User Testing

Test website and app usability for cash.
Summary

A website usability testing platform, meaning paying users to give feedback on the layout and user experience of different websites. For example: you might be asked to navigate to a certain part of their site, add items to a shopping cart, test out a feature, etc, recording yourself as you complete the tasks.

User Testing pays $10 per test, with tests taking about 15-20 minutes to complete.

Recommended For

Beer money and side cash, but probably pretty good beer. User Testing sends about 2-4 tests per month, though some users have reported getting more.

You can’t earn full-time income from usability testing because you won’t receive enough tests, even if you sign up for all usability testing sites. For real earning you’ll want to use this in combination with other income sources. If you just want side-cash or to augment your income this can be a great option.

How To Use It

There are no special requirements other than having a webcam and being articulate.

You’ll need to download screen recording software and perform a sample test as an application. You might have to wait for your application to be reviewed. If accepted, you’ll begin receive invitations to test. If no tests are currently available, wait.

When you get an invitation click on it fast. Another tester will take it within minutes. The work is straightforward – record your screen as you complete objectives, speaking continuously. Answer the review questions asked afterward. Paypal deposits come 7 days after each test.

Pro-tip: Usertesting prioritizes testers who are consistently have the dashboard open. When you’re online just have a tab or extra window with User Testing open in the background. When you hear the “ping” switch to the site and get to work.

Pros
  • Great time vs money ratio
  • Very smooth, streamlined platform.
  • After you have completed several tests and gained good reviews, you will be offered a chance to apply for mobile testing, which pays higher.
  • Is perhaps the best known usability testing platform.
Cons
  • There is a limited amount of tests you are likely to receive. Don’t expect to earn lots of money here.
  • Usability testing platforms can take awhile to review your application, and many don’t bother to send a notification if you haven’t been accepted.
Things To Know:
  • Applying to several usability testing platforms at once is usually advised to maximize earnings and likelihood of getting accepted.
  • Clean up – you’re being recorded.
  • Test offers are first come first serve, so if you don’t respond quickly, you may lose the opportunity. Act fast!
  • Pay attention and try to perform well during the sample test and your initial paid site tests. Your performance directly affects the number of job offers you get.
  • During the tests, speak continuously. Don’t stop talking.  Offer direct suggestions instead of just saying what you think about the site.
  • Clear extra browser tabs so you look more professional while your screen is being recorded.
  • Pretty much for anyone who is not camera shy or prone to awkward moments can apply. Nothing is more awkward than being filmed while fumbling around a prototype website and trying to continuously speak about the experience aloud.

 

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2 reviews

  1. Easy, but not a ton of work available

    I’ve been using UserTesting for a couple years now and I can consistently make $100-$200 per month without putting in much effort.

    The $/hour is great, but there’s not a ton of jobs you will qualify for so most people would end up doing one job every 1-2 days.

    I’m sure people could get to $200+ on UserTesting if they were at their computer all day and were checking UserTesting constantly, but for me it’s more of a twice a day quick check.

  2. Useful if you use it consistently.

    UserTesting pays $10 per test via Paypal, whether it’s done on a computer or phone (Android 5 or higher, iOS). I’ve used it for about 4 years and have earned over a thousand dollars from Usertesting. They give you ratings based on how useful the companies find your feedback, and people with higher ratings get more tests offered. The income is not consistent, can be none one day and hundreds the next day. Usertesting charges companies $50 per test and pays the tester $10. Most tests are reasonable and take less than 10 minutes to complete, but some are much longer and sometimes they don’t warn you it’s gonna be a very long test.

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