How to Get Paid Just By Using the Internet. Plus Legit Survey Sites.

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Completing surveys isn’t the most exciting thing in the world. Companies know this, so they’re throwing in some cash to sweeten the deal.

The great thing about doing surveys is that they require very little brainpower, which means you can do them while you’re watching TV, waiting for the laundry or just chilling in bed.

If surveys aren’t your cup of tea, we’ve also found a couple of apps that will pay you just for using your computer as usual.

To maximize your earnings, we recommend signing up for ALL of the sites below. That way, you can qualify for more surveys and get more cash in your pocket!


Swagbucks is a free rewards program for the everyday things you do online.

Earn points by:

  • Watching entertaining videos
  • Shopping at your favorite retailers
  • Searching the web
  • Participating in surveys
  • Playing fun trivia games

Then you can redeem for a large variety of gift cards (Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks are popular) or my favorite, Paypal Cash and Visa Gift Cards. Cash out in as little as $3!

You’ll even get a $5 bonus when you earn 2,500 SB points within your first 30 days.

The best way to earn SB? Surveys. You can get up to 300 SB for each qualified one you participate in. While you obviously won’t get rich doing this, you can nab an extra $10-$20 a month on them.

Keeping your profile updated and doing the Daily To-Do List will also earn you extra SB. There are a lot of opportunities so you can cash out early and often!

Survey Junkie

Your opinion is valuable. So valuable you deserve to earn extra cash for sharing it.

You can do it with Survey Junkie. They pay cash to members who participate in surveys about their shopping habits, cell phone usage, and more. Basic stuff.

Completing a survey earns you 20 to 100 points. Each point is worth one cent, and when you hit 1,000 points (or $10) you can cash out.

Redeem via:

  • Online gift cards
  • Paypal cash
  • Bank transfer

Signing up for Survey Junkie only takes a few minutes and you’ll earn your first 100 ($1 value!) points just by creating an account, filling out an intro questionnaire, and verifying your email address. Easy.

After that, you’re free to dive into surveys. They have surveys with various durations (5 to 20 minutes) to complete and new ones pop up constantly so you’ll never be bored! Fill one out when you’re waiting for someone or have time to kill.

Survey Junkie won’t get you rich quick (no survey sites ever do), but it’s an easy way to make some extra cash by doing nothing other than giving your opinions.


Inbox Dollars is reputable as they’ve been around for 18 long years and have maintained a 4/5 positive rating on TrustPilot.

You’ll get paid when you participate in:

  • Surveys
  • Online games
  • Searching the Internet
  • Watching short TV shows (each mostly under 2 mins)

There are also short daily surveys every day and if you take them all, you could earn an extra $700/ year. Pretty cool for a survey site.

Scan the Stuff You Buy & Get Free Rewards

The exclusive National Consumer Panel (NCP) program is opening up again iOS and Android for more participants! This is your opportunity to make your consumer voice heard!

NCP is the premier market research panel that retailers and manufacturers have come to rely on to make product decisions for consumers such as yourself.

It may seem like NCP asks for more details about your shopping trips than other companies, but this information is critical to those product makers and retailers in order for them to determine what appears on your store shelves.

When you become a panelist, just use the app to scan the barcodes of items you purchase, provide a few additional transaction details, and you’ll earn points for:

  • Gift Cards
  • Tablets
  • Electronic Equipment
  • Flat Screen TVs
  • and much more from their gift catalog!

Plus, all panelists are automatically entered into weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual drawings to win extra points and gift cards – even a quarterly sweepstakes to win $5,000!

The more you share your shopping habits (scan barcodes) on your iOS and Android, the more rewards you can get. You can also answer surveys and share information about your overall shopping trip.

“Scanning my purchases is fun! I also enjoy taking the surveys. Earning points is fast and easy and they have a great selection of rewards.” – Jennifer B.

It’s a fun way to earn more rewards on items you’ve already purchased and at no extra cost to you.

Register now to see if you’re eligible to be a National Consumer Panelist on iOS and Android.  Eligibility will be based on your location. If you don’t get accepted this time, don’t worry! They’re always expanding locations, so check back again.

Pinecone Research

Pinecone Research is another exclusive type program where your eligibility is based on your location. If accepted, you’ll get $3 per survey and opportunities to review and keep products before they hit the mass market!

As a member, you’ll get emailed whenever a survey is ready for you to take. You’ll also be entered in Bi-Weekly and Quarterly sweepstakes where completing surveys equal entries into the drawings. For instance, you can earn up to 200 entries for the Quarterly, and get a chance to win $4,500!

Be sure to confirm the email they send after sign up as it’ll contain your unique User ID to log in.

Don’t worry if you don’t qualify this time around. It’s not you, it’s them!

Harris Poll Online

One of the oldest market research companies, Harris Poll Online, focuses on participants that are interested in influencing decisions for brands, government, corporations, and non-profit organizations.

When you attempt a survey, you’re entered into their quarterly drawing of $10,000. Each survey you complete/attempt, is an individual entry into the drawing. Not too shabby.

You’ll also earn points that are redeemable for popular gift cards.