5 Surveys For Money Sites To Get Paid For Your Opinion

questionnaire
Photo by Andrey_Popov / Shutterstock.com

As a teenager, I listened to the radio a lot. My favorite stations would often have contests in which a listener who called in at that right time with the right answer to some random question would win a prize.

I won a little money, tickets to a few shows and even a few small gadgets. They were never huge wins, but they were fun. I don’t dial in to radio contests anymore, but I’ve discovered something that could be just as fun and an easy way to earn a little extra money online: completing online surveys.

These sites allow you to take real paid surveys about all kinds of things — asking your opinions on everything from politics to brands to personal preferences — in exchange for points that can be redeemed for various rewards.

Not all of these sites are created equal, however. So, I set out to learn which survey sites were best for generating a little extra cash and put together a guide to help others. The follow sites caught my attention:

1. Swagbucks

Swagbucks gives you what it calls “SB points” for taking surveys. You can also earn SB points for doing other online tasks, as we detail in “5 Ways to Score Free Gift Cards and Cash in 1 Place.”

The site boasts “lots of different kinds of online surveys,” such as:

  • Advertising effectiveness surveys
  • Brand recognition surveys
  • Product appeal surveys
  • Surveys about services

Swagbucks says you can expect to earn around 40 to 200 SB points as payout per survey, “with occasional opportunities with much higher earning potential.” Unlike other survey sites, Swagbucks will even give you a bonus if you don’t qualify to take a particular survey.

You can redeem SBs for various kinds of gift cards or cashed out via PayPal. One hundred SB points is worth $1, so check before filling out a survey to be sure it’s worth your time.

2. PointClub

PointClub gives you points for answering surveys. The average survey is worth anywhere from 200 to 2,000 points. I found the site was really clear about how many points I would earn for any survey I chose to complete.

You also earn points just for signing up — there is currently a $5 signup bonus — and for providing certain information about yourself.

Points can be redeemed for gift cards or cashed out. Each point is worth $0.001 — so 1,000 points is worth $1. This probably won’t replace a full-time income, but it works well as a side-hustle.

3. VIP Voice

VIP Voice is part of the market research firm The NPD Group, which serves companies in an array of industries, from beauty and housewares to technology and video games.

At VIP Voice, the number of points you earn for taking surveys depends on your current reward level and the number of surveys you have completed.

Each point you earn is worth one entry into a sweepstakes or one bid in an auction. VIP Voice cites vacations, electronics and gift cards as examples of the types of prizes you stand to win this way. Unlike doing a fully paid survey, if you’re lucky you can earn a lot more.

4. Pinecone Research

SurveyPolice — a great website devoted to providing information about online surveys — named Pinecone Research the top online survey panel of 2017, recognizing it for “consistency” and having an “A+ reputation for years.”

Points that you earn from Pinecone Research can be redeemed for cash or for prizes that you “shop” for on Pinecone Research’s rewards site.

5. OneOpinion

SurveyPolice named OneOpinion the top online survey panel of 2018, recognizing it for being “consistent” and having “good customer service.” In fact, OneOpinion lists a toll-free number on its home page and says the company can be reached “anytime.”

Points that you earn from OneOpinion can be redeemed for gift cards or cash.

Don’t expect to get rich

Since it’s not hard to get people to answer simple questions, most surveys don’t pay much. In addition, sometimes you’ll answer initial questions, then find you don’t qualify for that survey and won’t get paid.

Example: A company wants to know the purchasing habits of females between the ages of 25 and 40 who’ve never owned a dog. To screen for that audience, the survey asks a random group of people for their gender, age and whether they’ve owned a dog. But only respondents who fit the desired audience get to continue on and take the survey.

In short, the experience you have and the money you make will differ depending on who you are and what characteristics survey creators are looking for. To increase your chances to earn rewards from survey sites, sign up for multiple sites and treat it like work.

How to find cheaper car insurance in minutes

Getting a better deal on car insurance doesn't have to be hard. You can have The Zebra, an insurance comparison site compare quotes in just a few minutes and find you the best rates. Consumers save an average of $368 per year, according to the site, so if you're ready to secure your new rate, get started now.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
7 Surprising Ways Retirees Waste Their Savings
7 Surprising Ways Retirees Waste Their Savings

You can make your retirement money last a lot longer by avoiding these costly mistakes

Half of All Retirees Say They Fear This
Half of All Retirees Say They Fear This

Chances are good that you share this fear. Here’s a way to overcome it.

7 Reasons Workers Age 65 and Older Have Not Retired Yet
7 Reasons Workers Age 65 and Older Have Not Retired Yet

For some, the golden years are a time to increase the gold — but their reasons for delaying retirement vary widely.

7 Surprising Things That Damage Your Credit Score
7 Surprising Things That Damage Your Credit Score

A seemingly small stumble can cause your credit score to plummet.

7 Big Purchases You Should Never Make
7 Big Purchases You Should Never Make

Sometimes a big-ticket purchase is nothing more than a big waste of money.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
Will I Get My Ex-Husband’s Social Security When He Dies?
Will I Get My Ex-Husband’s Social Security When He Dies?

Two factors determine how much money is coming to you.

7 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score Fast
7 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score Fast

Your financial security might soon depend upon the strength of your credit score.

21 Things You Should Always Buy at a Dollar Store
21 Things You Should Always Buy at a Dollar Store

Dollar stores have great bargains on these familiar purchases.

5 Household Disinfectants That Can Destroy the Coronavirus
5 Household Disinfectants That Can Destroy the Coronavirus

You likely already have some of these products at home.

6 Reasons I Will Never Trust Suze Orman
6 Reasons I Will Never Trust Suze Orman

Beware: The self-proclaimed personal finance expert has a track record that suggests more sizzle than steak.

20 Things That Are Actually Worth Stockpiling
20 Things That Are Actually Worth Stockpiling

You probably don’t need a year’s supply of toilet paper to survive an outbreak, but consider stocking up on these items.

10 Deep Discounts Available on Amazon This Friday
10 Deep Discounts Available on Amazon This Friday

These items are all steeply discounted — but the deals won’t last long.

America’s Most Reliable Appliance Brand Is a Surprise
America’s Most Reliable Appliance Brand Is a Surprise

Have you heard of this appliance manufacturer?

This Type of Social Security Benefit Is Often Overlooked
This Type of Social Security Benefit Is Often Overlooked

The Social Security Administration is not helping certain people get money to which they are entitled, a report says.

16 Amazon Purchases That We Are Loving Right Now
16 Amazon Purchases That We Are Loving Right Now

These practical products make everyday life a little easier.

Getting These 2 Shots Could Reduce Your Risk of Dementia
Getting These 2 Shots Could Reduce Your Risk of Dementia

These vaccines may lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by up to 40%.

9 Everyday Problems You Can Solve With Vaseline
9 Everyday Problems You Can Solve With Vaseline

Forget expensive specialty products. Good ol’ petroleum jelly can address many common annoyances.

19 Purchases That Buyers Almost Always Regret
19 Purchases That Buyers Almost Always Regret

Think twice before buying these things.

19 High-Paying Jobs You Can Get With a 2-Year Degree
19 High-Paying Jobs You Can Get With a 2-Year Degree

These jobs pay more than the typical job in the U.S. — and no bachelor’s degree is required.

7 Tips for Building an Emergency Stockpile
7 Tips for Building an Emergency Stockpile

A pandemic or natural disaster could leave you reliant on your existing food supply. Is your pantry prepared?

8 of the Worst Things to Buy at a Dollar Store
8 of the Worst Things to Buy at a Dollar Store

Not everything sold at dollar stores is a great bargain or a safe purchase. Here’s our list of products to avoid.

41 Things You Should Never Buy
41 Things You Should Never Buy

Some purchases are just plain dumb. Give yourself — and your budget — a break. Don’t spend money on this stuff.

5 Ways to Get Amazon Prime for Free
5 Ways to Get Amazon Prime for Free

Hesitant to drop $119 a year on an Amazon Prime membership? Here’s how to get it for free.

9 Indestructible Products That Are Worth the Price
9 Indestructible Products That Are Worth the Price

If you’re willing to pay a little more for these products, you may never have to shop for another again.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.