[Jobs] Survey Sites

Keith Wiglesworth hwiglesworth at carolina.rr.com
Sat Jul 9 15:38:58 CDT 2011

    There are quite a lot of these survey sites where you can take surveys and perhaps make some money but if I were you, I'd take this advice with a grain of salt.
    I say this because I've been trying with not much success to do just this.
    Of course, the truth is that the more you take, the more you make, but keep in mind that there are all kinds of qualifiers for each company and for that matter almost every survey, and you may or may not qualify depending on exactly what each company happens to be looking for in each and every survey.
    The problem is that you almost never know until you have started this process, and perhaps wasted maybe in some cases a good half hour trying to take one and then get disqualified.
    Unfortunately, you almost never know until you've reached a certain point in the process which only the company doing the survey will know.
    Each and every survey is just different enough that it sets itself apart from most every other one, and it just depends on exactly what each company happens to want on any given day or survey.
    Some companies are better than others but it is hard to say which is best due to the fact that each one has its own criteria for companies they work with and people who qualify to take them.
    There are enough companies out there that I can say a couple things for sure.
    You should never have to pay a fee up front to take surveys with any company.
    There are some that may want to charge you for this, but really I can assure you that they're just taking your money.
    There are enough free ones that you could find plenty without having to pay.  However, having said that remember that I also said that to make any Real money in this, you have to take a lot of surveys.
    I over the past three years have taken hundreds of surveys and for my time and trouble I would guess that I haven't made $100 doing so.
    The payouts are usually so small that it isn't worth your time in most cases.
    Some companies will tell you that you can win sweepstakes and prizes, and while this is true, well, I've won none of these as yet.
    Each company has slightly different criteria for getting in on their panels, and besides, I've found that many surveys employ Flash technology which often wreaks havoc on some of our screen reading software, and brings along some of its own issues.
    There are a few good companies, but the odds of winning are usually small, so my advice is give it a shot if you want to, but it pays overall much less than the companies would have you believe as a practical matter, and believe me when I say, I have attempted many many of these.
    That's just my honest take on the survey thing.  You might make a few bucks here and there but don't be fooled in to thinking that it will do much more than give you a little snack money.
    That's just my take on these, but if you do try I hope you will do better than I have in the last few years.
    Two companies where I have made some money while it has been a slow slog have been Inbox Dollars and Send Earnings.
    These give you small payouts for reading emails and surveys which they send you and keep up with your totals and they do take time to add up, but that is one way.
    There are others such as Harris Poll and similar, but usually the Flash they employ make the going very slow for this blind guy.
    Good luck.
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