With the recent Cambridge Analytica – Facebook debacle, I’m weary of using a corporation that “sells” my data to third parties and doesn’t pay me. I’m a pretty boring person, so I don’t care that they know random facts about me (oh man, I love fruits and veggies and go nowhere else except to the gym, my apt, the grocery store, and random restaurants). I’m just annoyed I don’t get paid for my mundane data.
Those social media companies are experts at monetizing your life. Flip the switch and monetize your own life instead.
Here are 4 companies that will pay you for your data. The first 2 companies are from Nielsen, and the third is owned by Google. Nielsen is the company that does all the television ratings — did you also know they were the #1 market research firm in the world? Google needs no explanation, I’m sure. The fourth is a smaller marketing research company, but pays well.
In total, they pay $500/year if you install all of them.
The famous ratings company offers passive income for you if you install their app. They offer a monthly $10,000 sweepstakes if you install the app on your computer. You can also install the app onto your phones and tablet for a fixed $ every month ($5 for each device). So you can earn $120 a year just by installing their app per year, which is pretty great for some passive income.
$3 Bonus – ShopTracker ($36/year)
Get a $3 visa giftcard for just signing up with ShopTracker, and then $36 a year for staying with them. The only requirements are to have an Amazon account and connect it. They don’t take any personal information, and my Amazon buying history is pretty boring anyway.
Google pays up to $3/week, or $1 for each kind of device you have synced (phone, tablet, and PC) per week. Cross Media is now owned by Google and since you’re probably giving them free data anyway, why not at least get paid for it? $3/week is $156 per year.
Get $180 a year just for installing SurveyConnect. They pay $5 a month on every device you install SavvyConnect on, which is $60/year per device. Install it on all 3 (phone, tablet, and desktop) and get $180 a year.
Olivia worked in finance and wants you to learn the secrets of financial independence. She believes there are so many ways to monetize your life and make money doing the things you're already doing because so many companies offer free money.
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