Getting Paid for a Survey

Getting paid for a survey does not seem like a real opportunity does it? After all, why would anyone pay someone to sit at their computer and fill out surveys? But it is a very real opportunity for you to earn a second income and buy some of the things you want that you can’t otherwise afford. The surveys that you get paid to complete are being conducted by marketing research firms who have been hire by businesses to conduct market research for one of their existing products or a new product they are currently developing.

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How To Avoid Online Paid Surveys Scams?


As good as the idea of paid surveys sounds, many of the claims seem too good to be true. That is because many of the websites extolling the virtues of paid surveys are nothing but scams. Don’t fall for all the hype. Be wary of any website that provides any of the following:

  • Income guarantees – there is absolutely no way anyone can guarantee you a specific income from taking paid surveys because you control how many of the ones you are offered that you actually take.

  • Outrageous testimonials – while it is possible to make extra money doing paid surveys, you will not make a fortune for a few minutes of work. Survey taking is easy work but you are not going to be paid $20 or $30 dollars a minute for your time. Many testimonials are written by grifters, unscrupulous professional writers and outright criminals. Don’t buy their lies.

  • Employee checks – most of the “checks” are bogus or are the exception rather than the rule.

How can you protect yourself? You need to do your homework, especially if the website is charging a fee for providing you with surveys.

  • Read the privacy policy, terms of use, disclaimers, about us, etc. If a privacy policy and a disclaimer are not provided, run. Legitimate businesses will provide a privacy policy and a disclaimer to avoid being sued by their clients.

  • Look for contact information. Legitimates business will provide you with a postal address (not just a PO Box and/or an email address) and will define their legal jurisdiction in disclaimer or one of the other legal documents. If that information is not provided, don’t trust them.

  • Do a whois lookup on the domain name to see who actually owns it. How many sites they own and whether they are frequently changing hosting companies and domain names.

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