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8 Online Research Jobs Currently Hiring in 2020

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.

WIkipedia online research

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.

Internet Research Process

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:

1. Wonder

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.

2. Ether

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.

3. Maven


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.

4. JustAnswer

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.

5. Experts123

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.

6. PrestoExperts

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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7. Studypool

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.

8. Answeree

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.

For example, Carol Tice offers her own freelance writing research and expertise through The Freelance Writers Den as well as private mentoring and coaching.

Todd Tresidder offers personal finance and investment coaching via his website FinancialMentor.

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.

18 thoughts on “8 Online Research Jobs Currently Hiring in 2020”

  1. I applied to Wonder three times and never got hired. This company asked you to answer a “rabbit hole” question! I researched, and researched, and got reliable sources. It took a very long time (about 24 hours spread over weeks) to find an answer-and it couldn’t be accurate because the answer probably changed every day-or at least every week! I hope the other companies you have posted are not like this. Because I love to research and it would be my dream job to get paid to do so. I suspect that Wonder used my well-researched answer. So, needless to say, I will not apply with them again.

  2. This is the way that so many people are going in this day and time and that is getting involved in the online world. This is the first time that I have heard about research jobs but it seems to be a field that is worth the investment. I am sure that your readers will love what you are sharing.

  3. Hey Steve,

    I’ve been in Yahoo Answers for quite some time now since i first have my yahoo email during those yahoo messenger times and I didn’t even know that you could earn from there, wow! How do you earn from the page views though, do you mean the pageviews from the thread you create everytime we post a question?

  4. This sounds like it could be a lucrative opportunity for the right people. I suppose the great thing about this sort of job is the fact it can be done globally. For many of us, this is the ideal solution to freeing up our precious time. If this paid slightly more than what you suggest here, I’d image many more people would take up researching jobs. Having said that, it could be the perfect balance for someone that loves researching. By the way Steve, who’d have thought there would be an Association of Internet Researchers!

  5. This is actually the first time I’ve of an online research job, and honestly is sounds very boring lol.

    I mean I get that companies will need people like this to help consolidate information for them — but personally I think I would fall asleep if I had to do this to make money.

    Have you ever done this kind of work yourself? And if so how did it go?

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  7. Hey Steve, nice post. I have to hand it to you, your post really does give people an opportunity to look into other avenues that will make them money.
    An online researcher isn’t a bad idea and here’s something I didn’t know, there were more companies hiring online researchers than I previously though.
    Are you an online researcher and if so, how long have you been doing it? I can tell you this, I think I might’ve found another monetary source of income. Thanks buddy.

  8. Thanks Halina. First of all this is just great article. I just landed on this it and I am seriously thinking about to be internet researcher. I also have database querying skills. I can also read research paper along with blogs to read bloggers’ mind to produce some results. I want to start it today, any advice what would be the first step.

  9. great article. i’ve been seriously considering beginning a internet researching service since i do a lot of surfing the internet just as a hobby because i love to learn new stuff, and i also had a job for several years that required me to perform research constantly. only difference was that it was a huge organization that had access to all the information free-of-charge to me. so i have determine which one-stop-shop subcription service to begin with that isn’t too pricey. thanks very much for this article

  10. This is a great guide to making money as an online internet researcher. I have never really thought of this kind of work, but I am glad to be informed on it. If I can get big enough, I will definitely look into getting an internet researcher who can prove beneficial to my cause.

    This post shows just how to start a career or even a freelance business as an internet researcher. Great work.

  11. Is the internet research just to make online surveys and sell data to journals or corporates, or there another meaning is to search for information on the web and sell these information to a client who needs it? What is the name of this kind of work?

    • Yes and no. It could simply be online surveys or literature review for a research problem. Can be simple or complex, basic as well as detailed.

  12. Imshopping does not offer any money for answering q’s. I was just on the site for half an hour and did not see anything claiming that.

  13. Very well explained article. This was very helpful for me while I was writing job description for a researcher in my company. Thanks Regina

  14. Love the article — just what I was looking for. Other articles I’ve read on becoming an internet researcher make it appear too simple or a get rich opportunity, however, your article gives me food for thought. Mentioning the use of subscription based websites and journals is lacking in a lot of the articles I have read on the subject. Thanks for your Insight – Regina


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