Make Easy Money and Learn a Thing or Two About Website Design
Wouldn't it be more exciting to make some extra cash while learning something useful that could make you a more valuable employee?
How Websites Are Built
Websites aren't just slapped together by someone who wants this button here and that image there — a lot of work goes into creating a website that behaves the way a company expects it to work. It's called a "user experience."
But it's not easy — and that's why there's such a thing as usability testing. It helps to answer some of these mysterious questions:
- What do people do when they come to a site?
- Why do they stay and why do they go?
- What turns a visitor away from a site? Is it the color scheme or the way it's written out?
But how on earth are you supposed to read a user's mind?
Here's what User Testing does: They pay web-savvy people like you and me to surf companies' sites according to the instructions given to them.
And the whole thing is being recorded: the user's screen is recorded and their audio of them talking through everything that they're doing and how they're feeling about the site. Here is a sample video of what these companies get for their money (it costs $29 for each "project").
Becoming a Tester
To become a tester, all you need to do is go through a test case where you get assigned a project and perform the tasks given to you. Then you submit the video (their software does all the work, it's extremely easy) along with a written summary of your experience, and you wait. Once you are approved, you'll get an email whenever a new job is available.
Each job takes around 10 minutes to complete and will net you $10, which is deposited straight into your Paypal account.
There is no shortage of projects to go around — I usually miss out on most of them because other users scoop them up before I get a chance (I do have a job, for crying out loud). But if you're a stay-at-home parent or college student, you could really pick up a decent amount of money on a day-to-day basis.
It's so easy, anyone can do it. All you need to know is how to surf the web and talk your way through every click and scroll that you perform. Easy.
And the bonus? You get to learn a thing or two about how websites are designed, what works, what doesn't, and different techniques that are used to engage users when they visit a site.