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Microworkers is a relatively new website that offers users a way of becoming either an 'employer' or an 'employee'. Employers can then post tasks they need done on the site in order for employees (or microworkers) to complete, in return for a small monetary reward. Microworkers or employees can then earn money by successfully completing those tasks.
Generally the tasks posted at Microworkers are small requests such as posting on Twitter, commenting on a Youtube video, clicking on ads, voting & rating and other similar services. Many such tasks pay anything from $0.10c up to about $0.75c although there are other higher paid tasks available such as posting on your blog. If you have a blog with Page Rank 4 then you can probably earn a significant extra amount of income from Microworkers.
Other tasks may require you to download and install software or sign up with a website and the pay you receive varies depending on each specific task. There are several categories which tasks have been placed under so if you're looking for specific types of work you can simply click on the category heading to list all the relevant tasks (or micro-jobs) available.
Microworkers also has a rating system in place which rates both employers and employees. False or malicious employers and tasks can also be reported by website users and therefore security at Microworkers is actually pretty tight. Scammers will soon find themselves banned from the system. Workers also have an ultimate success rate and a temporary success rate which indicates how reliable they are at carrying out tasks.
If a worker's temporary success rate dips under 75% then they cannot submit any further tasks for a period of 60 days - this may seem a little tight at first considering that your temporary success rate decreases slightly with every task you submit until it has been approved and paid. However, it does actually result in a much fairer system for everyone and prevents users from sucking up all the work to themselves.
Tasks which have been completed are usually approved and credited to your account within seven days and added to your balance. You can then withdraw your earnings once you reach the threshold of $9. However, you also need to ensure that you have earnt enough money to cover withdrawal fees (yes, they charge you a fee to withdraw your earnings!) When I first signed up with Microworkers one of the payment methods was Paypal and so the first payment I ever requested was paid into my Paypal account which took a couple of weeks after requesting. However, Microworkers now uses Alertpay/Payza and Moneybookers to pay their uses and they no longer use Paypal. This is a bit inconvenient as Alertpay actually charge quite hefty fees ($4) to withdraw your money on top of the fees already incurred at Microworkers and cheque/check withdrawals are not currently available at Alertpay either. They also require that you have at least £31 in your account before they will let you withdraw. For these reasons it's probably a better idea to keep all of your earnings in your Microworkers account until you're ready to withdraw rather than withdrawing in small amounts.
When I first started Microworkers they also had a referral scheme and I earning a small percentage of the earnings of people that had signed up under my referral link. However, Microworkers have also done away with this scheme and no longer pay for referrals. The first person who signed up under my link had actually managed to earn $140 in his first week at Microworkers and although this is certainly possible I haven't earnt anywhere near this much myself. However, the site has been worth using and I have no doubt that this much income is possible.
I did once try to start a campaign as an employer at Microworkers too, although this was denied, as your first campaign must be funded via your bank account or credit card. However, Microworkers IS genuine and is most certainly not a scam. In terms of posting tasks as an employer, Microworkers can come in useful for all sorts of things including promoting your business or website via social networking, promotion for your Youtube video or music track, boosting traffic and much much more. You can set how many times you would like your task to be completed therefore controlling how much you spend on employing micro-workers and how much activity you receive. Microworkers can actually be a great tool for self-promotion in this capacity.
All in all Microworkers isn't a bad site. It's a way of earning some extra income from your online activities by carrying out easy tasks and also a way of increasing exposure for your business, website, etc. The only downside being that you have to incur two sets of fees to withdraw your earnings which can leave a large chunk of your money being bitten out of your earnings.
Not heard of this, sounds like a really good idea, but I'd be really annoyed at having to pay to have my money x
Kukana 14.07.2012 14:54
A very interesting read, but having taken a look at the site it appears that they're basically attempting either to cheat advertisers by giving false clicks, or artificially increase 'likes' or incoming links by using 'real' people. So, not something i plan to sign up for!