Which Aussie online survey sites actually pay and are worth?
I have tried a lot of Australian online survey sites and while I did get scammed by a few early on, now I have found the ones which I always get paid from plus the ones which pay better. Below are the ones that have been great for me, plus others recommended by readers which make most people $2,000 to $5,000 a year.
All of the following sites have personally been used by myself, friend and family. If you know of any more, feel free to let us know so we can check them out. Either email them through to [email protected] or leave them in the comments.
To make money from online survey’s, make sure you complete the profiles accurately and update them if your circumstances change. It’s your profile which is matched to the needs of those running the survey. The sites I have listed below have more options to make money as well.
Make sure you set up a separate email address for online surveys. You can get a lot of notifications which will fill your inbox.
Disclosure, a couple of these are affiliate links. I have used these sites and can personally recommend them. Most recently, they were tested in October/November 2018. You can find my full disclosure here.
1.) Swagbucks – average $1,200 a year
With minimal effort, Swagbucks has consistently been one of my favourites. You can earn money with games, TV, surveys, using Swagbucks to search instead of Google, using the Swagbucks extension to earn points on your shopping, completing the daily poll and joining Swago.
I made $175 USD in October 2018 from it (when I most recently tested the sites again). Many of my friends and readers here earn $100 to $500 a month.
You earn “Swagbucks” which are converted to cash (in US Dollars, so generally worth more) or gift cards on the site. I have been using them for a few years and while not a huge moneymaker, I use them for things I already do so the points add up. Plus, many gift cards go on sale so a petrol, Big W or similar cards worth $50, only cost $39 using points.
Download the app and you can make money doing a survey while waiting for your coffee, answer the daily poll in an ad break while watching TV, do a quick shop while waiting for your kids to finish school or search for anything while waiting for dinner to cook.
You can redeem your Swagbucks instantly online with 500 Swagbucks being equal to $5 but you need more than that to cash out.
2.) Octopus – $100 per month or $1,200 per year
I’ve used Octopus for a year now and while they are the highest paying per survey, I have been screened out of more with them than others. In October, I made $600 which was a combination of surveys and referrals. With the surveys alone some months it was $20 on offer, other months $200 worth of surveys. Customer service with Octopus is incredible, quick to answer any questions, solve problems and help you faster than any of the other survey sites I have ever dealt with. You can sign up to Octopus here.
3.) Vindale – $250USD a month
This is a US company and they pay in USD which is even better for us Aussies! I’ve only been using them for a year, but last month they proved to be pretty good. I only got screened out of 3 surveys and I don’t do the really low paying ones. You have to check the length of time expected vs payment with Vindale as it varies a lot. However, I found most of the ones I did took under 5 minutes even when they said 15 minutes. Join for free here.
4. Prize Rebel – $35USD a month
Prize Rebel is newer for me so I wanted to test it more. Last month I made $35usd through it with little effort. It’s free to join and while I didn’t make as much as other sites with it, you might make more. It’s free to join here.
5.) WDYT – $20 per month or $240 per year
Free to join and I have averaged about $20 a month when doing it consistently, mainly through clicking on their emails. You can earn more depending on what you are willing to sign up to, how many surveys you answer and if you want to shop through them to earn a percentage of your shop. You also earn cash every 6 months for updating your profile.
Market research is slightly different from online surveys. The opportunities are usually spaced out a little more, the screening surveys can take a little time but the payments can be much higher. I have regularly gotten $100 to $150 with Farron Research and I have often had $50+ worth of food or $100+ in cash with Social Soup, doing market research. Sometimes the market research is done in office, other times it can be done online or from home.
Recommended by readers
I haven’t made anything with them but readers have sworn by Purkle so I am including it here. As with the others, you get sent surveys or you can log in. It is a fairly easy process to sign up and to do the surveys.
AttaPoll is an app so you need to join on your phone. I haven’t used it but quite a few readers recommended it and you can get credits easily. A good one to have on your phone and do watching TV a night.
9.) Stable Soapbox
This one is quick and easy to join but make sure you take the time to fill out your profile properly to get the best results!
10.) Market Agent
This was super easy to sign up to and has offered a few surveys. Other readers have made a decent amount from them plus they have an app, so again, another one that can be done anywhere!
I have come across a few other online survey sites I will test out and add here if they are ok. I have tried RewardsCentral and MyOpinions in the past but it took over a year to earn enough to cash out back then, yet some readers have now said they earn good money with them, though others still say there are issues and they’re a scam. Pureprofile is another our readers have loved. I used it years ago but had issues this year with payments.
– Be aware you are not going to make a full-time income filling out surveys. The hourly rate is typically pretty low and it can be slow. Most people I know use it as a way to reduce the pressure of Christmas or as a way to save for a holiday/other extras.
– Get a separate email address for survey sites. They can send a lot of mail which feels like it is cluttering your inbox plus some companies (not the ones we have listed) are unethical and sell your email address or spam you.
Your Voice has now been reported by a few readers as being one to not pay out and closing accounts with no warning/no reason. To be clear, these are readers I trust and have known for a while. Avoid Your Voice.
Rewards Central is the lowest paying, worst online survey site in Australia. You will eventually get paid, but it takes forever and is not worth looking at!
Two members have reported issues with Survey Junkie too.
I’ll add more as I hear of them.
If you know of other survey sites, let us know! Do you do online surveys? What is your experience?
You might also like this list of ways to make money with a free pdf you can download and use.