There is an endless assortment of things you can do online for some extra cash. You can get paid for doing anything, from selling on eBay to writing and publishing your very own eBook.
There are some ways to make money online that are commonly overlooked by people looking to make some money online and one of those ways is with website testing.
What is Website Testing?
Website testing is pretty self-explanitory, someone pays you to test their website. You may be thinking to yourself “Why would someone pay me money to go to their site and tell them what I think of it?” and my response to that is because people want to know if their site is user-friendly and they want an outsider’s thoughts of their site.
If they are losing visitors due to lousy navigation, poor design or lack of color, they want to know these things so they can fix them to not only attract more people to their site, but to also keep people on their site.
All you need to start is some basic computer knowledge, the ability to speak fluent English, a computer, microphone, internet connection and an up to date internet browser.
You don’t have to be a professional tester, any ordinary person with no special skills can do it. Just do a couple tests in your spare time to make a quick buck.
How Much Money can I Make?
The main reason for its unpopularity is the fact that you can’t make a full-time or even part-time income doing it, which is 100% true. The payout isn’t that great, but the amount of work you have to put in is slim and it is not very time-consuming.
Most tests will take anywhere from 5 minutes to 25 minutes to complete, and the average payout is $10 per test. If you would like to make some decent money at home testing websites, here are 5 sites to check out.
In my opinion, the title of the best testing platform out there has got to go to UserTesting. It is very popular and on average, 20 minutes of work can make you around $10 – $15. To start testing, all you need to do is submit your email address and apply.
Testers must take a sample test before receiving any assignments. Once that is done, you can start to get paying tests. Pay out for tests is exactly one week after completing the test successfully.
If you want a constant flow of tests coming in, you need to maintain a 4 or 5 star rating and you need to check your tests regularly. If you do this, you can expect at least one test a day.
This gig is open to anyone worldwide who can receive payments via PayPal, and is a great way to make a little extra cash on the side.
StartUpLift isn’t a fancy program loaded with all the bells and whistles that the competitors offer, it just does what it says it will. They pay $5 per test and grant users acceptance right away.
However, just because you are accepted, that doesn’t mean you will be given opportunities right away. They tend to get a surplus of feedback providers and you might have to wait for some opportunities.
When you do eventually get an assignment, after you do complete it, you will have to share your thoughts in a written response. Then a week later, payments are made via PayPal.
WhatUsersDo is quite unique compared to the rest. Instead of the usual, get paid to go to this live website and play around with it, you instead get paid to test websites before it goes live.
This means that you get to be one of the first people to use a website and provide meaningful feedback that will be used in the company’s pre-launch planning.
I think this is a really great program because of the fact that it is easy to get started and opportunity is everywhere. The hard part is that they have a detailed screening process, which means that you’ll only qualify for a fraction of the tests you apply for.
If you are accepted for an assignment, it is very straight forward, complete it and you will be paid via PayPal on the 25th of each month.
Enroll is a very easy platform to begin testing on. To start testing, submit your email address, password and pick your preferred device for testing (via desktop computer, tablet or smartphone). When you have completed registering, you will receive emails when assignments are ready for you.
Assignments vary in nature and so does the pay. One day, you may receive an assignment that will take you 20 minutes and will pay $10 and the next day, you may receive an assignment that takes under 2 minutes and pays $1.
This program is open to anyone worldwide as long as you have a PayPal account in which you can receive payments through, and pay out is once every month.
Last but certainly not least, a very simple to use and overall solid platform to work with, Userlytics, one of the very few companies that don’t require an audition to qualify for testing, it’s open to anyone from anywhere.
The only potential downside is that you need to be able to record video, meaning you will need some sort of video camera and that you will need to show the person requesting testing your face, which makes some people uncomfortable.
Another potential downside is that you only get paid if the client is satisfied with your testing results, meaning that you could do a few 10-minute testing sessions, follow all the instructions and then still not get paid if they are unhappy. This doesn’t often happen, but is a possibility.
You’ll get the money via PayPal once your test is completed and has been approved by the requester.
Continue to Test!
There are plenty more testing platforms out there than the ones previously mentioned, but those were some that stood out to me and are legitimate ways of earning money,
As I stated before, this is not a way to make a lot of money online and if that’s what you’re looking for, this isn’t for you. If you are looking for some more profitable ways to make money online, consider checking out some of my other posts on this site, BuildYourOnlineEnterprise.com, a site all about making money online, you won’t regret it.
If you are feeling nervous about getting right into testing people sites, feel free to take a little practice test on this website and leave a comment below telling me your thoughts on this website.
If you have any questions or comments about anything I explained today, be sure to leave them in the comment section below and I will reply.