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Ciao pays you to write online product reviews and answer paid surveys. It is optional if you choose to write product reviews, some people just choose to answer the surveys, other decide just to write product reviews. It is completely up to you, though obviously if you write product reviews and answer paid surveys then you will earn far more money. Read about the paid review process at Ciao here.
After applying to join Ciao the free paid survey website, you will need to login to your account online to activate the surveys. You do this by answering your 'Basic Interests Profile'. This is a list of questions related to employment, family and lifestyle. These questions are asked so that Ciao knows which kind of surveys to send you, as they will only need to survey specific markets and certain groups of people. You can complete this by logging on to the Ciao website with your new username and password, and then click the 'Surveys' link at the top right of the screen. Complete the sections of questions on screen (should take around 15 minutes) and then within a few hours or a day you will start being sent surveys to complete by e-mail.
If you complete your profile fully you should be sent 3 or 4 surveys per week, but this will depend on the type of person that you are, and will also depend on the demand for market-research. The surveys sent can be based on anything; from household products to Internet websites. Ciao will send you an email with a clickable link that takes you to the survey, which will be opened in a new window in your Internet Browser. The e-mail will state the amount that you will be paid should you complete the survey and also an estimate for how long it should take to complete. The rewards vary from about 70p to as much as '50 in some cases, and the surveys take between 5 and 30 minutes to complete (usually).
When Ciao send you a survey to complete, you usually have around 3 or 4 days to complete the survey. If it isn't completed within this time limit then usually the survey will expire, as enough people will have probably already replied. If you miss a survey, or just can't be bothered to reply to the survey, then you won't miss out at all. Obviously you won't get paid for that particular survey, but you will still be sent other surveys and won't be punished for not completing the last survey. At Ciao you are under no-obligation to complete any of the surveys sent to you, but obviously if you don't then you won't make much money from the website.
Though every survey sent to you will contain an amount that you will earn from completing that particular survey, it is always nice to be able to see an overall amount for all the surveys completed and all the earnings generated. This can be done on the Ciao website at any time. Simply log on to the Ciao website and then click on the 'My Ciao' text link at the top right corner of the screen. Then click on the 'Account' tab at the middle-left of the screen. This will bring up a view of your Ciao account, where you can see earnings made from referring members to the site, writing product reviews and from answering paid surveys.
At the moment Ciao only send payments out to members via a bank transfer. The Ciao website is completely safe and secure, and they deal with millions of members online accounts; it is a very safe and quick way to receive your account earnings. To request a payment from Ciao your account balance must be at least '5. To receive your first payment from the Ciao website you will need to login and click the 'My Ciao' text link. Click on the 'Settings' link and then select the 'Enter/Edit Bank details' text link. Enter in your UK bank account number and then sorting code. When you have submitted this information you will not need to enter it onto the Ciao website again. To request a payment you need to select the 'Account' tab and then scroll down to select 'Request Payment'.
Due to popular demand I have decided to upload a previous account statement from paid survey website Ciao. This image shows my account earnings for the month of June in 2005. Nearly all of this money is made from completing surveys that Ciao sent me in June. As you can see from the enlarged image, I have completed 8 surveys from June and have earned about '8. This isn't much money, but most of these surveys only took around 5 minutes to complete. From the statement you can also see that I have earned some money from writing product reviews (towards the top of the image). The amount earned is only around £2, but this is from previous product reviews that I have written. You will always be earning money from previous product reviews written, but this is only if you are able to get people to continue to read your reviews. Usually a review will be read lots when it is first submitted to the site, then within a few weeks the views will die down. My earnins from June were only around £10, but this is from literally 5 minutes work (a few questions answered in the surveys received).