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Can people make money taking surveys online? I do and have for years You're not going to get rich. In fact, it will translate out to one to three bucks an hour for the majority of the good ones if you qualify. But, that is one to three bucks more an hour than AMD pays

Many of us are retired, out of work, stay at home, etc. For some like myself, nothing to do and all day to do it may apply. This leisurely pursuit provides me with about $25.00 a week

There is a lot of bullshit out there There are some good legitimate ones also. but they are tough to find unless you can get on the expressway. Here is the expressway, Survey Police I was turned on to it by a customer service rep. of a survey company

It is a free social networking site sort of like this one dedicated to people who take online surveys. It lists ratings by the membership for legitimate survey companies and members can comment on their experiences with them There are also forums. I am a member and found the people there to be nice, sincere, whiney, and not very bright

Once you have accumulated enough points, your compensation comes in the form of money (check or Pay Pal), gift cards or sweepstakes entry (a whiff IMO). But they are not all created equal

I have taken surveys with the Harris Poll Online for over a decade. Over the last year or two I noticed a change and a new trend in the surveys I was being offered. Offerings were increasingly to take one of their partner's surveys for Harris rewards (HiPoints).

This change in the landscape is a sword that cuts both ways. There will be many more survey opportunities. The survey participant will have to be qualified and screened by the partner virtually every time. The efficiency in prescreening by the survey provider goes a long ways in a potential respondent being qualified.

When I expanded the number of survey companies I would work with after I retired, I noticed the same thing, the vast majority of survey offerings were for partners. Last week I was offered the same survey of a partner by three different providers

That made it quite clear that I needed to zero in on the few providers that gave me the optimal rewards benefits for my needs and slough off the rest. If I didn't, I ran the risk of taking a survey for a minimal reward only to be offered the same survey a short time later with more attractive incentives. It used to be first come, first served but no more.

Getting screened out on surveys happens everywhere as the partnering sites administering the survey do the screening But, a major key is how good your survey provider is as a gatekeeper at prescreening you for possibly qualifying. Some have a healthy search engine with a deep knowledge of their panelists Others just throw it out there and hope it sticks

The roles were reversed, some survey providers were going to be screened out from participating I established my criteria:

Who offered the highest rewards benefit for a completed survey
Who offered the shortest time to rewards redemption
Who offered the most survey opportunities
Whose database was the most efficient at prescreening me for their partners' surveys

There was a decidedly clear difference in the results of my assessments. Many were screened out. Two, for me, were head and shoulders above the rest. Five were worth retaining but were very much secondary and low priority.

It is like going fishing. The survey provider is at once your lake and your guide in this analogy. You want to go to a lake has a lot of worthwhile fish. Your guide has to know the best spots for your bait (your demographics) to catch them

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manwithoutahorse

Apr 29 @ 9:49AM  
Great blog. A greenie for you!

But I had a thought....using your analogy, it might be just as profitable to go fishing. hmmmm?
Wordsofwit

Apr 29 @ 10:11AM  
Thanks, Ron. But you don't have to buy bait. It works well for gifts. My grandson's birthday is in June and I just got him a Cleveland Indians blanket at Amazon He loves Wahoo
Wordsofwit

Apr 29 @ 12:24PM  
Not much commentating but the views are quite impressive

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