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3 Survey Sites I Use To Make Extra Money

Read any money making blog on the internet and chances are, somewhere they will have spoken about survey sites as a way of making extra money. I’m not really a money or a finance blogger but I have been using various survey sites for years now and personally I think they’re a really good way to make some extra cash which requires pretty low effort and can be done on the side of well, almost anything really!

Now, call me cheap or call me cautious (either one, I don’t really mind) but I’ve never been willing to take part in these survey style websites which require you to use your own money to sign up for a subscription of some sort then you’ll get £20 back later. I just don’t trust them and it’s not worth the risk IMO. So today I’m going to share with you the 4 survey sites I use on a regular basis and how much I’ve earned from them in a month.

Over the course of March, I kept track of my earnings from all 4 of these sites very closely for the sake of this post. And just for reference:

  • I checked these sites every day that I was able to
  • I took part in / tried to take part in every survey that was sent to me
  • I was on holiday twice with no internet, so there were a few days that I did miss

But without further ado, here are the survey sites I use to make some extra money throughout the month, what I think of them, how much I earned over the course of March and links for you to sign up too!


Prolific is definitely my favourite of the bunch as the surveys are generally much more interesting and are more research based than anything (i.e professors may use the results of these surveys in their classes).

Pros and cons: Prolific benefits me because I work from home, I can keep the tab open and see instantly when any new surveys come in. Each survey only has a limited number of spaces and this site tends to work on a 9-5 basis. So if you can’t get online during the day, this one might not be for you.

How much does it pay? Each survey is totally different. Some might pay you £1 for 3 minutes of your time, others may pay you £5 for longer. You can cash out at £5 via PayPal or Circle.

What I started the month with: £0

Amount earned in March: £21.28

Sign up for Prolific here!


YouGov is definitely the one I’ve used the longest and I’ve had 2 or 3 cash outs from it, so it’s definitely worth it. It’ll take a while but it’s an extra £50 for little effort.

Pros and cons: Some of they surveys are a bit boring and repetitive. You won’t believe the amount of times I’ve been asked about who I voted for in the election! But they’re not normally too long and you can set your preferences so you receive as many surveys as possible. The website is also quick and easy to use.

How much does it pay? It works on a points basis. So each survey completed will give you anything from 25 to 75 points. When you’ve reached 5,000 points, you can cash out £50.

What I started the month with: 665 points

Amount earned in March: 570 (1,235/5,000)

Sign up for YouGov here!


This is a relatively new one I’ve started using but it’s becoming one of my favourites. I’ve just had my first pay out and again, this one works in points rather than money.

Pros and cons: Surveys are fairly frequent and can range from 5 minutes to 20 minutes. You’ll be eligible for almost all surveys so as long as you check your emails regularly then you could get a fairly quick payout from this one. Cons? Erm, sometimes they’re a little repetitive.

How much does it pay? Surveys range from £1 to £5 but are added up as ‘points’ on your account. So £3 = 3 points. And when you reach 50 points, you get a payout of £50. All payments are made by cheque.

What I started the month with: 36 points (£36)

Amount earned in March: 15 points (£15)

Sign up for PopulusLive here!

As you can see, I did have some success with these throughout March and earned a little extra which is always helpful. Unless you’re a member or hundreds of survey sites all at once and are able to check them all multiple times a day, you shouldn’t expect to make loads from them but the money you do make is a nice extra which is always helpful around birthdays and Christmas!

Bonus addition:

After publishing this post I came across another app to make some extra cash by doing surveys. I don’t have any results like the above but I did want to mention this new app I’ve found because I’ve enjoyed using it over the month and thought you’d like it too!

Curious Cat

Pros and cons: Pros is that it’s an app, it’s free to download and it’s incredibly easy to use. You usually get a fair few surveys every day of varying payments and money goes straight into your app when they’re complete and you can clearly see how much you’ve earned. You also get 1 point for every survey you attempt but don’t qualify for. So it’s a good extra incentive. Cons is that you don’t qualify for every survey. There’s been occasions where I’ve attempted 6 surveys but not qualified for any of them.

How much does it pay?: Surveys vary from around 10 points (1 point = 1p) to over 100 points. I’ve managed to earn about £11 in a couple of weeks.

Are you a member of any survey sites? Do you have any others to recommend?

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  1. Thanks for sharing, It’s always good to find new ways to make extra money!

    1. All extra money is helpful

  2. I am probably going to sign up for a few of these! I’ve tried a lot of survey sites but never found any that seems to give a decent payout. Never heard of some of these though so I’ll give them a go x

    Melanie || melaniewithanie

    1. I’d recommend downloading the Curious Cat app too! I’m using that at the moment and I really like it x

  3. John Nyck says:

    Jenny… fabulous and very informative post

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    You can join the affiliate program for free:
    Anyone can easily buy the products from your link because they offer the lowest price guarantee.

    If you are from the US then this will give you more earnings, because product prices in the United States is highest than in other countries.

    Plus point is: This online website is accredited by PharmacyChecker, SiteLock, Geotrust, Norton security. So people easily buy the product from your link.

    I hope It will help you in earning more money with this affiliate program without any investment.

  4. Charvi says:

    Oh I never knew these sites existed! Thank you so much for the info, I’ll be trying them out. Aw a girl about to start college, every little bit counts ☺️

    1. Very true! Hope this helps you out a little bit 😌

  5. says:

    Thanks for this information! I was already signed up with Prolific (which I love as I can just leave it running in the background), and now I have a couple more to make some extra pennies 😊

    1. I do that with Prolific too! Although I’ve had like, no luck on it this month! I’ve just started using the Curious Cat app, which is really good!

      1. says:

        I signed up for the Curious Cat app too, after hearing about it on here!

      2. I’ve made just over £6 so far and I like that you get 1 point for a survey even if you don’t qualify for it.

  6. Thanks for sharing this Jenny. I’ve used a couple of survey sites in the past (I can’t remember their names now as it was years ago, but definitely none of these) but the most I ever earnt was £5.

    1. £5 is still better than nothing! 😌

      1. Kim says:

        Very true x

  7. Ohh I’ve never tried this before. I didn’t release you could earn as much by completeing surveys.

    1. You definitely can if you check every day! z

  8. Mollie Clarke says:

    So helpful for an extra bit of cash!

    Mollie |

    1. Sure is x

  9. Macey Gloria says:

    I see ads for sites like this all the time! I never really knew if any of them were reliable and trustworthy, so I’m glad you were able to educate me on these ones. Making a little extra never hurt!

    1. These ones totally are!

  10. I use Swagbucks a bit and quite a few surveys come through it.

    1. I never had much luck with that one!

  11. I used to do a lot of these surveys, I wish I had time still! But these sound great for extra pocket money x

    1. They definitely are! Extra pocket money throughout the year is a great way to put it. Some people go in expecting hundreds 😂

  12. I will check these out, thanks for sharing!! Xx

    1. You’re welcome 🙂

  13. That’s cool! I didn’t know this was still around – good for you for making profits of something this simple! I tried this before but didn’t have as much luck as you. Thanks for sharing!

    Eena ☼ cabin twenty-four

    1. I’ve definitely had more luck on some than others. They can be really worth it if you stick with it!

  14. Omg I didn’t even know this was a thing! xx

    1. Sure is!

  15. This is really cool! I see a lot of people talking about survey sites and trying to get others to sign up so it’s nice to see what you can realistically earn from them. Thanks for sharing!

    Love Lozza xo

    1. Yeah a lot of people do keep hush about that!

  16. This is really helpful, thanks 🙂
    I already use YouGov and I like it, but like you said it can take a really long time to hit the £50 payout! I’ve done it a couple of times though.
    I like the sound of Prolific – I will give that a go. That looks like an app on your phone in the photo, is that how you access the surveys? That would be so convenient. 🙂
    Sammy (selfcaresloth)

    1. On the phone I just got the website up on a browser, I’m not entirely sure if they have an app but SOME surveys do say that you have to do them on a laptop / desktop. So I’d recommend using a laptop for Prolific! 🙂

  17. Ah this is exactly what I need, and thank you so much for being incredibly detailed in your report! I’ve always wanted to earn a bit of extra cash on the side, and my hubby used to do surveys but I’ve always been hesitant. It’s nice to be recommended to some by someone I know and trust, though! So thank you for doing this post 😀 You might not be a money blogger but I trust your judgement, and it’s quite good to see what you’ve earned over the course of March, too.

    1. I’m so glad! You know I’d never recommend anything dodgy haha! I’ve also recently starting using the Curious Cat app, which is really good! I’ve earned over a fiver in a couple of days with that one!

  18. I’ve never heard of any of these sites, so I’m excited to check them out.
    I use Swagbucks because I find the surveys fun (I actually love doing surveys!) and there are so many different ways to earn.

    1. I tried Swagbucks a while ago and it didn’t work for me for some reason? Maybe I’ll give that one another go!

  19. bossbabechroniclesblog says:

    Those sound great. I’m going to check her out and hopefully I can sign up with them. Not being based in the UK or US is such a pain in the ass sometimes. I tried to join a few survey sites in the past but couldn’t because of where I live.

    1. That’s a shame. I think all of these are International.

  20. I love this! I haven’t heard of any of these but will definitely be checking a couple out! It all adds up! I’ve been using SurveyBods for ages but it can get frustrating because you get screened out of some, especially if you can’t get to them straight away but it’s just habit now. You also have to wait until you’re at £15 to redeem it which can take a while. Although you do get bonus points for referring people (and so do they) so if you wanted an extra, haha! Great post!

    1. I’ve not been screened out of many from these particular sites, which is good!

  21. Ooh I’ve never heard of this before, but this was super interesting!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  22. Other than you Gov, I’ve not heard of the others. Will be checking these out for sure.

    Thanks for sharing x

    1. You’re welcome x

  23. I signed up to Proinsight Mystery Shopping and did a few surveys and tasks but lost interest. Honestly the process to earn gifts and large sums of cash was too for me to go at it again. Although Prolific and Populus Live seem like appealing sites and their payout system don’t seem bad either so maybe I’ll give this kind of side hustle another go! Cheers for sharing Jenny 🙂

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures

    1. You’ve got to remember that survey sites aren’t a way to earn a LOT of money. If you go into them thinking you’re going to make hundreds then you’ll be disappointed, unless you’re on like 17 of them all day every day.

  24. thelifeofashleighdavis says:

    Oh thanks for sharing this Jenny! I am currently out of work due to being pregnant and would still like to make a little extra income on the side. I have always considered surveys but like you said I’m also a bit cautious! 😬😂 thank you for sharing each of these sites and explaining the pros and cons of each! That’s extremely helpful! I will definitely spend some time checking these out and hopefully I can make a little extra!

    Thanks lovely!

    1. I hope you find some of these helpful! I’ve also just started using an app called Curious Cat and made over a fiver in a couple of days, so that’s a good one too!

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