Friday, October 8, 2010


Who can participate in Paid Surveys?
Anyone can participate. Men, women, students, senior citizens and especially homemakers across the world. The only requirements are an access to e-mail and the web and the ability to correspond in English.

Why would I participate in Paid Surveys?
There are 2 main reasons. First, the information you provide helps companies and organizations to improve their products and services to better serve your needs and preferences. The reason Market Research companies are conducting surveys is because they want input from you.
Second, most Market Research Companies offer a reward which are usually monetary for participating.

Does it cost anything to join?
A legitimate site never asks you to pay anything. Membership is 100% free. Some companies even pay you a sign-up bonus !

What is a screener?
A screener is a questionaire filled out by propective respondents to help select the appropriate matches for a particular survey.

Why am I told that I do not qualify for a survey that I am invited to after completing the screener?
It means that the project's requirements do not match your responses or that the Market Research Company's quota for participants have been met for that particular study. Often, a study will be targeted at specific demograhics, such as Males aged 18 to 20 or females who are homemakers. There is usually a limit on how many qualified participants they can accept. If you do not meet the requirements of the study, or if the maximum amount of respondents have already completed it, you will not qualify to complete it.

If I am unable to complete a survey after I have started, am I required to start from the beginning again?
Generally, if you are unable to complete a survey in one sitting, you can return to the incomplete survey by clicking on the link in your e-mail invite as long as your cookies are not cleared. You can then proceed to where you left off previously.

How long does it take to complete a survey?
Surveys vary in length but will typically take less than 15 or 20 minutes to complete. Each e-mail invitation to a survey will tell you how long approximately it should take and the deadline to respond.

How much does a survey pay?
It depends, due to the ever-changing needs of the market research community. Sometimes you might receive a short survey that takes just a few minutes to fill out and pays USD2 and a week later, you might get invited to a 2-hour focus group/survey that pays USD50.

Why do I need to fill up the profile surveys?
Market Research Companies are looking for very specific demograhics when they're doing their research. For example, they may want to know what 30 to 50 year-old men think when purchasing a car. In order to find suitable respondents, Market Research companies search their database for panelists who match that age range. If you are uncomfortable about divulging certain information, it's fine. However, by providing less information, you will not be selected for as many surveys. Supposing you are a 35 year-old Male with a household income of $35K per year and when you updated your profile, you left the income field blank. You would not be selected for the survey above because the computer would not be able to sort you out when searching the database for suitable candidates whose income falls within that bracket.

How do I unsubscribe or leave the panel of a Market Research Company?
Most survey invites have a link at the bottom of the e-mail for unsubscribing. Some companies require you to e-mail them to inform them that you wish to be removed from their mailing list.

Will I get rich as a survey taker?
Probably not. Even if you sign-up with every Market Research Company in existence, the amount of money you earn is just enough to supplement your household income. You would still need your day-time job! But it's fun and easy. Hey, who else will pay you USD15 for a job, sitting on your butt for just clicking on buttons!

How do I receive Payments?
You can receive payments via checks or online. Paypal is recommended, but unfortunately, not everyone is eligible for a Paypal account as it is not open to all countries. Alertpay is another alternative and welcomes membership from more countries than Paypal. Better still, it has lower transaction rates compared with Paypal. Both accounts are absolutely free.