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December 20, 2005
Survey Savvy
Copyright © 2005, Chris Ohlson

Survey Savvy is one of the most highly promoted paid online survey sites out there. This is primarily because of their fantastic referral program, which, unlike other paid survey sites, offers recurring payment for those you recruit. Although their referral program is a very nice bonus, it is by far not the only reason why Survey Savvy stands above the crowd. Over the years Survey Savvy has proven itself to be a very solid paid online survey site, even for those of you who do not want to recruit your friends. Their overall commitment, to not only their clients, but to their survey respondents as well, makes them stand out above the crowd.

First, a little background information. Survey Savvy is owned and operated by Luth Research, a market research leader since 1977. To date, they have paid out more money to their members than any other market research company. They are also a member of the BBBOnLine® Privacy Program, participate in the TRUSTe Privacy Program and also conform to numerous survey and market research organizations. All of which are important when submitting your personal information to any online survey company. Survey Savvy accepts survey respondents from around the globe and currently has participants from 190 countries worldwide.

Survey Savvy’s website also sets them a notch above the rest. Once you sign up, you’ll be able to login and check any number of things. When you first sign up you’ll want to take their “profile enhancers”. These surveys tell Survey Savvy more about you, which helps them match you up to relevant surveys, as well as, increasing your chances of receiving surveys from them. You’ll also be able to change your sign up information if you need to, view your earnings, see your referral count and cash out. Any surveys that are available to you will also be listed here. You’ll also have access to a great online help database, which can answer almost any question.

Survey Savvy pays strictly in cash for participation in their online surveys. Any cash received will be deposited into an online “account” which can be accessed through their website with your username and password. There is no minimum or maximum amount that you need to have in order to “cash out”. Once you cash out, you’ll receive a check in the mail, their website say to allow 3-4 weeks, but I usually receive payment within 2 weeks. When you receive a survey, you will first be asked a few qualifying questions. If you do not qualify for the rest of the survey, you will be entered into a monthly prize drawing for 50, $10 prizes. Payment amounts can range anywhere from a couple of bucks to $15 or more depending on the survey. These amounts seem to be slightly higher than other paid online survey sites vs. the time spent per survey. I have never had a problem receiving credit for a survey I have taken with them, nor have I ever had a problem with getting my check in a timely fashion. In fact, it’s been my experience that I receive payment faster through Survey Savvy than most of the other sites that I participate in. A little reminder here: Don’t forget to login from time to time and check your account balance and cash out. You’ll not receive payment unless you do.

The online surveys from Survey Savvy have always proven to be interesting and flawless. Surveys are well thought out and flow very nicely from question to question. Technically, surveys go off without a hitch, no glitches, and no problems. Generally I receive around 4 or 5 survey invitations per month, of course this will vary based on your demographic information. Surveys will vary on any number of topics, anything you can imagine really. As of late, they have had a bit of a focus on technology based surveys. So if you’re a techie, you should really make out. If not, don’t worry; there are plenty of other interesting topics for you to voice your opinion on.

Now let’s get into that referral program. Survey Savvy has, by far the best referral program of any other paid online survey site that I am aware of. Where other paid survey sites may offer a referral program which credits you in one way or another, once (when that person signs up), Survey Savvy credits your account every time that one of your referrals take a survey. Not only that, but they also credit your account whenever one of their referrals takes a survey. Every time that one of your referrals completes a survey, your account will be credited with $2, and every time one of their referrals takes a survey, you will be credited with $1. Over time this can certainly add up. Now, don’t get delusional here thinking that you can get rich by getting all of your friends to sign up. You can however, make a good deal extra simply by spreading the word. You can access all the tools you need to refer you friends through their website.

All in all, Survey Savvy has proven over the years to be a very solid paid online survey site, definitely a step ahead of many others. If you are interested in taking paid online surveys, you should consider this a “must join”.

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