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Some people have asked me about what sites I like for making money online, what works, and what doesn't. So, I've compiled a list of sites that I use on a monthly basis (yes, I've been working on this for about a month now) and reviewed each one. I also want to come right out and say that I have an ulterior motive - to refer some of you to the sites! Some sites give bonuses for referrals and some don't.

It's important to note that you're not going to get rich quick doing any of this. It's a nice way to generate some extra spending money or generate extra money for snowflaking. When it comes to the survey-type sites (and anywhere, really), I find that honesty is the best policy. If you consistently answer survey questions with yourself in mind, you are more likely to qualify for more surveys in the long run. If you answer randomly all the time, the survey sites are going to have a hard time figuring out what demographic you fall into and will not be able to accurately pick surveys for you to take. That being said, you will test-out of a lot of surveys before you get one that is going to make you some money. Do take your time and answer as accurately as you can. If you don't feel it's a good use of your time, they feel free to skip them.

I also want to say that I have good things to say about all these sites - and that's because these are the ones that I have stuck with. There are other sites out there that I have started with that have not been as great or require you to put money into it to really get any thing great back out. I don't think these sorts of sites are really worth my time unless I'm going to get a big reward. I don't want you to waste your time either, so I've left them out of this post.

Survey Sites with no referrals necessary

No referal necessary. I have been on this site since 2002 and have received $70 in gift certificates. With this site, you get full credit for the survey even if you don't "qualify".

Survey Head
I joined this one very recently and I have about $12 pending. You can cash out when you reach $25. This is site does not e-mail you every time a survey is available (but they do e-mail you when some surveys are available), so check back frequently.

Polling Point
I joined this one earlier this year, but it is slow going accumulating points. Mostly I think the surveys on this site are interesting and the programing style they use during the surveys is different from all the other sites. I probably only get a survey from them every 2 weeks or less, but they are enjoyable to fill out. For every survey you are invited to and complete, you get an entry to win an iPod Nano. Also, there are some prizes you can put your points towards, but they take a lot of points.

Toluna (used to be called: Your 2 Cents)
I've gotten $10 from this site. If you don't qualify for a survey, then you get an entry in their weekly drawing. If you aren't going to qualify, you test out pretty quickly.

Global Test Market
I've been with this site for a few years. This one is great if you are at your e-mail most of the day, or at least periodically throughout the day. Every point you earn for Global Test Market is worth $0.05 - every survey you don't qualify for will give you 5 points - that's $0.25 each! I probably get 7-10 e-mail invites from them a week. The catch here is that you have to have $50 worth of points to cash out. I've made about $170 with them since I started. Not too shabby for a few minutes here and there.

Survey Sites with Referral Links to join

Pinecone Research
EDIT: Pinecone is not currently accepting more members. When they are, I will post a seperate post. :) They are highly recommended, though!
You must use this referral link. They are "growing" at the moment, so if you have tried to get in before and not qualified, give it another go. I do not get anything from you using my referral link, but you can not sign-up without one. I have been a member of Pinecone on-and-off since 1998. You get money (check or paypal) for each survey. Usually it is $3 each. They have started doing entries into drawings for the short surveys (these are the ones that are only a few minutes long).

Survey Sites with e-mail referral programs

I have only been a member of this one since August, and I already have qualified for an award, ordered it, and received it!! (some of the items - Books, DVDs, song downloads). Pretty impressive. A nice thing about Zoom Panel is that if you don't "qualify" for a survey, you still get 5-10 points. This site has an e-mail referral program.

Global Opinion Panels (Synovate)
I have been a member since June of this year and I just cashed out for $25 this week. You can cash out as low as $5, though. If you don't qualify for a survey, you do get some points, which is nice. I participated in a personal care product survey for a full month where I wrote down what products I used and sent it in. That by itself earned me $20 of the $25 I've earned through them. This site has an e-mail referral program.

Opinion Outpost
I've made $45 with them since I joined in May. You can cash out at $5 which is excellent if you are impatient. They send you a check in the mail and right now they are optimizing that process. This site has an e-mail referral program.

I've made $40 with them since I joined. Not sure how long it's been, but they send e-mails for surveys a few times a month. You can get cash or prizes. And you can cash out at $10. This is one of the first sites I joined, after pinecone.

Non-Survey Ways to Gain Cash/Prizes Online

With swagbucks, you gain points by searching the web, referring new members, and purchasing items online through the site. You can then use the points to get gift certificates and other gear (electronics, clothing, etc).

This site gives you a few different ways to earn points to put towards getting gift certificates. You can take surveys, use their toolbar to search, get points for buying things through their affiliate retailers, and read e-mails. I mostly read e-mails (5 points an e-mail) which just involves clicking a link. I probably get 20-30 points a day. It's slow going, but is easy. This site has an e-mail referral program.

I have not been a member of Inbox Dollars for very long, but I already have $7.64. They do give you $5 for starting out. You can earn money on this site by viewing e-mails ($0.02 each), taking surveys, and doing other sorts of offers. Right now I'm sticking to surveys and e-mails. It doesn't take very long to do, and will hopefully pay off in the end. This site has an e-mail referral program.

You Data
Fill out a few questions, and if you fall into their target audience, you'll be offered the chance to click through to some websites. You get paid for each time you view the ad for the site and for each time you click through. I've made almost $10 doing this since I started on the site in August. They pay via paypal and there is no minimum payment amount. Your earnings for the week are deposited every Friday afternoon, period. You do have to verify yourself with a phone number.

Ebates is basically a way to get rebate money back when shopping online. There are a lot of retailers involved and you can also get money for doing referrals (plus the person you refer gets the same amount put in their account). I just ordered my 2009 Entertainment book and I'll get $6 back. They either cut you a check or deposit into your paypal account. It's a reliable program, but they only pay out 4 times a year, which helps keep their costs down.

Some people don't think that turking is worth their time, but I look at it as a way to fill idle moments and get something back for my time. Basically the point of the site is to have humans do work that computers can't do. Things that require some sort of brain power. Some of my favorite tasks involve marking items in photos, tagging photos, and doing audio/video transcriptions. There's also some things that take half a second or so that can make a few dollars. Often, people are looking for good reviews of start-up websites so it's also a nice way to find out about what is up-and-coming on the internet.

If you are interested in a referral to any of the e-mail referral sites, post a comment with your e-mail address in it and the list of the sites you want to be referred to. Delete the comment right after you post it and then it will be e-mailed to me, but not visible to the public. :-)

I hope this is helpful to some people or at least gives you an idea of what the heck I do online when I'm not talking to you guys. :-)


Jan. 5th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
opinion outpost is a no go, but I'm also playing around with the mturking, what do you know about the security there? some of the tasks look kind of sketchy
Jan. 6th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
mturk is run by amazon.com so payment and such and the main parts of the site are definitely secure. All tasks aren't reviewed before they are posted, so sometimes sketchy ones get through, but most of them are OK. There's a great board for discussing turking and the like:



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