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If you are like me, you are always looking for ways to earn some extra money. I have spent many hours on reading different ways to earn money through the internet. Some of the ideas I stumbled across are outrageous and are almost impossible to earn money. However, others are actually legit and can earn you some extra cash. However, note that these extra cash potentials are probably not going to make you a millionaire. They will simply give you some extra spending cash in your pocket. Be wary of any get rich quick schemes because these are most often false and can actually cost you more money then you will ever bring home.

I started using survey sites about two years ago. I was skeptical at first if I would ever actually earn any money. I signed up for about 15 different sites and filled out my profiles. Make note that all legitimate survey sites will never ask you to pay for signing up on the site or ask you to pay to take their surveys. If you a registering for a site and they ask for payment, RUN! A helpful tool to use for checking if a survey site is legit is Survey Police. They rank the top survey sites and detail exactly how each site is run and operated. They also explain how each site pays you. People review the survey sites and you can read other users thoughts. I highly recommend checking out this site before you start signing up for surveys.

Most survey sites will pay you in the form of gift cards or PayPal. Many sites also allow you to accumulate points that you can use to redeem on actual items. A few sites actually send you a check in the mail which you can cash or deposit.

In this post, I will rank my favorite survey sites and explain why I love them. I have found five survey sites that I really enjoy and think are worth signing up for. There are a few others I really like, but these are my top five favorite. If you enjoy this post, I can write a sequel explaining the other sites I enjoy. Let’s get to explaining how to earn free money with these top 5 sites!

My top 5 survey sites: 


Pinecone Research LTD tm

Pinecone Research is an awesome survey site! It is definitely my favorite survey site and you earn the most money on this site. They have a huge catalog of items you can spend your points on. In the catalog is everything from songs, books, electronics, housewares, and even makeup. However, my favorite option is the cash option. You can cash your points out at anytime and they send you a check. Essentially every survey you complete you earn $3.00. I let my points accumulate until I have about $40.00 and then I cash out. The check comes really fast and I have never had any problem cashing it.

Pinecone Research only opens a certain number of spots on their site. If you are interested in signing up, I will let you know when spots are available. Let me know in the comments below what is your email or you can send me your email here and I will send you an email letting you know they have opened spots.

The surveys you will complete are about new products not yet available, as well as new concepts. I love getting to be the first to know about a product or concept. Also, many times the company will send you their product to test and keep. I love when this happens! I earn money/points for the initial survey, get to test and keep the product, and earn more money/points for completing the follow up survey! I have found some awesome new products through this survey site that I continue to purchase today. I highly recommend Pinecone Research. Click here for the FAQs!


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I really like Opinion Outpost and have had this survey site the longest. I have taken many interesting surveys on this site and they always have new surveys. When you qualify for and take a survey, you earn points (point amount varies per survey and length of time the survey takes). You can then cash these points in for money or prizes. I receive many emails from them to take surveys and you can always log in on the site and take even more. Also, for each survey you take (even if you do not qualify) you earn a chance to win $10,000!

I accumulate my points until I have 50 points then I cash out for a $5 Amazon gift card. For 1 point, you can redeem a prize draw entry. For 5 points, you can make a $0.50 donation to American Red Cross. For 30 points, you can get $3 to Alawar Games. For 50 points, you can get a $5 gift card to Amazon. For 100 points, you can get a $10 gift card to iTunes or $10 cash via Paypal. For 105 points, you can get 300 award miles for MileagePlus.

I qualify for many surveys and it does not take long at all to accumulate points to cash out. I have taken surveys that give me 50-100 points in just one survey. Just about every month, I have enough points to get a couple Amazon gift cards. The surveys are fun and interesting. Some take a while to complete, but most are under 15 minutes. I highly recommend Opinion Outpost! Click here for the FAQs!


Harris Poll Online

Another great survey site is Harris Poll Online! The surveys on this site are so much fun. Many of them do not take long at all! If you qualify for a survey, you earn points that can be redeemed for rewards. They have a huge rewards catalog. Most often when you don’t qualify for a survey, you still earn 15 points. This is their way of saying thanks for answering the preliminary questions. I think that is awesome they still reward you for your time.

It does not take long at all to accumulate enough points to earn rewards. I usually spend my points on Amazon gift cards. I have received many Amazon gift cards from this site. I probably earn 1 to 2 every single month. The rewards catalog has many different gift cards, as well as products. There are movies, music, magazines, video games, and electronic items just to name a few.

I qualify for many surveys every week! Some take less than 5 minutes, while others take an hour. Of course, the hour long surveys pay extremely high in points. Many times, you will earn enough points to get a reward with a single survey. I find almost all their surveys are fun and on very interesting topics! I highly recommend Harris Poll Online! Click here for the FAQs!


Opinion Square is a great survey site. The surveys are fun and do not take long at all to complete. The setup of the surveys are also very user friendly and easy to read. Opinion Square also offers the option to download software to your computer to earn even more money. However, you don’t have to do this. I have earned a lot of gift cards taking surveys on this site.

After you qualify and take a survey, you earn points. You can then redeem the points for gift cards or items. The rewards catalog is huge. There is definitely something for everyone. I redeem my points for Amazon gift cards. I have earned many Amazon gift cards through this site. I also appreciate that Opinion Square does not bombard your email. They send a few emails a week. Another great feature is that even if you don’t qualify for a survey, you earn a “token”. These tokens can be used to play a game and earn more points. Every token earns you points. I have earned 25-100 points per token! I love this option.

I qualify for many surveys on Opinion Square. Each survey earns at least 200 points; therefore, it does not take long at all to accumulate enough points to cash out. Many of the surveys are very short and take less than 5 minutes. The surveys are very user friendly. I also love that you get a huge bonus on your 1 year anniversary. I highly recommend Opinion Square! Click here for the FAQs!


Online Surveys Platform

Tellwut is such a great survey site. There are so many ways to earn points on the site. It doesn’t take long at all to accumulate enough points to redeem for prizes. It is definitely one of the easiest and best survey sites. The surveys are so fun and I actually learn a ton from taking the surveys.

There are two main ways to earn points. One way is to participate in the surveys that are sent to your email address. These surveys take a bit longer to complete, but are worth a lot of points. Once you reach 4,000 points you can redeem them for gift cards. These emailed surveys can be worth 30 points to 1,500 points. They are interesting and easy to complete. They sometimes even send research studies that are worth a ton of points and even come with bonuses. I participated in a research study that paid me $120 in Amazon gift cards. It was so easy and fun.

The second main way to earn points is to take the quick polls on the front page. I check for polls once per day and complete all the new available polls. Each poll earns you 5-25 points. They are only 1-15 questions long and are so extremely fast to complete. The surveys are created by other Tellwut members and the topics are so interesting. I have learned so much and laughed so much taking these surveys.

Tellwut also has contests frequently. You can earn additional points in these contests and many times gift cards or prizes. I have won before and it is awesome. The contest is usually just some additional quick surveys. Tellwut also sends a weekly newsletter that explain the contests and has bonus surveys inside. I highly recommend following Tellwut on Twitter and Facebook for even more surveys!

Tellwut is probably the easiest site to use. It is so much fun and does not take much time at all. I love the contests and the quick daily polls. I also enjoy the research studies because you can earn a lot of bonuses through the study. It doesn’t take long at all to earn 4,000 points. I earn enough points at least once a month to redeem on gift cards. I always redeem my points for Amazon gift cards; 4,000 points = $10 Amazon gift card. I highly recommend Tellwut! Click here for the FAQs!

Final Thoughts:

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and found it to be helpful. I have been taking surveys for almost two years. I love taking surveys and learning about products and ideas. The above sites are my top 5 survey sites that I currently use . However, I have recently been using a couple other survey sites that I am loving too. If you would like me to do a post on them, let me know! Survey sites are not a get rich quick scheme nor will they earn you a ton of money. However, they will add extra cash and gift cards in your pocket every month (think: way to earn money for product reviews). It is a nice way to buy yourself something extra. Most surveys don’t take long at all and I only spend on average about 30-60 minutes per day working on surveys. Caution: Do not sign up for any survey sites that ask you to pay to take surveys! These are almost always scams. I encourage you to try at least one of the above survey sites to see how they work. Also, let me know what survey sites you enjoy because I love trying new sites. Now get to earning some extra cash!


*Note: I am not paid or endorsed to write this post. A couple of the links (*) contain a referral link and I will only earn points if you sign up through the link. I am not being paid anything for my opinion. I honestly enjoy taking surveys and love the above sites. I visit them every single day. These are my honest opinions.