Website Testing Jobs
I have been looking into website testing jobs for myself as an additional income stream from home. So far it’s looking good and I have joined up with a number of companies. The reason why I joined more than one company is that it takes a few months to have work coming in regularly. Also, each company determines website service testing in different ways, so naturally some methods I have found to be more enjoyable than others.
When you become a website browser tester you have the potential to earn on average between $5 and $10 per test which will take 10-20 minutes. Sometimes you can earn as much as $50. The great thing is you can do this job from your laptop or smartphone. My eyes are not so good so I prefer the home computer.
Each company will give you a set of instructions and sometimes an example video to assist in your training. This also gives you the opportunity to understand what their customers need and like.
This kind of feedback is very similar to what we do as members of Wealthy Affiliates. We are asked to give feedback on other members websites and tell them what worked for us on a personal level, if the site is user-friendly and telling in our opinion what does not work and make suggestions on how we think it could be fixed, also if there are any grammar and spelling checks that need to be made. In exchange, other Wealthy affiliate members will do the same for our websites. A sort of free “quid pro quo” and it gives us very valuable FREE information.
Before I give you the list of companies I would like to give you an overview of frequently asked questions about this job to grow your understanding of what is required. So here they are.
What does a website tester do?
As a website, or usability tester we are asked to follow a given scenario and perform very specific tasks. An example would be to find a specific product on an online store and get through the checkout process. All during this time you need to be talking about your thoughts, what did not work for you. You can give your ideas on where the website can improve. For example, you can ask for the search bar to have filters to be more specific about an item you wish to purchase. This helps site owners see problems they hadn’t seen and fix them through this website test.
What language should I speak?
You will be given tests in your native language. You will never be asked to speak in languages that you are not fluent.
Why do I need to take a qualification test?
The qualification test is to verify that as a new tester, you have a microphone and that you are capable of speaking your thoughts into the microphone. Based on this qualification test, the company will give their first rating that will determine if and how often they’ll give you paid usability tests. Customers will also rate you, and if you give great feedback, you will be given more opportunities to test.
Do testers need to buy products/services from the websites?
No. You should not put your real credit card details while performing a test. Identity Theft is a real problem and if you are asked about this, then I would suggest that you are being SCAMMED do not proceed any further and report the company for suspected fraud.
There is a government-issued booklet called the “Little black Book of Scams” click here to download a FREE PDF, or word document. The government will also post out a hard copy free of charge.
Should I use my real name and address?
Once again No, never use your real name or address, you should use fake ones while conducting a test.
What equipment do I need to be a tester?
Most websites will let you know what operating systems you will need in order to test websites. Your computer will need to have a microphone, either internal (like the one most laptops have) or external. Again the company will specify if there is a need for extra equipment.
What are screener questions?
Before you start a test, you may be asked to answer one or more screener questions in order to determine that you are the right fit for this particular test. For example, if the client needs to test a website selling children’s clothing, you may be asked whether you have little kids or not. If you fit the profile, then you will proceed to take the test, if not, another tester will get notified.
Only sincere answers to the screener questions. This information should be strictly confidential, none of your personal identification data (name, email) is revealed to the client or any other third party.
What makes a good tester?
Good testers speak as they surf the website. They express their thoughts as a verbal stream and provide useful feedback on how they expected the website to work.
What testing companies DO NOT WANT
- Not performing the required tasks, or going off track and doing things not ask for.
- Just reading what the site says.
- Telling the testing company everything is OK. They would not be testing if everything was OK
- Only saying good things. These companies need real critical analysis to improve, they are not children… However, if you’re really rapt with something, you can say so.
What testing companies DO WANT
- Speak your thoughts as they occur on the microphone.
- Tell the company what confuses you, and what attracts your attention.
- Explain what and why you do something every time.
- Propose a change that would help the website perform a required task.
- Provide useful comments.
- Perform the required tasks according to the test scenario.
- Speak loudly and clearly on the microphone.
- Perform the test in a quiet place where there is no background noise.
- Thoroughly answer the questions in writing, at the end of the test.
A NOTE OF WARNING – I failed miserably on my first test because I did not know all this information. So I studied for a couple of days before applying for the next job. I like to blame my age and lack of confidence. I was very nervous doing the first qualifying test and I rushed and went off track and did everything wrong. Which is why I applied for a number of jobs as practice does make perfect.
Reasons why some companies will not pay for your test
- Because you have not tried to perform all the required tasks. So read carefully what they ask for and tick off each task as you perform it.
- Because you have not provided comments on the microphone while taking the test. Speak out your thoughts as you do the test.
- Because the audio is not clear. Test your microphone before taking each test and make sure that you speak calmly and clearly.
- Because there is noise in the background. Find a quiet place and keep dogs, kids family in another room while taking the test.
- In case, you have multiple monitors, and you recorded the wrong one. – Make sure that whatever app you are given will record the one with the browser in it. Or disable multiple screens and just use your laptop screen. – This was a big mistake I made on my first application.
- In the case of mobile testing, you have the wrong setup of the external camera. Make sure that the camera is at the right angle, focused and with the right light exposure.
- In the case of mobile testing, you receive a call during the test. Put the phone in do not disturb mode before starting the test so that you don’t receive any calls during the test.
How do I get paid, and how much?
For each test you conduct after the initial qualification test, you get paid $5 to $10 depending on the company. You receive payment after approval usually by PayPal, or by another company specified by your employer.
What data should I give about me?
When signing up as a tester, you are asked about your basic demographic data, like age, native language, web experience. Each Company will have variations on this theme. This is done because clients want to test with different testers profiles based on their needs. None of your personal data (name, last name, email) is revealed to third parties, ever!
When will my qualification test get rated?
It can take between 7 and 15 days depending on how many people are joining up with that particular web testing site.
Okay now, onto the good stuff.
Here are 12 Companies for you to start with
- Amazon Mechanical Turk – This company is owned by Amazon. It offers Website Tester jobs, but the pay is very low.
- Analysia – Test takes around 15 minutes to complete. Pay is $10 per test.
- Enroll – Get paid to test websites before they are published. Earn cash rewards.
- Start Up Lift – Website tester jobs available immediately. You are paid $5 per test via PayPal.
- Testing Time – Get paid to conduct user testing studies. You will earn up to $50 per test, paid via PayPal. This one was fun. I did answer 100 qualifying questions but it only took about 10 minutes. I cannot wait for them to email me with another test.
- TryMyUI – Tests takes around 15-20 minutes to complete. Pay is $10 per test. This site had a couple of Bad reviews from testers. I have not tried to sign up for this site yet, so I cannot give a recommendation.
- UserTesting –You are rewarded $10 cash for every 10-15 minute test you complete. No webcam is needed. – But please read all the information given, because I failed with this site because of lack of understanding. So the information above would have really help me with my join up test.
- Whatusersdo – Pay is $8 or more via PayPal. A test takes around 15-20 minutes to complete. You must have a Mac or PC, Internet access and microphone. I did experience some trouble joining this website and I have not bothered chasing it up yet.
- UserTest – Pay is $10.50 per test study. It’s completely free to join and only takes 5 minutes to become a qualified tester. This is a British website.
- UserFeel – This company pays around $10 per test.
- Userlytics – Both webcam and microphone are required to complete a test. Pay is $10 per test.
- UTest – This company offers a variety of website testing opportunities. However, it is a very technical process and once you start reading into the information before you start it can be very intimidating. I will give a thumbs up or down recommendation on this website once I am more comfortable with it. So far it is just scary)
I hope you find something that you are looking for.
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