If you want to get paid to test websites and apps, you actually have to be a computer genius.
Just kidding. That's what a lot of people think but it's actually not true at all.
In fact, getting paid to test websites is pretty much just the upgraded version of filling out surveys for cash. However, instead of answering questions about products, you'll be helping with the functionality, usability, and design of a website or app.
Basically, you'll be making the web a less buggy, more functional, better place, all while making money at the same time!
What Does a Website/User Tester Do?
The obvious answer here is that you test websites, but what does that mean?
Well, you'll actually be doing a variety of different things:
Most commonly, you'll be what's known as a user tester. As a user tester, you test a website or apps functionality. You pretty much just use the site/app as a normal user would, making sure the user experience is a good one.
Most of the time these “user tests” will require you to record your screen and voice so that you can voice your opinions and give feedback as you go.
The more complex user testing jobs on this list will require you to be a bug tester. As a bug tester, you're basically trying to make the website or app that your testing break. You're looking for important technical issues.
Once you find an issue, you report it to the developer and get rewarded. That may sound easy, but a lot of bugs are actually quite difficult to find. It takes practice.
What You Need to Start Testing Websites Online
Here's everything you might need to get started testing websites and apps online:
- A computer, keyboard, and mouse
- An internet connection
- A microphone (not always required) (here's what I use)
- A webcam (not always required) (here's one)
You should also be able to speak and write in English because most tests will require it.
My Experience Testing Websites for Money
I got my first paid web testing job from UserTesting on February 27th (got paid $10) and since then have done five more tests earning $60 in the bank! For a month this isn't a lot of money earned but that doesn't matter, it was fun and it took me less than two hours to earn that $60.
You see, there's only one downside to the web testing side hustle:
It's not a full-time gig.
For most of us at least.
As you'll learn below there are some lucky individuals who manage to earn a full-time income testing websites, but they're the 1%.
For the other 99% of us, this is a side hustle to earn some extra money every month. You could use that money to pay off debt, save up for a video game, you can do whatever you want with it!
Even if you just make an extra $50 a month, that's $600 in the bank every year.
Why Can't We Earn More?
Because there are more testers than customers, you can't expect to get a bunch of tests every day. You might qualify for one test a month or you might qualify for fifty, it's impossible to predict.
However, there are a couple ways to increase your chances of making more money:
- Sign up for as many sites as you can – The more sites you're on the more job opportunities you'll see.
- Have a good tester rating – Most sites on this list have ratings for all their testers. If your rating is high, you'll get sent more jobs. Make sure that you are giving quality feedback and following the tester guidelines on each site.
If the site you're on has free courses and training available, take advantage. Most sites will also have a section like “How to be a great tester” or something similar, make sure you study it.
Get Paid to Test Websites and Apps With These Sites
1. User Testing
UserTesting is one of the more well-known websites that pay users to test websites (never thought I could use the word website so many time's in one sentence).
The first thing you have to do is take a practice test, then you'll get to start doing paid tests. You'll get reviewed for these tests so make sure you're providing value and voicing your thoughts out loud the entire test.
After your practice test is approved you'll start receiving paid tests in your dashboard. You'll have to take a short screener (takes one minute) for each paid test to see if you qualify because the customers want specific users taking their tests.
I get about 1-2 tests per week that I actually qualify for, so you can expect the same. For each of these tests, you get paid $10 via PayPal seven days after you complete the test.
They have tests for smartphones, tablets, and desktops. Occasionally you may be able to take part in a live test where you talk to a customer live while testing a website. These tests usually pay $30 per 30 minutes.
#1 Tip: Leave the UserTesting dashboard open at all times because the tests go to whoever is online FIRST.
UTest is a bit overwhelming at first because there is a lot more going on with it then the other user testing sites. But don't worry! Once you spend a bit of time on it and learn the layout everything will start making sense. Make use of their help desk. Don't give up on this one because it has a ton of earning potential.
I say this because there are users making a full-time income ($3,000/mo+) with UTest. Now this obviously won't happen quickly and it won't be easy but it is proof that it is possible if you put the work in.
So, what you'll be doing on UTest will be looking for bugs in a piece of software. The pay varies for each test cycle, but you can expect $5 per bug on average.
However, when you sign up don't expect to be getting paid jobs in your inbox right away, you could be waiting up to 2 weeks just to receive your Sandbox test, which is a practice test you must complete before receiving paid projects. You'll then have to build up your rating slowly to get more test invites.
There's a ton of useful and free info on UTest so be sure to look around at the courses and forums for that.
WhatUsersDo has a simple sign-up process involving downloading their screen recorder and taking a practice test. That's it.
Once you're signed up you'll begin receiving 3-5 tests per month via email. If you complete your tests really well and provide useful feedback you will be offered more tests per month.
Each test you take will pay out $5 (which is lower than most testing sites) via PayPal on the 25th of each month.
WhatUsersDo also runs quarterly competitions and special offers which is unique.
4. User Test
UserTest is cool because you don't even need a password to sign up, just your email. How nifty.
You'll get paid $10 for each test done on UserTest and payment will be sent within 2 days of finishing a test.
If you get accepted to this site you should consider yourself lucky because they are an invite-only site and accept 5% of submissions! You'll get access to some pretty exclusive tests if you are accepted.
- No microphone required
Enroll is different from most of the other sites on this list because it doesn't require a microphone or webcam to record your tests. The tests on Enroll contain simple tasks, asking you to compare two web pages or click somewhere on a webpage. You can also take these tests on any device, mobile, desktop or tablet.
This makes the tests a lot easier to take but it also means they pay less. There is no exact number but most tests pay anywhere from $0.10 to $1.50. Oh, also you get some cool badges when you complete tests which are a fun addition.
Currently, 367,688 tests have been taken on Enroll, which means they've paid out thousands of dollars to their users!
On UserFeel each test will take you around 10-20 minutes and pay out $10. You can take the tests on your computer or smartphone.
You will have to take a qualification test (what's new) and you should check out their tester FAQ because they have a lot of useful information to help you become a better tester.
- No microphone required
StartUpLift is another user-testing site that doesn't require a microphone or screen recorder.
Instead, all you do is head over to a site, complete some tasks and then provide a useful written response. If your response is approved for being high quality, you'll get paid $5.
Once you have at least $5, you will get paid via PayPal on the upcoming Monday.
TryMyUI claims you'll receive a few tests per week which take around 20 minutes and pay $10 each. These tests will record your screen and voice and most require a written response at the end as well.
Each test you submit is reviewed and once approved payment is sent via PayPal every Friday.
PS: I have heard some bad reviews about this site (haven't tried it myself yet) so proceed with caution. If you do use it let me know how it goes.
Userlytics brings nothing new to the table:
- Web and mobile app testing
- Microphone required
- $10 payout per test
- Payments sent via PayPal every Friday
Although it's nothing new, it's extra income.
TestingTime conducts longer tests over Skype that will record your voice and face, so make sure you're comfortable with that before you apply.
Each test session lasts 30-90 minutes on average and the pay can reach as high as $50! You'll be paid out in 5-10 days via PayPal when you complete a test.
UserZoom provides users with the speak out loud screen recorded tests AND standard survey tests. It's the best of both worlds. And yes you have to take a sample test before you can start getting paid, you also have to be 18 or older.
Most of their tests last 10-20 minutes with the recorded tests paying $10 on average and the easier survey tests paying $5 on average.
After you take a test and the results are approved (takes 3-5 days) you'll be paid via PayPal within 21 business days.
Validately is a panel that offers talk aloud tests and moderated live tests.
The talk aloud tests should take around 5 minutes to complete and pay $5-10 which is great for only 5 minutes or work. The moderated live tests require a webcam and pay a minimum of $25 for 30 minutes.
I tried applying for Validately but it says my device is incompatible even though I'm on Window 8.1, so this might be a bug.
13. UserCrowd (Formerly UsabilityHub)
- No microphone required
UserCrowd tests are simple, less than a minute long tests that pay out 10 cents each.
HOLD UP, 10 cents?! Yes, but stick with me here:
The test tasks will be things like clicking somewhere on a site, answering a question, navigating a site, etc. Easy stuff you can complete in seconds once you get the hang of it. Bust out 10 of these tests a day and you're making $365 extra every year.
Sadly you probably won't get 10 tests a day, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't sign up. Even if you only make an extra $50/year it could still be worth the time.
Once again cash out is via PayPal and you must have at least 100 credits ($10).
UberTesters is all about testing apps – no website testing here!
All you need if you want to join is a tablet or smartphone, then just follow the sign-up process provided. They do note that some previous experience may be required.
To become a tester on Loop11 you'll need to take a sample test which requires you to record your webcam, screen, and microphone. Yes, this is one of the few sites that also requires a webcam.
Loop11 seems a lot more exclusive than some of the other sites I've listed, and they also claim to pay more and provide frequent opportunities and bonuses to high-quality workers.
UserBrain allows you to test websites on your computer, iPad or iPhone. They record your screen and microphone during tests using their Chrome extension or iOS app.
Once you take a short sample test (took me 10 minutes) and are approved, you will start receiving paid tests. The tests pay $3 each which is lower than some other sites, but UserBrain tests are also shorter.
Once you make $10 you can cash out via PayPal.
TestBirds is a software testing site sort of similar to UTest. They've conducted over 1,500 tests and found 110,000+ bugs.
One of the things that stands out about TestBirds is the pay, for a regular usability test you'll earn 20 euros (almost $25USD), and that's just the start. For each bug you find you can earn even more money.
TestBirds also provides free training to make you an even better tester so you can earn more money.
Other Places to Find Usertesting Jobs
Ok, so the sites above are dedicated to helping you find website testing jobs and app testing jobs, but they're not the only places on the web where these types of jobs exist.
Below are some sites you can check out that are more general remote job sites that will occasionally have usertesting jobs available. They won't be as consistent as the sites above, but they're still a good place to lurk during downtimes.
- MTurk – This is one of the most popular micro job sites around. You'll find all sorts of work here, including web testing and app testing. Read my full MTurk review to learn more.
- Respondent.io – This is a site for finding focus groups, so if you sign up here just be aware most researchers are looking for specific people to conduct interviews with. Sometimes that might mean you'll just be answering questions, or you'll be going through an app or website and speaking your thoughts. Learn more here.
- Clickworker – Similar to MTurk, Clickworker has a ton of different micro tasks available including web testing and app tester jobs. Learn more here.
- Upwork – This is one of the biggest freelance job sites in the world and it has both app and web testing jobs available. Some of the work involves simple usability testing while other job posters are looking for people with much more specialized technical knowledge. Learn more here and here.
One more thing to keep in mind with the sites above is that since they have a variety of work available, you might end up finding other tasks you enjoy doing as well.
The fact that you can get paid to test websites and apps from home with no prior experience is pretty awesome. It's honestly one of my favorite ways to make a quick extra buck online.
It's fun, you get to improve websites and apps with your feedback so it's actually productive, and getting paid $10 for 10-20 minutes of work is pretty good in my books.
If you're a beginner looking to get started testing websites, I highly recommend trying out user testing.
Also, remember to follow these tips I listed above:
- Apply to as many sites as you can for more testing opportunities
- Provide high-quality feedback to improve your tester rating
- Take advantage of the free training provided on sites if available
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