Today I want to share an email I received from Sandra a couple weeks back. Sandra is an Extra Money Blog reader who emailed me with the following message:
I just wanted to send you copy of my first check doing surveys, now to apply everything that you had taught us. Thanks for everything you do.
I am able to share this email and check image with you thanks to Sandra’s permission. When I first started in internet marketing, I was constantly exposed to bloggers and marketers touting how much they make online, but eventually that gets a bit old.
What helps sometimes is to see others (the average reader) able to replicate the success and share it to inspire others who are aiming to achieve the same. The message here is that if I can, so can Sandra, and if Sandra can so can anyone else. I hope Sandra’s email has satisfied some of that today.
If you are wondering how Sandra was able to make her first $50, she signed up with Vindale, a reputable New York based market research company that pays people for testing various products and services (you get to keep the products at the end of the test). They also offer surveys and focus groups both locally in your area as well as over the phone.
I’ve made a significant amount of money with Vindale over the years, initially as a participant and more recently as a lead generator to their program. Vindale rewards me with $5 each time I successfully refer a candidate. You can read my full review of Vindale here.
I’ve said this before but it’s worth repeating. You can make some good money with get paid to companies such as Vindale, but the real money can be made by leveraging your web presence. I used to participate in Vindale’s offers, but over time referring others have become more lucrative for me as my web presence has grown over time.
Similarly, there are other such “Get Paid To” companies that I promote on some of my niche sites. CashCrate is another good example. You can see a list of these companies here. These companies collectively are responsible for generating a few thousand dollars for me each and every month.
Sandra, thank you for sharing your success with us and I wish you more continued success in the future.
Readers: It is often said that seeing is believing, and that is why social proof works so well. Do sharing examples like Sandra’s provide you more inspiration? Does it instill belief in you that “it can be done”?