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Does it Pay to Be a User Tester: How to Get Paid with Online Website Usability Testing Sites

Updated on September 18, 2015

It Pays to be a User Tester: A Review of 3 Usertesting Websites

Get paid sit on the couch and give your opinion! No, I'm actually not lazy, but I am a stay-at-home mama constantly on the lookout for simple ways to earn money from home while the monsters (my two boys) nap. User testing isn't really a new concept, but I'm finding it's one that many people don't know about. Basically, companies (often newer companies starting out) pay usertesting sites to test out their website via online user testers. These user testers use screen-recording software provided by the usertesting site to record their online screen usage for that particular test, such as where they would click to find _____. If you can follow simple instructions, you can be a user tester. It's a concept that is easier to understand by doing, rather than reading about.

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Usertesting.com is the best user testing site to get started with. They are the most user-friendly and offer the biggest volume of tests. They do require you to complete a sample test before you are approved, but it's easy. Just remember to always voice what you are thinking and doing throughout the test. If you can think out loud, you'll be fine! They pay $10 per 10 minute test via paypal, though some longer tests will pay $20. When I was enormously pregnant with my son in the summer of 2012, I averaged 2-3 tests a week from this site, and made about $100 a month!

Userlytics.com sends me a few tests a month, and they seem to have less competition snagging up those tests. They are great egg to have in your online work basket, but don't expect to earn as much per month with this site (due to less test offerings). They also pay $10 per test via paypal.

Whatusersdo.com also just sends a few a month, but are also a good possibility to add to your earning portfolio. The pay is $8 per test, but still great pay for 10 minutes of "work."

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      Kristy LeAnn Morgan 4 years ago from Oceana, WV

      I'm glad to see these sites working so well for you. I've heard of website testing but never got around to signing up for any sites but now that I've read this I think I'll go sign up now lol :)

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      Holly 4 years ago from Boise, ID

      It's the best way to make "good" money online, you'll love it. I've made $90 so far in April, and that's for less than 2 hours of my time :)

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Interesting hub I have never heard of this. I will have to check them out. Voted up and interesting and sharing.

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      Sharilee Swaity 3 years ago from Canada

      I have never heard of this concept, but it sound intriguing. Thanks for the information!

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I just learned something new here today. Thanks for this info.

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      Scribenet 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Good info...glad I found this. Looks like a good return for just a small amount of time...may just have a peek. Thank you for sharing!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for the info and for sharing about your experience with being a user tester. It will be interesting to look into the links you've provided.

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      Rohan Rinaldo Felix 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      I'm surely checking out the sites you mentioned. Thank you :) Keep it up!

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