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How To Maximize Your Paid Survey Chances and Perks

Published 10/21/07 (Modified 3/9/11)
By MoneyBlueBook

As I mentioned in previous posts, one of my hobbies when I have downtime at work or home is filling out online paid online surveys and getting paid for it. One of the welcomed perks of doing these surveys is that you occasionally receive free products to review. So far I've received a few large bottles of shampoo and a couple of other personal items (very personal items I must add) to try out and review.

It's actually quite interesting and I enjoy receiving free stuff. I don't mind being a guinea pig for these companies. It's not like the products are toxic or potentially hazardous. Some of them, like the shampoos, are pretty much what you use at home anyway except they might be packaged differently or the texture of the shampoo might be different. But it's certainly interesting to be able to voice my opinion on products that haven't been released to the general public. I haven't received any electronic merchandise to review yet but I'm hoping to get the chance eventually.

Tips To Get the Most Survey Opportunities

Product reviews don't come too frequently, but the best way to maximize your opportunities and rewards in general is to do the following:

  1. Express Interest In Everything - Why yes, I am interested in septic tanks, for example. :) When you complete your initial profile, remember to indicate interest in every subject matter available. Obviously the company won't send you a survey or product review if you admittedly aren't in their target demographics or have any interest with the subject matter. Demographic characteristics not only include age, race, and sex, they also include hobbies and familiarity with a particular product. You can't do anything about your age, race, or sex, so my advice is to broaden your listed interests.
  2. Check Your E-mail Frequently - Once you have registered, survey opportunities are usually sent to your e-mail address. Many of the higher paying surveys are open only to a limited number of participants and are first come first serve. The early bird gets the worm. So if you're a frequent e-mail checker like me, you'll always be one of the first to snap up the survey opportunity before it's gone.
  3. Complete the Survey As Soon As You Receive It - After you have registered with a few companies, you will start to see regular survey requests. If you develop a good routine of filling them out quickly, you'll rack up cash and reward points quicker. There is no point putting them off to complete at a more convenient time since most of the opportunities expire after a certain number of participants have been selected. You will be better off being quick about completing them.

Survey Companies I Use

There are many out there, but here are the ones I use. I have my favorites but I use them all to maximize my opportunities.

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