Finding a reliable online research panel is the first thing that you need to do before you actually start to make money on online paid surveys. On the Internet, you can find plenty of companies offering you money for taking online surveys. Not all of them are real. Not all of them will pay you for your opinion. Below, we give you some basic information that can help you protect yourself against scams.

Be careful what information you share

While registering with a credible research panel you will be asked to provide some basic information about yourself. You will be asked about your age, place of residence, marital status, number of dependents, brand of car, etc. It may happen that you will be asked additional questions. The answers you provide will create your profile as a respondent. You should never be asked personal questions though. The companies that are not reliable will be asking you for sensitive or personal information. The will be interested in you ID number, number of your bank account, personal identification number, etc..  Keep in mind that questions asked in the surveys may also be an attempt to get sensitive information from you.

Don’t pay

Registration with a credible online research panel is free. These are research companies that pay for your opinion. If you need to pay a registration fee, most likely you are dealing with the scammers.  You also should be careful if your membership in online research panel requires any financial contributions. If an online research panel asks any money from you, you should think twice before joining in.

Pay attention to T&Cs

Credible research companies will always inform you upfront about the terms and conditions of cooperation. You will be provided with rules and regulations. You will have to accept them during registration process.  To avoid disappointments, make sure to review conditions of cooperation. It should be a warning sign for you if there are no terms and conditions available on the web or at your request.

Do your research

A credible research company wants to be in touch. A credible research company will provide you with a contact details. You will also be provided with corporate information. If this data is missing, you can become a victim of a fraud. If you do not know any corporate information or no contact data is provided, in case of any problems, thre will be no one to address them to. Your questions about the unpaid remuneration for online surveys will remain non-responded. Check carefully whether you’re a research panel gives you any contact information. Try to find some out to who is the owner of the panel. Verify whether the company being the owner of the panel exists.

If something is too good to be true it is not true

You know that in a real life you do not get paid big money for a small work. The amount of remuneration for paid online surveys varies and depends on the length of the survey. By taking online paid surveys you will not become rich. You will be able to make some additional income. Do not trust those who offer you huge money just for taking online paid surveys.


It may happen that you do not meet the socio – demographic criteria of the study. In such a case you may be not qualified for the study (although you have received an invite).  The fact that you did not qualify for the study does not necessarily mean that you are dealing with scammers.  If you do not immediately respond to an invite to an online paid survey, don’t be surprised that it is closed when you are ready to start filling in.

Also, keep in mind that you will not get you remuneration for online paid surveys immediately. As a rule, you have to collect certain amount of money before the payment is made. Making money on online paid surveys requires a bit of patience. Actual earnings depend on you.  If you follow a few simple rules, taking online paid surveys will become a way to supplement your budget.