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Frequently asked questions paid surveys
Is the offer free of charge?
Absolutely 100% free of charge! The utilisation of our website as well as the respective registration with survey providers and participation in their surveys is absolutely free of charge. NO fee is ever charged and you never need to subscribe to anything. No costs are incurred and there are also no other contract conditions.
What type of companies are found on your list of survey providers?
All providers on our list are legitimate and reputable market research institutes, mostly with international survey implementation experience. They are often commissioned by large corporations to carry out surveys. These institutes still offer payment for your opinion.
Why should I participate in these surveys, how do I benefit?
On the one hand, you are paid for each completed online survey; on the other hand, you participate in the enhancement of products and ideas and can get to know the latest innovations first hand. On a personal level, you will, in all probability, learn quite a bit about yourself, your preferences and averseness to certain products and developments.
Who may participate in surveys?
Everyone with an Internet connection. As a rule, there is a minimum age limit, which varies from provider to provider, that permits participation from the age of 16 or 18 years onwards. Furthermore, you may only register once with each provider.
How much money can I earn by filling out surveys?
Well, you will not earn enough to get rich! Payment varies for each survey and generally depends on the length of the respective survey. However, this could lead to a nice discretionary earning if one registers with several market research institutes. As a rule, you are paid about $5 per survey - depending on its length - but you can even earn up to $15 for surveys on special topics or with special requirements. This can lead to an appropriate hourly income if one is invited regularly to participate in surveys.
What type of payment will I receive?
There are various payment models; either your remuneration is paid by cheque or transferred to your PayPal account or you are sent shopping vouchers or non-monetary bonuses. Most providers also carry out lottery drawings, where participants can win non-cash prizes, vouchers or cash - often simply by registering. However, some providers only offer these winnings by means of lotteries.
What is the payment method for surveys?
You need to attain a certain minimum in credits before being paid out. If you are paid out in money, you are either sent a cheque by mail or the money is transferred to your PayPal account. In the case of payment by voucher, these are either sent to you by email or by mail and can then be used to shop offline or online in special shops. In the case of non-monetary bonuses, you can select a gift online, which corresponds to the value of the points you have collected (the more points, the greater the selection) and is subsequently sent to you by mail.
Should I really register with several survey providers?
If you register with several providers, you will also receive more invitations, which leads to higher overall earnings. However, be careful - there are also some black sheep who only pretend to carry out surveys. A legitimate market research institute will never want to send you any advertisements or charge a registration fee. It is best to only use our list of reputable providers and market research institutes.
How do I register with market research institutes?
You must register individually with all the institutes (in our list). We do not offer a "registration service". Registration ensues by answering a few questions about yourself on the respective websites of the market research institutes.
Why is it necessary to provide personal information during registration?
The personal data serves to classify you for the surveys relevant for you. Often, surveys only pertain to a particular group of people, e.g. women, because a man generally has little interest in women's handbags. The address data is only used for the positive identification of your person, i.e. that it is really you who is participating in the survey and not some "alias" you have created. This is for security purposes only and also guarantees the correct payment of the remuneration for your participation.
How safe is my data with the providers and institutes?
Your personal data and address data is only used by the institutes for internal purposes in order to contact you by email or positively identify you as participant. All other data is anonymised. No personal data may ever be passed on to third parties!
Is any personal data passed on to third parties?
NO! Your email address is only used for inviting you to the online surveys and is NOT forwarded to third parties. You are also not confronted with any advertising as your registration and participation only serve the purpose of you answering the institutes' questions on various topics.
Can anyone else view the content of a survey I completed?
NO! All survey results are anonymised, ensuring that no one will be able to determine your identity based on the answers provided. Only the summarised overall result of the data of all participants is used for further processing. None of the market research institutes will ever pass on any of your individual survey data to third parties.
How do I find out about surveys in which I can participate?
The market research institutes will only invite you by email to participate in online surveys. In exceptional cases, an institute might contact you personally after a survey, but only if you agree to this. Sometimes you are also sent products for testing by mail, which you can mostly keep.
How long does it take to complete the surveys?
This varies - there are some very short surveys, which only take a few minutes to complete and there are surveys which may take up to 1 hour to complete. In most cases, it takes about 15 minutes to complete the surveys. The remuneration is generally dependent on the length of the survey, which means that the longer the survey is, the more you are paid.
How often am I generally invited to participate in surveys?
This may vary and is dependent on your personal profile and the respective institutes. Some groups of people are invited more often than others - this is just the way things are and cannot be influenced by you. Some institutes may invite you several times per week, others only once per month.
In which time span must I complete the surveys?
This also varies, but most of the time you have several days to complete the survey. Sometimes, however, a survey may be completed after 24 hours if the required number of participants has been attained.
Am I obliged to participate in the surveys?
No, there is no obligation to participate. You are not required to react to the email invitations, it is taken into account that you may be on holiday or sick leave or similar.
May I cancel my registration at any time?
Absolutely! There are no contractual obligations or any other conditions attached to your registration. Generally, you can cancel your registration on the website of the providers or by email. You are subsequently deleted from the survey distribution list with immediate effect.
May I also participate in surveys from other countries?
Unfortunately not! Most surveys only apply to a certain country. We have a special list on this website for persons from the US & Canada, UK & Ireland as well as Australia & New Zealand. Please select your applicable country with the appropriate providers.
If I live in the UK, may I also participate in surveys for the USA?
If you live in the UK, there are special providers for this region. Therefore, please use the correct list on this website for your country of residence. Being a resident of the UK, you may NOT register with providers for the USA or Australia. This also applies if you are an American citizen because it is your country of residence which matters and not your nationality.
Why do other providers want a fee or subscription?
The marketing institutes on our list are paid by their clients, which is why they do not need to charge you a fee. On the contrary, they actually offer you money for your participation. Anything else is probably a form of fraud which, unfortunately, you can find in abundance on the Internet. This type of provider will never find its way onto our list. We always first check the providers' legitimacy as well as their payment practice.
Can I also participate in telephone surveys or group discussions?
Yes, but only if you want to. Some providers - if you agree - offer you the possibility of participating in real group discussions in a studio environment. Of course, this also goes hand in hand with a significantly higher level of remuneration.
What exactly is an online panel?
An online panel consists of a certain number of registered persons, who are regularly asked for their opinion on various topics via the Internet. In this way, long-term changes and trends can be examined and an analysis of selected points can be realised in the research. Your participation helps to significantly improve the development of products as well as social aspects of our life.