Saturday, April 8, 2017

How many hours a week can you work on Leapforce?

People often ask me how many hours a week you can work for Leapforce; currently you are limited to 40 hours a week, but soon that will be changing.  A new policy has just been announced that limits hours to 26 per week.  Starting June 1, 2017 Yukon raters in the US will be restricted to working no more than 26 hours per week.  This will disappoint many people hoping to make Leapforce a full time job.  I believe it is probably difficult to consistently get 40 hours per week every week anyway, but I’m sure some people come close to that.  Leapforce workers who consistently worked more than 26 hours per week will now have to find other work to supplement their income.

If you work for Leapforce from a country other than the US your rules may be different, based on the labor laws in your country, so this policy change will probably not affect you.

Though this policy change is bad news for many people, it could be good for people looking for part time income that aren’t already working for Leapforce. I assume that Leapforce will be hiring more raters because they will have to cover the work that others will soon be restricted from doing.  For better or worse, everyone needs to be aware of the policy change and take that into account in their financial planning.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Is Leapforce a good job for retirees?

Leapforce is a good way to make money working from home, it can be a good source of income for retirees and people with a full-time job who want to make extra money.  Leapforce should be thought of as part time, the availability of work can be inconsistent at times, those just starting with Leapforce will not be given as much work as experienced agents, and even experienced agents may not always be assigned work amounting to 40 hours per week.

What is required to work for Leapforce?

You must have a computer with internet access, Wi-Fi in your home is best, and you must have a smartphone.  Most of your work will be done using the smartphone.  If your eyesight is not the best, it’s good to have a large screen, some of the text you will be reading can be very small.  You need to know how to manipulate the screen to enlarge the text and scroll around.  Knowing how to install and use apps is also useful.

Before you are accepted as a Leapforce agent you will have to read and understand the guidelines they will send you.  Then you will have to pass an exam which includes true/false questions and a practical section that simulate the tasks you will be doing when you are hired.  For more information see my article on taking the exam, keep in mind that the exam process changes and some aspects of the exam may be different from what I wrote then. 

What challenges might seniors have while doing Leapforce evaluation tasks?

I am 62 as of this writing so I understand some of the challenges of seniors.  Reading small print on smartphones can be challenging.  If you aren’t accustomed to working with smartphones, it can take some getting used to.  Before you apply with Leapforce, practice searching the internet on your phone.  Download a couple of apps, like Yelp or YouTube, and try using them.  Familiarize yourself with the functions of your phone, how to magnify what’s on the screen, how to scroll horizontally and vertically, and change the volume of the media playback.

The job involves lots of time sitting at the computer.  If you have a problem sitting in one place for a long period of time, you can break up your work sessions.  Leapforce is very flexible about your hours, both how many you work and when you work, so you can do several one-hour sessions instead of one long session if you prefer.

The types of sites you will visit may or may not be a challenge for you.  You can tell Leapforce that you don’t want to visit sites with Adult content (porn), although some will accidentally get through to you, but you can refuse the task if that happens.  However they don’t classify vulgar rap music as adult content, which I’ve suggested to them that they should, some rap is not vulgar or obscene but some is and if you haven’t heard it before it can be shocking.  You will also visit more sites about Pokemon than you could imagine existed.  You will also encounter a lot of other video game sites and incredibly pointless YouTube channels and twitter feeds. Through all of that, though, you will learn a lot about pop culture, gain some conversation starters and be able to talk to your grand kids about Pokemon.

Even if you are struggling to find any redeeming value to some of the websites you visit, you have to keep in mind that your job is to rate the value of the webpage based on what a “typical” user who typed in that query wants to see or learn about.


With the caveats mentioned above, working for Leapforce and be a great second job or supplement to your income at any age.  If you think you are interested in becoming a Leapforce agent take a look at my other articles to learn more:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How to make Google Love your website: Advice from a website evaluator

I work for Leapforce evaluating webpages and search engine results. Google uses the data from evaluators like me to rate webpage quality.  The quality of your website affects where it shows up in the search engine results, so it affects the traffic to your site. While doing my job I find the same mistakes over and over on the websites I visit.  Here is some advice for website creators.

If your website is for a business with a physical location that you want people to visit you must include your full address.  I’m continually amazed at how many websites just say things like “…on North High Street” or “…in the Garment District” and nothing else.  Some websites have the address but it’s not prominently displayed, they make the user search for it.  You should never make important information like that hard to find.  When someone searches for your site they want quick easy answers to their questions. If you want someone who is not familiar with your neighborhood to visit they need to know your full address.  The addition of a map and directions will give your website a better ranking in Google and you will also be rewarded with more visitors to your business.

Google wants to know that you have some authority to write what you are writing about.  If you have no information about yourself or the people contributing content to your page Google may become suspicious.  If you want a high ranking in Google you should include a little bio about each of the contributors to the site giving the reader some reason to believe your contributors know what they are writing about.

Unless you only want young people to read your site do NOT use black with white font on your website. Worse than that is black background with a gray font.  People older than 30 have a hard time reading it, they won’t bother and will leave your site for another.  I recently saw a site that had a dark reddish brown background with royal blue font, it was like trying to read while on LSD.  If you want people to read and spend time on your site it should be easy on the eyes.  The best combinations are like what humans are used to reading – a light background with a dark font.  You can play with colors but keep it a dark font on light background and your readers will be happy.

Yes, Google cares about grammar and spelling.  If your site is poorly written, Google assumes that the content on the site isn’t trustworthy, that the content was just thrown on the page as a filler and the only purpose of the site is to have a place for ads.  If you aren’t a good writer find an editor to check your work before you post it.


Google is looking for websites that provide helpful, trustworthy information to people; that information should also be easy to find and read.  The better your website is at meeting these criterial the higher your ranking in Google will be.  I hope this helps you make better decisions about how to structure your website.