Amazon Turk is still one of my best online earners. I have been doing it for so long I honestly overlook it for the most part and rarely talk about the site or share tips. I forget how hard it was initially learning all the tricks to increase your hourly pay rate such as what time of the day has the most work available or how long it took before I reached enough completed hits which affords me higher paying tasks. or what requester to avoid or how to spot a garbage hit? When you are working for $5-10 an hour all this wisdom can save you 5 minutes here, 3 minutes there and translates into a higher hourly pay rate overall. Most people quit before they reach this level and sadly they are passing up on one of the most absolutely reliable and consistent sources of extra income you can earn online.
A few years back some folks came up with a fantastic idea on Reddit. Create a thread where Turkers can gather each day and share hits that are worth doing. The general rule of thumb is in order for a ‘hit’ to be worth it the pay rate needs to be at least $1.00 per 10 minutes, or an hourly pay rate of $6. HitsWorthTurkingFor was created and to this day it is clearly one of the most popular place for workers to gravitate each day and find the best hits offered to workers. A screening process where you can avoid all the pitfalls and traps of poor requesters and focus all your time on proven quality hits maximizing every precious second of your scarce time as a Turker.
The downside to HWTF unfortunately becomes obvious rather quickly. No matter how fast you type it takes about 2-3 minutes to post your hit once you completed it. This may not sound like a lot but in the Amazon Turk world quality hits vanish in 5 minutes. So even if the Hit is still alive by time it gets posted suddenly thousands of workers are clicking on it so you spend all day being teased with great opportunities only to be lead to a blank page. The Hit is gone. Another huge problem? People lying about the time the hit takes. This is particularly frustrating and its VERY common on HWTF in fact it was the reason I stopped using the thread about a year ago. On the plus side HWTF has aggressive moderators and the users also help by pointing out fibbers but lets face it- we all exaggerate, we all lie, its human nature and it takes money out of your pocket when your working for low wages. If you rely on trust when sharing information your going to be severely disappointed is my point.
Which brings me to a site called MturkList. The thread on Reddit is simply for support. The actual site is outside of Reddit at MturkList.Com but folks- if you are a beginner or seasoned worker? THIS is where you want to be. The owner of this site is a programmer and he created a platform you download which creates a plugin for your browser. As you complete the hit? All of the relevant information is immediately taken from your completed hit and submitted to the MturkList site. Everything you need including the hourly pay, qualifications needed, time it took to complete the hit, is the hit still active, and also a comments section. You can literally stop looking up hits on Amazon and use this site all day and have nothing but quality handed to you. A worker can share good hits minutes before it makes it onto Hits Worth Turking For and those minutes are what makes the difference between it being active or inactive. Whether you are new to Amazon Turk? or doing it for years.. if you haven’t heard of this site? I strongly recommend it. I also did want to mention that initially when I realized I had to download a plugin I was apprehensive. I can personally say I have used this site quite a bit over the last year and there are absolutely no conflicts or security risks.Very rarely will I vouch for a site and even when I do? I stress that its my backup computer that I am using but MturkList is on my main computer.
These days I Turk alone but that’s because I have so many things going on at once its hard to be active on forums and share my work. It also is worth noting that I have completed over 10,000 hits and average 10+ hours a day on Turk religiously which has afforded me the luxury of knowing the good/bad requesters and how to identify lousy hits. Not many people will ever reach that level of wisdom. Truth is? nobody ‘should’ ever reach that pathetic level but sad to admit I have. Until then? A site like MturkList is strongly recommended. The site is great, the owner is great and a lot of really good hard working people gather on that site each and every day.
Turkers may also find This post interesting regarding overturning rejections.
Recently this older post was shared on Twitter and quite a few people have been reading it. A LOT has changed with Amazon Turk over the last year and I felt it was important to let folks know that I no longer recommend either HWTF or MturkList in fact I feel bad that this post might be sending folks in that direction and wasting their time. There is value in these sites but if you are looking to get the best hits and make the most from your Amazon experience these are now outdated and there are much MUCH better ways of pulling hits. If you want to discuss it further go to the general forum here on Coolworkideas and I will be happy to help you out. I have not used either service in almost a year nor do I plan to. They are outdated and there are much better scripts available for free. Everything changes and Amazon Turk has changed dramatically over the last year.