Taking surveys is a great way to make a few extra dollars, but there are some things that you need to know. The following tips and tricks will allow you to avoid some common mistakes and avoid a lot of aggravation.
1. Use a throw away email address.
The last thing that you want to do is use the email address that you have had for years. Most survey companies are good about not spamming your email inbox, but it is very possible that you might come across a rogue website that does not give you the same courtesy. This is why you should use an email address that you acquire specifically for survey taking.
2. Complete your survey in one sitting.
Many survey websites will time out if you pause too long between questions. They want you to concentrate on the survey so that they get the most accurate results. So, if you begin a survey and then get distracted and walk away for a few minutes, you might just find that you have to start all over. This is a horrible waste of time, so complete your surveys in one sitting.
3. Never rush through a survey.
You might think that you can just rush through that 5 minute survey in just a minute, but be careful. If you take a survey too fast, you might find that you are cut off or that you do not get paid. Rushing will produce inaccurate data and many survey companies will not pay you.
4. Update your personal information.
Survey websites look at your demographics to determine which surveys they will offer you. Keep this information up to date and accurate. This will ensure that you get more surveys and surveys that are geared to you. Surveys that are more relevant to you will be easier and more entertaining to take.
5. Choose legitimate websites.
There are a lot of websites out there that just want to con you into paying to sign up or into taking trial offers that will end up costing you money if you forget to cancel. Choose legitimate websites that have been around for years and have a good track record. Here are a few of our favorites.