Surveys & Friends Review
As the primary mission of Top 5 Online Jobs is to evaluate current work-at-home opportunities, we review numerous paid survey sites. Almost invariably, there are aspects of any given survey site that we like, but none have ever provided everything we were looking for. That was until we had the pleasure of reviewing Surveys & Friends — undoubtedly the best online paid survey site on the web.
The introductory video on the Surveys & Friends website provides an overview of the site's benefits and the factors that distinguish it from similar sites. For instance, there are three ways to earn money with surveys — by taking surveys yourself, for referring friends and others to survey panels, and for surveys completed by the people you refer. That's a "win-win-win" situation in our book.
Tough economic times will actually serve to turbocharge the "faster, cheaper, better" changes that have been revolutionizing the business of market research — but expect an increased emphasis on "cheaper." To save dollars, more firms will use online survey tools...”
— Brad Bortner, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research
You can become a member by using: (1) the simple "Get Started Now" form beneath the top banner; or (2) a similar form in the main content column about two thirds down the page; or (3) the "Join Today" link in the footer at the page bottom. Each method allows you to join for the one-time fee of $34.00, but the third allows you to skip the wait for an "invitation e-mail" to arrive. You can pay by using Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, AmEx, Discover, JCB, and our preferred option — PayPal.
After selecting your password (your username is your e-mail address), you may log into the members area, where your name will be displayed on the left below the welcome banner. The "Welcome" video provides a good program overview.
Not only does Surveys & Friends provide you with the absolute best legitimate and lucrative survey, focus group, and mystery shopper sites, but it goes a step further by combining out-of-the-box thinking and the best practices for online marketing.”
— Robert G. Medford, Top 5 Online Jobs Editor
The Member's Area navigation menu includes seven sections. If you are new to surveys, you may wish to concentrate on the opportunities in Section 1 until you feel comfortable enough to tackle Sections 2 through 4, as these sections require use of the website and techniques covered in the V.I.P. Section. There is no to rush to complete the sections within any given time frame, as your Surveys & Friends Membership does not expire.
Section 1. Take Surveys
This section includes the Top 20 Survey Panels; the Mystery Shopper Board; the Focus Groups Board; and the Extensive Survey Database which lists additional survey sites.
The Top 20 Survey Panels include online surveys, focus groups, and mystery shopping sites. There are separate listings for the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. We suggest you create a spreadsheet to track the multiple login URLs, usernames, and passwords for the survey panels, or pay to subscribe to RoboForm, which will remember them for you. You can open a dedicated Yahoo or Gmail account for Surveys & Friends opportunities and add a separate folder for each of The Top 20 Survey Panels. This will allow you to sort and track the numerous offers you will receive via e-mail. To maximize your time and earnings, we advise concentrating solely on cash-paying opportunities.
The Mystery Shopper Board is absolutely the best we have ever seen. Completing a single assignment can cover the cost of Surveys & Friends Membership Fee. The Board allows you to narrow the numerous listings to those that match your preferences. Opportunities are available in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Aruba, Belgium, Brazil, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates.
Focus groups are the most lucrative part of the survey field. You can access the best Focus Group Board through your membership in Surveys & Friends and concentrate solely on those that interest you the most. A recent search for California focus groups brought up 28 opportunities that paid $133.15 on the average! Note that only U.S. residents can access the Focus Group Board, but many other Survey & Friends opportunities are available for non-U.S. residents.
Four Extensive Survey Databases (U.S., U.K., Australia, and Canada) detail hundreds of additional paid survey sites. For your convenience, Surveys & Friends has selected the best survey sites, and placed those in The Top 20 Survey Panels. We agree with Surveys & Friends' recommendation that you skip the Extensive Survey Database sites until you have had an opportunity to implement the income-producing methods discussed below.
Section 2. Invite Friends
Section 2. Invite Friends teaches you to multiply your survey income without completing more surveys yourself. The methods taught in this section allow you to take your survey income to the next level by adding passive, recurring income streams. The concept is simple. High-end survey panels will pay you $1.00-$7.00 for each friend you refer that joins. In addition, Surveys & Friends will pay you approximately $22.00 for each new member you provide. Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and others, allow you to contact friends and acquaintances similarly interested in adding to their incomes.
Section 3. Invite Yourself
Section 3. Invite Yourself utilizes the referral links created in Section 2 to earn commissions ranging between $1.00 and $7.00 for signing yourself up for additional surveys panels. Because you are referring yourself, your commissions are assured. This nothing-short-of-brilliant method is the closest thing we have seen to a foolproof system for making money online. It's just one more way that Surveys & Friends distinguishes itself from other paid survey websites.
Section 4. Invite Others
Section 4. Invite Others utilizes V.I.P. Section techniques to expand your referral commission base to residents of the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the U.K. Your income will no longer be limited by the number of surveys, focus groups and secret shopper assignments you can complete in a day, or by the number of friends you can invite. This section removes those restrictions and exponentially increases your referral income potential. While the methods in Section 4 require somewhat more effort than those in Sections 2 and 3, they are the most powerful way to leverage your time and increase your income.
The V.I.P. Section shows you how to set up your own personalized, "I Like Paid Surveys" website to take advantage of the income increasing referral techniques in Sections 2 and 4. You may think that you don't have the skills set to create a website, but if you can fill out a brief form and click the "Submit" button, you can create a customized site. If you have questions, you can access The Surveys & Friends Support Desk. Creating your own your own personalized website is free with your Surveys & Friends Membership. It's also free to join the two affiliate websites that will pay your referral commissions for surveys and memberships. Now you can use your social media connections to refer your friends and acquaintances to your website, and be on your way to earning passive income 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and 365 days per year.
The Bonuses Section provides 5 ready-to-download eBooks that complement your Surveys & Friends Membership by adding to your income-producing skillset.
- Mystery Shopper Mastery
- Freelance Mastery
- Forum Profit Mastery
- Facebook Profit Mastery
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
The Support Section includes a responsive Helpdesk with an efficient ticket system to assist you as required with Surveys & Friends' concepts and methodologies, as well as the numerous survey databases. While the Members Area has been designed for ease of use, it is reassuring to know that expert assistance is available if required.
Surveys & Friends Screenshots
Please note that the screenshots provided below represent only some of the Surveys & Friends Members Website pages, and are presented here to give you a better understanding of what to expect from the site.
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- Easy-to-use Member's Website features clean and simple design.
- Instruction provided in both text and video formats.
- Separate "Top 20 Survey Panels to Join" list makes it easy to sign up for the best paid survey, mystery shopper, and focus group sites that pay you in cash — not sweepstakes entries, discount coupons, and other suspect forms of compensation.
- Nearly all survey databases are available in separate versions for the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia.
- Start earning quickly by limiting your activities to Section 1 which shows you how to make money taking surveys, participating in focus groups, and completing secret shopper assignments.
- Create multiple, passive income streams and exponentially increase your earnings by utilizing the "Invite Friends," "Invite Yourself," "Invite Others," and "V.I.P." sections.
- Free, ready-to-download, instructional eBooks provided in "Bonuses" section will enhance your work-at-home skillset and provide additional ways to make money online.
- Responsive Members Area Helpdesk available to answer your support questions.
- V.I.P. section provides a free, income-producing, "I Like Paid Surveys" website that you may customize by completing a brief form.
- Surveys & Friends is simply the best paid survey site on the web. You will not be disappointed.
- Residents of countries other than the US, the UK, Canada and Australia, are provided with fewer survey opportunities.