(June 29, 2012.)
To illustrate how it is liked to post a job on the Mechanical Turk, here is an example task I have outsourced to this service.
I wanted a list of scary games for a scary games party EBook I wanted to create around Halloween. So I asked several Turkers in a HIT to write me 300 words of content about scary games.
Mechanical Turk is probably the cheapest service you can get for content creation, but it works if you use some tricks.
Check out the job description first:
By the way, I paid about 80c per HIT for this specific task. You always need to follow through if you say that you are going to check content with Copyscape, as I did.
Note that with Copyscape each search costs you 5 cents which is an additional cost to that of the Mechanical Turk HIT.
Another lesson I learned the hard way on Mechanical Turk is that you are not allowed asking the personal info. That is why in my job description I wrote that “your name does not have to be your real one” and “the location does not have to be where you live”.
I just wanted to have some author name to go with each story, even if it wasn’t a real. In the end, I got a pretty decent collection of great scary games for an eBook with this HIT for less than $10. I am pretty sure you can come up with some useful ideas how you can use the Mechanical Turk, too.