If you’re looking for a job that allows you to get started right away and make money from home, you may be interested to learn about user testing sites. Yes, it’s possible to get paid to test websites.
During your search for online jobs, you may well have come across the term “user testing.” It involves trying out new websites and apps and giving your opinion on them. So, if you’re a digital native, have a good internet connection, and love the idea of giving your opinions and making user experiences better, you may want to look into sites that let you test websites for money.
In this article you will learn what’s involved, and be introduced to 17 user testing sites that will pay for your time.
What is Website User Testing?
User testing involves providing constructive feedback on new prototype versions of websites and apps to the developers working on them.
Tests can be performed in a couple of different ways: Some involve answering simple questions or filling out questionnaires. The most popular method sees you record your thoughts out loud into your microphone, sometimes while a video is recording too. Usually you complete a prescribed set of tasks on the website (or app) to see how easy or intuitive the process was.
What are User Testing Sites?
These are websites that pay you to test the sites of their clients. Those clients are usually companies or developers. You will normally browse a list of jobs that are open and claim any if you meet the required demographics. Often, you do the testing via the user testing site’s own system. Other sites may require you to download software or use systems like Skype.
With these sites, you typically register a free account so you can get paid to test websites. It’s important to note that the amount of available work tends to fluctuate. You might see a couple of dozen studies available at some times, and then have the lists completely dry up at others.
Also, if you don’t meet certain demographic requirements, such as age, gender or income level, you can’t claim certain assignments. Demographic requirements can be incredibly specific at times, with companies – for example – looking specifically for people who regularly book overseas travel, or those who use particular accounting software.
Does User Testing Really Pay?
User testing is an activity that you really can earn money from. Companies and developers like to seek feedback on websites and apps, and several platforms exist that pay you for that feedback.
You CAN make real money doing user testing, just don’t expect it to be a full-time income.
How much do website testers get paid?
Most sites tend to pay in the $10 range per test and tests typically take around 20 minutes. It’s not bad for work that needs no qualifications and only requires you to give your opinion on a website or app. However, it’s not “get rich quick” money.
How Much Can You Make From User Testing?
As user testing offers no guarantee of consistent work, it’s usually only a side hustle for people. Theoretically, you could make $30 per hour based on average pay and the amount of time tests take, but you should not expect to qualify for many tests.
Tips to Make the Most of Testing Websites
Testing websites is a fairly simple process overall. If you can use a website and give your opinion, you’re qualified. However, to get the most out of it, below are some extra tips for user testing sites:
- Get used to speaking your thoughts out loud – this is exactly what the testing sites want.
- Carefully review each site’s equipment requirements. User testing sites may require you to have a completely up-to-date operating system, for example.
- Make sure you know what currency you will be paid in and how you will be paid. You want to be clear about how much money you will receive at the end of the day. Currency conversions and PayPal fees can make a BIG difference.
- Make sure you take the sample test, if required, seriously.
- Consider signing up for several sites. That way, you stand a better chance of finding testing opportunities that you qualify for.
- Make sure you work in a quiet environment. Many sites require you to work over a microphone, and some request a webcam. Distractions will reduce the quality of your tests which can stop you from being allocated more.
- Many sites offer test participation on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you plan on doing this work, you should set up automatic email alerts and have fairly open availability. This work is best suited to those with the freedom to grab a test the second it becomes available.
- Be as detailed as you can in your website assessments. That helps give the clients better data and improves your test feedback.
With so many home working scams out there, user testing IS a legitimate way to make money online. So if you’re looking for a side hustle to earn a bit of extra cash, check out the user testing sites below.
17 User Testing Sites
The growth in demand to test websites has caused major shifts in the industry. The biggest players are trying to consolidate their hold on the market by purchasing their rivals, others are repositioning, and new players are trying to get a foot in the door. What this means is that you should expect changes to occur. You should always make sure that any site you decide to work for is indeed legitimate. We have done our best to provide you with the best options available at the time of writing.
UserTesting works by having you install software on your computer or phone, there is also now a Chrome extension. This software allows the company to record your actions as you interact with a website. It records while you speak your thoughts out loud. You work through a series of tasks on whatever website or app you are testing.
This site pays $10 for a test, and they take up to 20 minutes to complete on average. Some tasks can be more involved and pay more. However, you have to fill out surveys and be specifically invited to those tasks. The highest paying tests are live tests and these tests pay up to $120. The California-based company accepts testers from all over the world, including the U.S., Canada, the UK and Mexico. You get paid via PayPal seven days after task completion.
For more information, you can read our full UserTesting review here.
This Switzerland-based site allows you to test products at home through Skype, or directly on-site with the customer. The site pays up to €50 per study. TestingTime states that each test takes around 30 to 90 minutes.
The site works by having you first set up an account and provide profile information. If your profile matches the demographics of a study, you get an invite sent to your email address offering you the opportunity to be a website tester for that study. Tests are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. Payment comes via PayPal or directly to your bank account within 10 business days.
UserCrowd is a bit different from other user testing sites because you rate the websites and apps you test using a series of short questions. You also answer these questions directly from your browser. If you don’t like the idea of someone else monitoring your activity remotely or are shy of speaking into a microphone, you may be more comfortable with this option. It’s also possible to use UserCrowd in an environment that’s not completely silent, which isn’t the case if you’re being recorded.
The site also works on more of a micro-task setup. Each task typically takes less than a minute and you simply give your opinion. However, each task also pays less than one dollar. For instance, you might be paid 10 cents or 50 cents per task. As such, this is very much “pocket money” income.
UserCrowd is the tester brand side of the Australia-based UsabilityHub, which has been around since 2008. For more information, you can read our full review of UserCrowd here.
US-based TryMyUI has mixed reviews online. However, it’s a common site to see pop up when you’re looking for ways to get paid to test websites, so its inclusion here is justified.
The controversy around this site suggests that you don’t get paid if the company deems that you did a test “wrongly.” While some people report prompt payment of their money via PayPal the Friday after completing tests, others state they’ve not been paid for work completed – so proceed with caution. This site pays $10 for tests that take around 20 minutes.
Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, or MTurk, also has user testing tasks that you can claim. Amazon is, of course, a US-based site, but MTurk takes workers from many countries around the world. Workers outside the US in 25 countries can now transfer earnings directly to their bank accounts.
MTurk works on a micro-task format, where you complete small tasks for varying rates of pay. MTurk’s homepage doesn’t list usability testing as one of the most common tasks, but other sites give tutorials on using MTurk for usability tests.
This is one of the user testing sites that pays the standard $10 for a 10 to 20-minute test. You perform certain tasks on a website such as navigating through the site or finding specific features. You can work from your computer or from a phone or tablet thanks to their mobile app. You speak through your experience as you perform the website testing.
UserFeel is based in the UK and Greece, and the company has been around since 2010. The company takes clients and testers from across the world, and the site works in 40 different languages.
Userlytics is a little different in that rates can vary between tests. Common rates run from $5 all the way to $20 per test. Some tests even pay up to $90. This is another site where you speak out loud into a microphone.
Most of the projects are based in Europe and North America, however, the company states that is has opened up projects to other locations like South Africa, China, Japan and other countries. The California-based company has been around since 2009 and currently has an A+ with the Better Business Bureau.
Enroll is popular because it does not make you take a sample test and it allows you to test websites and apps using a smartphone, a tablet, or a computer. The downside is that the amount they pay you to test is lower than most other sites. The testing jobs vary a lot in terms of the minutes to complete and therefore so does the pay. You will also only get once per month and it is always via PayPal but their payment threshold is very low.
To become a Userbrain website tester you will need to complete a sample test but the site provides help to ensure that you know what is expected from you when doing website testing. Tests on this site take 5 to 15 minutes to complete. Don’t expect to make a lot of money by testing for them though as pay is $3 per test. Once again you will need to have a PayPal account in order to get paid.
Userbrain may decline to pay for the work done by their website testers if there is a problem with the video or audio, you do not follow instructions or if you familiarize yourself with the site being studied before you start testing. So, if you want to ensure you are making money when you test websites you must follow the rules carefully!
PingPong is another company that claims to enable users from across the globe to test websites. You get €15 per 30-minute test and €30 for 60-minute tests. They also claim that in some special cases you could make up to €200 if you have the specific background or occupation that their client is looking for. The length of the tests means it may be a bit harder to squeeze them in around other work but it may be easier to make more per month than testing websites for other companies as you need to qualify for fewer studies. You can expect to get paid within seven days via PayPal or Transferwise.
Checkealos lets you test websites and apps with a focus on cars, banking, insurance, e-commerce, and virtual reality. In return for providing 15 minutes of feedback you are paid €8. Like most of these sites, you are expected to have a good internet connection, a PayPal account and a reasonably up-to-date device in order to take tests and get paid. Checkealos will send a notification to your email address when your profile fits a project but you still need to act fast as tests are assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Respondent is slightly different from other website testing companies in that they are looking for professionals from a variety of industries. Here you will be making money based more on your area of expertise than on the minutes spent completing tests. Aside from testing websites, users can also get paid for surveys and focus group studies.
The money paid varies greatly with sales and support professionals making an average of $100 per hour and executives getting an average of $700. Respondent does not send notifications when you qualify for a test but it is well worth the effort of logging in daily and checking, especially if you are in one of their highly sought after professions.
IntelliZoom is the sourcing panel used by UserZoom so this is where you want to go if you are interested in testing websites for them. UserZoom acquired several other prominent industry players such as Validately and WhatUsersDo.
The website testing on IntelliZoom will either be done by responding to standard surveys or through recording of audio and video. You will be getting paid only $2 for standard surveys but an average of $10 for each test involving recording. This makes sense as the recorded tests take 10 to 20 minutes each. Although it is easy to get started payments are not quick, being made via PayPal within 21 business days after you complete the work. It is also important to note that you need to be 18 years old to take advantage of their testing opportunities.
UTest claims to be the largest community of testers in the world but it important to note that they mainly pay for finding software bugs. You can make money by completing usability surveys but this is one of the testing opportunities that is more suited to those with technical skills. Since UTest does help testers improve their skills this could perhaps be a gateway to more skilled testing jobs. This site is considered to be one of the best-paying sites for professional software testers. In order to get paid you will need a Payoneer or PayPal account but how much you will be getting paid will vary depending on the work you do.
You need to fill out an application to test websites for this Australian company as it does not always accept submissions to join their panel of paid website testers (Applications are being accepted at the time of writing). Their model is based around building a panel of high-quality testers and rewarding said testers with bonuses and more work. Unlike many other platforms, Loop11 does not cap the length of tests. Although they claim to pay above-average rates the company does not provide a lot of information to prospective testers. Since testing websites is really a side hustle and the more sites you use the more you are likely to make, it seems like it is worth taking 5 minutes to fill out their application in order to be contacted for work in the future.
This French site is a good option if you really aren’t too keen about recording audio or video. With Ferpection you test websites on a smartphone or tablet and send feedback using screenshots and detailed comments. There is a sample test you must complete before accepting other tests (or missions as Ferpection calls them). You will earn around €10 per test but you cannot withdraw your money via PayPal until you reach the €25 threshold. While Ferpection does get praise for its support team, you will not get paid until your feedback has been approved by their moderators and this can sometimes be rather time-consuming.
TestIO is another site that is geared more towards pros. The company has users test apps, websites, and games looking for bugs. You can earn up to $50 for every issue you find and even if you don’t spot any bugs you can still get paid for rating the apps. TestIO pays once per month and has more payment options than most, offering PayPal, Payoneer, Skrill, or bank transfer.
Getting paid as a website tester on user testing sites can be one of the more enjoyable ways to make money online. Just remember that this is really a side hustle and not a full-time job as you are not likely to make much money given the limited number of testing opportunities. Having the chance to make some extra money while you show a company what it’s like for the average consumer to use a website is something that you can’t really “get wrong” and it can be rather fun!
- If you are concerned about PayPal fees you need to read this article on ways to avoid them.
- For more side job ideas, check out this post.
- Don’t fancy testing websites? How about doing some surveys instead? Check out Swagbucks and Prizerebel.
- Want a bigger, better online business of your own? How about playing the long game and starting your own affiliate website?
Karen Fleming is a writer, translator, and teacher with more than 10 years of freelance experience. When she isn’t reading, writing, or taking yet another online class, she is probably doing some one-on-one tutoring or enjoying a good movie with her husband and two daughters.