Google’s Vendor Slashes Quality Raters Hours; Will It Impact Search Quality?

The SEO industry is in a buzz around a story named The secret lives of Google raters from but not because of their “secret lives” – because most of us know how they work – we’ve covered them like crazy here.

The big news is that their hours are now being slashed, cut in half. Many worked 40 hour work weeks and got paid well for their time. But “earlier this month, thousands of them received an e-mail that said their hours would be cut in half, partly due to changes in Google’s staffing policies,” the story said. Pay can be up to $17.40 an hour for “preferred agents” with excellent scores, while regular raters get $13.50 – all above the minimum wage.

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