Amazon MTurk (if you’re not already aware) is a short task site. You sign up as a worker and then browse through all the different little tasks there are to do, which might range from writing to data entry and everything in between. I often direct people who are looking for data entry to this site because work for it sometimes pops up here. Amazon MTurk will pay you with either a direct deposit to your bank account (you have to have at least $1 to get that transferred over) or in Amazon money to add to your gift balance.
I’ve been doing some digging because, while I know that many of the HITS (human intelligence tasks) on Amazon don’t pay well for the time spent, there are some gems in there that are easy, fun, and pay OK. So I made a list of those HITS that Turk workers seem to think are worthwhile. When you’re digging around for work to do on there, you may want to check for work from these requesters:
- Oscar Smith – This is data entry. I am looking at one of these now, and you’re given an image of a business card. You simply type the text you see from the business card into the appropriate fields. Pays .02 to .05 cents per HIT. Update – Unless you are lightning fast, these really do not pay that well, but may be good for getting your numbers up.
- Catalog Choice – Also data entry. You are mainly just copying info from one form to another. Pays .02 cents a HIT.
- ClariTrans – Short audio transcription. Pays 10 cents each.
- Ignite Media Solutions – Short transcription. Pay ranges from as little .03 cents a HIT up to around .08 cents a HIT.
- CUPS Research Lab at CMU – Take a 5 minute survey for a .55 cent payment.
- CrowdFlower – Lots of different jobs including surveys and categorization work. Opinions vary on this requester, but they always have a lot of different HITS up. I really love the “indicate” ones that pay you five to seven cents a piece for determining which audio file sounds best. You are limited on how many of these you can do per day however.
- SpeechInk – Transcription work. These audio files are a bit longer, some up to 5 minutes, but you are occasionally eligible for bonuses.
- Amazon Requester – On these, you are just putting products into the best category. They give you a list of the ones that might be appropriate, and you pick the best. Pays anywhere from .02 to .10 cents.
- Jimmy Dragon – Has data entry/transcription type HITs up on occasion.
- Readabl – Identify the type of mail in the picture. These pay low, but you can do them fast.
- Hubpages – Rating online articles. Have to take a screening test first to get approved for these HITs.
- Crowdsurf – Short transcription that is said to approve quickly.
- Tagasauris – Categorizing and tagging various images.
- Redwood – Caption and transcription work.
- Buzz.com – Photo moderation, categorization, etc. Have to request qualification.
- Houdini Inc. – Mostly research type HITs, verification, and so forth.
- Two Lakes Research – The HITs up now require you to classify the sentiment of a written piece. Must request qualification.
- Sofia Wright – Easy surveys that pay decently.
- PickFu – Answer short surveys/polls.
- Aditya Chandra – Simple application categorization.
- SET Master – Simple image categorization.
- Agent Agent – Answer simple questions. Fast and easy, approves quickly.
Please remember that you may not be qualified to work on every HIT you see. Many requesters require that you take a qualification test first or request a qualification before you will be given access to their HITS.
The main things most people want to avoid in requesters are slow approval rates (ones that take more than 3 days to approve your HITS) and mass rejecters. If you get too many HITS rejected, your quality score will take a serious blow, therefore making it difficult for you to do any work on the site as most HITS have a minimum quality score requirement.
Some Useful Tools & Links for MTurk
mTurk List – This site is user-powered and helps you easily sort for the HITs you want to find (pay, time to complete, user rating, etc.).
- Turker Nation – An MTurk forum for Turk workers
- MTurk Forum – Another MTurk forum for Turk workers
- Work Place Like Home has an MTurk folder
- Reddit HITS Worth Turking For
Downloads & Tools
- Turpticon Toolbar – Download this and it will let you see what feedback a requester has gotten from past workers before you do any work for them.
- Turk Alert – Register for a free account here and add your favorite requesters to work for to your list. You’ll then get email notifications when your favorite requesters have posted work available to do.
Blogs About MTurk
And there were some others, but most had not been updated in over a year. The two above are really good, though.
Some MTurk Tips
- If you’re doing work for a requester you’ve never used before, just do a few and see if they’re approved. You don’t want to do hundreds in case the person ends up being very hard to please and they all get rejected, which would really hurt your quality score.
- Be careful. Not all HITS are trustworthy, and there are scammers out there. Avoid HITS that ask you for a lot of personal info.
- If you get a bunch of HITS rejected, consider contacting the requester to ask why. Some people have reported success with this and gotten many of their rejects approved. This won’t always work, but could be worth a try.
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