There are a lot of sites popping up lately that will allow you to sign up and earn money for testing out websites. Today I have decided to do a review of Usertesting.com.
While I would say that doing this type of work is extra money only, it could be a good bit of extra money — which means this might be a very nice “egg” to have access to!
Here is more about how this works:
What You Do For User Testing
Website user testing involves using an online screen recorder. This is something you don’t have to buy — once you’re signed up, you’ll have access to it through the User Testing website.
The screen recorder will make note of everything going on on your computer screen as you explore a website, including your mouse movements, the links you click, and so forth.
Companies pay User Testing to get users to test out their websites so that they can watch what areas may be confusing to people.
Thanks to the online screen recorder, the people behind the website you are testing will be able to see everything you see, which helps them better understand what areas on their site need fixing and what areas are good to go.
They can also hear your comments as you browse their site, so as you can imagine this is a service that would be very helpful to a person building a new site.
How much can you earn with User Testing?
User Testing will pay you $10 for every website test you do. They says it only takes about 15-20 minutes to do a test.
You’ll receive your payment via Paypal approximately seven days after you finish your test. Paypal is the only method of payment used.
What does a test involve?
Testing involves using the online recorder to record your use of the website and then filling out answers to four questions about your experience with the site.
Equipment Needed For User Testing
Either a PC or Mac will work. If you are accepted to do tests, you’ll also need a microphone so your voice can be recorded.
If you want to apply and do not currently have a microphone, you can sign up using your telephone to record your voice. But once you’re hired, you will have to get a microphone for the paid tests (microphones are NOT expensive!).
Applying to User Testing
You must be at least 18 years old to do website user testing. You’ll have to sign up by filling out a form with various info about yourself so they can better match you to potential websites.
You’ll also have to do a sample website test, and this is where you can use a telephone to record your voice if you don’t have a microphone. All of this is easy to do.
If User Testing likes your sample, you’ll start getting email notifications about tests that you can do.
Likelihood of Getting Work
You are not guaranteed tests, which is why I said this is really just an extra money thing. Some days you might have website test invitations in your email and some days you might not. A lot of it depends on your demographic … sometimes they might be looking for people who are from a certain area or who are a certain age.
If you don’t fit the bill, you won’t get an invite to that particular test. So if you get a test, it’s a pretty quick $10! But you can’t depend on it to be there.
Can you do this from any country?
As long as you can get paid with Paypal, I believe you can sign up. They do state on their website that if you’re doing tests outside the U.S., you might need to have a really good internet connection because of the large video files you’ll have to upload.
Note – I recently heard from User Testing that they have a very dire need for people in Canada right now.
What do people think about User Testing?
People love doing this! I have read mostly good feedback about it. The only complaint I ever see is where people don’t get tests often enough.
But, the frequency of test invitations seems to vary so much … I also saw where some people said it’s not unusual for them to get two or three test invites per day.