Now more than ever, websites need to be inviting, user-friendly, and aesthetically pleasing, so much so that companies are willing to pay for website testers to do these tests for them. You can take advantage of this need and get paid to test websites.
Website testing ensures that website design, navigation, usability, and overall user experience are all positive experiences for the vast majority of visitors to a given website.
These tests are usually done when the websites are initially being built by web designers and search engine optimization (SEO) companies. But companies also want their websites tested by third-party users so that the experience is similar to their everyday visitors.
In this article, you’ll learn how to get paid to test websites: what requirements you should meet and where to look for user testing jobs that pay well.
These 5 programs will pay you $105 if you sign up with them. It's free and it takes all of 5 minutes. Let me show you how.
What You Need Before You Start Website Testing
If you want to become a website tester, you’ll have to be at least 18 years old and pass simple tests. While requirements vary from one website-testing company to the next, the typical requirements include:
- Working computer with a stable, high-speed 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 (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer are the top browsers worldwide; you may be asked to test a website in a particular web browser)
- PayPal account (most companies pay through PayPal)
Some website-testing companies have regular tests available, while other tasks are only available for seasoned testers. This is why you should consistently deliver quality performance with each testing task.
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.
20 Sites That Pay You To Test Websites
Businesses outsource their website testing needs to companies specializing in website testing. 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 the tester profile.
- Enroll or Enroll App – With this website, you’ll have to provide feedback about a site’s usability, design, logo, content, and more. You can use your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, whichever you prefer. The lengths of different tasks vary, which means your earnings can vary as well. Even 13-year-olds can get paid to test websites through this app. Payment is sent only once a month via PayPal.
- 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. [May 2020 Update: It looks like you can get StartUpLift jobs by signing up for their job portal SideIncomeJobs.com, which unfortunately is not free to use.]
- TestingTime – TestingTime is a platform that procures test users for user and market research. You’ll need Skype or Zoom installed on your laptop or PC, since the customer will communicate with you there and send you instructions about the task. Tests here take longer, about 30 to 90 minutes, but pay higher at €50 per hour.
- TryMyUI – With TryMyUI, users have to perform usability tests on apps or websites consisting of recorded video feedback and written answers to a quick survey. Tests take no longer than 20 minutes. Testers are paid $10 for each completed test, which is sent every Friday via PayPal.
- Testbirds – Those 18-year-old and older from anywhere in the world can be a Testbird and test software bugs. These programs are usually downloaded, but some are web-based with instructions to use a specific web browser. Testers usually earn €20 for a simple usability test but have the opportunity to earn more cash if they’re able to find more serious bugs.
- Userfeel – 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 or Amazon gift cards.
- UserTesting – UserTesting accepts testers 18-year-old and above who speak 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.
- Userbrain – Before you’re qualified to get paid to test websites for Userbrain, you need to take a Qualification Test. If you get approved, you can start receiving paid tests. You’ll need to use Google Chrome or any mobile device that runs on iOS. Because tests are shorter, around 5 to 15 minutes, users are only paid $3 per test. The good thing is you can request a payout to your PayPal once your balance reaches $10.
- 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. To start working as a freelance tester, you must complete a full uTest Profile, audition on the uTest Sandbox, and then wait for invitations to participate in projects. Payments vary depending on the complexity and type of project.
- IntelliZoom – IntelliZoom is UserZoom‘s participant sourcing engine. Users can access tests via PC or mobile, as long as they can download the UserZoom testing software. Every test lasts about 10 to 20 minutes, with payments averaging $10. Audio and video feedback are required. User Zoom sends payment via PayPal within 21 business 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. Upon registration, testers receive email notifications when tests become available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Payment varies depending on the length of the tests, but everyone who has sent screen-recorded feedback gets paid via PayPal within 7 business days.
- WhatUsersDo – WhatUsersDo provides its testers with e-mail links to up to 5 websites to test each month. The higher the quality of the feedback you send 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. [May 2020 Update: UserZoom bought WhatUsersDo in 2018, so if you want to work with WhatUsersDo projects, you’ll have to sign up with IntelliZoom.]
- Userpeek – This up and coming player specializes in remote usability tests. While the software is currently still in development, you can leave your email address so they can contact you once they’re live and operational. You can be one of their first testers.
- test IO – This crowdtesting vendor provides real-world QA testing to companies who need their websites assessed. Become a tester in minutes by registering and indicating all the devices that you can use to test. As soon as you qualify, you’ll get invited to do your first test as soon as one is available. You can earn by reviewing apps, completing scripted test cases, or finding critical bugs. They pay once a month through PayPal, Payoneer, Skrill, or bank transfer.
- Userlytics – Userlytics is a global operation looking for part-time testers around the world to get paid to test websites, mobile apps, and other digital user interfaces. Get paid from a minimum of $5 up to $90 for your insights into your PayPal account. You’ll need a desktop computer with Mac OSX 10 or higher or Windows 7 or higher, or a mobile phone with iOS 11 or higher or Android 5.0 or higher. Either way, you’ll need to download the Userlytics software.
- Respondent – This research study platform conducts surveys, website testing, and focus group studies for various businesses and companies. Sign up to be a respondent through your Facebook, LinkedIn, or email address. Start going through the projects and choose the ones that interest you. You can get paid up to $40 for a 20-minute session or $100 for a 60-minute session into your PayPal account.
- Loop11 – Loop11 is a highly popular remote usability tool that provides businesses to design tests of their websites and pay website testers to do the testing. To become a Loop11 tester, you need to complete a brief qualification test, during which they’ll test your webcam and microphone to know if you can express your thoughts out loud.
- PingPong – PingPong is an all-in-one platform for businesses that need remote user experience research; they take care of everything from tester recruitment to payouts. You can earn €40 to €100 per hour for participating in user interviews and user tests, paid into your PayPal or through your bank account through Transferwise. You’ll need a computer to be a tester; they currently can’t conduct user interviews via smartphone.
Note that some of these websites close registrations occasionally, but reopen eventually. Many of these website testing websites send e-mail notifications when tests are available and rarely have quick deadlines.
The Bottom Line
Not everyone is cut out for website testing, but if you can follow instructions, spot errors, and express your feedback concisely, you’ll be able to complete testing tasks easily. You probably won’t get rich testing websites, but if you join multiple sites at once, you can earn a decent amount of side cash.
Other ways to make money as a tester
If you’re interested in testing other stuff, check out our other articles below:
- Beta Tester Jobs
- 35 Ways to Become a Product Tester
- How to Make Money as a Video Game Tester
- How to Make Money as a Food Tester
- Become an Amazon Product Tester
Have you ever gotten paid to test websites or apps? How was the experience? Can you vouch for one or more of the companies above? Share it with us in the comments below!