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How to be a Search Engine Evaluator in 2020

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Updated 19th Jan 2020

In the previous post I discussed how you can be a Search Engine Evaluator making over $13 per hour if you’re based in US or other European countries. 

And if you’re based in India or other developing countries, you could still make $7 an hour, which is much better than working night shifts in an MNC in Gurgaon or Bangalore.

If you had already sign up with Leapforce, you are already half way through. If you haven’t yet, sign up below –


If you click on the link above, you will be taken to the website of  Appen Connect  and there would be an option to select your country and language. It should look like this –

Appen Search Engine/ Social Media Evaluator

Select your country and language.  And proceed accordingly.

You will be required to submit a professional CV and once selected, an ID card of your country of residence has to be submitted as well. If you’re an Indian, you’ll have to submit a copy of your PAN Card.

Once you have applied for any available position in Leapforce, they will send you a study material. Now since there are various projects available for different countries, the study material may vary depending on the project available and what you’ve applied for.

I’m going to discuss about the position of Search Engine Evaluator here as it is the most available project across various countries, and the best project of Leapforce.


Before you apply for a position to be a Search Engine Evaluator, make sure that you satisfy the following conditions –

  • Be a highly active user of Google’s Search Engine and other products.
  • Have a Gmail account with web history turned on.
  • Use Google Play at least once per week.
  • Use Google+ more than once a month.
  • Have a Payoneer account to get paid by them. Earlier they used to pay via Western Union, now they pay via Payoneer. Sign up here and get $25 bonus as soon as you are paid $1000 by Appen.


N.B. Search Engine Evaluation position is no longer available in Leapforce for US citizens. It has moved to a completely new platform called Raterlabs which is managed by current employees of Appen. Social media evaluation for Americans is still there in Leapforce though. And as of December 2017, Leapforce has itself being acquired by Appen.


Once you have applied for a position to be a Search Engine Evaluator, you will be provided with a study material. The study material is a 179 page PDF file which is all that you need to crack this exam. The concepts discussed here may be a bit intimidating to people who aren’t so familiar with Google Searches and doesn’t have a little bit of knowledge of internet, but other than that it is nothing technical that requires mathematical or programming skills.

Once you receive the study material, you will have seven days to study it, and your exam will take place after a week over the next seven days. Hence the qualification process can take about fourteen days. The best part is that results are instantaneously known except for the last part of the exam.

Remember, exams are scheduled according to Pacific Standard Time (PST). So those of you who aren’t US citizens, be careful to plan according to PST.

Search Engine Evaluator Exam Duration

You have seven days to finish the exam. You don’t have to sit down and finish the exam at one go though. Moreover, there are three components of exam which we will discuss in depth later.


There are three components of it –

  • A theoretical component.
  • Practical component taken in desktop or laptop.
  • Practical component that requires a smartphone.

The theoretical component of the exam consists of questions which are based on the study material provided by Leapforce. Many people find it easy to pass the first part while some can’t even go through the first part. For some, it is the easiest part of the exam, while others find it extremely hard to understand the concepts discussed in the guidelines, let alone appear for the exams.

Once you have cracked the first part of the exam, you will have to pass the practical component of the exam. The first part of the practical component of the exam is the application of the concepts and theories discussed in the first part of the study material.

The third part of the exam is a practical component that requires one to have a smartphone with Android or iOS. Windows phones aren’t supported. Now this may sound a bit intimidating to you, but trust me it is not. The instructions that you will receive are awesome and makes appearing for exam a breeze. But make no mistake in assuming that the exam itself is easy. It ain’t!


Simple ! Work your butt off  for a week ! That’s it.

Some people complain that Leapforce doesn’t pay one during study or exam preparation. Are you serious bro? Hell, what about the three years that you spent in a college that did’t or couldn’t guarantee a job after you’re done with it? What about the loan that you took to get a degree that has no relevance to the reality of life?

You don’t need student loan to get study materials here. It’s for free unlike your college degree.

You might wanna study each day for at least two hours so that you can refresh your concepts right before your exam. Once your exam starts, you can always refer back to the PDF material that you get from them.

Even during the first part of the exam, you can refer back to the PDF guidelines. The best part is, it is an open book exam.

Here is an ultimate guide on how to crack this exam.


Absolutely ! Hey I failed on my first attempt. The last part of the exam got me. I thought I had it, but turned out I couldn’t make it on my first attempt.

If you don’t study the study material i.e. the 160 page PDF guidelines, you are sure to fail. 100% guaranteed. That’s the reason why Leapforce says at the very beginning that this is a tough exam. It ain’t easy. And trust me it isn’t.

However, if you study it thoroughly and religiously for at least a week, nothing can stop you from cracking this exam.

But the reality is, some people are’t cut for this job. No matter how many times they try, they can’t just make it. And that’s the reality of this exam.


You may be given a one time chance to retake the exam.

Good Luck with your exam. I am excited to hear back from you. If you have any questions, please comment below.

P.S. Don’t ask me answers for questions of any part of the exam. I won’t give that out. That’s called cheating and cheating only cheats you.

Go be a Search Engine Evaluator today. Sign up below and start earning

Appen Connect


Anywhere from $300 – $3800+ per month.

I made over $2007 in Oct 2018 although, we Indians are just paid $7 per hour. If I were an American or European, I would have made over $3800 as they are paid $13 per hour approximately.

Here is how I made $2007 ($3800) in a single month. Read it here

Update 3rd Dec 2018 – The current pay rate after Leapforce’s acquisition by Appen has been reduced for all countries. For Indians, they pay $3/hr now and for Americans they pay like $9 – 13/hr, depending on where you live.


Search Engine Evaluator Course qualification is a tough tough one. Hardly 1 out of every 100 applicants gets through it. The minimum passing score required is 87%.

Since I have been working as a Search Engine Evaluator since June December 2016 ( you can read my earliest blog posts from December 2016 right here, if you don’t believe me. Check out the date the post was published), I have an authority and expertise at this field.

I have been working on a course for almost 2 months now. Its finally complete and I can guarantee that it is the best search engine evaluator training  course our there.

I didn’t start a course, out of the blue claiming, that I have been working as an evaluator for over 2 years now. Everyone knows that I have been working as one since June 2016. As soon as you check the archives of my website, you would know what I mean.

You will be tremendously benefited by my experience. You would greatly benefit by getting a direct access to me.

So check out the course below and sign up today.

Appen/Leapforce, Lionbridge and Raterlabs are hiring now! Don’t miss this opportunity.

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After making almost $3000 online, I started this blog to document my own journey as a search engine evaluator aka Google rater, bug hunter, website usability tester, and blogger. Now I teach others how to make money online through genuine work from home opportunities. I've been featured in Huffington Post among others. You can read more about my personal struggles and successes in making money online here.

This Post Has 160 Comments

  1. Besana

    Hi Sam, thanks a lot for giving us this info, I’ve actually tried being a search engine evaluator before. I’m gonna try again using the info you provided.

  2. Kay

    Hi, Sam.
    I think i just failed my first attempt at the test. But based on the email that i got there a no explanation about second chance. Im still waiting for the test result. Is that mean that i failed already?

  3. N

    Hello Sam,

    First I applied at Appen and I waited for some days to get the exam invitation. But I didn’t get that and then I applied for LionBridge and then they sent me the exam links. So when LionBridge asked me that whether I’ve applied for the same job I answered No but I used the same IP address and email for registering at Appen and LionBridge. So should I delete my application at Appen and then give exam at LionBridge. Please let me know ASAP.


    1. Sam

      It won’t cause any problem. Just go ahead and appear for the exam. Good Luck !

      1. N

        Thanks Sam.

        1. Sam

          You are welcome 🙂

  4. Ava

    Hi, Thanks for all the great information. For being a Google Search Engine Evaluator/Yukon, can you have a new/separate Gmail account, or should you use an older one. Thanks 🙂

    1. Sam

      You can, but they want the primary email.

  5. Michael

    hello sam, good income coming from a search engine evaluation. i also wanted to apply on this job, I just want to ask if appen/leapforce will depend the task be given to you base on your resume? If so, can you give me a little heads up on what skill/course did you put on your resume so that the task/s would appear more on search engine evaluation? thank you..

    1. Sam

      It has nothing to do with your resume. Your hours will depend on the quality that you maintain every month.

  6. Rina

    Hello Sam,
    I am looking for a Search Ads evaluation course with many sample and explanation for answer. Do you offer such course? (not search engine evaluation which I find task are very low to make a living)

    1. Sam

      I don’t have that yet. I have started working as an Ad Evaluator for Bing Project. Wondering when and if I will launch a course for it or not.

      I work full time as a search engine evaluator and I make anywhere between $500 – $2000+ every month although I am just an Indian. Tasks are less in some months, but overall it is a solid long term project.

  7. akshay

    hey sam are you still working for appen if so please post new things

  8. Onyinye

    Hi, Sam.
    Is Search Engine Evaluation open for Nigerians?

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