If you’re internet savvy, self-motivated, and searching for a flexible work from home job, becoming a search engine evaluator could be an excellent opportunity for you. You don’t need any special equipment, and there’s no speaking on the phone. All you need to get started is a laptop or desktop computer, a high-speed internet connection, and a smartphone.

Remember, though, that the work from home world is highly competitive, so be prepared for extensive training and a qualification exam; plus, you’ll also need to have sound knowledge of current events, popular culture, places, and people.

If you think you have what it takes, let’s explore what a search engine evaluator does, how to find a job, how much it pays, and the pros and cons of this

What Does a Search Engine Evaluator Do?

A search engine evaluator evaluates search results and webpages (and sometimes ads and social media platforms) and rates them according to the guidelines given by Google or Bing, to ensure that users find the most helpful and relevant information on any given topic.

Do a quick internet search for something, and see what the results are. Are they relevant? Can you find exactly what you’re looking for? A lot of time and effort goes into creating algorithms, that give you those results, but Google doesn’t always get it right.

Robots aren’t always good at interpreting intent, especially if it’s a string of unrelated words rather than questions. That’s where a search engine evaluator comes into the equation.

What are the Requirements to Become a Search Engine Evaluator?

Google contracts companies to perform search engine evaluations, and those companies then hire you as an independent agent. You don’t need to have experience or a college degree, but there are several testing stages to get through first and a lot of guidelines to follow. You will need to put the work in initially, but once you learn the procedures and get your foot in the door with one of the companies, you can have a fun and flexible ongoing job for years to come.

For positions, you’ll need to be a native English speaker at least 18 years of age. You should have excellent communication and computer skills. You’ll also need to be up-to-date with current business, media, sports, news, social media, and cultural affairs in the US. Lastly, you should be detail-oriented, have strong analytical skills, and enjoy doing online research.

How Much Do Search Engine Evaluators Get Paid?

The hours available and the hourly rate depends on the project and the company. Sometimes the need is immediate or large, so set your availability on your profile and check in regularly to snag any jobs quickly. You may have a minimum number of set hours or a limit to the hours and weekly projects you can work on. The pay averages $17 per hour