My Top 5 Non-Scam Websites to Make Money Online

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Because I’ve been living on a small income for a while now, I’m always on the lookout for legitimate ways to earn some extra pocket money. Over the past ten years, I have signed up for a bunch of survey websites in the hopes of making some money. Some of them were great and I’m still a member, and some of them were just a waste of time and I never got any money from them.

Since I have spent all of this time working out which sites were worthwhile, I thought I would share what I learnt with my readers, to save you going through the same process. Some of the sites are worldwide and some are only for Australian residents.

If you’re looking for ways to get rich quick, these sites are not the way to do it. But if you’re looking for an extra $10 of pocket money each month, read on:


PureprofileThis is my favourite survey website and the one I make the most money from ($10-15 a month). What I like about the site is that you earn real cash, not just points which you exchange for cash. If you qualify for a survey you can earn between 50c and $5, and even if you don’t qualify you usually receive 10c. You can also earn 10c from clicking through to a website or watching a video. Once you have made $25, you can request a direct deposit to your bank account, which usually takes 2-3 weeks.

Pureprofile is open to anyone worldwide, and I really recommend it!


RewardsCentral. On this site you earn points for doing surveys, which you can then exchange for cash (3300 points for $30 or 10100 points for $100). Each survey gives you between 100 and 500 points, and if you don’t qualify for the survey, you are given two entries into their competition to win $10000 (although after 10 years I still haven’t won yet!). They also send you emails, which give you 10 points to click through to a site. I usually make about $60 a year from this site and MyOpinions combined (see below).

If you decide to sign up for RewardsCentral, the link above is an affiliate link, which means I get one extra competition entry if you sign up through it. Regardless of their not-so-great affiliate program, it is worth signing up for, and is open to all Australian residents.


MyOpinions. Back when I first signed up, RewardsCentral and MyOpinions were both part of a site called Emailcash, For some reason Emailcash split into two different sites, which now both do a pretty similar thing. MyOpinions is purely a survey site, where you earn between 50 and 500 points for completing surveys. You then have to transfer those points to RewardsCentral to redeem them for cash. Similarly, if you don’t qualify for a survey you earn entries in their $500 cash competition.

One thing that they do do differently is that you have a loyalty status, which means you earn extra points for each survey. For example I have platinum status, so earn a bonus of 7.5% more points every time I complete a survey. Again, if you join up through the link above I will receive one extra competition entry and entry is open to all Australian residents.


Swagbucks. I am a newcomer to Swagbucks this year, but I have found quite a bit to like and have already made $10 in Amazon vouchers. Basically you can earn Swagbucks (points) by doing web searches, answering surveys or referring other people. I usually make around 7-50 Swagbucks a day from searches and more from doing surveys.The best part about Swagbucks is their referral program. If you sign up through the link above, I will receive matching Swagbucks up to 1000.

The Swagbucks can then be exchanged for Amazon gift vouchers ($5 for 500 Swagbucks), Paypal vouchers ($25 for 2500 Swagbucks) and a lot more. Because of the huge Amazon postage costs to Australia, I am saving my Swagbucks up for a Paypal voucher, but if you live in the US, Amazon gift cards are a great choice.

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Your Voice. This is another site that I only started using recently and have liked so far. They have just revamped their website, and it’s looking a lot more professional. It’s similar to the other survey sites in that you complete surveys for points (between 15 and 50 per survey). You can then redeem these points for vouchers from a number of different stores like Kmart, Target, Myer or JBHifi. 200 points gets you a $20 voucher.

While I prefer to get cash or supermarket vouchers, these vouchers are useful for when I have to buy something new. They will also send the vouchers by email, so you can use them on the day you redeem them. Your Voice is open to all Australian residents.

Do you have any tried and tested ways to make money online?

While some of the links above are affiliate links, this was not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own 🙂

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  1. My son was a software engineer for Amazon for a couple of years. And he was on the Mechanical Turk team. Anyone 18 or older can sign up for M. Turk. Basically you perform stupid human tasks, like identify pictures — things a computer couldn’t do. And you get paid by the piece. You won’t get rich, if you live in a first world-country. But there are two instances where MTurk could be financially beneficial. 1) you live someplace where $10 USD goes a long, long way (like in India) or, 2) you are just sitting around wasting time surfing the web and could actually put that free time to good use. A lot of students use MTurk to earn some spending money.

    • Oh, how I wish we had swagbucks *sob*
      I’ve done some tasks on MTurk, but at the time we could only get paid in Amazon gift vouchers here in Brazil and it wasn’t worth it. There is a big variety of tasks though, and some are actually fun. Some sites like Lionbrigde employ you to perform similar tasks and pay per hour ($ 14/hour in the US, don’t know about Australia), but there are minimum monthly requirements to stay on the program (10hrs/week) and performance reviews… it’s good money (over here, at least), but very demanding.
      If you have writing, translating or design skills, you can try to score some gigs on, fiverr or similar sites.
      Check out work at home moms’ forums as well, they’re full of great ideas! But stay away from pay-to-click/pay-to-read sites, it takes forever to reach payout with those.

    • Interesting, I hadn’t heard of Mechanical Turk before. I’ll have to check it out 🙂

    • Hello, I myself have experience with Mturk over the past year. I have earned over $15,000 just from mturk alone. I discuss this and more on my own blog here

  2. Oh wow! When I returned from France in 2006 I signed up to emailcash and a few more (thousand). I think last year I started phasing out of them – too many, too long, too repetitive in questions. That being said i”ve probably earnt $300+ from them. I “cashed” out one Christmas (18 months ago) with a variety of vouchers totaling $100! Weirdly, I thought id use them setting up my house but I donated them to a raffle!? I still click daily for rewards central points just no surveys. And a totally less cluttered inbox – double yay!

    • I pared mine down quite a bit – especially the ones that sent me a lot of emails for not much reward. I just checked and I have made over $400 in the last four years, so they do add up 🙂 Although, I spend a lot of time on the computer, I wonder if I would spend the time if I was already working full time.

  3. It is a bit tedious but I’ve done a few surveys for Ipsos in the UK and earned £10 worth of Amazon vouchers without too much graft.

  4. I couple of times that I have filled out surveys, I seem to then get a lot of unwanted email. Do you have that problem with any of these sites?

    • I’ve had that problem too, but gave up on the sites that sent constant emails because I couldn’t be bothered with it. These ones send emails around once a day, which I can easily deal with, being in front of the computer all day.

  5. Fortunately I don’t need the cash enough to deal with the privacy issues, emails, and browser tool bars…I will recommend them to my kid, though 🙂

  6. I was actually thinking the same…it could be a great way for a teen to earn some extra pocket money. I will have to check out if there’s age restrictions on the sites! Thanks for the links.

  7. Thanks for sharing this information but my question is can people from other part of the world like Africa partake in this site?

  8. I have used Valued opinions. It doesn’t give you cash but has a credits system and every time you get 20 credits you get to exchange it for a gift voucher from a huge range of retailers. It’s awesome. I’ve earnt $80 of gift cards in under 6 months.

  9. can u plz send me a completed survey info plz………

  10. Hi! Thanks for the tips 🙂 I have used your referral link for swagbucks, so hopefully it works!

    Am off to explore the rest of your blog posts now.

  11. Renting your XS stuff online is another way to make extra money. Our website is RentXS. By coincidence, LinkedIn just sent me a survey and for about 25 minutes, I received a $10 Amazon gift card.

  12. Word on the street is that Amazon Mechanical Turk is no longer accepting applicants who live outside the USA (they rejected my application). I personally would recommend over Swagbucks, for Australian residents at any rate. I joined both sites a few weeks ago and have already had $10 cashback from MySurvey. It looks like I have a long way to go before earning anything like that from Swagbucks!

  13. I agree mysurvey is much better or also WYT (what do you think) Is a great site to earn extra pocket money and quick, just if you are to join these sites make sure to create anew email if you dont want spam emails in your everyday email! otherwise it can be annoying or a pain for you.

    When you fill in your details when registering make sure to fill in much details and advertise ourself even if you don’t do it. e.g. put you are a smoker and a regular drinker even if you don’t because you will see you will get lots more surveys this way! rewardscentral is good if you like to shop online!, and also put your points in ebank deposit if you have lots! if you do them every day and every survey you get via email you can make a decent amount, i havent done them everyday or all surveys and just cashed out $300 thats in 2 years on being on rewardscentral.

    Also myview is good they also do in person marketing if your lucky in age group you can make $100 for 1 day work.

  14. I live in the U.S. could you be from America to sign up for one of these sites?

  15. Those are good suggestions for survey type earnings sites. And it’s definitely good advice to people to avoid get rich quick schemes – I’ve yet to find one that works. For anyone looking to increase the earnings potential beyond a few dollars a month, it is possible to make a good living on the internet – it requires hard work and determination though. Ultimately, an online business is like any other business, it needs to be set up in the right way, following a proven route, and so long as the route map is right, it then depends to a large extent on how hard you work at it – don’t believe anyone who tells you that success is instant and doesn’t need hard work! And if you’re just looking for a few dollars a month, I agree with your recommendations in this blog.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I LOVE Swagbucks. I’m on it every day! I’ve been using it for a few years and although it took me a while to figure out how to make some money I can consistently earn $25-50 a month! It might not seem like much, but for an hour or two a day it can really pay off. Recently, they’ve updated their site and added so many more things. One of my favorite sections which people don’t talk about much is the shop and earn. I’ve earned over 500 SB in the past month for buying birthday presents online at places I would normally shop. The good news is, if you install the Swagbutton you don’t even need to go through the site to find cash back. Just go to any website you would normally shop at and if SB offers a rebate it will pop up right away. You can also earn up to 30 SB a day by just watching videos! I leave them running in the background when I’m doing other things on my laptop for easy earning. They also have an app and multiple watch apps so you can maximize earnings on the go. I tell everyone I know about Swagbucks! Great site, so easy, and real returns!


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