Two quick question before you start looking for online research jobs:
1. What was the first quarter 2012 revenues for Sturm Ruger?
2. How much does the average U.S. wedding cost?
If you answered $112 million (surprisingly, NOT the wedding cost) and $27,021, then you may have a lucrative future as an Internet (online) researcher.
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If however, you stumbled onto the following 1941 ad for wax-fortified paints, online research may not be your forté.
What are Online Research Jobs?
Many publications are moving from print to digital format, placing a significant amount of information online for users to sift through and try to make sense of.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of Internet research (categorized under Information) is expected to grow 16%, a trend that will continue into the future.
However, despite the rise of powerful search engines such as Google, online information is not always readily accessible.
This is particularly true of technical and scientific data that are often restricted to subscription-based journals and esoteric publications that aren’t listed on page one of Google’s search results.
Likewise, finding correct and relevant information takes time, a luxury that many companies and businesses do not have.
For example, a law firm may wish to provide its readers with an article documenting traffic accident statistics state-to-state but not have the time to research every state. Alternately, a debt consolidation company may wish to know about the most common sources of unsecured debt so that it can offer services tailored to those debts.
The solution to such dilemmas has been to hire freelance Internet researchers who are adept at finding online information on such different topics.
Internet research is much more complicated than simply looking up answers on Wikipedia (which is NOT recommended, by the way).
You will be sifting through some esoteric journals and textbooks, assuming that the business has paid subscriptions to them.
You will be perusing the websites of government and national organizations.
You will be looking at business earnings reports and cash flow statements.
You may also need to contact scientists, statisticians and professors directly in order to obtain the most relevant information for your assignment.
The bottom line here is that, for every claim made, you will need to back it up with hard data and references; no educated guesses are allowed.
How do you get started as an Online Researcher?
You can perform “generic” Internet research for various third-party answer sites by simply going online and reading up on a requested topic, then submitting your results and getting paid by the client.
Unfortunately, such work is often low-paid because it is considered unspecialized.
Also, the tasks often require a significant amount of time to complete because their subject matter may not be familiar to you and thus involve a steep learning curve. However, the benefit of such work is that it’s not hard to obtain clients.
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8 Online Research Jobs to Try
Here are a few sites that offer online research jobs:
Wonder is a resource site for researchers in need of instant feedback for their studies and it’s easily the most prolific site on this list.
As part of the Wonder team, you’ll receive questions directly from customers and your job will be to find the best available information on the topic.
Jobs typically take around 3 hours to complete, making pay range around $15-$25 per hour, depending on your speed and expertise.
Wonder prides itself on answering questions within 24 hours. Be prepared to work under heavy deadlines.
Ether doesn’t really advertise itself as a question-and-answer site, but it works in a similar fashion.
The main difference is that experts create their own listing, showcasing their set of skills and knowledge along with rates for their services.
Ether gives each expert an Ether phone number (1-888 plus a unique 8-digit extension). Ether takes 15% commission from your rate per call, per minute or per hour.
Payment is sent via Direct Deposit or as a check.
Maven, like Ether, allows you to advertise your services as a consultant in the fields of your choosing.
You will receive contracts to answer questions and provide insights from some of the world’s most prestigious companies, like Boeing or Intel.
JustAnswer offers subject matter expert positions in the fields of medicine, law, veterinary science, math tutoring, etc.
To become a subject matter expert, you must show proof of a relevant degree (e.g., M.D.) and/or professional experience.
This site operates on a revenue-share platform where page views amount to a specified amount of money; for example, you might earn $1.50 for each PPM (i.e., thousand page views).
Experts123 does offer upfront payments of $10-$20 per approved article for more seasoned researchers.
This company also serves as a platform for those in need of answers to questions in the field of medicine, business, technology, social media, law, and so on.
When invited to join, freelance experts are given a profile where their education, work experience, specialization and rates are displayed. Clients could then contact you directly (via phone, email or online chat) for a job.
You are in control of your fees, so you may set it by the hour, per project, or so on.
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Studypool invites students around the world to submit questions from every type of subject imaginable.
All questions are shown publicly and you are given the chance to bid on the job in order to provide an answer.
You get paid when your answers are accepted.
Earn money by answering questions.
You can make additional money by getting people to like your answer best of all.
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Make Your Own Online Research Job
What if you want to strike out on your own and/or don’t want to give up a portion of your earnings to a third party site? Although it is more challenging, you can start your own Internet research business.
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In both of these cases, Internet researchers who could have continued to sell their services through third-party sites decided to start their own businesses- and reap all the profits (and risks) as a result.
Winning new clients will probably be the trickiest part of starting your own Internet research business.
You will need to create a professional-looking website and business cards.
You will also need to network- heavily.
AdSense and Facebook ads may spark initial interest but in this line of work, a personal approach works best.
Consider joining your local chamber of commerce or civic association and marketing your services to local businesses.
Attend some professional happy hours in your chosen area(s) of expertise. Cold calling may also succeed if you’re comfortable speaking on the phone to business owners who could use your services.
You simply can’t be shy about tooting your own horn in this line of work- and putting an actual face on your business.
If you still find yourself stuck, The Association of Internet Researchers offers plenty of useful advice and networking opportunities for would-be Internet researchers. The AoIR also organizes several yearly conferences that enable you to hone your skills and make vital contacts.
For example, you could benefit by partnering with other AoIR members, gaining their client lists, and expanding your business offerings through them.
An Online Research Job is What You Make of It
You know that saying “you only get out what you put in”? Internet research certainly holds this saying to be true.
The more expertise and experience you accumulate, the more money you will make as an Internet researcher.
The more you market your services, the more clients you will gain.
Alternately, if you are satisfied with just making a few bucks by answering Yahoo! Answers questions, then that’s exactly where your online research business will remain even after several years.
On the other hand, if you like helping people and are willing to learn, grow and on occasion even take a few hits to your self-esteem, then this line of work could eventually become your calling.
You may also want to consider looking into getting paid to answer questions online. It’s a very similar field, but with more opportunities and higher pay rates. Although, you do need a little more specialized knowledge to get the big bucks.