Hardly a day goes by when I'm browsing the Internet and I find an advertisement to earn money online taking paid surveys. In the past I would have thought great, this sound like an excellent way to earn some extra money online from very little input. This is still the case, however I am a lot more wary of the sources that I use when applying to answer these online surveys.
Nearly% 90 of all survey websites that I find on the internet request a sign up fee, or money up front for membership. This is when you know you have found a scam site, or a dodgy website; never part with any money to apply to paid survey websites. All of the sites that I have found (through very reputable sources) which I have used for the past 5 years have been completely free to join and use, never requesting any kind of sign up fee or membership fee.
When looking for paid survey websites, you should be sure to avoid the ones which ask for a fee. Why would you have to pay to answer a survey website? Paid survey sites use the information that you provide and they sell it to market research companies. This is how Internet survey sites exist, and make a profit. This is how they are able to pay people to answer these surveys in the first place. Why would any paid survey website ask for a membership fee when historically they will be earning money from your membership? This is the reason that all survey websites that are not free to join or use are going to be scammer sites. You will either never receive any surveys, will receive and answer them but wont ever see your earnings, or you might even be directed to a free cash survey website (after paying a membership fee at a different site).
When looking for money for survey sites to apply to, make sure they are free to join and use. Always stay clear of the survey sites that neglect to mention whether they are free to use or not; inevitably they will ask for some form of payment. And never disclose personal / confidential information when applying for these research websites or answering paid surveys. Most survey sites would never request sensitive information, and if they do it will probably be optional to you either you supply that information or not.