No doubt, Joining Paid Survey Sites is one of the most popular ways to make money online. But do you know how to get the most out of survey sites?
Out of the three types of people who sign up for paid survey sites, the first group joins with the expectation of making a lot of money but ends up getting scammed. If you are one of those, read this post. – How to search for legitimate work-from-home online jobs.
The second group does their homework and registers with reputable survey websites, but they quickly lose patience after being rejected from those lucrative surveys and ultimately decide to give up on this line of work. If that describes you, this article is for you. Yes, you are the person I’m looking for to make you the third type of person – someone who has a lot of patience, who is determined, organized, obstinate, and disciplined – and the only one (out of the three types) who is currently making a sizable sum of money from survey sites.
In this article, I will explain both ethical and unethical ways to get qualified for almost all the survey invitations. Researchers spend a lot of money to get valuable feedback from you so don’t you think you should answer their questions honestly? Believe me, for personal satisfaction, being honest is the best practice.
Get Most Out of Survey Sites Without Lying
Like most other jobs, a good strategy always helps in being optimized and efficient and at the end of the day making more money quicker from paid survey sites. Here are some tips –
1. Be Organised
Create a dedicated email ID for survey sites you wish to join. This will not only help you in keeping survey invitations separate from your personal things but also help later when you will need to search a particular email for information like the date you completed a survey or the date you applied for a reward. You can only understand the importance of this little information when you don’t get a reward for a survey or your withdrawal request is pending for the last 2 months.
When you have many accounts on several survey sites, it becomes difficult to remember so many usernames and passwords. To avoid this problem you can use a free password manager or save passwords in browsers so that you can log in quickly. Save your time by filling out the form automatically using the Chrome Autofill feature.
To become more efficient, bookmark login pages of all your survey sites or Keep survey site links on the home screen of your browser.
2. Keep an Eye on Emails and Respond Quickly
Have you ever got any such message – “Thanks for your willingness to participate. Unfortunately, we have already filled our target response limit.” or “We have reached our target number of participants and the survey is now closed.” This was because you were too late to respond. Researchers often target a specific area and specific no. of people for their study.
For example, a questionnaire requires 100 North Indian Males and you are the right match but If you don’t respond quickly, another 100 matches will complete the survey and you will eventually be disqualified.
Turn on notifications for new emails on your smartphone so that you never miss a survey invitation. You should check your inbox at least 5 times a day. Also, keep checking those survey sites manually for new surveys which don’t send email notifications for new surveys. Take a survey at right time or someone else will. So moral of the story is “act fast or be ready to repent.”
3. Keep Your Profiles Updated
Filling up all those profiles should be your first step after joining any survey site. Tell them everything about you i.e. what devices you own, For what things you are the sole decision maker, etc. If a surveyor requires car owners, how would he come to know that you are the right candidate for the survey if you have not provided the information that you own a car in your automobile profile?
It hardly takes 20 minutes to fill up all the profiles of a survey site and it gives you a huge long-term benefit. This value-added information helps them choose the right candidates for a survey.
4. Get to Know Your Family Members and Friends Better
Some survey websites like ViewFruits always give an opportunity to invite other family members or relatives for a survey in case you are not eligible. You can forward those survey links to any of your family members, friend, or relatives. Talk to your friends, and family more often. Know their shopping habits, their likes/dislikes, etc. Know what products they own and their reviews. It will help you to attempt a survey on behalf of them as it might not be possible for your friend/relative to sit in front of your monitor to complete the survey at that moment.
5. Increase Your Knowledge In Every Subject
Be versatile. Try different stuff. Don’t stick to just one brand. Read the latest magazines. The more knowledge you have of different subjects, the more surveys you get qualified for and lesser time you take to finish the survey.
Also, deep knowledge of the subject makes you able to answer easily, provide valuable feedback, and eventually fetches you more surveys. So try to make yourself accomplished in different subjects like automotive, IT, Internet things, Mobiles, etc. to maximize your earning from survey sites.
6. Shop(Especially online) Whenever You get a Chance
People these days are making more of their purchases online than offline. Almost half of the total surveys I get are interested in knowing about my shopping experiences, habits, and reviews about various online shopping portals. So Do shopping whenever you get a chance so that you have something to share in such surveys.
If your friend needs a product, tell him that you will get it for him online. Also buy your household stuff yourself as it will enhance your knowledge about products, buying experience, latest trending models of those products, etc.
7. Stay Informed about Current Events
Researchers often seek public opinions on current affairs, especially about sports events. When something big happens, someone is always there who wants to know your opinions. For instance, I was getting a lot of surveys from Nestle India during the Maggi ban in India. So stay updated with current affairs and be prepared to qualify for such surveys.
Make More Money by lying and Cheating on Surveys
Although you can make decent money from online surveys following the above tips if you want to make more money, then qualifying surveys by lying comes into play. But remember one thing, When you qualify for a survey by lying on, it becomes really hard to answer throughout the survey because questions won’t be relevant to you. The survey becomes boring and most importantly you might lose peace of mind.
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Knowing the intention behind the question from the surveyor’s perspective can help you understand what answer you are to select for a given question to qualify for a survey. Almost the same kind of questions are given in the screening phase of a survey and those questions decide if you are the right candidate or not for the survey.
So here are those few questions and the intentions of researchers behind them –
1. “Do you or anyone in your household work for any of the following organizations?”
This is a tricky question always asked by surveyors. If you select any of the given industries, you will be eventually disqualified. Among the options, you will find the industries like “Advertising agency”, “Market research agency”, “Public Relations”, or “Media” etc., and the industry related to the survey you are going to take.
Look at the 6th option. Isn’t it indicating that the survey is about clothing/fashion and the researcher don’t want you to belong to the clothing industry because he knows you might give biased answers? Also if you belong to the clothing industry, you can easily answer all fashion-related questions even if you have never tried the products being discussed in the survey. The researcher would also be not interested in inviting persons from an advertising agency/media etc because they might misuse his advertisement video for their own benefits.
So Selecting “None of these” will take you to the next question.
2. “Are you the chief wage earner in your household?”
“Yes” works in most cases. Often the chief wage earner in the household is found to be the sole decision maker or affects others’ buying decisions at least. Decision makers are the people researchers are interested in.
3. “What is the education level of the Chief Wage Earner in your household“
Don’t select “illiterate” or “School up to 4 yrs or 5 to 9 yrs” as illiterate persons or very less educated people are usually not the desired candidates for any research.
4. “How often do you browse/access the internet on any of your personal devices? “
If a survey is about online shopping or anything that has only to do with the internet, Don’t select “less than once a week” or “never” etc. for this question. You must be someone who browses/accesses the internet at least once a day for qualifying the survey in my opinion. The reason is obvious. How can you be an online shopper if you have never ever accessed the internet?
5. “Are you the primary shopper or (sole decision maker in purchasing) in the household?”
Why would a researcher waste his money interviewing someone who has neither purchased nor has affected someone else decision in purchasing the object being discussed in the survey?
Although it would be difficult to complete a long survey about Washing machines if you have never shopped one you must select “Yes” in the answer to the above question if you don’t want yourself to get screened out of the survey.
6. “The next time you purchase ______, will it be NEW or USED?”
This question is usually asked when the researcher(or a brand) is involved in manufacturing a new product. Higher are the chances that the product is not yet manufactured or if manufactured then not yet launched. They want to know public opinions on what kind of features they are looking for in their new product or how much money they are willing to spend for that product.
Always select “new” whenever they ask if you prefer a new or used one because they have nothing to do with the people interested in buying used stuff.
7. “Have you ever shopped online ?”
Your answer must be “yes”. In almost all the cases this question is asked to check if you have shopped online or not. If you select “no” then you will be screened out from the survey because there will be nothing relevant left to you for the rest of the survey.
8. “Which of these Brands would you Never consider purchasing?”
The question is tempting. Never say “no” to any brand on the list of options. Chances are that a brand on the list has been very bad to you in the past or you just hate a brand. You don’t have to take out your anger on a brand while attempting a survey otherwise they might consider you prejudiced or narrow-minded who is not willing to welcome improvement at any cost.
I don’t recommend lying on surveys in any way. Market researchers spend a lot of time and money to get valuable feedback. Believe me, true feedback is like Gems while developing any product.
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