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Best International Paid Survey Companies

Online paid survey sites are actually online divisions of market research companies. They conduct surveys to aid companies in the development of new products and services and in improving them. Many of them give handsome rewards for your participation in online surveys. Hitherto, these companies have targeted mainly the North American markets. But, with the advent of globalization, they have shown increasing interst in international markets. Here, we review four of the best international survey companies: Globaltestmarket, Ciao Surveys International, Surveysavvy and American Consumer Opinion panel.

Globaltestamarket is arguably the best international survey site at present. They offers surveys in many languages and have a presence in more than a hundred countries. They have a points based reward system. They typically reward you 50 to 100 marketpoints for surveys you complete. Even if you don't qualify for a survey, you wil get some reward points for completing the screening questionnaire. Globaltestamarket also offers rewards for referring your friends. Once you accumulate 1000 marketpoints, which is equivalent to 50 US dollars, you can request payment which will be sent to you in the form of a check. Globaltestamarket sends you checks in local currencies in many countries.

Ciao Surveys International is another leading international survey site. They are in the process of upgrading and is setting up separate panels for several countries, particularly in Europe and Latin America. In fact, they have teamed up with Greenfield Online (previously Gozing surveys) and now conducts the latter's operations outside North America. Ciao rewards you with cash, up to US$ 6.50, for surveys you take. In addition, they also offer referral rewards for referring your friends. They support payment via paypal, a leading online payment processor. At paypal, you can make a free personal account. You need to have a minimum of $5 in your Ciao account to request payment by paypal. In some countries, Ciao also supports payment by check.

Surveysavvy is a leader in online market research. A division of Luth Research, they are open to members worldwide. Although Surveysavvy does not send frequent surveys, they reward you very well for surveys you take, often up to $20 or more. They have an IT panel which rewards very well for those in the information technology field. Another great feature is their referral system which rewards you an average of $2 for surveys your referrals take and $1 for surveys their referrals take. Money you earn from surveys and referrals are paid into your surveysavvy account. You can request payment at any time without any minimum requirement. Payments are sent to you via check.

American Consumer Opinion Panel (ACOP) is a part of Decision Analyst Inc. Despite their name, they are open to members worldwide. In fact, they have panels in several European and East Asian languages. Like Surveysavvy, they don't invite you for frequnt surveys, but reward you well. Typically, you can get US$ 4 to 25 for each survey you complete. They send you payments in the form of checks in local currency or as American Express gift cheques 4 weeks after you complete a survey. Overall, ACOP is a good survey site and gives you good earnings in many countries.

In addition to the leading four, there are many good paid survey comapnies like Surveys.com, NPDOR, Palnetpulse, Yoursay and Opinionsquare which are open to members worldwide. You can get more information about them on free online survey resource sites.

Shaj M is the owner of the free online survey resources site Internet Paid Surveys. The site has separate sections for members from USA, Canada, UK, Australia and rest of the World. International Paid Surveys section features more than 20 free survey companies which are open to members worldwide.

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The Truth About Paid Online Surveys - A Question and Answer Session

With thousands of people trying to find a way to make some extra money online everyday, paid online survey sites are popping up everywhere. With so many out there (some good, some - well, not so good) it's hard to determine what to believe. In an attempt to clarify the ins and outs, and the myths and realities of paid online surveys, I've composed a series of questions and answers to help you sort everything out. We'll start with the basics and then get into the nitty gritty.

Question: Is this for real? Why would someone pay me to take online surveys?
Answer: Yes, this is for real. There are literally hundreds of legitimate market research companies out there who offer incentives for your opinion. Companies have come to these firms to get public opinions on their products or services and are willing to pay them to find out what you think. They then pass some of that payment onto you.

Question: What are the surveys about?
Answer: Just about anything that you can think of. You may be asked to review a movie trailer for a new movie, what kind of peanut butter you like, what restaurants you frequent, you name it. From barbeque grills to medical questions to appliances to what you had for dinner last night. There are sites for specific age groups, professions, hobbies and interests. The surveys are generally very interesting and these companies are looking for your opinion on how to shape their products.

Question: How does it work?
Answer: Each company works a bit differently, but here are the basics of online surveys. You will sign-up for a paid survey site. You will enter some basic demographic information (age, gender, etc…), and when they have a survey available in which they are looking for someone who fits your profile, they will send you an invitation to take a survey. The invitation will usually contain a link directly to the survey and the incentive they are offering for you to take the survey. Just click on the link and take the survey to qualify for the reward.

Question: What kinds of incentives are offered?
Answer: The incentives vary for each site, but generally the incentives take the following forms: cash, gift certificates (Amazon gift certificates being the most popular), merchandise (DVDs, small appliances, electronic gadgets, cookware, etc…), and charity donations. Each survey site will offer one or several of the above incentives for your participation in their surveys. Some will offer these straight out, for example "get paid $5.00 to take this survey", some offer these in the form of a drawing and others have a point system in which accumulated points can be "cashed in" for the items above.

Question: Will you get spammed by signing up for paid survey sites?
Answer: No, but you do have to be careful. There are some sites out there that are simply advertising firms posing as paid online survey sites. Here's my advise on how to tell the difference. First, if they offer you a chance at a fantastic prize for signing up, such as a car or a boat, I would be a bit weary and do some more research before you sign-up. Second, if the survey to sign-up for the site consists of a lot of questions as to whether or not you want more information on other products, walk away, you're certain to get spammed. Just remember that a legitimate market research firm will not endorse a product or service, they are supposed to be unbiased. Third, read the privacy policy if you have any concerns. The majority of the sites out there are legitimate and will only email you if there is a survey available or if there is important information they need to notify you of.

Question: Should you pay for a database of paid survey sites?
Answer: No. There are several reasons why you shouldn't pay a dime to take online surveys. First, with a little effort you'll be able to find all of the sites yourself - free. There are a lot of free sites that have pretty good lists and also a few really good free sites out there that have comprehensive free paid survey directories with hundreds of listings. Secondly, market research firms are actually prohibited from charging people to participate in surveys and frown upon anyone who does.

Question: Can I get rich just by taking online surveys?
Answer: I've had so many people ask me if there are going to be able to retire by taking online surveys. Well, that's just not going to happen. Where it is possible to make a decent amount of money by making referrals or by running a survey related website, you're just not going to be making a full-time salary by simply taking surveys. There are a lot of sites out there advertising that you can make thousands of dollars per week or make $45 dollars and hour for taking online surveys (you can actually make $45 dollars an hour for a particular survey, but you won't always make that much and it may only be a 10 minute survey).

Question: How much can I make?
Answer: That's really hard to say. It really depends on a number of factors. How many sites did you sign-up with? How often do you take the surveys you are invited to take? What is your demographic? Etc… But I won't just leave you hanging at that. I would say, if you sign-up for a number of survey sites, take the majority of the surveys you are invited to and are not limited in life experience, you could make perhaps $1,000 to $2,000 a year in cash or something equivalent. Mostly you will get smaller payments ($1.00 to $10.00) for a survey but I've seen them pay as much as $200. Treat this as extra cash, not a career. You can easily make enough to take the family out for dinner, buy a few extras, get a few nice things for around the house or save it all for your Christmas shopping.

Question: So, is it worth it?
Answer: Yes, I think so. Whereas, it's not going to make you filthy rich, it's certainly an easy and fun way to make a few extra bucks. I find the surveys to be enjoyable to participate in and for the time spent, the compensation is pretty good.

That wraps up this question and answer session. Hopefully this article has shed some light on the world of paid online surveys. If you cut through the hype and know what to look for, online surveys can be an enjoyable way to make some extra money. You'll get to see new products before they come out, give your opinion on how to make existing products better and get paid to do so. Not too bad for a few minutes of your time.

Chris Ohlson is the owner of Free Paid Surveys.net, www.freepaidsurveys.net
With a comprehensive listing of over 300 paid online survey sites
and dedicated to providing straight-forward and honest information
on paid online surveys.

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