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How to Make $295/Year By Installing These 2 Apps
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by - December 10, 2013 - 12 Comments

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.”

Also, at no time is a member’s personally identifiable information ever shared or released publicly, nor will they ever interact with you via social media.

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 at MediaInsidersPanel.com

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…)

Signup for Google Screenwise here.

**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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  • James G Panakal

    Are there any ways for making extra money for people residing in India?

  • http://www.brokegirlrich.com Mel @ brokeGIRLrich

    It’s kind of disappointing that it has to be an iPhone 5 for Mobile Insiders. Oh well, maybe next time… the Google one is great though and I’m impressed with your Learning Club analysis to make that investment of time really shine.

    • http://thepennyhoarder.com Jordan Hoffman

      Go To BlueStacks.com Dude And You Could Have A Virtual Android Tablet On Your Computer And It Works With This App.

  • http://online.nl Chris

    What ???? Let someone like Google sit in your computer and watch everything that you do??

  • Ronald

    Unbelievable that they would do this only in one country. They can get so much better qualified data with a larger geographical set.

    At Chris – sure, coz you have the worlds secrets in your dumb phone.
    They know how to keep data private, duh.

    • kamiko

      apparently you live in your mothers basement with your head up your hind end.

      people homes have been busted into lately, searched and turned upside down, with the owners being brutalized and in some cases murdered, and they broke in the wrong house using equipment like this one on phone lines!

      how about the man who lost his life, because he bought a grow light and grew melons in his basement, because the neighborhood kids was vandalizing his garden? they tore up his house, then shot him in front of his kids when they couldn’t find any drugs.

      get a life and stop making ignorant comments to people you dont know.

      • dante

        totally not anecdotal. kamiko you are so smart

  • Rob

    Watch out, the I.R.S. will demand its share of your $295.

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  • seasalticecream32

    Just curious…. How do they pay you? I mean, is it through your device or what?

    • http://www.thepennyhoarder.com Kyle Taylor

      They reimburse you in something called Perkspoints which you can redeem for cash or gift certificates.

  • Katherine Lewis

    Hi Kyle, you forgot to mention a couple very important things beyond just downloading the Media Insiders app that users have to do to earn money (Perks points). Each week you have to view a TV program which is recorded through your device’s microphone. You will need to have VPN running, which, in iOS devices, means installing the OpenVPN app. You also will not accumulate any points until at least 29 days of running the app. Here is some of this information, basically hidden in their FAQ:

    What is MI Mobile VPN?
    MI Members that run the MI-Mobile 5x within a week (Monday through Sunday) with 1 TV event will receive a $.50 in Perks Points (50 Points) if Mobile VPN is also run 3x during that week.

    What is MI Mobile VPN reward?
    MI Members that run the MI-Mobile 5x within a week (Monday through Sunday) with 1 TV event will receive a $.50 in Perks Points (50 Points) if Mobile VPN is also run 3x during that week.

    How does this technology work?
    MI Mobile listens periodically to noise signals for a very short duration and converts it into encoded digital signals to create a digital “fingerprint.” Gracenote technology attempts to identify which TV shows and/or ads you may have watched by matching the fingerprint code to its TV program database.
    When MI Mobile is running on your device, keep it with you when you watch TV. The microphone needs to be able to listen to the TV therefore if you can hear the TV, your phone can hear the TV–even if it is in your pocket. If you leave the room, take your phone with you–we are interested only in what you, personally, are watching.

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