One of the attractive features is the ability to work when you want. No schedule is needed.
Amazon describes Mechanical Turk as a crowdsourcing marketplace where jobs can be performed virtually by a distributed workforce. MTurk calls these tasks or jobs HITs (Human Intelligent Tasks).
Some of the HITs available to perform as an MTurk worker are:
- moderating content
- data deduplication
- rating photos
- image classification
- video classification
- moderation of an image
- image tagging
- audio transcription
- document classification
- data collection
- website collection
- website classification
- search relevance
MTurk Income Potential
From what I have researched, people can earn about $1,000 a month doing MTurk tasks. However, setting your sites lower might be a better expectation.
Keep in mind, if you have a computer and internet connection, you don’t need to buy anything to start earning money. You are OK to go.
The MTurk video below isn’t the most exciting but is not full of hype and smoke. The video shows you, someone, actually at work. I’d classify the income she makes in a few minutes as decent.
The secret to ultimate MTurk success would be to grind through the mindless lower paying easy tasks until you increase your worker rating to get approved for some of the higher paying HITs.
In 2011 I wrote a post about Amazon Mechanical Turk, and I don’t think expectations have changed much since then.
MTurk looks like a low stress, lower pay, low expectation work-from-home side hustle that could generate up to an extra $1,000 for some people. Many will earn less; some will earn more.
Swing and a Miss on My First Attempt to Register
I went to the MTurk website to register, and within a day or so, I received a rejection email. Clearly, it is not us; it’s you situation. The email said:
“Greetings from Amazon Mechanical Turk,
We have completed our review of your Amazon Mechanical Turk Worker Account and you will not be permitted to work on Mechanical Turk at this time. Please note that Customer Support is unable to change this decision and cannot share insight into invitation criteria. If our criteria for invitation changes, we may contact you to complete your registration in the future.
Thank you for your interest in Mechanical Turk.
Amazon Mechanical Turk
But Wait – Approved!
Amazon Mechanical Turk did approve a friend of mine.
Here is what I learned.
According to the approval email, there is some important information to know.
- The person requesting the task has 30 days to approve or reject the work.
- Your work quality is important. Follow the instructions and do a good job on your three-minute tasks.
- If you see a posted task that looks sketchy, report it. This would include any task that requests your personal information or requires you to register on another website. Those are not allowed.
- New MTurk workers can only do a restricted number of daily tasks until they prove themselves. Workers must complete at least one task daily for at least ten days before initial payments are approved for release.
- This is good to know, so I’m going to quote this directly, “Amazon Payments does not charge a periodic fee, ATM withdrawal fee, cash reload fee, ATM balance inquiry fee, customer service fee, inactivity fee, dormancy fee, disbursement fee or any other sort of fee for use of its Amazon Payments account, which is necessary at this time for US Workers to disburse their earnings.”
I’ve asked some people to register and try Mechanical Turk to give us feedback on their experience.
Why Are Some People Rejected and Others Approved?
Who knows. It’s an Amazon ball; they can put it in play or take it home anytime. There is no way to know the policies to accept or reject someone.
Another person that registered and was rejected and I are also Amazon FBA sellers. Not sure if that played a part in the rejection.
If you are rejected and have a different email address, like your Amazon shopping account, try registering with that one.
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