Why Some Survey Takers Don’t Succeed

Despite all the panelists who reap great rewards from taking online surveys, there are still those who say they have tried it out and didn’t earn any cash or prizes. There are most likely several steps they could have taken to succeed at taking online surveys, and the reasons they probably failed are discussed below.

Falling for Scams

People always seem to want to believe in “get rich quick” schemes. Do they really think someone would be willing to pay them hundreds of dollars each day to sit at home and answer a few questions? Unfortunately however this is what some shady survey companies advertise and those who sign up with them soon discover that the promise of big riches being delivered to them with no effort is a lie.

Unfortunately some sites also ask panelists to pay money and then just offer the same list of companies who offer online surveys that are available for free elsewhere on the Internet (such as on this site) so it’s possible for potential survey takers to start off by losing money! By using common sense people can avoid these scams and find survey sites that offer fun, interesting surveys and a variety of rewards.

Only Joining One Panel

Since not everyone will be eligible for every available survey, it makes sense to join a few different panels to improve the odds of receiving more surveys. Some may target more applicable demographics, such as mothers or families, while others might be looking for respondents from different ethnicities. Registration is quick and simple, so it’s easy to join a few different panels.

Different companies also offer their own reward systems and prizes. Be sure to look through the rewards page of any panel before joining, to ensure the prizes they offer are appropriate. If a survey taker loves gaming, they may want to join a company that offers Facebook Credit rewards. They may also join a second panel that offers cash, so that they can save up for two different rewards at once.

Getting Disqualified

Survey companies want honest feedback from their panelists. It’s of no use to them if survey takers lie or don’t even read through the questions. Therefore they have systems in place to make sure people aren’t just rushing through each survey to earn points. If people answer too quickly their account may get flagged which leads to not receiving any more surveys from that company.

The flip side is if a panelist builds up a good reputation, they may be invited to take part in higher-paying surveys or even focus groups, which tend to pay out bigger rewards.


It’s a good idea to complete the survey as soon as possible. If a company needs one hundred completed surveys, they will most likely send that one survey out to hundreds of their panelists. This is because not everyone will qualify for that particular survey. They may need answers from two separate age groups, and if one fills up before the other, the survey may be closed to certain panelists fairly quickly.

Checking your email inbox throughout the day and signing in to each panelists site periodically can ensure quicker access to surveys and a higher chance they will still be available. And since most surveys state the time needed to complete the upcoming survey plus the rewards given upon completion, panelists can choose which surveys take priority. Also, keeping survey invitations organized in email folders can help ensure none get misplaced and keep panelists from being disappointed when they wait too long to try to access a survey link and find the survey is now closed.