I did a review of Cloud Crowd back in 2010, but this is an opportunity it’s good to remind people of occasionally because it’s possible to get paid daily here. There are not a lot of other opportunities out there where that is the case, but it’s true with this one.
So what is Cloud Crowd?
Cloud Crowd is a task site that reminds me very much of Amazon mTurk. All of the work is done through Facebook, so you will need to have a Facebook account if you want to sign up. I realize this might be a deal-breaker for some of you who don’t have nor want Facebook accounts. There are all kinds of tasks available from writing to research and lots of other things in between.
How do you do the work?
You’ll have to approve the Cloud Crowd app first and then you’ll have access to the available jobs. Once you’re inside the app, you can click over to the “Available Work” tab where you’ll see a page that looks like the image below showing you what type of work there is (this can change regularly):
So, lets say you’re interested in the Categorization jobs. Click that box and it will give you a list of the available categorization work:
Clicking on the name will provide detailed instructions on how to complete the task. “Availability” refers to how many tasks there are to do. “Credibility” refers to your rating on the site. So for the two tasks listed above, it would have to be either 25 or higher for the one on the bottom and 50 or higher for the one on the top. “Credentials” refers to what credentials you need to be eligible to complete the task. If you are familiar with mTurk, then you know that sometimes you have to pass little tests in order to be granted various qualifications to get access to tasks. This is really no different. You won’t have access to some tasks unless you do well on the test(s) that award you the credentials you need for access. And then of course “Price” refers to how much each task pays and as you can see, some tasks will come with a possible bonus.
While it’s true that many of the tasks are very low-paying (as is the case with most task sites), the main factor that comes into play is how fast you can do the work. If you can build up your speed on some of these, you may be able to make a decent rate per hour working on Cloud Crowd. But then of course there are probably some tasks where it’s not possible to build up your speed enough to make it worthwhile. So if you try this, you’ll just have to experiment around with different tasks and find the ones you can make the most on.
For many people, I know that Cloud Crowd is just extra money here and there.
Yes, there is potential to get paid every single day here. It works like this — you can get paid tomorrow for the work you do today. So if you are working a little bit almost every day, pretty soon you’ll be getting a payment of some sort from Cloud Crowd every day. There is no minimum cashout and they do pay with Paypal. So even if you log on and make just .50 cents, they’ll send it to you the next day, but your work has to have been approved by 10 p.m. PST.
The Negative Side to Cloud Crowd
Nothing can be perfect, can it? And it’s certainly not with Cloud Crowd. The main problem with this site is their peer-review setup. The work you do is reviewed by other Cloud Crowd users who, unfortunately, may or may not really know what they are doing. This inevitably results in a lot of unfair rejections which will cause your credibility score to go down. If your credibility score drops by too much, you suddenly won’t have access to certain (or any) tasks depending on how low it goes, and you run the risk of getting your account deactivated completely if your score drops below 30. Also, you do not get paid for rejected work.
What if you are graded unfairly?
If you feel a rejection was unwarranted, you have the option to appeal it. Cloud Crowd allows you a total of eight appeals every month. You may also get the chance to correct your rejected work, but you will get paid a lesser amount for doing so.
Bottom Line & My Personal Experience
The best thing about this site is that you can get a Paypal payment daily from them. There are not too many other places where that is the case, and these fast-paying eggs are very valuable to have access to for emergencies when you need quick cash. The bad thing is that you might find it frustrating to do work here if you get a lot of your work rejected because this means no pay and then you have to go through an appeals process to get it overturned if you feel your rating was unfair.
I jumped on board with this when the site was new a few years ago. Currently my credibility score is about 38 because of some rejections (a few that I didn’t agree with). It does not take that many rejections to make your credibility score start dropping really fast, so I have shied away from doing much more work there because if my score goes much lower they might deactivate my account. And besides I don’t have access to many of the good jobs thanks to my score being low. One of these days I may dive in again and work at something easy to try and get my score back up.