30 Tips to Make More Money Answering Questions on WebAnswers

Why do I think I'm qualified to offer tips?

Being a member at WebAnswers for just 12 days so far may not seem like it gives me much experience for offering tips on how to make more money answering questions on WebAnswers, but know that when I put my mind to attempting something new, I usually put my all into it.

I spent about 7 hours on WebAnswers on my first day there, getting used to the site, exploring how the site worked, answering questions, and asking a few of my own;

I finished answering the required first 50 questions on my third day;

It was also on the third day that I linked up my Adsense account so that I could start earning - from what I had already done on WebAnswers and from what I would still do on WebAnswers;

At the end of my 11th day on WebAnswers I had earned $5 for my efforts;

Note: After my first 4 or 5 days on WebAnswers I simply did not have the time available to spend as much time on the site as I would have liked to - I believe that had I had more free time available on days 6 to 11, that I would have earned more than $5 by the end of my 11th day.

30 Tips!

The tips below are also what I myself have already done or will be doing in an attempt to make more money answering questions on WebAnswers, and are based on what I've been learning on the site so far:

  1. If you're new to WebAnswers, get your first 50 questions answered as soon as possible, but while answering them, and while getting used to the site, also bear in mind the following 29 tips.
  2. If you want to know how something works on WebAnswers, or are struggling to understand something about the site, and after some efforts at trying to explore the site to find out what you want to know, but failing to find the information, do a search on WebAnswers using some keywords in your search. There is very often somebody else on the site who wanted to know the same thing, and asked a question about it. Read through the answers of the more experienced members. Or, ask a question!
  3. When you ask a question on WebAnswers, go back a while later - or even a few days later, at least, and award the best answer.
  4. If new members ask questions about the workings of the site, they will be unable to find the "WebAnswers General Questions" category in the drop down list of categories they must select from after typing in their question and after describing their question in more detail, but they can choose the miscellaneous category and WebAnswers owners or staff may move the question to the correct category themselves. The "WebAnswers General Questions" category will however appear to them in the drop down category selections after these new members have answered their first 50 questions.
  5. Upload an image for your profile picture - the default profile image doesn't do much for your credibility - people trust you more if you have a unique picture for your profile picture.
  6. Try make your image something that stands out a little from most others - so look at the profile pictures of other members, and try and come up with something for yourself that will stand out a bit more - perhaps with bright color choice, a little border on your profile image, or whatever creative idea you may have.
  7. Write a fairly lengthy and interesting profile description for yourself - look at the profile descriptions of other members profiles to get an idea of what might look good on your own profile. Here's the link to my own WebAnswers profile. I may still tweak it further, or even change my profile image for another.
  8. Although putting links to outside sites into the answers you give on WebAnswers is frowned upon, and I actually don't think even allowed, you can put links in your profile. So use that opportunity to link to your own sites or articles on your own sites, to HubPages, to your HubPages profile, or to a few of your HubPages hubs - remembering to include your referral code in the HubPages links. Doing this may help increase your earnings you make on your own sites or on HubPages.
  9. Do not set yourself up to expect to make a fortune on WebAnswers - doing that may discourage you when you see it doesn't happen, and may make you completley give up on attempting to at least make a bit of money on WebAnswers. Although you want to make money on WebAnswers, your main reason to join WebAnswers should be that you like answering questions and helping others. If you can keep that in mind, you are more likely to find it easier to answer questions, and to actually increase your earnings on WebAnswers at the same time.
  10. Understand that lack of activity on WebAnswers is likely to make your earnings decrease a bit, or even considerably, so after your initial rush to answer 50 questions, get used to the site, and link up your Adsense account, do try and visit the site each and every day to answer at least 3 to 10 questions - if you have to skip a day, then the next day try to answer at least 5 to 15 questions. At the least, know that answering just 1 or 2 questions per day is better than thinking it's not worth it if you have time to do only one or two to bother at all . Do bother.
  11. Worry about your quality score. A bit difficult when you never know what it is, but if you worry about it, you'll stand a greater chance at increasing your earnings on WebAnswers. If you have a good quality score, you may score extra "accepts" (awarded best answers) from WebAnswers even though you don't know for which answers of yours this was. Also, with a better quality score, you may share in Adsense revenue on other areas of the site besides where you answered questions or had your answer awarded as the best answer a question received.
  12. To improve your quality score, write answers of at least 8 lines, but even as long as 20 or more lines. Also watch your grammar, spelling and typos. You cannot edit your answers until you have received at least 5 best answer awards.
  13. Once you can edit your answers, go back and fix any errors you made in answers you already gave.
  14. Your main aim, when trying to make money on WebAnswers, is to have your answer awarded as the best answer out of all answers that question received, because then it is only you that receives all of the Adsense revenue that WebAnswers shares with its members, for that page. Do not feel discouraged if only very few of your answers are awarded as best answers - you can still earn from your answers that don't receive the best answer award - that is until one of the other answers on that page is awarded as best answer.
  15. Never think that you are not going to bother to answer a question because you doubt that you'd receive the best answer award for your answer. Many questions are never awarded a best answer, and if one of your answers is on that page, then you and the other members who answered that question share in the Adsense earnings for that page.
  16. If you've read and understood the above tip, you should realise that it's a good idea to sometimes try to answer some much older questions on the site, that have no answer awarded as the best answer, as the member who asked the question may not even be a member anymore, and may never come back and award a best answer for his or her question.
  17. When answering those older questions that you think may never be awarded a best answer, try and answer mostly those that have no answers already, or only 2 or 3 answers - that way there are less members that you have to share the Adsense earnings with.
  18. If you are determined to spend most of your time answering more recent questions and hope to be awarded the best answer, visit the profile of the person who asked the question, and see how often they award best answers for their questions. If they never do, or hardly ever do, and you're trying to get awarded many best answers, why bother answering their question? But at the same time remember that if the question has not received many answers and you do go ahead and bother to answer the question anyway, there will be less members that you have to share the Adsense earnings with.
  19. Be careful of becoming one of those members who never awards any answers as best answers for questions you yourself ask - you don't want other members looking at your profile and seeing that you don't award best answers - why would they then bother to ever give you a best answer award if you never give other members best answer awards?
  20. Know why some members never give best answer awards: They may be new members who just want an answer to a certain question, and when they get their answer they never bother to return to the site again, or, they want to earn from their question, and to do so, they never award a best answer. If they award an answer as best answer, they won't receive earnings for their question anymore, and they don't care about this possibly reducing their chances of other members wanting to ever award their answers as best answers.
  21. If you do ask a question, and want to earn from it a bit, perhaps wait a few days before awarding a best answer award - that way you earn from your question a little bit, before you award a best answer, as well as reduce your chances of having members never want to award any of your answers as the best answer.
  22. If you ask a question and award an answer as the best answer - whether you make the award the same day or a few days later, then go and visit the profile of the person who you gave the award to (if you haven't already visited that profile to see if they also often award best answers) and see if they have some questions that still need answering or that have not yet been awarded a best answer - and answer those questions, hoping your answer is liked by that member, and also hoping that because the member appreciates you recently awarding them a best answer to one of your questions, that they will award your answer to their question as the best one.
  23. If you can try stop yourself from worrying too much that the member who recently asked a question will simply and quickly award the first answer that he or she gets as the best answer, wait until you can see two or three other answers there, and then try to make your answer better than those.
  24. Answer more questions than you ask questions.
  25. To make best use of your time available to answer questions on WebAnswers, increase the amount of questions you can manage to answer each day, by looking for categories that are on topics you already know a bit about. You can spend less time answering questions when you don't first need to do research on the topic.
  26. Since you can earn a bit from the efforts of WebAnswers members you have referred, try to refer many new members.
  27. Make a unique referral code for yourself just like you have done or can do on HubPages, to avoid having an ugly default referral code. You can only make a unique referral code for yourself for WebAnswers after having frst answered 50 questions.
  28. Using your referral code, link to WebAnswers from other sites - from your own sites or from HubPages too. Perhaps link to the WebAnswers How WebAnswers Works page rather than to the homepage, so that your potential referrals immediately get off to a good start on WebAnswers should they join, having first read about how the site works.
  29. On other sites, also link to some questions that you have answered, especially to those questions where it was your answer that was awarded as the best answer, or to those questions that look like they will never have an answer awarded as the best answer. Use your referral code in the links. You want to increase traffic to the pages you can earn from on WebAnswers, and may even get a new member signing up using your referral code at the same time!
  30. Try to be as helpful as you can when answering questions, and have fun!

Comments 34 comments

kelleyward 4 years ago

Thanks for another tip on how to make money online! Voted up! Kelley


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shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland

Thanks for the tips. Looking into it now.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

We are going to give this a try; thanks for the tips.


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Hypersapien 4 years ago

Great tips; voted up and useful


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John Holden 4 years ago

Guess what I've been doing for the last hour? :)

Thanks.


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

Thanks for all the comments - and @ John - glad to hear it sounds like you are enjoying it so far. I've got WebAnswers tabs open and HubPages tabs open as I type this :)


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John Holden 4 years ago

I need to find a tab to close now :)

It's all your fault!


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

oh dear! I'm sorry! (not) ha ha - hope your energy carries you through to getting your first 50 questions answered quickly - good luck!


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John Holden 4 years ago

Thanks, I think I need to learn to be a bit more verbose, I tend to the "why use ten words where one will do" school of writing and that obviously isn't going to be too successful on Web Answers is it!


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CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Very useful hub Teresa. Thanks for sharing; will try the tips.


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Here is an approach I new nothing about! Thank you for sharing. Do you have to do something specific to attach a code? I would love to have that information!

I have shared this on facebook tweeter and with my fan following! via: hubbers alet!


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

@ Angela - are you on WebAnswers too? Attaching a referral code to a link to a WebAnswers page is like attaching a referral code to a link to a HubPages page. Once you have set up your own unique referral code (on either of the sites in question, the place for this sort of thing usually found in your account, and then a tab called referral trackers or affiliate, or referrals etc etc), then when you are on a page you want to link to from another site, you click the "link to this page" link at the bottom of that page, select your own unique refferal code link (rather than your ugly default one that often has numbers and things in it) and you copy the link that comes up, and paste it on another site.


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John Holden 4 years ago

Teresa, argh, frustration looms. I've not been going at it as hard as you but picking quite a few questions that have been unanswered since being asked often several years ago. Within the hour these same neglected questions have picked up an answer from me quickly followed by a couple of other answerers!


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

I haven't made it to WebAnswers yet, I may check it out sometime if I can find the time. Good article and it sounds like you have a pretty good idea of what one must do to make some money there. Voted up and useful.


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

@ John - ah, don't get discouraged - try a mix of different things - go throught these tips in this hub again - plus I think I will write another hub or two about WebAnswers soon - it DOES take a bit of hard work and time for it to be worth anyone's while - but I'm still trying, and so can you - don't let it become a chore. I really haven't been able to spend much time there the last few days, until today again a bit, and I'm still enjoying it - it's day 17 now I think, and my $5 for my first 11 days has almost doubled now - with not too much activity compared to in the beginning. I'd love to be able to spend tons of time on the site...


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

@ dmop - the time is a nasty thing! :) it often goes missing and then we struggle to find it - keep looking for the time, and good luck, I hope you find it.


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John Holden 4 years ago

It got a bit exciting when I hit my 50th answer and immediately got my acceptance email, and then about half an hour later my first award!

I wonder if I'll actually make any money from it!

I get too distracted though reading answers that interest me but to which I have nothing to contribute!


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

@ John - yeah, I get distracted too, reading - here on HubPages too, but I don't view it as a bad thing, the distraction of reading - I try to learn something from everything I read and make myself "aware" to store it somewhere in my brain, for future use - helps me write answers and hubs more quickly :) It all adds up, eventually, the learning process turns into stuff you can use to make money.

More easily said than done, but just hang in there and try to be more patient - keep refreshing the homepage 0n WebAnswers every time you log in, and answer anything that interests you.

One member recently posted a challenge or two (a few actually) as a question, asking that people go and ask 5 questions in certain categories and then come and report back to be awarded the best answer - I did two of those (so asked 10 questions) and got those two awards - I don't think I'd earn much from those two answers, but my earnings went up slightly, I think because of the questions I asked - you can earn from questions too - until you award somebody with the best answer. Have to be careful not to never award though, because members will notice that and never award you with a best answer either!

I don't know what other advice to offer you other than just view it as fun and enjoy your time there, and any money you make is just a bonus.


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Heather Jacobs 4 years ago

Thank you for the great article! I just joined Webanswers and have not made 50 answers yet - but I'm sure it won't take long. Thanks for SHARING!


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

Thanks, Heather - it took me 3 days to finish my first 50 answers - but this wasn't flat out, so I'm sure you'll do fine - I'm enjoying WebAnswers, and good luck to you on WebAnswers too!


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tjdavis 4 years ago from Moscow, Texas

Thank you for the article and the information. I have checked out your profile and joined WebAnswers. I do not have an extensive experience profile as you do but I will continue to grow and add new experiences.


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

Thanks, tjdavis - don't worry about not having so much experience, you sound determined to do well, and growing is the only direction one can and should move in - good luck!


themasterchoice 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

Seems Interesting... Just created my profile on WebAnswe but before exploring things there; need to wait for 48 hours ... Thanks for sharing the tips...


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

Thanks for your comment, themasterchoice - it's interesting that you say you have to wait 48 hours first. Why do you say that? When I went to the site today I couldn't access it as they are busy upgrading the site - there's just a message there that says they are in the middle of upgrading the site and that they'll be back online in a few hours - and I was wondering how long a few hours is - so because you say you first have to wait 48 hours, did you see a message shortly after you joined that said they'll be offline for 48 hours? How long ago was that? I am keen to get back to the site and it would be nice to know how much longer I have to wait.


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John Holden 4 years ago

It's typical, just as I find a way of making some money on-line, it disappears?


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

Lol, John! So you've been getting into it then? Have things been improving? The site is quite a few years old so I don't think a problem, and I suspect they DO upgrade it from time to time, it's just that we're fairly new so haven't experienced it yet. I'm sure all will be fine again soon. I was on quite a bit last night, so if it went down after that, and really is going to take 48 hours (or less) I look forward to returning to it tomorrow night - if not sooner!


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John Holden 4 years ago

Oh yes, I'm well into it, thanks. Earning an average of about 30p a day which isn't much but it beats earning off Hub pages hands down.

I've got about 150 answers on there but slowing down now as I find it harder to find questions that I can answer that haven't either been awarded or swamped out with answers.

I get a little narked when I answer a question that has gone unanswered for years and immediately five other people chip in, often saying much the same as what I said.

And they aren't always beginners either, many have been around long enough to know how to find unanswered questions and answer them.

I almost welcome the break really, give me time to refresh my interest in the site and give me a bit of time for other projects.


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

@ John - is your name there the same as here on HubPages? Go to my profile next time you're there (TSchultz) and answer some of my questions if you want - I think I may still have one or two that have not yet been answered and a few with only one or two answers that I have not yet awarded. Also, don't only look for questions that have not yet been answered - also go for some that have only one or two answers - especially if you can give a much better much longer answer than the one or two already there. It can probably help your quality score if you are able to give much better much longer answers than are already on some questions, and if your quality score is higher you get your Adsense publisher id shared in some other pages of the site too (whatever that means!)


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John Holden 4 years ago

No, for some reason I'm thingumyjig over there. I might change my name but I'm biding my time.

I do go for questions with three or less answers, on the basis that I should get a reasonable share of clicks, occasionally when there are more but silly answers I'll answer, not for the revenue but for the sake of veracity.

When the site is up again I'll indeed answer some of your questions if I can, ta. Likewise, as I said, I'm Thingamyjig! (Sounds really silly now)


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

Thanks, John. Gotcha (on WebAnswers.)


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thedigger 4 years ago from New Delhi

I read all the points and yes these all very useful for the person want to make money here.


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

Thanks crowdanswers and welcome to HubPages!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Wow that was cool. I checked your profile. Pretty amazing site you suggested. Glad to stopped by.


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

Thanks, unknown spy - glad you liked WebAnswers - if you join it, good luck - I'm still earning at WebAnswers even though I'm not as active there as when I first started there - I do hope to find the time to be more active there, though, as when I am, I earn a little more there than I currently am on HubPages.

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