CASE STUDY: Is It Possible To Earn Money From Online Surveys?

earn online surveysOnline surveys are one of those things that has always been on my ‘to do’ list. They have always intrigued me because they require precisely zero investment. No hosting costs, no website design costs, nothing. Simply sign up to a reputable website, start completing the surveys, and earn money.

Sounds simple, right?

Well, in principle, it sounds very simple. But in practice, it can be quite daunting for one reason and one reason alone – there are literally hundreds if not thousands of websites out there that promise to let you earn money from online surveys.

online surveysThe biggest problem is this: Just who can you trust?

Because I know very little about online surveys, I thought I would enlist the help of an expert to help out with this blog post. Preferably somebody who had been there, completed the survey, and got paid. Somebody whose passion was completing these surveys. Somebody who posts his earnings as proof to his readers. And someone who uses the earning to pay for his groceries!

I had one person in mind.

Enter my good friend and fellow blogger, Jay Samson. Jay runs, and makes an income online by completing surveys. He then shares all his best kept secrets, complete with earnings reports, on the blog.

An Interview With An Expert

I asked Jay a few questions relating to earning money by completing online surveys. Here is what he had to say:

Jay, tell me, when did you first discover paid online surveys and how you did you get into it?

I found out about paid online surveys when I was a Senior in High School (2011), but I didn’t really get into it until Freshman year in college. I was broke and I needed some extra cash for food and college textbooks, so I did a quick Google search and I stumbled upon some amazing stories about people making a lot of extra income online by completing online surveys. Once I got my first payment, I was hooked.

So how exactly does it work? How do we get paid? Who are the surveys for? Give us a brief overview.

Basically, you sign up for a free survey panel and fill out your profile details, like gender, race, age, etc. Once your profile is completed, you will start receiving survey invitations in the inbox of the email that you signed up with.

As for how you get paid – it is highly dependent on the survey panel. Most survey panels pay you through your Paypal. Others pay by sending a check to your home address. There are even some survey panels don’t pay you money at all; instead, you receive points that you can exchange for luxurious items and gift cards.
The most successful survey takers have patience, extra-time, and dedication. If you do not have the ability to sit in a seat for at least 20-30 minutes a day, then you cannot earn from surveys. However, if you’re like me – not making enough money, have some time to spare, and have a home internet connection (no public networks), then you can make a lot of free cash.

Online surveys and scams sort of go hand in hand don’t they? How do we find reputable sites to sign up to, and how do we avoid the scams?

Haha, yes they do. It’s honestly sad the amount of websites out there that try to scam good, honest, hard-working people out of their money, especially in this economy!

There are 2 rules you should keep in mind when it comes to joining a survey panel:

1. You should never have to pay.
2. You should never have to give out your social security number.

Survey websites that break these two rules are most often scams. However, they may ask for your address, your name, and perhaps your phone number (in order to send you surveys that fit your profile). Don’t worry – legitimate survey panels won’t send you mountains of junk mails every week and they won’t come to your house or call you.

If you want to sign up for a survey panel, I highly recommend that you try to look for user testimonials that are NOT hosted on the survey panel’s websites (we all know how biased they are). You could also look for reputable review websites. My site  has a Website Review section based on my personal experiences (very important for any review). and are also great survey review websites.

What would you recommend for a complete newbie who wants to start earning money by completing surveys – how and where should they start?

If you want to start earning money from surveys, then the first thing you should do is create a new email account. Next, you should join as much reputable survey panels as you can using the new email account that you created. The more surveys you get in your inbox, the more money you can make.

I have outlined the specifics in my 3-Step Quick Start Guide (which is free), along with the best newbie-friendly websites.

However, for those that want to start off right this second, I highly recommend that you join Opinion Outpost. After my first month, I earned $100! There’s almost no other survey panel out there that can beat that first month total.

Jay, tell us a little more about your blog, them awesome graphics, and where we can find you hanging out?

My blog is called Will Take Surveys For Food. It is a blog I created as a way to document my earnings, help others with their survey endeavors, and to show the world that it is absolutely possible to make money online.

As for the graphics – that’s Michael’s doing. He’s the mascot of my blog (you could find his picture on my header, on my sidebar, on several pages…he’s quite a narcissist). He’s in charge of all the illustrations and the website’s mailing list, which he dubs “Michael Mails”. He’s a nice guy once you get to know him.
If you want to find me (or Michael), you could visit my website and leave a comment on any of my blog posts. You could also leave a comment on my Facebook page or tweet me on my Twitter page.

Jay, thank you so much for taking the time to share all of this great information with us!

Final Thoughts

I just want to start off with saying thank you to Jay for taking the time out to help us all out. If there is a go to guy for everything related to paid surveys, then he is the one to go to, without a doubt. He has spent a considerable amount of time researching the very best sites where there is a potential to earn money from completing these online surveys

And from looking at his site and at his income reports, then I have no doubt that good money can be made, especially if you follow Jay’s guides and instructions.

Give it a go, today. As Jay says, 20-30 minutes per day is all you need to invest. And if that means it pays for your groceries, then it can’t be a bad thing at all.

All the best,

Richard Martin



    • Hi Dionne, thanks for taking to to stop by and comment!

      I appreciate your opinion a lot. Yes, of course, this is not a source of passive income at all as it takes a direct input and work, and then you get paid. But it is another income stream, and I am keen to share such streams for those who maybe don’t want to create a blog or have their own product for now – as this costs absolutely nothing but your time to complete.

      Thanks again!

      • Mdf

        I’d have to back that up and agree on that one Richard. In some sense its more or less a job, except its not manual labor (Mind you I just got my first job so hooray!), its sitting in front of a computer (in my case sprawled out on the couch) reading questions and clicking a mouse two or more times before going onto the next question. Pretty much the amount you earn is equally tied into the amount of effort you put into making that money to begin with.

        I also think that the passive income Dionne is referring to is something like (for example) referring. As seen in Michal’s blog, which congrats to him again, click on the “Getting Referrals” tab. Lets use Points2Shop as an example. For every person you refer you can make up to 1.50 apiece. How do you get those referrals to begin with though? Most people go to family and friends, classmates in school or collage, but eventually in a town of 55k people, you run out of people that haven’t seen your advertisements, so a lot of people step it up and advertise on the internet.

        I personally started up a website advertising an in-game currency that you could get for free through the purchase of Ultimate Game Cards on P2S. To keep my post from getting too long I’ll just ask that you look up “Search Engine Optimization”. Its a lengthy, and in sometimes cutthroat task, especially if you have competitors. But if you put time into your website, it will slowly crawl its way up to the top spot, more people will see your website, which leads to more potential people signing up (Referrals), which in turn leads to more profit.

        To rephrase, the amount of time you put in equally ties up to the amount of money you can make.
        Hope I haven’t made this too long of a post. :)

        • Thank you :) This is actually my blog. Michael is my site mascot, haha.

          I agree though that you can make a lot of money getting referrals, and congratulations on creating your website. I’m currently developing my “Getting Referrals” section as I know this is probably the hottest topic in regards to survey websites. While I do complete a LOT of surveys (you got to walk the walk if you want to talk the talk, right?), I am currently developing a referral base so I have something to refer to for my articles, AND so I don’t have to work as-hard for $100+ a month. Hopefully I can share my results (and my techniques) with the world once I get everything straightened out.
          Jay Samson recently posted…5 Ways to Know if a Survey Panel is a ScamMy Profile

    • I’m pretty sure everyone prefers passive income, haha.

      Thing is, passive income is something that you have to work a LONG time for. A lot of people spend at least a couple of years before they start to see anything worthwhile. In the mean time, what do you do if you need a bit of extra money? Or what if you’re the type of person that simply cannot create a website? While some people might see it as the easiest thing in the world, there are some people who could NOT figure it out no matter how hard they tried. Like my parents or my friend, for example.

      Surveys are not for everyone of course, but it’s definitely a way to make extra money online. :)

      • Thanks for your input here Jay.

        I am in full agreement with you, and you sum it up perfectly. Passive Income, actually, is not all that ‘passive’ as some would have you believe. It is hard work, takes time, and takes a LOT of dedication and patience. Sure, it is always something to aim for.

        BUT, right at this minute, someone can go to one of these survey sites, spend a little time completing a survey or two, and earn immediate $$$’s?

        It would be foolish to dismiss it, especially when starting out.

        Thanks again Jay.

  1. Random Guy 1

    Wow Great blog! Thanks for sharing this information with us, I think this is one of most informative post about online surveys. Please be continue, looking forward for your next post.

  2. I don’t know any good survey survey website which provides legal output.I have tested with some of the survey sites before yet not got any fruitful results.I got good information about the sites which you have provided in the above article.I hope these sites perfectly work.

  3. I used to do a lot of surveys – was a member of a handful or two of survey sites. Got increasingly bored of doing them ’til it got unbearable and I could just about manage a 10 minute survey at the most. I’m only actively with a few of them now: Pinecone Research and Crowdology.

  4. Leo Deschain

    Hello All, I would like to thank Richard for this bullseye targeted work. Really informative source to gain benefit. For me, as an ordinary person who spends some significant time with internet, I’m chasing for online additional income opporunities. Of course trying to stay away from scams. Personally I think that affiliate marketing is still valid way to gain some extra cash and already selling some internet goods. There are also other ways. But each website generally focuses on only one. However you can check . There are several opportunities there. Good luck to everyone.

  5. rezze

    For me the best online survey website is surveycurrency dot com. which pay at a weekly cycle and pay at a time .any one can earn extra money in a week. i am a member of this site from last year and earned many points and also won Tango Card,. Value on a Tango Card can be redeemed for other popular gift cards, donations and local business options – all without any fees or expiration dates.

    • Hi Rezze.

      Thanks for sharing. Just noticed however, that’s it’s only open to US residents with a certain bank account.

      Bummer for us in Europe!

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