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Join a Question and Answer Network and Reap Rewards

Updated on October 28, 2014

Freelancer job boards will post requests for answering questions on these Q and A networks.

Joining a question and answer network has a lot of advantages for a freelance writer including building great PR in search engines.
Joining a question and answer network has a lot of advantages for a freelance writer including building great PR in search engines. | Source
Freelancer job boards post job gigs for answering questions on these Q and A networks.
Freelancer job boards post job gigs for answering questions on these Q and A networks. | Source

Amazon has a guide on how to write for a living. Curmudgeon's Guide

Searching for a little work? Check out these places

These are a few of the different Q and A sites that are looking for answers if you have an interest;

Quora-new to the scene, but still ranked as pr6. Variety of different formats from what is happiness to how to design web space

Yahoo Answers-one of the most popular and oldest of the online sites. Variety of questions from should I leave my husband to complete the lyrics of this Church song. Must be a member of Yahoo to register.

Stack Overflow-technical Q and A set up specifically designed for programmers and the like

These are only a few of the top ranked ones and there are many more out there for your inquiry and registration.

Copyediting Handbook and publishing guides help with communicating and answering questions in detail

Imagine getting a paycheck for answering questions

The popularity of question and answer networks has taken off in recent history. The appeal of these kinds of online network resources is they are fashioned for a anyone to answer questions in their particular niche of expertise. This makes putting knowledge you already have to good use in an easy and simplified manner. Focus on questions you know the answers to and reply with a relevant and easy to understand response. After responding to an inquiry, you get paid. These are more of the few advantage members see when they commit to one of these online sources of income.

Why they have appeal

Answering questions found at these websites lets many writers demonstrate their authority in a particular niche along with displaying their writing technique and creativity. Countless times a writer is an expert in a certain field and a written response allows a display of a personal proficiency, knowledge and a sort of branding if you get really good at it.

Focusing on the niche where you have the best skills will also make responses quick and easy as well as thorough. These are the questions and answers which benefit both parties on either end.

Writers also admit they discover traffic driven to the bio they create at the site. Name, company or even products are permitted in biographical info specific for a writer for a majority of the platforms. This information is usually shared in the author signature.

If the site allows links when you answer questions, direct more traffic to content you want them to view. Linking readers to your personal content will also increase your audience or customer base to personal blogs or article content. These are typically included as relevant links. Make certain these backlinks are for material that will benefit the reader. Irrelevant links simply for the sake of getting traffic moved from one site to another is bad for business for you and the site. Google does not like this set up and will penalize both in search engine rankings.

Which site is best

Numerous people interested in participating ask if one site is better than the rest. Which Q and A setting is best? Each person will have one which fits them better when compared with others. In order to decide which one is right for you , determine what works for you. What are you trying to achieve or receive from your Q and A network participation? What time investment are you capable of making toward the commitment? What rate of pay are you expecting? What categories will have your skills, education and expertise shining? Based on how you answer these will determine which one is personally right for you above all others. This will be different for each writer.

Compare what is available around the web and connect with the right one in your specific circumstances.

How different sites work

There are some that allow you to get paid a fee for your responses if you have the best answer to a question. These are forums where several answers are submitted for one question. Members review all answers and vote which one is best. If you do not receive the highest amounts of votes, you are not paid.

Some sites have requests for answers and the customer/asker will pay a fee if you are picked by them for providing the best reply. These are editors of the website reviewing replies to member requests. One site lets the person asking the question decide which one is better than all of the rest.

Both of these situations will not provide a steady stream of income for lots of writers. Payment depends on whether or not your answer is more popular than others based on an individuals personal opinion or the opinion of other members on the site. There are influences above and behind knowledge or skills in these circumstances.

If you are searching for a stream of steady revenue and are quite proficient at providing answers, there are networks that work for you in the Q and A field. Many of these have a variety of questions from techy to where to find information for a doctorate on chimpanzee aging and aggression. Replies are paid if they meet editorial staff standards. These are generally guaranteeing the question is answered proficiently. The more knowledge or material provided the better. More than one person will receive pay if they have answered adequately.

Experts in a certain field could find their reply is picked more than others. Though, there is no guarantee that you will always recieve payment for not so great responses. You could answer 20 a day and receive payment for none today, two tomorrow and five next week. Responding with the best knowledge is always a safe bet. If you are unsure of answer, skip that one and move on to one more in your field of expertise.

If you are trying to rank your content for Google and have a large library of information, finding a site with a high page ranking, allows back links or URLS with lots of questions in your niche or article library will work best for you. You can answer questions and link your replies to your URLs or blogs and obtain great rankings with the right keyword or keyword phrases within the search engines. Although you may or may not receive a steady payment for your question/answer scenerios, you certainly will find more readers directed to your material. This could work out better for some writers as far as growing their income.

However, question and answer networks that fall into this category are a little tougher because more stars will have to align to get the right combination over and over again to get one of your links as an answer that provides useful information for readers. You may get lucky with a question and answer network and have a unique question where you have the content to answer and get a very high PR rank from a backlink established from using your URL in an answer and get paid as the best answer among many. Don’t expect that each time you search through questions readers ask. Then again, many of these are generally categorized and if you find your niche it could really pay off.

Things to consider before joining

Many of these around the web can vary and there are different things you want to consider while searching for a Q and A network that works well for you. Depending upon your niche, knowledge and time available you can even belong to more than one.

Nearly all will require you to set up an account in order to answer questions. Registration with these networks characteristically will spell out their rules and guidelines and membership is a privilege and not a right. You can be terminated without notice if not adhering to site rules.

Certain ones have more professional based audience members than others. For example, the audience of LinkedIn is typically a worldwide professional with college degrees or doctorates that own their own business or are at a high level of administration in the business world. Yahoo Answers has anyone with a computer asking questions from “should I text a boy I like?” to “what is the answer for 178 divided by .100998”. There are even technical question and answer networks in place. More are being added every day. This is great for those asking questions and anyone replying to inquiries.

In conclusion

Of course, some have higher PR ranking than others and may receive anywhere from thousands to millions of visitors per month. Some limit how many questions you can answer per day or week. The search engines each have a Q and A network associated with them, but they do differ with their guidelines for use and participation.

If you have a knack or know-how for this type of format you can do well. There are even freelancer job gigs posted at some job boards requesting your services to answer these.

some answers will link video for a reply instead of a written response this is one answer found in Yahoo Answers

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      smcopywrite 6 years ago from all over the web

      thanks for sharing frogyfish. if you remember the name of the site or details of what where involved with the Q and A, share with us.

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      frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

      Quite interesting and enlightening hub. I did join a different 'answering' site some time back and it was a bummer...doesn't sound quite similar to yours though.

      May have to explore it again with your new info. Thanks!

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      smcopywrite 6 years ago from all over the web

      thank you all for the feedback. i agree with Viking305 of putting these on the list of things to do. i am not sure if i could accomplish these daily, but they certainly are worth the time and effort.

      if you use your search engine for a question many of these QA forums come up high in the results.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks for the great information in this well written hub !

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      L M Reid 6 years ago from Ireland

      Thanks for reminding me about these Questions and Answers sites.

      I did join 3 of them and was active for a while. But I kinda forgot about them.

      I must put it on my list of daily writing jobs to do.

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      HennieN 6 years ago from South Africa

      Great hub. I agree with you 100% that you need to make sure you knwo the reasons for joining these. That should make the choice easier.

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Great hub. Interesting and informative as always.

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      smcopywrite 6 years ago from all over the web

      thank you for the feedback.

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      Earth Angel 6 years ago

      Blessings to you smcopywrite!

      GREAT Hub! Thank you for sharing!

      One of the things I LOVE about the net is how quickly one can get answers to such a variety of questions! What used to take a few hours in the library, or even a few days for a librarian to access, is now available in seconds!

      Thank you so much for hightlighting these sites!

      Blessings always, EarthAngel!

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I will look into this, thanks!

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      TeaPartyCrasher 6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      I think I'm a member of at least one of these, just a matter of re-activating the account(s).

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      Deborah-Diane 6 years ago from Orange County, California

      I belong to one of these question and answer websites, and have been amazed at how it has helped increase my Adsense account each month. It really makes the difference on whether I make payout or not.