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My Experience of Earning Online with Microworkers

Updated on November 14, 2016

Having reviewed Amazon MTurk and given my Top 10 Amazon Mechanical Turk Tips and Tricks, I thought it would be interesting to review another site which was recommended to me as a way of making money online.

Microworkers is another crowdsource site, where you undertake basic tasks (known as “jobs” in this case) such as liking someone’s youtube video, writing a short article, or clicking on webpages, and in return you receive payment. It's a relatively easy way of making money online.

The basic principle is the same as with Amazon Mechanical Turk, although instead of getting your reward in the form of Amazon giftcards, or having cash paid directly into your bank account, your Microworkers earnings are paid into your paypal account.

Below is my list of the pros and cons of earning online with Microworkers.

PROS

  1. The Microworkers site has a professional and attractive layout and it’s easy to navigate. It definitely made a positive impression on me when I first visited and I found it easy to browse through the Microworkers jobs.
  2. They pay a dollar into your Microworker’s account just for joining. Everybody likes a freebie, including me, and making money, even if it's only a buck for no work is always a plus! The only slight drawback is that you can’t actually access your dollar yet (see con no.5).
  3. Some of the Microworkers jobs on the Microworkers site pay better than on other sites. For instance, favoriting someone’s youtube video will often pay 30 or 40 cents on Microworkers, in my experience, whereas you may get as little as 2 cents on Amazon Mechanical Turk. Making money with Microworkers jobs is certainly easier in some areas (though not in others).
  4. When you look at the list of Microworkers jobs available on the Microworkers site, they tell you what proportion of workers who’ve done a job previously have been successful. This is a really useful tool if you want to make money, as it can help you to decide if you want to take that job, or not. (Why they don’t do this on MTurk, I really don’t know!). There are other ways to maximize your Microworkers income which I highlight in my Microworkers tips.
  5. Microworkers payments go into your Paypal account, where you can either spend your money directly at paypal friendly websites, such as ebay, or link it to your bank account and get it transferred there. This is convenient and useful and if you haven’t already got a paypal account, you can open one for free (there are many sites for making money online who use paypal, so I would seriously consider it!). Be aware that it can take time for the bank transfer to be set up, however - at least it did in my case - see con no. 6!

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CONS

  1. There aren’t that many Microworkers jobs available on Microworkers site in my experience. Typically, there are just a few hundred available at any one time. Compare that with MTurk where there can be over a 100,000 hits on offer. That means that making money online on Microworkers is usually not a fast way to make money and can be much slower than with MTurk, in my experience. Also, because of the scarcity of jobs on the Microworkers site, you quite often see the same old requests hanging around for days on end, when browsing through the list of available jobs.
  2. Unfortunately, the problem with scams aimed at workers appears possibly even worse at Microworkers than that at MTurk. I would be certainly wary of giving out your personal details to anyone advertising jobs on any of these websites, including the Microworkers site. You run the risk of getting scammed or suffering identity theft. The fact that that these sort of jobs are advertised gives the site a slightly seedy quality, methinks, though I have no doubts about the honesty of the site owners.
  3. On top of all the scams aimed at workers, there seem to far too many “dodgy” Microworker jobs on offer that are aimed at the general public, it seems to me. At best these sort of jobs effectively involve spamming other websites and forums with hyperlinks and adverts etc. on behalf of the job requester. At worst, some of these Microworker jobs may well just be scams and nobody wants to run the risk of perpetrating some sort of scam on an innocent member of the public!
  4. There aren’t a lot of medium paid Microworker jobs ($1 or $2) where you just have to fill out a survey, or write a short article on the Microworkers site, in my experience. If you read my Amazon Mechanical Turk article, you’ll know that these are the sort of jobs that I like best!
  5. You can’t access any of your earnings until you reach the minimum withdrawal rate, which is $10. This didn’t seem to me to be too bad at first, especially when you consider that some other casual earning sites like, say, Inbox Dollars, have minimum payouts of $30. However, given the scarcity of Microworkers jobs on offer, making money can be relatively slow on the Microworkers site, in my experience, which can make the $10 minimum seem like a mountain to climb.
  6. Getting your money transferred to your Paypal account can take weeks. This is not a major problem, if you are aware of it, but can be very frustrating if you are in need of the money and not expecting it. I talk about it more in my article: Microworkers scam: are accusations about payment problems justified?

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UPDATE!

I found myself using Microworkers less and less and stopped using it altogether in 2013, although I do still have an account with them. There were a number of issues that frustrated me and ultimately led me to the conclusion that the negatives outnumbered the positives, regarding working for them.

  • The nature of the jobs. I never felt comfortable with making up fake reviews, or providing a Facebook follower for an artist that I didn't like.
  • I had some payment issues with Microworkers which irritated me. It was during a period where money couldn't be sent to my paypal account. I emailed them about my problems but received no replies. They later re-introduced Paypal but the damage had been done, as far as I was concerned.
  • The communication between Microworkers staff and workers is generally very poor. Out of the five or so emails that I sent them with queries (the help section was less than helpful) I only received one response and the others were ignored.
  • I never made much money with Microworkers. There are a limited number of jobs, especially if you want to hold onto your moral integrity, and what there is tends to be very badly paid.
  • Although Amazon Mechanical Turk certainly has its problems, it still seems more reliable and professionally run compared to Microworkers, in my experience.

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    • PaulGoodman67 profile image
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      Paul Goodman 6 years ago from Florida USA

      Yes, Microworkers is certainly legit. I have been more successful at earning with Amazon's Mechanical Turk, but that might just be me! Thanks for your comment.

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      tritrain 6 years ago from United States

      Very good info. I've been looking at these types of things as ways to supplement income.

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      Paul Goodman 6 years ago from Florida USA

      Yes, this sort of site is great for supplementing income. My only frustration, as you may have guessed, is that there doesn't seem to be a great deal of monitoring/regulation of the jobs that are posted by the requesters.

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      Lala 6 years ago

      Interesting article(s).

      The only thing is, I don't want my real name to appear on a Google search and Microworkers ask for a real name only when registering. Will my real name pop up publicly? Thank you if you would reply to this silly/basic question!...

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      Paul Goodman 6 years ago from Florida USA

      I'm not sure, Lala, though I think it's unlikely you'd have a problem like that. My name doesn't show in Google. You could try contacting Microworkers?

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      tnvrstar 5 years ago from doha, qatar

      Do you know whats the worst thing is? It's that they need o verify your address same like google. But why? They are going to send me the money to paypal then why they need to verify my post box. Ohk the second thing is why they don't send the PIN for applying 2 times already. i got my google PIN verification code but not from them.

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      Paul Goodman 5 years ago from Florida USA

      hi tnvstar, I that that the addresss verification is a requirement of the tax people, that is why Google and Microworkers have to do it, but I couldn't be sure. You are not the first who I have heard of having problems getting a PIN from Microworkers, it seems like a stalling tactic.

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      WriteAngled 5 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Hmm, I had a look at it a while back, but am steering clear. There are far too many jobs which want you to do a Google search on a specific search term and then go to a web site featuring in the search and click on a specific ad on that site. I certainly am not going to jeopardise my Adsense account like that!

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      Paul Goodman 5 years ago from Florida USA

      Those jobs are all grouped together as click jobs so they are easy to avoid, if you wish.

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      tnvrstar 5 years ago from doha, qatar

      I got the PIN yay! But now less job available due to the the new Hire me job system. Moreover i heard google publisher are not allowed on such kinda site. So i am not using such kinda site now. Adsense is much precious

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      Paul Goodman 5 years ago from Florida USA

      Microworkers send the PIN from Slovenia in my experience, so it can take a couple of weeks to arrive. I've not noticed a drop in the number of jobs, there were usually 150-200 and that remains the case as far as I'm aware. I use Micoroworkers in conjunction with other earning methods.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 5 years ago from Oakland, California

      It is a pity Amazon Turks is not available in the UK or am I mistaken? Are there any other microworker sites you can recommend?

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      Paul Goodman 5 years ago from Florida USA

      I don't know about the availability of MTurk in the UK, to be honest - although I am British, I live in the USA. I have not found any other decent ones, besides MTurk and Microworkers. Someone mentioned Minuteworkers to me, but it was defunct when I went there. The survey sites are worth looking into. There is one called Pine Cone Research which my wife uses which is good. I am not sure what the situation is with surveys in the UK. Lots of people are fans of Swagbucks and Inbox Dollars, including my wife, though my feelings about those sites are more mixed. My South African HubPages friend, Teresa Schultz has a good list of articles with work from home and online ideas: http://workfromhomeideas.co.za/work-from-home-sout...

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      Victor Mavedzenge 5 years ago from Oakland, California

      @Paul.Thanks,will look into it

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      shoikathassan 5 years ago

      I am not expert with this job.i am just looking for a good situation.Even i don't know how to get money from this site.

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      Ashley 5 years ago

      As much as I love microworkers, I have always felt that they don't pay enough for the tasks. However, I found a much better site that has better rates and pays daily by Paypal. It's called cloudcrowd. Check them out here http://www.cloudcrowd.com/i/7dmht8

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      George 5 years ago

      i found an alternative to MW, as well. it's www.clickchores.com ... it looks to be legit.

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      Andra 5 years ago

      You may also like to check e-jobber.com , is as microworkers but they have one great feature : if you are employer and you are not satisfied about the prof submited by worker you can give JOB NOTCOMPLETE and put a message to the worker.Now worker can complete and submit again prof.Also they have 3$ sign up bonus.I like it

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      Marian 5 years ago

      I personally recommend you to try e-jobber.com, that is a site with many easy mini jobs, where you can earn easy money. 2.5$ sign up bonus & paypal withdraw accepted

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      Gracenduta 5 years ago from Kenya

      Helpful information , I am looking for many ways to boost my income

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      GEORGE 5 years ago

      Microworkers is a scam.After I earned $13

      working with this site,I placed a Withdrawal

      request.They sent a email and told me 'We

      could not send payment to your Moneybookers email

      Please verify your Moneybookers email.'.In fact ,

      my moneybookers email works.I accept payments many

      times before.I sent a email and told them my account

      is Ok.After 4 days, my account showed the payment

      was paid but I did not get the money in my moneybookers

      account.I sent many emails to ask them pay me or show me

      the proof of the paid payment but them didn't respond to

      my email.Microworkers.com is a scam site.Be careful,do not

      work with them,they will not pay you.

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      simplecoolguy 5 years ago

      I have never heard of microworkers before but I think I should give it a try. I have been exploring the net for a money making opportunities and I guess this is worth a try. Thanks Paul for this review. =)

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      StephenCowry 5 years ago

      Hub contains information I haven't considered yet. Thanks for sharing it here.

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      Nelson E 4 years ago

      Hi i will like to try it out, but one cuestion, how hard it is and how much money i can recibe let say a month, and witch way (pay pal ect ect)

      thank you and God Bless u Guys

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      monahamed 4 years ago

      I agree with that con no. 3 as I see a lot of scam jobs and illegal ones which may scam other sites .So I quit it.Good article.

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      Aravi 4 years ago

      Microworkers is comp;ete legit site. I earned over $100 dollars.But their pin is the problem. It may late or not receve. But if you get pin once there is no problem

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      maya 4 years ago

      you can also try http://chotujobs.com as an microworkers alternative

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      Haris 4 years ago

      Why don't they send the Pin directly on Email Id.? However they require Email Id while creating an account, not a mailing address .... :'(

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      suman patra 3 years ago

      hi....i was working in amazon(mtruk).i made around $1000 they paid one time but the next time when i requested for 2nd payment and i had balance of $240 then they suspended my account they didn't pay any amount ,my account approval rate was 98% .they took all the money ..they are thief ...dnt trust them any time they can suspend your account without any reason .my amazon worker id-A2LG0SJYIUIRNC..I lost total 400+240=640$

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      Shankar 3 years ago

      I want to microworkers account pin verified any one person who want to sell contact me on skype (somanshankar)

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      BJamesG 3 years ago

      Anytime you do a sign up on microworkers and the requester of job asks for password from their site you joined to get paid, I usually change letter or #. Reason being a lot of scammers are taking a chance that you'll use similar password for other accounts.

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      dangolpabitra.blogspot.com 3 years ago

      How to sign up to microworkers.

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      magicalnepal.blogspot.com 3 years ago

      It's a boring one. Hard to satisfy the employer.

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      PUK 3 years ago

      No body should believe that Microworkers.com will pay you, because they wont, they send you pin to your home address, it will never arrive, for employers your posted job may never be posted and it it is they will frustrate you in such a way you will ask for refund and when you do they will ask you to request for PIN which will never arrive, its more like you just lost your money GOODBYE. They don't accept paypal because a'lot of people will in fact charge back instead of going through with their bullshit!

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      Wisco 2 years ago

      Same experience as PUK. MW may have been a legit site at one time, but it isn't any more. Sign up for Microwrokers only if the idea of working for free is appealing to you. Nothing but a bunch of thieves.

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      BJamesG 2 years ago

      I guess different people have different experiences. I've been on MW for 2 years now. At the beginning it was a little frustrating. You have to find niche job suppliers that aren't as anal retentive. And suppliers that explain what the job entails. I only do the ones that I've had a good experience with. As for paying, never had a problem. They do send to PayPal and always pay 2 X's a week. As long as your above the $10 threshold.

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      Kanishka Jayakody 2 years ago

      They removed my account. Can I get my earned Money???

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      BJamesG 2 years ago

      Kanishka, Never heard of anyone getting banned from MW. Not sure what they do in that situation. They never answer emails so I don't know what to tell ya. I haven't had all the problems that everyone here states. I would assume that they would have to blatantly return terrible work. Or try to scam their system. Or probably have 2 accounts which you aren't suppose to have in the first place. Again there is more to the stories that people tell on here. Trust me I'm all for telling about a bad experience on a site, provided it is the whole story and including my screw ups as well. Of course, there are just scam sites that make ridiculous things up too. That is why you do research. Besides the lack of answering emails, I personally haven't had any problem with MW. But I also go by the rules they put up in order to use their site. But that is just my personal experience.

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      Caleb McKean 2 years ago from Dallas, Oregon

      Other than the initial wait for them to send you a pin the pay has been pretty consistent on Wednesday and Sunday. It is an extra 30 dollars a week easy for very little time. You do that on 15 sites every week and it's a paycheck.

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      BJamesG 2 years ago

      Yeah Caleb, I agree with the consistent payout. Hell, that money is what I use to buy various things off the web. Not bad if you're a smoker and run short on money at least you have a payout to rely on for a pack of smokes. Or even a small monthly phone bill. So it's good enough to me. But a minimum wage weekly check is not possible with what's available at any given time. In order to make a sizable weekly check you'll need some sort of an IT education. Which I don't have.

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      Gina145 2 years ago from South Africa

      Cons number 2 and 3 are enough to put me off. I think I'll give this one a miss. Thanks for a very useful review.

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      brianjG 2 years ago from New Jersey

      The Cons 2 and 3 are there for sure. But out of the 2.5 years I've been on there there have been a couple of times that I ran into someone that has rejected my on work that I know was correct. That to me is usually a sign that either the provider doesn't know what they are doing when they set up the work or some idiot trying to scrape for info. But in any case nothing serious, aside from maybe a nonsense spam email. And you get those anyway just by going on to any page on the net.

      But Paul is right on the scheme of things, Amazon hasn't given me but one problem from a work provider in the same amount of years, comparatively.

      Now Shorttask on the other hand is nothing but scammers. One out of 10 jobs might be accepted. I've been working on reaching a $10 payout for 2 years now. Then comes the time when they decide to pay. That could be 2 months from reaching threshold. THE WORST EVER!!!

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      Ceng memo 22 months ago

      If you want to make quick money go to Rushworker.com

      Realy good and safe site.

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      brianjG 22 months ago

      Hey Ceng memo, How long does it take to get activation email? A couple days?

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      cavalero 22 months ago

      Hey PaulGoodman67 , Are you selling your microworkers account? Please let me know...

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      Make Money Online 20 months ago

      Microworkers is Legitimate online work site from at home. I'm working this site over 2 years and much money. You can also earn money from Microworkers. If you want to know fully about Microworkers than you can read the article: http://www.techsolutionworld.com/microworkers-revi...

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      Rex 18 months ago

      Never ever go to Rushworker.com. A thug site which never pays. I have been woring there for 1 month and they have not paid me, they dont reply to your queries, SCAM site steer clear.

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      jibrin 18 months ago

      Hey, use application https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.... bro, just install the application can run it dollar. Registration fitting use the promo code BW18422 let be $ 0.50. Not bad for start-up capital

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      Irene 14 months ago

      I hate mircoworkers! Their staff is rude and ill mannered and i worked hard to earn $30, but don't receive any!! Just cause I'm using smart panel, I'm not even cheating on anything but of course they block the account and take my money. They are thieves and lions and very unprofessional!

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      Ruby 14 months ago from USA

      Hey I think it was your article online that started me writing on hubpages... well that picture looks familiar!

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      Paul Goodman 14 months ago from Florida USA

      I hope you are enjoying the HP experience! :)

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      Ruby 14 months ago from USA

      Yup I am, thanks!!

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      joolhash jawadin 14 months ago

      I have been blocked by Micro Workers for so called proxy. I emailed them but they failed to get back to me. I only just recieved my pin and entered it, later that day they blocked my account. So I went to whatsmyproxy.com to check if my IP was proxy but it wasn't. This has to be a SCAM. I made $43 and as soon as I wanted to withdraw they blocked me.

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      hakemzrman 13 months ago

      I can confirm they are scammers, but of course scammers like them not fool, they only scam some people, so that the others

      which are not scammed can give review like this; microworkers is legit and so on.

      3 weeks ago I paid them to run a campaign on that shitty shit website..they deduct my banking balance, ok no problem. Then

      after 3 days the campaign still doesn't run, instead they deduct again my banking money without my agreement, simply like

      that, before emailing me telling me I need to tell them the exact money they deduct otherwise they will void my transaction

      in 5 days , WTF! Didn't they know the exact amount of the deduction since they deduct my money in bank? With this point, I

      99% confident they are scammers, brilliant one. Why not before I made payment, state that they are gonna charge me again

      for the verification process, why not? And WTF don't know the amount that they deducted and asking me to tell? Because they

      are scammers.

      But I still have 1% faith left, so then I go to support and tell them the exact amount like they ask me to. THEN until now

      they don't run my campaign and even respond to me! Then Here I 100% confident that they are brilliant scammers. Avoid this

      microshit at all cost! I wish I could research before I made decision to pay them for the campaign, coz WTF website like

      that, asking people, i.e. pay people to cheat click google ads, and other illegal things is supposed to be a good legit

      site. AVOID AT ALL COST, ESPECIALLY IF YOU WANT TO PAY THEM FOR RUNNING CAMPAIGN!

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      Zei Zei 13 months ago

      I have waited 50 days to get my money without feedback by support ticket! It's big scam!!! Shame!!!!

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      Sam Hak 9 months ago

      Well I agree Microworker's customer care is worse than others. I am waiting for my first payment from them and hope it will do good. I thought I would get it on sunday, but they failed to transfer it and asked me cancel the withdrawal and put a new request. I have done that and awaiting their transaction.

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      chingster 9 months ago

      Good day sir! Im from the Philippines and Im currently looking for online jobs i heard so much about mturk but i was denied and im not sure why. I was hoping you could give me some tips or any other website that could help me earn online. Hoping to hear from you! :)

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      suman singj 7 months ago

      1776

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      Gnanasekar 4 months ago

      I interest to do joint this micro job site but i don't have enough knowledge, but i can work my best i have a language experience and typing experience and accounting and other sides.

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