Ah, the internet. In addition to introducing us to mainstays of modern life such as Facebook, Amazon, and Google, the internet has brought with it a plethora of new and often easy ways to make money online. I can count at least seven ways that I currently make money via the internet, including selling used books on Amazon, selling clothing and small items on eBay, selling random (usually larger) household items on Craigslist, running a blog, and three more which I will mention here.
Of all the ways that I make money on the internet, by far the three easiest are by 1) taking surveys, 2) using Swagbucks, and 3) using Ebates.
Taking Surveys Online
I’ve been taking surveys online for years. I LOVE taking surveys for points/money because I can literally be sitting in an airport waiting for a flight or sitting on my couch in my pajamas taking surveys. It’s so easy.
Although I’ve used a variety of different companies, my current favorite is Harris Poll Online. For myself I’ve found that it helps to pick one or two survey companies and stick with them rather than have accounts with a bunch of different survey companies and be taking surveys at all of them. Back in the day when I had accounts at multiple survey companies I inevitably lost track of how many points I had with each place, which led to me not using all those points.
Anyway, my current fav is Harris Poll Online because they offer the ability to redeem rewards for gift cards at places that I actually would like to have gift cards for, like Wal-Mart, Groupon, Home Depot, Amazon, Zappos, and iTunes. You get 50 points just for signing up and another 15 for completing profile information. Opportunities for rewards start when you get to 200 points. Also, with every survey you complete you are entered to win their $10,000 sweepstakes! I haven’t won it yet, but I’m thinking 10 Gs would be pretty cool.
If you are interested in earning sweet rewards by taking surveys through Harris Poll Online, you can sign up at this link.
I’ve written about this before, but I really love Swagbucks. For those of you who may be unfamiliar, Swagbucks is essentially a search engine- but with a twist. You can earn points, or Swagbucks, for doing internet searches. I don’t know about you, but the internet has become my default place to find pretty much everything, so I literally find myself doing internet searches at least five or ten times a day. By using Swagbucks as my default search engine, I earn points nearly every day for doing those searches! It’s not always a huge amount, but it adds up.
Swagbucks also has its own shopping portal where you can find links to different online retailers (like Amazon, Target, Starbucks, iTunes, and Wal-Mart) and shop their websites. You can earn varying amounts of Swagbucks per dollar spent at each retailer through the portal. For example, currently you can earn 5 points per dollar spent in various categories at Amazon.
My favorite way to redeem Swagbucks is to use them to get Amazon gift cards, which is part of my strategy for saving money shopping on Amazon. But if gift cards aren’t your thing, you can trade in your Swagbucks for PayPal cash instead!
Two other pretty cool ways to earn Swagbucks are by taking surveys at the site and by printing and using coupons for groceries. There is also a Swagbucks app that I have installed on my mobile device so I can earn points by doing searches and taking surveys on the go.
I only recently started using Ebates, but I’m loving it so far! It is also a shopping portal, only instead of earning points for gift cards you earn cash back- it’s pretty sweet! You can set up your account to either have a check mailed to you or have funds deposited into your Paypal account.
These days whenever I want to buy something online I first check Ebates to see if they have cash back. Then I buy at my desired retailer though the link on the Ebates website. So far my opinion is that Ebates seems to offer a much wider variety of retailers than the Swagbucks shopping portal.
New: Earning Station
Another site that I recently heard about is Earning Station. This is also a site that offers paid surveys, but rather than receiving an email when a new survey is available, you just log in to your account and take surveys whenever you want. The folks at Earning Station actually own several survey sites, which often translates into higher payouts for those looking to pick up some spare cash taking surveys! Also, the word on the street is that the folks at Earning Station are rapidly building features on this site and plan to have search engine capability (like Swagbucks) and other features soon.
If you are interested in earning rewards by taking surveys and completing other activities through Earning Station, you can sign up at this link.
My favorite trick to use is to do most of my holiday shopping online through portals- that way I often get great deals AND earn sweet rewards. Win-win!!
Have you used any of these easy ways to make money online? Do you take online surveys? If you are a Swagbucks or Ebates user, what’s been your experience in earning rewards?
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