Are you looking for a quick way to get paid just for sharing your thoughts out loud? If so, there is a website that is on the lookout for website usability testers to do just that. Thousands of people around the world are looking for ways to earn money from home outside of their normal 9 to 5 job. One of the increasingly popular ways to do this is via participating in paid surveys or website usability testing.
For those looking to get more bang for their buck and potentially paid a higher hourly rate, website usability testing may be the option for you. But what is a website usability tester? And how does it work will be answered in the following paragraph.
What is a website tester?
A website tester is a person who is willing to spend just a few minutes of their time visiting either a website or mobile app to gather information about the site or app. In most cases, it will be a website and you are responsible for looking for specific details on the site by browsing the content, scrolling down the page to view the blog or website in its entirety, discovering what the site is about and other simple tasks all while speaking out loud into your computer’s microphone.
How does it work?
A website usability test requires a participant (i.e. – you, working from home) to join a study and complete a series of tasks (such as find the contact page on a website) and then answer questions to give feedback on the website. The test should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.
What will testing websites involve?
Often the website usability tests (AKA UX or user experience testing) require the participant to give permission to have their screen recorded, and sometimes allow access to their microphone and webcam during the study. This may concern some participants, however, you should not be concerned as long as you trust the company running the studies. The access to your screen, webcam and microphone on last for the duration of the study.
Why does my screen need to be recorded?
The reason why screen recording, webcam and microphone access is requested is so that the user experience researcher can see exactly what you are doing and hear what you say as you progress through the study. This gives crucial insights which would otherwise be missed.
When microphone access is requested by a study, the instructions will normally direct you to ‘think aloud’. What this essentially means is talking through your thoughts, actions and rationale as you navigate a website. The more you talk, the better.
Who needs website testers?
One of the longest running and most trusted companies in the user experience website testing industry is Loop 11. They are now taking applications from home workers to join their website testing panel.
Their website states that they aim to:
- Pay above average rates to testers for high quality website testing.
- Provide frequent opportunities to proven workers.
- Pay bonuses to consistently high quality workers.
What this means is if you are willing to put your best food forward, and not speed through the tests, while providing constructive comments via your ‘thinking aloud’ then there is some good money to be made.
To join this panel, you need to pass an initial five-minute test which replicates a standard website usability study. This is Loop 11’s way of checking to see if you meet their high standards. If you meet their standard, then they’ll be in touch with the next steps.
To join the website testing panel for Loop 11, click here.
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