Are There Alternatives to Amazon Mechanical Turk?

Listing of places like Mechanical Turk

Alternatives to MTurk

That’s a search phrase someone used to find my old blog when I first started. I know I’ve looked for them as well, in an attempt to find MTurk alternatives to make money online.

Nowadays I only pop over to MTurk a few times a week to do any research studies that look interesting, so I’m definitely no expert. I guess my best answer to it would be, “Yes, but”. There are similar opportunities online, but in my opinion nothing pays as well as MTurk.

However, there are many other sites out there where people are earning, and many have the added bonus of offering affiliate or referral income. As you know, Mechanical Turk doesn’t offer a referral system, but there are other crowdsourcing sites that do.

I’ll write down what I’ve found so far.

Crowdflower Sites

Formerly known on MTurk as “Dolores Labs”, CrowdFlower was a Requester many new Turkers turned to in order to build up their approval rating and number of approved HITs. There are a lot of mixed reviews out there regarding them, most justified, some not.

The positives about CrowdFlower are that unless you’re an outright scam artist or barely literate, they won’t reject you. Rather, they’ll just quality screen  you out of certain jobs.

There have been a number of reforms over the past two years at CrowdFlower to address many of the complaints about them, but there are still some drawbacks you should be aware of.

They don’t set the pay for the Tasks they post. These are set by the clients they recruit. Because of this, the pay for their jobs varies widely too. More often than not, their clients set the pay at a rate that is beyond an insult, wanting an inordinate amount of work done for mere pennies. There are clients that do pay at an amount that equals the standard $0.10 per minute average that many people set as the minimum they’ll work for, but these often are grabbed very quickly.

Another excruciating frustrating complaint about them is the large number of incorrect quality control questions, also known as “Gold Standard Questions.” Once again, many times these are written by their clients and pushed out to production without anyone taking a second look at them. This is incredibly frustrating to be working on a job, provide work that you know is 100% accurate, and then get quality screened out because of someone’s error.

They no longer posts HITs on MTurk, but have them pushed out to a number of affiliates. I originally had this list sorted by the year I joined the site, but now I’ll have it sorted by where the program falls on my ranking results.

Fusion Cash – (US/Canada only) Look under  Daily Offers –> Daily Tasks. Out of all the original Crowdflower affiliates, this one seems to be the most successful. Every day on the FusionCash forums, I see members posting pretty impressive earnings doing HITs here. If you’re not already a member, this should be your first stop.

UniqueRewards – An older PTC site that has many other GPT opportunities; they added Crowdflower in Summer 2013

Swagbucks – Swagbucks Tasks require you to research specific topics on the internet and answer questions, while earning Swag Bucks along the way.  When you visit Swagbucks Tasks you’ll see the list of available tasks, each with a brief description, a corresponding Swag Buck payout PER PAGE completed, and how many of that specific task are still available to be completed. Fill your piggy bank on a specific task and the Bucks are automatically transferred to your account! Start being rewarded for Swagbucks Tasks today!

Access Tasks under “Answer” in the top navigation bar. Accepted countries are US, Canada, UK, Australia, Ireland and India only at this time. I’ll update this page if this changes.

ClixSense -Look under Tasks. This is new for 2012, and has the added bonus of paying downline commission on referral’s tasks. All countries EXCEPT the following: Iran, Iraq, China, Cuba, N. Korea, Vietnam, Niger and Afghanistan.

Send Earnings – Look under Cash Tasks. All countries accepted.

Inbox Dollars – Look under Tasks. All countries accepted.

GiftHulk – And another new one for 2012. Pay for the tasks is slightly higher here, so this may be a good one to check out. Click Earn –> Tasks to view what is available. Accepted countries are Australia, US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, France, Germany and Ireland at this time.

GiftHunterClub – A CrowdFlower site with a pretty good selection of tasks available. I joined this site at the end of December 2012, and am pretty impressed with their payout and number of tasks listed.

Heedyou – (formerly Clicks-FX) A smaller PTC site, that added Crowdflower tasks in February, 2013. For a smaller site, it has a fair amount of jobs as well.

GrabPoints (Formerly ZoomBucks) – A multi-offer portal site similar to Swagbucks. I’m not entirely sure when they added Crowdflower, but I noticed the addition after they ran a March, 2014 site upgrade. A quick glance at their Offers portal showed a fair number of Tasks available. All countries accepted.  Look under Earn –> Tasks.

TreasureTrooper – Another multi-offer GPT portal site that has been around for a while. They offer Crowdflower Tasks under Earn –> Cash Tasks

RewardShopping (Formerly SuperPoints) – Home of the ‘Super Lucky Button’, this site also is a Crowdflower affiliate. Look under Get More Points –> Super Rewards –> Tasks as well as Personaly –> Tasks.

Earnably– New multi-offer portal site. Look under Offers –> WannaAds, Offers –> Personaly and Offers –> SuperRewards

instaGC – Another multi-offer portal site, with very low ($1.00!) cashout threshold. Look under Earn –> Crowdflower

 

Non-Crowdflower Sites:

There are a few other sites I’ve found online that fall outside of the Crowdflower affiliate model:

Prolific Academic – An incredible site with interesting, high quality academic research studies. Highly recommended!

Spare5 – Not a ton of work here, but when they do have it, it’s fun and interesting.

MicroWorkers – I do have an account here, and have done about four article writing tasks so far as a test. I did get approved and paid for all of them. There are occasional good opportunities here, and they offer a referral program.

MinuteWorkers – Same as above. I have done one writing job there and was paid. However there are a lot of promotional type jobs you need to search through. Like MicroWorkers, they have a referral program that helps you earn a little extra as well.

Short Task – Occasional good writing things, but I’m not impressed with how honest the requesters there are with paying. I did four as a test in January – two were approved right away, and I still have two sitting there pending.

TextBroker – I really like this site and should visit it more. This is a good site if you like article writing. They have a nice arbitration process if your work gets rejected, which luckily I’ve never had to use. I’d recommend this one.

I know there are others out there, but these are the ones I’ve tried myself.

For me, I’m sticking with MTurk as my first choice for any type of short jobs. It’s hands down my favorite site.

Whoever googled that search term, I hope this helps!

Originally posted: February 2010
Last update: 07-10-16

Fusion Cash – Pays every month like clockwork

07/04/16 – Site errors resolved! If you had trouble logging in this holiday weekend, try logging out and then back in.

Name: FusionCash

Date joined: 12/02/2010

Program type: Surveys, Paid Clicks, Paid Email, Paid Videos Paid Registrations, Paid Search, Crowdsourcing, Cash Back Shopping, Mystery Shopping, Data Entry

Referral program? Yes, one of the most generous out there. Pays $1.00 for each verified referral, $2.00 when the referral completes their first offer, and $5.00 each and every time your referral cashes out! Amazing!

URL: http://fca.sh/192o9

Free Money at FusionCash!

 

Amount earned:  $2,863.04 Paid

 International? US/Canada only

Paid? Yes! Pays every month when I have time to log in, about every other month if I don’t have time to visit other than the Daily PTC. Because this is an honest, trusted and legit site, I’m not updating my payment shots any longer. Older payments are below… an archive of even older payments is stored here.

 

FusionCash Review: Recommended? Definitely. Everyone has only good things to say about this program. This is my top earner in all the referral-type programs I belong to. I get a lot of searches to this blog by people looking for “Fusion Cash Scam” — but this is no scam at all! Fusion Cash is definitely legit. Many different ways to earn, no matter what type of work you want to do.

Originally posted: 12-03-2010
Last updated:
07-04-16

ClixSense – Paid countless times!

Originally posted: January 15, 2011

Name: ClixSense

Program type: Paid clicks, Surveys, Crowdsourcing, Paid Registrations, Paid Video

Date joined: 12/11/10

Referral program? Yes

URL: http://www.clixsense.com/?3349517

Amount paid:

Cash Paid: $696.61 Paid

Advertising and update dollars redeemed: $45.18

ClixSense Payment Proof:

I get paid by ClixSense so often now, I’m not updating this image any longer. Pretty much it pays every week!

Recommended? Yes! This is a great site! This one pays very little, but you can use your earnings to purchase ads on the site. I’ve used this for both traffic and for PayPal payments, as well as transferring my balance over to a premium membership

International Members? Allows registrations from all countries except China, Vietnam and Bangladesh

Originally posted: January, 2011
Last updated:
04-13-16

Prolific Academic – Fourth payment received

Name: Prolific Academic

Type: Surveys, MTurk Alternative

Referral program? Yes, pays 10% of your referral’s first cashout. Also will pay £20 if you refer a researcher who runs a study of a minimum of £50, plus the researcher will receive £25 to run the study.

URL: https://prolific.ac/rp?ref=MU0TUNHO

Paid? Yes! Total paid to date: $32.61  US

Prolific Payment Proof:

Review:

I joined Prolific as an additional way to do research studies outside of MTurk. The studies are all very interesting, and the dashboard will show you exactly how long each survey is intended to run for, so you can get a good idea of what your time per minute earnings will be. The sign up is fast and easy, and it only took me five surveys to reach the £5 cashout threshold.

As you can see from the payment screenshot, as a US participant, I needed to have PayPal convert my GBP into US funds, and there was a tiny  PayPal fee.

I highly recommend this site!

Originally posted: 12/20/14
Last update: 04-05-16

Unique Rewards – Paid Many Times!

Originally posted: 01/15/11

Name: Unique Rewards

Type of program: Surveys, Paid Clicks, Paid Emails, Paid Registrations, Paid Videos, Crowdsourcing

Date joined: 12/18/2010

Referral program? Yes

URL: http://www.uniquerewards.com/cgi-bin/main.cgi?cmd=newref&refid=164093

Amount earned: $652.97 Paid

Paid? Yes! This site pays regularly and consistently. PayPal payments arrived in less than one week after requesting.

Minimum payment: $20.00

International members? Restricted to U.S.A, United Kingdom and Canada only.

Unique Rewards Payment Proof:  As I usually get paid at least once per month from this program, I’m not updating my payment proofs any longer. Some older payments are below. This is a trusted, legit site.

Recommended? Yes! At first I didn’t use this one as much as I should have, which obviously slowed down the amount of money I earned. Now that I’m in the swing of things with this site, I’m getting paid on a regular basis.

Originally posted: 01/15/11


Last update:
03-29-16

StoreHours24 – Closed

Originally posted: October, 2012

Name: StoreHours24 (Site is closed)

Type of program: Crowdsourcing, Data Entry

Date joined: 09/28/12

Referral program? No

International members? North America only

Paid? Yes, paid many times.

Total Received: $763.71 Paid

Current status as of December, 2015: The data entry bonus program is closed.

For anyone looking for an alternative place to work, I’d suggest FusionCash for US/Canadian residents, and ClixSense for all other countries. You won’t be able to make as much there as you can at StoreHours24, but they both pay on a regular basis.

Review: I found the original site, iStoreHours, via one of my PTC programs. I thought this looked like it could be a viable alternative for MTurk, so I decided to give it a shot. In a nutshell, you’re paid for entering the store information and hours for various retail and service businesses. This information is for a cool free mobile app and widget by the same name that’s available for Smartphones or Websites.

There’s not much to registration; just a name and email address is required. They pay  $0.05 per new store added, and once I get on a roll, I’m able to enter about two stores per minute. This is pretty much in line with the standard $0.10 per minute that most crowdsourcing opportunities over at MTurk offer, and there’s plenty of work to do.

It takes a few days after submission to get your entries approved, to be sure that they are valid and correct entries and not duplicates.

Their member support is excellent. I’ve written to them twice with small issues, and both times they responded in less than 24 hours. They do occasionally close the submission form from time to time for maintenance, catch-up, and when they reach goals for new entries, but they always list when they’ll be accepting work again.

I really like this site as a good Mechanical Turk alternative. You don’t have to go searching for work to do. You can just sit down and start entering away for as little or as long as you’d like. Just be sure to read the rules on the site to see how they want the addresses formatted, and what types of entries are permissible to avoid rejections.

In a nutshell, as long as your entry is unique, has correct information that can be verified, has no glaring punctuation or spelling errors, has a real, physical address and is not a duplicate, you will make money. If you enter gibberish, bad information, or a business that is already in the database, your work will be rejected. It’s very easy!

I also love the idea of the app itself, as well. Coming from a metropolitan area where many places like large grocery stores or WalMart are open 24 hours, the idea of wondering if something was open was foreign to me. Once I moved to a small, rural location, I was surprised at the number of stores that had different opening and closing hours for every single day of the week.

Definitely grab the app for your smartphone, especially if you travel a lot.

 

StoreHours24 Payment Proof:

They pay often and consistently, so I don’t feel the need to update these screen shots any longer. Screenshots from older 2012 payments are here and here, if anyone needs additional proof. They pay via PayPal or Amazon Gift Cards.

Originally posted: October, 2012
Last update: 12-15-15