Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Making Money Online: The Survey Sites I Find Most Worthwhile

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For the past five years or so, I've been doing surveys online to earn a little extra income to help support my severe shopping addiction and wanted to  tell you all a bit more about the sites I use and which I find the most worthwhile. I know some of you won't have even heard of this concept or, if you have, you'll probably think it sounds extremely tedious and boring (it can be) but it's still an easy way to make a bit of extra cash without even having to leave the house...

If you haven't heard of survey sites, you're probably sat there wondering what the heck I'm banging on about, so here's a brief overview...
Basically a lot of companies pay sites to carry out surveys of the general public for market research. One you might have heard of recently is YouGov who were mentioned a lot during the General Election exit polls as they'd carried out surveys and polls to see who people were voting for to give the media an idea of what they could expect on the big day (although the YouGov results were a huge contrast from the actual results!)
Obviously, people don't want to sit and do surveys for nothing so that's why these sites offer you an incentive. Some sites pay cash whilst others reward you with vouchers. 
There are lots of them out there, and I've tried quite a lot out over the years, but these are the ones that I think are the most worthwhile in terms of payment, how often you're sent them and how much effort they take...

1) Valued Opinions
Valued Opinions is probably the survey site I use the most. I usually get at least one survey a day from them, sometimes I might even get 3/4 land in my inbox. BUT you don't qualify for every single one. For example, they might have a survey about pets so, if you don't have one, you won't qualify. It can be infuriating when you answer a couple of questions and you're screened out but this only really happens in maybe 1 in every 5. Surveys can literally be about anything. Some are beyond boring whereas others are actually okay - such as ones which ask your thoughts on an upcoming film trailer. Valued Opinions pay you in vouchers and you can claim a £10 voucher when you hit £10.50 (50p is for processing, apparently!) Each survey usually pays about 50p to £2.50 and they take about 2-20 minutes. I have had bigger rewards for more time consuming surveys though - the best being one on car insurance which took about 30 minutes and paid £20. Occasionally you'll get sent things to try out, too, such as shampoo/washing detergent/cereal etc and they'll pay you for your thoughts on that. Vouchers include; Boots, Arcadia (Topshop/Miss Selfridge etc), Sainsburys, Amazon, M&S and Love To Shop gift cards which cover places like Debenhams and New Look. On average, I get a voucher every 2-3 weeks. 

2) YouGov
As mentioned above, YouGov regularly send surveys about the government and politics. They also send surveys about all kinds of other things too to get your opinions on different restaurants, shops, insurance companies etc. YouGov don't send surveys that often. Sometimes I might only get a couple a week. But you always qualify for every survey you sent even if you don't do it straight away. The payments range between 50p to £2 for a 5-20 minute survey. Once you hit £50, you can withdraw it straight into your bank or paypal. Like I said, due to not being sent many, it can take a good 4-6 months to hit that target but it's extremely satisfying when you meet it!
If you are thinking of joining - use this referral link as you'll get an extra £2 to kick start your earning.

3) YourWord
This site is quite new to me but I'm getting on with it so far. YourWord usually send me about 3/4 surveys a week and, like Valued Opinions, you don't always qualify. But they do give you 10p for your troubles (woo!) Payment is usually between 50p and £2 and you only need to reach £5 to claim a voucher so it doesn't really take long at all. I've had periods where I've managed to claim one a week if they've sent me a lot of surveys, through. The downside to YourWord is there aren't as many options to choose from when claiming your vouchers. It's between M&S, Argos, Amazon and New Look. I like to splurge on fancy M&S food so I always opt for that! 

4) OnePoll
This one is worth mentioning but is probably my least favourite out of the four. Mainly because they don't email you with survey opportunities so you have to log in and, by the time you've done that, you're often too late to qualify for any. The good thing about this site though is that the surveys are more like polls and only take about a minute. Some are literally just one question. But this means payment is really low (10p to a £1 per survey.) Like YouGov, they pay you with a bank transfer when you hit a slightly lower threshold of £40. As I don't log on often this can take me aaages to hit but if you did log on everyday and completed a couple of surveys each time you could probably reach it in a couple of months. 
If I was to give a really rough estimate, doing surveys on these 4 sites probably gives me an extra £500 - £1000 a year (most of which is in vouchers.) Clearly, it's not going to pay the bills but it does give you a bit of extra money for those all important treats (like M&S shortbreads and lots of new make up!)

I hope you've found this helpful and remember there are many other sites out there which I'm sure will be just as worthwhile as these (so if you know of any, feel free to let me know in the comments below.)

Do you do surveys? Which are your favourite sites?

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  1. Great post! I used to do surveys all the time, but found them to be extremely tedious. However, you've inspired me to give it a go again! Thanks for sharIng!

    Theresa (

  2. Wow! I had no idea you could make money from surveys. That sounds like some work, but it's probably worth the money. I like the idea. YourWord is probably something I'll look into now. I like this post! Thank you for sharing :)

  3. Wow! I had no idea you could make money from surveys. That sounds like some work, but it's probably worth the money. I like the idea. YourWord is probably something I'll look into now. I like this post! Thank you for sharing :)

  4. Coincidentally I was just going a survey whilst reading this! I've been using YouGov for a while and I feel like I'm constantly filling out surveys for them and getting nothing back.

    I've been thinking of actually stopping it..

    So far it's been a good few months and I have recieved nothing but anyways.. I hadn't heard of one poll and your ur word so I'm going to sing up to those.

    I just found a new one to sign up to this morning actually, called liquid opinions



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