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Amazon Mechanical Turk Review

Amazon Mechanical Turk is another product of the popular Amazon site which was incorporated by Jeff Bezos in July 1994 and ultimately launched as Amazon.com in 1995. The Amazon Mechanical Turk website was invented for Amazon originally by Peter Cohen in order to find duplicates of web products and errors in their own Amazon websites. Amazon Turk launched on Nov 2, 2005 publicly, but has been in beta since May 2013. Its user base had initially grown when first launched, but experienced a fast decline by December of 2006. In March 2007, it would rise again because there were over 100,000 workers in over 100 countries that made Amazon Mechanical Turk their home for the often technical but necessary tasks. The larger amounts of users for this site are primarily based within the United Stated.

 

The Product

Features

To put it in the simplest words, Amazon Mechanical Turk is a website which functions as a solution for webmasters and those having online businesses. People can also sign up to the site and earn money to perform certain human intelligence tasks that robots are unable to do. There are thousands of tasks on the website daily, tasks like viewing photos of roadways while identifying drains and lamp posts. Other tasks are also available such as finding pages on a specific website, correcting titles, searching keywords on sites like Google, finding email addresses for bloggers, checking whether Amazon books belong to the same categories, completing shopping surveys, identifying spelling and grammar errors on sites, finding UPC numbers, video transcribing, tagging, and more! We must tell you that while some tasks will require minutes, other may require more than 3 hours to complete.

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Some tasks seem simple, but other tasks can be difficult for the in-experienced to follow. The “workers” on the website also have to be quick at selecting jobs and completing because once a job has been accepted by another worker it’s no longer available. If at first glance the website seems hard to navigate, well that might be because it is. The jobs are called “HIT” and finding them takes a bit of navigation work. We tried typing in keywords to the search bar and often the keywords didn’t help us find the type of jobs we were searching for, so we had to scroll down numerous pages. Thinking of still using Amazon Mechanical Turk to earn money online? You might just want to check out Fiverr.com where you can do everything from the professional services to the crazy and extremely weird things like writing messages on your lips for $5 per job. Seriously, you could turn a great profit at Fiverr.com and save yourself the headache here!

 

Target Group

Amazon Mechanical Turk is an excellent website for website owners and major corporations looking to have tasks performed for improvements, although it might not be as great for those looking to perform the tasks. At the time of our visit there were only 128 tasks available to be performed. So, the target group for this website would definitely not be those who are expecting to earn a suitable income online. We found that the earnings potential wasn’t as great as many additional reviews made them out to be. There’s also a 48 hour review process when workers signup, that’s so Amazon can figure out if you meet the sites qualifications. What are those qualifications? The website does not state that information. It does claim that worker will be tested upon signup to produce better results for task completion in some areas. There’s a great chance of rejection upon signup so even if wanting to perform tasks on this site for payment, don’t get too excited.

 

Main Benefits

  • Companies can have tasks completed by real individuals specialized in certain areas

  • Companies set their own pricing per job

  • The signup process is quick

Pricing

Companies set their own pricing, and workers are allowed to choose tasks based on what each task pays. We also found that there were very few tasks readily available for completion at over $25.00. In fact, the majority of the tasks were priced at earnings of 5 to 25 cent per task. The jobs priced at $10.00 and above as you’ll noticed in the below screenshots had less availabilities. Nobody should expect to earn a living on this website because the earnings potential doesn’t even come close in comparison to what you could earn on other sites.

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Customer Support

Customer support for Amazon Mechanical Turk is in the web submission form. There are no 800# to call if you’re desperately in need of technical support. Perhaps you could try the Amazon.com retail website, but we doubt you’d have much luck. The wait time for a response could also take up to 6 days. In this area of support for Amazon Mechanical Turk, Amazon is clearly a failure. The many problems with this website may be because it is in beta mode, let’s hope they make some major improvements.

 

Pros and Cons

In this section we’re going to tell you all the pros and cons of Amazon Mechanical Turk. As you’ve probably guessed from reading the review up to now, the site could use major improvements. Hopefully this review helps you make your decision to use this website whether your purposes are for hiring or working.

 

Pros

  • Can be a great site for those looking to hire for tasks computers cannot do

  • If you meet the qualifications to complete tasks there’s a little money to be earned

  • The site was created by the great Amazon, so it’s expected to improve

 

Cons

  • Very hard to navigate when searching for jobs

  • Fees per listing a job for hire are not clear

  • Majority of jobs pay very little

  • Website is unattractive

  • Certain areas of the site are hard to understand

  • Customer service is terrible

  • Keywords typed into search engine do not present accurate results

 

Overall Verdict: D

Amazon wants Amazon Mechanical Turk to be seen as the go to place for hiring individuals to perform certain tasks computers are unable to do. The process for getting accepted as a worker is too long, and qualifications for being accepted are unclear. Workers would certainly not be able to earn acceptable incomes considering that most jobs pay too low. The website is also hard to navigate. Definitely not suggested if looking to earn online, but possibly acceptable for having small tasks completed by individuals. Major improvement is needed or this website will be a loss. You could do a lot for $5 per job at Fiverr.com, whatever your talent you could fit right in the Fiverr community. Amazon Mechanical Turk might not be the right place for you.

                                    

 

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Overall Verdict: D

Amazon wants Amazon Mechanical Turk to be seen as the go to place for hiring individuals to perform certain tasks computers are unable to do. The process for getting accepted as a worker is too long, and qualifications for being accepted are unclear. Workers would certainly not be able to earn acceptable incomes considering that most jobs pay too low. The website is also hard to navigate. Definitely not suggested if looking to earn online, but possibly acceptable for having small tasks completed by individuals. Major improvement is needed or this website will be a loss. You could do a lot for $5 per job at Fiverr.com, whatever your talent you could fit right in the Fiverr community. Amazon Mechanical Turk might not be the right place for you.