Friday, February 25, 2011

How to Make Money and Influence People

There are plenty of legitimate ways to make money with the Internet. If you’re willing to devote a little time each day toward them, you can do pretty well. You’re not going to be able to replace a full time job, but you can supplement your income!

Everything I will mention is something I have personally used. I will include screen shots of my account totals when I can. There are other sites for the same types of deals out there.

The first way is to earn points or cash for shopping. If you’re someone who shops online a lot there are several sites that pay you back in a small percentage or points each time you shop through their site.

Some of the more popular ones are Ebates and MyPoints. Each site works differently and some even give you rewards for referring others to them. Make sure you find the one that you are most comfortable with and use it every time you shop.  MyPoints gives you points for reading emails and trying to do surveys. They also have a place where you can print grocery coupons and earn points simply by using them.

How much you can “earn” depends on how much you shop and which site you use. I personally use MyPoints and did not pay a penny for gift cards for friends and family at Christmas and birthdays last year:

Another way to earn a small amount is by using “search and win” sites. The one I prefer is SwagBucks. There are several ways to earn “free” points every day and you win points for searching with their site. There are other ways to earn such as shopping, trading in electronics and “special offers” but I’ve never used them. They also give points for referrals.

The points are traded in for all kinds of good things! I use it for Amazon gift codes and use those for Christmas and birthday gifts.  Last year I made over $200 with this site which made Christmas pretty much free:

The final way I make money online is the most time consuming…surveys. There are so many survey sites and it can be confusing to find the ones that work best for you. Just remember: never pay to be on a survey site. Surveys take time and sometimes they are mind-numbingly boring, but you can make money with them.

Here are some of the sites I use:
Opinion Outpost - pays in Amazon codes and cash, 50 points equals $5, gives referral points:

Mindfield - pays cash, gives referral points:

Synovate Global Opinion Panels - pays cash, no rewards for referrals, 5000 points equals $5, sometimes does product testing:

MommyTalk Surveys - pays in cash, $25 cash-out threshhold, $5 bonus for signing up, no referral bonus:

Reward Port Surveys - pays in cash, $25 cash-out threshhold, $5 bonus for signing up, no referral bonus:

American Consumer Opinion - lowest activity of all sites, but pays well in cash, sometimes does product testing. No screen shot because of privacy issues.

Ipsos Panels - 1000 points equals $10, referrals need to be emailed to get get points:

Toluna - 60,000 points equals $20, no referral bonus, points earned by surveys and polls:

Each time I get a survey credited to an account, or cash out points for money, I update the total on the right side of the screen. I think I'm doing pretty well so far this year!

No comments: