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Introduction to Paid Surveys

Each year market research firms spend millions of dollars gathering consumer feedback on new products and services. Much of this money is spent conducting surveys, and with the popularity of the Internet, much of these surveys are now done online. Online surveys are an efficient way for market research panels to collect information from a large number of respondents with many demographic profiles. This has led to the formation of online market research panels that offer incentives for members to complete studies online, which are now commonly referred to as "Paid Online Surveys".

Who is Eligible to Take Paid Online Surveys?

While there are some speciality panels that are looking for people with specific backgrounds (medical, IT, etc.), eligibilty is usually just dependent on age and region of residency. Many of the panels only accept individuals that are age 18 and older from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe. However, the large teen consumer market has led to many of the panels to start speciality panels for teens or lower the minimum age requirements to 13 or 14. Also, their are several panels that accept members from all nations. Most of the larger market research panels conduct several studies at once from a wide range of clients so they will usually require a member base with many demographic profiles. This can range from skilled professionals, parents, sports and online game enthusiast, basically anybody that is willing to offer input on the latest market trends and services.

The number of survey invitations that any one member can expect to recieve from a give panel is really just dependent on the current studies being performed and the demographics required. This is why it is usually a good idea to join a handful of survey panels if you wish to earn extra income or earn prizes for taking paid surveys online.

Tips to get started with Taking Paid Surveys Online

  • Only join survey panels hosted by true market research firms. These panels are free to join, and they will not send you spam or share your information with third parties without your permission.
  • If a site that claims to be a survey panel tries to sell you a product or charges a membership fee, then avoid that site. This is likely a dishonest site, and you should probably avoid it.
  • When joining a survey panel, be sure to completely fill out your demographic information so that you will get survey invitations that match your interest and background. This will enhance your ability to provide good feedback, and increase your chances of getting more paid survey invitations.

Directory of Legitimate Free Paid Survey Panels

GlobalTestMarket Panel

GlobalTestMarket is a consumer research panel sponsored by GMI (Global Market Insite, Inc.) and it was founded in 1999. They currently have over Six Million members worldwide and membership to their panel is free. Members that complete online studies are offered market points which are redeemable for cash. GlobalTestMarket accepts members from all nations age 18 or older, however teens 13 to 17 can also join with their parents consent.

Get more Details and Registration Links for GlobalTestMarket is a US based market research panel that is part of Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC (TNS) corporation, which is ranked as the world’s largest provider of custom research and analysis. accepts members age 14 and older from the United States and membership is free. Members that complete online studies are offered reward points which can be exchanged for cash or prizes.

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SurveySpot was created by Survey Sampling International, a market research firm founded in 1977. Their panel offers members cash and prizes in exchange for completing survey studies online. To date, they have rewarded their members over $12 million in rewards and prizes. You must be 18 or older to join the panel, and be a resident of the United States, Canada, or the United Kingdom.

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Synovate is an expanding Global Market Research Company that gathers information for companies worldwide. The official name of their panel is Global Opinion Panels, membership is free, and they currently accept members from Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States. Members that complete online surveys are entered into sweepstakes drawings for cash, and also earn reward points which are also redeemable for cash. You must be 18 or older to join the panel.

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American Consumer Opinion

American Consumer Opinion is owned and operated by Decision Analyst, Inc., a major international marketing research firm with headquarters in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Membership to the panel is free, and members are rewarded wish cash for completing online surveys they receive via e-mail invitations. You must be 14 or older to join the panel. Residents from all nations are welcome to join the panel.

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References - Offers Free Directories of Market Research Panels for US, Canada, UK, International, and Teen Participants. Site contains User and Editorial reviews of survey panels, a survey blog, and detailed listings of free online survey panels.