Here is my experience thus far answering that question:
I was reading my October 1, 2010 issue of Woman's Day magazine today when I came across an article about making money on-line. Some of their suggestions were selling - either items or talent. I have a few ideas germinating along these lines, but I, being ever the pragmatist, decided I wasn't ready to put forth the effort to launch a real on-line business at this point and so I tabled that idea until which time I can give it my full attention. No sense going half a$$ if I'm going to do it right?
The article also mentioned taking on-line surveys as a quick way to make a little cash. They even listed 3 legitimate survey websites one can join to make money doing just that. I figured - What the hell, I already spend way too much time on-line (shhh, it's a secret), I might as well make some money while I am sitting here.
So, I go to sign up with some companies. First I made a new email address so I wouldn't have to wade through all the survey stuff on my regular email address.
Then it was on to the survey companies. The first one. MySurvey.com had a protracted amount of information to input just to sign-up. Then I got to the end and it asked me to pick a username, I selected cleanaturalady so I wouldn't forget it. The system wouldn't take it, but didn't give me an indication as to why. I tried two other username choices. Already taken. On the fourth try it locked me out and I couldn't continue. I had to start all over. *sigh* I did finally get signed up and took one survey.
The second one. Surveyhead.com had a more user friendly sign-up page. Once I signed up, I was told I could click a button to find out if there were any surveys that fit my profile. Click it, I did. I'll bet I tried five different surveys, all of which let me do about five pages worth of background questions, only to be told - Sorry, you don't qualify for this survey. Dude, really? I did end up taking a couple of their surveys
Third on my list was ValuedOpinions.com. This was the easiest one to sign up with and immediately start taking surveys. Third time's a charm, I guess. Or maybe I was just getting better at signing up for things and clicking boxes by that time. Either way, it was pretty painless and I was automatically entered to win a free iPad. What are my chances of actually winning an iPad? I have no idea. But theidea of winning an iPad makes me smile, so I guess their marketing strategy worked; on me at least.
Altogether I spent about an hour and a half signing up for all of these companies and I made about $8. I am not sure if it was worth it or not, but I suppose it was better use of my time than making virtual dollars harvesting crops on Farmville, right? Tomorrow, I am going to add either Adsense or AmazonAssociates to my blog. After that I may even start using Swag Bucks as my search engine. Before I know it, I may be racking up $10 or more a DAY. I simply don't know where I will spend it all.