Have you ever visited a website and thought of all the ways you’d improve it? If so, picking up a few website testing jobs might be a great side gig for you.
Every day, business owners and bloggers are creating new websites and tweaking their old ones to be more user-friendly. They might need to improve their color scheme, their navigation or their tagline. How do these business owners and bloggers know which changes to make? They look at their analytics, they read articles, they ask their friends, AND they get feedback from a site such as Usertesting.
Whether you are a mom of young children, an older mom whose kids are grown, a fashion lover, a book lover, or a resident of a certain part of the country, there are companies out there right now who are ready and willing to pay for your valuable feedback.
Sounds Great! How Do I Get Started?
To sign up as a website tester for UserTesting, visit the company’s “Sign up to be a user tester” page and enter your information. Then you’ll wait for the email confirmation, fill out a page of demographic information and complete a sample test. The demographic information is used to match companies with testers in their target audience.
When a company is ready for feedback, you’ll find out one of two ways. Either you can wait for an email notification or you can log in to the site frequently to see what opportunities are available. The requirements will vary, and you will only want to select the ones where you meet all of the qualifications.
How Do I Actually Test the Website?
Once you’ve found a test that you’re a good match for, you will use the UserTesting on-screen recorder and a microphone to record your thoughts as you explore the website. Your face will NOT be recorded, and the company you are reviewing will not know your name. UserTesting will give you questions as prompts, so just explore the site and answer the questions to the best of your ability. The questions aren’t difficult. You’re just giving your feedback on the site in general. You’ll have a couple of written questions to fill out afterwards too. Then, once you’re done, UserTesting will send your feedback to the company and you’ll get paid via Paypal!
What Type of Skills Do I Need to Have to be a Website Tester?
Surprisingly, very few skills are needed, though any website or marketing knowledge you do have is always a plus. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom who knows very little about computers or a marketing mastermind, someone out there wants your feedback. After all, these companies aren’t necessarily selling to web gurus. They are selling to dog-lovers, moms, people who wear socks, or people who run races. If you fit into their target audience, then they want your feedback.
How Much Can I Make?
UserTesting pays $10 per desktop test and $15 per mobile test, and the tests only take about 20 minutes each to complete. However, before you get too excited, you should realize that there are many, many more testers than jobs available, so this is ONLY a part-time gig. It’s a great way to make some fast and easy cash, but it isn’t going to pay your mortgage. Also note that Usertesting does not withhold taxes, so you’ll need to set those funds aside yourself.
Who Hires Website Testers?
In this article we have been talking specifically about UserTesting.com. Here are several more sites that may be hiring at this time:
- Feedback Army
- Loop 11
- Testing Time
- UserZoom – appears to do their recruiting through services like Swagbucks
Doesn’t giving feedback on websites sound fun? Are you going to sign up? Or have you signed up already? Share your experiences below!