Hubpages vs. WebAnswers: An Earnings Comparison

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Thanks for visiting my hub comparing my earnings from Hubpages against those from WebAnswers. For those who don't know, WebAnswers is a Q&A site where you get paid to ask and answer questions. (There's revenue-sharing via Google AdSense.) Needless to say, this will not be an apples-to-apples comparison, but I thought it would be worthwhile to compare my attempts at developing passive income online from two different sources.


(FYI: For those who are interested, i also have a hub that is a Comparison of Earnings from Hubpages and InfoBarrel.)


Using HubPages for Amazon Affiliate Income

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Passive Pursuit of Income


Just to be clear, the amounts reflected on this hub are simply my earnings from Hubpages and WebAnswers. To see my complete list of earnings please visit the Passive Pursuit of Income Blog.


(The blog is an attempt to chronicle my pursuit of passive income and residual income via online reources such as Hubpages and WebAnswers.)



October 2011 Earnings

At this point in time, the idea of earning income online is a fairly novel concept to me, and I've only just decided to really put some effort into it. I joined WebAnswers around the third week of the month and Hubpages about 7 days later. My October earnings were as follows:


Hubpages: $0.00

WebAnswers: $5.89


Concerning Hubpages, I joined but hadn't really gotten my sea legs yet, so I didn't do anything. Thus, the fact that I had no earnings wasn't unexpected.

However, with respect to WebAnswers, my earnings were a little bit of a shock. Frankly speaking, I initially wasn't very enthused in terms of participating on the site. However, despite my own cavalier attitude, I was making money within a week and have earned income almost every day since. (I think there were two days early on when I didn't earn anything on WebAnswers - and they were on weekends when web traffic is demonstrably slower.) Plus, I really enjoy asking and answering questions on the site.



November 2011 Earnings

November was the first time I had a full month of earnings for both sites, so - while not a perfect comparison (because they are completely different business models) - I felt we could start getting to the meat-and-potatoes with respect to income. Monthly earnings were as follows:


Hubpages: $0.01

WebAnswers: $40.74


To be frank, I was pleasantly surprised with the 1 cent earned from Hubpages, seeing as how I created exactly one stinking hub. I was more than pleased with the AdSense earnings from WebAnswers - especially since I spent a good bit of time developing a niche site. However, in Hubpages' defense, I must admit that I did not devote the same amount of time to both endeavors (as evidenced by the fact that I created only a single hub).



December 2011 Earnings

Once again, I really didn't do anything with respect to Hubpages. I had the same hub as in November, although I think I added some content, but that was about it. December earnings were as follows:


Hubpages: $0.19

WebAnswers: $49.64


As before, I was really pleased with the earnings from WebAnswers, which increased from November. Even more telling, I spent most of my spare time working on a second niche site, so I really don't don't feel that I gave WebAnswers a fair shake, but they still came through.



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January 2012 Earnings

I did something of a full 180-degree turn in January: I put almost all my effort into buildings hubs and lenses (on Squidoo.com). The results are meaningful in my opinion, as evidenced below:


Hubpages: $2.66

WebAnswers: $55.02


Okay, I'm not saying that the Hubpages figures are a knockout, but it's a vast improvement and shows the potential of the site. On the WebAnswers front, this is another month where I've given far less than my all and still earned some nice cash - enough beer-and-pizza money for the SuperBowl. I should really experiment for a month or so and see what would happen if I gave WebAnswers some serious attention.




February 2012 Earnings

I went all out on Hubpages towards the end of January, taking on a 30-hubs-in-30-days Challenge. You can see the outcome, as reflected below:


Hubpages: $8.15

WebAnswers: $61.11


Needless to say, the HubChallenge had the intended effect of increasing earnings. Again, I like what I'm seeing with HubPages - makes me wonder what would happen if I produced a hub a day for a year. With respect to WebAnswers, I was probably more active than I had been in a while and it's reflected in the numbers continually going up. I also had my best single-day ever on WebAnswers in terms of Adsense revenue - over $7! Now if I could only do that every day...


March 2012 Earnings

I was blessed to have an excellent month with respect to earnings on HubPages. The numbers are as follows:


Hubpages: $61.42

WebAnswers: $58.95


The outcome here was unprecedented in a couple of ways. For starters, it's the first time my earnings on WebAnswers have retreated from the following month. (I made over $60 in February - with two fewer days!) In addition, it's the first time that my content on another site has outearned the revenue on WebAnswers.

I'm not overly concerned about the fall in earnings at WebAnswers. To be frank, it's only a difference of a few dollars, and it couldn't keep going up forever so I knew this day would come sooner or later. The truth of the matter is that earnings are going to fluctuate in both directions; thus, this isn't anything that caught me totally off-guard. More surprising, however, was the exponential growth in earnings on HubPages. All I can say is, "Wow!" Going from about $8 the month before to over $60 is close to an 8-fold leap! They say a good magician (well, a smart magician, anyway) never does the same trick twice, but I'd love to be able to pull that one off again. As I always say, I know that relatively speaking this isn't a lot of money, but to be earning this as passive income is just mindblowing to me. What could I earn if I had twice as many hubs? 10 times as many? It's just super-exciting to think about the potential here.


Unfamiliar with WebAnswers?

If you are unfamiliar with WebAnswers, please feel free to visit the site and find out how to earn additional income by asking and answering questions at WebAnswers.com.

(And if you haven't signed up yet you can join HubPages here: HubPages.com.)



April 2012 Earnings

I'm excited about having another good month, with the following results:


Hubpages: $44.49

WebAnswers: $59.05


WebAnswers reclaimed the crown taken from it last month as my top-earning site. Needless to say, Hubpages has come a long way in a short time, and with a little effort I believe it can consistently challenge for the top spot.

Combined, I've earned over $100 online for the second consecutive month. Overall, I'm totally pumped by what's happening, and looking forward to the time when I will constantly and consistently be hitting on all cylinders.


May 2012 Earnings

Below are my earnings for May:


Hubpages: $43.78

WebAnswers: $44.90


My earnings on WebAnswers took a dip this month, no doubt affected by a couple of out-of-town trips that I took. And, as might be expected, I didn't spend as much time creating or marketing my hubs. That said, there isn't a huge variation in the HP earnings from last month, so I think that's a positive indicator of the strength of HubPages as a generator of passive income.

Overall, I believe this is the first time that breaks from my normal routine have touched on my productivity (and earnings), but these things will occasionally happen, I suppose. The good news is that I still think my numbers are somewhat robust, so I'm not disappointed.

(On a side note - for those who are interested - my HP numbers include income from The Ad Program, AdSense and affiliate sales.)



Leaderboard

(click column header to sort results)
   
Hubpages  
WebAnswers  
October 2011
$0.00
$5.89
November 2011
$0.01
$40.74
December 2011
$0.19
$49.64
January 2012
$2.66
$55.02
February 2012
$8.15
$61.11
March 2012
$61.42
$58.95
April 2012
$44.49
$59.05
May 2012
$43.78
$44.90
Total
$160.70
$375.30
HUBPAGES VS. WEBANSWERS EARNINGS

Update: Sadly, WebAnswers is no more. The site appears to be gone. That's too bad because it really was a decent place to earn income.

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twilanelson 4 years ago from Carmichael, California

Very nice Hub that kept my attention through to the end. Thank you for sharing your passive income comparisons with HubPages.


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The208Informant 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

Found this hub very informative in my own pursuit of earning money through writing online!


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wiserworld 4 years ago

Seems like WebAnswers is the way to go if you're just interested in the money. I've heard HubPages is better for interaction and building quality links back to your blog if that's what you're after. Have you started working on more Hubs recently versus articles on WebAnswers? I'm curious if it's related to content. Sounds like you have more articles on WebAnswers than here on HubPages.


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Hypersapien 4 years ago Author

WebAnswers isn't articles; it's simply asking and answering questions: "What does ___ mean?" "How many centimeters in an inch?" "How can I get my marriage annulled?" (I actually did a hub on some of the more common questions I come across.) The HubPages revenue is starting to pick up now that I have more hubs, but has a ways to go in order to catch up. That said, you're right in that you won't build many backlinks on WebAnswers.


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vimier 4 years ago from Chicago, IL, United States

I was wondering, what category do you typically participate in on webanswers? I never seem to get that much revenue and I am pretty active in the community.


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Hypersapien 4 years ago Author

I'm usually in the legal category, but I will answer just about anywhere. Just a few tips if you're wondering: correct spelling and grammar count in the algorithm they use for pay purposes. Also, I try to make my answers at least 3 sentences long.


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avan989 4 years ago from maryland

I tried webanswers and have some success. It is that webanswers is not passive income and if I want to spend that much time on answering questions, I would rather just get another job. Hubpages is passive income, what you earn now is what you will earn for the rest of your life (theoretically).


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Hypersapien 4 years ago Author

avan989,

You are right in that WA probably isn't passive income in the classical sense. The algorithm used to calculate your earnings has a participation component. Thus, if you cease participating on the site, your earnings will start to fall until they become $0. However, I've made the most money (and made it fastest) on WA, and I really don't feel I've put in more time there than elsewhere. For instance, in January I probably answered an average of about 2-3 questions per day and my earnings still increased. With that in mind, until my efforts on other sites are bearing similar fruit, I plan to keep WebAnswers as a weapon in my arsenal.


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

You would do better to collect bottles and cans. The thing is traffic around here. You have to know how to generate your own through Facebook, LinkedIn and like that. It doesn't hurt to have sites to direct traffic from HubPages to.

When I have concentrated on traffic, it went way up. I made over $7 one month. The people who do well know how to send some serious numbers through their hubs, and have what they want waiting on them. Write about pancakes and sell maple syrup.

One hubber sent 50,000 people through his site and made $100. Let's say on a good month you double that with Amazon and Ebay sales. To reach that magic $2,000 a month we have our sights on it might take 100,000 - 200,000 fruitful visits per month. So, I guess it would be best to send a million people a month through. Anything less than a quarter of a million, and you will dip into the red for your time. Waiting tables will bring in more cash.


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Lisas-thoughts101 4 years ago from Northeast Texas

Hyper, thanks for letting me in on WebAnswers and on the the correct grammer, spelling and length. I definitely intend to check it out to try to generate a little extra income. I have some down time at work so it adds a little to my per hour income. Can't hurt :) great hub! Voted up and useful!


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Hypersapien 4 years ago Author

Lisas-thoughts101,

Thanks for the votes. Hopefully WebAnswers will generate some income for you as it has for me.


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Marisa Wright 4 years ago from Sydney

You're beginning to see the value of HubPages. Hubs almost never earn money in their "youth". They start to earn money gradually as they age,and can take three years to reach their peak. My best-performing Hub, which is nearly four years old now, is well over the $300 mark now.

That's the essential difference - WebAnswers is instant gratification, HubPages is for the long haul.


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Hypersapien 4 years ago Author

Marisa,

Thanks for the insights (and hearing about your hubs is an inspiration). I've actually been aware of the potential here on HubPages for a little while now, and I count myself as being very fortunate that I've been able to get the income snowball rolling a little downhill. Let's just hope I can build on whatever momentum I currently have.


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moneytoplist 4 years ago

Can somebody recommend a website like WebAnswers which is good for residual income? The concept of asking questions and posting responses is interesting, however, I don't like concepts when I loose the earnings when I am not active for some time.


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Hypersapien 4 years ago Author

Yes, the participation component is probably the only con I have about WA. Still, I've been making more money there than other places, although that may be about to change.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa

I read this just before going to reply to your comment on my hub about WebAnswers. Your hub is definitely making WebAnswers sound worthwhile, and I'm glad I joined.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa

Oops, forgot to ask: Your HubPages earnings mentioned in this hub, is that in total from the 4 ways to make money on HubPages? (Adsense, HubPages Ad Program, Amazon, Ebay,) or from just the HubPages ad Program?


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Hypersapien 4 years ago Author

Teresa,

You ask an insightful question. In truth, what I report here are just the numbers from the HubPages Ad Program. Basically, from the way the information is presented, I can't tell whether an eBay sale is being attributed to me as part of my 60% revenue-share or to HP, so I thought it more honest to leave it out. I didn't initially have a separate Amazon affiliate code for HP, so I couldn't differentiate those sales from everything else. As to AdSense, info specific to HP does not immediately appear when I go to look at my earnings. Finding HP info means a deeper investigation into the full report, which is something I did not realize early on.

In short, it's probably fair to say that my HP earnings are really in excess of what I've reported, but - partially because of some of my early rookie mistakes - I don't have the means to go back and make it 100% accurate. (Plus, based on my total numbers, it does not appear to be a huge differential.)


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Heather Jacobs 4 years ago

Hmmmm... I think I might have to check out Webanswers after I build up a few hubs here. Thank you very much for the info! Vote up!


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Pavlo Badovskyy 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Thank you for a useful info. I feel, I should try it!


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Cook n Save Money 3 years ago from Minnestoa

I'm curious how they your earnings are comparatively stacking up now. It's interesting to see them evolve through the month you shared in this hub. I've been on WA for a while now and am just dipping my toes in here at HP.


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Hypersapien 3 years ago Author

Unfortunately, I got busy doing other things, so I haven't been particularly active in either forum the past few months. Thus, my earnings have fallen on both Hubpages and WebAnswers. (The goods news, however, is that even without me being active I still continued to earn, although not as much.) However, just off the top of my head, I believe I was still earning more on WebAnswers.

I suppose I really should go back, run the numbers, and officially bring this hub up-to-date, but I just can't seem to find the time for that endeavor.


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sharingknowledge 3 years ago from Miami, FL

When i look at earning from webanswers as compared to Hubpages, webanswers is so far when it comes to earning more. I joined webanswers the very time i joined hubpages but i have managed to make cash out on webanswers while on hubpages, i have less than $2 all time. The only draw back with webanswers i that it requires when one is fully operational all time.


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HuskyChaos 2 years ago from England

Thank you for this useful information. I am still exploring the different means of online income through writing, so your comparison helps


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kalinin1158 2 years ago from California

I love your comparisons! But I'm curious how you are doing in regards to your HubPages income as of April 2014? I'm not asking about the number, just about the trend.


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Hypersapien 2 years ago Author

I don't mind sharing the numbers. I just looked and I'm earning something in the neighborhood of $5 per month on HP for 2014. Of course, I'd count that as good considering that I'm never here any more and I don't promote any of my hubs. Frankly speaking, I decided to focus my efforts in another direction and have found a modicum of success.

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