Top 5 Paid Online Survey Websites

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Have you ever read one of those ads claiming you can get paid for your opinions? Chances are you've run into a clickbank product which are basically ebooks or "guides" that are created by middlemen who are basically selling you a list of various free paid survey companies.

However you don't need to pay for this for these lists! We've been involved in the work at home field since 1998 in various capacities so we can smell bull from a mile way. As a result we've decided to come up with a list of the best get paid survey companies on the web based on our years of experience. All the companies listed have been personally researched by us and we've been members of. The websites we have selected are free and legitimate so you can check any past experiences or skepticism you may have at the door.

I've personally tried each of the market research companies listed below and have been paid by all of them. So I can assure you that they are not scams, rip-offs or frauds.

We like these companies because you earn real cash, not sweepstakes entries or crappy gift cards to stores you never use. Some of the companies pay the cash based on a point system but it shouldn't deter you. The points you earn for the surveys are equivalent to cash and the companies makes redeeming them very easy!

So if you're tired of being scammed and paying for stupid lists then sign up for each of these websites and start getting paid for your opinions. At this point what do you have to lose? Trust me when I say it won't be money! AKA NFO

Let me know what you guys think of the list above by posting your comments below.

78 thoughts on “Top 5 Paid Online Survey Websites”

  1. I have been on Survey Savvy for months. I have not accumulated a single penny. I have quitted them today.  You can answer questions but when you answer one that defines you not fitting their criteria, the survey ends and counts as if you took none since you did not finish it! Ridiculous.

  2. You’re welcome. I know it’s easy to assume everything related to making money at home is a scam. You step in so much crap it just makes sense to assume. But as you can see you can find some diamonds in the rough.

    So be sure you check out our other recommendations: there is a lot more legit opportunities that you can start right away. I’m sure by the time you read enough of our articles you’ll have a different perception of this industry and the possibilities.

  3. Thanks for running this info on the web, I felt like for once I get something real that is not a scam who just wants money from membership before actually providing the scheme on how it works. Thanks.


  4. Yeah it sucks but that’s the nature of this industry. Some demographics aren’t as desirable as others in market research.

    You might want to try ICS and PVP:

    You always qualify for their surveys and polls. Unfortunately it’s not a lot of money but it adds up. Hope this helps you. The great thing about this industry is that even when one opportunity doesn’t work out there are many other options like the ones we list on our recommendations page:

  5. I like pretty well   :). I have account spreading through Toluna, Global Test Market, and Opinion Outpost, and I would say with Toluna I earn money as fast as with Opinion Outpost. They have quite a bit of survey though; also the points don’t get credited to your account until the survey has closed in general (not prompt like O.O. or GTM), and they pay by check not paypal. With Global test market one has to be even more patient because they pay check in $50 not $20 (oh, but the joy of receiving a $50 :-D!!). I’m just particularly fond of them because once they gave me this 20 mins survey (not product testing) that award $10 – thought there was a mistake or something :P).

  6. hello Eddy.. i’m from the Philippines and i tried signing up on the above-mentioned site but sadly, all of them did not went through.. is there any survey site that you can recommend for me and my friends here? thank you in advance.. kodus to you, your family and your team.. i’m very grateful i was able to bumped in to this blog.. it’s very helpful and inspiring.. keep it up and more power.. you’re my angel..

  7. Hmmm, I tried to sign up at and I don’t see a sign up link! Plus, in the FAQs it says that you may be called upon to answer a survey once or twice a month? Do you have any personal experience with that site? Thanks for making this website by the way… It’s such a relief to see some honest feedback about all the confusion of work at home opportunities/schemes out there!

    • Hey Brady, I’m doing well. Thanks for asking! That never happens. lol Hope you’re doing well too.
      I believe they pay by check. That’s the type of payment I received a few months ago. I hope this helps.

  8. Any suggestions on where I might be able to find PineConeResearch for registration purposes? Trying to join Eddy’s top 5 🙂 Am brand new to this and so happy to have found Eddy’s site.

    Eddy, what is your opinion on and ?

    Thank you so much and keep up this great site!

    • Pineconeresearch are annoying and make you hunt down an invitation to join their site. It’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen. But I’m sure someone will chime in on where you may be able to find one. I’m not familiar with the other companies you mention. That being said keep in mind not every survey company is legitimate. Too often people read an article like this and figure they will join every single company they can find. That’s a recipe for disaster since there are a lot of shady companies out there. So always do you research. I suggest visiting my scam page and watching the video listed there so you avoid the garbage out there:

      I hope this helps. Good luck.

  9. @luke:
    Could you please give an update on how your are doing with these opportunities?
    I would love to hear about it! I am signing up for the top 5 TODAY!!!!

  10. Opinion outpost is a good site, i joined little over a month ago. I was wondering, have you done anything with valued on your website here? This is my first time checking your site out, it is great!!

    • Hi Amanda,

      Thanks for sharing your opinion about opinion outpost. I haven’t covered the site in question. I’m really particular about the survey sites I discuss because not everyone is on the up and up. But ultimately as long as people do their research then everything should be fine. We cover a lot of companies on this site but not everyone. In any event,
      I hope you continue to read the rest of the articles on this site. Feel free to become a subscriber if you haven’t already:

      Thanks for chiming in.

  11. i was looking for mystery shopper jobs because i am a mother that needs to be at home i have mentally challenged child a two year old and a three month old and iam not ready to start working outside the home just yet. but i have ran into so many dead ends and so many scams offering at home work how can people live with themselves scaming people who are triying to make a living themselves.i dont even know how i found you but i live what you are doing thanks my mind is at ease

  12. Hi Eddy,

    I was wondering, if I sign up with a few survey websites, will my in-box and mailbox become flooded with lots of advertisements? Should I get a P.O. Box to avoid junk mail being sent to my home. Thanks.

    • Hi Shanna,

      That shouldn’t happen when you’re signing up for reputable companies like the ones listed in the article above. I can’t speak for all the other ones listed on the web. In general getting a new email address and p.o. box address is what I tend to suggest for get paid to try offers:

      But I guess it doesn’t hurt to have them for surveys and other non-traditional work at home opportunities. It’s purely up to you. Junk mail and email have never been a concern for me. I just delete them or throw it out.

  13. @Eddy Salomon:
    Ya ive started clixsense , and almost all of your top five. i even went to hitsforpay. i am currently working on some affiliats to begin my trees. This is really just a start as the ultimate goal is having a online job and with your videos and information it dosent seem out of reach. THANX EDDY

  14. I am new to working at home and found my way here. Thank god i did because the info is invaluble, i am going have a try at surveys and see were it takes me.

  15. thanks, that really helped.
    please i also want another help:
    i am a member of cashcrate, and in my member area i noticed that most of my money is pending, please i want more explanation.

    • Contact Habila cashrate directly about this. In general when you have a question about a company you’re working with, it’s always best to email them directly or use their FAQ or help section. That’s usually what I do. I hope it helps.

  16. Hello, I wanna ask you some online earning opportunities that requires no fee and pays with checks and is international. It’s hard for me to find one here.

  17. @Callie:

    Hey Callie I just receive an invitation to join PineConeResearch, the invitation appear on youData Ad Player, I respond the offer, they took one day to send me an email to finish my profile and now I am just waiting for them to finish processing and accepting my info.

    Have a wonderful day everyone and the best of luck to all.

  18. Hello again Eddy. Sorry for the misunderstanding but I was born and raised in Ohio. The reason why I’m looking for a work-at-home position is I had an accident a couple of years ago. Since then I have been very limited as to the activities I can do. I appreciate all of the advice, I truly do. I’m doing my best to be part of the working society. I want to work. Further, I wanted an international position because my Fiancee lives over seas and I wanted to see if there was a position that I could bring with me since no jobs exist where she lives. Mainly, I want to contribute and be a good provider again to the best of my ability. By helping me locate and work a job is more important than you realize to me. It makes me feel like a person again. The work I can do. The sad part is that I have tried so many times to find a job in my area but no one will have me because of my injury. I’m very glad I found this site. I hope it can help me. Thanks again, Donny.

    • Donny,

      You have me laughing over here about the misunderstanding comment. I totally understand your position about wanting to work and be a productive member of society. I think any good person would want that and I’m confident as you read through the site, you’ll find that you have a lot of options. It’s just a matter of putting aside the time to consume the wealth of knowledge and leads on this site. If you do, you’ll find a world of possibilities but more importantly you’ll avoid a lot of the scams out there. So get to reading my friend:

      Between those 4 pages, you’ll have all you need to know and get started. The great thing about this industry is that because its work at home based you’ll avoid a lot of the prejudices and situations that may be hindering you out in the offline world. If you’re persistent, you’ll eventually find something that is suited for you like so many of the other people that use this site.

      Enough babbling from me, you have some homework to do. 😉 So get to reading so you can find something that can help you and your fiancee.

  19. @Jorge:

    Hi Jorge,

    Unfortunately the Pinecone link that I posted above is no longer valid. So no, that particular period is not “open”.

    Please keep in mind that when PineCone opens up a new member signup link it is only active/valid for a limited time because they reach their quota quickly.

    More than likely, PineCone will be sending me another new member signup link sometime in the near future. When that happens, I will post it here again once I receive it.

  20. Ok everyone … especially those interested in PineCone Research …

    They’ve done it again! I just received another NEW member sign up referral invitation from PineCone Research.

    Remember: The link will ONLY remain active for a limited time … so take advantage of this opportunity quickly!!

    Please read the following carefully because it contains important information … and of course the sign up link.

    “Dear CALLIE:

    PineCone Research is growing and we invite you to help! We are offering select members the opportunity to recommend membership to a friend or relative who is NOT a member of their household.

    Do you know of households that would like to join the PineCone Research Panel? If so, they may click on the registration link shown below. That household should complete the registration form themselves and submit it. REMEMBER THAT ONLY ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD MAY REGISTER. Multiple registrations of the same Household will void all registrations.

    Here is the link to the registration:

    If your referral has any questions, they can email us at or click on

    Thank you,

    Karen Scott

    Web site:

    Good luck in getting in 🙂

  21. Hey all you motivated survey panelists!

    Good news!

    In case you’ve not heard … there are 2 more wonderful online survey programs that are FREE to join and paying nicely! These programs should definitely be added to your survey genre.

    I’m fairly new to both of them, but know enough now to feel comfy sharing. They are:

    1. – Yes that right Publishers Clearing House! We all know them well for their huge money sweepstakes program, which btw I happen to know I will be one of their $10 million dollar winners soon. LOL Hey, I do love to dream big, it’s the only way for me to dream! 😉 Earn survey rewards via Amazon or Payoneer gift/prepaid debit cards.

    2. – Has good surveys including their “Service Quality Tracker” program. Which is specific companies that Vocalabs track. Panelists who are also customers of companies on the track list can participate in the service quality tracker program. It’s a fun and different twist to the traditional surveys. Earn survey rewards via PayPal … gotta love that!

    Now go and make that money!

    • And the survey queen does it again. Thanks Callie!
      If you guys want to thank Callie, you should click on her name, visit her site and sign up for the surveys listed there so she can get paid
      for sharing such good information with yall!

    • Hi Wilson,

      PineConeResearch is annoying and makes you hunt down those sign up links. You’ll just have to do a search on Google for PineConeResearch sign up link. You probably have to do the same thing with LightSpeed. A great site for surveys is run by my good friend Callie.

      Good luck.


  22. @Callie:

    Hi Callie,
    Would you mind sharing the web sites for the other companies you have found to be legitimate for doing online surveys? You mentioned a few in your post. Don’t want to end up on a site that is impersonating a legitimate company. Thx!!

  23. Hello Everyone!

    Pinecone Research is Still Growing! Active NEW Member Sign-up Link Now Active for a Limited Time!

    Pinecone Research is one of the BEST paid FREE & legit online survey programs you’ll find.

    The company does not currently offer a referral or affiliate program. However, on occasion they will announce when they are accepting NEW one member per household memberships.

    Good News!

    Pinecone just sent me the following link because they are interested in NEW one member per household memberships. So, if you’re interested I encourage you to act fast and click the link now! Because the link will ONLY remain active for a limited time.

    Enjoy!! 🙂

  24. Hi Gina,

    Taking surveys on their own won’t make you lots of money but it does make you some as you’ve already experienced. The real money is in focus groups: but like surveys it all depends if you get called.

    The key to making decent money online is to be involved in many little programs that combined make you decent money like some of our recommendations on the following page:

    You can also make great money by referring other people to the programs you’re already making money with. This is referred to being an affiliate.

    Your other option is to focus on high paying work at home careers such as medical transcription:

    or being an affiliate:

    , programming, etc. But that means you need to invest in the proper training. So you have options, its just a matter of knowing them and then taking advantage of them in one capacity or another.

    Hope this helps.


  25. I was already a member of three of the survey sites you suggest. I just signed up for the other two. I have not made much money in the 5 months I have already been a member of the three sites, so I hope adding the other two will help. I respond to all the emails I get from them with invitations to surveys and have only made $40 so far.

  26. Hi TJ,

    Congrats on your first reward. Many more to come with MySurvey. As you can see, they’re a great company!

    Thanks for your kind words and thanks for sharing. You’re just further proof that paid surveys can make people money if people stick with the legit ones.


  27. I just had to let you know i am with mysurvey only for a little over month and have already earned a reward already. That is so cool. Thanks for the advice.
    TJ 🙂

  28. Hi Matt,

    Thanks for the kind words. As long as you read through all the material on this blog, you should do well. It takes some time to earn a decent income from home. But more importantly is to take a path that helps you avoid all the scams and mistakes that most work at home seekers make. When you can do that it speeds up the process and saves you money, time and frustration.

    By the way we’re not listed with the BBB. I’m just a regular dude sharing his experiences. You may also want to read our article about the BBB:

    In any event, get some sleep. We’re not going anywhere so you can take your time and read through our material as you have time. There is a lot of it but well worth it if you want to avoid newbie mistakes.

    You have a great week as well! Remember take your time through this whole process. The best way to succeed is to educate yourself about the industry then proceed with caution.

    Take care.


  29. I was inspired by the shared stories, and excited when hearing about the five top survey’s because even though I’m only a few day’s into searching for my first work at home internet company and or work at home internet advisee, you guys here at
    ( have seemed more honest and BBB bonified by far than any others I have seen.

    I can’t wait to get some sleep praise the Lord Jesus
    Christ at church tomorrow morning and then come home and sign up with you internet company.

    Thanks again and God Bless!

    P.S. Don’t forget to have a great weak!

  30. Communispace Paid Online Community Update!

    The Walmart Community qualifying survey link ( for new members is no longer active. The quota has been filled at this time. But keep your eyes peeled for future opportunities to try out for this wonderful community.

    The Ameritrade Community qualifying survey link ( remains active, so there’s still time to take the brief survey to see if you will qualify and possibly be selected as a member. The link won’t remain active forever, so don’t delay … check it out today!

  31. Hey Eddy,

    Thanks for the Brain Juicers link. When I posted above, I was actually invited to a brain juicer sponsored survey thru one of the other panels I belong to. So I didn’t even think to search for and locate the link as you. Lol … oh well, I can’t think of everything. 🙂

    I did however search for and locate 2 Exclusive Online Community memberships links! The main facilitator is called Communispace. It’s a great place to be a member of! From what I understand, a member can only participate in ONE Communispace Community at any given time.

    The 2 that I have found are Ameritrade and WalMart. WalMart is the community that I was selected to participate in.

    Ameritrade is more than likely interested in both men and women participants. However, WalMart is currently interested in mothers for their community activities. Sorry guys and fathers. 🙂

    So, if anyone is interested, please take a look-see here:

    Ameritrade Community –

    WalMart Community –

    Best wishes to all!

    Hey Moms … who knows, I may see you around the WalMart Community!

  32. Hi Callie,

    Sorry for the confusion, I didn’t mean provide links to the actual surveys or details about them. I know that’s against the rules. lol

    I was hoping you knew of a link to sign up for the panels like you did.

    But I was able to find a link to join Brain Juicers:

    I wasn’t as lucky with the other one you mentioned.
    In either case, sounds like these are another set of great survey companies to work for.

    You continue to prove that they are successful ways to earn money at home if you’re willing to join the legitimate ones and many of them at once as I’ve always suggested.

    So thanks for providing these continuous updates. Hopefully it will inspire others to do the same.



  33. Hey Eddy,

    Actually, yes I am here yappin’ about other great survey opportunities. And, no … sorry, there are no links to post. If there had been, I would have been more than happy to provide them.

    You being an active panelist as myself, know that we cannot disclose pertinent information about the surveys we take. The Brain Juicers and Exclusive Online Community both are no exception to the confidentiality rule. Therefore, there is a limit to the amount of information I can provide about them.

    I can and will say the Brain Juicers are basically a new fangled way to complete a survey. Rather than just clicking radio buttons or selecting little boxes to indicate your survey option choice, the Brain Juicer allows you to type in full sentences for each of your answers; thus, juicing your brain for more thought provoking answers … lol.

    Now, the Exclusive Online Community selects targeted individuals via a special invitation for continuous participation. I was specifically selected (out of hundreds!) as a mom with kiddos returning to school. The program is great and requires minimal online community participation of only 5-15 minutes per week. The reward for participation is a guaranteed monthly gift card. Additionally, there are ongoing projects, etc. within the community where even more really nice gift card incentives can be earned.

    And like basic survey demographics, these Exclusive Online Communities are targeting many types of individuals from all over. So, there’s plenty of opportunity to possibly be invited into one.

    So you see, I would have never been eligible for neither of these two research opportunities had I not started out by simply joining your top 5 survey panels. Beginning there is a key step, because one never knows where it will lead too. 🙂

    I know there are “negative Nancys” and “skeptical Sams” out there. And because I am unable to provide links or disclose any further information, I would hope my genuine encouragement to your loyal subscribers will suffice as adding value to my posts.

    As always … I am here to help.

  34. Hey Callie,

    First and foremost you really are my shining student when it comes to making money online. You really have run with a lot of the advice I’ve provided on this blog and are very successful.

    You should be an inspiration to all who claim that you can’t make money online, everything is a scam or people that limit themselves to traditional work at home jobs.

    You’re a clear example of what happens when people are willing to step out their comfort zone and taking action rather than “trying something”. So I wanted to send you a big shout out!

    Now you ain’t going to come here and yapp about another great survey opportunity and not provide some links are you?

    Please post the links, and its okay if its an affiliate link, afterall I want all of you to get involved in a work at home career as an affiliate:

    and besides you actually provide value in your post and not just “go visit my affiliate link” type of post.

    So please share with the rest of us.


  35. Brain Juicers & Exclusive Online Community Membership!

    Just surfin’ by once again to give an update …

    Joining legitimate survey panels has been one of the best things I have done in terms of finding real online opportunities that pay!

    Not only do I earn decent “mad money” from completing online surveys … but participating in “Brain Juicers” and also an “Exclusive Online Community” has been great! And they’re FREE! Invitations for these come just as regular survey invites do.

    Both the Brain Juicers and Exclusive Online Community (differs from an online focus group) participation rewards you more, and are interestingly fun too! I have been invited to both just from being an active survey panelist.

    The Exclusive Online Community pays consistently per month a basic participation reward, but also with the opportunity to earn much bigger rewards via special projects, etc. Usually, big name multi-billion dollar companies are involved and seriously want to know your opinions! I have no problem giving mine … lol!

    I’m having a blast folks, and you can too, but you have to start by at least joining the top 5 panels listed above. And ya’ never know, you too may qualify for and be invited to other online research programs!

    Hey now, I just received another survey invitation … so, I gotta go! 🙂

  36. Having a hard time joining online service because of my location. I live in the Philippines and most of the survey websites are not applicable in my location. Do you have other suggestions on how i can start with WAH business.

    Hoping for your help. Thanks.

  37. Thank you Eddy.

    I am pleasantly surprised at how quickly survey rewards can add up! I appreciate the survey programs that pay via PayPal … those are great!

    Thanks for the vote of confidence. I am very excited about pursuing affiliate marketing … I’m ready to move on to the bigger bucks … cha ching!! Now I just have to manage my survey reward $$$ to pay for a Wealthy Affiliate membership, lol.

    I’m glad I had the audacity to follow your advice … the nerve of me. 😉

  38. That’s great to hear Callie!
    Congratulations and keep it up.
    You’re my shinning example of taking action.

    I still want to see you try a career at affiliate marketing since I think you would be great. But to each their own. =)

    Congrats again.

    You go girl!


  39. Ok guys … survey success update:

    I am now an active panelist to several survey sites. I began by joining Eddy’s top 5 and gradually added others along the way.

    I have been, and am still getting PAID … and I love it! I very recently received a total of $110 from Lightspeed (2 cash gift cards + 2 PayPal payments), and a total of $15 from PineCone Research. Both are two of my favs!

    I have also cashed out and have checks on the way from Survey Spot ($25) and Your2Cents ($27)! These are just a few of the panels that I wanted to share to let all who remains skeptical know … there is $$$ to be made being a survey panelist! 🙂

    What are YOU waiting for?


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