Web Search Evaluator Jobs Summary
Web search evaluation (alternatively called as the search engine evaluation) refers to rating the relevance or usefulness of a particular result to a certain query. The task involved in web search evaluator jobs is to look at and test the quality of results from search engines such as websites, web pages, apps, music, YouTube videos and more.
When you search online for these jobs, you will also encounter other names or aliases such as personalized internet assessor, internet analyst, internet safety analyst, and Google rater.
Duties and Responsibilities
If you have researched about some things on the internet, you might have experienced at least once where the results you get from Google are not always right or relevant to the keyword you entered. Search engines' algorithms determine the results you get from an online query, but these algorithms lack a human aspect.
Robots and computers are not always very good at predicting or interpreting the exact thing you are looking for, especially when you enter a key phrase of unrelated words.
There are no exact educational requirements to pursue web search evaluation jobs. It differs from company to company. You need to at least have your high school diploma or equivalent certification. Yet, expect that companies will prefer applicants with a college degree.
Skills and Attributes
Your main tools to use for this job are computer and internet so you need to be skilled in using them. You need to have the efficiency in performing online searches and the aptitude for assessing the contents. You also need to have knowledge in addressing computer hardware issues.
As a work-at-home staff, you need to work independently and this requires effective time management and organization. Strong English communication skills are also necessary along with cultural skills for those who are from non-English-speaking regions. Other required attributes are research skills and knowledge about current events.
The exact required skills vary per company, such as shown in Figure 1.
The job post is for an independent contractor for Appen. It says that the applicant needs the passion for analysis and knowledge about different online research tools. The ideal candidate should have profound familiarity with the social media and web culture of the country. Other required skills include excellent English written and comprehension communication skills, a broad range of interest and exceptional web research skills. If you ever apply, you also need to analyze things well and work independently with least supervision.
Remember that the tools of the trade of web search evaluators are their computer and internet. There are also times when web search companies or employers require mobile devices. These may vary per company. This means that the technical requirements for one company or job ad are not universal or do not apply to all job ads for web search evaluation. Look at the example in Figure 2.
Figure 2 shows a job ad for the Appen Search Engine Evaluator. According to this ad, the applicant needs to use Android phone version 4.1 or higher, iPhone version 4s or higher or Windows phone version 8.1 or higher. You should also have a cable, fiber, or DSL high speed internet connection.
Test And Training
Before you apply for any offered web search evaluation jobs, gather and understand as many details as you can about them. There are job ads that say there is a test or an interview you need to pass. There might be several or a series of tests instead of just one. You should know about the search engine evaluation exam that weeds out applicants. Only the best candidates emerge victorious from this examination.
You should know that web search evaluation can be a different procedure for anyone and to do this job, one needs proper training to perform the tasks according to the guidelines.
Figure 3 shows an example of a job ad where the employer provides training as part of the application process. This is a job ad for Search Engine Evaluator – Philippines to work for iSoftStone. You can also read here that the company will hire someone at least 18 years old.
How To Apply/Join
To apply for search engine evaluation positions, you could either search from online job portals for any listed opening or head over to the website of web search evaluation websites to join. You may follow the application procedure of the job portal or the instructions in the job ad.
As you use search engines to look for web search evaluation jobs, you would also find blog posts that list down companies offering web search evaluation services. You should visit the website of each company and register there. You should look for “Careers” or “Jobs” in the menu so you will know what job vacancies that the company offers.
Among the well-known companies where you could apply as a web search evaluator is Appen. It has a particular web page for job applications. Leapforce and Raterlabs are now part of Appen so you will just land to the same Appen page for a job application. Appen also advertises career openings in job portals, such as shown in Figure 1 and Figure 2, so the application procedure there may also involve visiting this web page. The company offers job opportunities in different languages and countries.
Its application process involves taking a language assessment test.
Lionbridge is also another company that hires an evaluator, but calls the successful candidate as Personalized Internet Assessor. It also offers openings in various countries and languages. Job offers may vary for each country. You need to submit some of your personal details, work experience, educational attainment. You will also answer questions pertaining to the version of your mobile device. Figure 4 illustrates an example of an application for Lionbridge.
Figure 4 is for Personalized Internet Assessor – Australia. Here, you need to visit the link. It says that only one person from each household may apply.
Figure 3 shows an example of a job ad from iSoftStone, which is also another company that hires evaluators.
Sending your application to these companies may only take a few minutes, but it may take longer to know if they hire you. From Figure 4, you know that Lionbridge’s recruitment team will review submitted applications, but they do not state it when you can expect to get a notification from the company to update you regarding your application.
You must check your email regularly. Some people waited only for a few days, while others only received an email from the company they applied for a few months after they submitted an application.
The YouTube video below will tell you you can work from home as a search engine evaluator and get up to $15 for every hour you work.
Pay is also another element of this job that varies in each company. You may look for the FAQ page of each company to know about the payment details. If there is no such information on the website, you could visit third-party websites and read reviews and articles from other people who have worked or are working for a particular web search evaluation company. This way, you will know what to expect about the potential income of search engine evaluators.
As an Appen search engine evaluator, your salary will depend on where you live. According to some people who worked for the company, US evaluators get $13.5; European evaluators receive $14; Asian evaluators have $7 and Indian evaluators collect $3. However, there are projects that could pay evaluators as much as $21 per hour. Payoneer is the method of payment.
At Lionbridge, the pay rate is about $13-14 per hour. The pay rate here also varies per country.
The hourly rate of search engine evaluators at iSoftStone is roughly $14 per hour for Europeans and Americans. Rates for Africans and Asians are also lower.
Web search evaluators have quite a flexible work schedule. You can read this From Figure 3. You only need to work 10-25 hours per week, just like when you work as part time email marketer.
Benefits / Bonus/ Increase/ Training Provided
Like other online jobs such as home transcription, you will also get the benefit of a flexible work schedule when you work as web search evaluator.
Figure 5 is a screenshot of reviews from those who have or have been working as web search evaluators for Appen. An independent contractor claimed that the flexible hours suit his lifestyle. He only works for 4-6 hours a day with no boss to answer to. Work schedule flexibility and working comfortably at home are the only perks of the job since there are no full-time benefits offered.
From the discussion above on training, web search evaluation companies will provide the training so you will learn the steps on how to do the tasks.
There was a time when I applied to one of these web search evaluator jobs. I wanted to experience what it is like to evaluate search engine results. However, one has to wait indefinitely for the company’s response after submitting an application. If you are in a hurry to have a part time job, you might apply for other online jobs like web content writing instead of waiting without assurance of getting a job. Yet, when you are already starting on another job, just like I did, you would no longer be available to accept the job offer. After all, the application process will require you to spend considerable time on training and it could affect your current job. If you have nothing else to do, you could set up a certain time frame for until when you will wait for the company’s email regarding your application.