Laura's Top Five Survey Panels (October 2011)

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I've changed my "Top 5" format to be a little closer to the other bloggers on this site, since as time goes on, it's clear that my top sites overall may not accurately reflect what's hot currently. So this quarter, I'm focusing specifically on what I was actually paid by all panels just in the last three months. As usual, my 'real life job' kept me from focusing on surveys certain weeks, so my list reflects my three month totals of taking surveys 'part time'!This quarter, I was paid $362.10. While most of that came from surveys as usual, I also made an almost surprising amount of cash from on-going forum invites and sweepstakes wins. Like many of the other bloggers have mentioned, I didn't have much luck on invokes until just recently: I just found out I landed a clinical trial that pays $500! I had my first visit yesterday, and am looking forward to the project! My Current Top Five Paid Surveys List (October 2011)
    1. GlobalTestMarket
      • Total Earned This Quarter: $50.00
      • Total Earned Since Joining: $62.75
      • Joined: November 25, 2009
Global Test Market has always run in spurts for me, and for awhile I was wondering if I was ever going to cash out - I had been sitting at just a few points of cashing out for months! But suddenly, all that changed, and within the last few weeks, not only have I cashed out, but I'm already well on my way to my next payment! Been a good quarter for Global Test Market for me!
    1. Opinion Outpost
      • Total Earned This Quarter: $40.10
      • Total Earned Since Joining: $79.00
      • Joined: November 25, 2009
I'll say it every time I post about this panel - always, always, always keep your profiles up to date! I updated mine immediately after moving this summer, and was slammed with new surveys that I qualified for and completed. Like others have mentioned, I have noticed a slight drop in points offered lately, but overall the time spent is still worth the reward. (FYI - I actually did win a dollar on that slot machine game once last month, too!) The new PayPal payment system allows for lower cash-out levels and is immediate - I had the money in my account in a matter of minutes. Here is a screenshot of my last Opinion Outpost cash-out for $19.30 via PayPal: Opinion Outpost Payment October 2011
    1. Toluna
      • Total Earned This Quarter: $40.00
      • Total Earned Since Joining: $140.95
      • Joined: November 26, 2009
As others have noted, the points on this panel keep going down...I'm barely finding any surveys that pay over a dollar (3,000 points), so I'm being very choosy about which ones I take. The only redeeming (for me) quality is all of the quick surveys they offer for a few points - I do these when I'm at work and don't have enough time to take a full-blown survey, but want to make a few extra cents while I'm sitting at my desk. I find that I can make anywhere from 500-1000 points a day on average with those, just by clicking on a few answers while I down my coffee. Here is a screenshot of my last Toluna cash-out of $20 (60000 points): Toluna Payment October 2011
    1. Surveyhead
      • Total Earned This Quarter: $25.00
      • Total Earned Since Joining: $82.20
      • Joined: January 10, 2010
I still have a love-hate relationship with this panel. While Surveyhead by far offers more surveys per day than pretty much any other panel, I'm frequently frustrated by the poor customer support, and the seemingly erratic "invalids" I'm amassing on my account. To be honest, I'm half-way afraid of continuing, as I'm sure I'm only an arbitrary "invalid" away from having my account dumped. So while I do make a fair amount of cash on this panel (in fact, I just got a hefty chunk of change for completing a several week diary on my beer drinking habits, as well as a $50 sweepstakes win from a panel I joined through Surveyhead), I'm finding myself only coming here after I'm done with my more stable top-tier panels. Here is a screenshot of my last SurveyHead cash-out for $25: Surveyhead Payment October 2011
    1. Synovate
      • Total Earned This Quarter: $15.00
      • Total Earned Since Joining: $25.76
      • Joined: November 25, 2009
While Synovate came in at number five monetarily, don't let it fool you - it's saved me more than double that in product tests! If you're looking specifically for product tests, this is the place to be. I've landed half a dozen great product tests over the last few weeks - everything from frozen dinners and protein shakes, to perfumes and shampoo. I've been really lucky to get to try out a lot of products that have been absolutely relevant to me and my family...and thus saving me a few bucks on my grocery trips! Here is a screenshot of my last three Synovate cash-outs for $15 (15000 points): Surveyhead Payment October 2011 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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      • LapisLee November 09, 2011 Reply
        I have learned from experience to not give up too quickly on good survey sites, so I will just wait and see how long it takes for me to make my next $50. I like to wait until I have accumulated $50 before cashing out from my best sites.
      • Laura H November 09, 2011 Reply
        Thanks Lee! Yeah, I'm worried about Opinion Outpost now too - I was really happy about the addition of PayPal and the lowering of the cash-out limit - but once I realized it was now run by SurveySpot, my heart sank a bit. Sure enough - I have yet to even qualify to start a new survey with Opinion Outpost this month. Almost all of the email links they send me are invalid by the time I click them...even if the email is just a few minutes old.
      • LapisLee November 06, 2011 Reply
        Great list as usual Laura and very similar to mine. I also did extremely well with GTM last month, but I am wondering how well I will do with Opinion Outpost now that they have merged with SurveySpot. Most people do not like Toluna, but I usually request a $20 check almost every month and I am waiting on a $40 check right now. Surveyhead, and it's sister site Only Cash Surveys, always pay well for me, but I dislike having my higher-paying surveys marked "Invalid" for no apparent reason. Synovate is great if you like product tests. I am currently testing body wash, dandruff shampoo, body lotion, beef stew and Vanilla Wafers.