As a blogger, it’s important to know that my site is user-friendly. Because if I’m losing visitors due to lousy navigation, lack of clarity, poor design, or content — then I’m losing money. This is why companies will pay good money for objective third-party reviews of their website.
To test out websites from home, you will need to be internet savvy and speak fluent English. You will also need some basic equipment like a computer with a microphone, broadband internet connection, and an updated web browser. Most tests take between 5 – 25 minutes to complete and pay an average of $10 per test.
If you’d like to test out websites from home, here are 14 sites to check out:
Earn $10/$15 for 20-minutes of work. To become a website tester – submit your email address and apply. Testers must take a sample test before receiving any assignments. This gig is open to US and International residents who can receive payments via PayPal. Each test takes approximately 15 – 20 minutes.
Respondent is a research study platform that conducts surveys, focus group studies, and website testing. To get started, create an account using your Facebook or LinkedIn profile. Then fill in your contact information, demographics, and employment status. Once everything is complete, you can start browsing projects and apply for ones that sound interesting to you. At the time of writing this post, there was one website testing gig that paid $40 for 20-minutes, and another that paid $100 for 60-minutes. With Respondent, you'll need to log in and check the status of pending projects.
Earn money by answering questions about startup websites. Each company provides their website and assigns tasks that they would like you to complete and provide answers for. After you complete the assignment, you’ll share your thoughts in a written response. StartUpLift pays $5.00 per test and makes payments via PayPal.
Earn up to € 50 per study. Each study is conducted via Skype and usually takes 30 – 90 minutes of time. Once the study is completed, you'll get paid within 5 – 10 days via PayPal. Testing Time is open to global residents who have an internet connection, and Skype installed on a computer.
Earn $10 for 15 – 20 minutes of your time. To become part of the TryMyUI team first, sign up for an account. Next, you’ll need to take and pass a qualification test. The qualification test is a sample test that shows you understand the process and requirements. After you qualify, you’ll be sent test opportunities via email. Payments are made biweekly via PayPal.
Get paid $10 for providing your thoughts on various websites. To become a website tester, register for an account, and take a sample test. Once your sample is approved, you’ll start getting assignments by email. Payments are made via PayPal at the end of each week.
Make money for providing feedback on websites, applications, prototypes, concepts and more. To apply, register for an account, and then wait for an invite to complete an assignment. Once you've completed your assignment, you’ll be paid $10 per task via PayPal.
UserZoom is a company that conducts website usability tests for desktop and mobile platforms. Tests pay an average $5 to $10 depending on the complexity of the study. Most tests take between 10 to 20 minutes to complete, and payments are made via PayPal 10 to 14 business days after the completion of the study.
Validately hires testers to complete mobile and website tests for companies. Compensation varies: Complete a 5-minute test and get paid $5 bucks. Live tests where you speak via phone and share a screen with a moderator, pay a minimum of $25 for 30-minutes. To locate the testing gigs, scroll down to the bottom of their website and click on “sign up” under the category “panel”. Payments are issued via PayPal within five business days of the test.
Get paid to give feedback on clients' websites. To get started, fill out the application and take a sample test. Once approved, you'll receive assignments via email. Each test takes about 20 minutes to complete and pays 8 £ or around $12.50 US dollars. Payments are issued via PayPal on the 25th day of each month.
uTest hires independent contractors for quality assurance testing for various software and hardware. According to their job posting on Dice, their customers include brands like Google, Amazon, Netflix, and more. To get started, fill out their online application (takes approximately 10 minutes), take an audition test to showcase your tech skills, then wait for assignments to be sent to you via email. I wasn't able to find out how much testers are paid, but the job listing on Dice.com said, “In 2016 alone, we paid out over $20 million to QA testers worldwide.”
Loop11 is an Australian-based company that occasionally takes submissions for paid website testers. You must complete a 5-minute qualification test to prove your suitability. There's not a lot of information on pay, but their website says that they pay above-average rates and bonuses. They also claim to work with companies like IBM, JPMorgan Chase and Go Daddy. According to the Founder's LinkedIn profile, Loop11 has been in business since 2009.
Make money by testing out websites. To enroll in the program submit your email address, password, and pick your preferred method of testing (desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone). Once you’re fully registered, you’ll receive emails when assignments are ready for you. Tasks vary in nature, as does the pay. I did one job that took less than a minute, and it paid .10 cents. Enroll issues payments via PayPal.
With test IO, you get paid for testing websites, apps, and games, and you earn $50 when you find a glitch or a bug within the platform if it's a critical issue, you'll earn even more. If you don't find any bugs, you can also get paid for rating apps. test IO pays out monthly using PayPal, Payoneer, Skrill, or bank transfer. test IO was founded in 2011 and has offices in San Francisco and Berlin.
Now if you’re anything like me, you’re multiplying how many tests you can complete in an hour and how much you’re going to make. But hold your horses! These opportunities are extremely popular! Statistically, there are fewer customers than testers, so don’t expect to be completing three tests every hour on the hour.
Making the most of website testing gigs:
1. Sign up with as many website testing companies as possible.
2. Be sure that you’re taking advantage of practice and sample testing opportunities, as many companies will only allow you a couple of times to pass their test.
3. Always make sure to turn in your best possible work, as many companies rate their testers and those with higher scores tend to get more and better-paying gigs.
4. While you're waiting for these companies to email you with test opportunities, be sure to add short tasks, focus groups, and digital earning tasks to your routine — this will ensure that you have a constant pipeline of work and income coming in.
While you're not going to get rich doing website testing, it is an easy and flexible way to bring in some extra cash. If this sort of work is appealing, also try looking into Web Search Evaluating positions — this post will tell you all about it.
Do you test out websites for money? If so, drop us a note; we'd love to hear about your experience.
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Originally published October 3, 2014. Content updated July 25, 2018.
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