I do surveys with Pinecone, and yes they do have points now for the surveys, but you can still use the points for cash. Each survey gives 300 points and 300 points is equal to $3.00 if you use the cash option. The cash option is under the “featured” part of the rewards page. I never had to change anything and when request the cash from points, it’s still sent to my paypal which is how I had it set up before, even though it goes through confirming your address. I haven’t looked much through other rewards offered, but from what I’ve seen they look pretty decent.
You can absolutely make money owning a website and being an affiliate, but it takes a crazy amount of time to get to that point. Figure out hosting, figuring out WordPress and plugins, writing a lot of content, proofing it and posting it, learning how to get whitehat backlinks... it takes a lot of time. It's absolutely do-able, and the start-up costs are relatively now, it just takes a very long while.
This is where it can all go downhill quickly.  In the pressure to make as many pennies out of a nickel, a lot of research corporations will not just sell your answers but the data associated with it.  Details that you provide when taking paid surveys such as your name, address, age range can all be attached together quickly to fulfill a lot of larger companies' requests for information (RFI).
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