What is a Search Engine Evaluator?

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What is a search engine evaluatorI know many people are interested in what a search engine evaluator does, so I’m going to try to explain it to you. I hope this helps some!

What is a search engine evaluator?

Basically, this is a person who evaluates search engine results to determine if they are relevant or not to the term typed in. This is just one way that major search engines ensure that when you type something into search, you find what you’re hoping to find. For example, if you were doing a search on “the Atlanta Braves,” hopefully their official website would show up either at the top or near the top of the results. That’s because that’s probably the most relevant result out there. Other sites, like personal blogs about the Braves or new stories involving them, would also be relevant, but not quite so much as the official site. A result that was about soccer would of course not be relevant at all.

As a search evaluator, it’s your job to determine the relevancy of these pages based on specific search terms. There are also other little jobs and tasks you might do as well depending on the company you’re working for, but this is the experience that I have with it. This was the main thing I did when I worked as a search evaluator.

How much does it pay?

The pay is pretty good, generally more than $13 per hour. I think most of these companies don’t want you to state the exact rate of pay if you know it.

How hard is it to get hired?

You have to take a lengthy test, but you’ll get a lot of material to study before you take it. If you really pay attention to the study material and refer back to it while you test, you shouldn’t have a lot of trouble getting hired.

How many search evaluation companies are there to work for?

I know about four:

And you can also find search engine evaluation tasks on Amazon MTurk through CrowdSource.

The Pros

Here are the great things about doing search engine evaluation from home:

  • Good pay
  • Very flexible work (although some companies do require you put in a certain number of hours per week)
  • Non-phone (this is a plus if you need non-phone work)
  • Some people find that they really enjoy the nature of the work

The Cons

And here are the not-so-good things about it:

  • Keeping up with your time. The company I worked for required that you track your own time and send them an invoice. Not sure if they all work this way.
  • Monthly pay
  • No Paypal. I know you may not think this is bad if you don’t like getting paid with Paypal, but I prefer it. When I did search evaluation, the options were check or direct deposit. I hate waiting on a check to get mailed to me :(
  • Not so easy to do around the kids. While this is non-phone and would seem ideal to do around kids, it’s not. The fact that you do have to track your own time makes it rather tedious when you get interrupted. And if you have kids at home with you, you probably get interrupted a lot. I would advise trying to do it while they’re at school or in the bed.
  • Not always consistent. Sometimes the work comes and goes.
  • Contract-based employment. If your contact for whatever reason does not get renewed, you do not have a job. And you can never be sure that your contract will get renewed.

So I hope this answers some questions about it and makes it a little more clear. If you have further questions, just post them in the comments below and I’ll try to help answer them if I can. And if you’ve done this before and I have something wrong, please feel free to correct me. I only have experience with one company, so there may be some differences with some of the others although from the research I’ve done, it seems most of them are a lot alike.


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1 Katie Jones March 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm

When I worked for LB, I could only get paid through a Wire Transfer. Thankfully, my student account had free wire transfers, but these can be costly depending on the bank. I enjoyed working for LB, but they were constantly changing their guidelines and it confused me so much! It is great work if you do get accepted and just keep the guidelines handy at all time! :) Great post Anna!

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2 Jean March 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm

That’s what i have been doing through crowdsource lately. I would like to apply for LF, LB or 1 of the others but intimidated by the tests.

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3 Markato March 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

I have worked for Workforce and I can say I’ve never had a problem – about $15/hr., maximum of 30 hours a week, constant work supply, paid on time by Direct Deposit every week, etc. I have heard varying things about Leapforce from two friends who worked for the company at the same time. One friend reported there was never any work, the tasks were difficult, the guidelines were difficult to understand or entirely missing directions for specific tasks. Another reported that he could always find work and the guidelines didn’t give him any problems.

So…who knows? Heh.

If you apply for Workforce, you will be given a set of test tasks after you’re hired. Really, these are quite simple. I spent about 2 hours going through all of the guidelines, and then I took the tests. I passed, having never before had any experience in search engine evaluation.

Go for it. I’d imagine it’s difficult to fail.

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4 Anna March 10, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Thanks for the insight, Markato!

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5 SD March 26, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Do you have any literature on how to study for these jobs. like books to read about etc.

Thanks,
SD

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6 Anna March 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I don’t know of any … but if you decide to apply, they do send you a lot of helpful guidelines to read.

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7 Annette May 13, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Do any of these require credit check? I was reading on another part of this site, where companies asked for these.

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8 Anna May 13, 2012 at 9:25 pm

No, I don’t believe the search engine evaluation companies do this. I worked for Leapforce and did not have to submit to one.

You’re mainly going to see the mandatory credit check with some of the customer service type phone positions where you’re receiving sensitive information from customers.

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9 Mohamedabdelaziz October 16, 2012 at 10:35 am

I want the any other email for lecpforce to contact with it ? because no replay me

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10 jenny January 24, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I’d like to apply for one of these jobs but I’m wondering how lenient these companies are, as far as college degrees are concerned. For the last six years, I’ve spent over 90% of my time researching specific topics online…and, trust me, I know a thing or two about optimizing my searches for the best results! Unfortunately, I don’t have the degree they’re looking for, though!

Any ideas about how lenient they might be?

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11 Anna January 24, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Jenny, if it helps — I worked for Leapforce for a few months last year and I have no college degree. They accepted my application anyway. So you should still try applying. I don’t think they are all that strict about it, though it may depend on the company. Leapforce at least is not strict about it. Pretty sure Lionbridge isn’t either.

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12 Chloe February 15, 2013 at 8:23 pm

I just applied to Leapforce and I will receive my study guide and testing materials shortly. My question is if you don’t meet the qualifications for whatever reason will they email and let you know before the test?

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13 Anna February 15, 2013 at 9:42 pm

I think if you are going to receive the study guide and testing materials, then they know you meet the qualifications. So now all you have to do is prepare for the test and take it. If you pass, you are in. Good luck to you!

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14 Chloe February 17, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Thank you I appreciate all your info, I tell everyone about your site.

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15 Anna February 20, 2013 at 8:13 am

Thanks Chloe!

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16 David June 17, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Can this be worked as a part-time job. How many hours a week would you have to put aside for this?

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17 Anna Thurman June 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm

I believe it can easily be part-time. A lot of people do it part-time. If you work for Leapforce or Lionbridge, you can pretty much control you schedule and work when you have time.

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18 Chris July 27, 2013 at 10:22 am

What do you do if research you are assigned is something offensive to your beliefs or you find uncomfortable? Anyone have that experience with any of these companies?

Thanks

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19 J October 7, 2013 at 8:23 am

I am interested in hiring a “search engine evaluator” to tutor me so i wont come across as a newbie and to pass my qualification test. Anybody interested email me.

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20 Daniel October 20, 2013 at 8:16 am

I have got questions.

Once you have completed the training, how long before you get hired?

How long do they take to correct the test you take?

And once the result is out, how long before you get started with the actual job?

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21 Jody October 27, 2013 at 3:02 am

Can you tell me what is the max and minimum hours for each of the companies? Thanks in advance.

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22 GUdi November 3, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Leapforce states it is from 1 to 40 hours per week.

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23 Annonymous November 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Leapforce has a minimum of 100 tasks a month, which is like 10 hours a month i think. There is no maximum for users outside America, otherwise it is 40 hours a week if you are from USA.

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24 GUdi November 3, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Can you work for them without providing a SSN? What personal information do they require?

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25 Angel Teo November 19, 2013 at 3:02 am

Hi gus I heve a question. Is it posible to work for 2 or more companies
? Tnx

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26 Annonymous November 30, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Technically no you’re not allowed as its part of the contract. Although they never check.

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27 Jules November 28, 2013 at 9:52 am

I worked for one of those companies for a couple of years and I gotta say it was quite a good position. My colleagues were awesome, some of my managers were amazing people and the pay was amazing.

Now the caveats: it’s high pressure and it requires sustained effort to meet the company’s expectations day after day. There is very little margin of error and you can get fired at a moment’s notice.

But if you can take it for long periods of time, or if you’re just looking to make a little extra, I definitely recommend it.

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28 adrianne January 11, 2014 at 12:30 am

anna can you email me I am suppose to be doing the test for leapforce and was wondering if you could help me

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29 Anna T January 11, 2014 at 12:35 am

I haven’t taken the Leapforce test in about two years, so I don’t know if I’d be much help. Which part are you having trouble with?

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30 albatros January 29, 2014 at 3:03 am

Hey all, very interesting all this. I am already a rater and I like that, as long as you do your task they expect in average im not getting tracked the hours I get paid. In other words if 20 tasks per hour expected and I do 120 in 2 hours I get paid 6 hours anyway. Who can tell, is that how it is on Leapfrog, Butler hill and Lionbridge, Workforce the same, or do any of them track your life hours on top of expecting average tasks per hour?

Kind Regards

albatros

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31 Laura February 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Where do I find the test to take?

Laura

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32 Anna T February 3, 2014 at 2:14 pm

If your application is considered, they will email you all the links as well as study materials you need for the test.

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33 Robert February 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm

I recently applied at Leapforce, a little over a week ago, and have not heard back from them yet. Is there a time frame that I can expect to wait until I do hear from them? According to my status page on their site, my qualification package is in progress. I wasn’t applying to any specific opening that I saw so perhaps it depends on their current business opportunities available?
Would it be advisable to apply to another search evaluation company while this one is in progress?

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34 Chavon Cortez March 21, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Is it possible to work FULL TIME for this type of thing? I am desperately trying to figure a way to work from home, but I currently make $28/hr. I knwo WHY would I ever want to leave my awesome paying job? Because my son and being close to home for him is MUCH MORE important, so I need to find somethign full time as close to $28/hr as possible. Hubby can make up the rest. :) I noticed you said somethign about 30 hours a week. If I wanted to work 40 a week, is it possible?

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35 Anna T March 21, 2014 at 12:52 pm

I don’t think you can count on full time with search engine evaluation. From my own experience and reading the experiences of others, the amount of work is not always steady. If you’re looking for something that pays well, have you thought about trying to do chat work from home for Apple? It’s not $28 an hour, but I think they might pay around $17.

http://realwaystoearnmoneyonline.com/2013/10/work-from-home-chat-at-apple.html

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