User Testing. Get paid to test websites and apps.

Share your thoughts on websites and apps and get paid for 10-minute chunks of your spare time.

The best user testing sites in the UK

User testing sites provide a lucrative way to earn money in 10-minute chunks of time. I initially covered these usability testing sites in detail over on r/beermoneyuk. I’ve been using these sites since COVID lockdowns, and go through stages of earning a decent amount of money from them. My best month earned me $150 from Intellizoom (linked below) alone.  

The name “user testing” hints at what these kinds of sites do. They pay people to give feedback on customer experiences. Really, there are a few different types of studies that you can apply to take part in:

  • Website tests

  • App tests

  • Game tests

  • Sorting studies (e.g. grouping website menu items)

Almost all studies are unmoderated – there is usually no interviewer. You record yourself doing stuff on your phone/computer and narrate while you are doing it. The recordings are reviewed by a researcher afterwards. These are easy to do – just speak your thoughts as you follow the instructions!

How to earn money with user testing

To sign up to a User Testing site, check out the recommendations below. Visit the sites to sign up. Then you will be asked to submit a practice test. You will be give instructions for doing so, and will be accepted onto the panel if you pass the test. The test assignments are pretty easy – usually involving visiting a website, and talking about what your experience as you perform a couple of tasks. For example, you might have to navigate a website to find the help section and search for help on a specific problem. As you do, speak your thoughts aloud. Say what you like, and also mention anything you do not like or find difficult/annoying! Remember that these researchers want to know what issues the test product has!

Typical pay rate: £8 ($10) for a 10-15 minute test.

And here are my rules for doing user testing studies:

You don’t get accepted if you don’t apply – apply for lots!

Don’t be shy. If you are shy, snap out of it.

Just tell them your thoughts.

The best usability testing platforms

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IntelliZoom

5/5

Intellizoom offers normal “think out louds” user testing sessions and lower-paying, but easier, card sort studies. Tests are emailed out, and you can also check the website.

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User Interviews

5/5

User Interviews is a market research site offering many types of studies (user testing, one-on-one interviews, group interviews, etc.), Sign up and get a bonus ~£8 gift card when you complete your first study.

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Userlytics

4/5

Userlytics is another user testing site that emails out opportunities to take part in tests. Most studies pay €10. There are higher paying tasks, but I have never been accepted for one.

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Testingtime

4/5

Testingtime is a market research site that offers occasional user tests. It does not have as many opportunities as others listed here, but they tend to have longer, higher paying tests.

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Usertesting

3.5/5

The Usertesting platform has the most opportunities and it pays out faster than all other usability sites. But many studies are IT focussed. Studies usually take less than 10 minutes.

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Respondent

3/5

I like Respondent because it frequently has usability tests for financial apps. User tests are limited to finance topics, but there are lots of other opportunities to get paid.

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Other user testing sites

These sites are all on my radar, but I have never performed a test with them. So I can’t really comment on how good they are.

Conversion Crimes

Pays $15-$60 a test via PayPal.

Ping Pong

All tests are video calls, rather than unmoderated tests where you submit a recording of yourself.

PlaytestCloud

PlaytestCloud has opportunities to test mobile games. Wish I would get accepted!

Testapic

This app is now owned by Usertesting. No idea if it is any good.

Testapic

Trymata used to be called TryMyUI. I have been a member for years, but never got accepted to a single study.

Userbrain

Occasionally gets mentioned on Reddit as a good site.

User Crowd

Never been accepted, but there are never many tests to apply for

UserSense

By the time I signed up for this, I was having too much luck with Intellizoom and the others above. So I just never bothered…

uTest

Has a lot of opportunities, but the website is just a bit too complicated for me to bother with.

Validately

Validately is another site that is owned by Usertesting.