Making Money With Microtasking

Microtasking involves completing small jobs online in exchange for payment. It allows companies working on a project to split the project down into small tasks (microtasks), and outsource it to internet workers. Microtasking is low paid, but it is a way to make money online.

 

microtasking site MTurk is probably the best known of all microwork sites
microtasking site MTurk is probably the best known of all microwork sites

How Microtasking Works

Microtasking companies have a list of jobs which are available. You select the ones you want to work on from the current jobs available. The jobs are loaded into an interface and there is usually a time limit to complete the job. If you accept a job and then realise you cant complete it within the time limit given you can choose to abandon the job although this may affect your quality rating as a worker if it happens too often. Once you have completed your job, press the submit button and wait for the company to accept the job and pay you.

Where Do I Find Microtasking Jobs?

The most well known Microtasking company is Amazons MTurk also known as Mechanical Turk. Jobs here are called HITs which stands for Human Intelligence Tasks. Pay ranges from a few cents for short tasks up to a dollar or more for more specialised tasks.

 

The more lucrative tasks tend to be snapped up quickly here so you need to check the site many times a day to get the best jobs. Also MTurk requires workers to be qualified before accepting some HITS. This involves taking a short online test to ensure you understand the requirements of a certain customer or understand the subject enough to be able to work on it.

 

Other Microtasking companies include Clickworker, Microworker and Click Chores.

What Sort Of Work Is On Offer?

Transcribing, extracting data, classifying items and surveys make up the bulk of work on Microtasking sites.  Occasionally there may be some freelance writing work but you can get better rates of pay for this on sites such as Iwriter.

How Much Can I Earn?

Microtasking is low paid. It has been criticised for exploiting workers with extremely low rates of pay. It would be difficult to earn anything close to the UK minimum hourly wage, but it is possible to make some money at this. MTurk however pay their UK workers in Amazon gift cards.

This sort of work will never make you rich but if you have some spare time and don’t mind the low pay then this is another way of making money online.

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Qmee – get paid as you search

Qmee – What is it?

Qmee.com
Qmee – pays you to search the web and click on websites!

Qmee is a fantastic little browser addon which will pay you just for searching the web as you normally do.  The unobtrusive little addon sits in your browser and when you search on Google, Ebay Amazon and Yahoo, occasionally  Qmee results pop up to the left of the regular search results.

The App currently works with Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer.  Unfortunately its not yet available for Edge.

All you need to do is search as you normally do and results will pop up when Qmee has a matching result.  You can see how much you will be paid just to click on the link underneath each result.  This is usually about 6p.

Cash Out Any Time
Unlike other pay per click sites Qmee allows you to cash out your earnings at any time directly to paypal.  Your earnings are sent immediately although it may take up to two hours for your payment to show up in Paypal.  There is no minimum payment amount for Paypal.

You can also choose to take your earnings in Gift Cards or donate them to charity.  Gift cards are available for Amazon £5, Starbucks £5 and ITunes £10.

How Much Can I Earn?
There is no limit to how much you can earn but we have just cashed out our first £5 in a little over one month.  Qmee results only pop up if they have a matching advertiser for your query and repeatedly clicking links or trying to game the system by trying to deliberately make results pop up doesn’t work.

NEW – Surveys Now Available
A new addition to Qmee are surveys which can significantly help you to boost earnings.  The average pay per survey is 50p – 68p and unlike other survey sites you can cash out your earnings immediately.  We have found about 50% of our available surveys were rejected – either because we did not fit the criteria, the survey was full or for technical reasons.  Some of the surveys are quite long and fiddly – one that we were given involved a speed reaction test, but on the whole the surveys are easy and well designed.

Our Review
Overall we are loving this addon/app.  Simple, effective and no hassle and whilst it is not going to make us millionaires, every little helps.  Realistically you are probably going to be able to bank around £5 a month with it, so that’s enough to pay for Christmas Dinner over the course of the year.  5 stars.

Join Qmee Now
To join Qmee all you need to do is follow this link:  Q-mee

 

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Freelance Writing – A Money Maker?

 Freelance Writing – can you make money?

If you have a flair for words and a few spare hours you could put your talents to use as a freelance writer.   The market for freelance writing is exploding and if you can write quickly and professionally, it is very possible to earn a full time living as a freelancer.  Even if you have only a couple of hours a week to spare, you can still make a few extra pounds supplying content to websites or articles for magazines.  There are a number of websites online that either buy content from writers or allow website owners to get specialist articles written.  Pay ranges from “rip off rates” through to extremely generous, although the better paying sites demand a very high quality of work, and some are ridiculously picky about what they will accept.  If you can get a reputation as a reliable writer who consistently produces a good standard or work, you may start to build up a loyal customer following and clients may start to approach you directly.    The obvious advantage of this is that you are not giving any of your earnings to a middleman.  However, for most writers starting out, article selling sites are a good way of getting known, and whilst the site will take a commission from your work, advantages include flexibility and you have the choice of which article to write.  Let’s take a look at the good, the bad and the downright ugly in freelance writing sites.


Iwriter

iWriter Content Article Writing Service Buy Articles

Iwriter tends to stir up strong emotions within the freelance writing community,  whilst some writers love its flexibility and quick pay, others see it as nothing more than a low paying content mill.  I have worked for Iwriter in the past and earned Elite status (back in the days when Elite was the top bracket), but I would personally never work for them again as the pay is too low and requester naturally want to pay as little as possible for quality content.  The amount you will be paid depends on what level you obtain as writer – all new recruits start off as standard writers and progress through the ranks to Elite Plus and Professional.

This is an example taken today of the type of work available for standard writers:

Product review-MYX 701 blue
Requester: xxxxxxxx  (38 reviews)  Approved: 67 Rejected: 188 (Approval rate: 26%)
Total tips sent: 0, Average approval wait time: 56 hours
Writer type: Standard
Word count: 150 (English (US))
Writer’s earnings: $1.01
Time to complete: 2 hours

 

As you can see in the example above the requester is offering a measly 1 dollar for a very brief article but also has a very poor approval rate – just 26% so he rejects 3 out of 4 of the articles submitted.  Who would waste their time working for this requester? Unfortunately this is not an uncommon scenario.  There are some requesters on Iwriter who downright take the p*ss and treat writers very poorly indeed.  Also the staff at Iwriter are not particularly sympathetic to writers complaints as no doubt they want the clients to keep the money rolling in.

The Pay:
How much you will earn from each article depends on your writer level – an Elite Plus writer can be expected to earn around $35 for a 700 word article, whereas an Elite Writer will receive an average of $12.15 for the same amount of words.   A premium writer will get just $5 for 700 words and a standard writer earns a paltry $2.43 (around £1.67)  for a 500 word article.  Imagine that the average writer (with research) writes 1000 words an hour and you could be earning just over £3 an hour.  If you are lucky.  There is no guarantee your article will be accepted so you could be wasting your time.  If a reviewer tends to reject a lot of articles then most writers will avoid writing for them – it just isnt worth it.

Good Things About Iwriter.
They pay on time, every time.  Pay is weekly, bi-monthly or monthly depending on what option you prefer.  There is the facility for requester to pay tips for really good articles.  You can get started right away just by signing up and they accept writers from all over the world.  Requester can “favourite” writers and ask for special requests for which an enhanced rate is payable.  You can choose which articles you wish to write from a number of different categories.  You write directly onto the Iwriter interface which has a built in timer which shows how long you have to complete the project.

Bad Things About Iwriter.
The pay can be pitiful.  All writers start out on the standard rate so you will be writing at well below minimum wage until you work your way up or unless you can write extremely quickly.  Many of the remaining writers with Iwriter appear to live in countries where the cost of living is quite low and they can afford to work for lower rates of pay.  In the UK unless you are very prolific it is difficult to earn a living solely from Iwriter.  Whilst there are some great requesters on Iwriters, it has more than its fair share of complete idiots who reject almost all articles, nit pick and are general pain in the a*ses.  Unless you are Elite or Elite Plus Writer status it is difficult to earn anything like a decent wage and you can lose your status in an instant – all you need is a couple of bad requesters who mark you unfairly or just don’t like your style of writing and down you go.  There isn’t always a lot of work available on Iwriter and as you can only write what is available rather than sell random articles, there may not be enough to sustain you.

More Information on IWriter


Constant Content
Buy Unique Articles Order Web Site Content Hire Freelance Article Writers and SEO Content Writers Constant Content Custom Website Content Freelance Writing

Constant Content allows writers to sell their own articles to a pool of requesters who are looking for quality content.  You can write articles on any subject you wish and of any length subject and best of all you can set your own price for your work.  You have the opportunity to sell unique content or usage rights, so Constant Content offers a great deal of flexibility for writers.  The main criticism writers tend to have of Constant Content is that they have a very, very strict editorial policy and all articles have to be approved by editors before they can be put on the site to be sold.  Depending on how many articles are waiting for editorial review, it can be several days before an editor looks at your article and after that he or she may request several rewrites before the article is accepted.  Constant Content demand a very high quality of writer, and if initial articles are rejected more than a couple of times, writers will be blocked from writing for the site again.  Editors have been known to send back articles for as little as one comma out of place and whilst most editors are quite reasonable and are willing to include a short reason why the article may have been rejected, others are much less forthcoming and writers may be left scratching their heads as to exactly what they may have done wrong.  Style is a subjective and some editors may reject pieces on a point of style even though the article has been written in acceptable usage.  Nevertheless, Constant Content defends its editorial policy and cites that it must maintain its high standards in order to retain the quality that clients have come to expect – an admirable intention if not a little bit frustrating for writers.

The Pay:
Writers get to set their own price for articles so you can sell for whatever you like, subject to the minimum.  However when setting your price remember that Constant Content take a commission of  35% of the selling price of each article.  You can sell articles for both full rights which guarantees the purchases full and unique rights to the article or usage rights.  At the present time the average price per 500 word article seems to be about $40 of which the writer will receive 65% or $26.  Payments are made promptly during the first week of each month for amounts of $5 or more.

Good Things About Constant Content

Constant Content maintains consistently high standards and attract quality clients.  Writers have complete freedom over the articles they submit, the rights they sell and the prices they set.  It is very possible to earn a full time living from Constant Content, and many writers do.  There is also a “pool” of article requests which authors can choose to fulfill although these tend to attract a lot of competition from writers.  Payment is always made on time, and once approved articles stay on the site until they sell.  I have received payments months later from articles which did not sell immediately.  Clients can also make offers on articles if they do not want to pay full price and the author can choose to accept or reject these accordingly.

Bad Things About Constant Content.
Perhaps the biggest complaint amongst writers is the strict editorial policy which can drive writers quite potty.  Whilst most criticism and re-write requests are constructive, some writers have complained that editors just seem to be having a bad day and are unreasonably critical.  The editorial process can be grindingly slow and it can take days for articles to be approved.  Whether things have been expedited recently I don’t know, but certainly when I worked for Constant Content, one common complaint from authors was that they would write Special Request articles which would take so long to be reviewed that the request would have expired by the time the piece was reviewed.

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Tips for Making Money Freelance Writing

There are hundreds of sites who will buy content. Don’t be afraid to try out different sites.
You don’t need to work for low paying content mills.  There are  better options available.
Practice makes perfect.  The more you write, the easier it becomes.
Keep a portfolio of work to show potential clients.
Freelance writing isn’t for everyone.  If you don’t enjoy it, don’t do it.
It is possible to make a living freelance writing.  It is not necessarily easy but it is possible.

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