I’ve been doing some site reviews through UserTesting.com. It’s like taking paid surveys but it pays a bit more. You use recording technology on your computer to capture your site navigation (they provide it) and review the site while recording comments on your phone. Then you write a review answering four short questions.
How much work there is depends on the how many reviews they’re doing, which ones are relevant for you, and how well you do the test review (if you can’t provide good feedback, you won’t get any jobs).
You earn $10 per site tested. I think it’s a pretty good rate, since you only need to record 5-10 minutes of comments and then write up answers to the 4 standard questions. It takes half an hour or less total. So it’s a pretty decent hourly rate–especially if you’re a fast thinker and typer.
So far I’ve received $50 and made a bit more (you get paid by PayPal about a week after the test).
I’ve made some exciting discoveries while reviewing sites. I don’t know if I should say who, but there was a good Meta blogging site that I’ve used for some resources. Or a site that can help me plan tours and another than can help me organize events (these are two new ones that aren’t really live yet).
It’s been pretty cool. The most important thing is timing it right so that I don’t use up my cell plan minutes. I prefer to do the jobs after 9 or on weekends, but I’ve occasionally done them in Peak time because we don’t use up our minutes anyway.
I waited until I was paid to write about this. From what I can tell, User Testing is on the up-and-up. I did the work and they paid me.