Money...I'm not doing much to make any of that lately (for various reasons and/or over objections I have with the various paths I could pursue for it, I currently can't or won't) but after examining about 40 survey sites this summer and after tossing the mere idea of taking surveys around for years before that, I finally decided to go with one website - OpinionOutpost. And they are, so far anyway, the bomb (whoops...can I still legally use the word "bomb" in the US without attracting a terrorism investigation?).
It's not a replacement for even a part-time job but I am making about $10 a day for under two hours of surveying each go-around. Which is, uh, $70 a week, $280 per four week month, or $350 on a five-weeker. Which is another week's pay around here.
As bad as some reviews for OO have been lately (and I have no idea why, if it's sour grapes or just people paid or otherwise clearly motivated to knock OO for the chance to improve traffic to their competitors?), from what I could see through intensive, days-long Google searches and review-reading of All The Survey Sites, it still seemed like the most reputable, highest-paying, quickest-paying, and most reliably paying site out there. I tried Daily Survey and looked into Cash Crate and a few others but they pay and do nothing compared to OO and on those sites you actually have to "work" much harder to "make" much less.
While surveying can be so boring and repetitive sometimes I just, for a few brief minutes here and there, want to kill myself, for the most part I've had a blast. I get exposed to new products I'm definitely interested in that aren't even on the market yet and asked to imagine buying, using and living with them, and queried on how well others around me might respond to them. I'm also asked for my opinions on other topics and for my current, past and expected future usage of a broad range of both tangible and intangible goods.
Believe it or not, I learn new things every day just by taking surveys. I like taking them so much that unless I was extremely time-strapped I think I would keep on taking them - at least every now and then - just for fun, even if I wasn't so much after the money anymore.
OO has paid out each time I've hit their 100 point redemption mark, transferring money to my PayPal account as soon as I request it (literally within 1-3 minutes). From there, as with any PayPal payment, I can spend the money anywhere online or just transfer it to my bank account. Because my household easily spends $70 a week on items that are non-necessary in nature, I can feel good knowing that spending under 10 hours a week not even truly "working", just giving my opinions on and sharing my experiences with various products and companies, will cover the cost of most of those items out of hand.
The only downsides to surveying on OO? There are several.
For one, you will probably not qualify for a lot of surveys. You have to take short pre-surveys compiled by OO to find out, then you have to take other short pre-surveys compiled by the companies in question that want to poll you, but if you disqualify from those, you won't earn any points for trying. You can spend up to 10-15 minutes on a survey (technically the "pre"-survey part of it, but it can go on so long you feel like you're taking an_entire_survey) just to get booted for some mysterious disqualifier that sends you right back to OO without a single earned point in hand.
The only good part of disqualifying is, 9 times out of 10, you're still given an entry into OO's Eternal Sweepstakes (not its actual name, but apparently there is always a sweepstakes - or "prize draw" - going on). Which is a nice enough consolation prize for trying, I guess.
Another downside is at least once or twice a day you'll run into surveys so repetitive, so boring, so seemingly over-involved, so intensely, overly ridiculously inquisitive about the most petty-ass stupid things that you may at least briefly and quite blindly want to off yourself or whoever made the survey or even everyone else in the entire world because of course everyone else in the entire world is to blame for the fact that in order to be a good sport for OO and/or to make money for yourself, you're putting yourself through at least a few lousy surveys each day.
The remaining downside is how OO limits you to taking a certain amount of surveys on a daily basis. I don't think there's any hard and fast number of surveys you're limited to, not even on an individual basis, and since each individual will qualify for a unique array of surveys, there's no way to calculate what, say, the "collective average" would be, but I myself top out at 15-20 surveys each day max. Sometimes it's closer to 7-15 of them. Because each survey can be worth as little as 5 points (1 point = .10 cents) or as much as my all-time high of 70 points total for taking a single survey (because I'm a crazy-mad contributor to OO, so they wanted to thank me - I've made around 150 bonus points to date; on two surveys alone I've netted 80 of those), it can take a day or two to work up to your minimum 100 point cash-out (which equals $10).
Outside of those few quibbles, though, and some problems with a few surveys not loading properly or erroring out before submission back to OO, I'm finding few things to dislike. But I'm one of the lucky ones: by US standards, which are admittedly pathetic, I have blazingly fast Internet (25mbps down/5 mbps up) which allows me to take two or three surveys at once by accessing them through my email's Inbox, cutting time spent taking them down considerably. I'm also a) a fast and fairly accurate typist these days (though I still have no formal keyboard training) which helps because I spend a lot of time long-form writing out my thoughts, feelings, and experiences on various products and b) I'm getting better/faster at answering statistics-gathering-only questions, which is making the whole process much easier.
So I have a little money in my bank account now, an obscene amount of sweepstakes entries, all kinds of badges for being an uber-productive member of OO that I will never display anywhere because I Don't Do Badges, and as a side bonus, thanks to my regular and quite productive participation in OO, PinceCone Research came after me. And they are like, really the bomb. And really hard to get into, especially in the US. So I'm kind of excited about that.