What is a Search Engine Evaluator?
A search engine evaluator is a person who “rates” or evaluates different types of search results for search engines so that users will get the best results. Computers and algorithms are good at indexing websites and finding relevant articles, webpages, images videos and other media, but ultimately a real person will be able to determine what are most likely to be the best results shown for a specific web search, and the best order to show those results.
What type of work will I be doing?
This is a complete work from home opportunity. As an Internet Analyst with RaterLabs, you will rate and compare web pages in order to evaluate their usefulness and relevance for specific queries. There are a wide variety of tasks available that cater to all sorts of interests and personalities, so there will never be a dull day. Your work will directly improve search engine results for some of the world’s biggest search engine companies.
How much does it pay?
Most search engine evaluator positions pay between $13-$15 an hour, and RaterLabs is no different. Those who perform at a high rate may be eligible to earn significantly more than this rate. RaterLabs also compensates for time spent training. There are also opportunities throughout the year for bonuses.
Unlike similar positions with other companies, this is not an independent contractor position. As an Internet Analyst for RaterLabs, you will be a part-time employee, meaning that they will withhold your taxes for you. This is a big advantage since you won’t have to worry about paying taxes at the end of the year so it won’t cut into that huge refund you come to expect every year.
What are the requirements?
These are the requirements in the United States:
- 18 years of age or older
- Reliable, high-speed Internet access
- Personal computer with Google Chrome
- Android phone, iPhone or Windows phone
This job requires you to work a minimum of 15 hours per week (Sunday-Saturday) but a max of 26 hours per week. In order to be a good candidate, you should be Internet savvy, an active user of Google Web Search, GMail and other Google products and services and familiar and up-to-date with social culture, media and the web. Excellent web search ability is another plus.
What languages are available?
Positions in the United States are currently open in English, Spanish and Farsi. Other languages are available if you are from another country.
How can I have the best opportunity at getting hired?
Based on my own experience, the best way to get hired is to make sure adequately prepare yourself for the job. While it is fun, you will want to have a desire to learn and improve everyday. Before you are hired, you will have to pass a 3-part qualification exam. While I cannot reveal any specifics of the exam, I can tell you that the exam has a theoretical component and two practical components. You will be given study materials that can be used to study before the exam and while you are taking the exam. You will refer to these same materials throughout your time working for RaterLabs. Once you receive the study materials, you will usually have about a week before you are scheduled for your exam.
I recommend that you take a full day to review all of the materials you receive, and then review a little bit more each day leading up to your exam. I personally thought that the theoretical component of the exam was the easiest of the three parts. Make sure that you understand the material and are not simply memorizing what you have read or seen. A key to this job will be understanding the concepts – you want to know the why. Make sure you are paying attention, and refer to the study materials while you are taking the exam. This is a great job that you are capable of doing!
This is important: if you know that you are going to be busy, make sure that you reschedule your exam to a time that is more convenient for you. You don’t want the reason that you don’t get hired to be because you did not have enough time to adequately prepare yourself. This is not an exam that you want to take after pulling an all-nighter.
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Final Thoughts on Being a Search Engine Evaluator in 2021
I have been a search engine evaluator for several years and I love the flexibility and variety in this job. Specifically relating to the pandemic, I have not lost any hours or received any type of pay cut. I have actually been given the opportunity to make more money each week as there has consistently been “bonus weeks.” Bonus weeks allow you to earn more money per hour if you work a certain number of hours! While a lot of people have had to adjust to working at home over the past few months, this line of work is always completed from your own home on your own time which is very convenient. I have been to parts of the web that I didn’t even know existed and have learned about a lot of different topics from working this job. As I said earlier, the minimum number of hours with RaterLabs is 15 per week. There are no set hours so you can divide up the hours as you see fit anytime each week from Sunday to Saturday. This job is perfect for a college student or anyone looking for a flexible work-from-home job. There are never any calls or outside requirements since everything is completely online. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. Good luck!
The views expressed in this post are my own. They have not been reviewed or approved by RaterLabs, Inc.