Stephanie’s Top Five Survey Panels – October 2011

October was somewhat slow for me like previous months have been, but I did manage to complete a lot of surveys. I received a lot of different product test (including food and personal care products) and completed an Invoke focus group for $20.00 on a new survey panel I’m a member of called OneOpinion.My top earners for October include Opinion Outpost, OneOpinion, Valued Opinions, MySurvey, and Global Test Market. I earned very little from Toluna and SurveyHead last month, so they did not make the list. For the ones in my top five, I think I did pretty well, all things considering.

Rankings are based mainly on what I earned for the month from each survey company, as well as the number of survey invites.

Here are my current top five earners for October:

    1. Opinion Outpost
      • Total Earned Since Joining: $631.00
      • Total Earned in October: $20.00
      • Last Payment Requested: $53.30 check on September 30, 2011/li>
      • Joined: August 12, 2008

Here is screenshot of my last cash request payout for $53.30.

Opinion Outpost Payment

I did fairly well with Opinion Outpost in October. I received several surveys a week paying about 10-25 points each and qualified for most of them. I took part in one product test and a breakfast diary survey, which gave me more points than usual.

Unfortunately (for me, at least), Opinion Outpost just recently underwent some changes due to their merging with SSI (Survey Sampling International), which also owns Survey Spot (a survey company I don’t think very highly of and have not done well with for about a year). For me and many others, this is bad news. Survey Spot has gone downhill the past few years and now that Opinion Outpost is owned by the same company, this doesn’t give me a very good feeling.

As for some of the changes to Opinion Outpost, the website layout has been changed to look very much like Survey Spot (except the colors and logo), there is now a prize draw for every survey you complete, and they now have PayPal with a $10 minimum payout. I really do like the PayPal option (payment is much quicker and I honestly hate dealing with cashing checks), so that is one thing I like. You do have to verify your account, though. Also, they have thankfully kept the Amazon.com reward option, which I have used a lot in the past. I have yet to cash out under the new system, but plan on doing so at the end of November.

Also, thankfully, the reward structure is the same, so points are worth the same amount of money. I am very glad they didn’t change this and I hope it stays that way.

Only time will tell how Opinion Outpost fairs with these new changes. I am really hoping they do not turn into Survey Spot (with all its low-paying surveys and technical problems), which is what I fear. So far, I’ve noticed a decrease in the number of surveys I’m getting and technical issues (such as the “Take a Survey” tab on the website not working sometimes) seem more prevalent (which is to be expected with the change). I am hoping to have more to report next month as I get more surveys from them and they work out the kinks in the new website. For now, I have updated all my profiles to see if that does any good and I get more surveys because of it.

    1. OneOpinion
      • Total Earned Since Joining: $27.00
      • Total Earned in October: $20.00
      • Last Payment Requested: $27.00 through e-mail on October 31, 2011 (pending)
      • Joined: August 19, 2011

OneOpinion is a new survey panel that I recently registered with in late August. Although I don’t get many surveys from them that pay a lot, I did receive an invitation for an Invoke focus group that paid $20.00, so that’s a good sign. The money was credited to my account within a week or so, which was pretty fast. I am in the process of cashing out with them (minimum cash-out is $25.00), but since they are a new panel, they are still working on automatic cash-outs. In the meantime, you have to email them to request a cash-out, which I’m currently waiting on. They seem like a good company and I hope I receive more Invokes from them in the future.

    1. MySurvey (merged with Lightspeed)
      • Total Earned Since Joining: $540.00
      • Total Earned in October: $15.00
      • Last Payment Requested: $25.00 Amazon.com gift card on September 20, 2011
      • Joined: October 22, 2008

Here is screenshot of my last payment request for a $25 Amazon Gift card.

MySurvey Amazon Gift Card Request

I’m still receiving a lot of surveys each week from MySurvey. I really do enjoy taking their surveys since they merged with Lightspeed several months ago. I qualify for the majority that I receive and I don’t find them super boring or long to complete. Technical problems are rare, too. I received a couple more product tests from them in October, as well. I’m close to cashing out again, so I will be doing that in November if all goes well.

    1. Valued Opinions
      • Total Earned Since Joining: $402.00
      • Total Earned in October: $12.00
      • Last Payment Requested: $20.00 Amazon.com gift card on September 22, 2011
      • Joined: September 5, 2008

Here is screenshot of my last payment request for a $20 Amazon Gift card.

Valued Opinions Amazon Gift Card Request

I earned several surveys a week from Valued Opinions in October, most of which I qualified for. Payment per survey ranged from $1.50 to $5.00. Most of the topics revolve around food and personal care products for me. Like MySurvey, I tend to enjoy taking their surveys, unlike some other survey panels. I like the layout of most of the surveys and I don’t find them super tedious or long in most cases. I’m very close to cashing out again, which I will be doing in November.

    1. GlobalTestMarket
      • Total Earned Since Joining: $368.00
      • Total Earned in October: $10.00
      • Last Payment Requested: $50.00 check on June 20, 2011
      • Joined: September 21, 2008

I received a lot more invitations from Global Test Market in October. Although I still have trouble qualifying for many of them, I did manage to get invited to participate in a few product test surveys and completed a few larger 60-point surveys. I am very close to cashing out, which will hopefully happen in November. I haven’t cashed out with them since June due to their $50.00 minimum payout (which I still greatly dislike), so it will be nice to be able to finally cash out again.

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6 Comments

  1. Susan Harper November 25, 2011 Reply

    Hi Hannah, I too use Global Test Market (UK) and have found it to be the best free paid survey site online. No fuss about payouts and a good degree of trust goes a long way.

    All the best,

    Susan

    • Hannah December 3, 2011 Reply

      Thanks. I actually did join them this past month, and have not regretted it! They seem to have a lot of surveys and pay well. They made my top 5 for November, that’s for sure!

  2. Stephanie November 10, 2011 Reply

    Hi Hannah,

    Thanks for the tip! I will try that out, although it is a bit of a hassle like Joe said. Hopefully they fix it soon. I will report more on Opinion Outpost’s new system next month after I’ve had more time to take surveys with them. So far, I like the ones they send me via email (the regular surveys) the best. The ones I’ve taken directly on their new website haven’t been very fruitful for me and many take longer than they state they should be.

  3. Hannah November 8, 2011 Reply

    On Opinion Outpost-
    I’ve actually gotten a lot MORE surveys with this change than I did before. Part of it might be because when I get some downtime, I log in and click the “Take a Survey” button. I’ve earned $28.00 with them so far this month, (today is the 8th), and if that keeps up, this will be my best month yet. (Last month, I had $63.50.)

    One tip: I contacted OpinionOutpost about the problems with the Take a Survey button sometimes not working, and they told me this:

    “• Remove the letter ‘s’ from the url string in the browser what will allow the respondent to normally access the dynamix environment.
    • Take surveys through survey invitations

    Our engineers are working hard to fix this bug. We hope to see the resolution very soon. Please accept our sincere apology.
    Thank you for your patience and understanding. Have a nice day!

    And sure enough, I found that if I did that, I was able to take surveys again. Now, some of the individual surveys still have bugs on their own, but at least I can take some surveys.

    • Joe the Admin November 8, 2011 Reply

      Good Tip Hannah! I actually just confirmed that the Take a Survey button was still not working, and sure enough changing the link from an https:// link to a http:// link fixes the issue. A little bit of a hassle, but not too bad, and hopefully the Opinion Outpost team will have it fixed soon.

      • Hannah November 10, 2011 Reply

        Here’s another tip: DO NOT take surveys from SurveySpot while having OpinionOutpost open in another tab! I just did that, and my SurveySpot survey was credited to my OpinionOutpost account. However, since the points are slightly different, the point values did not actually increase. I’ve sent off a message to support and I’m sure they’ll fix the problem eventually, but an interesting glitch. (I’ve had this happen several times now, but the other times were only with survey disqualifications, so that didn’t matter too much.)