Is Amazon Mechanical Turk worth it? What is Amazon Mechanical Turk? Is it a scam?

Yes. Easy Money. And No.

Let me explain.

 

What Is Amazon Mechanical Turk?

Well let’s start with the basics. Amazon Mechanical Turk is a marketplace for work that requires human intelligence. It is a place where “Requesters” and “Workers” can go to post “tasks” or to complete tasks. These tasks are also known as “HITs”. HIT stands for Human Intelligence Task. It is a job that will be paid upon satisfactory completion. A Requester is someone who posts these HITs and pays when they are completed. A Worker is someone who completes HITs and is paid for each one they complete.

What Kind Of Tasks Will I Be Completing?

All sorts of strange and seemingly pointless tasks! Some HITs that I’ve seen range from transcribing audio clips to copying information shopping receipts to labeling pictures and of course taking surveys. The beauty of these tasks is they are all for the most part brainless. They are super easy to complete with very little thought and attention paid.

This is an example of an HIT that I’ve completed quite a few times. Continue reading