I have been on a few survey sites for a few years now. Some offer points to cash in for prizes, others offer points to cash in for actual cash, and others offer cash to go into your survey account on the site until you can or are ready to cash out. How do you get these points? By completing surveys. You will be asked questions about products or your opinion from different research companies. First and foremost, they will ask you questions about yourself, such as your age, zip code, state, occupation, income, etc. They do this to separate you into demographic groups and see if you are qualified to take the survey (sometimes they are only looking for specific groups). If you qualify, you will then complete the survey they have for you. If you do not qualify, then you will screen out of the survey. But some sites will still give you a small amount of points for trying.
Joining survey sites may not strike you rich, but it’s great for extra cash or prizes to keep for yourself or give as a gift. Before joining a survey site, I would suggest doing a little research. Look for reviews, see what people say, and most importantly, make sure it is not a scam. If a site wants your credit card information, social security, or anything that private and secure, or if they want you to pay to join, then hit the back button on your browser and do not look back. Chances are, that is a scam. When you find a site that is legit, check the FAQ and such to see how it works, how it pays (some will pay by check and others will pay by PayPal), and the rules (some will only allow one person per household to join). For some of these sites, it may take awhile to build up points. But if you stay patience and participate, it will pay off.
Once you do join, I would suggest making an email account just for these sites (one email for all of them, not a new email for each). You do not have to, but it will help to keep things more organized.
Prizes and checks may take a few weeks to receive, just as anything you order off of the internet would.
Here are a few that I have been on in the past, do like, and have gotten prizes or cash from.
I love MyPoints. They do not offer cash prizes, but they do offer gift card rewards. Some of the merchants they offer gift cards from include Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, Barnes and Noble, Starbucks, and even Visa prepaid cards. I have gotten a few of these gift cards, for myself, to give as a present, or to use towards gifts (I used two $10 Wal-Mart gift cards for Christmas shopping last year). I am actually going to be ordering a $25 Wal-Mart gift card for myself in a few weeks. You gain points through the emails they send you. Most of them are click-through emails. Where as if you click through to the link they provide and participate in what they want (such as shopping), you get a certain amount of points. If you only click-through and don’t participate, then you still get five points. Sometimes they do send you surveys to take. If you qualify, you can get anywhere from 40 to 65 points (sometimes more, sometimes less), and if you don’t qualify, you still get 10 points. Other ways to win points are by going to their site and participating in polls, downloading and using the toolbar, registrations and sign-ups, shopping, and other promotions they may have going on. Eventually the points add up and you can pick your prize!
With Toluna, for every 60,000 points you can cash out $20. They pay you through PayPal, so between them processing your reward and sending it to your PayPal, it only takes about two weeks to receive your money. You can also have your money arrive by check, but it may take longer. Personally, I usually have them send it to my PayPal account. You can earn points by participating in qualified surveys they send you through email or post on their site and by participating in the polls on their sites (it will tell you on the poll if you can earn points through it or not).
I like MySurvey. For everyone 1,000 points, you can cash out $10. You can also pick actual prizes, but I usually go for the cash. It’s usually easy to qualify for surveys with them. But if you don’t qualify for a survey, you still get a few points. So either way they can add up. I have ordered checks from them quite a few times.
This site does not offer cash rewards, but they do have other nice prizes. You can get movie or game rentals, flyer miles with airlines, certain amount of money taken off from merchants, money added to your Boarders account, and more. When you qualify and complete a survey (emailed to you of course), then you will get a few bucks added to your account. If you do not qualified, they may still add a few cents to it anyways. It does eventually add up. I have yet to order a reward yet (I am not ready), but I have over one hundred digital dollars in my account. So it does all add up.
Global Test Market (http://globaltestmarket.com).
For every 1,000 points on here, you can actually order a $50 check. Or let it add up, 2,000 will get you $100, and so on. You earn points by completing surveys emailed to you. If you qualify, you can get a good amount of points. If you don’t, they will sometimes add five points to your account just for trying. I have ordered and received a $50 check from them before. I can actually order another one, but I am still letting my points build up. You do need to have patience, as it takes a while to build up points. But the reward is a little bigger in the end.
Those are just a few of the many legit survey sites out there to help you earn prizes, gift cards, or a little extra money in your pocket. Remember to research the sites and look through them upon joining. Good luck!