Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Earning Potential

  • Is there a limit to the number of survey panels you can join?
    No, there is no limit. Since each of the online paid survey panels is generally hosted by a separate Market Research Company, you can join as many as you wish. Each survey panel maintains their own database of users. However, you will generally have the best results if try to focus on a core group of survey panels, and participate in them fully by keeping your profiles up to date and answering all survey questions thoughtfully. Of course, the number of survey panels in your core group can vary depending on how much free time you have.
  • How much money can you make by taking paid surveys?
    Typical cash paying surveys take from 10 to 45 minutes to complete, and generally reward you $1 to $10 for every survey you complete. Other types of surveys may give you gift certificates or enter you into sweepstakes for cash or prizes. Our blog contains reports by survey takers on the actual amounts they make per month, which is generally between $50 and $250 per month. However, this varies greatly depending on the number of surveys that you complete. Some sites occasionally offer focus groups. These usually last 1 or 2 hours, but generally pay more than $50. For more information about focus groups and other high paying survey opportunities, read day five of our seven day course. For more details and user comments about a particular paid survey site be sure read the reviews for the particular panel.
  • How many surveys can I expect to receive per month?
    The number of surveys you will receive depends on your demographic profile. Survey panels conduct different studies for different customers, and each study will generally target a particular segment of population depending on the requirements of the client. For instance, a survey study about a new shaving gel would target adult males, while a study about a new portable digital music player might target teens and young adults. The number of surveys you will receive also depends on the survey panel as well. Some survey panels will send more frequent survey invitations than others. Some panels send out multiple survey invitations per day, while others only send out a few per month. The best way to ensure that you receive the maximum number of paid surveys is to join as many of the recommended paid survey sites as you have time for and then complete your various profiles for each survey panel. The profiles are very important because they help the survey companies match the surveys to the desired segment of the population as required by the study.

Getting Started

  • What are online survey panels?
    Online survey panels are sites the provide surveys and are hosted by Market Research companies. These companies gather willing consumers with different demographics and geographic locations that wish to share their opinions. By forming these online panels, Market Research companies can than perform host online surveys on new products and services on behalf of their corporate clients. The answers from all the participants are then compiled by the market research company and presented to their client.
  • How do I learn how to take surveys?
    If you would like to begin taking surveys, we recommend you read our free seven day course, beginning with Day 1. The course lists some of the best survey companies to sign up with, along with a lot of tips and tricks on making the most of your time and maximizing your income. We highly recommend it to anyone starting out. In addition, we have some good articles about survey-taking in our blog. We'd also recommend that you read our FAQ, if you haven't already, and then pick out some survey companies from the surveys available for your country and sign up. You'll find all the information you need to get started there!
  • How do I get started taking paid surveys?
    Getting started with paid surveys is easy. You just need to have an email address and meet the basic residency and age requirements of the survey panel that you wish to join. If you are 18 or older and a resident of the United States, Canada, or the United Kingdom you have many survey panels to choose from. If not, there are still several options. To get off to a quick start, check out the seven day course on the home page. I would suggest you get started by signing up with 5 to 10 survey panels to get started. You will then start receiving paid survey invitations via email from each of the panels, though some survey panels require that you log in to view available surveys. Most surveys can be completed in 15 to 30 minutes, and incentives offered will vary depending on the length of the study and the survey panel hosting the study. If you find that you enjoy taking surveys online, and wish to take more surveys, than I suggest you join more of the panels featured on this site. All the survey panels that we list on this site are free to join, and do not require a credit card or bank account to join. However, you may want to sign up for a free PayPal account if you do not already have one, since many of the survey panels offer payment via PayPal.

Privacy and Safety

  • Will survey panels try to sell me things?
    No. Survey panels are only interested in summarized information on the attitudes, opinions, market practices, etc. of the sampled consumer groups. Some panels may offer you gift rewards or products to try as part of a study, but these will be given to you at no charge. Sales or solicitation is not acceptable or permitted in legitimate and professionally conducted survey research.
  • Why do you have to be at least 13 years old to participate in online survey panels?
    The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) dictates that online survey panels cannot accept panelists under the age of 13 to register directly their panel. However, input from children is still needed, and in these cases parents who are panel members are often asked to provide input from their children for specific studies.
  • Why do survey panels ask for personal information? Is it safe?
    Survey Panels ask for personal information like age, hobbies, number of children, annual income, etc. so that they can build a database of people and their coresponding demographic information. This allows the market research panels to match potential survey takers with the product or service being studied. Music videos, for example, are more likely to be viewed by young people than by older people, so in a survey about music videos, it would be important to ask the respondent for his or her age. Some survey panels may ask for your address for several purposes–to send a new product to your home to test or to send you an incentive for completing the survey. The important thing to remember is that respondents’ names and other identifying information are kept strictly confidential. Most respected market research panels follow CASRO’s Code of Standards for Survey Research. This code must be followed by all CASRO members as a condition of membership and requires survey research companies to protect the identities of respondents, and to insure that individuals and their responses cannot be related.

General Questions

  • Why do you have to be at least 13 years old to participate in online survey panels?
    The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) dictates that online survey panels cannot accept panelists under the age of 13 to register directly their panel. However, input from children is still needed, and in these cases parents who are panel members are often asked to provide input from their children for specific studies.
  • Is there a limit to the number of survey panels you can join?
    No, there is no limit. Since each of the online paid survey panels is generally hosted by a separate Market Research Company, you can join as many as you wish. Each survey panel maintains their own database of users. However, you will generally have the best results if try to focus on a core group of survey panels, and participate in them fully by keeping your profiles up to date and answering all survey questions thoughtfully. Of course, the number of survey panels in your core group can vary depending on how much free time you have.
  • Are surveys available for international users?
    While it is true that several of the survey panels we list on this site only accept US and Canadian residents, there is a growing list of survey panels that are looking for international panel members. You can view these on the "International" page. Whether you can take surveys or not in your country depends on the particular survey panel. If you look at our listing of survey panels, you will see that some say "US only" or "UK only" while others will list "International." These International panels each have different requirements. In the future, we hope to have our site set up to list all panels for each country, but this feature is not ready yet. You can check each panel individually to see whether they allow residents of your country or not. (A couple to investigate right away would be GlobalTestMarket and Toluna, both have wide areas that they cover.)
  • How much money can you make by taking paid surveys?
    Typical cash paying surveys take from 10 to 45 minutes to complete, and generally reward you $1 to $10 for every survey you complete. Other types of surveys may give you gift certificates or enter you into sweepstakes for cash or prizes. Our blog contains reports by survey takers on the actual amounts they make per month, which is generally between $50 and $250 per month. However, this varies greatly depending on the number of surveys that you complete. Some sites occasionally offer focus groups. These usually last 1 or 2 hours, but generally pay more than $50. For more information about focus groups and other high paying survey opportunities, read day five of our seven day course. For more details and user comments about a particular paid survey site be sure read the reviews for the particular panel.
  • How many surveys can I expect to receive per month?
    The number of surveys you will receive depends on your demographic profile. Survey panels conduct different studies for different customers, and each study will generally target a particular segment of population depending on the requirements of the client. For instance, a survey study about a new shaving gel would target adult males, while a study about a new portable digital music player might target teens and young adults. The number of surveys you will receive also depends on the survey panel as well. Some survey panels will send more frequent survey invitations than others. Some panels send out multiple survey invitations per day, while others only send out a few per month. The best way to ensure that you receive the maximum number of paid surveys is to join as many of the recommended paid survey sites as you have time for and then complete your various profiles for each survey panel. The profiles are very important because they help the survey companies match the surveys to the desired segment of the population as required by the study.
  • Are there paid survey sites for teens under 18 years old?
    Yes, there are several survey panels that accept teens 13 and older. For a list of legitimate paid survey panels that teens can join, please check out our teen surveys page.
  • Are paid survey panels free to join? Will I ever have to buy anything?
    Yes, all of the paid survey panels listed on this site are free to join. That is because we screen and only list legitimate market research panels. There are many sites out there that would have you think that taking surveys involves paying for trial offers of services and products, but THIS IS NOT THE CASE. While it is true some survey panels may send you things in the mail to try as part of a survey study, they will never charge your for the products or ask for any compensation other than completion of the survey study. In most cases, you will even be allowed to keep the trial product. In the few cases that they want the product back, the company will pay for the shipping, so you should still never have to pay anything out of your own pocket for taking surveys or testing products.

Payment for Surveys

  • How much money can you make by taking paid surveys?
    Typical cash paying surveys take from 10 to 45 minutes to complete, and generally reward you $1 to $10 for every survey you complete. Other types of surveys may give you gift certificates or enter you into sweepstakes for cash or prizes. Our blog contains reports by survey takers on the actual amounts they make per month, which is generally between $50 and $250 per month. However, this varies greatly depending on the number of surveys that you complete. Some sites occasionally offer focus groups. These usually last 1 or 2 hours, but generally pay more than $50. For more information about focus groups and other high paying survey opportunities, read day five of our seven day course. For more details and user comments about a particular paid survey site be sure read the reviews for the particular panel.

Survey Availability

  • Why do you have to be at least 13 years old to participate in online survey panels?
    The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) dictates that online survey panels cannot accept panelists under the age of 13 to register directly their panel. However, input from children is still needed, and in these cases parents who are panel members are often asked to provide input from their children for specific studies.
  • Is there a limit to the number of survey panels you can join?
    No, there is no limit. Since each of the online paid survey panels is generally hosted by a separate Market Research Company, you can join as many as you wish. Each survey panel maintains their own database of users. However, you will generally have the best results if try to focus on a core group of survey panels, and participate in them fully by keeping your profiles up to date and answering all survey questions thoughtfully. Of course, the number of survey panels in your core group can vary depending on how much free time you have.
  • Are surveys available for international users?
    While it is true that several of the survey panels we list on this site only accept US and Canadian residents, there is a growing list of survey panels that are looking for international panel members. You can view these on the "International" page. Whether you can take surveys or not in your country depends on the particular survey panel. If you look at our listing of survey panels, you will see that some say "US only" or "UK only" while others will list "International." These International panels each have different requirements. In the future, we hope to have our site set up to list all panels for each country, but this feature is not ready yet. You can check each panel individually to see whether they allow residents of your country or not. (A couple to investigate right away would be GlobalTestMarket and Toluna, both have wide areas that they cover.)
  • How much money can you make by taking paid surveys?
    Typical cash paying surveys take from 10 to 45 minutes to complete, and generally reward you $1 to $10 for every survey you complete. Other types of surveys may give you gift certificates or enter you into sweepstakes for cash or prizes. Our blog contains reports by survey takers on the actual amounts they make per month, which is generally between $50 and $250 per month. However, this varies greatly depending on the number of surveys that you complete. Some sites occasionally offer focus groups. These usually last 1 or 2 hours, but generally pay more than $50. For more information about focus groups and other high paying survey opportunities, read day five of our seven day course. For more details and user comments about a particular paid survey site be sure read the reviews for the particular panel.
  • How many surveys can I expect to receive per month?
    The number of surveys you will receive depends on your demographic profile. Survey panels conduct different studies for different customers, and each study will generally target a particular segment of population depending on the requirements of the client. For instance, a survey study about a new shaving gel would target adult males, while a study about a new portable digital music player might target teens and young adults. The number of surveys you will receive also depends on the survey panel as well. Some survey panels will send more frequent survey invitations than others. Some panels send out multiple survey invitations per day, while others only send out a few per month. The best way to ensure that you receive the maximum number of paid surveys is to join as many of the recommended paid survey sites as you have time for and then complete your various profiles for each survey panel. The profiles are very important because they help the survey companies match the surveys to the desired segment of the population as required by the study.
  • Are there paid survey sites for teens under 18 years old?
    Yes, there are several survey panels that accept teens 13 and older. For a list of legitimate paid survey panels that teens can join, please check out our teen surveys page.
  • Are paid survey panels free to join? Will I ever have to buy anything?
    Yes, all of the paid survey panels listed on this site are free to join. That is because we screen and only list legitimate market research panels. There are many sites out there that would have you think that taking surveys involves paying for trial offers of services and products, but THIS IS NOT THE CASE. While it is true some survey panels may send you things in the mail to try as part of a survey study, they will never charge your for the products or ask for any compensation other than completion of the survey study. In most cases, you will even be allowed to keep the trial product. In the few cases that they want the product back, the company will pay for the shipping, so you should still never have to pay anything out of your own pocket for taking surveys or testing products.