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Survey Site: Surveys & Friends
Surveys & Friends shows you how to take surveys to the next level and exponentially increase your compensation beyond anything that resembles part-time earnings.
4 Paid Surveys is proud to award its highest ranking — A PERFECT 5 STARS — to Surveys & Friends, the best overall paid survey, focus group, and mystery shopper site on the web. You will not be disappointed.
Price: $49.00 $34.00
Return Policy: 60-day money-back guarantee
Best Online Paid Survey, Mystery Shopper, and Focus Group Site on the Web
After having reviewed so many disappointing paid surveys sites, our expectations for Surveys & Friends could not have been much lower. Little did we know that we were about to review the best overall online paid survey, mystery shopper, and focus group site on the web — and those are our words, not theirs.
The home page (Screenshot 1) includes an introduction video that emphasizes the site’s benefits while touching on the features that further separate Surveys & Friends from similar sites. Not only are you paid for the surveys that you take, but you are paid for referring friends who join the same survey panels, and paid again when these friends complete surveys. This method of making money is often referred to as “passive income” by internet marketers — as it requires no work on your part to produce recurring streams of income after the original referrals. That’s a “win-win” concept in our book.
Once you have viewed the home page video, you are ready to sign up for membership. There are three ways to do this. You can complete the “Get Started Now” name-and-e-mail form on the far right side of the page just beneath the top banner. Alternatively, you can use a similar form placed in the main content column about two thirds down the page. Using either of these forms will result in receipt of an e-mail inviting you to join for the one-time fee of $34.00. There is however, a quicker way to join. Simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you will see a “Join Today” link in the footer content to the right of the copyright information. This would be our preferred method as you will pay the same $34.00 price and not have to wait for the “invitation e-mail” to arrive. Regardless of how you decide, you’ll receive access to the same Surveys & Friends Membership Site.
Concerning the exit pop-up offering the free report (also offered in the invitation e-mail), the same PDF may be downloaded from this page simply by clicking the thumbnail below right. Note that while the report contains a good overview of Surveys & Friends, it is not required reading by any means.
Regardless of the route utilized to arrive at the “Join” page (Screenshot 2), the price will be $34.00 plus sales tax. Payment options include Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, AmEx, Discover, JCB, and our preferred option, PayPal. After making payment and selecting your password (your username is your e-mail address), you may log into the members area using the navigation link near the top of the homepage.
Once inside the Members Area (Screenshot 3), you should notice your name on the far left just below the welcome banner. Watch the welcome video, as it provides a good overview of the program and members area navigation.
In addition to the homepage, the Member’s Area is divided into additional seven sections as represented by the main navigation bar immediately beneath the logo. Sections are as follows:
Section 1. Take Surveys
Do not overlook the Mystery Shopper Board, as it is absolutely the best of its
kind on any survey site we have seen.”
This section (Screenshot 4) includes a video with suggestions for maximizing earnings; the Top 20 Survey Panels to join; the Mystery Shopper Board; the Focus Groups Board; and the Extensive Survey Database of additional survey panels to join. There are separate survey panel databases for the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the U.K.
A. The Top 20 Survey Panels
Of the Top 20 Survey Panels for U.S. residents to join (Screenshot 5), 8 are for online surveys, 2 are for focus groups, and 11 are for mystery shopping (yes, there are presently 21 listings in the top 20). There are similar listings for Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. If you do not reside in one of the above-referenced countries, you may still qualify for highly-profitable and fun mystery shopper (also known as secret shopper) opportunities in your country (see the Mystery Shopper Board section of this review below).
As you will be joining 20 sites, you will need to create a spreadsheet to track the multiple login URLs, usernames, and passwords — or you can do what survey professionals do and simply use RoboForm (see Survey Pro Tip #2 in the right-hand column).
It is strongly suggested that you create a dedicated Gmail or Yahoo e-mail account for Surveys & Friends opportunities. Create folders in your new e-mail account, one for each of the top 21 panels. This will save you time and trouble later, as you will be receiving a lot of e-mails, and not all of the offers will appeal to you. It is suggested that you concentrate on the cash-paying or cash-credits opportunities only and discard the sweepstakes offers as well as any offers that do not clearly state the compensation amount. You simply will not have time to get to them all.
B. The Mystery Shopper Board
Access to the lucrative Mystery Shopper Board alone justifies your membership fee many times over. The board allows you to narrow opportunity listings to those that match your preferences. We selected opportunities in New York paying more than $34.00. There were too many results to fit on a single page (Screenshot 6). If you took advantage of only one of these numerous secret shopper opportunities, you would earn back your membership fee in a single day.
Mystery shopping is a highly-profitable and growing field. ABC News estimated that there are more than 2 million mystery shoppers working in the U.S. But the opportunities are not by any means limited to the United States. In addition to Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, the board lists profitable secret shopper assignments in Aruba, Belgium, Brazil, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates! Do not overlook the Mystery Shopper Board, as it is absolutely the best of its kind on any survey site we have seen.
…the absolute best-of-the-best legitimate and lucrative survey, focus group, and mystery shopper sites…”
C. The Focus Groups Board
Focus groups are usually moderated group interviews and discussions related to consumer products or services. These opportunities are generally the most lucrative opportunities in the survey industry.
Your Surveys & Friends Membership provides access to the best focus group board online. The Focus Groups Board allows you to narrow opportunity listings to those that match your preferences. Selecting current focus groups for California returned 28 opportunities (Screenshot 7) paying an average of $133.15! Completing a single average focus group would pay your $34.00 membership fee and put a $99.00 profit in your pocket in a single day! Note that the Focus Group Board is limited to U.S. residents only.
D. The Extensive Survey Database
Surveys & Friends currently maintains four separate Extensive Survey Databases — one for the U.S., one for Canada, one for Australia, and one for the U.K. These databases include hundreds of legitimate survey sites to join.
Surveys & Friends recommends — and we could not agree more — that you skip the Extensive Survey Database sites until you have had an opportunity to review and implement the income-producing methods in Section 2. Invite Friends; Section 3. Invite Yourself; Section 4. Invite Others; and the V.I.P. Section. Note that your one-time membership fee includes complete access to the VIP Section, you will learn how to use surveys to create passive income streams for yourself that require little if any work on your part beyond the initial set-up.
While there are certainly money-making survey opportunities in the Extensive Survey Database (Screenshot 8), Surveys and Friends cherry picked the best-of-the-best sites, and placed those in The Top 20 Survey Panels.
For many if not most earners, Section 1 is the only area of the Surveys & Friends Membership Site utilized regularly to produce income from online surveys, focus groups and secret shopper assignments. If a paycheck in exchange for your opinions is all you require, you need venture no further than Section 1.
Sections 2, 3, 4 and the VIP area are strictly for earners who are interested in leveraging social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to produce additional income for referring other survey takers. While these sections will initially require an investment of your time (but not money) to learn the strategies and techniques — they are designed to produce passive income (reoccurring earnings that require little or no time to maintain).
While we advise that you concentrate on Section 1 until you are consistently producing significant survey income, you are free to take advantage of the other sections at any time you choose — or not at all. The choice is yours. That is one of the many reasons we love the Surveys & Friends program so much. It is designed to work at your speed, and in accordance with your needs and desires — not theirs.
Section 2. Invite Friends
Section 2. Invite Friends (Screenshot 9) will show you how to multiply your survey income without having to take additional surveys yourself. The methods taught within this section are for those who are interested in taking surveys to the next level – passive, recurring income streams with the potential to return full-time income using part-time efforts. Note that the Invite Friends methods require use of the website and techniques covered in the V.I.P. Section.
The concept is simple. In addition to paying for your opinions, high-end survey panels will also pay you $1.00–$7.00 for each friend you refer. Better still — Surveys & Friends will pay you approximately $22.00 for each friend you refer for membership. Social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and others, make it easy for you to contact friends and acquaintances who are also interested in increasing their incomes.
If you are satisfied with your earnings from Section 1, and do not have additional time to invest in scaling your earnings, you need not make use of the methods taught in Sections 2, 3, and 4. Even so, it is good to know that you have additional sources of revenue to tap should the need arise.
Finally a word of caution — if you are new to surveys, we strongly suggest that you limit your survey activities to Section 1 until such time as you have organized your survey taking activities, are already earning money with your opinions, and feel comfortable enough with the process to take on new tasks. Experience tells us that people who try to take on too much, too early, may become overwhelmed and frustrated. Proceed through the sections at a pace that works for you. Your membership is good for as long as the Surveys & Friends website exists, so there is no need to rush.
Combining out-of-the-box thinking and best practices for online marketing, they produced a site that shows you how to take surveys to the next level and exponentially increase your compensation beyond anything that resembles part-time earnings.”
Section 3. Invite Yourself
Section 3. Invite Yourself (Screenshot 10) will show you how to use the referral links generated in Section 2 to earn commissions ranging between $1.00 and $7.00 for signing up for additional surveys panels. Because you are referring yourself, your commissions are assured. This process can be repeated up to 25 times per week! It is strongly suggested that you create a new dedicated Gmail or Yahoo e-mail account for self-referrals as confusing these e-mails with your survey offers could be problematic.
This nothing-short-of-brilliant method is the closest thing we have seen to a foolproof system for making money online with little-to-no-effort, and just one more way that Surveys & Friends further differentiates itself from other paid surveys sites. Note that the Invite Yourself method also requires use of the website and techniques covered in the V.I.P. Section.
Section 4. Invite Others
Section 4. Invite Others (Screenshot 11) will show you how to use the techniques and website covered in the V.I.P. Section to expand your referral commission base beyond yourself and your friends to any and all residents of the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the U.K. who are interested in earning money online by taking surveys.
As there are only so many surveys, focus groups and secret shopper assignments you can complete in a day, and only so many friends you can invite, your income is limited by the amount of time you have to take surveys and the number of friends you have. Section 4 removes those restrictions and increases your referral commission income potential exponentially. Now that is exciting!
While the methods taught in Section 4 require somewhat more effort than Sections 2 and 3, they are by far, the most powerful way to leverage your time and scale your income beyond the levels possible by completing surveys.
As the Invite Others approach refers to and requires knowledge of the techniques taught in Sections 1 thru 3, it is suggested that you do not attempt to implement the concepts until such time as you are already earning money by taking surveys and referring your friends and yourself to survey panels.
The V.I.P. Section (Screenshot 12) is the key to successfully implementing the strategies and techniques explained in Sections 2 thru 4. As it is the section most likely to introduce new concepts and skills, it has wisely been placed last.
It is important to note that making use of the V.I.P. Section is completely optional. You can earn exceptional part-time income solely by using the methods described in Section 1 without ever having to utilize the V.I.P. Section, or the related methods described in Sections 2 thru 4.
The key element of the methods described in Sections 2 thru 4 is your own personalized, “I Like Paid Surveys” website (Screenshot 13), where you will send your friends and other referrals to sign up for survey panels and/or Surveys & Friends Membership. This is how you will increase your earnings without having to take additional surveys.
As previously indicated, you are paid $2.00–$7.00 for each referral that signs up for a survey panel, and about $22 for each referral that joins Surveys & Friends. Imagine for a moment that you were able to successfully refer only one new Surveys & Friends member per day. You would earn about $22.00 per day, $154.00 per week, $669.00 per month, or $8030.00 per year! That would of course be in addition to your survey earnings.
You might think that you do not have the skill set to create or even customize a website. Well, if you can fill out a few form fields and click the ‘Submit’ button (Screenshot 14), you can customize your site. It is that easy.
Best of all, your personalized website is 100% free — the cost is already included in your one-time, $34.00 Surveys & Friends Membership fee. There are no hosting charges, web designer expenses or any other payments to make.
As you will be acting as an affiliate for the survey panels and Surveys & Friends by providing referrals, you will need to join two affiliate networks (one for the survey panels and one for Surveys & Friends), but both networks are free to join. These networks will be responsible for paying your referral commissions. The V.I.P. section includes complete text and video instructions on how to join these two affiliate networks.
After that, all you need do is use your social media connections to refer your friends and others to your personalized website, and you are on your way to earning passive income 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and 365 days per year.
The Bonuses Section (Screenshot 15) provides 5 eBooks and 4 videos designed to further enhance your knowledge of online money-making systems and how to integrate these skills with your survey endeavors.
The following volumes are included with your Surveys & Friends membership:
- Mystery Shopper Mastery
Includes methods related to maximizing your Mystery Shopper earnings.
- Freelance Mastery
A complete course including detailed PDF eBook plus 4 videos designed for those interested in a part-time or full-time online job as a freelance writer.
- Forum Profit Mastery
Learn how you can earn money by participating in online forums; and how to utilize forums to maximize your “I Like Paid Surveys” website earnings.
- Facebook Profit Mastery
Detailed eBook course that shows you how to turn your Facebook account an online profit system.
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Potentially invaluable, 235-page, eBook edition of the classic and relevant guide to success.
In the event there was any lingering doubt about the value of the single-payment-of-$34.00 Surveys & Friends Membership fee, the Bonuses Section itself is worth more.
Finally, should any problem or question arise, the Surveys & Friends Membership Site includes an FAQ and a responsive Support Desk (Screenshot 16) that can assist you as required.
- V.I.P. Membership for a one-time fee of $49.00 $34.00
- Hundreds of survey sites listed
- Separate list of 20 best cash-paying survey sites
- Lucrative focus group listings
- Fun and highly-profitable secret shopper listings
- Updated-daily survey board listings
- Comprehensive training videos
- 60-day money back guarantee
- 100% free, done-for-you, personalized website for earning referral commissions
- Responsive 24-hour support desk
Pros of this site:
- Unassuming, well-organized, no-nonsense site with simple navigation
- Geared towards legit paying opportunities — not scams, sweepstakes or merchandise credits
- Undoubtedly one of the best listings of cash-paying survey sites we have seen
- 20 best-paying survey sites listed separately
- Multiply your income with updated-daily survey boards listing current earning opportunities
- Multiply your income with numerous focus groups and mystery shopper opportunities
- Exponentially increase your income by referring friends, yourself and others
- Each section includes video as well as written instructions explaining the most effective way to utilize that section
- Includes “Paid Surveys Accelerated Guide” with step-by-step instructions on how to get earning quickly
- No annoying banner advertisements or other clutter
- Real help desk with responsive ticket support
Cons of this site:
- We have paid lower member registration fees.
Were the Surveys & Friends Members’ Website to consist solely of Section 1, it would have still have received 5 stars in our evaluation of the best paid survey sites online. To date, it is the only such site we have reviewed that provides you with the absolute best-of-the-best legitimate and lucrative survey, focus group, and mystery shopper sites — eschewing prospective assignments that do not provide clearly defined cash-paying opportunities. However, the creators of Surveys & Friends went one step above and beyond that. Combining out-of-the-box thinking and best practices for online marketing, they produced a site that shows you how to take surveys to the next level and exponentially increase your compensation beyond anything that resembles part-time earnings.
4 Paid Surveys is proud to award its highest ranking — a perfect 5 stars — to Surveys & Friends, the best overall paid survey, focus group, and mystery shopper site on the web. You will not be disappointed.
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