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What is Amazon Mechanical Turk and Can You Make Money With It?

It's a question I come across often. And I think its because most people have never even heard of AMT (Amazon Mechanical Turk) or Mturk as their websites is called. In this article we will analyze how Amazon Mechanical Turk works and how you can make money working on Mturk.

What is Amazon Mechanical Turk?

Amazon Mechanical Turk is a market place for tasks that computer and machines cannot do. Tasks that can only be done by good old human intelligence. So, how can you make money this way?

What Does Amazon Mechanical Turk Do?

Well, companies that have some tasks that computers cannot do, or can not do it precise enough, such as writing reviews or detecting a phonographic image and etc, post these jobs at Mturk, and just like any other job finding website, you can go there (after you register) and look for tasks that you envision you can perform. So, you will be assigned to do the task. There is no contract.

What is a HIT or Human Intelligence Task?

The tasks or as they call it " HIT "s (Human Intelligence Task) are fairly easy and quick to execute, most of them can be done under 20-30 seconds or less. Some times the task requires you to look at an image to see if they are different, or look at the page with a specific picture, and tell them if its pornographic or unlawful or what have you.

How Much Money Can You Make With Mechanical Turk?

The payout however is a little different from conventional jobs payout. Would you like a job that pays $0.10 per task completed? Of course not. But, when working on Mturk, there is a catch that can make that $0.10 to $10, $100, $1000 and so on.

Lets assume that you pick hits that pay $0.10, and each one takes about 20 seconds. You work for an hour. You can make about $18 in one hour. Now tell me that's not more than what most of us make! Also keep in mind that, not all of them pay $0.02 or $0.10, there are some jobs that pay up to $3 - $4 per task completed.

But keep in mind, since nobody dislikes making more money, most high paying hits will be taken by other workers right away, so you have to be pretty quick. A useful hint would be to refresh your browser whenever you are looking for hits, hits are posted constantly, and you never know when a high paying one will be posted.

How Does Mechanical Turk Pay You?

Here is the good part, the pay. After you submit your hit, Amazon Mechanical Turk will automatically transfer money from the companies' (or REQUESTER as they call it) prepaid balance to your amazon gift certificate account. Then you will have two options, you can either choose to transfer the money to your bank account, or transfer it to your amazon.com gift certificate balance.

There is also bonus involved for workers who do better jobs than other, which is decided by the requester, although not for every hit you complete. Many companies will give you a bonus in addition to the stated compensation, if they like your job, and think that you have done a praiseworthy job. So, keep that in mind.

As you can see Amazon Mechanical Turk is another great way to make some extra cash online. Mturk is certainly one of those unusual ways to make money online. Although you may not make thousands of dollars, but depending on the amount of time you spend working on hits, you can easily make a couple of hundred dollars a month working on hits on Amazon Mechanical Turk.

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