Opinion World (www.OpinionWorld.com) is a market research site that pays members for taking surveys. Opinion World has been around for a couple of years now, and though they used to be available internationally, they are currently only available to US residents.
For those of who you don’t know, market research or trying to make money taking surveys is one of the oldest and most popular ways of earning extra money online. While you won’t become rich or even be able to replace your regular income by taking online surveys, it is an easy way of making some extra money.
Each market research company operates in a unique way, so it is important to understand the policies and characteristics of each company before you sign up.
Making Money with OpinionWorld
Many market research websites entice their customers by promoting the idea of making money taking online surveys, because that is the “easy” method that most potential members are thinking about. In order to make money, all you have to do is answer questions about things you already think or believe, or your own personal habits.
But once members sign up at these other companies, they quickly realize that they are expected to do much, much more than simply take surveys every once in awhile. There are ads to watch, referrals to make, consumer panels to join, and product trials to sign up for. Sometimes it can get a bit complicated and even expensive – if you don’t cancel those trials on time, you can get charged for products or services you never truly wanted.
But OpinionWorld is one of the rare market research websites that simply wants you to take surveys. It’s free to become a member and you won’t be pestered to participate in anything other than the occasional survey.
However, Opinion World doesn’t offer traditional monetary compensation. Instead, you will be given points for the surveys you complete (on average roughly 100 points per paid survey) and once you receive 1000 points (which equals $10.00) you can cash out your account and either request a gift card from one of their retail partners, or you can request the funds added to a PayPal account.
Strategies for Earning with OpinionWorld
Opinion World is also different from other market research companies in that it offers you shorter, less detailed surveys to take on an almost daily basis, however, you won’t be paid. Instead, when you complete these surveys, Opinion World will donate money to charity.
The surveys for which you actually get paid come far less frequently, anywhere from once a week to once a month. However, there are some things you can do to increase your earning potential.
- Keep your profile updated. The more specific you are with your details, and the better you are at recording changes to your profile, the more likely you are to get surveys that you will qualify for and therefore get paid for. Any life changes from losing a job to having a child to switching from regular to decaf coffee will make a difference in the surveys you receive, so be diligent.
- Take advantage of the “extras.” Every once in awhile OpinionWorld will send you an email, asking that you update your profile, or confirm some information for them. Often they will offer you a small point reward for doing so. So do it! It will take two seconds, and you’ll reach your redemption level much quicker.
- Enter yourself in the drawings. Opinion World chooses randomly selected prize winners from random drawings they do on a regular basis. Make sure you are always entered for these drawings.
- Finally, take every survey you are offered. Maybe a survey looks too long or you know before you take it that you might get disqualified. Do it anyway. Every time you are disqualified from a survey (and therefore don’t get paid) OpinionWorld enters you into a “Thank You” prize drawing to ensure that you haven’t exactly wasted your time.
The bottom line is that Opinion World never pretends that you’ll get rich taking surveys, they won’t bombard your email account with offers from their partner companies, and they have a reputation for reliably paying their customers. In the world of market research, this makes OpinionWorld a legitimate company to work with.