If you have been looking for ways to make money online, then you have most likely run across the concept of getting paid for taking surveys. The concept sounds pretty good, but a lot of people also have a healthy dose of skepticism when they see such offers. With that in mind, let’s take a look at whether it’s possible to make money by taking surveys, and if so, how to go about the right way.

The first thing you need to know is that there are legitimate surveys out there, but there are also scammers who will be more than happy to take your money. A good rule of thumb is that you should never send anybody any money to take a survey. Remember, you are the one that’s supposed to be getting paid. You don’t have to pay “access charges” “finder’s fees” or “membership dues” to take surveys.

Yes, there are a lot of legitimate opportunities for getting paid for taking surveys, you just need to know what to look for. As we already mentioned, you should never spend any money to take surveys, but there are other things to look for. How long a company has been in business is a good indicator of how good of a company they are. Do some research into each survey company you are considering to see if there are a lot of complaints about non-payment, or if they are good at paying on time (most fall into the latter category, but you still need to check).

Taking surveys is easy, but here are some ways to increase how much you get paid:

1. Sign up for as many surveys as you can handle. The more chances you have to take surveys, the more money you can make. You won’t always qualify for every survey from every survey provider, so having more to choose from will keep a steady supply of fresh surveys coming in.

2. Be honest. You may be tempted to fudge a few facts hoping to qualify for a survey, but that isn’t a good idea. For one thing, if you’re caught you could lose any rewards that you have already earned. Secondly, the people who write surveys are wise to this and will often word their qualifying questions in a way that prevents you from knowing what they are really looking for. As always, honesty is the best policy.

3. Give detailed and thorough answers when asked. Many surveys will give you the opportunity to write out your thoughts and opinions. When you get these kinds of questions be sure to put some thought into the answers. That way you will become known as somebody who gives thoughtful answers and that could lead to more surveys coming your way.

4. Look into and try for any bonuses that are offered. This is one of the biggest secrets to getting paid for taking surveys. If there are any bonuses for taking a certain number of surveys or referring friends, or if there are contests going on, be sure to take advantage of them to increase your earnings.