Has anyone used Amazon's mTurk?
I just recently got into trying out Amazon's mechanical turk and it seems like an easy way to make some quick chump change. Does anyone have any experience with this they'd like to share?
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And voila! Yes, I posted this a week or two ago. As of now I've made 85 dollars in about a month. Feel free to read my review on the site.
As far as my experience has shown, if you can devote a ton of time to feeling out the site, the types of clients, the types of work, and other variables, you can perfect the system to make a decent wage. Although, by the time you figure it all out, the "good" clients' workloads may have dried up, so it's a very unstable place to work.
The interface is actually pretty intuitive. You can categorize HITs by payout so it's easy to sort through the wastes of time and new HITs are posted literally every second. I guess our experiences are different.
I disagree that the payout amount determines whether or not it's a waste of time. A 0.03 cent task that is easy and can be done in bulk is a much better option than a $1.00 assignment that requires a half an hour of work.
Yeah there's several tasks up that range in the 10-15 cent range that you can knock out in a matter of minutes. But then again as you get to know the different Requesters it become easier to weed through the trash jobs as well.
anniedee, I have to call you out on this because your point defies logic which is probably why you aren't having success on mTurk: A $.03 even if it takes a minute would only net you $.90 in half an hour. $1 for 1 task is much better than 30 for $.90
I would never spend a minute on a 0.03 cent task. Maybe 15-20 seconds. I work quickly. Different people work in different ways. You don't have to treat me like I'm stupid because I've had a different experience.
Actually, I thought it was your poor reasoning that made you look that way. 15-20 per task is hyperbole (for obvious reasons), which illustrates how your invalid argument can be misleading. I simply wanted to clarify for other readers.
I tried it about 2 years ago. It was a novelty for a while but, as time went on, the payment for tasks dropped and it became incredibly repetitive and time consuming to earn relatively small amounts of money. I think I earned about 50$ over 2 months spending roughly an hour every weekday on the site. The highest paying tasks on mTurk seem to involve transcribing audio recordings so, if this is an area in which you have previous experience, you may find yourself earning more than most. The site itself is really well laid out and the interface is easy to use. Good Luck!
So far I have been focusing on surveys in the $.50 to $1 range and am having decent luck. Around 10 surveys a day nets me $5 for around an hour of work. Not too bad for killing free time.
Sounds like you are doing much better than I did! That's a decent amount of money to make in an hour in your free time.
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