Working from home is an excellent opportunity that’s hard to pass up; Pair that with a non-phone job, and you’ve hit a goldmine. These four companies will hire you to evaluate search engine results from the comfort of your home.
If you’ve ever used a search engine you understand the basic concept of how they work.
You enter in a phrase or keyword, hit enter, and you are presented with results based on your entry. Sometimes those results are unrelated to what you were looking for and that’s where search engine evaluators come in. They ensure tat your searches return optimal results.
If you enjoy learning new things, researching, and working with minimal supervision you’ll love these four search engine evaluator jobs.
Who are these companies?
Appen, iSoftStone, Leapforce, and Lionbridge/TheSmartCrowd.
Where do they hire?
Each of these companies hire in the US, Canada, and other countries.
Are you an employee or contractor?
You will be an independent contractor for all of these companies.
What’s the pay?
From all of my research on Glassdoor, forums, and other sources. It seems the pay for each of these companies is between $12-$14 USD.
What are the hours?
Since you’re a contractor, you have the benefit of flexibility. You can choose when you want to work assuming there is work available. Some of these companies have a minimum of 4-20 hours that you need to work per week. Depending on work availability I’d treat this as a part-time gig so don’t quit your full-time job with the hopes of having steady work year round. For example, Appen requires you to work 4 hours a day with one of those days being on the weekend.
Do you get paid training?
Like most independent contractor jobs there will be no paid training. The training for Leapforce is quite involved, and you’ll have to decide if it’s something you’re willing to do without pay.
What are the requirements?
You need either a Windows or Mac computer; laptops are good too. Typically no experience is necessary for these jobs. You may have to pass a test and have proficiency in a particular language to qualify for an opening. However, if you know how to use a search engine and research, you will likely be successful in gaining this type of work. Also, being able to follow instructions is a key factor in your success.
What are the jobs like?
Artificial intelligence is not as intelligent as some people believe; it’s not taking over the world or all of our jobs, yet. So we still need a human behind the scenes to ensure accurate search results. This type of work is helping AI be even more intelligent, you can think of search engine evaluators as teachers of the machines.
As a search engine evaluator, you will be rating the relevancy of results returned by user searches. For example, if someone searched for “iFruit” and photos of kiwis, oranges, and bananas come up instead of the phone on Grand Theft Auto you’d rate the relevancy poor since that person was looking for something other than the fruit you eat.
Be aware that sitting for extended periods of time doing this type of work can become quite repetitive especially when you’re researching things all day. If you like to learn new things you’ll probably enjoy this job.
Where can I see current opportunities?
- Appen – Job Dashboard
- iSoftStone – Job Listings
- Lionbridge/TheSmartCrowd – Job Opportunities
- Leapforce – Current Opportunities
Once again, be sure to research job opportunities Google is your friend. If you have to pay for a job or it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I hope you liked this post and let me know in the comments: Have you worked for any of these companies? What was your experience? Leave a reply below.