Update – This company has yet to send me any usability tests. It’s all been just surveys. Also, a reader let me know that he has completed 10 and 15 minute surveys for this company only to get booted out with no pay. This has not been my experience — my account has been credited for the surveys I’ve completed so far, but I just wanted to let you all know that it happened to someone else.
I am waiting to see if I get paid for the surveys I’ve done. I’ll update when/if I do. In the meantime, I am re-categorizing this company as a survey panel. Their website no longer even says anything about sending out $12 usability tests.
I love finding new website usability testing companies! This is an easy, fun way to make extra money. I came across Loop11 the other day while I was browsing Craigslist for job leads. They appear to be looking for usability testers right now. I decided to sign up and dig a little deeper so I could share with you some information on Loop11 and how it works. What is usability testing for Loop11? If you qualify for a usability test, you’ll receive a survey invitation to your email. You’ll have complete instructions on what to do, but it will likely involve checking out a new website, possibly performing some small tasks on it, and then answering questions about your experience. Companies pay Loop11 to provide testers to test out their websites — this is how they make the money to pay you. As you may know, many usability testing companies require that you record your voice and/or face to do the tests. I could be wrong here, but it doesn’t look like this is necessarily what you do with Loop11. Their sign up page says all you need is an internet connection and the “requested device with which to browse a website.” That’s not very specific, so I guess it will just vary by test.
How much do you earn for each test? The website says you earn $12 per test, but there is currently a thread up at WAHM where some people are discussing Loop11 and one person there said that she got an invitation to do a survey and it only paid $1.75 for 20 minutes worth of time. Someone else at WPLH said she got a survey that just paid $1.13. I’m thinking that they may send out both surveys and usability tests with the surveys paying less and the usability tests paying $12 each. I guess time will tell. I’ll let you know what I find out. So far I can’t find where anyone has gotten a test that paid $12.
How do you cash out?
You can request your earnings when you reach $12.50. They pay with Paypal. Apparently you have to log in to your Paypal account and approve the transaction manually before they send your money. There is also a two percent handling fee taken out of your earnings by Paypal.
Who can register?
You need to be at least 14 years old to sign up, so I guess I can officially add this one to the list of online money making opportunities for teens. They also only accept people in certain countries, including USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Feedback so far?
Other than the two forum threads I listed above, there isn’t a lot of feedback yet. If you Google Loop 11, you will find quite a few articles posted about using their service if you need to find a company to help you test your website.
Update – I have been a member here for a few weeks now, and so far all I have gotten to my email are survey invitations for a few dollars each or less. There has not been one single usability test come my way. That’s not saying there won’t ever be, but it does appear that as of now, this is more a survey panel than a usability testing company.
How do you sign up?
You can go here to get started. Please comment and share your experience at Loop11 if you have it.