Why Participate in Surveys? Reasons Beyond Money

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There are plenty of opportunities to participate in surveys online.

But why participate in surveys? Is it just a waste of time and effort, or are there really good reasons to participate?

I have taken thousands of online surveys and tested hundreds of paid survey sites over the past years.

In my opinion, it can be a great opportunity but you need to do it with the right expectations.

Below, I will share my experiences with you and give you some of the reasons to participate and why it can be great to participate for several reasons. And I will also make it clear what you can expect so you can see if it will really be for you.

Is getting paid a good reason to participate in surveys?

Yes, you CAN get paid to do online surveys. And that can definitely be a good reason to do them. But this is not the only reason to do surveys.

You can make some extra nice money, but if you have read any of my other articles on this website, you will know that it will not make you rich. For this reason, you will sometimes see people online talking badly about surveys and say they are a waste of time.

In my opinion, they are not a waste of time. Not if you do it with the correct approach and with the right expectations. Then they can be great to participate.

I have seen people complain because it is not a way to become rich and not a way to make a living, and therefore not worth it. I do not think that it is a valid argument that something is a waste of time because it cannot make you rich.

One thing that is often forgotten by people that use this argument is that paid surveys is also one of the only ways to make money online that is 100% free, takes no training at all and that is sure to make you a profit from day #1.

Personally, I started doing surveys to make a bit extra, and that has been a great way for me.

But I am also not doing it with the expectation that it should make me a full time income, and I also all the time remember the other positive aspects of participating in surveys, that I will go over below.

Voice your opinion in online surveys

voice your opinion in online surveys

An aspect that is sometimes overlooked about online surveys is the chance to have your opinion heard.

People are participating in debate, commenting on social media, writing blog posts, etc. to have their opinion heard. Surveys are not much different – they are however an anonymous way of having your opinion heard.

There are many different topics surveys can be about, and you can thereby voice your opinion in different areas.

Before you take an online survey, you can mostly see the topic, the estimated time, and the reward, and then just select the ones that seem most appealing to you.

Some of these areas can be important to give feedback on and be a way to help society, a company, or a service to develop in the right direction.

Some of the areas that you will often find surveys about are:

Area 1 – Improvement of products and services:

Often companies, organizations or governments want to know what customers or clients think about a specific product or service. Surveys like this can, therefore, be about general attitudes towards a specific business area or even a very specific product, service or company.

This information can be very useful to then improve existing products or services or develop new ones. This way your opinion can be a part of influencing what the focus will be in companies and organizations.

In the country where I live, I have, for example, often participated in surveys about the satisfaction of public transportation. I think it is great to be heard about this issue and be able to tell what I think about it.

For example, do I think that the price of public transportation is too high when there is also a lot of talk about wanting more people to use public transportation. If enough people express viewpoints like this, it will be taken into consideration, and that way it can directly be a part of influencing what the aims of companies and organizations will be.

Another example is supermarkets that want to know more about your preferences in connection to groceries. If enough people, for example, express an interest in more focus on organic and environmentally friendly products, there is a great chance the company will notice this and take it into consideration.

It is often big chains or brands that are willing to have a company do big surveys and pay to have it done, so it can have a great impact if they make a decision based on a survey, and I think it is great to be able to influence this and have my opinion heard.

Area 2 – Influence politics:

Surveys and polls are very often used in politics to get a sense of the opinion of the population. I know there have been some cases in elections, where polls have turned out to give a wrong impression of the true opinion of the people.

But that does not change the fact that polls and surveys are very often used in politics, and are actively used by many politicians to get a sense of the atmosphere.

I have, for example, participated in several surveys about the popularity of specific politicians – both nationally and internationally. Here I get a chance to express who I trust and who I do not trust, and if there is anything I am unsatisfied with.

I know that politicians will not look at my answers alone and then change things just because I think they should. But again, if enough people express a certain opinion there is a great chance they will listen to it – at least if they wish to get reelected:-)

Area 3 – Used by media:

Results from surveys are very often quoted in the media. This can be about politics as talked about above, but it can also be all kinds of other topics like relationships, food habits, health, spare-time activities, and many other topics.

These results are used to create stories in the media. And the media has a lot of power to influence what people hear about (in some countries), and also in many cases what politicians, companies, organizations, etc. will then focus on and what the daily debate will be about.

So, by giving general feedback and input like this, you can also be a part of setting the theme for the public debate.

Final thoughts – Voice your opinion and make money!

As you can see from the above, there are other reasons to do online surveys than just to make money.

It gives you a chance to have your opinion heard instead of just thinking about things you would like to have changed. And I actually also find it can be quite fun in some cases to participate. Of course not always, but that is also ok:-)

As my website is mostly about paid surveys and how to make money on your opinion, I sometimes hear people say that surveys are boring and it does not make them enough money.

My opinion is that it all depends on your expectations. If you participate in surveys, with the wish to have your opinion heard and to make some nice extra money on the side, it can be really great, and you will end up having success with paid surveys.

But if you do it as a job and to replace a full-time income, you will not have success. You will then end up being disappointed and feel you have wasted your time.

That is why I am writing this post – to show a side of surveys and reasons to participate that are often forgotten, and to emphasize on the importance of doing it with the right expectations.

If you manage your expectations, participating in online surveys can be great – you can have your opinion heard and at the same time make some extra money.

Find the right survey sites

find the right survey sites

To have success with online surveys, it is however also important to find the right survey sites for YOU. There are many sites, and not all of them are very good. And then there are also some that are outright scams.

Which surveys sites are the best varies a lot depending on where you live, and some also pay better than others.

Even though the money is not the only focus, it is still nice to choose the ones that give the best rewards and that are the most interesting:-)

On my Top survey lists, you can get an overview of the best ones, and see which sites are best for YOUR country.

Hope this post has given some clearance about why it is worth considering participating in online surveys – and also reasons that are beyond the money aspect, even though that, of course, is important as well:-)

If you have any questions or comments, just leave a comment below, and I will get back to you asap.

8 thoughts on “Why Participate in Surveys? Reasons Beyond Money”

  1. Hi Mikael,

    As I periodically continue to do surveys the one thing that I know that annoys me is when you start out attempting to complete a particular survey. 10 minutes into the survey, suddenly you find out that you have been disqualified because, from the very beginning you never did fit the particular demographic profile that the creators had in mind when designing the survey.

    I know of only one particular survey site that does not have this policy; and over the course of about a decade I have been involved with more than a couple dozen of them.

    Frankly I should think that the reason why many survey sites have panelists fill out sometimes a very lengthy profile upon joining as a member would be to find out all that would be possible about that individual.

    And then from there he/she would be offered surveys ONLY that would fit his/her demographic with zero chance of being disqualified.

    People are often in a rush these days and cannot tolerate their time being wasted, I know that I am among that group. Spending time trying to complete a survey only to find out later on, before completing it that you’ve been disqualified to me is time wasted.

    The money aside which as you stated is actually well-below minimum wage level, (at least here in the U.S.) indeed survey participation does provide an individual with the opportunity to voice his/her opinion on issues of all types, products and others that would be important to the people who designed them.

    I just think that a better handling of the disqualification process would allow more people to have a better opinion of survey taking.

    Thank you for taking the time to write an excellent article, sir!


    • Hi Jeff,

      I agree that it would be nice if survey companies get better at matching you with surveys, so you would never start a survey you are not able to finish. That is the biggest issue with survey sites.

      Even at some of my favourite sites like ClixSense and CashCrate, it happens often that I do not qualify for a survey offered. I am however usually able to see this after only a few questions and often within the first 30 seconds, and luckily it does not take 10 minutes before finding out like you have experienced. I have also by now figured out which kinds of surveys I usually have a good chance of qualifying for. At the above mentioned sites, I for example now that I never qualify for surveys called “YourSurveys”, and I therefore just don’t waste my time trying anymore, but just try the ones where I know I have a good chance, or where I at least within 30 seconds will know, if I do not qualify.

      Like you, I also only know of one site that has it as an official policy that once you have been offered a survey, you will for sure be able to finish it, and that is PaidViewpoint. It would be great, if more survey companies started to do this, as it can definitely be frustrating when you do nto qualify, and I believe that the serious companies are also continously aiming towards improving the mathcing process. And as mentioned, I also by now have become pretty good at quickly finding out whether a survey is for me or not, so do not myself waste much time not qualifying.

      Thanks for sharing your experiences. I appreciate it.


  2. In my recent search for my own internet income, I have come across many sites about surveys. They all have 2 things in common: the sites they recommend always have InboxDollars and Swagbucks at the top of the list, and it’s nothing but a flat list with info. None of them talk about the other reasons surveys are good or useful. And none of them are as honest as yourself, sir.

    • Thanks for your feedback. Appreciate it.

      I have also seen many sites with Swagbucks and InboxDollars on top of the list. As I see it, it is because these sites give a pretty good commision, if you refer people to that site, and therefore many websites owners just make a list with them on the top. Often they have not been bothered to test the sites themselves, but just put the ones with the highest commissions on the top, and that is also why they cannot give a lot more information about the sites. There is nothing wrong with getting commissions to refer people, but it should still be honest information and from experience and not just based on who gives the best commission.

      That does not mean that these sites are not necessarily good, but I think that you are right when you say that there might not be very much honesty in many of the top survey lists out there. Swagbucks is one of my recommended sites, as it is one of the biggest and most popular sites, so there are many people that benefit a lot from it. I have been a member of InboxDollars, but was not impressed. But I cannot say for sure that it is not a good site, as it mainly has offers for Americans, which I am not.

      Wishing you good luck with finding your own internet income.


  3. Hi Mikael,

    Just want to thank you for sharing your honest reviews on paid survey sites. Happy to share too that I got paid for the very first two surveys I did on the very first day I tried to access Surveytime thru your link. Intending to learn more to earn more :-).

    Keep it up and God bless you more as you share your insights especially to newbies in this ‘industry’ like me.

    • That is great to hear Jenny. Thanks for sharing this.

      And if you have any questions at some point just come back here and leave a comment below one of my posts and I will get back to you asap.


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