So, you want to earn some money by filling out surveys. It’s doable. However, you will need to learn some tips and tricks. That’s what we’re going to help you with.
Maximize the Chances of Getting Paid Survey Invites
It’s a no-brainer – higher the number of surveys you fill, higher you get paid. The problem is, you can’t always predict or control the number of surveys you will get a week. Here are some actions you can take to enhance the likelihood of receiving more surveys.
Register with a manageably large number of paid survey websites: One paid survey website might give you anything between 2 to 5 surveys a month. Obviously, you need to register with more. Too few – means you won’t receive many surveys, and too many – means you might skip surveys and hence be tagged as inactive by the website! Sites like Survey Junkie are getting popular these days. You must try one.
Complete your profile: Surveys are sent out to people who meet the demographic attributes of the target audience of the survey. So, if you don’t complete your profile on the paid surveys website, you risk losing out on survey opportunities. Take the time to completely fill out your profile, it helps.
Use email intelligently: Don’t be the person who never comes to know of genuine paid survey opportunities just because the emails landed in spam. Use smart email tools such as labels and filters to immediately get alerted of survey emails. It’s a good practice to check whether the welcome email from the survey website gets through to your inbox, or lands in spam. If it goes to spam, mark it as ‘not spam’ immediately.
Fill out more surveys: Simple – the more you’re willing to fill out surveys sent your way, better your prospect of receiving more surveys become. When you get started with any paid survey website, make sure you latch on to the first five survey opportunities, even though you might not feel totally inclined. This makes sure you’re among the reliable candidates when the website’s algorithm looks to send out subsequent paid survey opportunities.
Develop a Mechanism
As easy it sounds, you’ll soon find out that filling out one survey after another can be mentally draining. Many times, you’d question the sanity of marking radio buttons on seemingly endless questionnaires! The secret to success in earning from paid surveys is to stay put, persist, and build a method. Here are some tips that will help you:
Create a dedicated email ID for your online survey endeavors. This helps keep your primary inbox clean. Even though every survey website will commit that it won’t share your information with anyone, it’s better to be prepared, and avoid the hassle of email overload and junk in your primary mailbox.
Track your progress and returns. It’s naïve to consider online paid surveys as a zero-investment game. At the very least, you’re spending your time. So, make yourself a basic tracker to record important details such as:
- The number of surveys a website sends per month
- Earning potential per month, per website
- Average time spent in completing surveys
- Frequency of pay-outs
- Fees and deductions of other kind, if any
Over a period of time, you’d find yourself in a strong position, in terms of evaluating which website’s surveys deserve your attention. When faced with multiple time-bound survey options and limited time (lucky you!), you want to know which ones to target, to maximize earning.
Cut off distractions while filling surveys. The range of questions in a survey is vast; it’s likely that your mind will drift. To avoid getting consumed in the time warp of social media, clickbait links, and videos on subjects you come across in surveys, deliberately focus on completing the survey in a reasonably short duration of time.
Choose Survey Websites With Caution
It’s said, though true – there are several illegitimate and unscrupulous people out there who’ve created seemingly genuine websites, but only to dupe people into:
- Making initial deposits, only to never hear from the website again
- Fill out surveys, only to never see a dollar of the promised payments
With some caution, you can steer clear from such website, and make sure your efforts aren’t wasted. Here are some suggestions:
Do not sign up with a website that requires you to make an initial deposit before you can start getting paid survey opportunities. Retreat immediately!
Look for the minimum pay-out set by the website. Almost all paid survey websites require members to achieve a certain minimum level of earning, after which they can request a wire transfer, PayPal payment, or gift cards. Genuine companies keep the pay-out threshold reasonably low. Anything close to $20 is a reasonably acceptable and safe pay-out. However, if the pay-out is large, you must do your due diligence before spending your time on the website.
Look for reviews of the paid survey website you’re about to join. Thankfully, the Internet community of people like you is going strong, which means that you’ll get to know about the experiences of other people, of working with that website.
Stick to these suggestions, and you’ll be able to earn decent side incomes by filling out surveys online!