Recently Appen decided to no longer make their tasks available through several different platforms. You can now only do the tasks through the Appen platform itself.
This significantly reduces the earning opportunity for these tasks but that is just how it is.
The sites on the list below still have good earning opportunities as they offer other tasks, but you can no longer take Appen tasks through them.
What are Appen/Figure Eight/CrowdFlower tasks?
Before getting to the best sites to take these tasks, let's start with going into the basics of what they are about, in case you do not already know it.
If you are already an experienced Appen/Figure Eight/CrowdFlower user, you can just scroll to the list of the best sites below:-)
Let us first start with clarifying the name as this can be a bit confusing. The official name is now Appen tasks. The platform, however, started with the name CrowdFlower, and many people still call these tasks for CrowdFlower tasks.
But then it changed its name to Figure Eight and slowly it started being known by this name. And then it once again changed its name and branding – this time to Appen.
But whether you hear about Appen tasks, Figure Eight tasks or CrowdFlower, it is the same platform, but the official name is now Appen.
The company was founded in 2007 under the name CrowdFlower. In 2018 it changed its name to Figure Eight and then in 2020 it changed the name once again to Appen. It is a company that offers you to do simple online tasks that you can do whenever it fits into your schedule.
Examples of tasks that I have done are to record google auto-suggest terms, categorize product names, and find company information. Before doing any tasks, there will be a description, so you will know exactly what to do.
You need to be a member of a portal that is connected to Figure Eight to be able to do the tasks. This is where the survey sites or Get-Paid-To sites come in. Several paid survey sites are not only offering surveys as a way to earn money but also other opportunities like for example Figure Eight tasks.
It is also through the survey sites that I first heard about Figure Eight (at that time I, however, heard of it as CrowdFlower), and I am now regularly using it as a way to increase my earnings.
How does it work?
It is quite simple. As mentioned above, you just have to be a member of an online reward portal that offers Figure Eight tasks (below I will go into the best portals to join for this). Then click the section with tasks, and you can see what tasks are available to you.
At first, there might not be very many jobs for you, but as you start taking tasks, you will start building trust, and you will start being offered more jobs and higher-paying jobs. You start on level 0, and then you can work your way up to level 3.
Who can get paid for Appen/Figure Eight tasks?
One of the really great things about Figure Eight is that it is not restricted to certain parts of the world.
Everyone can take these tasks. Many of the tasks will be available for all no matter the location, but there can also be tasks that are only available in certain countries.
One great thing about survey sites that offer these tasks is that sometimes the opportunities to do paid surveys are limited in some countries, but often the Figure Eight tasks will then be available as a way to earn. So it is a great feature to have for the survey sites.
Just remember that you are not allowed to use a VPN for Figure Eight tasks or any other software that tries to hide the location of your computer. You can get banned for doing this, and many survey sites will also detect if you use a service like this and either give you a warning or ban you without warning.
How much money can you make?
It is really difficult to say exactly how much you can make on Figure Eight tasks. It really depends on your effort. In general, you should however not expect to be able to make a living from it.
To get the best chances to earn the most money there are a few things that are important to know. First of all, it can make a difference what platform you take the tasks through as some of them offer really nice bonuses, but I will get more into this below.
Secondly, be sure to do the tasks properly and be patient in the beginning. When you do tasks properly, and as you do more, you will start building trust, and your level will increase. This can have a big impact on your earning possibilities.
In the beginning, you will most likely only get a few and very low paying jobs. But if you do these properly, your rank will quickly start moving up, and you will get more jobs and higher-paying jobs.
In time, you can become what is called a skilled contributor. This will give you a lot more tasks, more complicated tasks, more responsibility, and more money.
So if you want to make money on Figure Eight tasks, be patient in the beginning and do what needs to be done to get a higher rank, and then your possibilities will increase. And find a good portal to take the tasks through as well to get the most benefits.
6 best sites for Appen/Figure Eight tasks
The portal you choose to take Figure Eight tasks through can have an effect on your earning possibilities. In most cases, what you will make from the tasks themselves will be more or less the same.
But there are other aspects that can make it worth more to do the tasks through certain portals compared to others. Some sites can, for example, be very confusing, have limitations in rewards, and no chance of getting bonuses for tasks.
The 6 platforms below are, however, all good options, and the overview will help you find out exactly which one suits your preferences the best.
Available in: Worldwide
Payout methods: PayPal, Payoneer, Skrill, gift cards Payout threshold: $5 More information:Read full ySense review
Short summary: ySense (used to be called ClixSense) is one of my favorite survey sites, and it is also in the top when it comes to the opportunities with Figure Eight tasks. In addition to tasks and surveys, you can also earn by taking offers, referring friends, and by having a certain activity every day you will get a daily bonus.
When it comes to Figure Eight tasks, ySense offers some great and very high bonuses compared to other platforms. First of all, you will get a $5 bonus every time you have completed tasks worth $50.
Furthermore, ySense has a weekly task contest. By completing Figure Eight tasks, you will automatically enter into this contest. The top 10 every week will earn an extra reward which is quite high. The first place will get $50, second $20, third $10 and down to $2 for tenth place. So there are really some great chances of earning extra if you do tasks regularly on ySense. In addition to this, you can earn a daily bonus for your overall activity on the platform.
ySense does, in general, give a good amount of opportunities for most countries, and you can sign up no matter where in the world you live, and you can easily earn enough to get a payout as the payout threshold is only $5 ($10 for PayPal).
Available in: All countries but most opportunities in USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Germany, Spain, France
Payout methods: PayPal, gift cards Payout threshold: $5 More information:Read full Swagbucks review
Short summary: Swagbucks is one of the most popular Get-Paid-To sites in the world because it gives so many different ways to earn and one of these is Figure Eight tasks.
If you one day cannot find many available Figure Eight tasks you can also earn by, for example, taking surveys, watching videos, take offers, play games, surf online, shop online, and more.
The big selection of tasks, the many payout methods, and the fact that you can get a $5 joining bonus (if you join through the invitation link below) is what makes Swagbucks a great site to take Figure Eight tasks on. Just be aware that it is only available in the countries mentioned above so if you live in other countries you should choose one of the other platforms instead.
Short summary: Gift Hunter Club is a pretty simple but interesting site. It will especially give good opportunities if you are from English or Spanish-speaking countries.
The Figure Eight tasks, you will however have access to no matter where in the world you are from. In addition to the tasks, you can also earn money on surveys, by watching videos, by referring friends, and by taking offers.
Gift Hunter Club also has a task contest that gives you the chance to boost your earnings. Every week, the top 10 will get an extra reward. First place will get $5 and then down to only 10 cents for tenth place. So really only something that makes a little difference, if you are in the top 3, but still a nice extra chance to earn. Also, if you earn 1000 cents by doing Figure Eight tasks within any week, you will get a $1 bonus.
In general, Gift Hunter Club does not give as many earning opportunities as some of the other sites above. But you can still quite quickly earn enough to get a payout, as the payout threshold is only $5. And it especially a site you should join, if you live in a Spanish speaking country, as the site, in general, has many extra opportunities for these countries.
Short summary: It is actually also possible to take the Appen/Figure Eight tasks directly on their own portal. It used to be called Figure Eight Elite but is now called Appen Contributor Portal.
It has both advantages and disadvantages to use this option, in my opinion. The advantage is that it actually compared to some other sites gives you a little higher rewards. It will not be a huge difference, but maybe a few cents extra per task.
The reason it is still not at the top of my list is that overall you can end up earning more on certain other sites, as the sites at the top of this list give you the chance to earn bonuses as well. The Elite Figure Eight site is in my opinion also not so user-friendly.
If you would like to go for the bonuses, and if you want chances to earn in other ways than only by taking the tasks like by for example taking surveys, taking offers, watching videos, etc. then most of the other sites on this list are better options.
If you are only interested in taking the Figure Eight tasks and are ok with the usability not being among the best, then joining directly on the platform itself can be a good option. But you will then just miss out on some of the bonus opportunities some of the other sites offer.
Short summary: If you live in the UK, InboxPunds will always have a way for you to earn a bit of extra cash online. In addition to doing Figure Eight online jobs, you can also earn by taking surveys, read emails, search online, listen to the radio, take offers, and more.
It is fairly easy to use but you just need to be aware of the fairly high payout threshold of £20 which can take a bit of patience to reach – to reach it, you should definitely make sure to also some some of the other earning methods the site offers.
You do, however, get a good and fast start as you get a £1 joining bonus just for signing up and confirming your account.
Available in: Worldwide
Payout methods: PayPal, gift cards Payout threshold: $1 More information:Read full InstaGC review
Short summary: InstaGC has a lot of daily opportunities. You can not only take Figure Eight tasks, but also surveys, earn by downloading apps, by watching videos, by clicking ads, bet on sports game, and more.
As InstaGC has a lot of different opportunities to earn, it is a great site to take Figure Eight tasks, as you can combine your earnings. It is however a bit more confusing than the top sites on this list. One thing that is really great about InstaGC is that you can get a payout really quickly as the payout threshold is only $1.
Contrary to the other sites on this list InstaGC does not have an extra contest or bonus for taking Figure Eight tasks. But as it, in general, has a lot of earning opportunities, it still deserves to be on the list.
As you can see, Figure Eight tasks can give you some nice extra money, but it is worth choosing the right platform to take them through, to boost your earnings extra.
To get the best chances to get frequent payouts, it can be a good idea to choose a platform that also offers other opportunities you like to use to increase the earnings. But it is not necessary to do other activities on the platforms if you prefer just doing Figure Eight tasks. In that case, I would suggest to just go for the platform that gives the biggest bonuses.
From all the platforms I have tested, ySense is the best in this area. You will get a $5 bonus every time you have earned $50 on tasks, which is unique. And on top of that, it gives some really high bonuses, if you end in the top 10 weekly contest. But the other sites on this list are great as well, and a lot of it comes down to personal preferences, the country you live in, and the payout methods you prefer.
If you have any experiences with Figure Eight tasks and good sites to do them on, or if you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Would love to hear from you and hear about your experiences as well.