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The Best Legitimate Paid Online Surveys

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Are you interested in taking online surveys for cash, but you’re not sure which ones to trust? This is a go-to list of legitimate paid online surveys you can trust. We’ve done all the research for you (and most of these I’ve tried myself in the past) so that you don’t have to worry about being scammed.

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Paid Online Surveys for Money

What Are Paid Online Surveys?

Online surveys are just what they sound like — it’s where you take surveys for money in exchange for your honest opinion.

Online survey companies want your opinion for market research purposes. One of the easiest ways for companies to do market research is to incentivize the general public to give their feedback, experience, or opinion — which is why you can get paid for online surveys!

When you take online surveys for money, survey topics can cover just about anything from your hobbies and interests to your shopping habits and product preferences, and everything in between.

Are Online Surveys Legitimate?

There is a common misconception that online survey companies aren’t legitimate, but that’s definitely not true!

You just have to know what to look out for, what to avoid, and which companies to trust.

The truth is that there are a lot of really great online survey companies that legitimately and honestly want your opinion in exchange for cash!

How Much Can You Earn With Surveys?

While you won’t get rich or earn a full-time income from taking paid online surveys, it is a really nice way to earn a little extra money on the side — especially when you have more time than money!

It’s also a great way to save up for Christmas gifts throughout the year when you don’t have much wiggle room in the budget.

When Jesse was in law school and I had a lot of extra free time on my hands, I enjoyed taking online surveys for money! Those were some of the toughest times in our marriage, and every little bit helped stretch our really tight budget during those financially lean years.

The Best Online Surveys for Cash

If you’re looking for legitimate paid online surveys to take, here are some companies I highly recommend:

Swagbucks: This is easily my very favorite survey site — but it’s SO much more than a survey site! You can also earn for searching the web, playing games, watching videos, taking advantage of special offers, and shopping the Internet. For years, I’ve used Swagbucks to pay for plane tickets, hotel rooms, Amazon purchases, and SO much more. The best part of this site is how easy it is to cash out. Save up your points if you want, or redeem for a $3 or $5 Amazon Gift Card really quickly! Go here to get started. You’ll get $3 just for signing up!

Pinecone Research: This was my very favorite survey site when Jesse was in law school! They pay $3 promptly for every survey completed. Go here and sign up to see if you qualify. This company has a lower acceptance rate than other companies, but they take new applicants at the very beginning of each month! So if you don’t get in on the first try, come back on the 1st of each month to keep trying!

OneOpinion: This company gets really great reviews and is known for their availability of quick and easy paid online surveys, their amazing 24/7 customer service with a smaller customer-focused team, and super quick payout when you redeem your points. Once you reach 25,000 points, you can cash in for $25 in the form of PayPal funds, a VISA gift card, or an Amazon gift card!  Go here to sign up.

Opinion Outpost: This company pays in point rewards for every completed survey. You can cash these in for instant win opportunities, sweepstakes, or cash. There are also opportunities to do free product testing. You can choose payout at $5 for an Amazon gift card or at $10 for cash. Go here to sign up.

Harris Poll: When you sign up for Harris Poll, you will receive 50 points to welcome you to the site. When you reach 1250 points, you can trade in for a $10 gift card. Most surveys take less than 15-20 minutes to complete and can be done from your mobile device. Go here to sign up. (And go here to see a reader testimonial about this company!)

Survey Junkie: This reputable company gets really great reviews! It is known for a low minimum payout threshold and a quick & easy first payout. You can cash in for $10 once you reach 1,000 points. Choose from PayPal funds, direct bank transfer, or a gift card of your choice!

Bonus: In addition to these paid online surveys, you can also sign up for Inbox Dollars where you’ll get paid to read emails, search the web, take surveys, and more. I used to love earning free gift cards through Inbox Dollars!

Some Tips on Taking Surveys for Money

If you’re interested in taking online surveys for cash, here are a few more tips to keep in mind:

  • Use a dedicated e-mail address for survey sites. When you’re taking a lot of surveys, you’re going to get quite a few e-mails. To avoid cluttering your personal inbox, I highly recommend signing up for a separate e-mail address that you use just for taking surveys.
  • Update your information often. Survey companies are often looking for targeted demographics — certain age ranges, income levels, geographical locations, or job positions — so it’s really important to make sure you keep your information updated. If you change jobs, move geographical locations, have another child, or become a home owner, be sure to update all of that information!
  • Always be honest, but don’t be afraid to keep it vague. It’s important to be honest when you take surveys, because a) legitimate survey companies are doing honest market research and b) your answers need to be consistent and not seem dishonest, especially when you’re taking a lot of surveys. That being said, don’t be afraid to keep things as vague as you can while also answering honestly. Don’t give any extra information you don’t feel comfortable with! Go with the quickest, easiest answer you can while also being honest. If any information is optional, I recommend skipping it.
  • Never, ever pay to join a survey site. Legitimate survey companies will never charge you to join or sign up. If you see a survey company wanting to charge you, stay far away! That’s one of the surest signs that the survey company is not legitimate.
  • Never give out your bank account information. Although you’re taking surveys for cash, legitimate survey companies always offer gift cards or PayPal as payout options. You shouldn’t ever be forced to give your banking information as the only payout option. That’s most likely a sign that the survey company is not one that can be trusted.

What are some of your favorite companies that offer legitimate paid online surveys? I’d love to know if I missed an important one! Tell us in the comments!

Looking for more in-depth advice on how to make money from home?

Be sure to check out my book Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make A Difference, where I share creative ways to manage money, generate income and–most importantly–live a life of deeper meaning, fulfillment, and generosity than you might have ever imagined possible. This book will give you hard-won wisdom, real-life stories, and practical tips to help inspire and motivate you!

Don’t miss our huge list of Over 40 Income-Earning Ideas!

I also highly, highly recommend Angie Nelson’s eCourse: How to Land Your First Work-At-Home Job. This step-by-step guide will give you valuable information and tips!

Our Pinterest account got suspended!

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Last week, Pinterest decided to suspend my account saying they thought we had violated the spam policies.

This was completely unexpected. One minute, our Pinterest account was there with 238K+ followers and the next minute it was — poof — GONE!

For two days, we worked to contact Pinterest by every way we knew to appeal their decision. We talked to people who had had this happen to them to see if they had any suggestions. We researched everything we could to figure out what could have happened to cause Pinterest to suspend out account.

Most of all, we tried to wait patiently and think through what Plan B might end up being if they didn’t re-instate our account.

What I Did Instead of Freaking Out

I used to flip out when my site would go down, when a big affiliate program would change their rules (and it would mean a big loss), or social media would have major glitches.

But 14+ years of running multiple online businesses and making a boatload of mistakes will teach you this: Freaking out accomplishes nothing.

Seriously. Stop and think for a minute… what is one good thing that freaking out is going to accomplish?

I’m guessing your list is completely blank. Instead of freaking out, here’s what I try to do:

1) Take a deep breath.

2) Ask, “What’s the worst thing that could happen?”

3) Then, “Will I be okay if that happens?”

4) Next, “What CAN I do?”

And then I focus on my blessings and do what I can do to resolve or improve the situation.

Why You Need an Email List

I talked to so many people who are relying upon social media for their income and blog traffic. While social media is great and I love it, I cannot stress how important it is that you set up an email list and use it strategically instead of depending upon social media.

Like I’ve said so many times, you do not own social media. They could decide at any time to shut down, start charging you for using their services, or to — like happened to us — shut down or suspend your account.

Here are four reasons you need an email list:

  • An email list gives you the ability to have access to prime real estate — people’s inboxes. We’ve tested this time and again, and social media and blog posts just don’t hold a candle to email.
  • An email list gives you the ability to contact people directly — whenever you want to. When I decide I want to send out an email newsletter, I don’t have to try to bypass and trick the elaborate algorithms into getting my email to land in someone’s inbox. I just write the email and send it.
  • An email list allows you to build a personal and long-lasting relationship with people. And when people trust you, you have one of the most valuable assets you can ever obtain as a business owner.
  • An email newsletter gives you the ability to tailor emails to best serve each individual person on your list. Many email programs now offer really advanced options — including the ability to tailor emails to serve each individual person on your email list.

Our email lists not only allow us the ability to build a deep and loyal relationship with people, they also convert thousands of dollars in sales every single month.

Need Help With Your Email List?

If you need help getting your email list set up or being strategic in actually using your email list to make hundreds or thousands of dollars each month, I HIGHLY recommend getting a copy of The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit.

This goldmine bundle of blogging resources is only available until Thursday at midnight and for just $97 and it gives you immediate access to 41 eCourses, 15 eBooks, 9 printable packs & workbooks, 5 templates, 5 stock photo packs, and 2 membership sites.

Many of the courses in the bundle sell for more than $97 each! And the courses on email lists alone are SO worth the price of the bundle!

In all honesty, if you just download these six resources on setting up and strategically using your email list — and then you actually use them and do what they recommend! — I can pretty much guarantee that you will make back the price of bundle over and over again in the next 6-12 months.

Here are the six resources I recommend you start with:

  • Irresistible Email: The Art of Attracting, Captivating, and Nurturing Your Tribe of Raving Fans
  • Email Growth & Marketing
  • 23 Opt-In Templates With Video Instructions
  • Grow Your Email List Using Pinterest
  • Igniting Your List Incentive
  • The Complete Guide to ConvertKit

All of these resources combined are worth over $700! And that’s just a small sample of what The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit contains!

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You won’t have any reason to make any more excuses, because everything you need to get started will be right at your fingertips!

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P.S. #2 Pinterest re-instated our account a few days ago — and we’re so grateful! But I’m also so grateful that we have a great email list in place so that even if we didn’t, we wouldn’t have lost our ability to contact you all!

10 Ways to Make $100 With Your Blog

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If you love blogging but would love to generate more income, be sure to download my FREE cheat sheet on 10 Ways to Make $100 With Your Blog!

Looking for more in-depth advice on how to make money from home?

Be sure to check out my book Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make A Difference, where I share creative ways to manage money, generate income and–most importantly–live a life of deeper meaning, fulfillment, and generosity than you might have ever imagined possible. This book is packed with hard-won wisdom, real-life stories, and practical tips to help inspire and motivate you!

I also highly, highly recommend Angie Nelson’s eCourse: How to Land Your First Work-At-Home Job. This step-by-step guide is packed with valuable information and tips!

Free eCourse: How to Make Money from Home with an Amazon FBA Business

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Looking for some unique ways to make money from home? You might want to try an Amazon FBA Business!

If you’re interested in making an income from home and you’re looking for ideas, be sure to sign up for this free eCourse on how to work from home with an Amazon FBA business.

This e-mail series is taught by the Selling family — a husband and wife team who have been making a full-time income from home through Amazon since 2011.

In this series, you will learn:

  • What an Amazon FBA business is and how it works
  • What types of items you can sell on Amazon and how prices differ
  • How to set up an Amazon seller account
  • Plus more!

Go here to sign up for this free eCourse.

Looking for more in-depth advice on how to make money from home?

Be sure to check out my book Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make A Difference, where I share creative ways to manage money, generate income and–most importantly–live a life of deeper meaning, fulfillment, and generosity than you might have ever imagined possible. This book is packed with hard-won wisdom, real-life stories, and practical tips to help inspire and motivate you!

I also highly, highly recommend Angie Nelson’s eCourse: How to Land Your First Work-At-Home Job. This step-by-step guide is packed with valuable information and tips!

Get paid to be a shopper with Shipt!

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Looking for unique income-earning opportunities? Shipt might be a great option for you!

Shipt shopper delivering groceries

If you’re looking for a part-time job or even just a way to earn extra cash on the side, you might consider becoming a shopper with Shipt!

Shipt pays you to shop for and deliver customer’s groceries to their homes.

Shipt lets you set your own hours for a completely flexible schedule. You can work as much or as little as you’d like — part-time or full-time! Depending on tips, you can earn up to $22/hour or more.

Go here to apply to become a Shipt shopper.

Sign up for Pinecone Research & earn money for taking surveys

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Pinecone Research is open to applicants again! But hurry — spots always fill up quickly each month.

Pinecone Research has some openings available for new applicants! If you’ve tried in the past and haven’t been able to get in, you might be able to this time around, as they’ve opened their doors to more of a general population for a limited time only.

Pinecone Research is one of my very favorite survey companies and one that I found offered the most surveys for the best pay. You’re not going to get rich taking surveys, but you can earn a nice little stream of income from it.

Apply here to get started.

Surveys are a great way to make some extra income on the side! This is a great list of legitimate survey sites you can trust!

Looking for more opportunities to make money from home? See my list of recommended survey companies here.