Want to work from home, set your own hours, and enjoy a steady paycheck? How about becoming a search engine evaluator? There are several companies that hire web-savvy users to perform this in-demand job. Businesses contract with search engine assessors to have them figure out whether their keywords are relevant to searches based on different criteria. There's a bit of a waiting list to get hired on with many of these companies, so it's not a method of earning quick cash. But it is one of the legitimate ways to make money from home, long-term. If you're fluent in a foreign language, even more opportunities are available to you.
Two of the top companies that hire search engine assessors are Lionbridge.com and Leapforceathome.com. Individual search engines, like Google, also hire workers to analyze results. Yet, these jobs can be harder to land. Each company has an individual application for search engine assessors on its site.
How to Qualify
There are some basic qualifications you'll need to meet if you want to land one of these jobs. Since one of the job responsibilities includes making sure that search term results are relevant, companies want people who are native English speakers and have lived in the U.S. for several years. The best search engine assessors tend to be younger and have a good knowledge of the social culture as well as web culture in America. Leapforce requires a college degree or degree-in-progress to apply while Lionbridge is less stringent.
The Application Test
You'll be given a skills test to make sure that you fulfill the requirements of the job. Lionbridge will screen your resume first before allowing you to take it. The test is done online and is similar for both Leapforce and Lionbridge. You'll answer 24 questions based on theory and about 150 questions based on practical application. There's no study guide for this. You're simply rated on your knowledge of web research, search engine use and different metrics. The length of the test allows these companies to weed out people who struggle with English or who don't have the necessary skills or speed to do this kind of work. After you take the test, you'll have to wait several weeks to hear back from them. As mentioned above, these jobs are in high demand. One important thing to note: Only one person per household can apply for the job.
You're Hired. Now What?
You'll be able to set your own hours as to when you want to work, but you’ll need to commit to a minimum of 10 hours a week. It pays an hourly rate, and there is a minimum number of tasks you have to complete per minute in order to meet quality assurance guidelines. The companies give you access to a database of different jobs or tasks that you can claim and complete. You'll also be given proprietary software that tracks your hours and allows you to invoice them for the hours you work.
If you speak a foreign language fluently and are familiar with the culture of that country, you can apply in that language. There are even opportunities for limited ability in some foreign languages. But you do have to be able to speak and read the language.
These companies don't publish their rates, but some information about wages has leaked out onto the Web. Many bloggers have noted that they were able to negotiate their starting salary: some have started as high as $13.50 an hour. The starting rate for many call center and other work at home jobs is $10 an hour, so it's worth the effort to apply!