This amazon mechanical turk review is written by me with a knowledge of working at the site for a couple of days. I’m telling this fact to you because in case any new changes, it would take more time for me to update here as I put insight on every website only once in a week.
Amazon mechanical turk is a marketplace run by the official amazon company that acts as an intermediate between members who desperately want online jobs or money and the task requesters. The requesters are the people who ask for their work to be completed by real people, not computers. These days our computers are taking the hassle of humans by a large margin, but there are some more works which could only be completed by human beings or limited for machines. For a little consideration, some of the works that computer brains cannot perform are – flagging images that violate terms, analyzing video or audio recordings, writing articles with human mind and so on. This is what amazon mechanical turk (mturk) provides to their requesters at the same time acting as a transition between the payments.
My mTurk Review
I know I’m too early to come to the final review because I do not want some of my readers to go through the already known things about mTurk again, but those users who are new to mturk can scroll down to learn more about this program.
Okay, my two days experience at mturk was really impressive. I have completed a few works on flagging images or videos – that only paid 1 cent for each of my task. Then I took on writing an article about “Quality management in the design of a product “, boom, that task paid a huge $6 while it took me 40 minutes to complete. I don’t know whether all of you can do the same, because writing an article in a topic that you did not prepared before is very difficult. So the reward for that task will be higher than we expect, native English writers can make a lot of money at amazon mechanical turk.
There is a lot of earnings there if you can put brainpower for some time, the more tasks you do , the more will be paid to you. I’m certain this mturk site doesn’t entertain if you are looking for giant money. A few of you may find it more difficult at working on those tasks , but still it worths your time doing the simple works. Now newbies ! Go through the below set of tutorials to learn more about this mturk program, existing users may end up by here.
How mTurk Works ?
As I already said they are an intermediate person in-between the worker and business owner. To shun the frauds or scams, they hold the money with them until the completed task accepted by the requester. At amazon mechanical turk , a single piece of task or work is referred as HITs (Human Intelligence Tasks) since it requires real human intelligence to be completed with higher accuracy. When the task requester accepts your work, money from his mturk account will be transferred to your account.
Since this program is owned by amazon company, you can sign in with your existing amazon account credentials, or you may creat a new one in case you never been an user at amazon . Don’t hesitate to provide your tax details, address and phone number, by the virtue that it is a highly secured network. Now let’s review some of the sample mturk HITs – identify and report spam in a list of web pages, identify images that infringe conditions, videos that contain insensible content, craft a review article about our products , etc.
There are a lot more variety of HITs you can find on their website, choose those that suit to your mind and work on them. Also keep in mind that you must be highly accurate in the work you provide, and maintain some quality of art.
Payments And Money
Your earnings will be shifted automatically from the task requester’s account to yours in no time following the completion of a HIT. New users must complete their first 10 days before they receive any payment from amazon mechanical turk. After reaching a minimum of $10; US workers can either request for direct bank transfer or turn the money into amazon gift credits, meanwhile, Indians will be paid as bank checks in Indian rupees. All other International users, except these two countries, has the only option of redeeming as amazon gift credits. I think this is the most painful drawback of mTurk , thus they have maximum users only from these two countries.
You could receive bonus payments from your task requester if he is more impressed with your work. Many times awful works can easily be rejected, which would mean a lot of time waste. If you think you did well, but unfortunately your work is rejected , there is an option to contact the requester directly from your mturk account. Another thing I am not fond of amazon mechanical turk is – they have a limitation for your work to maintain the accuracy. Certainly , this will attain a lot more quality in the answers for every HIT. Also it is mandatory to provide any of these three documents before you acquire any payments – social security number(SSN), permanent account number (India) and individual tax identification number (ITIN).
Why Amazon Mechanical Turk Is Not Popular ?
As we know, a service must have a referral program to become so popular on the market , but, amazon turk doesn’t have any such affiliate programs. It would be great to see if they launch such benefits in the days to come.
This is my frank review of Amazon mechanical turk, I promise to come with more such reviews in the future days. It is a really good way to make some handy money online, I can also declare that mTurk is not a scam at all. All you need is to visit www.mturk.com , sign up with your amazon account and fill up the application. It will take up to 48 hours before your account is activated to work on HITs.