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Making money through Amazon's mTurk ~ A review

Updated on June 30, 2012
My Amazon Mturk dashboard.
My Amazon Mturk dashboard. | Source

Quick note before we begin..

Being a rather thrifty person, I've always been one to try and hunt down online money making places. I've tried surveys, websites with points systems, transcription and a few other things. So far I've found one that I really like and pays out fast. Amazon's Mechanical Turk. At first I was skeptical, not wanting to invest alot of time into something that wasn't going to pay off. However today is my 20th day on Amazon's mturk and I have pulled in just over 60 dollars.

What is Mturk?

From Amazon's mechanical turk website: "Mechanical Turk is a marketplace for work." Businesses, developers and universities post jobs know as HiTs to Amazon's mechanical turk website and workers compete the HiTs for a specified amount of money during a given amount of time.

What are HiTs?

HiTs - Human Intelligence Tasks - are individual tasks that you work on. So they could range from simple data entry, surveys, research studies to just about anything under the sun. They pay anywhere from $.01 to several dollars a hit depending on what's required to fulfill the task.

How do I get started?

It's very simple to get starting making some cash through Amazon's Mturk. Just start off at and follow the instructions. There's lots of tips and blogs out there on how to maximize your time and profit through mturk. So sign up, do some light reading and start the dough rolling.

Overall opinion:

I love this site. I usually sit down in the evenings after the kids have gone to bed, click on the tv and start working. I usually work through the commercial breaks and take my time finding good paying hits. I enjoy the fact that I can have the money directly deposited into my bank account OR use it straight on the Amazon website from my payments account. One thing I had a hard time with was, the first 10 days your account is on hold. Your HiTs will get approved during this time, but you will not roll over to paid until the 10 days have elapsed. By the time my account hit the 10 day mark I had $30 sitting there waiting to roll over. Overall I only put about an hour or two a night depending on the quality of HiTs that are available during that day. I give the site a thumbs up and would recommend it to anyone with a bit of free time.


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    • tjdavis profile image

      Teresa Davis 

      6 years ago from Moscow, Texas

      Thanks for the info. I'm always looking for ways to make a little extra money. I will check into this site.

    • LaciKomula profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Indiana

      Not a problem, good luck!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 

      6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      This sounds like a good place to check. Thanks.

    • LaciKomula profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Indiana

      Let me know how it goes! Like I said in the review, it does take 10 days until your payments go from Approved, pending payment to paid. So stick with it!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 

      6 years ago from Cardiff

      Oh this sounds interesting, just nipped over and signed up, will take a proper look at it tonight. Thank you for letting us know about this, it will help towards the savings!

    • LaciKomula profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Indiana

      Good luck! Hopefully you'll stick with it and atleast be able to cash out a few bucks!

    • hscchemistry profile image


      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      that doesn't sound too bad! I will try it out myself later :) thanks for that :)


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