The Best Online Survey Websites

Getting paid to complete online surveys is an easy way to put some much needed extra cash in your bank account.

And with the huge growth in the number of research companies waiting to pay you for your opinions, there has never been a better time than now to start taking online surveys.

Below is a list of the survey websites that I personally use and trust, along what you can expect when using them and tips on how to increase your earnings further.

*Remember that survey websites generally restrict the amount of surveys that you can take each day. It is therefore worth signing up to as many of these websites as possible to increasing your earning potential.

#1 PaidViewPoint 

PaidViewpoint is a very popular survey website that is widely regarded as one of the best and most trusted within the survey industry.

At PaidViewpoint you get a regular flow of surveys that can vary in length and earnings depending on the type of survey you are doing.

Typical earnings for standard surveys are around $0.10, but occasionally they can be worth between $0.30 and $2 per survey.

Minimum cashout amount is $15, and you can withdraw your earnings via Amazon and Walmart gift cards or straight into your Paypal account.

PaidViewpoint is also an international service, but you will find that you get more survey opportunities if you live in US, UK or Canada.

What I like about PaidViewpoint:
  • Simple and focused user interface.
  • Excellent quality surveys.
  • Efficient cashout system.
  • Surveys pay out in US Dollars.

#2 Branded Surveys

Previously known as Mintvine, Branded Surveys was rebranded at the end of 2017 and has since become a firm favorite with online survey takers.

Branded Surveys has an average survey duration of 11 minutes, and this means that you can expect to earn a reasonable amount for each survey that you complete.

You earn points rather than US Dollars for each survey that you complete, with 1000 points being worth $10. You can redeem your points as soon as you hit 1000 points, and this can be done via Paypal, Branded Pay or through gift cards.

Branded Surveys is available to anyone over the age of 13 who lives in the US, UK or Canada.

What I Like about Branded Surveys:
  • User-friendly dashboard and survey interface.
  • Plenty of varied surveys on offer.
  • Low minimum payout threshold ($10).
  • Earn points even if you are disqualified from a survey.

#3 Toluna

Toluna is owned by renowned market research company, Toluna Group, and is a global survey community with millions of members helping to influence global branding decisions by completing surveys.

Surveys at Toluna cover a wide variety of topics, and you are rewarded for your efforts with points that can be exchanged for cash through Paypal or a wide variety of gift cards.

Toluna surveys pay between 300 and 6000 points per survey depending on length, and cashout thresholds are 30,000 points for gift cards and 90,000 points ($30) for Paypal payments.

You can also earn additional points for completing your profile surveys, mini polls and by referring friends to Toluna.

Installing the Toluna app on your mobile device also allows you to continue earning points when you are out and about.

What I like about Toluna:
  • You earn 500 points just for joining.
  • Available to anyone over the age of 13 around the world.
  • Toluna app keeps you in the loop about survey opportunities while on the go.
  • Many excellent ways to cashout your earnings.
  • Very active members community.

#4 PrizeRebel

Established in 2007, PrizeRebel is a hugely popular website that has a reputation for paying its survey-takers quicker than any other survey website.

PrizeRebel provides survey opportunities through 10 different research companies, so there is a constant flow of surveys available every day.

Using a points-based system, surveys generally earn you between 30 – 600 points depending on length and complexity. Your earnings can be exchanged for one of the many gift cards on offer, or as cash directly into your Paypal account.

If you decide to exchange your points for cash through Paypal, $5 costs 500 points, so you can easily earn a minimum payout by completing just a couple of surveys.

PrizeRebel will allow you to cashout in $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations, or alternatively you can set up a custom payout amount.

You can use PrizeRebel from anywhere in the world, as long as you are over the age of 18. Users aged between 13-18 can also use the website with their parents permission.

What I Like About PrizeRebel:
  • Many survey opportunities available every day.
  • Very low minimum payout threshold ($5).
  • Rewards are processed in 24 hours or less.
  • The more surveys you take, the more you earn for your efforts.

#5 Swagbucks

This excellent get-paid-to website is not only great for earning extra cash by completing simple online tasks, it also ranks as one of the most rewarding survey websites online.

Created in 2005, Swagbucks has become one of the most popular and trusted websites for earning a little extra cash in your spare time.

Surveys at Swagbucks vary in length and value, but you are always told in advance how long they will take and what you can expect to earn. This allows you to hand-pick surveys that suit you.

At Swagbucks you earn ‘SB’ points for completing surveys and other online tasks, and 1 SB is equal to 1 US cent. The minimum cashout option is $25 (2500 SB), but you can redeem less points via the numerous gift card options.

Swagbucks is currently available to anyone over the age of 13 who lives in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, India, Australia, and Ireland.

What I like about Swagbucks:
  • You can pick and choose the highest paying surveys.
  • Many unique ways to cashout your earnings.
  • Points can also be used to reduce the cost of any online purchases.
  • Swagbucks occasionally offer a $5 bonus for signing up.

Tips To Maximize Your Survey Earnings

Survey websites represent a simple way to generate some extra cash online. Here are some extra tips that will help to maximize your survey earnings.

Get Social

All of the survey websites mentioned here are socially active, and the likes of Facebook and Twitter are usually their first outlets for informing their followers of latest survey opportunities and promo codes that will earn you extra points/income.

Where possible, connect with these websites through social media to be among the first to hear of new earning opportunities.

Be Realistic

You’ve probably heard it before but you will not get rich from survey websites.

Work out a realistic amount of time that you can commit to doing surveys, and just enjoy the extra income that comes your way.

As you progress as a trusted survey taker, you will advance through their individual reward systems and this in turn will increase the amount that you earn for every survey.

Be Honest

When you join a survey website you are asked to fill out a profile survey.

This is not only used to provide you with the most suitable surveys, it is also often used to compare answers that you give in future surveys.

If the answers don’t tally up, you might be disqualified from a survey and miss out on a bundle of points/cash.

So, be as honest and accurate as possible with your profile survey answers. If you’re the forgetful type (and let’s face it, it’s not always easy to remember your profile survey answers), keep a note of them on your computer or a piece of paper for future reference.

Be Active

Apart from earning a regular flow of points and cash, being active on survey websites will also prevent your points/cash tally from being deleted.

That’s because some survey websites restrict the amount of time your earnings can sit in your account without being used. This is particularly true if you only take surveys once in a while.

So log in at regular intervals, even if it’s just to let the survey website see that you are still an active member.

Do you use any of the survey websites above? If so I would love to hear about your experiences in the comments section below.

Marcus – WFHW

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  • That honesty part bro. I had no idea they used it to compare on future surveys. I sometimes lie about stuff they ask during the qualifying phase (the first couple of questions). Thanks for writing that.

    Doesn’t matter though, I don’t do surveys regularly but I usually just test them out to see if and how fast they’d pay.

    • Hi Jay,

      Glad to hear you found that tip useful, and yes, your profiling survey is often used to verify answers in other surveys.

      The thing is, our circumstances often change and we don’t always think: “I must go over to that survey website and update my profile survey right away!”

      Believe it or not, this can affect your earning potential from online surveys because it usually leads to disqualification if your answers don’t match.

      Thanks for stopping by, Jay.

      All the best,

      Marcus – WFHW