Below is a listing of legitimate sites for Free Paid Surveys that for most of them I have participated in and received payment from. Others I have listed because they are associated with legitimate companies that I have experience with. For more info about participating with market research companies, check out our series about Free Paid Surveys. You will find more in-depth information on what to look for in a survey site, how to avoid being scammed, and tips for successful survey taking. Remember, the more companies you sign up for, the more opportunities you will have to earn some extra money.
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In case you haven’t read it and were wondering about Big Spot Surveys, you can read about that here: Is Big Spot a Scam?
Free Paid Surveys
GlobalTestMarket is a WORLDWIDE survey panel that pays you in “market points” for the surveys you take. Each “market point” is worth 5 cents, and even if you don’t qualify for a survey, they usually give you 5 “market points” so you get 25 cents just for trying to take a survey. They can add up fast! You can redeem your market points for a check. It does generally take 6-8 weeks to get your check, but they do payout. This is hands down one of my favorite survey panels.
Toluna, I believe, used to be called ‘Your Two Cents’ and was always a reliable free paid surveys panel. You are awarded points for taking surveys that are redeemable for shopping vouchers, check or even cash by Paypal. You also earn points for participating in polls and topics and other activities, including creating your own opinion polls, directly on the Toluna site. I haven’t spent a lot of time over there since they switched over but it looks like there are a lot of opportunities to earn points.
The National Consumer Panel
The National Consumer Panel is part of the Nielson Company, who is the world’s leading marketing information provider. You can’t get any more legit than Nielson. The great thing about this free paid surveys panel is that as long as you participate every week, you earn gift points redeemable for great prizes. You participate by scanning your grocery purchases each week with the hand-held scanner they provide (absolutely no cost to you) and uploading the information to Nielson. There is no screening out of surveys and being frustrated that you don’t seem to qualify for them. You control your level of participation.
My Survey is a consistent and reliable survey company that pays you in Reward Points for EVERY survey that you take. No matter what, each survey will have some amount of points attached to it, and then if you qualify, they will offer you additional points to take the longer survey. They also have a monthly sweepstakes that you gain entry to by taking surveys as well. I have participated in quite a few product tests through My Survey as well, not only do they send you products to try, you get points for taking surveys about the products. The My Survey rewards Points can be traded in for merchandise, gift cards or cold hard cash via check. The redemption process is not super fast, but they do deliver.
Valued Opinions pays you in cash that you can redeem for merchandise or gift certificates from places like Amazon.com. This is a newer survey company but has gotten very good reviews and feedback from the online survey takers community. I have not yet redeemed my earnings for a reward yet (I have $14 and you need $20) so I can’t comment on that, but SurveyPolice.com has verified them and it has great scores in their rankings. People do recommend choosing the Amazon.com gift certificate when redeeming your earnings because you receive the gift certificate immediately via email.
I don’t remember a whole lot about Ipsos, but they were legit and paid out frequently.
American Consumer Opinion Panels (ACOP)
American Consumer Opinion Panels (ACOP) is a very established market research company that despite its name accepts panelist from across the globe. They don’t send a ton of surveys, but their screeners are short and if you qualify, I have seen surveys that pay upwards of $25. They don’t waste your time, they have been around a long time and are legit, and they are reasonable with their incentives.
Opinion Outpost is a panel that has members worldwide but this sign-up is for CANADA ONLY. The seem to send a lot of survey opportunities and pay fairly. You can redeem your points when you have as few as 50 ($5) for a check by mail or an Amazon gift certificate sent instantly. I have found that it is quick and easy to build up points with this company.
Pinecone Research is one the original trusted paid survey companies. In the past they have been rather elusive, and sometimes it takes a few tries before you qualify depending upon who they are recruiting. I believe they pay $3 per survey and you receive your payment a few days after taking the survey. They are do product test. Top-notch company.
Harris Poll Online
Harris Poll online is similar to OpinionSquare in the way it works. It has been a while but I had received a number of great items from them.
Swagbucks is a search portal that awards you points for searching that you can trade in for prizes or gift cards. I’ve gotten a few $5 Amazon GCs through them.
Additional surveys or offers you may be interested in are below. Please note that these are offers or companies I am not familiar with so join at your own risk. I have listed them because I am not as active in the survey community as I once was and I’m sure new legit companies have sprung up.
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