By now you may have signed up with a one or two survey sites and started to get some cash coming in on top of your babysitting pay. I thought this would be a good time to share with you some of the tips that will help you to be more successful as well as how not to get scammed by wasting your time on sites that send you down a rabbit hole of endless clicking or signing up with sites that are really only looking to get your private info with no intention of paying you.
Create a New Email Address for Surveys
It shouldn't be a surprise that signing up for a survey site means you’re going to get an influx of emails. These could be ads or earning opportunities. Either way, it can really clog up your work or personal email. The solution - create a new email address for free through Gmail or Yahoo. Now these additional emails will automatically stay clear of your real life and it will be easy to quickly scan them for other earning opportunities or the confirmation email you're waiting for.
Answer Honestly & Update Your Information Often
You’ll qualify for certain surveys based on your demographics. For example, a company might be looking for homeowners to answer a question about their product. Or another might only want parents.
Either way, be honest. Sure, you can be vague and broad in your responses (recommended), but honesty is still the best policy.
Additionally, be sure to keep your profiles on these sites up to date. If you move, update your city. If you get a new job or a salary boost, update that. It could help you qualify for more opportunities.
NEVER Pay to Join a Survey Site
These sites are paying you, because you’re participating in market research.
Don't Give Your Bank, Social Security# or Credit Card Info
You shouldn’t be required to enter your banking information. Legitimate sites pay with gift cards, through PayPal or with an old-school check in the mail.
Use Roboform to Auto-Fill Forms
Survey sites will ask you the same questions over and over and over, especially when you first sign up.
Using a free auto-fill platform like Roboform can help. You’ll enter your information into its system once, then it’ll recognize when that question is being asked and automatically fill in the information for you. This will save you a lot of time and time IS money in the survey game.
You can also use Roboform to save your log in info and passwords — because let’s be honest, no one can ever remember that info for all the sites that require it.
Install Anti-Malware on Your Device. This will help to keep you safe in case a survey site redirects you to a spammy third-party site.
Cash Out Frequently
Don't stockpile your points for too long. To avoid getting caught in policy changes or other issues be sure to cash out frequently. And it’s always a good idea when working with a new company to cash out as soon as possible just to test their payout process and be sure you’re happy with it.
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