I’ve talked about making money on Mturk a while ago. It’s a great way for anyone, anywhere, to earn some pocket change in their free time.
But the problem is that it’s just that – pocket change!
Because of the low payment per task, it’s very hard to make any decent amount of money as a worker on Mturk.
If you like getting paid for surveys, and are going to join only one site, I would recommend you choose Ipsos-iSay. Ipsos is the most fun and well-paying panel. Give it a try to see how you like it. It is free anyway!
However, there are some things you can do in order to increase your earnings and make this a worthwhile money making job.
Here are some tips and tricks that will help you make the most money on Amazon Mechanical Turk.
1. Participate in Mturk Related Forums
Mturk Forums are indeed very useful.
Joining or reading these forums will provide so much information including what other workers have experienced, the kind of hits that pay more, which “requesters” to avoid, which ones to work with, etc.
You can ask questions, read other people’s questions and answers, and overall, get a feel for how everything works.
Here are the 2 main forums:
2. Take Advantage of the Turkopticon Toolbar
The Turkopticon toolbar lets you view how past Mechanical Turk workers have evaluated a specific requester.
You may want to browse through the reviews of other workers before deciding to take a hit or not as these reviews are absolutely helpful.
Some reviews answer the following questions about requesters they have worked with:
- Have they rejected a hit without justifiable reason?
- Did they pay within a reasonable time frame?
This tool is a must have if you plan on being a regular Mechanical Turk user since it really works.
Try Swagbucks, the famous rewards program that pays you for watching videos, taking surveys, shopping and more.
Firefox and Google Chrome browsers also have an equivalent toolbar version. But I am not so sure about Internet Explorer since I was not able to find an Internet Explorer version on their website.
3. Find Good Paying Hits Faster with the “Sort By” Search Option
Use the search options to narrow down your search.
For example, if you’re searching for survey hits that pay 50 cents or more, you can type in “survey” in the search bar, then set the value to 50 cents. You can then organize the results of the search according to the newest or freshest hits first.
This will definitely save you time which is important as there are hundreds and thousands of hits available at any given moment.
You’re there to make some money in your spare time, not to waste your time trying to find hits.
4. Don’t Bother with 1 Cent Hits Unless…
It’s just not worth it.
Sure, a 1 cent hit may take less time to do, but it still takes time.
And when you compare the amount of time you spend doing the hit and the amount of money you earn, it just doesn’t look good.
The two cent hits are not that profitable either.
I personally only do low paying hits if the only requirement is clicking on something or copy and pasting a word or phrase.
5. Only Work on Hits with Worthwhile Payment
Following up Evaluate first if a particular hit is really worth it before taking an Amazon Mechanical Turk hit. Take note that some hits would entail that you pass a qualification exam before you start working on the hit(s).
Others also have complicated sets of instructions that will consume so much of your time. This, in turn, increases the likelihood that your hits will be rejected.
You may have a lot of hits to work on that pays well, but always make sure that you evaluate if these are really worth your time.
6. Understand the Requirements Before Accepting a Hit
Make sure you can actually do the task and correctly before you accept it.
Having your work rejected too often will affect your “hit return rate” negatively which may make you less likely to get invited to higher paying hits.
7. Do as Many Survey Hits as Possible
Surveys normally pay much more compared to other “simple” hits. So jump on them whenever you can.
Plus, the chances of being paid are higher too with these surveys since these are being solicited by schools colleges and universities, unlike other hits that are from virtually unknown people.
Some of the surveys you find will pay you $1 or more for hits that take a few minutes to do.
Also, keep an eye for scam hits that pretend to be surveys. Although Mturk is getting better at weeding out scam hits,some still get through.
For example, some of these scam hits disguised as “surveys” will ask you to enter your personal details on the form first (so to you it may look like a legit survey since that’s how all surveys start – with your demographic,) they then ask you to answer the questions about their site or product. Once they got their answers, they simply disqualify you for the “survey” so you don’t get paid.
8. Don’t Give out Personal Information
Have you received any hits that require you to give out personal information such as full name, email address, credit card details and the like?
If so, ignore them!
As I said, Mturk is getting better at keeping scammers at bay, but there are still scammer who somehow manage to get in. You don’t want to pass on your credit card info to a criminal. Not to mention, there is never a reason to give your credit card info to anyone on Mturk or any other task sites where you are supposed to get paid.
9. If It Looks Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is!
If you see a hit with an unusually high pay, be a little skeptic.
No one in their right mind will pay someone $20 on Mturk to visit their site for 10 seconds to “test” it.
10. Link Your Bank Account to Amazon for Faster Payments
Within your Amazon.com account, you can see your earnings from Mturk if you click on the “Amazon Payment” tab.
There you have two options:
- You can either link your bank account to your Amazon account and transfer money to your bank account.
- Or you can convert your earnings to Amazon gift cards and use them to buy stuff on Amazon.
The Bottom Line
Although there are many Amazon Mechanical Turk alternatives out there, Mturk still remains as one of the best and most popular crowdsourcing sites.
And by using these Mturk tips and tricks you can not only earn a little more money but you can also avoid the scams.