Google Pays Me To Play Games!

How many times have you purchased a game or app from the Play Store? A dollar here, a dollar there? It might not be much, but eventually it all adds up! Except when Google provides you with money to spend, it’s even better!

Google Opinion Rewards is the name of the app, and for years it’s been around, yet I find myself telling people about this all the time. I’ve even mentioned it on episodes of DRULcast. Honestly, I don’t remember the last time I paid for a game on the Play Store. Now with audio books on the table, I might start spending a little more!

I joined Google Opinion Rewards on November 16, 2013, but it wasn’t until November 22nd when I received my first reward, an entire dollar!

Before we get into the money, let me explain how to get rewarded. Google Opinion Rewards links up with other Google related apps like YouTube and Maps. With that in mind, the app uses your YouTube search and location history to ask you questions. They also ask you random questions to gauge whether or not you are a good candidate for additional questions. Most of these are unpaid short five question surveys. I feel like I somewhat lucked out in this department as they asked if I owned a business, or if I spoke Spanish. Perhaps my Google Home heard my tunes? Creepy. Most of the paid surveys are between one to three questions, each paying out from $0.10 to $1.00.

Due to my answers, I get a lot of business based questions mostly around e-mail marketing. Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions in Spanish. Questions in Spanish pay well and most of the time they ask for a review or a picture of a place I recently visited. Other times I get asked to review a YouTube thumbnail if it would catch my interest or not. The last type of question I’ve encountered, and this is the most common, is a three-question survey:

  1. Were you at [location name]?
  2. Did you make a purchase?
  3. How did you pay? Credit, debit, cash, no payment made?

This isn’t your typical annoying fill out surveys to get paid scheme, I can vouch for this and it works. The credit is instantly deposited to your Google Play account. There is a catch though, you have to use the credit earned within a year, so you’ll have plenty of time to figure out what you want to buy! Looking over my amount earned, it seems like I get at least one question a day and if I don’t get one, I can bet that I’ll get a high paying one or multiple small ones within two days. On March 6, 2018, I got four surveys and got paid $2.64 for them!

In five years I’ve made $210. Not bad for taking less than 2 minutes every now and then to answer a few questions.

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Oscar Ventura

Oz plays Rocket League and is very bad at it, but at least he tries. As long as there are games to talk about, he's in his happy place.

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