What are the Best Hits
I am new to Mturk, so far not attended any hits. For a starter, i want to know what are the best hits to start with and with decent payout. Please reply some best HITS.
The best HITs are the job your find the easiest that work for you. I don't think there is much use in saying what kind of HITs I prefer as you may hate them. Just try to find HITs that you feel comfortable with and where you know what to do.
Try to start by looking at some qualifications you may need to unlock HITs, read as many descriptions as possible to fully understand what the task at hand actually is. Stick to the HITS you think you are good at, and keep an eye on similar tasks that offer you the chance to get more pay.
By actually completing the HITs you will understand what works best for you, but try not to waste too much time searching out that perfect high-paying task, as you might be there for a while, and miss the opportunity to have completed many lower-paying HITs in the meantime.
What I mean is as a fresher, I dont have much info about good paying ones vs worst time consuming. It will be grateful if you could share some good HITS that your perfer or done recently.
Originally Posted by Paul
As Paul explained, his [or my] "good HITs" will not likely be anything you would prefer. Just start slowly and try various kinds for which you are qualified. This isn't a get rich quick scheme and we each have our own learning curve. Experiment and enjoy!
What everyone else said, lol...For some the so-called "penny-hits" (the .02-.10 HITS) are their bread and butter. For others the surveys are the way to go. And some do writing and/or transcription or a combination of all of the above. When I look at the first 20 HITS I did there is a wide range of payouts and skill involved. Eventually you settle into what you are comfortable with and those are the HITS you watch for. I see stats here for people who have done 3000 HITS and have close to the same dollar value as I do, but I've only done 600 HITS so far- just depends on your skills and what you like to do. So their idea of the "best HITS" are vastly different than my idea of the "best HITS".
Well for me personally, the HITs I perform tend to be article writing HITs. I am very comfortable with writing and being native English with previous real-world experience of writing professionally, it comes natural to me. I also have to factor in the amount of time I have to spend on mTurk, I have a family and other work obligations which mean I am limited with my time to be able to perform the tasks that I may have otherwise chosen.
Originally Posted by newtoMturk
I tend to spend an hour or two on any given evening on mTurk as a kind of hobby to get a bit of extra money towards my photography equipment, and being from the UK I am only paid in Amazon vouchers, so for me this is not a means for extra income. Having said that, I have been lucky enough to be contacted directly by some requesters to perform work outside of mTurk for actual cash, so it may be an option for me to explore the article writing tasks that are available on many other specialist freelance writing websites in the future.
If I come on mTurk and find that there are little or no article writing HITs, I may choose to perform a few survey HITs to get a few extra dollars to add to my overall fund. I have when I first started tried the penny HITs as I saw that many people choose to do those for extended periods of time to aquire a large chunk of money. But as I am often constrained by time, performing such HITs isn't the best way to make money for me, as it often takes a few hours or more to get a relatively small amount of money.
I have often found a few high-paying HITs that I normally wouldn't do that have got me a fair chunk of money. I did one HIT where by it was required that I verbally record a few sentences and phrases for a total of $30 that took an hour to perform, but these high-paying HITs are few and far between and are not Regularly posted. I also perform a few transcription HITs if there are no articles or surveys to be written, and I find that while these are fairly simple, they can be lengthy to perform, and often do not pay as well as other HITs.
I find that I often look to see how long the task will take to perform for the price that they offer before accepting the HITs and for any tasks that pay less than $3 to $4 per hour isn't particularly a wise or beneficial use of my time. There are often many article writing HITs that pay low prices, and it is often the case that I can perform these HITs in a short amount of time, even if they pay $1 or $2.
So for me, this is my way of using mTurk, only accepting the HITs that I know I can perform well and quickly. Making the most of my abilities on the specific tasks and not wasting too much time on HITs that take a long time to complete for little pay. The experience might and probably will be different for you, because like I said it is important to try out as many varieties of HITs as you can to find out what suits you best, and the skills you have to make sure all of the HITs you submit are accepted for being good work.
I hope this helps somewhat, and good luck with your turking!
Last edited by Paul; 07-09-2012 at 03:05 PM.
For me the best HITs are the ones that are posted in a large quantity, and take 10-15 seconds to complete. For example, if I can do 6 hits in a minute and the pay is 3 cents each, that equates to 18 cents per minute, or $10.80/hour. So if this requester has thousands of these hits posted, I can churn through as many as possible before they run out, hopefully getting at least 500 of them in.
Also, by doing a lot of short easy hits (with a good requester), you bring your overall hit totals up. Some requesters say you have to have X many hits to do their hits. Also, if you get a hold of a bad requester, a handful of rejects won't tank your percentage.
I mainly do transcription hits,but I only do maybe 10 - 20 a day. At that rate, it would take forever to complete 500 or a 1000. The cheap hits has upped my total and my percentages.
Which transcriptions do you recommend? I started to do some for SpeechInk but the Verbatim is just too much trouble for a couple of cents imo.
Originally Posted by Chytay
I mainly work with CastingWords. I also do scripts for SpeechInk, but they are a lot harder being verbatim. After you get a number of SI under your belt, the pay is pretty good, especially now that they pay bonuses.
CW has an easier style guide and you can do them a lot faster. The pay starts out crap, but after you get your PPT up to 90 or above, the pay gets better. If you continue to stick with them and your PPT is 99 or 100, you get paid even better. Usually around $1 minute. Don't expect higher pay for a month or so. They want to make sure you consistently turnout good work before they give you the higher paying jobs and put you on auto approval.
I rarely do work for any of the shorttimers that sometimes have work. They don't have a style guide, but grade you as if they had one. In other words, they make up the rules as they go along. I'd hate to have 30 minutes in a transcript and have it rejected. All that work gone.
The only way you are rejected in CW is to really screw up. If you make a good attempt, you will be paid something. Of course, the better you get, the higher your pay. Remember, you make most of your money from bonuses, the actual pay for all hits is pretty low.
If you decide to try CW, keep in mind, use short sentences and short paragraphs. Long runon sentences count heavy against you. Also use spellcheck. Be consistent in your spelling. If you misspell the same word 10 times in a script, the editor can easily do a find/replace and correct all of them. If you spell it 3 or 4 different ways, each one will have to be corrected putting the editor in a bad mood, and your grade will show it.
Find and read the CW forum. You can get a lot more tips and help reading there. You will find their forum on the main forum page under Requesters / Top Requesters.