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Yikes guys. I had such great plans for all the things I was going to do with this website over the last couple months … and I got exactly zero of them done. As much as I love this blog, I had to reevaluate my goals and priorities. I expect that for the next six months or so my posts will be rather less abundant than before but I will do my best to not fall off the face of the internet. Please bear with me as I figure out my life!
For a long time I stayed away from online earning opportunities because the only experience I had with them were those dratted surveys that steal all your time and rarely pay an acceptable rate.
Side note: Although I use a couple of websites like Swagbucks and OpinionPlus, I really hate the vast majority of survey companies. Here is a post on how to recognize a survey company that is a waste your time.
Back to other online opportunities to earn cash. At some point, I read something about website testing where you record your voice as you navigate around a website. You would think that my first thought would have been something along the idea of “Sure, I could do that. Or even “What’s the catch?” But no, my first thought was “Well, I don’t know how to do that. I’m sure they want someone who knows what they’re doing.”
Sometimes I truly am my own worst enemy.
Months later I ran across the idea again and was broke enough that I finally decided to look into it further. To my surprise, the companies I came across were all actively looking for people without website testing experience! They need people who look at the various websites as a normal consumer would and not as an expert. I can totally do that and so can you!
So I signed up to one, then another and then another. Along the way, I figured out the best way to earn money doing this. Before I share my tips, I’m going to explain how most of the websites I use work. Then I’ll share the sites I use. Finally, I will share the best ways to make the most amount of money with the least amount of work.
How To Earn Extra Cash By Testing Websites With No Experience
What You Need –
Computer – In order to join these sites you need a desktop or laptop computer (some have smart phone only tests but they do not appear to be available nearly as often.)
Internet – Since this is all done online, you’re going to want to have a decent internet connection. It doesn’t need to be the most expensive or fastest but as long as you can watch a video with little buffering, you should be fine.
Microphone – Some allow a built in microphone while others want a separate headphone set. I had a microphone from an old job so that wasn’t a problem for me but if you need to buy one, Amazon has them for around 15 to 20 dollars. I found two that look like they should work fine here and here.
How much can you earn
Most sites pay $10 per test which usually takes around 15 to 20 minutes. A few sites pay slightly less ($5-8) but their test tend to be shorter as well. After a waiting period of 2 to 14 days (usually), the money you earned is automatically transferred to your Paypal account where you can spend it from there or have it deposited into your bank account. The companies I’ve seen all pay as you go so there isn’t any of that minimum amount to cash out crap I’ve seen with other ways to earn income online.
Here’s The Catch
So at 10 dollars per test, that would equal around 30 dollars an hour right? So why aren’t people using this as their sole income. Well, because the number of tests you are eligible for are very limited. I get about 3-5 tests I qualify for each week from over 5 different sites. I get many more offers than that but I either miss the deadline on it or I don’t qualify for them. Plus, you never know when you will receive a test invite. Sometimes it is at 8 am but other times, it is at 11 at night. Over the summer, I made hundreds of dollars more than I do now because I was free on more days. Right now, I am out of the house from 7 am to 7 pm or later. I miss out on many tests simply because I don’t have the flexibility to get to them until after they fill up.
Sadly, this can’t be your sole source of income but it can be a nice side hustle or way to earn grocery money.
How to sign up
I use five to seven different website testing companies and all their sign up processes work basically the same.
Sign up on their website. This will at a minimum include your email address, name and paypal email. About half ask you fill out your demographic information during sign up while the other half waits until you have been approved.
Download and install their recorder software. This will record your voice as you navigate around the websites you are testing and then the company forwards this recording to the customer. Unfortunately, each testing site uses their own recorder so you will have to download one for each site you join.
Also, in case you are worried about privacy concerns, every time I have used the recorders, it is immediately apparent when you are being recorded. I have never had it record me without my knowledge and it always shuts itself down after each test is uploaded. You can even manually check if it’s in use through your computer.
Take a practice website test and submit it. Usually they will have you watch a video beforehand about what they are looking for. Watch it. Each company is looking for something a little different so it’s better if you can see what they consider a good website test.
During the test, they give you tasks such as go to this website and find a pair of shoes that you like in your size. As you go about your task(s), you talk out loud about what you’re thinking. Hmmm. I would expect to be able to filter results by size but there doesn’t appear to be that option. Or why isn’t there a shoe link on the menu so I don’t need to go to women’s, then miscellaneous just to find the shoes? Even something like, I really dislike this orange font. It’s making it hard to read and giving me a headache. You’re just recording your thoughts because what the companies really need is a mind reader but you speaking your thoughts is the next best thing.
Wait until you have been accepted. Some websites accept you right away while others review the practice test and send you feedback. I even had one test flunk me out because I was speaking too quietly. Luckily, they allowed me to retake it and I did fine.
Once you have been accepted, figure out how that company notifies you that there is a test available. The vast majority of testing companies will send you an email but one of my personal favorites does not. For them, you have to stay logged in and either check frequently or listen for the ding that informs you that a new test is available.
Wait for an alert (whether email or on their website) and then try to be one of the first ones to start the website test. All but one of these are first come, first serve so if you miss out, you will have to wait until the next one.
Websites I Use:
This testing site is both my favorite and one of the most frustrating. It is frustrating because this is the one site that does not send an email when you are eligible for a test. Therefore, in order to know when I have a test waiting, I must be near my computer with the sound on. Not my favorite part. However, because it is one that I get the most opportunities for and it ends up paying me the most per test, I love it all the same. This is also highly variable with the number of testing opportunities you get. Sometimes I get 1 or 2 opportunities a day but others I get over 25. Usertesting pays $10 per test and has both computer and mobile test available.
I will say that I had one extremely long test that took me almost 50 minutes. I still only got the normal $10 dollars. However, I’ve had other tests only take me 9 minutes so I can accept the odd outlier.
This one is very similar to Usertesting except they email you when an opportunity arises. They also take a little longer to pay you. However, the plus side is I tend to get more frequent offers that I qualify for.
This company says they pay between 5 and $25 for each test but so far, I have only gotten the $5 ones. However, the tests take less time than many other companies so for me, it has still been worth it. I like that this company deposits your money into Paypal in only a few days instead of after a week or so. In order to use this company, you must have Google Chrome. The major downside to this site is that the tests time out very fast. If you don’t happen to see your email within the first ten minutes, you probably will miss the opportunity.
The most profitable tests are the moderated live tests. I’ve been “on call” for one of them and they ended up not needing me. I still got paid 25 dollars just for saying I would be available if they needed me! $25 dollars for doing . . . nothing. Not bad! Another time I actually completed a moderated test and all I had to do was talk to an app developer about what I thought about various apps. 30 bucks for 30 minutes. It was fun!
This one works just like any of the other sites but one thing I like about this one is that they give you detailed feedback on every test. On my last test, I received a score of 4 out of 5 and they had 7 comments on how I did and what could have been more useful.
Although it took this company a while to get around to sending me an invitation to a test, I like this company because I have a longer period of time to respond and start the test. I think the longest I ever waited was about 5 hours and the test was still available when I went to check. This testing company pays 8 dollars per test which is on the low end but all the websites I took part in took less than ten minutes.
Top Tips to Maximize Your Earnings:
Sign Up To All Testing Companies You Qualify For – Each company only has so many tests each week. If you sign up for just one, you may make $10 to 20 each week or you may miss the window of time after you are notified and make $0. The more companies you sign up for, the more likely you are to be available when there is an opening. Plus, if you are having a busy week and don’t have time to test a website, there is no obligation to do so. Just let the opportunity pass you by and there will be more opportunities once you have more time.
Check Your Email Frequently – This one is super easy for me when I’m at home because my phone alerts me. However, when I’m out and about, it’s easy to miss them. Even when I am available to do a mobile test. UGH. I hate that. Basically, anytime you are available to test a website, make sure your email will let you know!
All in all, testing websites is worth it for me. It is an easy way for me to earn a few extra hundred each month without changing my schedule very much. I do think it’s best for those who are able to drop what they’re doing for 15 to 20 minutes when they get accepted for a test. However, even when my schedule is the exact opposite from what would work best, I still earn enough to make it worth my time.