So this one is about as simple as it gets.
Google & Media Insiders Panel are paying participants to install these 2 apps on their computers/smartphones/etc. and they’ll pay you for each month you keep them installed.
You don’t have to do anything but keep them installed and you’ll continue to get a check each month. Pretty easy, huh?
Here’s how to do it…
Media Insiders Panel (Up to $15/month + $5 Bonus after 12 weeks = $185/year)
This company has an ongoing project to help media companies better understand how consumers use, view and share TV, social, digital and mobile media. Their app “measures activities conducted on a device, such as sharing, viewing, clicking, chatting, downloading and more. The app also listens for TV shows, and, using technology of Gracenote, Inc., identifies which TV shows was captured.”
If you install their app, they’ll pay you $5/month per device. And you can install the app on up to 3 devices. Plus they’ll send you a $5 bonus after the 12th week.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Sign up for the Media Insiders Panel here.
2. Install and activate the MI Mobile app onto your device(s).
3. Watch your e-mail for important information and instructions on next steps.
Here are the devices that they support:
- Android™ smartphones and tablets that run Android version 4.0 or greater, and are not rooted. We also accept the Kindle Fire HD, but not the first generation Kindle Fire.
- iPhone®5, iPad®, iPad mini®, and iPod touch® devices that run iOS version 5.0 or greater.
***You’ve got be a US resident, 13 years or older, and have a valid email address.
Google Screenwise Panel ($8 after week 1, $2/week after that = $110/year)
This panel — called Screenwise — is similar to the first one, but it is run by Google and you’ve got to use the Google Chrome browser (or be willing to install it) in order to participate.
The panel is designed to help Google understand web and mobile usage better — such as what times of day people browse, how long they stay on websites and use apps, and what types of sites and apps are popular (or not).
As a Screenwise Trends panelist, you’ll add a browser extension and/or mobile meter that will share with Google the sites you visit, the apps you use, and how you use them. Google promises that it runs in the background and won’t slow anything down.
Google will give you $8 seven days after you sign up and you’ll get an additional $2 every week after that. The “cash” rewards come in the form of a gift card (you can pick between Walmart, Papa Johns, Barnes & Noble, and a bunch of others…)
**To be eligible to join, you must be 13 or older, have a Google Account (or sign up for one), and be ready to use the Google Chrome browser (on your personal computer), and have a qualifying smartphone.
I know $295/year doesn’t sound like a ton of money. But, think of it like this – if you put that $295 into a retirement account at Lending Club and earned 14% year (pretty easy to do at Lending Club), you’d have $132,000 saved up in 30 years!! Not to shabby.
Good luck Penny Hoarders!
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