How To Be A Successful Online Survey Taker

Answering survey questions from 1Q is a great way to share your opinion- and get paid for it! 1Q partners with the world’s leading businesses to bring relevant surveys to you. Brands like Delta, Proctor & Gamble, Amazon, Unilever, and more are looking for honest answers to important questions to help them better understand and serve their customers for years to come. Many people don’t know how to successfully complete online surveys, but 1Q is here to share our secrets! 

What Makes A Good Survey Taker?

When it comes to answering survey questions, one of the most important things to note is that honesty is the best policy. People who like writing reviews online, sharing opinions of products on social media, or creating product review video content are all excellent examples of people who would most likely be a good survey taker. Above just that, people who are insightful and creative in the way they think about solving problems are also great fits for taking online surveys. Remember, the longest answer isn’t always the best one. Brands look for quality over quantity, so being concise in your answers while still hitting all of your opinions is key.

Tips for Taking Online Surveys

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Writing survey responses that aren’t just multiple choice answers requires some time and thinking. Don’t rush your answers, and if you don’t know how to answer, sit on it for a second. There is no use in filling in something random, as these brands know those responses are not well thought out and it won’t help in their market research efforts. Doing 10 surveys in 20 minutes is not the best way to get your opinions across, and it is more likely that your response will be thrown out. Reusing previous answers, lying, or being plain rude does not increase your chances of getting paid, it does the opposite. 

Many people who take online surveys for extra money on the side have advised making a new email address for doing these surveys. It helps to keep track of what you answered and what your new offerings are without getting buried in your other day to day email. If you decide to do surveys hour after hour, we strongly advise following the 20/20 rule, taking a 20-second break every 20 minutes and looking at something 20 feet away. This helps to protect your eyes and it will keep them stronger for longer!

A few other tips for taking online surveys include making sure that your responses are grammatically correct and always reading your answers out loud before moving on to the next question. You want to make sure that what you’re writing makes sense to other people who don’t know you. When it comes to how you respond to the initial surveys, answer the profile survey questions as correctly as possible to your demographic. This allows 1Q to send more relevant survey questionnaires to you, instead of sending you surveys that don’t align with who you are, what you do, what you prefer, etc. 

What Else Can You Do to Be a Successful Online Survey Taker?

1. Enable Alerts on Your Phone

When taking surveys online – such as through 1Q’s platform – it is essential to be as up to date as you can be on new surveys available. By enabling alerts on your phone, you can be notified whenever a new survey is available. Plus, you can set reminders for yourself to take certain surveys you have been meaning to get to.

This is an excellent way to improve your survey-taking skills, as it will help to keep your to-do surveys at the top of your mind.

2. Read Instructions & Questions Carefully


While speed is important in online survey taking, so is attention to detail. Each new question you come across should be met with the same attentiveness as the last. Business owners rely on your responses to make positive changes to their company, so making sure you understand the question correctly before answering is key.

 It’s never a bad idea to re-read a question before answering it. This gives you the opportunity to confirm your comprehension and ensure the answer you give is the most accurate to your own real-life experiences.

3. Answer Thoughtfully

Businesses who are seeking answers from online survey takers are not looking for the “right answer.” Instead, they want to know the honest and authentic opinions of the people who may someday be their customers – or who can reflect the opinions and preferences of future customers. By answering questions thoughtfully, you help to ensure that businesses keep coming back with more surveys. In turn, there is more work available to you and more potential income to earn.

A thoughtful answer will include a true opinion of yours. Don’t worry about what you think the business wants to hear – simply answer the questions as honestly as you can.

4. Connect on Social Media

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Connecting on social media is an excellent way to find out more about companies, products, and more. Not only does it give you a better idea of what types of questions you may answer in the future but it also helps you to determine your own preferences. A great online survey taker will have an excellent inner-knowledge of themselves and what they like – and share this information with the survey creators!

For instance, connecting with 1Q on social media can help you stay up to date on all the latest happenings and learn about any new and exciting changes to the survey and research platform.

5. Stay Focused on the Question at Hand

Although we do recommend responding quickly, you should also try to stay focused on the question you are on. If you are too busy worrying about future questions on the survey, you may become distracted and fail to give your best authentic response to the current question. If you are feeling like your focus is slipping, you may need to take a quick break and come back when you feel more concentrated and rested.

6. Offer Complete Responses

If you are taking an online survey that allows you to type a written response – rather than select a pre-written response – make sure to take your time and write a complete answer.

Chances are, if you are given the opportunity to enter a custom answer, the survey creator cares deeply about what you have to say. Make sure your answers cover the most important information and answer the question clearly. Avoid going on long tangents, but offer extra details when they are relevant.

7. Participate in More Surveys

Practice makes perfect! To get better at being an online survey taker, the best thing you can do is to take more surveys. By participating in more surveys, you will improve your reading and response times. As a result, you will be able to answer more questions in a shorter time frame, allowing you to complete many surveys every day.

The beauty of being an online survey taker is that you can create your own schedule – so find a routine that works best for you and participate in as many surveys as you can!

How Do I Get Started?

The first step for someone interested in answering 1Q survey questionnaires is to download the app and register, which is available on the App Store and Google Play. From this point, 1Q will begin to understand what type of person you are so it can send you applicable and appropriate surveys to take. From there, you’ll start getting paid! 1Q pays you $.25 per answer through PayPal, and the amount of survey questionnaires you can take is completely unlimited. We are the world’s only company to pay consumers instantly, per response. Your name and contact information is never shared, and you even have the ability to donate your earnings to charities and nonprofits if you wish. If you still have pertinent questions regarding how 1Q works, feel free to refer to our FAQ hub.