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UserCrowd Review: $0.20 a Minute Surveys?

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UserCrowd formerly known as UsabilityHub, will pay you to give “design feedback.”  These are short surveys that pay you a few cents, and your feedback helps designers make their products better.  It’s one I have mentioned a few times before, particularly in my get paid to test websites and ways to make money without a job posts.

If you’re the type that likes to critique designs and get paid for your time, then this is one to consider.  It’s much different than your typical survey sites.

Yes, it’s legit, and no, it won’t make you rich.  However, if you like the idea of making a few dollars a month, then it’s one to consider.

As always, I’m 100% honest and only recommend what I feel is worth your time.  In today’s review, let’s talk about the company, how much you can get paid as well as what other people think.  And, then, at the end, I will give you my thoughts.

With all of that way, let’s jump in and begin.

What is UserCrowd?

UserCrowd is similar to that of a survey site, however, you will be asked to critique designs and that’s it.  Your goal is to help companies make their products better via this usability testing method.  While using the site, UserCrowd will ask you to test the usability in the form of a survey.  I know I said it’s much different than your typical survey sites, but what I mean by that is that you’re mostly looking at designs, not answering multiple-choice questions.   For example, it may ask you to explain what you thought of a design and why you thought that way.



Signing Up

To sign up, the company will ask for some simple information, such as your name, email and a password at first.  It appears you have to be at least 18+ years old since you need to have a PayPal account, but I don’t think there are any country restrictions, at least from what I researched.

Once you do so, you will agree to a few tester agreements, such as giving your best effort on every test as well as providing accurate information.

Then, it’s not done yet.

After, you will then have to create your demographic profile, providing your country, the languages you speak and a few other questions.  It’s not much, but the entire process will maybe take you five minutes at most.

Your Dashboard

Once you complete your profile, you can immediately access your dashboard, which will look something like this on your desktop:

It’s very simple to understand.

You will have your current balance near the top, followed by a few stats such as the tests completed and your test rating.  Keep in mind that your tester rating is very important so that you can get paid.  If your responses fail to meet guidelines and/or it’s of low quality, then it will impact your rating, which will affect your payment and the number of tests you receive.

To keep your rating high, read the questions carefully, take your time and just be specific.  As long as you don’t rush through the testing, you shouldn’t have a problem keeping your ratings high.

The Tests

Due to confidentiality with the tests I see, I can’t give you specific examples, however, I can tell you a pinch about them.

Most of the tests, as stated in this graphic above, will ask you why you answered a way you did or why you clicked on an area.  For example, some tests may ask you to click in a certain area and then ask you why you did so.  You don’t want to say “because I felt like it.”  This is going to bring your rating down.  Instead, be more specific, offering details as to why.  You don’t have to write an essay, but you will need to write out your thoughts.  Another example revolved around a logo design, asking you which one you liked more.

Every test requires you to answer questions and there are no screen recordings nor do you have to record your voice.  It’s just looking at websites for a minute or so and then jotting down your thoughts via some questions.

How long are the tests?

The tests vary, but most tests will range from one to five minutes.  Before you even take a test, the company will let you know how long the test will take as well as how much you make.  There are no pre-screeners and goes straight to the test, which is nice.

How much will I make?

As noted on the front page of the site, you will make $0.20 per test minute.  So, if you took a five-minute test, you will make $1 in total.

You will need at least $10 in credits to cash out, and it will take up to 30 days to receive your payment.  All payments are made via PayPal.  This is your only option.  One of the negatives that I did read is that it can take some time to verify your payout, at least in comparison to other sites, since they have to verify your answers.  This was a big complaint online.

As for how much, it’s hard to say.  From reading online from various users, such as those on Reddit, it seems as if you can make about $15 to $40 per month if you’re active.

Is there a way to get more tests?

Like most survey sites, the only way is to have the right demographics.  Since these companies are targeting certain people, it’s hard to say who’s going to get more tests than most.  According to the company, it’s also important to keep your rating high.  Again, to keep your rating high, be honest and offer insightful answers.  Lastly, take advantage of the notifications.  In doing so, you can be alerted, either via text or email, every time a survey goes active.

Pros:

  • PayPal
  • much different than most survey sites
  • easy-to-navigate site
  • available globally

Cons:

  • limited survey opportunities
  • can take a while to get paid (up to 30 days in some cases)
  • won’t make much
  • only PayPal (con to some)
  • not a lot of income potential

Other Sites Like UserCrowd

And, if you like the concept of UserCrowd, there are a few competitors that work just like it, including…

You can also check out more here.

Final Thoughts

UserCrowd is a lot different than most survey sites I mentioned, and it’s a breath of fresh air, at least to me.

As long as you don’t mind typing out your responses and making about $0.20 to $1 doing so, then why not?  It’s a reputable company and they do pay, but as with a lot of options I mention, you won’t get rich.  Just picture it as a way to make $10 to $40~ a month, again, if you’re active.  Remember that the site does take some time to pay.

That does it for now.

As always, if you want to comment or mention anything I missed, then you’re more than welcome to do so in the comments below.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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