Top 10 Apps and Websites That Earn You Money

How much free time do you spend on your smartphone or laptop? Are you scrolling through stuff that isn’t rewarding in either sense of the word? Sure, we all need some mind ‘bubblegum’ at times, but, if we’re not learning or earning, we can feel unfulfilled. When you next have free time and are at a loose end, you may like to try these top 10 apps and websites that earn you money.

After sampling so many different sites, I’ve discovered very differing results from each. I’m now confident in saying that you don’t have to do this dirty work yourself!

What should I expect to do on these sites?

  • Complete surveys (from very short ‘micro-surveys’ to pretty long ones!).
  • Play games
  • Use the websites to shop for your usual purchases.
  • Use them as search engines.
  • Watch videos (including getting to watch the latest film trailers).
  • Look at suggested deals, such as a free credit report.
  • Test products.

What are the rewards?

  • Cash via cheque or PayPal
  • Gift-cards (physical or digital) for many retailers such as Amazon, Argos, and supermarkets.
  • The ability to donate your earnings to charities.

There are further sites that I’m still researching. Until I’ve confirmed that they are legitimate and worthwhile, I won’t recommend them. Once I’ve learned enough about them, my ‘Top 10’ may change.

The chance of receiving surveys or the chance of getting screened out of surveys will vary. It will completely depend on the demographic that the survey creator is looking for. Sometimes you’ll be desirable to them and other times you won’t.

Will you be able to get rich or give up your day job by using these sites? Almost definitely not. There are people who somehow manage to make this a very profitable sideline, but they are rare.

Yet these sites can help you to earn enough to buy some groceries or treat yourselves and others. Success will depend on your usage.

So without further ado, here are my top ten favourites:

 

10) Google Opinion Rewards (App only)

Users of this app get notified on their smartphone of when the next micro-survey is available.

Surveys usually consist of one to three questions, so each takes mere seconds to complete.

Earnings are up to 60p in Google Play credit per survey (for Android users) or via PayPal earnings for iOS users.

Google Play store rating: 3.9 (I’m surprised it isn’t higher).
(Also available for iOS)

 

9) Mobrog 

(www.mobrog.com)

 

This survey site pays on average 50p to £3.00 per survey.

Users get notified of new surveys as they become available. Before beginning, they’ll also learn how long each survey will take and what the reward will be.

There aren’t any penalties for not completing all surveys.

Users can cash out their earnings through PayPal once hitting the £4.00 pay-out threshold.

There’s also an app and whilst I didn’t think it was awful, it wasn’t great.
Google Play store rating: 2.9
(Also available for iOS)

 

8) inCompass
(www.incompass.me.uk)

 

As with Ipsos i-Say (number three in the list), inCompass is run by Ipsos Mori.

There are currently two ways of taking part; both of which are studies on the consumption of media in the UK.

For some participants, this research will involve either:

  • For a period of time, installing a smartphone app (if participants have one) or/and…
  • Installing the inCompass app on any other electronic devices owned.
  • Keeping an online diary of their media usage for seven days.

Panelists in the former group get rewarded £20 in vouchers after their first month on the panel. They can earn an extra £10 for every month they remain part of the panel.

Some panelists receive a smartphone-like device. This device has the media monitoring app pre-loaded to it. These panelists receive a £10 reward every month they carry the device. Panelists must also keep the app running on any other devices they own.

For those completing the diary, they’re rewarded £5 for completing the seven days. An invitation to complete a diary usually occurs every quarter.

The data gathered will help form the future of TV, radio, music, and internet services.

There is also an app, but I haven’t tried it myself.
Google Play store rating: 2.2

 

7) CitizenMe (App only)

 

Users complete micro-surveys, which take only seconds. Cash rewards vary in amounts (I’ve found these to be between 10p to £1 per micro-survey). There are also ‘just for fun’ micro-surveys, which provide more insights for users to enjoy.

CitizenMe works in partnership with the University of Cambridge Psychometric Centre and the University of Sheffield Open Data Science Institute.

CitizenMe says that its app is a way for users to take control of their data and discover what it says about them.

Users can choose to exchange data with organisations (including charities). Users still keep a copy of their data. This data gets added to users’ accounts, forming personalised and private future insights. The more data added, the better the insights for the user.

Businesses use CitizenMe as market research and data analytics platform. Users’ data is only used for research purposes. Collected data gets mixed with other users’ data and is anonymous.

CitizenMe receives a transaction fee from business brands. Some of this gets rewarded to the user in the form of the reward.

Google Play store rating: 4.3 (It can be temperamental on the odd occasion, but for the most part, it’s fab).
(Also available for iOS)

 

6) Nectar Canvass
(www.nectarcanvass.rn-partner.com)

 

Do you have a Nectar card? If so, you can sign up to ‘Nectar Canvass’ and begin earning Nectar points for completing surveys. Surveys vary in length and reward, but this is clear before completing each survey.

You can complete up to two surveys per 24 hours and take as few surveys as you like. The great thing is that if the survey quota is full or you get screened out, you’ll still receive two Nectar points.

Nectar points are redeemable at various retailers online via Nectar.com.
Nectar points are redeemable in-store at Sainsbury’s, but also many other places such as Legoland and Vue cinema.

No app available yet.

 

5) InboxPounds*

 

This is a very generous site where users can earn money by:

  • Signing up for offers (including free trials and competitions).
  • Completing surveys of varying lengths for varying amounts of money.
  • The daily ‘Spin and Win’ wheel where you can (and often will) win more money.
  • Using the website’s search engine. Users earn every time they complete four qualified searches.
  • Playing free games.

Users can request their cheque once they reach £20.00 of earnings.

No app available yet.

 

4) TopCashBack*

 

For online shopping, the best UK cashback website is this. Sign up and make your usual purchases, from holidays, insurance or groceries. Find the retailer you want, click through to the retailer’s usual site, and earn cashback!

Another way to use the site is by looking at their available voucher codes. These are valid on top of the cashback offers!

When you decide to cash out your earnings, you can decide between various methods:

  • A direct BACS payment into your bank.
  • PayPal.
  • Gift vouchers.
    (Some pay-out methods give a bonus of up to 10% on your earnings).

There’s also an app of the same name (that I’ve not used much). In the ‘Groceries’ section of the app, you can browse available offers. Once you’ve chosen an offer, take a photo of your receipt. Upload the photo to the app and once confirmed, the money gets added to your account.
Google Play store rating: 3.7
(Also available for iOS)

 

3) Ipsos i-Say
(social.i-say.com)

 

As with inCompass (number eight in this list), Ipsos i-Say belongs to well-known research group Ipsos Mori. This site works by members earning points by taking surveys. These points are then exchanged for gift vouchers. Surveys are worth between five to 250 points. You can expect to receive an average of four surveys each month, though I’m sure I received more than that.

When users sign up, they get entered into a prize draw for 30 pre-paid shopping cards. These cards are worth £90 each and there are thirty winners every quarter.

Also every quarter, members who complete update studies get entered into another draw. Winners of the draw will win 10,000 points each and there are 10 winners each time.

i-Say’s ‘Rewards Programme’:

Besides collecting points from completing individual surveys, members receive bonus points each time they reach a survey number threshold. E.g. once five surveys completed, 10 surveys completed, etc.

There is also an app: ‘i-Say Rewards your Opinion‘.
Google Play store gives it a five-star rating & I can confirm that it works well.
(Also available for iOS)

 

2) Valued Opinions
(www.valuedopinions.co.uk)

 

This a fabulous website offering paid market research online surveys. Survey rewards are between 25p and £5.00 per survey. Once users reach the £8.00 threshold, they can ‘cash out’ their earnings for digital or postal vouchers. Vouchers are redeemable at many retailers such as Tesco and Argos. Or, you can donate your earnings to charities such as the World Wildlife Fund.

No app available yet.

 

And the winner is……

 

1) Swagbucks*

 

Sign up (using the link above) and we’ll both earn a bonus. How much will depend on what special deal is being offered at the time of signing up.

I’d say this is by far the best site. There are many ways of earning things called ‘Swagbucks‘ (or ‘SB’), which one redeems for cash or retailer gift cards. A PayPal account is necessary for cash payouts.

Ways to earn include:

  • Completing surveys.
  • Playing games.
  • Using their ‘Shop & Earn’ site.
  • Using their search engines.
  • Installing their ‘SwagButton‘ on your web browser.
  • Watching videos.
  • Looking at their suggested deals and taking up certain offers. E.g, signing up for a month’s FREE trial of a digital TV service & earning 350 SB for doing so.

There is also a Swagbucks UK Facebook page that’s worth checking out. They post ‘swag codes‘ daily for extra SBs.

There are also eight different Swagbucks apps for your mobile phone. Here are my findings after trialing them for you:

Swagbucks – Best App that Pays‘ 

This is the condensed version of the website in the form of an app. Thus, you can watch videos, discover deals, shop, answer surveys and search the web.
This is a great little app if you like to see trailers for new and upcoming films. I’ve found out about SO many great films this way. There are also videos on fashion, music, travel, celebrities, recipes, news, and more. It’s all U.S sourced news, from what I have seen.
The best part about it is that you earn by setting the videos running and while you get on with other things.
Google Play store rating: 3.8

 Swagbucks Watch (TV)‘ 

This is the same video content that’s on the main Swagbucks app (No.1) but without the full functionality. I’m not quite sure of the point of installing this app too.
Google Play store rating: 3.6

Swagbucks Answer – Surveys that Pay‘ 

This is a very handy way to take surveys on your mobile. Though I can’t find the source, I’m sure I’ve read that there are surveys on the app that aren’t available on the website. If so, I don’t know if that also means that there are surveys on this app that aren’t on the standard Swagbucks app (No.1). If not, I don’t see the benefit of installing it.
Google Play store rating: 4.2

Sportly.tv‘ 

This is pretty self-explanatory. It’s an app that has sports news and entertainment content. There’s a lot of yoga, including yoga with your dog! It seems to all be U.S content.
Google Play store rating: 3.6

Indymusic.tv‘ 

This app shows hundreds of thousands of music videos. These videos are from a worldwide selection of indie music. I found the ads on there very intrusive.
Google Play store rating: 3.4

I can’t find a huge difference between the following and final three apps. They all offer film trailers and videos on other topics already contained within the Swagbucks app (No.1) or Swagbucks Watch (TV) app (No.2). I’d say those already do the best job and are easier to earn SBs with. Also, the ads on these next three are, as with Indymusic.tv, very annoying:

EntertaiNow‘ 
Google Play store rating: 3.3

MovieCli.ps
Google Play store rating: 3.5

Lifestylz.tv‘  
Google Play store rating: 3.7

 

Have you used any websites or apps that have promised to reward you? What have your experiences been? Are there any that you love that I haven’t listed? Let us all know!

*Some of the links provided may provide a VERY small reward for me referring you to them. If they do, they’ll have an asterisk* and will be at no cost to you. I would NEVER recommend anything that I hadn’t researched or that I wasn’t happy with.

Check out ‘Websites and Apps to Save You Money‘.

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Lisa a.k.a ‘Bunchy’

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