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What’s What: Help improve the user experience on websites by becoming a website tester. You’ll get paid to give direct input on how real users navigate a website or mobile app. You’ll visit a site, complete a set of tasks, and speak your thoughts aloud using your computer’s built-in microphone. Website testing opportunities are sent to users via email and you have to “claim” the test and answer a few screener questions in order to gain access.
Amava Take: Companies will pay for objective third-party reviews of their website or app because it’s much more costly to lose visitors due to subpar navigation and lack of clarity. You won’t get rich testing websites, but it usually works out to about $10 for a 10 minute test and you can sign up with numerous testing companies.
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions?
All kinds! You don’t have to be a techie to become a website tester. People from all walks of life are needed because each website test has unique requirements.
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
Sign up for a variety of companies if you’re hoping this will be a regular stream of side hustle money.
What’s a typical daily schedule like?
The schedule is yours to decide. Once you sign up for a company, you’ll start getting email alerts for tests 24/7.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?
It’s interesting to evaluate websites and voice my opinion about what’s hard to navigate and what works. I can also do it at my convenience.
How would you describe the hard parts?
Depending on the number of users competing for opportunities, it can be harder to get tests with some companies than others. Your employment background, age, income and other factors also limit what kind of tests are a match.
What surprised you the most about the experience?
How many websites there are to test everyday.
Special Requirements: You have to be fluent in English and know how websites work. You will also need some basic equipment like a computer with a microphone, broadband internet connection, and an updated web browser.
Finding a Position: This article offers tips and a synopsis of six of the bigger testing companies. This site lists over 15 companies. User Testing is one of the bigger firms and is rated highly. You can also search online using the term “website tester.”