Make Money Testing Websites and Apps with These Eight Companies
Have you ever been browsing a website and notice something about it that you think they could improve? Maybe it’s a poorly designed logo or it isn’t user friendly? If you can make these kinds of observations aloud, you can get paid to review websites from home!
Companies are always trying to keep a competitive edge in today’s market and having a solid, well-performing website is paramount to many businesses. These eight companies will pay you to test websites for ease of use, functionality and other key factors. You’ll need a computer and/or smartphone, microphone, and screen recording program (available through the hiring company’s website). Different companies will have different technical requirements, so you’ll want to check those when you sign up.
A quick word of advice on passing the entrance exam
Most of these companies require an entrance test to see how well you provide feedback on a given website. You’ll want to not only show the navigation process but verbalize your thoughts about the site. If you think the website looks good, don’t just say that; you’ll want to say what you liked about it and why. You don’t want to have any “dead air” or silence during your review. This implies that you don’t have any feedback to give and that’s the exact opposite of what they’re looking for! If you think the website lacks something, speak up about that, too. Say what you expect to see or how it could be improved.
After applying and passing any testing and screening questions, you’ll start getting invitations to review websites. This type of work is highly competitive, so the better you are at reviewing, the more offers you will receive. You may receive several offers one month and none the next, so this makes a good side hustle as opposed to regular income. Check your email regularly, too, since they want reviews completed in a timely fashion.
User Testing is one of the most popular and well known of the website testing crowd. Record your thoughts aloud while navigating the site they’ve asked you to review for 20 minutes and earn $10. You’ll also need to submit written answers to four follow-up questions. If you get selected for a live conversation with a customer, User Testing says they will pay up to $120! You’ll receive payment 7 days after completing a review. Payments are made via PayPal.
TryMyUI is almost exactly like User Testing. You’ll need to qualify with a test before receiving your offers, then you’ll capture a screen recording while navigating a website or app. There is also a short written component, as well. Each review takes about 15-20 minutes and pay is $10 for each completed review. TryMyUI pays twice per week using PayPal.
UserFeel is also looking for testers to complete usability testing for websites and apps. It’s fairly easy to get started with UserFeel and it’s a good place to start if you’ve never done an official website test before. Reviews take between 10 to 20 minutes and you’ll be paid $10 for each accepted review. After your review is approved, you’ll be paid about a week later with your choice of PayPal payment or Amazon Gift Card.
Validately is a great option for making money by testing websites and apps. They do have a technical requirement of using only Google Chrome for testing, so you’ll want to keep that in mind if you regularly use another browser. Tests are available daily, but you have to meet their criteria (geographical location, etc) to be accepted for each test. Length of testing and reviews can vary with Validately and they will pay between $10 to 70 for each user test. Payment is made weekly via PayPal.
Are you tech savvy and can spot bugs quickly? MyCrowd may be a good fit for you! MyCrowd wants testers to find bugs quickly and will pay you for being the first person to report a bug. However, they won’t pay you for being the second person to report a bug or for duplicate bug reports, so that’s kind of a bummer. This could be a great option for those of you that are super detail oriented and have a keen eye for glitches. Pay can vary anywhere from $1 to 20 for each bug reported. MyCrowd pays weekly through PayPal.
Testing Time’s concept is similar to User Testing and TryMyUI: you’ll evaluate a website or app and critique it aloud. Instead of using screen recording software, you’ll actually meet live with the client using Skype. Testing Time also has a referral program in which you’ll earn 5 euros for each friend that completes a review. Tests are between 30 and 90 minutes and pay is up to $50 via PayPal or bank transfer. Payment is sent to you about ten days after you complete your testing review.
Userlytics is a super popular option for website testing since there’s no entrance exam and they accept users as young as 16 years old. Some tests require a webcam or screen recording and all of them require use of a microphone. Testing projects vary in length and pay starts at $5 for shorter tasks and up to $90 for more in-depth user reviews, though $20 seems to be a more realistic higher end of the pay scale. Oddly enough, they don’t specify exactly what the pay will be per project beforehand. It seems to be a bit of a mystery until it it shows up in your account. Userlytics pays every 15 days via PayPal.
The Enroll app is good for a little extra cash reviewing websites. Enroll may ask for feedback and opinions on a variety of things from logos to content. Enroll is available to users as young as 13 years of age and they accept testers worldwide. You won’t need a microphone or screen recording software for Enroll, and you can work from your smartphone, computer or tablet. Tests tend to be much shorter and quicker with Enroll, and pay varies between $0.10 to $1.50 per task. Enroll pays via PayPal after you have $1 in your account. Payments are available automatically upon request.