If you’re looking for a way to get paid for browsing the internet, you’re in luck! These days there are plenty of options available to help with earning passive income through the use of apps that run unobtrusively on your internet devices, while helping mold how brands and businesses market via mobile and online.
How it works
Market researchers aim to understand the patterns and behaviors of people using the internet through their devices. This data is collected using an app that is installed on a user’s device, and runs in the background. Data from devices is anonymized, and aggregated with other’s users data to form data figures. Ever see a stat like, ‘people spend an average of 1 hour a day on social media websites’? Stats like these often come from these internet meters.
Get paid to use your phone
As more and more people use their phones every day for everything from browsing the internet to making purchases, brands and businesses are looking for ways to make their mobile experience better. You can help these companies market their brands more effectively to mobile users and learn what purchase behavior to expect, all while getting paid to do exactly what you are doing anyway – using your phone! Here are some apps that offer rewards for keeping their software running in the background:
New MobileXpression users who install the app on their device(s) and are an active member for one week will automatically receive a $5 Amazon gift card (in the USA), while UK users can receive a £20 Amazon voucher after having the app installed for 2 weeks. Users from other countries have similar rewards options.
Earn cash with SavvyConnect by installing the free SavvyConnect app on your devices and keeping it installed. You’ll receive regular incentives for participating in the program and you may receive supplementary paid surveys for remaining active. Available for both iOS and Android.
With Smart App, you can earn over $100 a year by keeping the app installed. Start by receiving $5 for your first 30 days, and earn regular loyalty bonus awards in addition to survey opportunities, for which you can earn additional incentives.
Nielsen wants your input
You may recognize the Nielsen brand as a company trusted for monitoring television viewing and listing ratings of top shows, but did you know that they’re also a dominant player in understanding online and mobile habits? They author numerous industry reports on how people use their devices, what types of media they consume and how long they spend doing so. If you’d like to become part of this aggregated data, check out the following panels Nielsen is behind.
The Nielsen Computer and Mobile Panel asks you to download their app on your internet enabled devices, from your phone to television to desktop computer, to receive up to $50 per year in gift cards and prizes for each device you register.
The Nielsen Mobile Panel focuses specifically on mobile phones. By providing your mobile phone number and a few details, you can earn rewards for all the various ways you use your mobile device.
Nielsen Net Ratings aims to get a 360 degree view of how consumers engage with online media. Similar to Nielsen Digital Voice, the panel measures how you use the internet, including how you use your phone when you’re accessing the internet.
Share your household and business browsing habits
CitizenMe is a panel with two separate options, one for home use, and one for businesses. Not only does CitizenMe offer surveys via their app, you can also activate an add-on that will track your browsing habits that are easily switched on or off so you can share as little or as much as you like.
Similarly, Digital Reflection Panel aims to monitor your home use via an internet meter, that will measure how you use the internet in your household. Any devices connected to your internet, including your phone, will be monitored for usage in return for rewards.
Doing web searches for rewards
GPT sites (get-paid-to websites) offer their users the ability to earn rewards by taking surveys, watching videos, completing offers, playing games, and more. Some of these sites also offer credits for doing internet searches you might be doing anyway.
Swagbucks is the web’s largest GPT program, with over $350 million in rewards paid to members. Do your internet searches using the Swagbucks search engine and earn SG’s (points) credited to your account.
QuickRewards Network gives you the opportunity to conduct your internet searches via the website to earn credits to your account. QuickRewards has no minimum balance requirements – request your rewards with as little as 1 cent in your account!
InboxDollars (USA only) offers a browser toolbar where you can earn cash by using the toolbar to conduct web searches, while having an easy way of staying informed about the latest free offers, surveys, etc.
instaGC has awarded over 1.2 million gift cards to its members. Use their internal search engine in place of what you currently use for an easy way to earn additional points every day.