Getting Started with Beta Testing / Product Testing

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Getting Started with Annika's on Beta Testing, or Product Testing.

Some of this may be repeats for those of you who read the first page, but in case someone hasn't I figured all the information is better than part of it. Please note, if you aren't going to read, you aren't going to learn nor be accepted. One of the most important things when it comes to market research is, you have to follow directions.

Here's how Product Testing works: 1. You sign up on the Product Testing website and fill in your profiles. Usually, the more data you enter the better as this will help companies figure out which offers your demographics best fit. 2. Check your email inbox and junk mail folders DAILY. Some invites from Survey companies won't even hint that you are possibly getting a product to test until the end of the Survey. 3. A product will be mailed to your home for use to report back. Be diligent! The more feedback you give the better they can make the product. 4. Sometimes the Survey requesting your feedback will come before you are done testing the product. Make sure to check the date so you can provide it before the deadline. Sometimes after you complete the Survey you may be paid. Often you get to keep the product.

Sadly so many Bloggers keep promoting TRYIT websites as Product Testing. Tryit websites are known as Paid to Review, IE Paid to Write websites. Yes you product test, but you MUST review. Therefore these websites are Paid to Write. Because of the Bloggers misleading so many visitors and confusing them, we have had to list them both under Paid To Write and Product Testing.

One of the most helpful things is, if you are using auto-fill in forms, make sure all the data is correct! Nothing like filling in the form with a typo! You can miss out on a lot of things.

You also will need an email account besides the main one you use to like signup for Annika's with. You can get a free email account at such places as,, and to name a few. It's important that you don't mix your personal emails with your Survey or Paid to Read emails. This way you shouldn't have to worry about spam and or false closing of your email accounts.

You will also need a program in which you can get paid. Beta Testing is mostly paid in check or PayPal.

Before you sign up for anything other than an email address if you are using something that prevents spam that the person sending email has to click.. remove it. Those are called "Auto Responders". You can not sign up for anything if you have an auto-responder set up on your email account. Even if it's a vacation responder.

Also, it's very important if you are going to allow your kids to do market research, it is very important for you, as the parent to monitor your kids/teens Survey taking activities, making sure only let them sign up with legitimate Survey panels that are safe for kids.

I'd also like to suggest, when picking a "username" or "nickname" for any company you sign up for, please do not use your full email address. The reason I say this is sometimes companies offer referral links. These are links you'd be sharing publically on say your Facebook, or Twitter account. Posting your real full email address is never a good idea. Not just for privacy reasons but for spam issues.

Beta Testing questions and answers you may have, as well as Product Testing Tips.

Once you have read those you may want to look over some to join, Product Testing Sites to join.

Survey Database This is a completely sortable listing. You can pick payment type, location and even method of either Surveys, Focus Groups or Product Testing. This means you can pick Surveys that pay by PayPal, Surveys that pay by Amazon, Surveys that pay by gift card, etc.

Market research companies never sell products or services, you will not be asked to buy anything, and they won't ever ask for your credit card or bank account details.

Due to the nature of market research surveying, you will not be able/eligible to complete ALL Surveys and Product Testings that you are invited to respond to, as it is standard practice that participation is based on several factors, including (but not limited to) age, gender, location, household type, speed of responding to the invitation, purchase behaviors, attitudes, etc. Please persevere if you occasionally do not screen through.

I also feel its important for you to read the Protection page. You should also be aware of your rights as a panelist:

When visiting our links, sometimes website locations change. If you come across a link and it doesn't load, (dead link) either remove the www or add a www at the start as part of the web address in the URL bar. Also, because of Google forcing people to upgrade to a secure web address, you may have to add an S to the address https of the page doesn't load. If it still doesn't load, please report that to us using our contact page. So we can update with the correct link. Thank you.

Payment listing information:

Cash = This could be any number of things, PayPal, actual cash, Amazon Gift Cards, Visa Gift Cards or Check. For example, you earn in cash on their site, $15.90 but could end up being offered one of the above forms of payments. Anything that converts into something spendable.

Amazon Gift Cards/ Amazon Gift Certificates = Could be emailed, or through the regular mail.

Points Converted = This means you earn points, 100 points = $1 for example. Each Survey panel is different. Points could be converted into Amazon, PayPal, Gift cards, or items.

Check / Cheque = Just as it states, paper writing of payment.

Sweepstakes = Drawing, which may lead to check, PayPal, Cash, Amazon. All depends.

Other = Could be products, coupons, freebies, samples, gifts, prizes, wire transfer, direct deposit.

We list them like this to make it easier for you to understand. Sometimes it's hard to tell because companies change their payments without notice, and often without listing it on their website. All Panels (should) tell you in the FAQ section what the payment options and rules are. Panels can also change hands without any kind of notice and age limits may change as well.

Final Thoughts: Product Testing is fun and can be exciting to get the packages in the mail. But Product Testing doesn't pay my bills. So I do other things that do. You will need to figure out what you want and or need as well. If you need cash, do the work, not the fun stuff. I don't mind Product Testing when it's something I need. However, if it's something not worthy of my time, I generally pass. You got to remember you are not permitted to sell what you get to test!

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