Testing websites before its launch is a practice performed by web designers and search engine optimization (SEO) companies. This ensures that navigation, usability, design and other site elements are all user-friendly. But did you know that many companies have a budget for this, and pay third-party website-tester companies to conduct these tests in their behalf? These website-tester companies pay testers like you and me to check out these websites, review all pages and elements, then send feedback.
How Do You Start?
If you want to become a website tester, you’ll have to be at least 18 years old and pass sample tests. While requirements vary from one website-testing company to the next, the typical requirements include:
- Working computer with stable internet connection
- USB microphone and webcam (some companies require voice-based feedback)
- Installed program or plugin (required by some companies which you’ll be using to complete feedback)
- Common web browsers (some tasks require only FireFox users, or only Chrome, etc.)
- PayPal account (most companies pay through PayPal)
Some website-testing companies have regular tests available, while others are only available for seasoned testers. This is why you should maintain consistency and quality performance with every test you complete.
Every website-testing task can be completed within 5 to 30 minutes. Depending on instructions and complexity of task, payment ranges from $5 to $15 per test.
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Get Paid to Become a Website Tester
If you’re interested in extra cash and want to provide feedback to companies pertaining to their websites, make sure to keep this list nearby and apply whenever slots open.
- Amazon Mechanical Turk – If you’re already a member of this microjob platform, you can also find website-testing tasks occasionally. The downside to mTurk is that like most of the tasks on the site, site testing jobs are priced low as well and you’ll be paid via Amazon Payments. Read our detailed review of mTurk here.
- Analysia – The Analysia website looks dated, but this company accepts anyone from around the world with a computer and microphone. While each test takes only 15 minutes to complete for $10 payment, the downside to this site is that task availability depends on user profile.
- Enroll or Enroll App – With this website, you’ll have to provide feedback about a site’s usability, design, logo, content, and more. Length of tasks varies, which means earnings vary as well. Even 13 year-olds can become a website tester, but payment is sent only once a month via PayPal.45
- StartUpLift – This website caters to a specific type of companies – startups. Testers are paid $5 for every feedback sent. Although StartUpLift recommends not going beyond 5 tests a day, users can review unlimited sites daily. PayPal payments are sent weekly.
- TestingTime – Testing Time is a platform that procures test users for user and market research. You’ll need Skype installed on your laptop or PC, since the customer will communicate with you there and send you instructions about the task. Tests here are longer, about 30 to 90 minutes, but pay higher at 50 Euros/test.
- TryMyUI – With TryMyUI, users have to record a video feedback and answer a quick survey after checking out apps or websites. Tests take no longer than 20 minutes. Testers are paid $10/completed test, which is sent every Fridays via PayPal.
- Test Birds – Those 18 year-old and up around the world can test software bugs at Test Birds. These programs are usually downloaded, but some are web-based with instructions to use a specific web browser. Testers earn 20 Euros per test, but have the opportunity of earning more cash if they’re able to find more bugs.
- User Feel – You’ll need to check site usability and send voice-recorded feedback. Each test takes about 15 minutes and pays $10 each. Users are paid weekly via PayPal.
- User Testing – User Testing accepts testers 18-year-old and above who speaks English fluently. Voice-recorded feedbacks are submitted after each 20-minute test. There are mobile-based tests available on this site. Users receive $10 on PayPal for every completed test seven days after submission.
- User Brain – Tests are performed on a Google Chrome browser or any iOS mobile device. Because tests are shorter, around 5 to 15 minutes, users are only paid $3/test. The good thing is PayPal payment is released after every test.
- User Test – This site is notorious for being picky with testers. It’s one of the few sites that require users to complete a sample test upon registration. You’ll need to download a screen-recording software and a mic for the audio-recorded feedback. Pay is 8 Euros or around $10 per test.
- UTest – uTest is known to be the go-to provider of big brands like Google. Users can test websites, apps, eBooks, and other types of projects. Payments vary depending on the complexity and type of project.
- UserZoom – Users can access tests via PC or mobile, as long as they can download the UserZoom software. Every test lasts about 10 to 20 minutes, with payments ranging from $5 to $10. Audio and video feedbacks are required. User Zoom sends payment via PayPal 21 days after the test feedback has been approved.
- Validately – This website has some of the shortest tests available; Users can complete a test under 5 minutes. Users receive email notifications when tests become available, and they’re on a first come, first serve basis. Payment varies depending on length of test, but everyone who has sent screen-recorded feedback gets paid via PayPal within 7 days.
- What Users Do – WhatUsersDo provides its testers with e-mail links to up to 5 websites to test each month. The higher quality feedback you sent in, the more tests become available to you. Each test has a flat pay of 8 Euros or around $10. You’ll get paid via PayPal on the 25th of each month.
Note that some of these websites close registrations occasionally, but reopen eventually. Many of these website-testing sites send e-mail notifications when tests are available, and rarely have quick deadlines.
The Bottom Line
Not everyone can test websites easily, but if you can follow instructions properly, you’ll be able to complete as many as you can more easily. You won’t get rich testing websites, but you’ll earn enough side case if you join multiple sites at once.