What’s it like working for Appen as a search engine evaluator?

Appen hires search engine evaluators to rate and improve search engine results for the top internet search engine companies.  If you are a person who is analytical, excellent at web-based research and internet savvy this role may be for you.  However, it’s important to mention that Appen does not offer as much flexibility as other online search engine employers.  Appen requires a work commitment of four hours per day, five days per week, usually Monday through Friday.  There is flexibility during the time you work, but the 4 hour a day commitment proved to be to much for me to handle and I ended the contract.

What is an Internet Analyst?

When I worked for Appen I was an Internet Analyst.  This role is a home-based, part-time role that involves the evaluation of search engine features and results. 

Listed below are some of the opportunities that may be available to an Internet Analyst at Appen.

  • Search Media Evaluation
  • Social Media Evaluation
  • Translation
  • Transcription
  • Survey and Data Collection
  • Linguistics Specialties 
  • Lexicon Annotation
  • Speech Evaluation

Each opportunity and project has it’s own qualification process and exams, which will be provided to the candidate once their application is accepted.

As for myself, I loved my role as a Internet Analyst at Appen.  I was a rater for the Project Yukon.  If you search for this project online you will no doubt find a lot of negative reviews.  However, I really enjoyed the experience.  So, don’t let those negative comments stop you from applying and exploring the opportunity.  Everyone is different.  What may be my cup of tea might not be yours and vice versa.

Do I have to take a tedious exam?

There is a qualification exam.  Raters invited for googles search quality rating project (Project Yukon) will have to through a qualification exam that is divided into three parts.  Let me be honest and say it’s not easy.  But don’t be discouraged if I can do it , so can you.

The first part of the exam is a multiple choice test based on the theoretical content of the general guidelines, which is sent to candidates once their application is approved.  The second part consist of a practical test where raters will evaluate web pages for quality ratings based on the instructions provided in the page quality rating guideline section of the guidelines.  The third part is a practical test for relevance .  This evaluation is based on the needs met rating guideline chapter of the guidelines.

This test is very tedious and takes several hours to complete(without pay).  Also, you must pass one part of the test before you can move on to the next part.  When I applied and took the test we were given two changes for each part.  I almost gave up at attempting to qualify.  I would pass the first two parts and fail the third part.  But once I really took the time study the guidelines and jot down notes I was able to finally pass all three parts.

How much does Appen Pay?

The payrate will depend on your locale and the project you are assigned.  According to most research the pay can rage from $3 hours in places like India, to $14 hours in the US.  Candidates are informed about the pay rate once they are invited to a specific project.

Is it really worth it?

I’ll be honest and say it depends.  If you are looking for away to supplement your income or just want extra spending cash, it may be worth it to you to pursue.  I make this statement because  I want you to realize that as a Independent Contractor for Appen  you will not have any benefits, promotions or pay raises.  Also, you contract can be terminated at any time by Appen.

I found Appen a great way to supplement my income while working another full time job.  And, I really enjoyed the work.  I would still be working for Appen if not for the 4 hour, five days a week mandatory work schedule.  Appen just was not flexible enough for me.

The job itself was very interesting.  I came across a lot of websites that I would have never encountered on my own.  It also helped me to identify good trust worthy websites based on the knowledge I learned from the guidelines.  The internet can be a very dangerous place with a lot of false and misleading information.  At the very least this job gives you the skills to be able to identify untrustworthy websites and avoid them .  As I think about it more, since raters are required to master the instructions provided in the general guidelines, explain what high quality pages should look like and how the relevance of search results should be assessed, you become an expert on what a website should look like.  This knowledge could come in handy if you wanted to create your own website for if you are interested in pursuing a career in search engine optimization (SEO)