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WebAnswers, An Amazing Source for Adsense Revenue
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HubPages vs. WebAnswers
When I started writing for HubPages, I must admit it fast became a personal favorite of mine. The fact that I became involved with Adsense through my blogs long before I started to share my wares here just made it easier to get things started. HubPages also quickly became a large source for any views or clicks I might get through my other writing efforts.
And then I found WebAnswers.
I do feel it is important to point out that as far as earnings go, things have gotten remarkably better at HubPages. Ever since HubPages began its own advertising program, revenue from HubPages for me have dramatically improved. This is also something I find rather interesting since I have been somewhat inactive on the site for some time, and yet I have still been able to earn residual income from hubs that were previously published before I went on my little hiatus. In fact, the ad program here has done well enough that it has given me some incentive to return, and determine what I can turn that into by being active again.
Still, WebAnswers has been a huge source of any earnings I receive from writing anywhere on the Internet. In fact, it has become almost my primary source of views, and of course clicks which are the bread and butter of the Adsense program. My payouts come very frequently these days, and the numbers seem to increase a little bit every single month, meaning that getting monthly payouts from Adsense is not too far off.
I love to write. I love to get paid to do it too. Don't we all?
As it stands right now, when I compare HubPages to WebAnswers, WebAnswers wins the prize for overall earnings potential. Interestingly enough, participating and providing content for the latter site is also, in many ways, easier to do than writing a blog, or writing a hub for that matter.
The key is the quality score
The quality score works a little bit like the hub score works with one major difference. At WebAnswers you do not know what it is. Unlike HubPages, which tracks a writer's hub score along with their profile picture, WebAnswers keeps the actual number, which is generated via algorythims written into the sites programming, a secret. But the actual number really isn't important to know. What is important to know is what makes your quality score higher or lower. And really, this score is a large part of what determines what you will earn using the WebAnswers site.
WebAnswers is simply a question and answer website. As an active member of the site, you can either post questions or answer questions that have already been posted.
No matter what you are posting, questions or answers, there are some critical things to keep in mind as they apply to keeping a high quality score. Why is such emphasis placed here? Because having a higher quality score as opposed to a lower quality score means you will either have the potential to get additional on site Adsense advertising exposure, or less. In other words, those members who have a higher quality score will not only get the bulk of ads placed on an unawarded question, they may also have their ads placed on questions they have not even answered.
One of the important factors in keeping a high quality score is being active. Members who post frequently have higher quality scores. Posts should be as accurate as possible, and they should contain good spelling and grammar. This is really one of the top priorities in maintaining a high quality score. The posts should also be high in content. In other words, shorter answers equal lower quality scores, and longer answers equal higher quality scores.
Other factors that can negatively impact your quality score are posting inaccurate answers, or posting answers (or even questions) which become flagged by other members.
The fun factor
WebAnswers takes itself somewhat seriously. In fact, in one area of their site they state very clearly that the site is a professional community of experts. But let's be realistic about this, if you will.
The Internet is chock full of experts like prisons are chock full of innocent people.
My thought here is that one of the main things that draws me into WebAnswers is what I like to call the fun factor. Certainly, when answering questions, or even posting questions—which I often do—you should be serious enough in your answer that you are taking the question being asked seriously, and are doing everything you can to answer the question as accurately as possible, or providing an intelligent, and thoughtful insight. Many of the questions are not actually asking for an answer, but rather an opinion. As with any other place like this on the Internet, it is never a good idea to be rude, degrading, or otherwise mean. Get your point across, state your argument with facts in mind, and always remember that the person on the other end of the screen is a real human.
I also state the fun factor because really this is what is key to driving a high quality score as well. If you are having fun, your answers will show this. You will also be able to post more often. You will take more care and time with each post you make...again, boosting your quality score.
Don't get overly hung up on awards, or earnings for that matter
One of the ways that WebAnswers pays its content providers is by allowing the person who asks a question to award the best answer. When an answer is open, ads are distributed out based on who asked the question, and who has the highest quality score among the answers provided. Once the answer is awarded, 100% of the ads and revenue (minus WebAnswers' cut of course)goes to the member who was awarded the best answer.
But, there is one very important thing to keep in mind when it comes to the awards. That is, most of your earnings will actually come from open questions. Not awarded ones. So don't get too hung up on not getting awards. Your bread and butter aside from having a high quality score are those answers that are sitting out there unawarded.
This is not to say that awards aren't nice. In fact I rather like them. It is, in many ways, a bit of confirmation that you are providing something of value to the site, and certainly to other members of the site. I always post a thank you when I am awarded. And despite awards not being a huge contributor to overall earnings from Adsense, there is some thought that having a fair award to answer ration is something that also boosts your quality score. That would be along the lines of "provide accurate answers." The site's moderators will not exactly scour the site looking for inaccuracies. So the award is confirmation to the site that you have been accurate and detailed enough in your response that the person asking the question was satisfied that it best suited what it was they were looking for.
Earnings is another thing not to get too hung up on. Not initially. Like HubPages, and virtually anything else you may do on the Internet with content, things take time to build up. So, having patience is what should be important.
But not to worry. WebAnswers does not take long to show results so long as the other factors I mentioned are well established. If on day one you are providing all of the right stuff in your posts, you will see results quicker than one who is not.
As of this writing I have less than 6,000 posts on WebAnswers, and I have no complaint about my earnings from Adsense as a result.
Want to know more about WebAnswers?
I could write hundreds of pages on all of the ins and outs of WebAnswers, and all of the contributing factors that make this site work. But I think there are already hundreds of thousands of words, both on this site, and on the WebAnswers site that provide enough of the details that will answer any question anyone may have about it.
And of course you can always post a question asking very directly what you want to know, and there a ton of members full of information, and happy to provide it.
You may want to check out the FAQ section of the site first, and of course from this page, Frequently Asked Questions, you can also join the site. Have a look around, see what the site offers, and if you like what you see, don't hesitate to give her a go. You will be happy you did—especially when the checks roll in, and they will.