Becoming a Search Engine Evaluator has to be one of the prize jobs for anyone who is Internet savvy.
You can work from home or from anywhere in the world as long as you have an Internet connection.
You don’t have to do any phone work.
And you get paid quite well.
There are several companies who offer these positions, so you can usually find vacancies as long as you know where to look.
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If you can remain focused and objective, and you know your way around the Internet, then you should consider applying for one of these positions.
What will I learn?
What Does a Search Engine Evaluator Do?
The search results that you see when you search for a term on Google, and other search engines, are generated thanks to a complex algorithm that is pretty advanced.
However, it is not perfect, and that’s where the Search Engine Evaluator’s job comes in.
The human touch is needed to make sure that the results returned for any particular search are just what the searcher is looking for. People understand current events, politics, pop culture, and a host of other things that it’s just impossible to program. Therefore, search companies employ SEEs to rate and comment on search results, enabling them to be refined as near as possible to perfection.
Here is how Google explains the job of a search evaluator:
Search evaluation is the process of measuring the quality of our search results and our users’ experience with search.
Although people don’t often change their startup search engine, it’s important to the search websites that the consumers are always happy with the results they get, so they do not try switching. And it’s important to the websites in the results that they are rated appropriately.
How to Find Search Engine Evaluator Jobs?
The first thing you need to keep in mind is that different companies use different names for this job – “Internet assessor,” “search evaluator,” “ads quality rater,” or “Internet judge.”
So when you’re looking for an open position, make sure to search using all these terms.
Here are a few companies that are known to hire search evaluators.
1. Appen Butler Hill
The company has been around for over 10 years and hires search engine evaluators who work from home in the United States.
To qualify, you need to have at least two years of college.
They ask that you can work at least 20 hours a week, and in return, they offer a starting pay rate of $15 per hour, which despite politicians’ rhetoric is still well above minimum wage at the present time.
You can find out more and apply by going to http://www.appen.com/company/opportunities/.
However, don’t hold your breath waiting to hear back, as it typically takes several months for them to reply.
Leapforce is another company employing independent contractors to evaluate search engines.
In this case, you don’t have to be based in the US, as they also employ people living in Canada, Norway, Belgium, Denmark, Brazil, and other countries.
The pay is still good, at $13 – $15 per hour, but you have to pass an evaluation examination which comes in two parts before they will take you on.
More information at https://www.leapforceathome.com/qrp/public/jobs/list.
LionBridge has various Internet-related vacancies, including search engine evaluation.
They like their workers to put in at least 20 hours per week, and pay the typical rate of $14 per hour.
You have to satisfy the technical requirements which are listed on their website in order to be considered.
Go to http://www.thesmartcrowd.com/workers/ to find out more.
4. Workforce Logic (aka Zero Chaos)
Workforce Logic advertises its current job vacancies on job sites such as Career Builder, Indeed, and Craigslist.
They again pay around $14 per hour.
The work involves evaluating websites for Google, and you need to be qualified by being fluent in English and having a bachelors degree. Even then, they require you to take a two-part exam before being accepted.
You can also see some of their vacancies listed on their website at http://www.zerochaos.com/careers.php.
Taking a different tack, iSoftStone will take on search evaluators who have no experience, and will provide training at home.
They are looking for people who want to work from 10 – 25 hours per week.
As they do not post any jobs on their website, you’ll need to search on Indeed or on Craigslist for opportunities.
As I explained in our recent Google Work at Home article, it’s rare that you get an opportunity to work directly for Google, but it is possible to be employed by them as a search engine evaluator.
Google calls SEEs “ads quality raters”, and as such you perform a vital task to keep Google in the forefront of search engine technology.
It’s probably true to say that this is one of the very rare opportunities to work for Google from home, and Google doesn’t even involve itself directly in the selection process. They use an outside employment agency. However, the job vacancies are shown on Google’s employment page.
A word of warning, it may seem like the ideal job to get paid to search your way around the web, as you probably do a lot of that already.
But if you become a search engine evaluator, then you need to take the business seriously, and not be distracted, as it is so easy to be, by the different results.
If you’re happy with that, then it’s hard to think of a better work from home job that pays as well.