I know many people are interested in what a search engine evaluator does (also known as “Google rating“), 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 search queries lead to accurate results.
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 was the main thing I did when I worked as a search evaluator.
The companies that need people to do this usually have other, similar work available like “ads evaluator” and “internet judge.”
How much does search evaluation pay?
The pay was decent in the past before it became more “crowd work,” generally more than $13 per hour. However, most search evaluation companies ask their workers to sign NDA's regarding pay rates. This makes it difficult to find the exact info on pay.
Many companies with this sort of work available now pay per task, which makes it more of a side-earner and not something you could ever replace your day job with.
How hard is it to get accepted?
With some companies, you have to take a lengthy test, but you're given materials 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?
There are about three companies coming to mind now that frequently have search evaluation work available.
The links below will take you to the hiring pages of these companies.
Here are the great things about doing search engine evaluation from home:
- If you're fast, you may be able to earn more than just extra cash
- 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 they really enjoy the nature of the work
- Some tasks require you to use only your smartphone for working
And here are the not-so-good things about it:
- For most people, this is just extra cash. So not really a “job” if a job is what you need
- Not always consistent. Sometimes the work comes and goes.
- Contract-based employment. If your contract doesn't renew, you don't have the work available anymore. 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.
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Anna Thurman is a work at home blogger and mom of two. She has been researching and reviewing remote jobs for over 13 years. Her findings are published weekly here at Real Ways to Earn.