Saturday, December 6, 2008

MySurvey - My Favorite Paid Online Survey Company

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So far, of all the paid online surveys I've tried, MySurvey is my favorite. Why? Well, if you're familiar with taking online surveys, you know that sometimes you get tons of invitations, but only a few that you actually qualify for. This is generally the case with any paid online survey company that works with OTX. I've heard from lots of others, and have found myself, that it is almost impossible to qualify for an OTX survey. You may also know from taking surveys online that you may or may not receive cash. Sometimes survey panels pay in points which you can exchange for prizes. Neither is the case with MySurvey.

MySurvey sends frequent surveys, of which most are pretty easy to qualify for. They pay in points, but the points are redeemable for cash. No long-winded surveys that take a hour for 50 cents. There are two points about MySurvey that really make it my favorite paid online survey panel.

#1. MySurvey loves to send trial products!! I love to get free products in the mail. Sometimes, in addition to getting free trial products like diapers, soap, food, handi-wipes, and other great items, you even get paid additional money once the survey is complete! I've gotten many products from MySurvey over the past few weeks. Getting free stuff in the mail makes it even more exciting to participate in the associated online survey for my opinions.

#2. MySurvey has a great referral program. They pay $1.50 for every person that you invite to sign up to take paid online surveys. That's a pretty good deal. I don't care who you are!

So, check it out. I've cashed in already once, and working on building up a little more for my second check. Unfortunately they don't pay via have to wait for a check in the mail. But that's ok. The rest of MySurvey's qualities make me a very satisfied survey taker!

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**MySurvey is open to US Residents only, but if you check the FAQs, they do have sister panels available for Canadian and European residents

Australia Based Legitimate Paid Online Surveys

If you're an Australian resident, there are quite a few legitimate paid survey opportunities available to you. I will list some of them here. You can also visit for a full list of legitimate opportunities, with ratings and comments by people who have experience filling out paid online surveys with each company.

Survey Savvy

Earn cash incentives, paid when you complete a survey

Sign up your friends and receive cash incentives for completed surveys by your friends and your friends' friends...

Minimum payout is $1 and you may request payment by check at any time. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing.

Testimonial from Susan at directory: "I love Survey Savvy. Good surveys with no hassles. Some companies make you go through a bunch of pages before telling you that you don't qualify, but this one doesn't do that."

Lightspeed - Australia

Earn points for taking online surveys

Convert your points for Paypal credit and gift vouchers

Register and automatically go into the draw for $1,500

Opinion Square

Take Surveys, Earn Cash and Prizes

Earn points and cash them in for various rewards like gift cards, electronics or home appliances

Receive special surveys that offer cash and gift cards as a 'thank you' for participating

Enter the $100,000 'Your Opinion Matters' monthly sweepstakes just for joining or referring friends. See website for more details.

Test & Vote

Join Test & Vote and have your say to retailers and manufacturers and earn high street vouchers and many other prizes for your time.

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Opinion Matters

Fill out surveys and earn points redeemable for cash
Prize points each give you 1 entry into a major prize draw

$2 to $10 for every survey completed

Fill out surveys and earn points

Points can be exchanged for Gift Cards and Merchandise

Win $5000 cash
Nielsen Consumer Panel

Earn points for scanning and submitting barcodes.

Redeem points for gifts like electronic equipment, household items, jewellery or toys.

Earn points for every survey you complete

Free Shoppers Advantage membership, and discounts on over 35,000 branded products

Use your BrandLeaders points to redeem chances to win great prizes. See website for more details

Write high quality reviews for products you find helpful and earn money every time others rate them highly

Invite your friends to join Ciao and earn commissions

Write particularly high-quality reviews and receive an invitation to earn even more cash

UPDATE!!! PLEASE CHECK WITH directory. There is a comment posted that may help you make a decision on whether this is the site for you. Ciao does have a section for surveys, in addition to writing reviews.
American Consumer Opinion

Look for details inside the email for incentive amounts available for completing each survey

Win cash from monthly drawings, just for being a member

Each time you fill out a short screener questionnaire, you'll be entered to win a cash drawing

Make Money at Home Writing for Bukisa

Bukisa is one of my favorite sites to write and post articles and get paid. Bukisa is a portal for user-submitted articles, how tos, and other educational content in the form of videos, presentations, podcasts, powerpoint slides, image slideshows and audio recordings. Bukisa pays for content submitted, and it can be treated like a social networking site as you are given the opportunity to make friends, rate and comment on others' articles, and network for personal or business purposes. Make money for writing articles, creating videos and more! The process is very simple. Sign up here and once you've filled out your biography and profile information, click Submit Content and start publishing.

Everyone has a talent, and everyone has knowledge. Why not share that knowledge with the world via writing, audio, video, or podcast? With Bukisa, you can upload these kinds of documents, and more, and earn residual income from home. Bukisa is a great site for beginners, or to maximize earnings for writing and video projects that you've already created.

Tip #1 - Their website is still a tiny bit clunky, but for the most part it's smooth sailing. Your articles, videos, podcasts, how to documents, and images should be published immediately, although occasionally I get a message saying an article has to be approved. This approval process seems to take less than a few hours, so no worries there.

Tip #2 - If you click Publish and nothing happens, scroll up to check that you've only got between 10 and 30 words in your Short Summary. Also make sure you've got at least 250 words inside your article. The screen doesn't refresh when this is a problem, so you may wonder what's going on.

At Bukisa you can publish text articles, video, audio, slides or images. Pay is based on their current index and revenue sharing model, meaning you can earn the dollar amount reflected by the current index for every 1,000 views your content receives. The other great thing thing about Bukisa is they pay 3 levels down for affiliates and invited friends. So sign up, invite your stay at home mom and dad friends, and have a writing party! You'll earn for your own reads, views and listens, and earn a little something for your friends' content, too!

Stay at home moms or dads have yet another exciting and easy way to get paid for working and writing from home. Bukisa does not require exclusive rights, so you may submit previously written articles, as long as you are the writer. (You may wish to make slight changes to content and title to avoid search engine duplication, a matter in debate by SEO experts.) Articles are usually published immediately, though occasionally you may notice an article pending for review. Bukisa seems to be very good about getting articles reviewed quickly.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Find Legitimate Paid Online Surveys

Here's an article I wrote for

Not all paid online survey sites are scams, but how do you know the difference? With so many people and places claiming to be legitimate, it's hard to figure out who's telling the truth. Find out how to avoid spam and scammers and actually earn some money. Get paid in cash and prizes to take legitimate paid surveys online. (Click the links to the right under 'Legitimate Paid Online Surveys' or visit for a directory of legitimate paid online survey opportunities.)

Making money filling out online survey companies is really quite easy, once you've weeded through which ones are for real, and which ones are making false promises. But that's a time consuming process. Fortunately, there are a few, but just a few, websites out there that outline which survey companies are actually legitimate. There are about three categories that companies claiming to be 'paid online survey' companies fall into.

Legitimate Paying Online Surveys - yes, they exist! There are quite a few marketing research companies that will actually pay you to participate in filling out questionnaires and recording your opinions on topics anywhere from new movie releases, to your shopping habits, to what you think about a potential new product. Most of these surveys pay between $1 and $3, but some will pay $75 or more if you qualify for further questions. There are additional survey companies who look for people who qualify for their focus groups. These usually pay between $50 and $150 for an hour or two of your time and opinions.

Survey Newsletter Club and Fill Out Offers - These survey companies, whether legitimate or not, are not as revealing with what they promise. This is where reading the fine print comes in most handy. Many of today’s online survey companies will hook up with hundreds of other companies, and give you a newsletter or questionnaire with opportunities for free samples, discounts and survey panel memberships. Additionally, you may be promised a big ticket item like a Wii or a $500 Target Gift card. In order to qualify for these prizes, you must fill out offers; generally 2 silver, 2 gold and 2 platinum. If you like to discover great discounts and new products, like free contact lens subscriptions, discounted rates on informative e-books, and weekly pet food coupons, this is definitely a great service to look into. Please be aware, however, that you’ll want to set up a new email address, as you’ll definitely get lots of email offers and spam.

Surveys with a Fee-Based Subscription - Many survey companies promise you paying online surveys for $100 per day or more! This sounds so wonderful and wouldn’t we all just love to quit our jobs and tell people what we think about Pop-Tarts all day? Of course we would. And of course, this sounds too good to be true, so you can bet that these promises come with a fee. That fee is generally $25.95 or higher. It’s a one-time fee that claims to hook you up with a long list of hiring survey companies that pay. I have not personally come across any positive feedback about such companies, unless it’s from another website trying to get you to sign up. If I were you, I’d never, ever pay a fee to sign up for filling out online surveys for cash.

Tips & Warnings
Legitimate survey companies generally refer to themselves as Market Research companies. Their websites will be full of information about their company and links to privacy statements, contact information and FAQs.

You might be best served using the search term 'survey scams directory,' as you'll be directed more towards weeding out which surveys you want to avoid!

Find a directory with ratings from OTHER PEOPLE! This will give you a good idea about the experiences of real people, instead of trusting the person who's affiliating with a particular survey company.

NEVER pay anyone money to fill out surveys. Though they may not be scams, there are plenty of companies that pay you to fill out surveys for free.

You're not going to make a living filling out's not possible. But you can most definitely make enough to pay one of your bills every month, or treat yourself to something special.

Visit for a list of legitimate paid online survey panels

Qassia, a way to make money with Adsense, and advertise your blog, website, or pages FREE!

Qassia is a site that allows you to add your own website, blogs, Squidoo links, or other personal pages to share linking opportunites, and Google Adsense ad revenue.

Sign up for Qassia. You will be taken to your user page which reveals how many Qassia dollars you've accumulated, which website links you've added, and any Intel you've added (information you've uploaded to the site). You will receive Qassia dollars for adding Intel to the Qassia site, screening (rating) Intel added by others, and referring friends to Qassia.

Use your accumulated Qassia dollars to disperse them amongst the website or blog links you've added, and rank higher within the Qassia site. Each time you create Intel, you'll be asked to 'backlink' to one of your websites. This will create an incoming (not reciprocal) link to your site. If you're at all familiar with SEO, you'll know that one-way links are more beneficial in search engine ranking. Qassia has plans to add additional ways to use your accumulated Qassia dollars in the future.

Enter your existing Google Adsense publisher ID (simply sign up for a Google Adsense account if you do not already have one) into your account profile. Qassia offers you 100% of your click-thru's for Google Ads displayed on your Intel page or user page. Most other ad revenue sharing websites split ad revenue. Qassia uses other advertising technology to make a profit, so 100% of the Google clicks are yours.

Only content that you have written, or that to which you own full publishing rights is allowed to be submitted. You earn more Qassia dollars for submitting original content, but you may also submit content that you have published elsewhere. Get signed up now and start earning revenue through Google Adsense, and get lots of traffic to your blog, website, Squidoo pages, personal website, or other favorite links. I can't see how there's any way to lose with this one!

Sign up for Qassia Now.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I Squidoo, Do you?

Since I found Squidoo, I can't get enough! It's like being able to create a new website for every idea you've ever had! Not only do you get paid with a share of ad revenue, and a share of affiliate sales, but you can advertise your own business, website, service, affiliate program, blog, etc. and you're already one (or 14) up since you're starting from a popular domain! I LOVE Squidoo!!

Squidoo is a great place where anyone can easily set up a web page on any topic, including personal interests, business ventures, affiliate marketing, or anything else! Squidoo makes it easy to upload pictures, display videos, connect to eBay auctions, Café Press shops, and everything on Amazon. Not only do you earn part of the revenue from affiliating, Squidoo also shares part of it’s ad revenue with you.

Check out my Squidoo pages here

A Squidoo page is called a ‘lens,’ and creators of lenses are called ‘lensmasters.’ Squidoo starts you right out with a page to create your lens, with the opportunity to add a couple keywords, give it a title, and choose a category. If this seems intimidating, which I’ll admit it was for me, you can start off by checking out other people’s lenses, to get an idea of what’s available to you. Either way, whatever you create can be modified once you’re inside your Dashboard, so don’t worry too much about what you enter on the first couple of pages. You’ll have the opportunity to add SO much more to it.

Once you’ve gone through the first couple of screens, click ‘publish my page now.’ This will take you to the next page where you’ll name the actual link for the page. This is the only thing you’ll never be able to change. Squidoo handily fills in a suggestion for you, and it’s likely the best option to simply accept it. Once you’ve clicked all the way through, and published your page, you’ll want to go to the Dashboard. From there you can add more text modules, fun sticky notes for important statements, modules for selling products from Amazon and eBay, voting modules for links and videos, links to Twitter, and so much more. You can always make changes, so play with it as much as you like.

Check out my lens

Inside the Dashboard, the My Lenses tab gives you a list of all your lenses with options to edit, label, and even delete. You can also check stats, approve comments, update your profile and look at your favorited lenses from the Dashboard. Create many new lenses, admire those in the Top 100, scope out the Lens of the Day, and learn more about the great opportunities of being a lensmaster at SquidU.

Squidoo takes a bit to get the hang of, and it takes a bit for your pages to catch on. Use all your connections, including the buttons on your actual Lens, to promote your page to places like Twitter, Delicious, Facebook and Myspace. Enjoy increasing revenue from your own advertising and affiliate sales, or shared revenue from Squidoo’s advertising and affiliate programs.

The best advice I can give is to check out other lenses before you decide to get started. This way, you’ll get a picture of just how many options you have to display those things about which you are so passionate. Whether it’s Krispy Kreme donuts, Metallica, your aunt’s hand-knitted mittens, or your Clixsense affiliation, make a lens. It’s cool, it’s fun, it’s easy, and you’ll make a little money for your efforts.

If you're ready to start building your very own Squidoo page, just click here!

The journey to making a living from home...

I began my journey to making money from home a few months back with paid online surveys. I've learned alot about which surveys are legitimate, which are scams, and which just aren't worth my time. Paid online surveys blossomed into a project to educate the world about which surveys they should take and expect to make money, prizes, sweepstakes entries, points, or flat nothing. From there was born. This is a free online directory of legitimate paid online survey panels. Each link includes an overview of what to expect when you sign up, and a link to join if you wish. I've also included a place for people who have experience with these survey companies to leave comments and a rating for the site. That way, if that particular paid online survey panel sucks, and I didn't know about it, you'll still be able to make an educated decision based upon the opinions of people who have the experience. I do belong to most of these sites myself, and I can tell you for a fact that none of the sites listed in the directory are scams. Some may have long drawn out surveys, (only a few) but most are easy, pay on time, not so bad to qualify for, etc.

This task developed into writing. It started when I decided to write an article about legitimate paid online surveys and post it all over the world. In doing so, I discovered a ton of resources for earning money to write, blog, review sites, write how to articles, share articles, create webpages, etc. Over the next few days, weeks, months, years, whatever! I'll be writing about my experiences with these 'get paid from home' sites.

It is my goal to provide you with knowledge, information, viewpoints, comments and reviews so that you may make a decision as to which of these prospects to get paid at home, from internet work, is really worth your time. I am absolutely loving what I'm doing, and if you have the determination, drive, patience, and desire, you can make it work, too.

Hopefully the information provided in this blog will get you off on the right foot to making money at home, and earning a good living from the internet. I welcome comments (no spam), suggestions, praise, donations (lol) and friendships. I hope you find this information to be valuable. Please use the links in the top right to find me on your favorite social networking site. Also subscribe to this blog so that you won't miss a beat. Shortly I'll be providing a link to opt in to my mailing list so you can gain insider information on how to make money at home, and make a great living earning revenue from the internet.