How much time do you spend on the Internet every day?
An hour? (yeah right!)
Two? Three? Five?
If you’re using search engines, surfing the web, watching videos, playing games or doing one of a dozen other activities – you could be earning a little extra money for your time. I’ve looked through a lot of the sites, many of which are listed on our epic post of 276+ confirmed sites and pulled out ten of the best. These names may be new but many of them are owned by major corporations you’ve heard of (does Nielsen Ratings sound familiar?).
Here are 10 sites that pay you money for doing things you’re already doing for free! 🙂
One of the biggest reward sites (they’ve paid out nearly $160 million), they pay you swagbucks (worth a penny each) for answering surveys, surfing the web, shopping, using search, watching videos, playing games, and more. You turn your earned swagbucks into cash or gift cards (300 SB = $3 Amazon gift card) and you get a $5 sign up bonus to start.
A reward site that pays out cash for answering surveys, watching videos, surfing the web, shopping, and more. The big difference is that you get paid in cash, no converting into gift cards here, and you can also earn for reading emails (and clicking a link inside them).
As old as the Internet itself, MyPoints is a cashback shopping portal that pays you back when you spend with their partners. To start, they will give you a $10 gift card when you spend $20 with a qualified partner.
Vindale Research pays out up to $50 per survey and has paid out over $5 million. You review different products, answer online surveys, and you can keep the products that you review. IN addition to these surveys, you can also earn rewards for watching videos and reading email. Vindale has been in business since 2004.
You buy groceries right? If you’re willing to add a step to your process, you can get cash back on your supermarket purchases by downloading the Ibotta app. You load up rebates by doing simple tasks (answering one question surveys, reading recipes, etc.) and then cash them in by taking a photo of your receipt. New users get an extra $10 after their first redemption.
National Consumer Panel (NCP) is a partnership between Nielsen (the TV and radio ratings company) and IRi (a massive market research company) that collects consumer shopping behavior. When you sign up to be a panelist, you may be sent (based on eligibility) a scanner or access to their phone app. Then, scan everything you buy to earn rewards. You’re going to buy it anyway, you might as well earn some rewards for it!
Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, has a rewards program! You can earn points in a variety of ways, including searching the web using Bing, using Microsoft Edge as your browser, shopping at the Windows Store, and earning various other bonus points each day for quizzes and searches. You can convert those points into gift cards and sweepstakes entries.
If you have a computer, camera, and microphone, you can test websites for $10 a pop. Testing a website takes 20 minutes and consists of reading a script, so you understand what you’re doing, and then performing some activity on a website as you speak your thoughts out loud. Those activities include shopping for a product (you don’t actually buy anything, you just go through the steps), looking up information, and other typical website tasks.
A user testing company like UserTesting, Validately has varying length tasks. Some are two and a half minutes, some are five. You’re paid $5 per five minute task. From time to time, there will be 30-minute moderated tasks and those pay $25 for $30.
ShopTracker is an app you install on your device that monitors your consumer behavior after stripping out (as required by law) your personal details like name, shipping address, and payment information. It’s run by The Harris Poll, a Nielsen company, and you get $3 just to set up. You can do this every single month.