Tuesday, September 25, 2012


What is Plink?
Plink is a registered card program that allows you to earn points for dining out and shopping offline. You select where you want to eat or shop, and Plink activates those offers on your credit or debit card. Plink was co-founded by Peter Vogel, one of the executives behind Memolink - one of the first online rewards programs - and recently picked up $3 million in funding. Plink has an A- rating with the Better Business Bureau and is a member of the National Restaurant Association. I really like Plink because I can use my AMEX (I get cash back when I use my card) and get rewarded twice for things I'm going to do anyway. I currently have 1830 points which is enough to get a $15 Walmart or Amazon.com giftcard, but I like to save my points up and cashout big!

How Do I Make Money? 
Once you create your free account with Plink, select the debit or credit card you use the most often and register it (they use bank-level encryption, so you can be sure it's safe!). When you use your card at participating restaurants and retailers (some of which include Burger King, Taco Bell, 7-Eleven, Dunkin Donuts, Arby's, Edwards Cinemas, United Artists Cinemas, Regal Cinemas, to name a few) your purchases are tracked and points are automatically deposited into your Plink account. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012


What is ClickWorker?
ClickWorker provides digital tasks to registered Internet workers, who may choose which tasks they want to work on. The idea is similar to that of Amazon Mechanical Turk, oDesk, and Minute Workers. Depending on your profile and qualifications, you may be offered some projects or excluded from others. Since many of the tasks can be completed in just seconds you can stop and start at anytime which means you can work anytime, anywhere.

Minds Pay

What is Minds Pay?
MindsPay is an internet site that pays its members to test products, services and give feedback on those tested via surveys. Your opinions are reported to advertisers, who alter their campaigns based on your feedback! You can also elect to receive surveys via e-mail during sign up. 

How Do I Make Money?
Earn your first $3 just for activating your registration - it's easy and takes about 2 minutes! Once you have completed your MindsPay registration, you will be taken to your 'My Surveys' page where you can choose the surveys you want to participate in. Surveys take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to complete. Your surveys must be approved or validated in order to receive payment (to ensure you completed it properly and according to the advertiser's requirements). Some surveys are approved instantly, while others may take up to one week to be approved.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


What is CrowdTap?
CrowdTap is a website where you can go to earn points, a portion of which can be redeemed for Amazon.com giftcards, other giftcards, or a charity of your choice, and win free products (by testing them). You move from one level to another by increasing your points earnings - the higher your level (status), the more likely you are to get invitations for exclusive product tests, promotions, etc. 

With CrowdTap you essentially have 2 accounts - Lifetime Points (which reflects your status) and Current Points (which you can redeem for rewards). Your greatest advantage in using this site is earning free products by receiving invitations from big-name brands. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Instant Cash Sweepstakes (ICS)

What is Instant Cash Sweepstakes?
Instant Cash Sweepstakes  is a market research company that wants your opinion on a variety of topics. By completing very short surveys you are rewarded in coins and "lottery tickets" that you can redeem for chances to win daily prizes. One important thing to note about this opportunity is that you must login once every 30 days or you forfeit any funds in your account.

American Family

What is American Family?
American Family is a website where you can find new recipes, printable coupons, take quizzes, and play games. 

How Do I Make Money?
While this site isn't really a money-making opportunity, you can earn points and redeem them for entries into prize drawings. Personally, I prefer to earn points only when I know they will result in a payoff. In other words, I don't care to earn points and redeem them for a "chance to win"- I want something tangible for my time. For this reason, I realize many people will probably only want to participate in this opportunity if they are more interested in the actual offering of the site - recipes, coupons, and playing games. 

The way you earn points is by printing recipes, playing games, taking short quizzes, accepting special offers, completing featured surveys and other activities.

American Consumer Opinion Panel (ACOP)

What is ACOP?
ACOP is a market research company that has been in business for over 15 years.  They send out online survey invitations and have products for their members to test. According to their website, some of their recent survey topics have asked panelists:
  • To evaluate new advertising for a retailer.
  • About how and why they purchase and the use of gifts cards.
  • Their opinions about the current economy.
  • Their thoughts about tanning products and how often tanning products are used.
  • To review an idea for a new fuel additive product for an automotive company.
  • To taste test a new snack food for a food manufacturer.
  • How happy they were with customer service from their local utility. 

To the right is a screenshot of my ACOP account - it looks like I have a good running balance in there. I think I'll let the funds continue to accumulate. :)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Working with Sassie, ShopMetrics, ClientSmart, Prophet

"I keep signing up over and over again for the same companies", you say. While it may seem like this is the case, the fact is that there are different platforms, or software services that mystery shopping companies use to post and track their shops. 

There are four major platforms that companies use: Sassie, ShopMetrics, ClientSmart, and Prophet. However, some companies choose to use their own in-house platform too so you will have to get used to the different company interfaces if you work for several mystery shopping companies. When you sign up to work for a mystery shopping company, you may be directed to sign up through one of these platforms and you may see the same online web forms and answer the same questions over and over again each time. 

Although many companies may use the same platform, you will need to sign up individually for each company to create a separate profile to work for that company. This is so that the company can track your shops and keep their own records on your work.

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Crowd Cloud

What is Crowd Cloud?
CrowdCloud is another crowdsourcing website where companies and creatives come together to solve problems. According to their website, "We bring together companies that need work done with people who want to work and get paid. When a company gives us a project, we break it down into a smaller set of tasks that you complete using our Facebook work application. You select the tasks you'd like to work on, and are typically paid [the next business day] via PayPal for each approved task." Tasks can be anything from translation, online research, data entry, writing and editing.

How Do I Make Money?
For this opportunity, you must have a Paypal account,  because that is the only method of payment at the time of this post. Once you signup, search for and complete tasks that are of interest to you. Of course, you can always sign up for your own referral link and receive a commission for everyone who signs up underneath you! You will need to have a Facebook account in order to participate in the referral program.

Earning Potential
You can earn anywhere from $.01 to $30.00 or more per task using CrowdCloud. Like most other task-oriented opportunities, the company determines the price for the task based on the time and effort involved.

Signup now for CrowdCloud!

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