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How To Earn Money From Survey Sites

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If you’re looking for ways to increase your income, taking online surveys is proven to be one of the easiest ways to help you in this regard. The best part is you can do it while relaxing, listening to music or watching television, right from the comfort of your home. Moreover, in these uncertain times of COVID-19 where everyone is confined in their homes, survey sites are a best source to add some extra income. It won’t be wrong to say that startup survey sites may experience more traffic and participation in these times. Hence, it’s expected to flourish in record time.

In this article, we’ve curated a complete guide to help you make money through survey sites.

How Do You Make Money From Survey Sites?

Participating in surveys is quite simple, although getting the hang of it may take some time. Some of the general steps involved in this process are listed below:

  1. Select a company and sign up with it. Make sure it’s a legitimate company.
  2. Create and fill out the profile details. You’ll require to have a separate profile for each company. The profile will show the demographic details so you’ll be screened for the relevant surveys.
  3. Get surveys; you’ll get notified about the available surveys from the companies through emails.
  4. Take surveys. You’ll fill out the survey questions. Sometimes it may be multiple choice or yes/no questions, other times you may have to answer in small paragraph.
  5. Earn rewards. The rewards may be given in form of points or cash. You can redeem the money through PayPal account or in mail.

However, there’s a wide range of survey sites, but you can’t rely blindly on all of them. Therefore, here is a simple list of sites that are reliable and help in increasing your income.

  1. InboxDollars

On this website, you get to make money; not only by taking surveys but also by playing games, browsing news sites, watching videos, and shopping online. This diversity of options has made it one of the favorite platforms for making supplementary income for most people. Another bonus is, you get paid in cash instead of points. Furthermore, you’re given a USD$5 bonus immediately after signing up. However, you must be at least 18 years old to register.

You need to reach the minimum payout of USD$30 for the approval of your funds to be withdrawn. The different payment methods include prepaid Visa cards, e-gift cards, check in the mail, charitable donations, or PayPal. However, one major drawback is that this platform is only available in the United States.

  1. Vindale Research

This is also another popular survey website, and you get a USD$1 bonus after registering and completing your profile. The surveys on this site can take anywhere between 5 to 15 minutes to finish, and the pay ranges between USD$0.50 to USD$2.00, making it one of the best-paying survey websites. You can also get some surveys paying as much as USD$50, but these surveys usually target particular demographics, need more time to complete and are in very short supply.

Vidanta Research has a minimum payout of USD$50 and does its payment in cash rather than a point-based system. Therefore, it becomes a lot easier to monitor your earnings. Hence, you can get paid either through a check in the mail or PayPal. You can only create an account if you’re 18 years old and over, and reside in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

  1. Pinecone Research

This survey site differentiates itself from the rest as its exclusive, and you can only join through invitations. This is because, only particular demographics are considered, thereby making it hard to qualify. You only need to set aside 15 minutes to complete the surveys, and get paid $3 for it. Whereas, in case of product testing, you get paid USD$6. However, there aren’t many surveys available here, hence you’re only able to participate in the surveys for which you’re qualified. The best thing is you don’t have to worry about taking a survey only to realize at the end that you weren’t eligible for it.

Pinecone Research is only available for residents in Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It pays you based on a point system, with 100 points equivalent to $1, with the minimum payout threshold is USD$3 or 300 points. This is a great deal as it is much lower than the minimum limit set on most survey websites. If you wish to withdraw your funds, payment is paid through PayPal, check in the mail or gift cards of sites such as Amazon.


  1. Swagbucks

If you’re looking for a reliable survey site, Swagbucks should, without a doubt, be on top of your list. On this website, you get paid for taking online surveys, watching videos, searching the internet, taking offers, playing games, and making online purchases. After signing up, you get a $5 welcome bonus

On this site, you’re paid using a point system known as Swagbucks. The pay for each survey ranges from 1 to 350 Swagbucks or SBs, and this usually depends on the topic’s popularity and length of the survey. You earn USD$1 for every 100 SBs, which can be redeemed for gift cards on platforms such as Target, Lowe’s, and Amazon or PayPal cash. The average earnings for every survey you complete are between USD$0.40 to USD$2.

Swagbucks is available in Asia, Europe, America, and some African countries. The minimum age required to set up an account is 13 years.

  1. Survey Junkie

Another great site you should consider if you’re looking to get paid for surveys taken is Survey Junkie. It’s available in Australia, Canada, and the United States. Signing up for this survey site is 100% free, and you can do this either with your email address, Google+ or Facebook account. The minimum payout on this site is USD$10, and computations are done in a point system with 100 points equivalent to USD$1. Furthermore, payments are remitted through a direct bank or e-gift card transfers in the United States or PayPal for the other countries.

The earning for each survey varies between USD$0.50 to USD$3 per survey, and you need to be at least 13 years old to create an account with this survey site.


If you’re looking for ways to earn extra income, an easy and legal way to earn extra cash is by taking surveys on reliable sites. Therefore, you don’t need to wait any longer. So just sign up for any of these survey sites and make extra money hassle-free!


Kokou Adzo is the editor and author of He is passionate about business and tech, and brings you the latest Startup news and information. He graduated from university of Siena (Italy) and Rennes (France) in Communications and Political Science with a Master's Degree. He manages the editorial operations at



  1. Dave

    09/30/2020 at 7:54 AM

    Been doing surveys while I relax or listen to music at home. Love the fact that I earn while I kill time. Trying a few ones you’ve listed in here for more side income.

  2. cheta

    09/11/2021 at 6:12 PM

    This is a very fatastic list of surveys that i feel will help out in making side incomes but my wish is that they do work well for african countries as well.
    Thanks anyway for this.

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