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What To Look For With Online Surveys

Aug 17, 2007
For some years online surveys have been another way to make some cash in your spare time from home or where ever is suitable. This could be a nice second income, especially if you have the spare time. You could be recovering or laid off, a student with lots of time on your hand or a stay at home mom. There are many companies out there that claim to offer this service but they are a few things to look for:

a) Look for a company that does not charge a lot of money to sign up, most of these companies that charge a lot just want your money. The ones that charge a little are just recovering their administrative and maintenance cost.

b) If the company offers 100% Guarantee refund on your registration fee it means they are confident and standing behind their product. In this case you have nothing to lose.

c) The site should be simple if it's too complicated it will confuse you and you'll waste time, you're there to make money not lose money, time is money.
These are a few simple guide lines for you. Good luck.

I would recommend you try Survey Estate their price is good and the website is simple. They also offer 100% Guarantee refund.There are a few important things to take into consideration after you sign up that will help you greatly.

1. I would recommend you open a separate email account that you will use when you sign up with the survey companies. You will be filling out a lot of online forms and you will be receiving a lot of emails in return. A yahoo or Hotmail account easily let you block any unwanted emails.

2. Make sure you have a recent version of your web browser, such as Internet Explorer version 5.0 or better. You don't want your browser crashing when you are logged in and participating in a survey or focus group.

3. Be sure to keep a good record of all market research sites you've signed up with, so you will have your username and password for each of them easily accessible. You could try using the same User ID and Password for all of them to make things easier for yourself.

4. To make sure you get selected for a lot of surveys and focus groups, be sure to correctly fill out the initial profile for each market research group you sign up with. Your initial profile will determine what type of surveys or focus groups you will be eligible for. Don't limit your demographics. For example, be sure to select several hobbies, interests, etc. However, don't check all of them or it may look like an error or suspicious.

5. Don't expect too many surveys right after you join. You will get some initially. Try to be patient and complete every survey you receive, even if it doesn't pay cash, these companies need to gain confidence in you, and as time goes by, they will notice that you are committed to their surveys and will send you more and more.

6. Please visit their websites and register to the ones you prefer. You will be selected based on your registration profile; if you don't register to any of them you will not receive any surveys at all.

7. Keep in mind that companies that only offer drawing or sweepstakes often change their offerings from month to month. A company might offer a drawing one month, then offer a $100 paid survey the next month. It all depends on the kind of research and surveys their clients need. It is worth it to take the time to register with these companies, you never know what they'll offer next and it can make a big difference in your gains.

Think about it for a moment, you've already made up your mind or have an opinion about lots of products that you use in your everyday life. Maybe you love the type of shaving cream that you use. Or you really hate the new TV shows for the season. Perhaps you think that new soda in the market is way too sweet. You might recommend a friend should watch a certain movie or TV series. On the other hand, you can't stop recommending a great new wine that you tried at dinner.

In a typical day it's easy to identify dozens and dozens of opinions and preferences you hold. Well, you might as well get paid for them. Do you agree? You can and you should. Here is some news for you; Corporate America is dying to know what you think about their products. Why? Because if they make a mistake and offer a product or a service that people don't like, don't want, or won't pay money for, they stand to lose millions of dollars.

Therefore what do they do? They spend money upfront to test their products first. They get regular folks like you and me to sit in a room or fill out a survey and ask you questions about their new product. This is called a Focus Group. Based on the answers from the Focus Group, they will either, keep the product as it is, make some changes, or scrap the whole thing.

Corporations spend millions of dollars every year to find out what people like and dislike about thousands of products. Example: movies, soft drinks, toys, perfumes, cars, you name it. If you see any product in a retail store, chances are the company that makes it has tested it out with a Survey or Focus Group before mass producing it. So if you're up to participating in online surveys you should consider trying survey estate.
About the Author
Roy L. has been researching and continues to research companies that offer services online. For the last ten years he has also been involved in youth development at his local Church and in the community. And works for a web base company http://www.surveyestate.com
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