In my opinion, there are two companies that are significantly changing the landscape in how we do things, one being Amazon, and the other being Google.
Just think back to when you had to purchase a license download Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to your computer. Nowadays, everyone uses Google Docs for these functions, and it's completely free! My guess is that you use Google (search, analytics, Chrome, docs, calendar, maps, fiber, and YouTube) in some shape or form every single day.
With Google having their hand in almost every aspect of your digital life, it's no surprise that they need a massive workforce to continue with their innovations and dominance in the tech sector. If you'd like a work-at-home job with Google, I found eight fun ways for you to cash in!
1. Ads Quality Rater
Search engines, like Google and Bing, hire individuals to work-from-home reviewing the relevancy of online ads in comparison to the keywords that are typed in the search engine. While Google has a sophisticated algorithm in place to properly place ads with the correct keywords, they also employ humans to double-check that indeed, these keywords and ads are relevant in nature.
Ad Raters are not hired directly through Google, but instead, through contracted companies like Appen and Lionbridge, (iSoftStone hires for Bing). These positions require that you have a high school diploma or GED, a familiarity with sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail, as well as a computer, laptop, or smartphone. According to this post on Glassdoor.com, Ad Rates earn an average of $16 per hour — but I have a feeling that the pay is probably closer to $8-$11 per hour (mentioned on iSoftStone's website).
2. AdSense Blog Publisher
If you haven't started your blog yet, never fear, I have a simple step-by-step tutorial here that will walk you through the process.
Once you have your blog up and running and you've written a few blog posts, be sure to check out my friend, Joseph Hogue's YouTube video, How to Make $100 a Day with Adsense.
3. Google Certified Publisher – AdThrive
Again, not a job per se, but an excellent opportunity to make money from a Google Certified Publisher, AdThrive. I've been working with AdThrive since 2015, and they are amazing! I never really thought I could earn a good amount from an ad network, but was I wrong. Today, my ad revenue makes up about a third of my blogging income.
With AdThrive, you have to apply to the program, and you must meet the following requirements:
- 100,000 Page Views a Month
- Mostly US-Based Traffic
- Original, High-Quality Content
Once you're accepted into the program, AdThrive will develop an ad strategy for your site, and they will place, monitor, and optimize your ads for the highest earnings possible.
4. Video Creator
Back in November of 2006, Google acquired the popular video site, YouTube — what a crazy smart move! Today, YouTube is the second most popular website on the web, only second to Google itself. If you're into video creation, you can make insane amounts of money being a YouTube Video Publisher. Similar to blogging, you'll create original video content and upload it to YouTube.
To start earning money from your videos with AdSense, you'll need to meet the following requirements.
- Have more than 1,000 subscribers
- Over 4,000 watch hours in the last 12 months
- Be compliant with the YouTube Partner Program policies
The neat thing about making money on YouTube is that you don't have to invest any money up front. As long as you have an internet connection and a smartphone with a video camera — you can get started. In fact, stars like Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen got their start on YouTube!
Related Content: Making Millions with YouTube – Interview with Judy Travis
Another way to work online for Google and get paid is by becoming a Search Engine Evaluator. Much like the Ad Rater position, in this role, you'll evaluate search engine results to ensure that the results are relevant and high quality. These types of jobs can be found on Appen, Lionbridge, and iSoftStone (which works for Bing). According to this post from the Tough Nickel, Search Engine Evaluators earn between $12- $15 per hour as independent contractors. Much like the Ad Rater positions, you'll need to be familiar with search engine results, Google products, and be able to navigate your way around the web.
6. Google User Experience Researcher
If you love Google products and features, the Google User Experience Researcher can be a fun way to earn rewards like gift cards. Just sign up as a participant, and when studies come available that match your profile, you'll be sent an invitation along with what the reward is to participate. Research studies are conducted in different locales, including their traveling van, their home offices, online, or even at your home! If you try this one, I'd love to hear how it goes for you!
7. Professional Work-at-Home Jobs with Google
Google hires a ton of professionals (obviously), but from my research, I only found a few types of work-at-home jobs with Google. Unfortunately, when I searched their career website, I wasn’t able to find a work-from-home policy or any work-at-home job listings using the common keywords of remote, virtual, work-at-home, work-from-home, or telecommuting.
However, you can locate Google's remote job listings on FlexJobs. The majority of the positions were for Sales Reps, Tech Account Managers, Enterprise Account Executives, Sales Engineers, Market Operations Managers, amongst others.
Another place to search is The Ladders, which caters to jobs that pay $100K or more. The remote positions that I found on there were mainly tech roles, like Cloud Infrastructure Engineer, Developer Advocate, and Technical Program Manager.
8. Working with Google (Vicariously)
Another avenue to research is YouTube (since Google owns it). While I wasn't able to find any remote listings on YouTube's career page, it doesn't mean that there aren't any. I did find a bunch of remote jobs that revolve around YouTube video creation on FlexJobs — which could be a viable alternative.
Of course, if you're well versed in Google Analytics, SEO, or AdWords, you can become Google Certified in one of these areas and provide consulting services from home by starting your own business. If this sounds like a fun route, this post explains how to go about getting certified.
If you want to be involved with a company that is changing the tech landscape, there are lots of different ways for you to get involved with Google. Whether you'd like to work part-time, full-time, start a business, or just make a little extra cash — there's something for everyone!
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