Webanswers! Content Creators Beware - A Warning From The Past
Webanswers traffic collapsed.
The now defunct website webanswers still appears in web searches due to this article you are reading right now.
This article was written as a warning and the content therefore will remain largely unchanged as It is a reminder to all content creators not to place all of your content on one website.
The original content continues...
Judging by their collapsing traffic statistics over the last few months of it's existence. The decline was terminal. A once mighty website supporting 1,000's of writers with millions of views daily. Just disappeared overnight.
Trying to access the website on the 8th October 2015 returned this comment:-
"Failed to open socket - No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it 127.0.0.1:9999 error."
I was alerted to this collapse by a fellow hubber. he told me that webanswers was having some problems. When I tried to check in I found that the website was unavailable.
Shame it was an interesting website.
This is a timely reminder to never put all of your content in one place.
My original post on how webanswers used to work is below. It has an amazing 236 comments from readers and fellow hubbers.
Needless to say there will probably be no earnings from webanswers any time soon.
The link to webanswers and related items have been deleted from this hub.
Goodbye webanswers. It was good while it lasted.
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Webanswers... How it used to be.
You as a writer would get a share of the revenue, generated from the adverts that appear beside your answers. Simple.
You can make money writing new answers and answering questions online. It is a very simple website to use and more importantly. It actually works.
They pay you cash, for asking questions and writing answers to questions that the public have asked. The website uses Google Ads, and the adsense revenue sharing system.
You will get a share of the adsense earnings, after you have answered your first 50 questions.
The good news is, it work's. This is the 9 month update to this hubpage as promised and I can confirm that webanswers does indeed work. It's very simple to use too.
Where is Middle Earth?
Do know this Woman?
It is a legitimate business. It does work and the earning potential depends on 'you'. Your amount of engagement on the site. More input, more money, that simple.
Is it one of the top money makers on the internet for this type of activity. I really have not given it as much effort and time as I should. I just wanted to prove it worked first. It does. Each of us should give it the effort we feel we wish to put in.
This money making guide, along with the extensive comments section from others. Cover just about everything you need to know, about how to answer questions to how to get paid on Webanswers. You will need an adsense account. If you haven't got one already, you can sign up after you have answered 50 questions..
To begin. Sign up. The referral link is below on this page. When answering questions, try to make sure that your answer is over 100 words in length.
I have read on the tutorials that you are paid according to the quality and the depth of the answer. You can also add a photo. Make sure it is copyright free and attribute the source of the photo.
The sites income is generated by advertisements from Google's adsense program, you will need to sign up if you do not have an adsense account. After you have answered 50 questions you will be offered the adsense account sign up page. These adverts are shown alongside the answer that we have custom written. We get a share this adsense revenue.
When I say custom writing. It means that the answer we have written is specific to that question and has not been copied from anywhere else. It must be original custom writing, for that question only.
100 Words Makes Sense
The 100 words apparently has an influence on the ranking, given to the answer by web crawlers. (programs that search the internet for Google & Bing, and add your custom writing answers to their index pages etc)
You are paid per line.
Currently my answers are averaging slightly over $26.00 PPC. Remember this is based on the mille idea or per 1000 clicks. These rates vary according to a mysterious ranking algorithm that no-one knows anything about.
I have answered over 2000 questions with answers varying in length from 5 words up to a maximum of 100 words (at most I have answered 10 questions with 100 words) and made £6.50 for November 2011.
I haven't answered a question for about 5 weeks now, and I still made £8.40 for December 2012. So it is profitable considering I have done very little work. I was paid on a ratio of £54 per 1000 hits So it work's. These ratios change according to the questions you answer. Business answers seem to pay more.
Even when I am not actively working on the site. I am still earning. You do however have to do a bit every now and then, otherwise your earnings may drop dramatically.
Now if I were to answer 2,000 questions I can imagine that earnings potential will increase exponentially. There is only one way to find out. Do it. So I am doing it. Slowly but surely.
Answering Questions someone has to do it.
Micro update for Existing members 13th June 2012
Some interesting information that you should know. Many people have asked about getting their questions and answers awarded.
Please check out this answer from Animal_world (Brain (9,679), as it clearly states that you are better off not getting answers awarded. As then you continue to earn from them.
Once awarded then only the author gets paid. Please check out the above link as it clarifies this question.
Webanswers What is this Flower
How to Get Paid. Keep at it
I have deliberately not been on the site, as I wanted to test if we still earn with little or no engagement with the site. It does.(Dec 2012)
Unfortunately I am now answering just one or two answers per week. I have other more pressing demands on my time. (March 2012)
The evidence as far as I can tell; is that once you have put your answers on their site. Whether you engage with the site or not. is up to you. It is really that simple. I have been told that if you engage with the site you may make more money? I cannot confirm or deny that claim.
What I can say also, is that it is an experience, worth at least a visit and looking into.
And you get to contribute to the fundamental database of the web.
The answers eventually turn up on the search engines.
These are some questions that I have answered and been awarded.
Question on Infra Red Astronomy. Question on Hair Loss In Men
These two answers alone show the diversity of questions you may encounter and chose to ignore or answer. Your answers could potentially live forever in cyberspace. OK enough with the hard sell. They can be used as referrals to articles you may write.
Stay with me now it's gonna get a little repetitive for a minute. I will be as quick as I can.
Basically you go to webanswers.com and create a profile. Simple. It has been in Beta since it's inception many years ago. The interface is very simple; you have to ask questions and you have to answer questions. You get paid for both. But you get paid more for answers and long term. So by all means ask questions but focus on the answers.
You will see that other people may have answered the question but that doesn't mean that you cannot answer the same question. You can view their answers. If you think you have a better answer then go for it and submit your answer.
The questions that have been answered are then judged by the person who asked the question and awarded to who they think answered the question best. (take a deep breath)
Being awarded a question that you answered, means that you will get a bigger share of the advertising revenue, from that answer forever (doubtful, don't hold your breath)
So how do I Earn?
The answers are eventually displayed on sites all over the internet, raising and marketing your profile in the process. Whatever ads are shown alongside your answer at that time, you will receive a percentage of the revenue. Right so you are signed in and the screen is there. Hey what about, how to get paid?
50 question rule. You have to answer 50 question's first
When you answered the first 50 question's, a new tab appears in your profile where you just click and it links to your Google adsense account (if you have one) or creates a Google adsense account for you if you don't.? Sometimes this can take a few days or even weeks.
The 50 question rule was introduced to deter time wasters.
Just fill in your usual details. It is a secure site so no worries there. So here we are, 50 question's to answer. It did seem a little daunting but I just jumped into it and pretty soon I had answered 10 questions. Then they just started flowing and before I knew it I had done the 50 question's. Now I just drop in every now and again. I answer a few questions. There is no time limit on any of this work.
A Road Locomotive
Carousel Funfair Ride
Have you tried webanswers yet
Answers to maybe Avoid
It pays to be a little selective in what you answer. Consider a few other things before wasting your time on a question.
This is my opinion, you can of course answer whatever questions you like. If you want to know, how to get paid then follow these simple rules.
These answers are being created and are used by search engines, so misspelled or poor grammar will not be used, It is fair to assume. Search engines will often correct someones spelling when they are searching. So spelling correctly is very important.
(1) Don't answer questions that are misspelled.
(2) Some questions may be years old, you can still answer them and earn from these.
(3) Don't answer questions with poor grammar. For the same reason as poor spellings.
(4) Look out for web bot questions. (you still get paid for these)
Sometimes the system generates it's own questions.
These are usually on a theme i.e. variations on how to get pregnant and what to do if you are and don't want to be (phew!) You still get paid for answering them.
(5) Don't answer questions that are ambiguous.
(these answers are based on value judgments, that you may not share, so you may rarely be awarded them)
Whether you are awarded answers or not, you will still earn money. The awarded answers do earn more money as a percentage.
Torrent of Money coming Your Way?
The last thing to do, is just sit right back and wait for the flood of money to flow your way.
But hang on a minute, don't give up your day job just yet, and don't tell the boss what you really think.
These kinds of projects take time to develop, to build up your stock of answers and of course. As we know some of these companies, can just disappear overnight.
You will have to carry on working, and do this type of project as and when you have time.
I would imagine that this type of work, would appeal to a wide variety of people, and of course it keeps the mind active.
If you like a challenge or need stimulation. Then my advice is to give it a go, but discipline yourself. Don't overdo it.
Take a break for 15 minutes every hour.
That's just good advice for any computer worker. Don't start piling all your eggs into this little basket just yet. I do hope this simple, money making guide, helps your online search for your own personal Eldorado. Not everything in life has to be 'complicated.'
Like the X-files "it's out there somewhere".
P.S. The question are ranked in a variety of categories. You are bound to find something of interest.
I was completely astonished at some of the things that people ask 18+ rated and definitely not for the squeamish.
If you are open minded and realise these are genuine people, asking genuine questions, then it is just another online writing job, with some interesting aspects on how to get paid for writing answers
I hope my guide has answered your questions about webanswers. If you liked it share it with your friends. Thanks for reading.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2011 Micheal