Secrets to Earning Money with Online Surveys

by WorkFromHome on May 11, 2011

Advertisements for making money with online surveys often suggest that making a lot of money through surveys is an easy task. This is just not the case, however there is good news. It is possible to make money online doing surveys, though it does requires the survey taker to be willing to spend time working on completing the surveys. There are some tips that can be used in order to get the most out of your online survey experience which are described below.

Take it Seriously

The majority of people who make money completing online surveys do not do this as a full time job or as their sole means of income. The most successful of survey takers do realize that taking surveys to earn money must be taken seriously, just like any other part time job. To make substantial money at this, you must put hours into it each day, not minutes as many websites would like you to believe. The more time you put into completing surveys, the more you will get out of them. By scheduling yourself a few hours each day to complete online surveys, you will find that you can earn substantial money completing these surveys.


It’s best not to waste time with online surveys which offer huge rewards for small amounts of effort. These are almost all scams. They either won’t give you the reward which is offered or will require you to go through loop-holes in order to receive your reward, often costing you the same or more than the value of the reward. Also, sites that hide information from you about what you will do, how to earn money, or require you to pay to use them are generally not legitimate. Look for survey sites which do not hide this information and are free to use. These are the sites which will allow you to make money if you put in the time.


When you begin your search for legitimate survey sites, it may be difficult to determine what is a good opportunity and what is most likely a scam. As you become more experienced in survey taking, the difference will become more discernible. Until then, it is a good idea to join some online communities designed specifically for survey takers to discuss with others which survey sites are good to join. Also, there are sites which will filter the scams from the legitimate survey options. As with anything else, if the site requires you to pay to use it, it is probably a scam. The best survey filters are free.


In order to make a decent amount of money taking surveys, you will have to average between ten and twenty surveys per day. Taking only one or two will barely pay for your lunch. This number may seem like a lot, especially for those who have not taken surveys in the past, but as you become more experienced in taking surveys, you will find that it becomes much more manageable and you will be able to significantly boost your income.

Using an Auto-Filler

You can save a great deal of time through the use of an auto-filler program. This is not cheating, as some people believe. It merely fills in your the basic information, such as your name, location, gender, race, and other information that is not opinion based. It does not complete the opinion based portion of the survey. A significant amount of time can be saved by not having to fill out your basic information on each individual survey. All serious survey takers should consider using auto-filler software to save time.


Online surveys are all about giving truthful opinions in order to assist market research. Your answers are not tied back to you in any way so there is no reason not to be honest. Also it takes a lot more time to come up with dishonest answers when completing numerous surveys than just answering honestly. As a result, you will earn more money in a shorter amount of time by giving the answers which reflect your honest opinion.

Though completing surveys for money is not as quick and easy as many online advertisements lead people to believe, it is very possible to significantly boost your income with online surveys provided that you are willing to put in the time and effort and treat it as a real part time job.

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