Believe it or not. There are companies out there who are willing to pay you, to know what you think about their products/services which range from video games to painkillers.

Answering surveys can be a fun way to earn some extra cash. Most surveys are short and last about 20-25 minutes for which the payout range from 5$ to 20$ or more.

I bet all of us have taken part in some surveys at some point of time. And as far as I am concerned, I enjoyed every minute of it. Its a matter of pride to know that your opinion counts. The advantage of paid surveys is that you get paid per survey and it is usually a short 15-20 question one. While it is not money making opportunity for a livelihood, it can certainly allow one to make some extra cash.
While most paid survey sites are free to join, there are some who require you to pay some money initially to access their database.
One disadvantage about paid surveys is that you have no assured number of surveys you will get in a year. One time you might be flooded with surveys, while other days you will have to watch your inbox in desperation. But then considering that you make money without much effort, it should be fine!
Here are some site where you can join and take part in paid surveys. They are free to join and are available for the Indian users.

SurveySavvy
YouGov
CIAO Surveys
American Consumer Opinion
GlobalTestMarket

I am currently a part of all the above sites. They are legitimate as far as I researched on the net. As of today I have got only one paid survey from CIAO Surveys for which I got disqualified as I don’t play video games. Will keep you updated on more as I get more paid surveys.
For an international survey company see this site which gives a whole lot of information on paid surveys.

Top International Online Paid surveys

There are many ways to make cash from the internet. Here are some really fun and easy ways to make money on the net which require little or rather no effort from your side.

1. Make money through online paid surveys:

This the easiest and fun part of making money online. The concept is pretty straight forward. There are a number of companies who want to know the feedback of consumers like you and me. They approach market researchers like Ciao, SurveySavvy, ACOP etc. who in turn forward those surveys to us and take our opinion and pay us for our feedback. Sounds like hard work doesn’t it ? ? :-) Read my reviews of the various market researchers here.

2. Make money by becoming an affiliate member:

This is also a lucrative opportunity. This type of earning programs requires you to sell some products online for which you make a commission of the sale. These type of programs usually give you a high payout depending on the product/service you sell. Payouts vary from 5% up to more than 50%.

3. Create websites and blogs:

These are usually for the more serious money maker as they involve continuous contribution and patience and they have a chance of becoming a long term money making mechanism if properly executed. After you create a website about your favourite topic you can sign up for the various Pay-Per-Click schemes available, most famous being Google Adsense.

There are probably more money making opportunities on the internet. But then those listed above require very little effort and can be easily done by anyone and everyone.

Another new money making opportunity is through getting into paid surfing and AGLOCO is the best and the latest one out there. Read more about AGLOCO here.

This is a update to my previous post titled – “Here’s your chance to Own The Internet” where I first wrote about this new trend of economic networks. They have updated on their official blog that the Viewbar will be available for download in 7 to 10 weeks time. That gives us sometime to build our refferal network.

Here is something you would like to know about the Agloco Community:

I am a member of AGLOCO. It has a goal of reaching 10,000,000 Members by July 1st.

Here is why I would like you to consider joining:

1. AGLOCO pays you, as an Internet user, your fair share of the value created while you surf.
2. The AGLOCO’s free software puts you in control of what arrives on your screen and what data you allow outsiders to collect.
3. AGLOCO is a 100% Member owned company which rewards the Members who help build the company. It never costs anything to be a Member

AGLOCO is only four weeks old and it has already signed up tens of thousands of Members and has created enormous Internet ‘buzz’ (over 700,000 pages in Google’s search talk about AGLOCO).

AGLOCO is not a ‘get rich’ quick scheme. Every additional Member raises the value of all the Members, so we all get more if you join.

It is free to join and Membership never costs anything. Click here to read more and sign up now.

http://www.agloco.com/r/BBBH7497

I OWN The Internet

I will keep you updated with all the news about this promising new community.

So just join and start building your network. The more people you refer the more money you make. Remember if the company blooms, you stand to gain a lot, if it flops, you don’t loose a penny. . .

Ever since I expressed about my desire to earn money on the net, I got a lot of responses and questions from my friends and mates about this. I thought of putting them up here and answering them like a FAQ so as to let others to know more about this whole idea of making money on the net.

1. Can one really make money on the internet?

Yes, believe it or not? We can actually make money on the net despite all those scams and fraud companies. It is estimated that there are 30 scam sites for every genuine site out there in the net. Everything depends on how you choose to make money on the net. One main thing to be kept in mind is the reputation and the general feedback of the site you are joining up.

2. What investments are required to make money online?

NIL investment and yes, I mean it. There are sites which let you join for free and earn cash right away. There are sites which charge for giving you access to their database with the opportunities.

3. What are the skills I require to learn to earn?

This is the best part. You need very few skills to start earning. To start with, knowledge of using the internet, command on language, a internet connection and some time to spend. Sounds very interesting, doesn’t it?

4. Why earn money online?

Well, this is a stupid question I agree. Who doesn’t need money? There are a few who look for opportunities on the net to earn some money at minimal effort. There are others who are willing to spend more time and effort to start earning five-figure income on the net and go on to quit their day jobs!

In the coming days I will sharing with you a few legitimate sites which I came across while researching on the net and how to make the maximum from them. Till then post your comments, ask what you need to know about making money online.

Starting from January I am planning to quit my day job as a Retention Officer in Telecom #1 – Airtel. Reason for quitting? I am planning to continue my studies full time. That brings me another worry; will I have to downgrade my lifestyle? Will I have to depend on my family? I am determined not to be tied down to a lower life style or live at the expense of my family. This determination made to think about opportunities to make money.

I started off thinking about my assets. I have a internet connection, I can spend time online. I am fairly good at researching the net. I love reading and sharing my knowledge. Above all, I used to be a freelance web designer. What can I do to sell myself and make some money to live life the way I want to ? This was my thinking point the last few days.

This blog will be my diary of events as I try and experiment to make some money on the net. Join me as I try to make some money and in turn help you make some.

Updated on 19 Feb, 2007:  I have not quit my day job as of now, I have not really decided when to do that now, but it will be soon, since I want to concentrate on my studies, blog, and my life online :-)

My ideology is simple; you should be rewarded for your efforts, how much ever big or small.

Look around the World Wide Web, one either has to own and MAINTAIN a community with a large number of users or have plenty to original content to attract internet users to earn and generate a decent income as pocket money or as a means of livelihood.

Who is making all the money now? Look around again, you will see that the big players like Google, MySpace, eBay, Orkut, Hi5 etc. They have something you and I lack, content and community.

The internet today is a massive advertisement media. There is loads of money spent and earned each time you see an advertisement, each time you make an online purchase. Each time there is revenue being generated by big players in BIG $$$ that is currently earned by a small pack of players who own those really big websites and content. The ultimate point is you don’t see a penny of those HUGE MONEY which is being spent for you.

All this is set to change if all goes well in the revolution that has begun. It will create a new virtual world order that will enable users to gain amazing value for something that they have been doing since the advent of the internet – Browsing.

There is a company out there that was started by a few guys with Stanford MBA’s and a few other individuals who started a web site called “AllAdvantage”. AllAdvantage gave over 100 million dollars to it’s members back in 1998. Though it got sucked up in the depression of the internet world in 2000-01, its ideas and lessons were never forgotten.

Now after 6 years, the same group of people are out with their latest offering – Agloco. They still believe in the same thing. They feel that the Members should share the value they generate for the company.

I own The Internet

 

The company is called AGLOCO (short for A Global Community) and their company motto is “Own the Internet”. AGLOCO thinks you deserve a piece of the action. AGLOCO is a growing global community of internet users whose active members can get paid for their online activity.

The more people that join AGLOCO, the more revenue the community can generate for itself and it’s members. AGLOCO says that massive web site companies can afford to pay AGLOCO what they pay Google. With AGLOCO, they will be paying YOUR, (yea its your own) company, not some internet mogul.

AGLOCO and your money…

AGLOCO’s only objective is to get it’s treasured members their share of the value created on the internet. That’s everything from search and advertising revenue to user-generated content sites.

AGLOCO’s members will earn ownership in the company in the form of shares and will then begin earning substantial amounts of money if this web site blows up. AGLOCO believes that a member that actually owns part of the community has more incentive to promote it and to continually improve it. There is nothing to buy, nothing to subscribe to.

In the future, AGLOCO plans to go public with it’s stock which will be traded on the London Stock Exchange. Basically, you’ll be getting back some of the money you generate for various web site’s just by surfing the net as you normally do.

Remember, the company is 100% owned by the members, so they will put the cash to work to best reward the members (shareholders) of the company. AGLOCO members will collect some of the money that usually passed between companies. After all, we’re the ones that generated it, right?

AGLOCO member details

Members will NEVER have to pay anything, nor will they have to give up their personal information. (except for payment information) All you have to do is sign up and download the viewbar when it’s available.

You can also earn more shares by referring more active users to AGLOCO. All they have to do is sign up and download the viewbar. It’s that simple. Members who use the referral system to help build the AGLOCO network will earn more than members who just follow their daily internet routines when browsing the web. They even provide a referral calculator to calculate your potential earnings!

Why should you join AGLOCO?

Membership is absolutely free, plus the fact that it’s super easy. Sign up, download the toolbar and that’s it. If your not completely sure about AGLOCO then just browse the web with the viewbar installed one or two days out of the week. If it doesn’t do anything for you then uninstall it, just remember that just by having that little toolbar installed you are a link in a chain that is making money for themselves. I hope you can you see that there are no losers here?

Right now AGLOCO is at an early stage of building a new form of an “online community” that they call an Economic Network. They’re building a community that will generate the kind of fortune that YouTube generates. They’re doing all this by simply paying their members fairly. Instead of that wealth making only a few people rich, the entire community will get it’s fair share.

If you are like me then you have dedicated a lot of your time to different web sites in hopes of receiving what they initially promised, a steady source of revenue for our efforts.

AGLOCO gets stronger as it gets bigger. With more members and stronger cash flows, the profits that the members share in increase – and this draws in more users and hence stronger cash flows. The incentive to join early and tell many friends is big, as early members who help build the network stand to benefit the most. This community was launched only as early as 3 weeks ago. I have a strong feeling that this can be the golden goose in the fables.

The view bar is almost ready for release. I read in the official blog that it will be released this Saturday. That means that you can be one of the pioneer members of this web site. Revenue generated from referrals will be huge for these members who help build the network.

To take a closer look or sign up use the link below:

Agloco Sign-Up

I will keep you posted on the developments in Agloco, in the mean time I suggest you join Agloco and start building your network today and be ready to – “Get your share of the Internet” .

Welcome to TheMusings – My blog. This is my first foray into the world of blogging. I have’nt really decieded what to post in this blog. But one thing I can assure you is that the content in this blog will be heaven for every casual surfer on the net. For now, all I can say is WATCH THIS SPACE