Paid Surveys vs. Affiliate Marketing
For people who want to make money online, which is better: paid surveys or affiliate marketing?
What are paid surveys?
Paid surveys are surveys that you can take online, for which a business will pay you on average between $ 2 and $ 10 to take, although up to $ 75 has been claimed by joining a focus group. Sometimes the business doesn’t pay in cash, but you have a chance to win prizes. In general, they can take between 5 and 30 minutes to complete.
What’s affiliates marketing?
An affiliate marketer is someone who affiliates with a seller and leads potential customers to that seller’s website using online marketing techniques. If the seller makes a sale from that prospect, the affiliate marketer gets a percentage of that sale as commission. Potential affiliate marketing earnings range from $ 20 to $ 2000 + per day.
What is better for someone looking to make money?
Paid surveys are pretty simple to do, even for someone with no computer skills. This is why paid surveys are so attractive to most people.
Affiliate marketing can also be very easy for a beginner to do as there are easy methods of advertising that do not require a high level of computer skills that can be used. Take article writing or blogging as an example. It takes 2 minutes to sign up for a blog or join an online article submission site, and then you’re just writing your recommendations (doing your marketing) from there.
The reality is that while paid surveys guarantee some money for your effort, the amount you will “earn” is not too much for the amount of time invested. However, in my opinion, the biggest factor against paid surveys is that the income they generate has a limited life. Once you’ve contacted all of the companies on your list and taken the surveys for them, barring a few new ones that they may have from time to time, you can’t expect to make that much money from them in the future. There is no way to increase your earnings.
Becoming an affiliate marketer, on the other hand, will allow you to build your “business” constantly. And once you have things in place for a product, they can very often be left to run on their own for a while, allowing you to earn money while concentrating on a new product. This way you can double, triple or quadruple your money without doubling, tripling or quadrupling your time and effort.
Another thing to keep in mind regarding paid surveys is that they probably won’t work for you if you’re not in the US or possibly Europe. Most of the companies that require surveys are located in the US and some are in Europe and therefore they mostly want people from the US or Europe to take their surveys. So even if a survey product says you can make money wherever you are, I wouldn’t recommend it to a non-US citizen. There may be some companies that want international folks, but they will be in the minority.