(Please note: I wrote this review two years’ ago. Some things have changed at CloudCrowd since then. As such, in addition to reading my review, please read a more recent one to fill in the gaps. There’s one here and here.)
CloudCrowd pays you to complete a number of tasks including:
– looking for email addresses and business profiles
– evaluating images
– editing and reviewing content
– translation work (usually German/French to English and vice versa)
– writing summaries
– singing songs (yep!)
Payments are made every business weekday via Paypal.
What You’ll Need…
CloudCrowd doesn’t work on a *Mac. You will need a PC (Windows platform). (*my bad – apparently you can use CloudCrowd on a Mac. To do edits/reviews, you’ll need the Mac version of Word.)
You will also need a Firefox browser (preferably — not sure it works on other browsers).
If you plan on doing any editing, writing, reviewing (and, I think, translation), you will also need Microsoft Word.
To do most tasks, you must first complete and pass a test (known as a Credential Test). The ones you have to sit an initial test for pay more (9 cents to $15.00 each). However, for a few other tasks, a test is not required (for now) and you can jump straight in (pays mostly 2 cents each).
You can only take a particular credential/translator test ONCE. CloudCrowd might change this in the future.
The pay isn’t always the same on CloudCrowd; sometimes it changes every few days or so – it can go up or down.
Tasks and credential tests aren’t always available. To know when they become available, you can either make frequent visits to the site or you can request that you be informed when they do become available.
Often, when you complete and submit a task, someone will look over your work to make sure you’ve done it properly. If you ever submit a task and its status is ‘Awaiting Approval’, then that’s what’s happening there.
Other times, when you submit a task, it’s automatically approved. However, a reviewer can still go back and check it.
Upon checking, if he/she thinks you haven’t done it well, your task will be rejected, you lose some *credibility (explained below) and you won’t get paid for it.
If you feel it should have been approved, you can appeal it (exception: you can’t appeal a credential test). The appeal process can take some time and you’re only allowed to appeal one task at a time. Though that’s the way to go, some members sometimes choose to forgo that and post a thread on the support forum instead. I’ve noticed a lot of the time, it gets dealt with. Though you can’t appeal credential tests, I’ve seen a couple of people take the support-forum route.
What this means is how well you do each task. The credibility level starts from 30, I believe, and goes up to 100. The more tasks you do correctly, the more your credibility creeps up. However, if you do one task wrong, it can go down pretty quickly, so be careful. If it gets to a certain low, you can be put on probation. You can still do tasks, but it means that you’re being monitored more closely until your tasks prove you’re doing the job properly.
Credibility loss and probation periods happen to CloudCrowd workers frequently, so don’t be too alarmed if it happens to you. It’s happened to me a few times and is part of the learning process. Just be careful and do the job as thoroughly and attentively as you can.
Your credibility is important because it can often determine the tasks you’re entitled to do. Also, if you dip to a certain level (beyond probation level), you can get suspended. It doesn’t happen to a lot of people, but it has happened. If you read the rules thoroughly, make sure you understand what you’re required to do, read the support forum and ask questions if you don’t understand something, then you should be OK.
– just to make it clear, you don’t earn with Facebook, you earn with CloudCrowd. However, you need a Facebook account to join CloudCrowd as its application is Facebook-based.
– you need a VERIFIED Paypal account to receive payments from CloudCrowd
– before attempting your first task or taking a test, read CloudCrowd’s rules as thoroughly as you can as well as the support forum.
– keep your credibility level healthy
– your tasks are checked by other CloudCrowd members. Who does it depends on their credential and credibility
– though CloudCrowd standards are quite high, rejections have been known to be wrong. If you’re adamant your task shouldn’t have been rejected, appeal it.
– when you get a task, it’s up to you if you wanna do it or skip it. If you skip it, most of the time, a new task will appear (unless CloudCrowd runs out of tasks). If you get a task that you’re unsure about, you might want to consider skipping it altogether rather than run the risk of attempting it, having it rejected and losing some of your credibility. It’s up to you, though. Everyone works differently.
My Experience with CloudCrowd…
When I initially joined CloudCrowd, I wasn’t really that active. I did a few of the low-paid tasks just to test things out and got paid overnight which was cool. After that, I didn’t use it for a while.
About a month ago, I decided to revisit. I wanted to earn more and decided to take the editing credential test. I’d been putting it off for a while because I was nervous about it. The rules seemed overwhelming. But I guess on that day, I was feeling less fearful and more willing to just go for it without worrying about how it might pan out.
Few days later, I got an email informing me that I’d passed. I’d kinda forgotten I took the test. I think at the time I took it, it was more important that I conquered a fear.
However, saying that, the extra money is definitely appreciated. I tend to do more review work as I enjoy proofreading, but I’ve also done some editing work. I was nervous about doing the editing work too, but glad I gave it a go. It’s not quite as daunting anymore.
If you see tasks on there that you feel you’re skilled to do, try taking the test. The worst that could happen is that you don’t get in. That’s it.
If you have any questions, I don’t consider myself to be a CloudCrowd guru, but I’m willing to help if I can with what I know. However, your first port of call should be the support forum.
If you plan on joining CloudCrowd, good luck. It’s a site that’s still in beta so it’s not without its faults, but it has potential.