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We’re all online, all the time these days. Wouldn’t it be nice to earn something for it? You CAN! It’s easy to make money surfing the internet from your phone, desktop, or tablet – without doing anything differently.
Ipsos is a world-renowned consumer research company. They provide all kinds of data from how people shop in physical stores, to how they access local services, to – you guessed it – online behaviour.
You might even have had a chat with an Ipsos Mori representative in days gone by. They’re hired by all sorts of companies, from private businesses to local authorities to transport services. In the past, their information was always collected through questionnaires and interviews with people in person or on the phone. As you can imagine, that’s really time-consuming for them.
With the advent of digital technologies, it’s now much easier for them – and you – to collect information. The Ipsos Iris UK app quietly collects user behaviour in the background. It sends the info to Ipsos without you needing to do anything at all.
Download Ipsos Iris onto any – and all – of your internet-connected devices. Your phone, laptop, tablet, and desktop PC can all have the app installed – in fact, the more connected devices, the more you can be paid each month. You’ll need to complete a short 5-minute survey before the app activates. You only need to complete it once, though – not every time you use your device.
That’s all you have to do. Really.
You’ll get £20 worth of points just for downloading the app – and up to £10 in points a month every month afterwards. Points can be redeemed on the Ipsos online store for good from shops such as John Lewis or Amazon, or exchanged for shopping or travel vouchers. So, without changing anything about your day, you can earn up to £140 a year! It’s like free money – and everyone likes free money.
The user information on your Ipsos profile does help them to shape their data and survey reports. However, data overall is collected anonymously – so your info is kept private.
The Nielsen Computer and Mobile Panel is another form of passive earning that pays you just to download the app and use the internet. The more devices you download the app on, the more chances you will have of earning points and there’s also the chance of winning prize money in a monthly or quarterly draw. Like Ipsos Iris, Nielsen gives you points for using the internet which can be exchanged for goods or vouchers. On average, users can earn $50 (c.£42) a year in rewards just for having the app installed, as well as the chance to win cash prizes.
The Ipsos app isn’t the only way you can earn money (or, raise money for charity) surfing the internet. Try these other things to add to your side income!
Companies use web testers for a range of reasons. New websites need to perform effectively, while older sites need updating to make the most of the content and give the user a better experience.
You might be asked to test certain pages, a new website feature, or feed back on the entire thing. You could also be paid to take part in user testing that tracks your eye movements, so people can learn which parts of their website people are naturally drawn to.
We’ve got a whole feature about making money testing apps and websites here.
Websites like Inbox Pounds and Toluna (iPhone, Android, Desktop) pay you to give your opinion! Pick up surveys in your spare time and the cash soon builds up. How many surveys you can do depends on all sorts of factors – for example, parents tend to have more options as they can access surveys from childcare retailers. However, it’s a quick and easy way to while away the time and build a small profit while you’re at it.
Ipsos Say is another branch of the Ipsos brand that pays you in points to do surveys. Surveys are matched to your profile (which you fill in when you sign up) which means that they preselect you to take part so the surveys should be relevant to you (lots of other sites require you to choose). You can earn anything from 40 up to 250 points per survey, 500 points is equivalent to $5 (c.4.20). Again, points can be exchanged for gift-cards, e-gifts or cash (payable via a Paypal account).
Wonder is a website that people like journalists use to get a deeply researched answer to a particular question. They pay a flat fee and it’s easy to pick up assignments in your spare time. This is a bit more demanding than filling out surveys, as you have to actively seek out the answers and bring everything together in a way that the person buying the answer can understand. However, if you have a knack for always hitting the right Google search every time, it’s a quick way to earn some side money.
Swagbucks has its own search engine that earns you Swagbucks for your normal search activity. It also highlights when you can make even MORE from your searches with special deals. Convert your Swagbucks into gift cards when you’ve earned the minimum amount – and these include PayPal and Mastercard Prepaid cards, which you can spend anywhere!
It’s free to sign up to Swagbucks and start earning money surfing the internet.
Sites like Inbox Pounds pay you to watch videos on your phone. As well as the usual rewards-type efforts, like surveys and cashback, being paid to watch videos costs you nothing except a few minutes of time. We’re always subject to adverts anyway, so why not get paid for it?!
Slicethepie is a niche-but-popular website that brings together music reviews from all genres for all people. Make the most of your music addiction by writing up reviews of the latest albums and singles!
The site also includes reviews of things like fashion items and accessories, as well as TV commercials. Have your say for cash! Sign up to Slicethepie here.
If you’ve got a little more time to spare, there are plenty of things you can do to start building a side income. Read these articles for inspiration next!