Hannah’s Top Five Survey Panels (October 2011)

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October was an interesting month for my survey panels. I’ve been taking surveys for just over a year, and have added several panels in the last couple months. In October, most of the panels that normally give me surveys dropped down to having nearly nothing. My lowest panel, which normally has a lot of surveys, got me only one survey disqualification, for a whopping 10 cents! One survey panel picked up the slack and more than made up for the rest, though. I plan to try a few new survey panels over the next few months and will report the results.I also was able to participate in a few product trials in October, like frozen breakfast food and shampoo, and have qualified for a few other product trials that are to be shipped to me to use later in November. I always enjoy getting to try new things, and my husband likes the way the new shampoo smells, so that’s a bonus.Here is my current top five paid surveys list (October 2011)
    1. Opinion Outpost
      • Total Earned in October: $63.50
      • Total Earned Since Joining: $219.60
      • Joined: December 13, 2010
I had earned a small but steady income at Opinion Outpost, but they have offered me many more (and higher-paying) surveys over the last few months as they have been beginning to offer the new surveys and move towards the site merger. In October, they rolled out their new site design and a lot of changes. They are still having technical difficulties that have left their support team overwhelmed, but even so, I’ve managed to complete a lot of surveys and they were my #1 moneymaker for October. Here is a screenshot of my last Opinion Outpost redemption for an Amazon Gift Card: Opinion Outpost Payment October 2011
    1. Opinion Outpost
      • Total Earned in October: $11.00
      • Total Earned Since Joining: $33.00
      • Joined: June 22, 2011
Opinion Place is a different survey panel. They only allow you to take one survey per week, and it is up to you to log on and take it. If you don’t qualify for a survey that day, you can try again the next day. Most surveys pay $1-$5, and last less than 25 minutes. These surveys have the best return for the time spent, and pay quickly. I get my rewards as Amazon.com gift certificates (though PayPal is also available, and I am considering switching to that after Christmas), and while they say 3-4 weeks until you receive your reward, most arrive in 1-2 weeks. Excellent customer service as well.
    1. MyView
      • Total Earned in October: $9.38
      • Total Earned Since Joining: $27.16
      • Total Redeemed to Date: $20.00
      • Joined: September 21, 2011
It is a little difficult to calculate exact earnings at MyView, since they are on a variable point system. You earn points, but the points do not have a strict exchange rate with money. Most items are redeemable for about 1,400 points per dollar, (which is what I use for my calculations) but some are more or less, and saving up points to redeem later can benefit you in the long run. Here is a screenshot of my last MyView cash-out of a $20 Think Geek gift certificate : MyView Payment October 2011
    1. Ipsos i-Say
      • Total Earned in October: $6.80
      • Total Earned Since Joining: $57.35
      • Total Redeemed to Date: $50.00
      • Joined: January 26, 2011
I received a lot of survey invitations from Ipsos I-Say this month, and disqualified from most of them. Apparently they don’t need people in my demographic at the moment, hopefully that will pick up soon. If not, I’ll stop spending time with them.
    1. MySurvey
      • Total Earned This Quarter: $1.63
      • Total Earned Since Joining: $1.63
      • Joined: October 2011
Obviously, I only joined this panel at the end of the month, so shouldn’t expect to receive a lot. One interesting thing was that even though I registered and got an account on October 17th, I did not receive a confirmation email until October 22nd, and my first survey wasn’t until October 25th. So, the $2 I earned was done in only a few days. I’ll be interested to see what happens this month, as I have already received a bunch of survey invitations. They also did not seem to have a bunch of profiles to fill out at the beginning, but have been doling the profiles out a few at a time over the last week or so. Do you have a list of favorite survey panels? Please leave a comment below and let us know some of the survey panels that work best for you.
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Comments (4)

  • LapisLee November 09, 2011 Reply
    I lost interest in checking for new surveys on Opinion Place every week with little or no success. I will probably be dropping MyView since they now require ten minutes or longer to find a 350-point survey, which is not good enough for me these days. I guess I could email customer support and inquire why the "wheel of surveys" just keeps spinning round and round for so long, but it's been my experience that when something like this happens it's because they no longer want you to cash out as often.
  • Laura H November 09, 2011 Reply
    Nice list! I have to admit that though I'm registered with Opinion Place I haven't spent much time on them - but after seeing your review of that panel, I'm gonna give it a bit more attention in the future!

    MyView has been kind of hit-and-miss for me over the last few months as well. Some days the panel is full of surveys, and then I'll go for a week or more where everyday I log in I'm told there's nothing available. I'm still making a fairly good income on it over the long haul though - getting close to being able to cash out for an Amazon gift card again soon!
  • LapisLee November 06, 2011 Reply
    Great list Hannah! I am a little surprised to not see Global Test Market on your list. I did really well with them last month. I am currently doing product tests for body wash, dandruff shampoo, shaving cream, body lotion, Vanilla Wafers and beef stew. I always cash out for a $25 VISA prepaid gift card when I reach 35,000 points with MyView, but that site is no longer providing me with very many high-paying surveys and I have been stuck at 15,000 points since September.
    • Hannah November 06, 2011 Reply
      Thanks for the positive comments, Lee.

      I hadn't been taking surveys with Global Test Market, I joined the site back in June but didn't get very many survey invitations and apparently my account went dormant. (I hadn't gotten ANY points). I'd just assumed they were a bust, but after seeing your (and others') positive reviews, I just reactivated that account on Nov 3rd, so we'll see if they start giving me anything. So far, I've had 35 survey invitations, (15 since Nov 3rd) but screened out of all of them. I had similar results the first time I tried, but I'll give it a bit longer this time. Did it take a while to start working out for you when you started?

      I just added a bunch of the top 10 survey panels from GetPaidSurveys this month, and plan to add a few more (all the ones that make the top 5 lists for you, Laura, and Stephanie), so I expect that my top 5 list will change shortly.