Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Is Amazon Turk A Cash Machine?

I am always on the look out for legitimate programs online which help me in making some extra cash aside affiliate marketing. Internet programs are so unstable that you can't really place all your hopes on one single method of earning money. Anyone and everyone around the Web will tell you to multi-task, to try out new things and select the best from the few so you can eventually earn a substantial income from all of these sources.

One of the programs I came across online was Amazon Turk. If you want to earn some quick 'cents' you can do so here. Once you register you will get thousands of HITs (Human Intelligence Tasks) to choose from. After completing the task, your work will be on review for a day or two (or maybe even upto a week). If the requester likes your work, then your work will be accepted and you will be rewarded with the HIT money immediately. You can see these earnings on your dashboard. You can withdraw your money in Indian rupees albeit a processing fee (4 dollars). I transferred the money I earned from Amazon Turk to my Amazon Affiliate Program account as part of my gift certificate balance.

Amazon Turk is a 'quick' way to earn money but not LOTS of money. Each task will be worth anywhere from a cent (yeah, just a cent!) to 5 dollars each. I would say that Amazon Turk is highly useful if you want to get things done -- for delegation purposes coz you get your work done for a small amount. If you hate writing articles for affiliate marketing you can dump this work on others at Amazon Turk.

I am more interested in programs that will earn me money even if I am not using my comp all the time -- which is why I prefer affiliate marketing. But if you want some timepass and earn money without much hard work, go for Amazon Turk!

What You Should Keep In Mind While Using Amazon Turk

1. Always be cautious about tasks that offer a high reward (anything around 5 dollars or more). Scammers lurk around on Amazon Turk because there is no monitoring of tasks.

2. Try to do tasks that don't require you to visit an outside website. These tasks are safe, plus you don't have to unnecessarily waste time on scanning other websites.

3. Those tasks which require you to complete surveys on other websites should be avoided if possible. Some of them are legitimate but then some others are not. Legitimate ones do not usually require any registration on websites whereas the others do. These people earn money if you enter your details into the registration form with your personal details like phone number and zip code.. and you get nothing in return, just a whole lot of spam in your inbox.

4. If you feel comfortable with a particular type of task, try to do as many of them as possible. These tasks will get completed soon by other turkers and you won't find them again later on.

5. Don't do tasks if you are unsure of them. HIT approval rate plays an important role when it comes to acceptance for tasks. If you have a rate below 90 it might be difficult for you to get tasks to do.

6. Don't get misled by tasks that promise you a 'bonus'. No one has ever reported getting one.

I did this for 2 weeks or so (earned 18 dollars) but then got fed up of all the mechanical work and decided to let it go. In between work time maybe you can complete a task or two and be glad that you wasted your time in a productive manner ;)

Happy Turking! (Amazon Turk Link)

P.S : This new blog of mine crossed 1000 visitors. Cheers! :D
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