Leapforce Search Engine Evaluator Job

February 22, 2009

Leapforce Search Engine Evaluator Job

Leapforce is looking for highly educated individuals for a Search Engine Evaluator work from home opportunity. Applicants must be self motivated and internet savvy. This is an opportunity to evaluate and improve search engine results for one of the world’s largest internet search engine companies.

Ideal Search Engine Evaluators will possess the following skills:
* Have in-depth, up-to-date familiarity with American social culture, media, and web culture
* Excellent comprehension and written communication skills in English
* Broad range of interests, with specific areas of expertise a plus
* University degree or equivalent experience (degrees in-progress are acceptable).
* Excellent web research skills and analytical abilities.
* Ability to work independently under minimal supervision
* Possess a high speed internet connection (DSL, Cable Modem, etc.)

For more information visit the Leapforce Employment Application.

{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

jennifer February 25, 2009 at 4:22 pm

has anyone applied and had any luck with this company? seems too good to be true.

T.Rochelle February 25, 2009 at 7:23 pm

I have heard some great things over at wahm.com about Leapforce. I love when a new legit place hits the scene!

Keri April 8, 2009 at 11:09 pm

I applied to the Leapforce, Search Engine Evaluator, position and found them to be legit with the CA Secretary of State. I couldn’t find any info on the BBB and never connected with a live person or received a call back when I left a message on the 800#. With that, I decided the only thing I had to lose was my time and knowledge.

From there, it took them a couple weeks to send info. I submitted all the required documents and again waited a couple weeks for a response. I was then notified of my exam dates and the instructions therein. Once received, I was given a week deadline to complete two exams, which included an extensive set of exam guidelines (100pgs) and a predicted 10-20 hrs of my time (said to be compensated once an agent). If I passed the first exam, they said they’d send the second.

I just took the first exam and didn’t pass. In all, I’d say I gave them 5hrs of my time. I’m skeptic that their intent may not be to actually hire but conduct free market research??? I’m kind of at a loss as to their intent and even the legitimacy of the entity.
I’m a sharp cookie and found the material to be quite complex and not applicable of high retention. I’m anxious to hear from anyone who passed both exams and are working agents…getting paid.

Mike April 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm

They’re legit. I found them on Craigslist, and filled out the application. I passed both parts of the test and have worked for them for several months.

betsy May 18, 2009 at 3:33 pm

this comment is for mike. you said you have worked for them for several months. have you gotten paid yet and how long did it take you to get paid from the time you started doing work? as many people are, i am skeptical of all these work from home sites. so i am just curious. i have read other blogs about leapforce. they all seem to say that they are legit, but that they are difficult to get in contact with and people have waited a long time to get paid. any of your comments would be appreciated.

nobody May 19, 2009 at 11:44 am

Mike, how many hours do you average?

Frank June 1, 2009 at 7:33 pm

When you become a Leapforce agent, you sign a contract with them. This contract obligates Leapforce to pay you within 30 days of an invoice submittal.

Carly June 11, 2009 at 9:36 am

This is a temporary role offered through WorkforceLogic.
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The area: Testing
Google Test Engineers guarantee that our company’s software works every time for every user while scaling to the highest levels. We tackle huge technical challenges that push the limits of computer science. Our team is a collaborative, global organization consisting of engineers with the highest levels of technical depth, programming skill and a passion for quality.

The role: Ads Quality Rater – English – Temporary
As an Ads Quality Rater, you will be responsible for reporting and tracking the visual quality and content accuracy of Google advertisements. Ads Quality Raters use an online tool to examine advertising-related data of different kinds and provide feedback and analysis to Google. Projects worked on may involve examining and analyzing text, web pages, images, and other kinds of information. You will need an in depth and up-to-date familiarity with English- speaking web culture and media. Additionally, you will apply this knowledge to a broad range of interests and topics. Ads Quality Raters possess excellent written communication skills and web analytic capabilities. You will be required to work 10-20 hours a week on a self-directed schedule.

* Evaluate the accuracy of Google search engine results.
* Communicate effectiveness of web layouts and information via the online tool.

* BA/BS degree or equivalent experience.
* Fluency in English.
* Extensive familiarity with U.S. culture and media.
* Excellent web research and analytical capabilities.
* A high speed internet connection.
* Valid U.S. work authorization.

For immediate consideration, please send a text (ASCII) or HTML version of your resume to temporaryjobs@google.com.
Important: The subject field of your email must include Ads Quality Rater – English – Temporary.

Mark October 7, 2009 at 6:09 pm

I’m interested in this, but have yet to read of anyone with specifics regarding their experience with them, or even Google doing a similar job.

Anyone care to comment?

Paulette October 14, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Google Quality Rater yes it is legit. I had a friend that worked with them for the temporary duration. I think you are allowed like a year to work. They even pay you if you dont pass the exam to work for them.
I literally thought it was not real but she has checks to prove it AND she is hoping to get back on with them. Im hoping to get anything. hope that helps

Kevin July 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I have applied to them and am getting ready to take the exams. I was referred to them by my cousin who has worked for them for several months now. She said you get paid monthly but it can take a while to get your first payment. After the first is done then they come regularly as long as you submit all the paperwork on your end in a timely manner.

Melissa August 23, 2010 at 11:09 am

I LOVE working for them. It allows me to stay at home with my son. I did fail when I took the same test for Lionbridge (another company that does the EXACT same thing) but passed with Leapforce (same test.) I think it’s great though. Good Luck to all who apply.

Garrick September 2, 2010 at 10:44 am

I will be starting the test soon, it gets to me on Monday the 13th of Sept. There are two parts to the test. Heard rumors that it takes about 10 hours to complete, but that they will also pay you for that time once you pass the exams. Not sure how much money they offer, but another person on another blog stated he got paid 13.50/hr. You will have to pay your own income taxes though. So far everything seems legit. I will try to keep everyone posted on my progress.

Kelly September 10, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Hello all! I work for Lionbridge, which is like Leapforce…they just pay more. I make $14.50 an hour and I have to work at least 10hrs a week. It depends on the job but you should be working a minimum of 10 hrs a week and a maximum of 20 to 30. I only had to take one test but I heard that it was the same long test that Leapforce offers. I passed my test and have been with Lionbridge for over a year. I got paid one month after I began and got several nice sized bonuses with my paycheck the first month. Every so often they offer bonuses if you reach a certain quota…which is nice. At Lionbridge you talk to real people, via email, instead of an answering service…BUT that doesn’t make them very helpful! Most times you feel like you’re talking to a rubber boot. I’m extremely frustrated with Lionbridge because they have enacted a new system that is wayyy faulty. I just received an email saying I won’t be paid this month because there were issues with my timesheet. They said I shorted myself in four areas and over compensated in two. Ridiculous. Their new system doesn’t recognize if your internet cycles on and off (I live in a HUGE city so it happens often). Anyway, because of this they either always think you are shorting yourself money or giving yourself too much time. I’m fed up so I applied for Leapforce today….even though it is a paycut.
This job is not for everyone. They have a sloppy manual (120 pgs) that they redo and change the rules for rating in all the time! Some of their rules on rating are insane but when they redo the manuals they are sometimes fixed. Just be aware that you may possibly be TOO smart for this job. If the majority of people that rate the same task forgot to check a certain box and you and a few smart others were the only ones to check it….well YOU are counted wrong. It’s the majority against the minority. Eh…
If you already have a job or just need a little extra money….I say go for it…but don’t expect a lot and DO expect a lot of frustrations!

Garrick September 21, 2010 at 12:01 am

Ok here is my update. I passed the first test and got my results within minutes. I took the second test and it is very time consuming. I made the mistake of trying to complete it all in one day, that didn’t happen. So i suggest breaking it up over a few days. Even though it’s time consuming it’s not all that difficult if you read the 120 page guideline. I did pass the second test and have begun working for them as of today. I will try to come on and let you know how thins are going.

Lola September 28, 2010 at 4:10 pm

@Garrick, I am waiting to get the Leapforce study materials and guidelines. Do you have any tips/suggestions?

Also, please post about your experience getting paid, etc. Thanks.

Rod October 11, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I have just finished the second leapforce test today.

The only tip I have is “read the guidelines carefully”. Visit the URL examples in the document. Reading the theory is important and so is seeing concrete examples before taking the exam. I’ll let you know how it goes.

RoseGirl October 19, 2010 at 1:13 am

Has anyone tried working for both companies at the same time? Is there anything that would forbid someone from doing that?

Michael February 13, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Just a quick note. I have been working for Leapforce for about three months now. They pay monthly and you don’t get the check until about the third week of the month.

No taxes are taken out, so you would be wise to set some aside in a savings account so you don’t have a nasty surprise in April.

They have a number of different tasks you need to learn, but there is a flow to it once you do it for a bit. $13.50 an hour as many hours as you want. Also they sometimes offer bonus incentives, I got nearly $200 extra for work I did in December.

cheryl March 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm

I applied beginning of Feb. and still have not heard back from them. I
e-mailed a few times as well since I wanted to update my resume but wasn’t able to do so because I was ‘already registered with them’. Does anyone know if they only hire certain times of the year or if they have any state quotas that may interfere? I know this job is perfect for me – I’m just eager for them to get back to me! And one more question– are those of you who were hired by Leapforce librarians or have any background in library science?
Any info is appreciated. Thanks 🙂

JoJo March 10, 2011 at 2:08 am

I am currently in the application process. I failed the 2nd test but I guess not that bad because they invited me to re-take it. I think they really need people. They have posted two ads in my area.

I heard that they paid $17-20/hr, though… I guess that was a rumor?! I was really looking forward to it… I guess I’ll be happy with whatever pay if I pass the test this time, though. It would be a great opportunity and allow me to stay home with my son and get back in school.

cheryl March 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm

JoJo– what state are you located in and could you tell me if you have a library science background?? Also, when did you actually fill out your initial application with them?

Lea April 13, 2011 at 11:05 pm

I just got hired and passed the two tests and filled out the W-9, when do you find out what you get paid per hour?

Angel April 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm

@Lea How long did it take for you to get a response back after registering? I filled out an application on March 26th and still have not got an email stating when/if I can take the test…

Avery April 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I took and failed the first exam for Leapforce yesterday. However, I am still able to log in to there site and visit the forums. Is there anyway I can re-take the exam.

Also, considering applying to Lionbridge. Do they give the same exams and use the same General Guideline?

Thank you in advance for your input.

Chester May 1, 2011 at 10:23 am

I spent 10 hours preparing for and then taking the exam. I became an agent. Im no sucker so I completed the min. required tasks for the month, just to make sure I will get paid.

On the 1st of the month I filled out my invoice. Then I waited and waited and waited. finally after 2 weeks I was informed that some errors existed on my invoice. I take a look at the errors as it turns out they do track your time, and accoring to leapfarce I worked about 55% of the hours I invoiced. Under closer inspection leapfarce has no record of some of the days invoiced for work, and at the same time they credited me for days I did not work. What gives?

Any way I refilled out my invoice exactly according to what leapfarce claimed I worked. Now it has been 2 more weeks and I am waiting waiting waiting. Good Thing I have a wife with a good paying job. Turns out I may be a Sucker.

terroristical.com May 18, 2011 at 2:06 am

I’ve been working with them for a month but have not gotten my paycheck yet which is a bit irritating that it takes so long.
Regarding invoice problems that I constantly hear about, Leapforce has allotted task timings. You can do a task for an hour if you wish but if the requirement is that you complete it within 30 seconds…you’re going to get paid for 30 seconds. Therefore, when doing your invoices, you have to focus more on how much time you SHOULD HAVE spent on the task rather how much time you actually did.

terroristical.com May 18, 2011 at 2:08 am

Regarding pay, the $17-20 is for advanced evaluators. Otherwise, you get $13.50 (they don’t take out your tax…you have to pay that yourself).

LDN May 26, 2011 at 10:46 am

I finished my second exam LATE last night; the test was due by today at 12:00a.m. Pacific Time and I submitted the test around 11p.m. PT.

When I finished the first test it only took about 5 minutes for an email to come in to my email box telling me I had passed and was ready to move on to the 2nd. The email received for the second test says you will not be notified of your pass / fail status until after the due date. Ok, today was the due date; but does anyone out there who has passed recently know how long it takes for them to correspond with you?

I don’t want to put all of my eggs in one basket if you know what I mean; but this is a job that pays a fair rate for fair work so I am curious to know how long it will take for me to find out if I am going to be able to work for them.

Cindy June 2, 2011 at 6:20 pm

My 2nd exam was due at midnight this morning, and I just got the results in now (about 5:00 pm). I’m really hoping it all works out, I’ll try to update with any news, and good luck!

Cindy June 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Okay it’s half hour later, and I already got my return email from my W-9 and now I’m about to start!

GABBY July 25, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Hi Cindy, pls how long after your exam test time expired did they send you your result, cos my time expired since 12am today and i have not gotten any reply from leapforce yet.

Valerie July 28, 2011 at 2:19 am

Hey Everyone, I passed my exams in may, first paycheck was second week of June. I got the results of the exam within 24hrs of the due date, not when i submitted it. The pay is 13.50 but if your doing well you can get upgraded to 17.50/hr, which for a workathome job is about the best ive seen. Lastly, when i first applied i think it took about 3-4weeks to get a response with testing date. The 2nd exam what your tested on is one of the easiest rating you will do. Also a good test to see if you really wanna do this. If you can knock that 2nd exam out in 1day. Once your working, if u finished that exam in over 4hrs your below productivity. G’night mates

sf;ldskf August 16, 2011 at 7:08 pm

so is it a scam or what?

Tina August 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I just filled out for the leap force agent. I have never tried anything like this before, I am due to have child number 4 soon and want to work from home. Can someone tell me if this is a legit company and if there are other companies out there that I can apply with.

Romel October 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I read one say she got the 2nd exam’s result in 30 mins after the due date/time? One said within 24 hours. Has anyone gotten theirs in over 24 hours? I wish they let you know even if you fail the test so you don’t have to keep waiting. If it’s more than 24 hours of waiting, should I assume I failed the 2nd test if I don’t hear from them?

Gaby October 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Hi All,

I’m about to start the exams, after reading all these comments I am very encouraged and excited to begin this. I am not looking to sustain a living but more of an extra monthly income into my pockets. There is something no one has mentioned here and I would like to know the real numbers I understand leapforce pays around 13.50/hr but in reality how much hours do you work and how much do you actually earn? $100, $500, $1000 a month? I see people say there are sometimes no tasks available I would really appreciate a response.

Thanks & God Bless.

leapforce sucks October 27, 2011 at 11:11 am

Please do not waste your time with Leapforce. If you want to do this job with a reputable company. Apply as an ads rater through the Google employment website. Leapforce has a terrible reputation. Many complaints. You will see glowing reviews but these are from the powers that be at LEAPFORCE. BE WARNED.

Jack Sparrow November 30, 2011 at 11:01 am

The person who signed as “leapforce sucks” is correct. This company needs a major lesson in business ethics. The deck is stacked against any workers who are considered “independent contractors” so the company does not have to pay taxes. You get automated messages with no human behind it for any issues that come up and the quotas of tasks per hour are rediculous. What you test on is not what you get as tasks. There are many other task types you must spend your own time to learn to do and you can be rated too fast or too slow. People are fired without warning. Many other complaints are on record and glowing reviews are from the powers that be at Leapforce. Yes, BE WARNED.

June December 17, 2011 at 12:48 am

I don’t really think the glowing reviews are mainly from the powers that be. If you visit places like Work Place Like Home you will see people who enjoy working there and have positive things to say and they aren’t part of the powers that be.They are just contractors.

However, it is true that it takes a while to get paid once you submit your invoice. That can be very irritating. Last year, I received my check a day before Xmas on a Saturday. At the time they didn’t have direct deposit. Your invoice may get approved on the 1st and you may not see that money until the 3rd week of the month or later. If you need that money to pay bills or something like that it can be very frustrating. If you use the job to mainly pay bills it almost would be better to try to make double of what you need because you likely won’t see any money until the following month , no earlier than the 3rd week of that next month.

It is also true that you can be let go at a whim for various unknown reasons. Some say it may be demographic requirements for the client. Others say quality. It’s not clear.

You also need to stay afloat of the various guidelines for task on your own time an they can sometimes change.

You may read about some people having issues with invoices. I have only personally had one problem way in the beginning when I started. If you stay logged into the tool bar and write things down you should have no problem with invoice times. I don’t use any type of browser add-on to track down. I use paper and pen.

But what it’s not is a scam. It’s just a opportunity to enjoy while you have it. But you have to go into knowing that at ANY time it can be taken away. Doesn’t seem fair or good but it’s just the way that it is. Too bad really but it is what it is and definitely should have other income coming in or at least a foot in the door doing some other work, just in case you get let go or your contract doesn’t get renewed.

Cindy December 15, 2012 at 10:24 am

I only have an Associate’s Degree. Do they ever hire anyone without the Bachelor’s? Thanks!

Mandy July 24, 2013 at 6:24 pm

They are legit, but the test is one of those things… you either will get the hang of it quickly or you will struggle… I passed, but heard the passing rate is very low – like less than 10%.

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