While taking surveys online won't earn you gobs of cash or a full-time income (if they promise to, its probably a scam), you can earn a little pocket change and other goodies---which is not bad just for giving your opinion.
Speaking of opinions, below you will find mine on various online rewarded survey programs I have participated it and been payed through. This is based on my experience as a US participant, and I'm not sure which of these sites are available for participants from other nations. Hope you find it helpful.
You earn points redeemable for cash (payed by check) or Amazon gift card.
Yes. They have an affiliate program you can sign up for here. This is a new program I'm in the process of signing up for, so I'm not sure if it offers the same rate the old one did ($1 for every person who joins through your affiliate links).
They send surveys frequently, and most are reasonably compensated, though not quite as well as they used to be.
You used to be able to cash out when you'ld earned $5, but now you have to $20 before you can receive a cash reward. However, they have other rewards you can get once you've reached $3 or $5. I also dislike that you can no longer see how long the survey is from the e-mail they send. You can still see this info before participating in the survey, but only after taking a few random screener questions.
You receive points redeemable for cash. You can cash out once you reach 1000 points ($50).
They have an affiliate program, but it's hard to get into (i.e. they didn't let me in -- oh well).
They are one of the higher paid survey sites, and send surveys very frequently. It only took me about a year and a half to earn the $50 cash out (even considering that I missed a lot of surveys due to browser incompatibility). The only program I earned more from over the same time period was Pinecone Research.
They have a very high cash out threshold -- so don't join this site unless you are willing to stick with it for the long haul.
They pay well ($3 - $10), and seem to send surveys at least once a month. Some of their surveys are creative--on occassion in stead of just asking you questions they will have you arrange a photo collage on a topic and then explain what it means to you. I like that.
You can cash out once you receive a minimum of $5 and are payed via paypal or check.
Yes. You get paid $1 for each referral through your referral links.
They sometimes have fun collages as part of their surveys (where you get to make a "collage" with different pictures symbolizing your feelings on a certain product or topic. I also like that they always tell how long the surveys are expected to be, how much you will be paid, and usually give you a sweepstakes entry for your time taking screener questions if you don't qualify for the full paid survey.
They don't send surveys that I qualify for as often as I'd like.
Currently only accepts participants from the US and Canada
You earn points redeemable for rewards including gift cards, and get an optional entry into their sweepstakes with every survey.
Yes. You can earn points for referring up to 5 friends by e-mail.
They send surveys regularly, so its fairly easy to earn enough points to cash out. They also often have sent surveys on interesting topics (like religion or politics) as well as the typical consumer surveys. They make an effort to avoid redundant questions and keep surveys interesting--most of their surveys are relatively short (often much shorter than they say in their entry e-mail).
When I actually calculated how much the points were worth when cashed in for gift cards, I discovered I was only making $0.15 to $1.50 per survey. Also, they have reduced the number of gift cards they offer (they used to offer Target and several other cards they no longer offer).
Yes. They have an affiliate program where you can receive $0.30 for every person who signs up through your links. You can access the affiliate program here. I have had trouble updating my address to cash out lately though.
The surveys were fun. They had a lot of surveys on Televisions, celebrities and current events...not just product surveys. I received my first reward (a CD) not long after joining.
I don't get sent surveys anymore because I left my account inactive for too long. After I switched to Linux (Mozilla) the surveys they sent didn't work so I stopped taking them. (Their surveys may now work on Mozilla, since my account became inactive several browsers versions ago, so I haven't been able to test this out.)
Toluna (Your 2 Cents) (Recently Merged with Your2Cents - This review is mostly based on my experience with Your2Cents but will be updated as I have more esperience with Toluna.)
Formerly, when I took surveys through You2Cents I received $1-$5 cash per completed survey (via pay-pal), plus sweepstakes entry. The amount of money you recieve is randomly choosen after you take the survey (so you don't know ahead of time how much the survey offers.) They seem to still be working by this method after merging with Toluna (just received my first survey offer through Toluna and it offered a $1-3 entry...though I didn't qualify to complete it). Toluna primarily works through reward points though, it seems, so I will have to update this after I've had a chance to take more surveys through them.
Even if you don't qualify to complete a survey, you get an entry into the $5,000 sweepstakes (under Your2Cents...we will see how this goes under Toluna). Formerly under Your2Cents when you completed profiles you get a $1 bonus added to whatever amount you receive for regular surveys you complete. Under Toluna you get payed 300 points or about the equivalent of 9 cents, and then another 2000 points once you complete all profiles (about $0.60). (Most sites don't pay anything for profiles).
Because they randomly choose the reward, it's hard to know whether taking a certain survey will be worth my time or not. If I had not already taken all of the profiles I would have been a bit miffed at the downgrade from a $1 bonus for profiles to $0.09 cents, but since most sites don't offer any compensation for profiles, this is still fair.
You receive points redeemable for rewards, or cash through paypal, and sweepstakes entries.
Their site is very easy to navigate, and they send surveys frequently. You get sweepstakes entries even for surveys you don't qualify for, and for answering mini-polls (fun one question polls), quick-matches (short profiles) and longer profiles.
Points can expire if you don't use them within two years. Also, a lot of their surveys don't give a good return for your time (often less than $1 for a 20 minute survey) but if you don't take most or all of the surveys you qualify for you may not earn enough points to reach your reward goal before your points expire (if you have a t.
Pinecone Research Pinecone does not usually take applicants through their main website. They only take applicants through their banner ads or sometimes through referrals (not paid), and change the link to their registration for often. There's a site I recently found called Annika's which keeps track of these though. Important: DO NOT REGISTER MORE THAN ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD MAY REGISTER. Multiple registrations of the same Household will void all registrations.
They previously payed $5 per survey but are moving to a $3 plus sweepstakes compensation per survey. Sometimes you may get to test products (thought I haven't yet).
During the period where they payed $5 per survey and I wasn't having browser/operating system dificulties with their site I was payed more through Pinecone than any other site. They send surveys frequently and the surveys and even at $3 they are payed well for the time involved (average of 15-20 min).
I am again having problems taking surveys with them using Mozilla or even Safari (this has been a problem off and on with them). I was dissapointed that they now only pay $3 (though I gather they sometimes still pay $5 if you sign up through a $5 banner)...I actually had the option to stay at $5 but they said they would be phasing out the $5 surveys and eventually if we stayed signed up at $5 we'd stop getting them. Still, $3 is not bad.
Points redeemable for cash (by check). (You can also get points for submitting weekly poll ideas).
Yes. Once you are a member you receive points for referring up to 5 friends.
At one time this was the site I was getting paid most frequenly through. I've also received free samples to test. You often get some points just for completeing the screener questions, even if you don't qualify for the survey.
They are only taking new members through referrals from current members, and I have used up all my referrals. They also don't send surveys that often any more.