Butler Hill Work at Home Search Engine Evaluation

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Butler Hill is a company that regularly hires people to work from home doing search engine evaluation. They’ve been around for about 16 years, and they are rumored to pay better than Leapforce and Lionbridge — two of their top competing companies. If you’re unclear on what search engine evaluation actually is, you might want to read “What is a Search Engine Evaluator?” first.

How much does Butler Hill pay?

The rate I’ve seen quoted is $15 per hour. Leapforce and Lionbridge both pay roughly $1 or $2 less than that. Specifics on pay rates for these companies aren’t widely available because employees have to sign non-disclosure agreements, but there are still plenty of people online who share the info regardless (most of them former employees). If Butler Hill hires you, you’re paid once a month via either paper check or direct deposit. Taxes are your responsibility because they hire you as an IC (Independent Contractor). If you are from India, you can earn $4.50 per hour here.


What are the requirements to apply?

They have a pretty long list of requirements. To summarize that list, you need to be a native English speaker residing in the U.S. with at least a year or two of college. High speed internet and a PC running Windows Vista or higher is also required. Butler Hill stresses that they are looking for detail-oriented people who are good at internet research and have a thorough knowledge of current events/popular culture who are able to commit to 20-22 hours per week of work. They have different projects going at different times, and some might only require 12 hours of work per week. Butler Hill also hires people from India, although I haven’t seen this advertised on their website. Thanks to a reader from India for informing me of this.

And if you’re contacted after applying …

There will be an interview, which might take place either through Skype or by phone, and you’ll have to be trained (which you’re paid for), and finally take a test. The Skype interview could take a long time, over an hour. Pass the test, and you’re in! When you’re hired, you’re on a contract that has an end date. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be instantly let go after your contract is up from what I understand. Many people report being moved around to different projects.

What is the work like at Butler Hill?

You evaluate search engine results to determine how relevant they are to search terms, articles, images, etc. The details are sketchy and many people describe the work as being incredibly hard in spite of the fact that it sounds simple enough.

Bottom Line

Even though this opportunity sounds easy and absolutely perfect, please keep in mind that it’s not for everyone. Many people get into doing search evaluation with lots of high hopes only to become very disappointed when the work turns out to be nothing like they expected. That said, Butler Hill is a reputable company hiring evaluators, and lots of people have worked for them for a long time. If you really need a non-phone job from home and you can commit to the hours weekly, it might be worth a try. Also, I’ve read that Butler Hill is incredibly picky, so getting hired by them might not be that easy. If you apply and don’t hear back within a month, you can always try again. There are a lot of people who have tried for a very long time to get hired by Butler Hill and do eventually, so it’s probably worth it for you to keep trying. Want to know more? Check out this thread on WAHM about Butler Hill.

You can go here to apply for Butler Hill work at home search engine evaluation.

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1 Katie May 5, 2011 at 8:28 am

It sounds like a great opportunity for those who can do the work properly and are goal-oriented!
I would love to apply but I don’t want to put too much on my plate, if ya know what I mean!
Thanks for posting! It’s a great review!

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2 Miranda Grimm May 5, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Nice to know they pay more than leapforce and lionbridge! I wonder why I don’t hear as much about them. Maybe they are smaller.

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3 Shaleen June 13, 2011 at 1:43 am

They pay more, but it’s a whole different world. Majorly structured, extremely “nitpicky”, and extremely repetitive. Most leapforce and lionbridge people would not survive there.

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4 Anna May 11, 2011 at 11:46 pm

This is a test to see if my gravatar actually works …

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5 Xyzzy May 14, 2011 at 11:06 pm

For India, they pay 4.5 $ per hour.

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6 Anna May 14, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Thank you! It’s a shame it’s not more. I really think they should pay those of you overseas something comparable to what workers can earn here. I really appreciate your input!

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7 Nausheen January 11, 2012 at 6:23 am

They do pay 4.50 USD/hr for India which is far less than what is being offered by Lionbridge (Approx 7 USD/hr)!

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8 GopalChetty August 3, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Can anyone describe the nature of work and the training they are going to provide.

Also if i am right the test is going to be after the training is it?

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9 metree September 1, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I used to work for Leapforce. Although I did find that type of work hard to focus for some task, I am considering applying for Butler Hill. The only thing holding me back right now is the application says you would have to be exposed to pornography from time to time. At Leapforce they could take you out of the pool of people who work with those kind of site and if you came across it, you could reject it. Is that possible at Butler Hill? Is there an option to pass it by and go onto a different task? Would love to hear from any one who has worked there about this and any other differences from Leapforce.

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10 Val February 21, 2012 at 1:41 am

Hi, I’m interesting in applying for BH or LF but I find that most of the information on the specifics of the job is very vague. Could you help me understand it better what are expected of the employees? Also how did you feel about keeping your hours and sending the invoices? I’ve only work from home as an employee for call centers but would love to try something different. I’m just a bit worry about how it all works out and want to make sure that I can set my own hours and get a decent pay. I would really appreciate your input.

Thanks,

Val

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11 ANote September 12, 2011 at 7:36 pm

The postion is about 20 hours weekly (no less).

Possibly the pool or items for work has listings, travel locations, and more, and some adult content will come in time to time with no option to be in a pool or a group without such results mixed in.

According to the website and the listings of other positions ButlerHill is a linquistics company and the work for Website rating is one position.

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12 luisa March 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Just wondering do they hire in new York cause I applied last year and hav’nt heard anything yet, but as far as my concern Im really interested in working because Im a stay at home mom, and I really need to work, but when I spoke to LB and LF they seen that they do not hire in New York it just seems everywhere else they hire, do anybody know when they will hire in Ny?

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13 elise August 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I worked for ABH as a search evaluator for the french market and I loved it.
They are very nice and answer questions.
You don’t have to send them invoices, but you have to enter your hours on a specific web application. However you don’t have to keep track of your time yourself as their tool does it.

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14 Claudette January 24, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I have applied at Leapforce I have to do the test next week Jan 28. They hire people from Canada. I would like to apply to Butler Hill and workforce Logic, but its only for US people

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15 Rhiannan February 28, 2013 at 5:50 am

I am in the process of going through the qualification process for Appen Butler Hill and am quite excited about it. Thanks for the great information (again!).

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16 Dax October 6, 2013 at 10:17 am

I work for Lionbridge and it pays 15$/hr starting. I focus on Ad Content optimization for Bing. It can be tedious but they are a very professional organization with excellent management responsiveness.

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17 April October 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm

The application process went very smoothly for me with Appen Buttler Hill’s crowdsourcing and search engine evalutor project. I am exited to continue through the process as this will be great extra income while I am attending college and saving for a new home. I was also invited to Leapforce’s search engine evaluation project. I was invited to take their exams for the qualification process the following day after I applied to get started on a project. So it is possible for acceptance to come quickly. Lionbridge rejected my application in an email stating they are unable to give me feedback due to large volume of applications. I believe the reason may have been that I applied to Lionbridge after I applied to Leapforce. I found out you cannot work for Leapforce if you applied to Lionbridge. Overall, working for either of these companies seems like a good legitmate opportunity. However, it is also dependant on your goals and likes.

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18 Alicia October 25, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Appen Butler Hill does hire all over the place. I am just going through the training modules prior to taking the exam to proceed to the qualification process. For Canada (or BC anyway) they pay $13.50 US per hour, and $300 US for the first 30 hours you put in.

I submitted my application and heard back via email. I have not once spoke with them via messenger or phone.
The work is easy once you get the hang of it. It’s definitely not something that goes through a persons head while using a search engine. But they are a lot of help and the training modules are very helpful.

In my opinion, this is a decent place to try out. :)

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19 Random November 15, 2013 at 6:40 pm

I’ll tack onto what Alicia said. I’ve worked on multiple projects for ABH up until late October. The pay is dependent on the project you’re on. Quick breakdown:

Project 1: $14/hr + $300 for training (~30 hours, if you’re quick you can get it done in 15-20)
–Said strict on hours, 20/wk (4/day). I never made an effort to find out how strict. From what I understand there was also a 10 hr/wk option (2/day).
Project 2: $13.5/hr + $150 for training (no estimate given, I’d say 10 hours though some likely took longer)
–Said strict on hours, 20/wk (4/day). According to a friend doing it, the client hasn’t provided enough work a couple of time and he’s dropped below 15 hours without repercussion (it was a client issue). Again, apparently there’s a 10/wk option.

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20 Jacob Morris January 15, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Do you have any information about the crowdsourcing jobs at this company?

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