Yes they exist, but it's not easy to get surveys that pay big bucks like $50 and up. Most survey sites now award points for basic surveys and dollar or gift awards for more focused surveys. The best sites limit number of participants and will regularly reject applicants who don't meet their current criteria. While it is unrealistic to expect to make a living taking surveys, there are some strategies you can use that will increase your chance of being selected to participate in a survey.
Beware of survey scams. If a survey site wants money from you, just leave site. Legitimate survey companies do not ask you for money. Also survey companies will not ask for personal information about your bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and other highly sensitive information when you take a survey. The only legitimate reason for any survey company to request your Social Security number would be if it issues an IRS-1099 form, for tax purposes. A survey site will ask a lot of questions about you, your family and your buying patterns, so if you don't like to give out much personal information, don't sign-up for surveys.
Signing Up for Surveys
It takes anywhere from 5-10 minutes to sign up with a survey site. You will be asked a number of questions about your sex, age, living situation, buying patterns, race, income, and other questions to build a profile. When these surveys inquire about types of products and services you use, make sure you look over choices carefully. If you can only select a few, it might limit number of surveys you will get to take. The same is true if too many people who fit your profile sign-up. Some survey sites give you a free form area and will usually ask you to describe something unique about yourself or your interests. Use these forms to showcase your writing skills and write about a hobby or some other activity. Many surveys will ask respondents to describe things about a product or service that were appealing or unappealing. They may even ask for specific details of participants impressions. The ability to write a coherent sentence could influence survey companies to use you, because of quality of your input.
All surveys qualify potential participants. The first few questions of a survey are used to determine demographic factors. If your response does not fit their survey target audience, survey usually terminates. Qualifying questions could be about whether or not you work for a certain company or industry or if you use a certain product or service. This is a hint of what survey is about. For example, if a survey asks if you work for a chocolate maker, chances are survey has something to do with chocolates. Read questions and carefully consider choices. If survey asks if you are primary purchaser of cereal and you respond no because your better half buys it, you'll be disqualified for those type of surveys. Be honest, but be alert to questions that could affect your qualifications to take survey.
Disqualified? Don't Despair! Some survey sites might reject you outright or you might not make it past qualifier questions. If you are rejected when you try to sign-up, simply bookmark site and try again in a week or two. You might get a different set of qualifier questions that could make you eligible for survey. In many cases, these companies could be looking for a specific type of respondent. It could be that they are just looking for blonde 18-24 females. In many cases, it could be one day to several weeks before a survey company contacts you after registering. That's why it's important to register with a number of survey sites.
Sign Up With More than One Survey Company
Before you join any survey site, read over FAQ and Terms, Check to see if site pays cash, points, prizes, or a combination of three. Look at their payout policies, pay particular attention to how they payout. Some sites may only payout after you've accumulated so many points or dollars and you will have to request payout.