One of my new favorite online side hustles is testing websites. It is so easy to earn a few quick bucks and no experience required.
If you’ve taken paid online surveys online, then you will enjoy testing websites and apps. It can be as simple as just choosing between two logos.
While you won’t be able to earn a full-time income testing websites, you can earn $200-500 extra a month by signing up for more than one site.
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What Does a Website Tester Do?
You test websites and apps!
You don’t need any prior work experience or a degree in IT to test websites. They are looking for average, normal, every day users like you and me.
They are looking for people to find bugs on websites/apps. Notice how sometimes you go to a site and click on the link and it doesn’t go anywhere? That could be due to a bug!
Another way to test website is by working through a set of tasks while recording it. As you go through the tasks, you will speak your thoughts out loud and give feedback.
What You Need to Start Testing Websites
You probably already have everything that you need to get started testing websites and apps:
- A computer, a keyboard, and a mouse
- Fast internet connection
- A microphone (not always required and I use the one that comes with my phone)
- A webcam (not always required and I use the built-in webcam)
How Much Money Can You Make?
You won’t get rich testing websites.
How much you make depends on how many websites/apps you test. Most sites pay around $10 for 10-20 minutes worth of work.
If you’re anything like me, then you waste hours every day scrolling through Instagram feed or watching Netflix. Use that time to test websites and make some extra money. It can be used to pay off debt, set up an emergency fund, or even a vacation fund.
Sign up for as many sites as you can to increase your opportunities since you won’t get consistent work from just one site.
Make sure you do a good job. Don’t half-ass it because most sites have ratings for their testers. The better you are at testing websites, the more job opportunities you will have. Try to leave thorough, high-quality feedback.
Don’t just say “this site sucks”. Tell them why it sucks.
Sites That Pay You to Test Websites and Apps
User Testing is my favorite and one of the better well-known websites that pay you to test websites and apps.
In order to get accepted, you have to do a practice test which won’t take you more than 10 minutes. I was asked to re-do my practice test. It’s probably because I was all over the place and kept forgetting to say my thoughts out loud.
The paid tests will appear in your dashboard. Make sure to always keep the dashboard open because the tests will go to whoever is online first. If you’re always “ONLINE”, it will go to you first!
They do screen before each paid test to see if you’re qualified because the customers want specific users to test their websites.
The pay is usually $10 for every 10-20 minutes worth of work. You are paid via PayPal a week after you complete the test.
UTest has some great earning potential. Some users actually earn full-time income testing websites, but I don’t want to advertise it as such since most users do not make a full-time income. The potential is definitely there, but you have to build up your rating.
Their dashboard is not one of the easiest to navigate. I was looking everywhere for the practice test and couldn’t find it.
Within 24 hours, I received an email and I had to answer a few questions. You might have to wait a week or two just to receive a practice test that you must complete. Complete the practice test and you will start to receive paying tests.
Do well on every paying job you receive because that is the key to getting more jobs.
UTest pays you to look for bugs in a piece of software. The pay varies for each test, but you can expect $5 per bug on average. Payment is via PayPal or Payoneer on the 15th and last day of every month.
Make sure to check out their courses and forums. The forums are very active with users asking questions every day.
Enroll is awesome for introverts like me. You don’t need a microphone or a webcam to record your tests.
Enroll pays you to do simple tasks such as picking between two logos, compare two web pages, or simply just click somewhere on a webpage. The job would take you a minute to do or maybe even less.
Easy work also means less pay. Most tests pay between $.10 to $1.50, and occasionally, it can go up to a few dollars.
You get paid via PayPal once a month.
StartUpLift is another one that doesn’t require a microphone or a webcam.
Here is how it works: You complete some tasks and then provide useful feedback in a written format. If your feedback is approved for high quality, you’ll get paid $5. You get paid by sending your feedback in a written form.
The minimum payout is $5 via PayPal every Monday.
WhatUsersDo has a super simple sign-up process. All you have to do is sign-up, download screen recorder, take a practice test, and start earning money testing websites.
You will receive roughly 3-5 tests per month via email. The pay for each test is $5 via PayPal on the 25th of each month. They also have quarterly competitions for you to earn extra money.
If you do well and provide useful feedbacks when you complete your tests, you will be offered more tests per month.
UserFeel pays you $10 for every test completed, which takes about 10-20 minutes. You have the options to take the tests on your computer or smartphone.
To qualify, you have to take a practice test before they send you paid tests. How many tests you get per month can vary greatly. You might get 5 tests per day or nothing at all for months.
Userlytics is another site that pays you to test websites and apps by speaking your thoughts out loud.
Their form is fairly short and easy to fill out. They pay you to test products like websites, apps, prototypes, videos, and advertisements.
The pay is between $5-$20 per test via PayPal every Friday. Some of their tests can be as high as $90.
UserZoom allows you to earn in 2 ways: standard survey tests AND think out loud audio and video tests.
The pay depends on the complexity of the test, but you can expect to make $10 average for recorded tests and $2 for survey tests since they’re a lot easier.
Most tests take 10-20 minutes to complete and your payment will be sent via PayPal within 21 business days.
TestingTime is definitely not for everybody since you have to record your voice and face via Skype.
Their tests are also longer ranging between 30-90 minutes, but you get compensated for your time. You can earn up to €50 per hour (about $56 an hour at the time of this post).
Payment will be sent via PayPal 5-10 days after the test is completed.
Validately has been acquired by another website testing company UserZoom. The company pays you to complete moderated live tests (you have to use your webcam) and unmoderated tests which focus on feedback.
You will be asked to provide basic demographic information when you sign up. Tests will be sent to you via email for feedback on websites and apps.
You must use Google Chrome to conduct your tests.
The unmoderated tests take about 5 minutes to complete and pay $5-10 while the moderated live tests pay a minimum of $25 for 30 minutes. You can earn up to $100 for a live remote research session.
You get paid via PalPal within 7 business days of completing your test.
MyCrowd has more than 12,000 testers from all over the world. You get paid to find bugs and run tests on websites and apps.
After you sign up, you will go through the test instructions. You will be paid for finding bugs and for conducting quality reviews. Previously reported bugs will be listed so you don’t waste time reporting them again.
The pay scale may vary for each test and the size of the bug. Check out their FAQs to learn more about it.
Loop11 requires a 5-minute qualification test where you will be asked to record on your webcam and microphone.
If you’re not camera-shy, then give Loop11 a try since they claim to pay above average, provide frequent opportunities, and bonuses to high-quality workers.
Ferpection is another popular site that pays you to test websites, apps, and software using your smartphone or tablet.
All you have to do is review an app or website, send them your written feedback and you’re done. No microphone required.
The pay scale varies depending on the size of the project. Once a month, you will receive your payment via PayPal or by gift certificate.
UserBrain pays you to test websites on Chrome extension or iOS app. Once you take the sample test and approved, you will receive paid tests each week.
Each test is about 5 to 15 minutes and you get paid $3 per approved test via PayPal. The pay is lower compared to other testing sites, but they are also shorter.
Early birds get the worms. TestBirds pays you to hunt for software bugs to make websites and apps more useable.
TestBirds was founded in 2011 and has over 300,000 registered users worldwide.
One of the things that make TestBirds attractive is the pay. The pay is $25 for a regular usability test and additional payment for every bug (defect) you find.
The average test takes up to 20 minutes to complete and you get paid via PayPal at the end of each month.
Check out their FAQ section to learn more about it.
UserCrowd is a great place to get started for beginners with zero experience and no microphone.
Most tests pay 1-2 credits per response and each credit is 10 cents. So you can earn 10 to 20 cents per test.
It doesn’t sound like it’s even worth it, but each test only takes a few seconds to do. If you just do a few each day, you can make hundreds of dollars per year.
I know you spend more than an hour a day scrolling through Instagram or watching Netflix, you can spare a few minutes a day and make some easy extra money.
Testing websites and apps is an easy way to earn some extra money every month.
You get to improve these websites and apps with your feedback and get paid while doing it. Sadly, it’s only meant as a side hustle and not enough to replace your full-time income (maybe you can if you apply to them all), but it’s a nice way to earn some extra money.
Just remember not to half-ass your answers. Do your best to provide high-quality feedback to keep getting more websites to test.
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