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Best Survey Sites for Making Money

Sarah has searched for many ways to make a side income with a side hustle. She has tried many survey sites in the past two years.

There are so many survey sites out there that it can be hard to find the best survey sites to actually make money. There are a lot of survey sites online nowadays that promise a quick payout and quick surveys. However, most of them take forever just to take one survey, and to get your first payout, you need to take many surveys because each survey gives so few points. Then there are also some survey sites that are a downright scam because even when you accumulate enough points for a payout, the site will give you an error when trying to cash out.

I've been trying to find a side income since 2020 since it's never good to just put all your eggs into one basket as the saying goes. Taking surveys can never replace a full-time income but the money earned from surveys can help pay for your groceries or gas or a meal. I have tried many survey sites but in this article, I will talk about the three best survey sites to make money. I use all three regularly and have gotten consistent payouts so they are definitely not a scam at all.

American Consumer Opinion Panel

The first survey site I will talk about is the American Consumer Opinion Panel. The link to this website is The American Consumer Opinion Panel site is free to join and shortly after joining, you will receive your first survey. The site usually sends me at least a few every day but I notice more on the weekdays rather than on the weekends. I haven't figured out why this is but I'm thinking that it's because most companies looking for survey takers work Monday through Friday during the hours of 9-5 or 9-6. Therefore, you will have the highest chance of getting a survey sent to you during that timeframe. There are exceptions but I generally get the most surveys sent via email during the traditional work hours timeframe.

The surveys can be pretty lengthy on ACOP but they're each worth 100-150 points with a few being worth 300 points. You only need 1000 points to cash out on ACOP so it doesn't take very long to reach your reward. Ten surveys of 100 points each sounds like a lot but if you are lucky and get surveys that are worth between 150-300 points each then the process becomes very quick. It's not expected to get the cash out in one day but over the course of a couple of days, you should be able to get enough points to redeem them for a reward.

You can choose to cash out in a few ways such as; via Paypal, via Hyperwallet, redeem points for more chances to win an Amazon gift card, or donate your points to charity. One point on ACOP is equivalent to one cent so you can cash out once you accumulate $10. I personally like to get paid via Paypal so I always cash out via Paypal. Once I redeem my points, it usually takes about a week for the money to be put in my Paypal account. If you choose Paypal, make sure your Paypal email address is the same as the one you use for ACOP to ensure you get the money deposited into your account. If for some reason the two email addresses are different, it's important to change your email address on your ACOP account before redeeming your Paypal funds.

Lifepoints Panel

The second survey site I will talk about is called Lifepoints Panel. Just like ACOP, signing up for Lifepoints is free and surveys will be sent to you via email to let you know when there's a new survey available. I like Lifepoints because the surveys are varied in length compared to other survey sites like ACOP. On ACOP I don't know the survey length until I clicked on a random survey that they sent me and only then does it say how long it'll take me to complete the survey. On Lifepoints, they tell you how long the survey will take prior to you clicking on the survey. For example, if I didn't have much time and all I could spare was 10 or 15 minutes, I can choose to take a survey that says it'll take seven or ten minutes compared to one that will take me 20 or 30 minutes.

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Also, I like that on Lifepoints they don't lie to you about how long it'll take you to complete the survey. When it says ten minutes or seven minutes, it's usually true. Of course, reading the questions and actually answering them does take time so that's just an approximate and it could take you longer. However, if it's really that short, it's not a lie and shouldn't take you 20 or 30 minutes to complete. Other survey sites will say the survey is very short to entice you to click on it then you find it, it never ends, and next thing you know you've been working on that one survey for 45 minutes. Lifepoints is not like that at all, you know what you're getting into when you click on the survey.

Also, most surveys on Lifepoints will earn you anywhere from 75 to 150 points. Most of the time, the surveys will earn you 100 points and say they'll take you about 15 minutes to complete. I do get a lot of surveys that say they will take 10 minutes and I will earn 50 or 75 points as well and on the rare occasion, I receive surveys that say they'll take anywhere from 25-50 minutes but the reward is 300 points. On Lifepoints, it's also very easy to cash out. You only need 600 Lifepoints to get $5 sent to your Paypal so getting your reward is very quick.

If you rather have gift cards rather than Paypal cash, there are a lot of options for gift cards on Lifepoints. You can get gift cards for, Amazon, Apple, Applebees, Bass Pro Shop, Bloomin Brands which includes restaurants like Outback and Carrabba's, Chili's, CVS, Domino's Pizza, Game Stop, Starbucks, Twitch, Barnes and Nobles, TJX brands which includes shops like TJ Maxx and Marshalls, Lowe's, Bath and Body Works, Best Buy, Buffalo Wild Wings, eBay, Hulu, Nordstroms, Panera, Sephora, TGI Friday's, Kohls, and Target. You can even get a gift card to purchase movie tickets online.

If none of these interest you and you rather donate to charity, there are also a lot of options for that too. Most of the rewards come in increments of $5, $10, and $25 though to get the bigger rewards, you'll have to save a lot of Lifepoints. However, if there's something you really want that's in a higher category of gift cards like the $25 or $50 category, it might be worth your time to save up for it.

Ipsos Isay

The third survey site I would like to talk about is Ipsos Isay. Like the other two survey sites, registering is free and you will receive survey opportunities at your email address. However, I do feel like Ipsos Isay has the least amount of opportunity compared to ACOP or Lifepoints Panel. Lifepoints has the most surveys available at a given time but Ipsos Isay surveys are some of the shortest surveys you will complete. The only thing I don't like at Ipsos Isay is that this site is similar to ACOP in which you don't get to see how long the survey will take you to complete until you've already started answering the screener questions.

However, Ipsos Isay is a good survey site because this is the site with the fastest payout. You only need 510 points to get $5 of Paypal cash and most surveys are between 50-150 points each so 510 points is very easy to achieve. Ipsos Isay has a lot of ways to redeem points but definitely not as many as Lifepoints. However, Ipsos Isay is the only survey site where you can redeem your points for a prepaid Visa gift card.

Like Lifepoints, most rewards are in increments of $5 or $10 on Ipsos Isay. You can redeem your points for Paypal cash, prepaid virtual Visa gift cards, Target, CVS, Dunkin Donuts, Apple, Lowe's, Home Depot, Darden Restaurants which includes Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, and Longhorn Steakhouse, Amazon, and Starbucks gift cards. You can also donate your points to charities sponsored by Ipsos.

© 2022 Sarah Wong

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