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Using Amazon Mechanical Turk as an online money making tool.

Updated on March 19, 2013

Introduction.

Many Internet users these days are looking to make some spare cash while online. A poor economy along with staggering job losses, have many people looking for decent ways to earn cash online. Whether it's to help pay off some bills, or to turn a hobby into a full income, the Internet isn't just a form of entertainment anymore. One of the sites that I've been using for the past few months is Amazon Mechanical Turk. If you have the time and will, this is a great site to earn spare cash. Please read on.

What is Amazon Mechanical Turk?

Amazon Mechanical Turk (Mturk for short) is a crowd sourcing Internet marketplace. It's a suite division of the popular website Amazon(amazon.com). Requester's use Mturk to get tasks they want done. The tasks are known on Mturk as "HITS". Workers are able to sign in, and perform the task that requesters have posted. In return, the worker gets paid. You've probably heard of sites like Microworkers and Minuteworkers. This site basically follows the same formula as these sites. It's a great way to turn your spare time into a bit of cash.

How to earn on Mturk.

Earning money on Mturk is fairly easy. There are many HITS that a potential worker can perform. Some of the HITS include: surveys, article writing, searches, and blog posts. There are usually thousands of HITS a worker can choose to do. Most of the HITS are fairly short, and from my experience on there, payment for HITS are usually fast. Workers can create an Amazon payment account to receive payment for their work. This is done by adding a bank account to deposit your earnings. Workers can also take their balance and add it to their gift card balance on Amazon. It's doesn't take long to setup an account on Mturk.

Cons of Mturk.

Now that we've heard about Mturk, lets talk about a criticisms of the site. First off, you will not earn much money on there without much effort. Most of the HITS on Mturk pay out cents for doing them. Usually the HITS that pay bigger require extra qualifications to do. Due to the small amount of pay for HITS, some people have classified Mturk as a "virtual sweatshop". It's also important for workers to play close attention the instructions for the HITS they accept. If not, you can find yourself spending time on a task that you won't get paid for. This has happened to me several times in the past, so make sure to read the directions.

Summary.

If you are interested in joining Mturk, go to mturk.com. Feel free to check out the site, and do your own research of Mturk. I also recommend going into it with realistic expectations. You will not get rich on there by any means. However, if you have the time and will, you can earn some spare cash for yourself on there. If you aren't interested in doing it for the cash, adding to your Amazon gift card balance is a benefit as well. I've read stories of people earning hundreds of dollars monthly on Amazon Mechanical Turk, so it's not impossible. However, to see any significant money, you must be willing to put in the effort. Just like anything else in life, time and effort is required. Thanks for reading.

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    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      5 years ago from Texas

      @hrymel, Thank you so much. I appreciate you checking it out.

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      Haley 

      5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This is the first time I've seen the MTurk so well explained. Great job. Voted up, useful and interesting.

    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Thanks a lot Chris. I appreciate it :)

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      Chris Hugh 

      6 years ago

      I just wrote it. I'm gonna link to you now.

    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Hey there Chris. Thanks for your feedback. I've earned close to $200 dollars on Mturk. Writing about various ways to make money online is a good topic to write about. I've written several articles about it myself. One last thing, you are absolutely right about the scammers, so for anyone who reads this and is interested in Mturk, be careful of the jobs you accept. Thanks again Chris :)

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      Chris Hugh 

      6 years ago

      Hi, there. I earned $4.61 on mturnk. I lucked out and got some kinda of Twitter assignment and learned that some people really like Ralph Lauren. Other than that my assignments sucked! I think I'll write a Hub on various ways to make money on line and I'll be sure to link to this. And by the way, everyone:

      WATCH OUT FOR SCAMMERS AND THIEVES ON MTURK!!!!!

      If they're offering $30 or $60 for one hit and you need to fill out any kind of personal information, big warning flag!

    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Hello there. I've been using Mturk for a little over a year now and I've made around 160 dollars. Yes the labor and work on there is very cheap, but it adds up if you have spare time. I've been able to buy plenty of things off of Amazon due to my time on Mturk. It's one of those sites that can be beneficial if you have the time and effort to put into it. Thanks for reading. Best wishes to you.

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      pufetar 

      6 years ago

      I earned $10 on mturk 3 years ago (and I worked really hard for it), when I realized they let non-US based workers pretty much without any option to withdraw their money. They don't say that directly, not even in help section. I don't think something has changed from then, at least there isn't big bold statement on the homepage or the dashboard like it should. I am still wondering who is working on this site? I guess there's no many US people willing to work for that cheap.

    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Thanks a lot Doc. I've bought quite a few things off of Amazon by working there. Thanks for your continued support my friend.

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      lovedoctor926 

      6 years ago

      Sounds good. I'm going to check it out. You have a lot of hubs written my friend. Congratulations! you have a lot of views.

    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Hi there Sherry. I usually Mechanical Turk on a daily basis. I might go on there and do a couple of HITS daily. They definitely add up. Like you I'm selective about the HITS I do, I mainly do the survey HITS. I've also made more on there than I have on here. It's a great way to earn some spare cash if you like being online. Thanks for viewing and commenting :)

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      Sherry Hewins 

      6 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I have used Mechanical Turk, but I could only work it up to where I made about $3 an hour there. And that was being very selective about which HITS I accepted. I did manage to make $50 there though, which is more than I've made on HubPages.

    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Hello there. There is an option next to HITS that require a qualification. All you have to do is click on it and go from there. I hope this helps you.

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      topakins 

      6 years ago

      I've been there, how do you request for qualification?

    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Thank you so much for reading formosangirl.

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      formosangirl 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Interest and useful hub. I will check it out. Voted Up.

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