UserTesting.com is a platform where you supposedly as a consumer can give feedback to companies about their websites and get paid for the feedback.
But is UserTesting legit and worth the time, or is it just another scam?
Let me just reveal right away that it is a legit site, but whether it is then worth your time or not is another important question to ask before you join.
I am a member of the platform myself, and in this UserTesting review, I will give you the details about what the platform has to offer and my experiences with it, so you will know exactly what to expect and whether it is a platform you want to join or not.
What is UserTesting?
UserTesting is a platform that helps companies increase the usability on their website and help eliminate bad user experiences. To make this happen, it needs testers/users to give feedback to websites and let companies know how their experience is.
This is what makes the site interesting from a user perspective, as that gives you a chance to make a bit of extra money by giving this feedback.
It works with some of the biggest brands in the world, so by becoming a member, you potentially get to test both big and small websites and influence the future experience on these websites.
By joining, you can become a tester and do video feedback of you sharing your thoughts while navigating on different websites.
Sounds like a pretty cool way to make a bit of extra cash so far right?
But let’s go a bit deeper into what the platform is about before you decide whether it is for you or not.
How does it work?
Once you have become a panel member on UserTesting, you will get a notification when a new test is available. You can then apply to take this.
Often it is a very specific profile you need to have or come from a specific part of the world to be able to participate. So even though you become a member, you might not get very many opportunities.
When you get a test, you will first get a description of the task. It can be a specific situation like for example “imagine that you are interested in visiting this museum and looking for information about it”.
This scenario is something you have to have in the back of your head while taking the test, and give feedback according to.
All tests on UserTesting are video feedback. That means that you will have a screen recorder that records how you navigate on the specific website, and at the same time, you will have to explain your thoughts and give feedback to certain questions in a microphone.
This way the companies will receive a video of how you navigate on their website and all your thoughts while doing so.
It might sound a little complicated at first, but it is actually a lot more simple than it sounds. It is easy enough for everyone to do, as long as you are used to using websites.
One thing that is important to know is that the quality of the videos you make is important. The companies are only interested in genuine and useful feedback and therefore there is a rating system.
After each video you have made, the website owner will give you a star rating 1-5, and this will produce an average rating for you over time.
People with higher ratings have a better chance of getting more tests, as websites owners, of course, prefer feedback from people that are doing a good job, instead of people that are rushing.
Once you are a member, there is a whole section about things you can do to make sure to get good ratings. But in short, you will be fine as long as you are taking it seriously and giving genuine and honest feedback.
The below video is an official video from UserTesting.com that explains very well how you do a test, so you can get a better idea about how it works, and what you need to do:
Do you need special equipment to participate?
You do not need to have any fancy equipment that most people do not already own to become a tester at UserTesting. You can do tests on Mac or PC, but also on iOS and Android mobile devices.
Before you apply for a test, you will be told what device it is for so you know if you are able to take it.
You need a specific screen recorder tool on your device and will be guided to install this as you sign up, and it is a free tool to download. It is very easy to install and if you at some point do not want to be a member anymore, it is also very easy to uninstall again.
You also need a microphone, so you can record your feedback. It does however not need to be a fancy microphone. You can just use a headset that you are using for a mobile phone, which you probably already own.
So you do not need to go out and invest in any special equipment to participate.
How much money can you make?
When you visit UserTesting.com, you can right away see that it says you can earn up to $60 per test.
This does, however not mean you will make this for every test and it does not mean you can make a living from doing these tests.
UserTesting is very honest about this, and do not promise that you can make a huge amount of money. In fact, they clearly say on the side that it can be a great way to earn a few extra dollars on the side but that it won’t make you rich.
The platform has a slogan on the website that is “Join the solution”, which very clearly shows that the focus for you should be to give feedback and have your thoughts heard and not on making a huge amount of money on it.
But you can still get a nice reward for the tests you take. You get $10 for a regular test, and on average it takes 20 minutes, which is pretty good.
Such a test consists of a 20-minute recording and you then have to answer four follow-up written questions.
In addition to this, there sometimes are live conversations that require you to get on a video conference call with a customer at a scheduled date and time. This will pay up to $60 per test but also takes more time and planning. And they are not available as often as the other tests.
You will get your earnings paid out through PayPal around a week after you have completed a test.
However, you might not be able to take a lot of tests. It very much depends on where you live and what kind of companies that are currently looking for feedback.
So do not expect to be able to take tests every day. Maybe in some countries, you will be able to take several a week, but compared to paid survey sites, where you can often take several surveys a day, you will not have many opportunities.
In general, UserTesting says it has the most opportunities in English-speaking countries. But also other countries have opportunities. In my time as a member, I have for example seen tests for Spanish, Belgian, and Japanese-speaking people also.
Who can participate?
UserTesting allows members from a long list of countries to join.
On the website, you can see a box with the different continents (see picture below), and by clicking the little arrow you will get a full list of the countries in that part of the world.
And it is a lot of countries. As mentioned above, that it accepts members from your country does however not mean that you will get many opportunities to actually take a paying test.
To join you need to live in a country that accepts PayPal, as that is the only way you can receive your rewards.
Also, you should only join if you enjoy speaking your thoughts out loud and feel comfortable doing this while recording it. UserTesting mentions that in fact, you need to be able to speak your thoughts aloud in English to be able to join
You also have to be at least 18 years old to join.
Be aware that you can NOT take tests while you are traveling.
UserTesting will detect if you log in from a different country than where you have registered yourself, and this can lead to you being disqualified as a user or get really low ratings, which will make it more difficult for you to qualify in the future.
How do you sign up?
It is fairly easy to sign up for UserTesting. You do however need to spend a little more time than many other sites where you can get paid to give feedback.
The reason for this is that UserTesting only uses video feedback, and needs to make sure that members are comfortable doing this and can live up to a certain quality. Therefore, you will have to do a little test to become a member.
First, you just put in your email on the UserTesting website, and you will then have to verify your email by clicking a link in an email you receive. After that, you can take the test to become an actual member.
The test takes around 5-10 minutes. At first, you will be taken to a screen where you can download the screen recorder. Then just follow the instructions step-by-step.
You have to do a 5 minutes sample video, where you record your screen and voice. When you follow the steps on the website, there will also be an example so you can see how it is done before you start yourself.
I would advise you to watch this tutorial as it can be a bit confusing to figure out what you need to do if you do not watch it first.
When you are doing the sample video, make sure to speak your thoughts out loud as much as possible, speak clearly and be honest. Then you will have the best chance of getting approved for the panel.
There is no need to think too much about what you are saying. It is about what you are thinking and what your experience is, so there is no right or wrong.
After you have submitted your video, you will get a confirmation email, and within a week you will get the answer. Personally, I already the next day got an email that said I was approved for the panel, so it does not necessarily take up to a week.
UserTesting is definitely a legit platform and not a scam.
But whether it is a good option for you or not depends a lot on your expectations and if you feel comfortable recording yourself speaking aloud in English.
To help you further decided whether it is the right platform for you or not, let’s finish this review by summing up the pros and cons.
- Free to join
- Pays pretty well for time spent.
- Fun tasks.
- Available in many countries.
- Not necessarily any tests to do, even if you become a member.
- Not very often opportunities.
- A little confusing to do the initial sign up test
As you can see, UserTesting has both good and not so good sides.
If it is worth joining depends a lot on where you live, and your expectations. You should only join, if you would like to give feedback just once in a while, but do not expect to be able to do it very often.
But if that is ok with you, it can be a fun and interesting way to make a little of extra money. And it pays pretty well for your time for the tests you qualify for.
If you would like to join platforms, where you can give feedback more regularly or even several times a day, you can instead consider joining some of the legit survey sites in your country.
They will most often not pay as well for your time, but if you join the good ones, you will have many opportunities to make a bit of extra cash, so in total it can give a lot more income.
If you have any comments, questions, or if you have any experiences with UserTesting.com yourself, I would love to hear from you in a comment below.
- Money/time ratio
UserTesting can be a fun way to make some extra cash. It does however not necessarily give you very many opportunities (if any) depending on where you live.
At first, it is a bit confusing to use, but if you live in a country where you get regular opportunities, it can be worth learning how to use, and an easy way to make a bit extra money. It pays well for your time and pays out in cash through PayPal.