Thursday, 8 March 2018

Learn how to use Branded Surveys

Guest post by Jennifer McAllister

Learn how to use Branded Surveys

Branded Surveys (formerly known as MintVine) is a Get Paid To Site where you can earn points to redeem for Paypal or Gift Cards by completing surveys or offers.
As Branded Surveys recently overhauled their site, when they rebranded from MintVine, I have put together an updated guide for people to refer to. Read on to see how to navigate the Branded Surveys site and start earning.

Things to note:

As with other sites, not all points credit to your account immediately. One of the biggest differences between Branded Surveys and some of the other most commonly used sites is that all points earned from completing surveys pend for 2 weeks.

It can take points up to 24 hours to show in pending and up to 14 days to become available. This can feel like a long time to start off with as the points pend, but once you use the site on a regular basis you will constantly have points building that are available and the ability to cash out regularly.

You can find the dates that your points will approve on your points summary page.


This is what the dashboard looks like. It is very easy to navigate and you can easily see what is available.

It will give you a summary of your points and tells you how many surveys are available. You can also find the daily poll that you can complete every day.

Branded Elite:

Branded Surveys has a tiered reward system where you earn more points by being more active on the site.

Work your way up the tiers from Bronze, to Silver, to Gold

The points you receive for completing surveys and offers vary depending on what tier you are at.

A detailed summary can be seen below.


 The daily poll is the easiest place to start. It can be found on the dashboard and changes daily at 6am (ET) 4pm (UTC). You will receive
  • 5 - Bronze,
  • 7 - Silver, or
  • 10 - Gold
points for completing the Daily Poll and these points will be credited immediately to your account.

Complete the poll every day to build your poll streak. Once you have completed 10 polls in a row, you will receive bonus points, the amount of which varies depending on your Branded Elite tier.
  • 25 - Bronze,
  • 50 - Silver, or
  • 100 - Gold

Complete Surveys

Surveys become available regularly throughout the day.

My best advice is to turn on email notifications so you are informed by email every time there is a survey available for you.

Alternatively, check into the site and you can see how many surveys are available at that time. These do change throughout the day so if you don’t have email notifications turned on check in regularly.

Click on "Take A Survey" to start. You will then be presented with a survey opportunity.

You can see how long the survey should take and how many points you will be awarded for completing the survey.

You can either start it or skip to the next available survey.

There is also another opportunity to earn more through the Bonus Surveys.

These surveys can be found on the dashboard.  They are worth 55 points a survey and the length of the survey can vary.

Sometimes you might find that you get disqualified from a survey as you don’t fit the demographics they are looking for.

Usually this happens early on and you still get about 6 points even though you were disqualified.

Disqualified points are credited automatically, whereas points for completing surveys will show as pending for up to 14 days.


Complete surveys for a chance to earn even more points by warning entries to the competitions.


You can also earn by complete offers through partner companies. Points for completing offers are credited straight away.

Click through the different affiliate companies and you can play games, answer surveys, and watch videos for more points.

Time To Cash Out:

Once you have earned 1000 points you can cash out $10 to Paypal, or redeem for other various GiftCards like Amazon.

Click on "My Points" and you will see how many points are available, how many are pending and how many needed to cash out.

To redeem your points go to My Points and click “Choose Payment Option” select your preferred payments method and once you have 1000 approved points you will have the option available to “Redeem Points”. 1000 points cashed out to PayPal is $10. 1000 points cashed out to a gift card is approximately £7.50, depending on the exchange rate at the time and the card you choose.
It will then take 3 to 5 working days for you to receive your payment either in your bank, Paypal, or giftcards are sent via email.

If you've found this post useful, consider signing up to Branded Surveys using Jennifer's' link

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Monday, 5 March 2018

30 Day Referral Challenge - Day 3

This is Day 3 of the 30 Day Referral Challenge - you can find out more here

Welcome to Day 3 of the 30 Day Referral Challenge, and thank you for joining me :)

Referrals can be the life blood of your earnings in 2018.

This 30 Day email course is going to explain and hopefully help you to make the most of referrals this year.

If you've missed any days, they'll be available on the 30 Day Challenge page.

We're going to cover various things, starting with:
  • Writing different types of ads
  • Where to find referrals
  • Using social media to best effect
  • 'Alternative' places to find referrals
  • Keeping your referrals engaged
  • Why referrals don't earn
  • and more!
So, time for Day 3!

Facebook is your friend!

Because most of you found out about this course through Facebook, over the next couple of days we're going to focus on getting referrals through Facebook channels.

I'm going to presume that you've either already posted on your own profile, or don't want to, and move straight on to Facebook referral groups.

There are a lot of referral groups on Facebook, and it can seem like a waste of time posting on them, because so many others are posting the same thing. That's why we focused on writing a great ad in Day 1 :)
Today I want you to join some Facebook referral groups - I'm going to start you off with a few, but a simple search for 'referral' on Facebook should throw up a few more.


Spend some time reading the groups, see what is posted in there - not many referral groups get a lot of responses, but look and see which posts are getting likes, or comments.

Keep track.

One of the most important pieces of advice I can give you is to keep track of things.

I know it's dull, but it really will help later down the line, if you're serious about making referrals work for you.

Start a spreadsheet, open a Word doc, write it ina notepad, whatever works for you. In column 1, write the name of the group. In column 2 copy the ad you're going to post - I know how eager you're going to be so I'd suggest a different ad for each group for now. I give my ads names, and keep them in a Shortkeys file on my laptop - you may have a different approach. Columns 3 onwards will be for you to write in the dates that you posted ads. Bear in mind you may have more than one entry per group, depending on how many ads you have.

Here's what mine looks like (click on the image to make it larger):

Today's homework is boring but essential :)

Home work for Day 3.

  • Start your spreadsheet, Word doc, notepad page or whatever you're going to do to organise your posting
  • Join the 5 groups I've mentioned above
  • Find another 5 to join that I haven't recommended (or you'll all be in the same groups lol)
  • Organise your dates - don't post to the same group more than once a week, and vary your ads if possible.
  • Pop over to our Facebook Group and post if you found Day 3 useful!

Day 4 tomorrow.

Tomorrow we'll look at other types of groups that you'll be able to get referrals from -  post in group if you have any questions, as the answer might help others

Happy Referral gathering everyone

Nikki x

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Hop into Spring with a sunny 300SB from the new Swagbucks Swago board!

The snowdrops have opened, the daffodils are poking their heads above the snow and the weatherman tells us things should get better soon. Spring is in the air and with it comes a new Swagbucks Swago board! 

Looks like this is the big one and includes a variety of things, so before you start completing it, read Hannah's blog here on Top Tips for Completing Swago. (I'm not joking, go do that now, especially if this is your first time.)

Here's what you need to know...

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is celebrating their birthday with another big "Swago" promotion starting Monday, 5th March 5PM UK time! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. 


Not on Swagbucks yet? I make around £200 a month so it's well worth joining! Come and join me

Here are a few tips for your Swago board: 

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have until 8pm UK time on Monday March 12th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • We don't know yet if there will be Spin and Win 

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 300 SB bonus, which goes a long way towards your first gift card from the retailer of your choice.  

Click here right now and click "Join" to get started! If you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you'll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of next month, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Earnings roundup - Feb 2018

So, can you make money from survey and GPT sites? Each month I'll show you what I made the previous month, explain a little about the sites and apps I used, and keep a running total for the year. As this only started in February, you'll have to trust me that in January I made £327.88.

So, February 2018

I had been hoping that February would be a little better than January, as January was a VERY quiet month. Unfortunately a combination of family stuff, work / clients being very intensive, and a general lack of adverts on a lot of the video sites I use, meant it was even quieter than usual.

I tried to stick to my planned 1.5 hours a day, but for at least 10 days in February I couldn't even spare that, so I wasn't holding out much hope for much more than about £50. 

Let's see how things went...


Swagbucks is my favourite site, probably because it was the first one I joined, and it'sthe one I make the most from.. It's mainly video apps, surveys, clicks, offers, trials etc. If their advertisers aren't paying much (and Jan and Feb are notoriously quiet) then there's not always a lot to do. I don't like doing surveys, so I rely on the video apps (which I can leave running whileI do other things) and other parts of the site to earn. Some days in Feb I didn't even get the chance to do that, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had managed to cashout £105 in February.

You can sign up to Swagbucks by clicking here. Read how you can get a bonus in March, then sign up using your email address, not the Facebook option.


I love InstaGC because there's a lot of opportunity for passive earnings (ie not having to do anything). I mainly run videos on here, there are 4 streams of videos to run and I run them all as often as I can. There are also surveys and offers, the same as Swagbucks, and a lot of the surveys are short, which I like. 

Again, it was quiet as there weren't many advertisementson the video streams and I had problems running a couple, so I didn't make as much as I usually do. Add to that the days off and I was happy to have cashed out $50 to Paypal, which worked out at £34.91

Yu can sign up to InstaGC by clicking here - if you do, it's worth dropping me a line on Facebook as it can be a little confusing at first and I can help you to get started.

Branded Surveys 

Branded Surveys, which used to be called Mintvine is a bit of an acquired taste these days but I kind of like it. I don't earn as much as I used to from it, but I stick with it because it pays for my Pizza Express addiction.

Like the others, it's surveys and offers - no video options anymore, which means actually DOING something on the site, which is one reasonI don't make as much these days.

In February I cashed out the £15 voucher you see above and another £10, which will clear soon. You can also cash out to Paypal, Tesco, Amazon etc, but I use it purely for Pizza Express for a nice treat every month.

You can sign up to Branded Surveys by clicking here - new members tend to get some good surveys for big points and little effort so definitely worthwhile.

Prolific Academic 

Prolific is purely a survey site, but as it's an Academic site the surveys tend to be really interesting and sometimes even fun. There's sometimes an option to earn bonuses, but in general they're one of the better paying survey sites. The only dowside of this site is that they don't email you when a survey is available, so you have to check the site regularly and as such it's easy to miss out on surveys / studies. Payment ranges from pence per study to pounds - in the past I've done stuides worth £16, £20 and more.

Newbies on here tend to get a lot of studies - in my first month I made over £100. This tapers off after a while, and that, combined with the fact that I didn't have a lot of time to be checking in February meant that I only made £18.10 - must try harder in March!

You can sign up to Prolific by clicking here. Be sure to complete all of the prescreening questions and to check in often.

Minor Earners

I have a few phone apps that I also use that take up very little time, and I can do while in the car (as a passenger!), watching TV, waiting for the kettle to boil, in queues in shops etc. 


Short (4 or 5 questions usually) surveys that pay small amounts immediatelyto Paypal. You'll have to search your app store to find it and it's never going to make you rich but every little helps! Feb earnings - £0.72


A great little app that gives you 'steers' every so often. These are mainly about food and are usually just 1 question at a time. Cashout is at £5 to Paypal. Another one that won't make you rich but it's an extra fiver every month or so, so I keep it. Feb earnings £5

You can find links to Vypr by clicking here.


Another app that sends out surveys every couple of days - there seem to have been quite a few in Feb so I was able to cashout £5.15. They pay to Paypal within a couple of hours.

You can get Attapoll by clicking here - it's pretty straightforward and will alert you when there is a survey available.

Gfk Media

This is a browser add on that pays me £10 every 6 weeks or so per device I have it on. Well, DID as it's now been discontinued. I gained another £10 from it this month - it should have been more but I had deactivated it on a few of my devices. It is being replaced by Nicequest, which I'll be checking out ready for next month.


So that means that February 2018 came in at £203.73 - not that great, but not that bad either. Hopefully March will give me more passive earnings and a higher total.

That's £327.88 in January and £203.73 in February, making a running total of £531.61 so far this year.

Hopefully March will be better!

*Please note that most of the links in this post are referral links and therefore I will receive benefits if you join via my link. That said, so will you in some cases, and it's in my interests to help you make the most of them, so feel free to PM me on Facebook anytime.

Get 300 bonus points when you sign up for Swagbucks in March!

All throughout March you can earn large bonuses from Swagbucks

Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, or PayPal cash. 

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how: 

1. Sign up using this link  - use email sign up not Facebook to be sure of getting the bonus

2. Earn 300 SB total before 01/04/2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it (the bonus will be applied the following month)! 

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned over £4000 from it and other sites in 2017! 

Sign up now then grab me on Facebook and I'll give you a few hints and tips to help you on your way!

Also Join our facebook group, where we help and support you to make the most of the sites you sign up to!

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

I need a quick & easy earner and I need it now!

I hear it all the time in our Facebook group - at least 3 times a week someone posts "What are the quick and easy earners?" or "I need to make £20 by Friday - what can you recommend that takes no time?" I probably did it myself when I started doing GPT (Get Paid TO) sites.

There are loads of variations on the above two questions, but a lot of people want something that:

a) Takes up no time

b) Pays well

c) They can earn quickly from, and

d) Is easy

And don't get me wrong, you'll get loads of suggestions. And you'll get all excited and sign up to a million sites and apps. And then you'll be disappointed.

I'm going to let you into a secret - when you start out, these sites and apps AREN'T easy. They're often not quick. And until you get into a routine, they don't pay that well.

When I first started on Swagbucks, I made £5 in my  first month or so, and I dread to think how much time I spent on it. Now, I can easily make £200 in a good month from Swagbucks doing about half an hour active stuff a day.

The first time I looked at InstaGC, I thought everyone was lying about how much they made. It took me ages to properly look into it as it seemed such a low earner, especially compared to Swagbucks.

Mintvine confused the hell out of me, seemed boring as hell and then did it all to me again when it turned into Branded Surveys.

I couldn't see the point in apps that you send pictures of your shopping receipts to (and still refuse to do them as I don't have the patience).

People loved InboxPounds - I hated it and only ever cashed out once, which took forever.

BUT, as soon as I realised that, like any new job, these sites and apps have a learning curve, and you need to work each one out, read as much as you can and get advice from other people that DO know what they're doing, I started earning.

In 2016 I made around £1800 from GPT sites but in 2017 I made over £4000 from them. I spent around an hour a day working on them. Some days (even weeks) I did nothing at all. But the best time I spent was reading, learning and listening to others, and not expecting to become an expert overnight.

From the people in our Facebook group I learned things no-one else had told me:

- Running the video apps on Swagbucks every day makes a lot of difference
- Bonuses are worth more than your day to day earnings for a lot of sites
- Some sites you have to check as often as possible because they won't email you
- You don't have to spend hours doing surveys
- Sometimes it's worth spending money to make money
- Sometimes a site just isn't for you
- and so much more.

Don't get me wrong, when I started I wanted quick and easy as well. But until I learned what I was doing, most of the sites simply weren't.

Forgive me, I know I sound harsh, but unless you are willing to put the effort in to learn, and have people around you that can help, quick and easy is the pipedream it sounds...

Monday, 26 February 2018

Swagbucks minitip - Putting the Swagcode into the Swagbutton

A bit of confusion about the putting the swag code in via the swagbutton to tick off a square on swago today. This needs to be done on a laptop or desktop computer, you can't get the extension on a phone.

First you need to install the swagbutton on your Chrome browser

Then click on the swagbutton:

Then click the swagcode link and insert the code:

This should tick off the square. 

Not on Swagbucks yet? Come and join me!