LapisLee’s Top Five Survey Panels (March 2012)

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I started keeping records of my online paid surveys January 31, 2008. I spend an average of three to four hours per day taking surveys. I have earned $9812.83 in 50 months from 20 survey sites, which is $196.26 per month. The average survey site earned $9.81 per month. I have added the dates that I joined each site as well as whether they have PayPal, Invokes or product tests.

About 15% of my earnings are from product tests and Invoke Interactives. I do not keep track of prizes or free products, but I do include contest wins. I only add in points accumulated after they have been redeemed due to the difficulty of calculating point values. This month’s product tests include a $300 brand-name printer with 16 ink cartridges that I get to keep after four weeks.

  1. MySurvey
    • Total Earned Since Joining: $925
    • Total Earned This Month: $36.86
    • Monthly Average: $18.50
    • Last Payment Received: $15 on March 15 and $20 on March 21
    • Last Payments Requested: $10 on March 26
    • Joined: February 2, 2008
     

    In March I completed 13 surveys out of 14 attempted for 4055 points ($36.86). That is an average of $2.34 per survey completed. Five (5) points ($0.05) are awarded for survey disqualifications. Only five of the surveys I completed were for more than $1; however, I did complete the Business Diary for 2000 points ($18.18) on March 10 and the AdSelector survey for 1000 points ($9.09) on March 7. The product tests are the main reason I stay with this site.

    MySurvey

  2. Opinion Outpost
    • Total Earned: $1332.40
    • Total Earned This Month: $44
    • Monthly Average: $26.65
    • Last Payment Received: $50.50 check on March 9
    • Joined: February 4, 2008
     

    In March I completed 39 surveys for 440 points ($44) out of 132 attempts. That is an average of $1.13 per survey completed. Opinion Outpost has merged with SurveySpot, which means that all of the surveys now come from the same company; however, Opinion Outpost has added PayPal and also allows you to cash out at 1000 points ($10) now.

    Opinion Outpost

  3. GlobalTestMarket
    • Total Earned Since Joining: $1137.40
    • Total Earned This Month: $26.75
    • Monthly Average: $23.21
    • Last Payment Received: $50.50 on March 8
    • Last Payment Requested: $50.50 on March 4
    • Joined: March 1, 2008
     

    In March I completed 15 surveys for 535 points ($26.75). That is an average of $1.78 per survey completed. I was able to complete one survey for 60 points ($3) on March 28, which was the highest paid survey from GTM last month.

  4. Toluna
    • Total Earned Since Joining: $862
    • Total Earned This Month: $20
    • Monthly Average: $17.24
    • Last Payment Received: $20 check on March 7
    • Last Payment Requested: $20 on March 7
    • Joined: February 11, 2008
     

    This site requires the most amount of time and effort relative to my earnings. I am now skipping all surveys for less than 3000 points ($1). I guess I am only willing to do enough work to earn $20 per month or so.

  5. Surveyhead
    • Total Earned Since Joining: $733.85
    • Total Earned This Month: $14.60
    • Monthly Average: $19.70
    • Last Payment Received: $25 PayPal on March 2
    • Joined: February 2, 2009
     

    In March I completed 12 surveys for $14.60. That is an average of $1.22 per survey completed.

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)

  • Jenna July 01, 2012 Reply
    True! There are paid surveys that are worth cents each! Worse, they don't send much surveys so you don't get to reach quota for minimum payout asap. Not worth the time and effort. But there are a few that are very respectable, paid survey secrets is one i've had success with.
  • Jonathan Monroe April 18, 2012 Reply
    Thanks for all the info that you post about your top 5 or top 10, as it has narrowed down how many I want to stick to since I really want to make some good earnings. I do have a question for you though.

    I'm a college student that has found time in between a lot of homework and classes to do surveys, but my question to you is should I only concentrate on the surveys from these sites that will give a decent pay with a decent time or should I try to do everything that they send towards me for that particular site. For example, Opinion Outpost has been recently been sending me a lot of surveys for either the cash drawing contest or surveys for roughly 5 pts (which I know for them is 50 cents), but the survey length could be between 20 to 35 min, which I think is too long for the pay. I look forward to hearing your response or anybody's for that matter, as I really want to start making extra cash on the side...thanks
    • Hannah April 19, 2012 Reply
      Personally, I would say that for any given survey, if it does not pay enough to be worth your time, don't do it! The only exception to this is if it is a new panel for you, and you need to take a few surveys to show them you are serious. But for Opinion Outpost, since they send out so many surveys, I would not bother with the 50 cent surveys for half an hour. (I'm currently skipping all of those as not worth MY time.)

      If you haven't already, you might want to check out the seven day course (links in the navigation bar above), as they give tips on how to get the most money for your time.
    • LapisLee April 19, 2012 Reply
      I don't bother with any surveys for less than a $1; however, if you see a five-minute survey for a sweepstakes entry, take it because it may be either a product test or a screener for an online community, both of which pay well.