Friday we talked about e-Rewards surveys and how to use them to earn free bonus points. The winning tip goes to Issac. “G” also had a great insider tip that came in by email. (Issac, send Rick your email address!)
I am a great admirer of your blog. I just saw Shannon’s post and here are my two cents.
The surveys on E-rewards are long and often boring and you have to concentrate to get past the pages.
How do we maximize return for effort?
1. For surveys that have “e-rewards” even in the redirected URL where the survey is happening. This means, e-rewards hasn’t subcontracted this survey but is conducting it itself, and not just acting as a router. Do these diligently. Fooling around with answers on these may result in disqualification.
2. For other surveys, which are about 80% of them, clicking on the initial e-rewards link will take you to an external survey website. They take a long time and most people quit half way through. What do you do? Well. If you DO NOT qualify, you generally get 25 cents, sometimes more. It is easy to self-disqualify. Give absurd ages, say you don’t live in USA, say you never went to any school, whenever there is a choice – check “prefer not to answer.” In short, be a survey taker who is weeded out before they get to the main survey. It will take < one minute and you will get your 25 cents. I have racked up &got; $200 like this. Have received Skymiles, dividend miles, border bucks. Borderbucks are by far the best redemption option.
Hope that helps.
On to Opinionplace.com:
Opinionplace.com, like e-rewards. is another online survey provider who offers rewards for surveys completed by consumers. To join is free. I joined and found the process quick and easy.
On the Opinionplace.com main page, hit the “Get Started” button and follow the directions. Basically, first they want you to fill in some personal demographic information then set up a log-in. They will ask you if you want to receive survey opportunity alerts by email or not. If you don’t, you must log in and check your account for surveys.
After the demographics, you must answer a household survey, two short “check the box” segments asking you what items you make primary purchasing decisions for in your home and then a segment asking what industry you and those in your household work for. It takes 30 seconds. After that they check for available surveys. I had no available surveys so I will be checking my emails.
An important note before signing up: The site allows only ONE member per household to participate. If their system detects more than one person in the household with an account, they will terminate the whole household. After answering the household survey I think it would be smartest to have the person who makes all the major purchasing decisions for the house join because it will open you up to more surveys. They aren’t going to send surveys on electronics or financial services to someone who only checked that they only make major grocery buying decisions.
As you qualify for surveys, Opinionplace.com will notify you ahead of time of the subject, length and reward for each available survey. They say their surveys on average take 10-15 minutes, but they can take up to 25 minutes. And the longer the survey, the greater the reward. The rewards come from four places: Amazon.com, PayPal, AAdvantage, and an Opinionplace sweepstakes. Amazon.com rewards using claim codes that usually pay from $1-$5. PayPal gives credits of $1.50-$5. AAdvantage rewards 75-150 bonus miles per survey and you have an additional option to enter yourself into a $1000 dollar Opinionplace.com monthly sweepstakes drawing.
The E-miles program offers bonus points for “reading and responding to marketing messages.” From what I’ve seen you are exposing yourself to advertising in return for frequent flier miles. There are three ways to join: respond to an e-miles enrollment invitation, get referred by a fellow member, or simply join on the site. I joined from the site. They offer Bonus points for the following: AirTran, Alaska Airlines, Continental, Delta, US Airways, Frontier, and Hilton Honors.
They offer you 100 bonus points for filling out the enrollment information. It took 5-10 minutes to fill in all the demographic data as they were a bit more detailed than Opinionplace.com. This is also where you log in to your program of choice to receive your bonus points, so have your member number handy. After I was finished and logged in my balance showed 200 points! That was an easy 200 frequent flier miles! WAHOO!
E-miles will email members a weekly reminder with earning opportunities. From that email you can click the “continue” link to view your latest points opportunities. Some offers are only available for short periods of time, so respond, if interested, as soon as you can. The site keeps “profiles” of your personal information used as targeting (for the advertisements). The more up-to-date your information means the more opportunities you will be offered.
Under your “Account” you can also set the maximum number of emails you want to receive from E-miles. The miles are deposited into your chosen program account in 500-point increments. You must request they be deposited from the E-mile deposit page and they may take 7-10 days to show up.
The award points offered are to the right of the “opportunity.” Many of mine now offer five points and the profile updates are 15 points. I tried a few of my new offers available. The first one exposed me to a page advertisement then a pop-up window with a brief article. Then I answered three questions about my travel preferences. It took 30 seconds and I earned five points. The second one I did was a 30-second video advertisement, a pop-up to the company’s website, and a 10-question survey.
I wish you all many free bonus points!
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