My Recommended Reward and Survey Sites
A Candid Review by Teira Eri ・テイラーエリ
Disclaimer: pages contains affiliate links.
Everyone is feeling the financial strain. No matter where you are from, you no doubt are worried about the economy and are looking to save or make some pennies. I have been using survey and reward sites for some time now in an effort to use my free time as industriously as possible. Having scoured the worldwide web for information on the best sites, I have decided to curate my own opinions on some of the more widely known side hustles out there. That way you can make an informed decision when enrolling into these sites.
United States/Canada Based
Inbox Dollars is no doubt one of the sites people talk about when on the topic of survey sites. But surveys are not all that Inbox Dollars offers, and you can accumulate money with celerity if you commit about 30 minutes a day to it. The best part is that those 30 minutes don’t even have to be spent in front of a screen. For example, put on the video watcher or radio and earn points while cleaning your room. Just check back around every 10 minutes with the radio to enter the confirmation codes. Use the search function to scour the internet. Doing this sometimes earns me more change than the surveys.
The biggest thing with Inboxdollars, for me, is that you earn actual dollar amounts, not points. It’s rather motivating watching cents turn to dollars. The downside is if you want that money as a check. There’s a vexing processing fee and lengthy wait time. Still, I find it balances out in the end.
– Earn actual dollar amounts.
– $5.00 sign up bonus; another $5.00 is awarded upon first payout.
– Multiple ways to earn money: internet searches, paid email, surveys, sweepstakes, free and paid offers and trails, radio, videos, data entry tasks, shopping and coupons.
– Access to multiple survey panels: mysurveys.com surveys, Toluna surveys, J.D Power surveys, samplicious, you name it. You have access a vast number of surveys, so you can usually find at least one to complete.
– Simple site design. Everything is nicely lined up on the main menu for you. There’s no need to dig through the entire site to find a link.
– Spin and win: if you get disqualified, you get a spin on a prize wheel.
– Reliable searches. Some sites that pay you to search only lead you to buyable products, not actual answers. Inbox Dollars actually provides both.
– High payout and slow processing time: $30.00 to cash out and receive a check in the mail. 3-4 weeks of processing. Oh, and there’s a fee for printing the check.
– Available only really in North America, unless you get a VPN.
– You get swamped with email.
– Sometimes the videos don’t load or are annoying.
– A lot of the surveys have a habit of disqualifying you at the end of your 20 minute advent, so you spent all that time for NOTHING.
The ultimate reward site with a vast amount of payout options and other goodies. Swagbucks has wonderful features. You get to accumulate SB points, which can be transferred over to money or gift cards once you receive enough. There is also the Button extension for your internet browser that alerts you to random codes that give small amounts of SB. There is also the amazing shopping option that saved me oodles on an Expedia adventure and luggage.
Swagbucks makes it extremely easy to get points. You can sign in, do the daily poll, scan the daily offers, check out a few surveys, and maybe run into a couple of codes throughout the day. Before you know it, you have a good 2000 SB stocked up. When you’re ready to cash the SB in, you can choose from a slew of gift cards to a number of stores. People have reported saving enough SB by the end of the year to fulfill their entire Christmas lists. I certainly believe it. I’ve cashed out through Paypal a couple of times in just 4 months.
Oh, and how can I forget the nifty bonus at the end of every month? That’s right. If you keep coming back to Swagbucks, you get brownie points. Your loyalty is rewards with a couple of extra dollars dropped into your open palm. How’s that for awesome?
– Numerous ways to make SB: surveys, offers, videos, cashback rewards, dailies, and sweepstakes
– No processing fee for payouts
– Stylish interface
– Browser integration
– Active user community
– A crazy amount of prize categories
– There’s an app for it. Earn on the go.
– If you get disqualified from a survey, you still get a point. This works for up to five disqualifications. Hopefully you complete one before that.
– the site can be temperamental, especially when you’re cashing out
– ridiculous amounts of security
– unresponsive site support (I was having major issues with verifying an order, sent three emails asking for help and never got a response)
– Gold surveys close quickly
– Irritating navigation (looks pretty but gets confusing)
– Site bugs (the crave feature is unresponsive)
Here is a fun website with a fantastic platform: let people review new and previously released music for two cents to influence pop culture. Do you really alter the mainstream that much? Probably not, but you can make some decent money! Plus, you might just discover your next jam. Slicethepie.com offers users the chance to rate music and, most recently, fashion. Since I’ve only ever been allowed to review music, I can’t say much for what fashions you get to see, but the music is a broad spectrum of genres that you essentially have no way of filtering.
After listening for 90 seconds, you can send in your rating. You have to write a thoughtful, grammatically correct review and rate the song on a scale of 1-10. In turn, you are rated 1-5 stars for a chance to have the cost of your opinion increased. This system is a bit irksome in that no matter how honest or pragmatic you are the rating fluctuates madly. Otherwise, I love listening to music and voicing what I think. Even if the amount awarded is small, it is money you didn’t have before.
– Get paid to listen to tunes
– You get to look at what’s considered up and coming haute couture
– Ability to voice opinions and shape the mainstream
– Smooth interface that’s simplistic and easy to navigate
– A profitable referral system
– Available also on your smartphone
– Payout goes straight to Paypal
– You know you are always going to get a reward at the end of your review.
– Random music genres
– Some songs are truly awful and may result in burst eardrums
– Payout is $10; if you average $0.06 per song, you’re going to have a bad time
– Your personal ratings aren’t necessarily based on how well you write, which means you could be riding high on 5 stars, give a song a bad rating, then suddenly drop down to 3 stars. This decreases the amount of money you receive per song.
– Not available globally, which means no world music.
Bing Search Engine Rewards
Microsoft did something right for once! Who doesn’t want to get rewarded for doing something as simple as searching the internet or taking a 30 second quiz? Introducing Bing Rewards, the ultra-cool feature available on any browser but most compatible with Microsoft Edge. I have saved up enough points to redeem Skype credit. It’s awesome. Not only that, you can get points towards Amazon.com or Starbucks or for a donation to a charity. If you show loyalty towards Bing, Microsoft does randomly award you with free “sweeps” towards a chance at winning tablets, laptops, and other prizes. I really like the daily goals that you can do for bonus points. You’ve got nothing to lose with this one.
– points for searching the internet (1 point per 2 searches with different keywords)
– fun and fast trivia games and daily tasks
– rewards are swiftly processed (usually same day)
– requires little effort to accumulate points
– bonus credits for using Bing Rewards on your smartphone
– referral system grants lifetime bonus points, meaning access to the rewards in a shorter amount of time
– Compatible with all browsers
– severely restricted locations
– some of the rewards are absurdly priced
– limited rewards
Postloop.com – I also wrote another complete review on this site HERE.
As the name implies, Postloop.com is a pay-it-forward kind of site. You have two ways to utilize the site, but I’m going to talk about the way that earns you moolah. First, you sign up easily. There is no test, no need to worry about your IP address, and no real hitches. You do have to display knowledge of the English language by writing 10 trial posts to the Postloop forum before they release you into their virtual playground. Based upon your initial rating, you may be restricted to very few forums or blogs, so do your best to post intelligently and get a 4-star rating.
After that, you keep doing what you did from the get-go: subscribe to forums, post your thoughts, and make points. Coddle to the desires of the forum-owners to increase your pay. You get paid straight through Paypal, so I recommend creating an account beforehand. The minimum payout is $5.00.
– get paid to write in forums and comment on blogs
– drive traffic to forums
– make friends, learn something new
– excellent practice for writing blogs
– referral systems gives lifetime bonuses
– ability to go up in rank and make more money
– clean-cut website and service
– responsive support
– international user base
– rapid payout via Paypal
– BONUS: you can advertise your own website or blog surreptitiously by putting a link in your signature (might as well if you’re going to posting a lot, right?)
– depending on initial rating, you won’t have access to a lot of forums and blogs—so you won’t make much at first
– some blogs and forums are dead; others leave quickly or get disabled
– forums have a post limit that, once crossed, nulls your points
– you have to follow the rules of each forum
– limited pay-out system. Hope you like Paypal.
I’ll admit, I haven’t used Toluna as much as I should. It might be because I rarely get rewarded for the amount of time I put into it. 15 minutes on a survey just to get botted at the end is aggravating. The surveys do not seem to like my demographics very much. Plus, the site minimizes Japanese kana to the size of atoms. Regardless, Toluna is one of the most prolific survey sites around. It is available globally, and there is a number of things to do on the website that may or may not revolve around giving your opinion. You can take short quizzes or polls made by fellow users, sign-up to participate in focus groups and phone interviews. Toluna also has a smartphone app. When you take a gander at the prizes, the amount of points you need might seem a bit daunting (10000-40000 points for the good stuff), but if you can successfully complete surveys, the points add up reasonably fast. There is also the Giftie system that asks you to spend 100 points to post an item to your ‘wish list.’
Again, I can’t say I’ve gotten anything out of Toluna. I have only browsed the prize section but think the choices are agreeable. You can refer friends to Toluna by posting via social media.
– Earn points by taking part in research or questionnaires
– A fair share of activities to occupy you
– Large community
– Spread out website
– Smartphone app
– High amount of points required to get rewarded
– You might have trouble getting around the website or finding your answers immediately
– Some of the activities don’t give you anything for your time
– Earning points is limited really to surveys and hoping that you’re lucky enough to get into a big one
– The site is a bit hard to read, in my opinion
– You get swamped with email notifications about available surveys.
There are other sites out there to line your pockets with extra change—Cashcrate, Mysurveys, Harris Poll Online to name a few—but the ones I’ve detailed here are the ones I’ve repeatedly come back to and find the most profitable. Others I have tried either wanted to download software to my computer that was deemed malware or simply did not have a layout or incentives I felt compelled by. The sites I do recommend have given me a sense of satisfaction. Since I’m a rather picky human being, if these sites can entice me to return, I’m sure you can benefit from them as well.
Note: If you can speak Japanese or would like to practice your Japanese language skills and accumulate some coinage along the way, please continue reading!
Japanese Survey Sites
Chobirich is a great reward site, the Japanese version of Swagbucks, in my opinion. You have the option of signing up with an open ID or registering with an email. After that, you are sent out into the vast world of things to do. Chobirich offers dailies that up your chances of winning the daily lottery or gaining 1 point through brainless games like bingo and slots. The more often you play, the higher a rank you receive. There are also data entry jobs, manga, an array of surveys, shopping, cashback, offers, a great referral system, a mobile app that actually works, games that are actually fun, and more.
Point accumulation seems to take forever, though. You have to go through a lot of minimal rewards before you hit a big one. Usually, I do about 20 quick surveys for 2-3 points a pop and attempt at qualifying for one that offers 30-100 points. I’ll also play some games to pass the time.
Exchanging your points is quite the process. I actually got locked out of my account when trying to transfer an equivalent of 500 yen (not even $5) to a virtual wallet.
Macromill is a global corporation rooted in Japan that owns the Questant software, where you can create your surveys for the world to enjoy. However, while it has a worldwide reach, it would appear that you can only access their surveys from Japan. I could be wrong, but I have yet to find another means to take their questionnaires.
There’s a sign up bonus. Campaigns are always running. You get a lot of survey opportunities, too. Raking in the points is easy enough. The point exchange program is exactly like Chobirich.com, but you can transfer your money into any bank account (which is infinitely better than the silly virtual wallets offered on Chobirich). The surveys are quick and don’t reward a lot individually, but since you can complete them rapidly, you can save up without much time spent. The mobile app is pretty decent. You get access to phone-only surveys that range anywhere from 1 to 12 questions. 3 of those questions are demographics.
What I don’t like about Macromill is that you can only do surveys. That’s it.
I recently found InfoQ by mistake through Chobirich and kind of like it. It is not a typical survey site, and it is a little bit challenging to navigate. I do like that everything can be found under the tabs on your dashboard, but at the same time, you really don’t need those tabs because everything is cluttered on your aforementioned dashboard. That said, the site is a bit redundant. I say, choose either Chobirich or InfoQ, because they’re twins when it comes to surveys. The games are dissimilar, as is the manga you can read. Yet the games run less smoothly than on Chobirich. The points you get awarded for your time are kind of a joke. Also worth mentioning is how you won’t get awarded for your time when disqualified. Huge turn off.
There is an app, but it does not run as smoothly as Macromill’s. If you’re looking to make InfoQ more available, it is highly compatible with Facebook. My suggestion is to enroll through FB and use it there.
英語で：This ends my reviews of survey and rewards sites. If there are any others you’d recommend, feel free to do so! I’m always searching.
Do your best, earn points, and you’ll be rich in no time.
Thank you for the read. May your change purse be heavy! And as always, questions and comments are welcome!