Have you heard of Toluna.com?
Toluna is an online survey site. Over 21 million people have used this website to answer surveys and test products. If you take surveys for money on your computer, this is a site you are going to want to investigate.
Toluna is free to use. They offer members paid surveys, polls and in-home product testing. This site uses a point system for rewards that can be converted to PayPal or gift cards. Basically 30 points is equivalent to one penny. So 30,000 points gets you ten dollars worth of rewards. They must have some reason to use this system instead of cash values but in the end it makes no difference. When you redeem your points they do turn into cash.
Let’s talk about product testing. This is a great feature of Toluna, since it is mostly a survey site and you rarely find a site that offers in-home testing of new products as well as surveys. Even if I did not take surveys online as a hobby, I would still join and use this feature of the site.
Every week or so you can look under the ‘Explore’ tab and click product testing. This will take you to the product testing screen where you can see any active offers and future offers. I try to visit this page often as I do not want to miss any free offers. After using this site for less than two months I actually received one product to test! I enjoyed the product (mine was worth about five dollars) and the best part is that I got paid to use it as well.
Of course Toluna’s bread and butter are their surveys. They also offer paid polls every day which I always try to click every day on any site that offers them for the free quick money.
On sites that let you search and try any survey that is open like this one does, the more you try the more you will get rejected from. If you are disqualified from a survey in most cases you still get some compensation at Toluna. This is a nice cushion that softens the blow of rejection. Toluna offers a wide variety of surveys that you can take, and they also show you which ones they recommend you try. Only doing the surveys they invite you to should really cut down on you being disqualified.
Once you have some surveys and points under your belt, check out the rewards section. This is a straightforward area of the site and most rewards are offered as retailer gift cards. If you want a PayPal deposit or paper check those are available too. Choose from iTunes, Best Buy, Facebook, Redbox and many more for the gift cards.
I have always gotten prompt payment from Toluna. I usually get the $20 PayPal deposit and have also tried the $10 iTunes credit. Both were delivered without a hitch.
Toluna is overall a very well run site. They have found a good balance between offering many surveys and narrowing it down for people. They are free to join and use, so even if you are just registering for the weekly paid product testing it is worth it. They pay in all the common ways. They have a great reputation in the industry and have been around a long time.
Sign up here.