1 week.
How long does it take to complete an online survey?
Most surveys for money take about 15 – 20 minutes to complete. But, some of the more thorough and targeted surveys can take up to an hour. Typically each site will tell you approximately how long the survey will take, before you accept and start the job.
C. Take surveys every day, and if possible take ALL of them
Take surveys every day, if you can. Take them as soon as you see the invitations in your email inbox. Every survey is set to a particular quota or required number of samples. Considering that: (a) survey companies send invites to A LOT of possible qualified survey takers so they are able to deliver the desired number of responses to their clients as soon as possible; and that (b) surveys are taken by respondents online, which makes it very convenient and easy to fill and submit quickly, it is better to get in the survey and finish it the soonest. Some quotas get filled up very easily, especially if a lot of panel members fit the profile the survey is seeking. When the quota for a particular survey is filled, the survey closes; thus if you had not answered it as quickly as possible, you would lose the opportunity for additional earnings. Another secret we hope could help you earn more is: participate in ALL the survey invitations you get. This will give you a relatively higher response score. Survey companies, through the help of their database, check and group their respondents or panel members according to their response scores. Panel members with higher response scores are most likely to respond to a survey invitation and are therefore added to an ‘elite group’ which is is given higher priority and are sent survey invitations first.
By going through the tips mentioned in this post, I am quite sure you now know how to qualify for online surveys. Though these methods won’t give you a 100% result, it will definitely minimize the rejection rate.
So, start implementing them the next time you take an online survey and see the results for yourself.
Best Practice for Taking Paid Online Surveys
Even if a survey site is trustworthy, there are still precautions you should take.
- Use a separate email address. Creating a separate email address for survey offers will keep your work and personal inboxes clear of clutter. Plus, if you stop doing surveys, you can stop checking that email account instead of unsubscribing from a bunch of sites.
- Be mindful of what you share. Good survey companies will keep your individual identity a secret. But that doesn’t make it safe to provide them with your Social Security number, driver’s license number, or bank account numbers. Legitimate survey companies do not need this information.
- Use anti-malware software. Anti-malware software can keep your laptop virus-free. If you visit multiple survey sites per day, it’s important to protect your computer from malicious spyware and viruses.
- Take frequent breaks. Completing surveys can be tedious. Take frequent breaks from your screen so that you’re not tempted to rush through surveys and provide wrong or inconsistent answers.
- Fees and false promises. Any survey site that promises you’ll earn thousands per month is either a scam or at least misleading. Make sure the sites you join make realistic statements about your potential earnings and the amount of time it takes to complete surveys.
Is it Okay to Stretch My Answers for Surveys?
Notice how I said stretch, not lie.
I do not condone lying or anything like that.
The trick is to know the right way to think about what you’ve done and what your interests are.
I have to let you in on a little secret.
The survey panels don’t like people who take surveys specifically for the money.
They use the cash rewards as a thank you for your time for participating in surveys, but they’re hoping to attract people who love taking surveys for the fun of it too.
The thing is that they want to reward people who deserve it – the people who take their time and answer questions correctly.
Some questions are kind of broad, though, which can lead to a wide variety of responses depending on who answers them.
For example, one question you will see often is “Have you taken another survey recently?”
The panels don’t like to keep hitting up the same people for opinions. If you answer yes to this question, then you have a fair chance of being disqualified.
However, recently is a very subjective term.
Recently does not necessarily mean today, this week, or within the past hour. It all depends on how you see things.
One person can see “recently” as the past few hours or days, while others will think of it more as within the last month.
I think you know where I’m going with this.
Another example is when a survey asks you whether you work within a specific industry.
If you tell them you work for or with a marketing agency, for example, you will be disqualified.
I know that the answer they are looking for is no.
With these types of questions, it’s really important that you use your best judgment and answer as honestly as possible because the market research company conducting the survey is obviously looking for a specific demographic.
If you lie and say you don’t work in that industry when you do, then you may be able to make it through to the full survey for cash, but you’re not doing the company a favor by fibbing.
It’s up to you to weigh out the pros and cons, but it’s important to remember that you’re getting paid for your honesty, not to snatch up every survey opportunity that comes your way.
Reasons you do not qualify for surveys
As mentioned already, there can be several reasons you do not qualify for a survey.
The list below will explain the main reasons you will not qualify so you can get a better understanding of why it happens before we then go into what you can then do to qualify more often.
Reason 1 – You do not pass the screening:
At the beginning of most surveys, there will be a few screening questions.
This is to make sure you fit into the target group of the survey. That can be questions about age, habits, gender, where you live, education, etc.
If you think about it, it makes sense that surveys have these screenings. For example, if you do not drink alcohol, it does not make sense that you participate in a survey where a vodka company wants feedback on their new product.
Very often, that you do not fit into the target group, is the reason you do not qualify. This can also be if you work in a certain industry and the survey is about that – then it might give biased data and you will therefore not qualify for it.
But do not let this stop you. There will be surveys for you as well – it is just a matter of finding the right ones for you, which we will get into later.
Reason 2 – The site does not have surveys in your country:
The country you live in will mean a lot when it comes to the surveys you will qualify for.
Some survey sites offer surveys all over the world, but others just allow you to sign up no matter where you live without actually having surveys for you.
An example of this is Vivatic, where everybody can sign up, but if you do not read the conditions, you will not know that they actually only offer surveys to people living in the UK or the US.
So you can become a member, but only have access to something called micro-tasks that pays very little. If you do not know this, it is easy to get frustrated about a site like this, but it is actually just because it is not ideal for the country you live in.
I personally do not understand why some sites allow you to sign up even if there is no way for you to earn, but that is how it is on some sites. Later I will show you how to find the sites that are the best match for you.
Reason 3 – Some survey providers on a site are not for you:
This means that you will be taken to a router that will look for available surveys for you, and if you take a survey there, you will get the money into your account on the survey sites you took the survey through even though you technically will take the survey through the router.
The big advantage of sites that give you access to survey routers is that often you will then find a lot of opportunities here. The disadvantage is that it can sometimes take a little patience to find the surveys you qualify for.
The sites mentioned above are some of my favorites, but still, I often do not qualify. But mostly when I try to take surveys from certain providers/routers.
There are some routers I just never seem to be able to qualify for surveys from. That does not mean it will be the same for you, as it, as already mentioned, depends on several things whether you qualify or not.
So once I figure out what routers never offer me surveys I qualify for, I just stop clicking on these, and instead just click on the ones where I regularly am able to qualify.
So with a bit of testing, you are able to figure out which survey routers are bets for YOU and then you can just focus on those.
Reason 4 – You are using a VPN or adblocker:
Many people are interested in using a VPN to take surveys to try to hide their location and get access to more.
Most sites will obviously not allow this as it is fraud and will hurt their business and will mean the answers for the surveys will be useless.
Sometimes you might, however, be using a VPN or proxy without knowing. This can, for example, be the case if you are using a public network.
On most sites, adblockers are also not allowed as this makes it difficult to track the answers.
So if you are using any software like this, you will likely not qualify for surveys. Also, be aware that some survey sites will also ban your account if you use software like this so make sure to check the conditions for each site before using them.
Reason 5 – The site is a scam or poor:
It is of course also an option that the reason you do not qualify for any surveys on a certain site, is because the site is a scam.
But if you have looked for the signs that a survey site is a scam and not found them, it might very well be because of one of the other reasons. As mentioned above, that you do not qualify for surveys cannot be used as an indicator alone to see whether a site is a scam.
The reason can also be that it just simply is a really poor survey site. There are MANY survey sites out there, but some of them are just really poor and offers very few opportunities.
That is why it is important to find the sites that are worth joining, which we will go into next.
Another Important Tip to Avoid Disqualifications
The last tip I have for you is probably the most important.
You need to be detailed with the answers you give once you get past the screener questions.
Screener questions are the ones you always have to go through before you get to the real survey.
The answers to these questions will determine whether you move onto the full survey or not.
By giving detailed answers to the real questions, you are basically making your response more valuable to the panel.
This will not only prevent you from being disqualified, but it will also lead to more invitations.
I’m sure you know by now that better invitations lead to bigger paydays.
Survey panels want to see that you’re giving each survey your best effort.
Stay away from one-word answers when you have an open-response question because it’s a surefire way to get disqualified from taking the full survey.
Shoot for at least a couple of sentences to prove that you’re reading each question thoroughly and taking your time to provide thoughtful, detailed responses.
Wrap Up Again, I am not condoning or encouraging lying.
That being said, I do encourage you to be creative and thoughtful when going through the survey process.
If a question is subjective, use your best judgment to determine how you should answer it.
However, straightforward questions warrant no reason to lie. Being honest will not only give you a better chance at more invites in the future, but it will also show the panel that you’re a trustworthy and valuable member.
You should also answer all survey questions to the best of your ability.
Be as detailed as possible!
If you’ve been paying attention, then you know what to do to qualify for surveys that are a good match for you.
With the tips you’ve learned here you shouldn’t have any problems avoiding disqualification when possible.