5 tips to increase your productivity when working as search engine evaluator

Leapforce and Lionbridge Productivity (Yukon and Internet Assossor projects)

When you work as an evaluator for Leapforce or Lionbridge you are given a lot freedom when it comes to performing tasks. You are not required to work at a certain time like most other jobs. With Leapforce or Lionbridge, you can work at any time, and any day that you wish, but as you may already noticed tasks are available at random time slots during the day, and in some cases the limit of tasks in some countries is just 2-3 hours per day…That is why it is highly important to be able to identify those time slots and to be one of those raters who complete maximum number of tasks. Here are step by step tips regarding how to increase your productivity as a search engine evaluator:

  1. Identify time slots when tasks are uploaded into the system and reserve this time for work on daily basis. You should understand that the system of task distribution is based on a “first come first served” basis and you need to be ready to catch your portion of tasks when they are uploaded into the system. To identify time slots when task availability is the highest, please look at task completion graph. Usually tasks are uploaded every day into the system at the same time slots.
  1. Do simulation tasks and focus on quality to get unrestricted status. Leapforce also has a system that restricts access to tasks for new raters, and those who are undergoing their quality review. To lift this restriction, you have to complete a certain number of simulation tasks or wait till the next quality review, if your quality score is good, the restriction will be lifted automatically.
  1. Do not forget to log on to the Leapforce extension each time you work in the system. If you start doing tasks and you’re not logged into the extension, then you will not be able to prove the time you worked regardless if tasks were done. So it’s very important to make sure this is on. Using RaterAide will ensure that you’re tracking everything correctly.
  1. Tracking time spent for completing tasks. Time management of the work you complete can become a problem if you aren’t managing how much time you are spending on tasks. You should not sacrifice quality for time. In the beginning you may spend more time than the average estimated time that Leapforce allocates to the task, but make sure that in the invoice you put average estimated time that they give you. If you spend less time than average estimated time per task or set of tasks, be informed that your invoice will be returned for correction due to not meeting productivity targets.

Leapforce will ask you to put actual time spent, which is why there is no sense to complete tasks faster than average estimated time. Take your time, do everything correctly and watch your time.

  1. Use apps

There are a couple of tools out there that are very useful when it comes to productivity concerning the Search Engine Evaluator job.

RaterAid

heroThe first one is called RaterAide which is a task tracker and timer which keeps track of all tasks and shows the time you are spending on each task. It keeps an accurate record of how much time you worked so you can submit accurate time on your invoice. Your data can be stored on Dropbox meaning that everything can be synced across all your mobile devices.

Features include:

  • Automatic task tracking
  • Seamless syncing between devices
  • Speed, surplus and earnings tracking
  • Invoice and timesheet displays
  • Multiple currencies and time zones
  • Separate large timer window

Link to app website: http://www.rateraide.com/

The Greater Acceptor

unnamedThe next tool that can really help productivity is called The Great Acceptor. This is an extension for Chrome which checks for and can optionally accept tasks. The reason this tool is so good is that tasks are given and taken by raters on a first come – first served basis. Sometimes there can be no tasks, so therefore you would need to sit and refresh your browser over and over until you would see tasks that are available to you. The Great Acceptor automatically refreshes the browser and checks for tasks. You can set the refresh interval from 60 seconds and on up from there. From here you have the option to have the tool automatically accept the tasks that it finds. This is completely optional. There is also an email notifications option so that you can be notified if the extension does find tasks. It’s a quite handy tool for grabbing tasks and will be certain to increase your productivity.

Here is the link to the app: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/the-great-acceptor/cfoakiaadoobhfdbdclnbebogbcllglb?utm_source=chrome-app-launcher-info-dialog

LBTimer

LBTimer is a Chrome extension for Google search engine evaluators. It keeps track of your time and completed rating tasks, saving the data in your Google Drive™. Automatic, lightweight and full of features, it makes the rating work a breeze.

Here is the link to the app:https://lbtimer.github.io/index.html

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Conclusion:

By following these tips, not only can you increase your productivity, but you will be sure to meet the minimum requirements set by Leapforce. Using the RaterAide and The Great Acceptor applications will help you keep track of everything so you know where you need to improve. When you first do tasks, it can take some time to get up to speed and complete the tasks in the time allotted. As was previously mentioned, it is quality that matters the most. Time will come naturally once you have a good understanding. As always, if you have any questions, then please leave me a comment below and I will be happy to answer them.

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36 thoughts on “5 tips to increase your productivity when working as search engine evaluator

  1. Hi Tim! Your blog is awesome. Please right about the iSoftStone exam 😉 I’ve been waiting for that article! Thanks!

    1. Still waiting for exam invitation, as soon as I get the invitation and will go through all steps I will share my experience here on my blog, so please be patient!

  2. I read through the Leapforce General Guidelines and expect to start Part 1 of the test tomorrow. If I pass all 3 parts and am accepted to start working, I’m a bit unclear about the task acceptance mentioned above.

    I already work full time (9-5). If tasks are only uploaded sometime during this span, if I use the Greator Acceptor extension and it accepts a task, would I have to do the task right then? Or is the task kept in your queue and can be complete later? Thank you for any advice, and for this HQ FM website!

  3. Hi,
    Thank you for your questions.

    In USA tasks are available almost 24 hours, so I do not think that you will have any problems related to availability of tasks. Once task is being accepted, you have 60 minutes to complete it, otherwise it will get expired automatically.

    1. Thank you Tim! I took and passed Part 1 today. Am currently rereading PQ pages of the guideline prior to taking Part 2 tomorrow.

  4. Thanks V mush for your help, I can not tell you how much this blog is helpful.
    I have multiple questions please:
    1- Rater aid has to be pro right? I can not just work without paying $5/ month?
    2- do you know if it is legitimate or not to work at User testing https://www.usertesting.com with LF at the same time? If the registration will be from another- non gmail- address, but still the same IP.. will that be threatening to my work at LP if I will be accepted?
    again thanks, and all your post and replies are greatly appreciated!

    1. You don’t need to get RaterAide Pro to work with it, you’ll be able to use the core basic features, for example, take the time of the task you’re completing. It will save your time on a Timesheet, including date, ET for the task, the time that you actually spent doing the task (Starting when you acquired it and fishing after submitting it) and that’s all. If you get pro, it will simplify lot of stuff, for example, it will send you push and text notifications to your phone whenever there are task available, it is a cool and useful feature, since you don’t need to start looking ALL the time and reloading all the time RaterHub.

      I got it today and i am already enjoying it.

  5. If you get the Pro version you’ll get all the cool features, like auto-reload RaterHub every X seconds or minutes, acquiring task automatically and sending push notifications or text messages to your phone. Among other pretty handy stuff like filling your timesheet!

  6. thanks for this useful article!

    however there is something i don’t fully understand, for this:

    “… there is no sense to complete tasks faster than average estimated time. ”

    so we should submit a task about AET though actually we can finish it faster, but i read about Surplus feature from rateraide (http://www.rateraide.com/help):

    “Productivity is calculated as Surplus, which represents the difference between your allotted time and session duration. A positive surplus means you were working on time or faster than expected; a negative surplus means working you were working slower than expected. Surplus is desirable and should be accumulated over the course of the month. Negative surplus should be removed or otherwise accounted for.”

    does it mean better to work faster than AET? It is confusing me. Thanks for explanation 🙂

  7. So I just started with Lionbridge and its not clear if you are supposed to log ATS or actual time for each task. Does anyone know which one I am supposed to use?

    1. In the beginning you may spend more time than the average estimated time that Lionbriadge allocates to the task, but make sure that in the timesheet you put average estimated time that they give you. If you spend less time than average estimated time per task or set of tasks, be informed that your invoice will be returned for correction, Lionbriadge will ask you to put actual time spent, that is why there is no sense to complete tasks faster than average estimated time. Take your time, do everything correctly and watch your time.

  8. Hello Tim, I recently received an email from Lionbridge that i’m over recording my time in my timesheet. I’ve been doing the same thing for months and just received this email. I have been using the app that you had mentioned on this site, the LB Timer and I record my times on daily basis. I rechecked my timesheet and calculated everything I’m still getting the same hours I actually worked. Do you think it might be because some tasks I finish earlier than the time given? For example, if I’m given 9 min and I finish the task in 5 min, do you think that is why they are emailing me saying this ?

    Thank you

  9. Lionbridge

    They compare actual time spent on working on the tasks on raterhub vs. time you entered into the timesheet.If there is any dicrepancy between actual time spent and time entered into the timesheet, then they will ask you to correct your time in a line with actual time spent on raterhub.

    Leapforce

    If you spend less time than average estimated time per task or set of tasks, be informed that your invoice will be returned for correction, Leapforce will ask you to put actual time spent, that is why there is no sense to complete tasks faster than average estimated time. Take your time, do everything correctly and watch your time.

  10. Hello Tim,

    As a NON-US resident, is there a maximum number of hours I can work per day or per week?
    For example, I am managing to complete 112 tasks per day (4 hours theoretically for 28 tasks/hour rule) but practically it will take much more hours probably (as a new rater).

    Example scenario 1: 40 tasks completed / 6 hours/day. Is this applicable?

    Could you please give me some information for the productivity and invoicing according to this scenario? How am I invoicing this? I have to take the equation 1 hour = 28 tasks and apply to the invoice (even if it took me 5 hours)?

    Thank you!

    1. Hello,

      Please specify your project, the productivity metrics and time allocation per task are different across projects.

  11. Hi,

    I am a rater on Lionbridge. Lionbridge focus on time spent per task only, or the total monthly time spent? So should I strive to keep my total monthly AET equal to the total monthly real time spent, as the invoice is billed on the monthly total AET?

  12. The people at leapforce literally told me i can only be payed for two minutes and something per task… Overtime wont be payed! Thus the pay per hour is a LIE. i am unsure if ill ever be able to do a task in two minutes.. I work on the shasta project and the tasks usually require more time than that.. Thus ill never earn 14 dollars an hour…. Last nigt was my first trial and i managed to do nine tasks in two hours… I doubt ill keep this job if itll always be like this cause i worked hard for two hours only for a few dollars.. Lionbrige was better than this… Still sad they dont do my country anymore and leapforce seems to be going to try to exploit me…

  13. I’m so confused by this article. I’m a new rater, and I am required to work minimum 2hrs daily. There is the extension in my browser to verify what I’m working. If I only bill based on average time per task completed, even though I am slower, won’t I then get into trouble for not working enough time, because my bill won’t show I met the minimum time worked requirements?

    1. Hello,

      Time Management and the Leapforce Extension

      Time management of the work you complete can become a problem if you aren’t managing how much time you are spending on tasks. You should not sacrifice quality for time. In the beginning you may spend more time than the average estimated time that Leapforce allocates to the task, but make sure that in the invoice you put average estimated time that they give you. If you spend less time than average estimated time per task or set of tasks, be informed that your invoice will be returned for correction, Leapforce will ask you to put actual time spent, that is why there is no sense to complete tasks faster than average estimated time. Take your time, do everything correctly and watch your time.

      Do not forget to log on to the Leapforce extension each time you work in the system.

      According to the Leapforce policy: any time spent logging on/off, reading, studying, and break times are not billable. Any tasks that are not submitted or are released are also not billable. Please make sure you are not including any of this time on your invoice.

      Also please keep in mind that consecutive invoices submitted with productivity below 100% may result in removal from the project or you may lose your contract with Leapforce.

  14. Hello there! Your articles have been quite helpful. Could you give me an idea of what time tasks are usually made available? I remember having read about it once before, but can no longer find the information.

    Sincerely,
    Martha.

  15. Hi,

    I have been working for Lionbridge as a rater for almost 6 months and I have been using LBTimer to keep track of my time. But Yesterday I received an email saying that I can’t use any VPN, Non-standard browsers or 3rd party apps. In the 3rd party apps examples, LBTimer and RaterAide are included. I replied, asking if I could still use LBTimer or RaterAide and the reply was that I can not use LBTimer or RaterAide.

    I have been using LBTimer for more than 5 months and suddenly now I can’t use it??? LBTimer made time tracking so much easier. You basically don’t have to worry about keeping your time.

    So what do I do in this situation?

    Thanks.

    1. You continue using all these apps as normal they cannot find out or know that you use them unless you tell about this fact by yourself…

      1. Hi Tim,

        Thanks for the quick reply. When I received the email, I replied back saying that I only use LBTimer and that I would still like to use LBTimer as it increases my workflow and productivity. They replied back saying that I can’t use them.

        So should I still use LBTimer? Time keeping will be a hassle now without LBTimer or RaterAide.

        Thanks Again.

      2. I think there is no way they can know that you are using this app, otherwise it will violation of your Google account privacy.

  16. Hi Tim, Toady i received an email from Lion bridge not to use any third part tools like lb timer , Great Acceptor and also vpn services. However i don’t use any vpn services but i use LB timer for easy recording of tasks data. Now after their email i don’t feel safe continuing using lb timer. Can you please suggest me an alternate way or i have to note it manually every time after completion of task. Please help me.

  17. Hi, I’m here in this old content because now, both lionbridge and leapforce are sending emails to say that the use of these apps is not allowed, the big problem here is that they are really helpful to mount the sheets, on leapforce it is less complicated but on lionbridge is necessary to specify what kind of task is etc etc etc… Is there any other app that is not a chrome plugin that could be used for that? to mount a sheet, with kind of task, total time…?
    Thank you

    1. Unfortunately I cannot recommend you any useful apps with the same function, however my opinion is that vendors cannot track the fact of using apps (apart from Leapforce, due to special exstension which has rights to access Google account info incl. Chrome apps), in case of Lionbridge and Appen, you may continue using apps without any risks of being detected…

  18. How do you log into the leap force extension in leap force? I have been working for only two days now and I’m not sure I have this enabled.

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