I’ve learnt a lot about surveys during my time mainly through experience and also a decent helping of trial and error. By the same token, here are a few nuggets of survey advice that you may find useful.




1. Low Workload

You may struggle to find enough work to begin with. For this reason, the best approach starting off is to sign up to as many different survey sites as you can possibly find.

You should priorities by registering with the highest paying websites first. Once you start receiving survey invites by email, you should then pick out the highest paying surveys. In like manner, get those ones done first and foremost.


2. Slow Response Time

Surveys close fast so it is really important that you respond quickly to invites. Also, try to complete surveys as quickly as you can. On the other hand, if you are too slow then other participants will beat you to it. As a matter of fact, the survey will close once they have enough people.


3. Dishonesty

Honesty is vital when it comes to market research. They depend on you being truthful with them. This is so their marketing can be accurate, useful and high quality. You should stick to the truth when you give your opinions or you they may find out and then penalize you for it.


4. Falling for Scams

Unfortunately when it comes to surveys, there are many scams out there. In addition, it is advisable to check reviews and testimonials for particular sites before you take the leap to sign up.


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5. Ignoring Quality Control

Some people like to cheat the system. For this reason, a lot of survey companies perform quality control tests with their questionnaires.

Under these circumstances, they will check that you are paying attention and not rushing willy-nilly through questions. Always be careful and clinical in your answers or else you may find yourself getting screened out.


6. Not Withdrawing Money Early Enough

You should always try to request your payout as soon as you have reached the threshold. It is not a good idea to leave cash sitting in your account. On the contrary, some websites can close down or go out of business which will leave you with nothing.


7. Giving Incorrect Information

Make sure to double-check your personal details. Ultimately, giving incorrect information could result in the website sending your hard-earned money into the wrong account, or to somebody else.



8. Noting Completed Surveys

Keep a record of the surveys you take and information about said survey. To put it another way, this includes reference numbers, reward amount, survey length and so on.

This is rare but sometimes you may complete a survey but you could encounter an error. Notably, it may not register as complete on their end. In addition, the panel may not know to pay you for that particular survey.

If this happens then you need to get in contact with them and let them know about the problem. Hopefully, they can rectify it and nobody else will have to suffer the same issue either. 



9. Don’t Pay!

Most survey companies are free to join. If a site ever asks you for money then avoid them like the plague. 99% of the time it’s always a scam.


10. Expiring Coupons

If you do earn any gift vouchers/coupons then it’s a good idea to get them used as soon as you receive them. Expiry dates can trip you up if you throw them in a drawer and forget about them. They will be useless if left too long. You don’t want your time and hard work wasted.


BONUS – New Email Address

It might be wise to sign up to panels with a new and separate email address so that all your invitations arrive in one place. Also, it will prevent any survey invites getting in the way or obscuring other important emails you want to look at.



A lot of the points I have made here may seem like common sense to most. However, I want you to get the most out of this so that you can maximize your potential income. Please don’t forget to share this with your friends and comment below. Thanks for reading!

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