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Earning Even MORE With WebAnswers

Updated on April 10, 2013
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I admit, I haven’t really been thrilled with my Hubpages earnings. But then again, when I look to write on Hubpages, I want to write about topics that interest me. I look to writing those items as my “me” time and my writing as a catharsis for my daily stresses. In the end, I am not really surprised then, that my earnings are not super high. When I look at the top earners and what they have to do, I am just not willing to put in the amount of effort or tackle subjects I have no interest in. I prefer keep Hubpages as my blogging space.

I was however pleasantly surprised when I decided to give WebAnswers.com a try. I figure, what the heck, I already had a Google Ad Sense account set up from Hubpages so it was a worthy experiment. I have only been doing it for about two weeks now but it is also pretty fun because I am one of those odd people with a lot of random knowledge – finally a place to put those skills to use!! And, I can also select what I questions I will answer so if it does not interest me – fine – I can just skip it! And, as I am curious by nature, I finally have a place to ask all my oddball questions and get an answer – double win!! But here is the shocker, in my two short weeks on WebAnswers, I have already exceeded my meager almost non-existent earnings on Hubpages.

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Here’s the down-low on how WebAnswers works in case others would like to give it a try as well. First you must create an account for yourself and agree to their policy – all pretty standard stuff. Right off the bat you cannot make any earnings as they need to have you prove your ability to give detailed, quality answers and learn the ropes. You must answer 50 questions before you can either connect your current Google Adsense account or apply for an Adsense account if you do not have one. Answering these 50 questions also allows someone with no prior experience a chance to build an audience to prove their value to Google Adsense. To pass the time quickly, I set a personal goal of answering 10 questions each day for 5 days. You do not have to write a book each time but your answers should be descriptive and thoughtful and accurate. Also, you will see the posted questions have a blue or green bubble with a number next to them. Green bubbles denote a question is still open and accepting answers, blue questions denote a question has been awarded to someone who has answered it and you can only comment. The number in the bubble is how many people have answered the question. If the bubble changes to RED – that means your answer has been selected as the awarded answer. When your answer is awarded, you win the royalties from the ads clicked for that question going forward. When you ask questions, you also get a percentage of the ads so ask questions as well and be sure to select the best answer when there is one.

Here’s a link if you would like go create an account now:

Bonus awards and Bot Questions – you will sometimes see that a question seems to be first asked quite some time ago and then no answer is ever awarded. These are often called “bot” questions. To keep the content fresh and flowing, a certain amount of questions from users that have since discontinued using their accounts are recycled by the WebAnswers team. You can usually pick up on a “bot” if the name is a word followed by 3 digits and the submitted many, many days ago. You can and should still answer “bot” questions as you will be rewarded for supplying good content with a certain amount of bonus awards. You will be able to tell if you have been given a bonus award if the number of awards if the total number of awards is greater than the number of awards showing up in your “awarded view”.

Good Luck and happy answering!!

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      My2GreenBeans 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Lovebug - you need to increase your quality score with longer answers and fixing and adding info to brief earlier answers. To do this you will need to earn your 5 answers. Take a look at my other hub as I make suggestions for how to win awards.

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      Lena Kovadlo 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      I've answered over 120 questions and so far none of those answers were awarded. :-( And my earnings have stopped. I haven't gotten passed my $8 earnings... I wonder what I am doing wrong here.

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      My2GreenBeans 4 years ago from Tennessee

      I bet if you are able to increase your quality score by leaving longer and more detailed answers you are going to see your earnings increase a good deal. Also, you earn a portion from asking questions so don’t forget to do that as well. I have noticed some people will thank the person asking the question eg. “Thank you for asking Lovebuglena” at the end of their questions or I will often say “I hope this has answered your question.” I can’t say whether this impacts the likelihood of being chosen to be awarded and you should find your own style, whatever feels “right” to you, but it can’t hurt to sort of remind the asker that they should be choosing someone – even if it isn’t you to award the answer to.

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      Lena Kovadlo 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      So far I've earned about $8 with webanswers. I hope that my earnings there can increase... but considering I didn't think I'd earn anything (though I always hoped I would) $8 is not a bad start. Granted it took since some part of November for the $8 to accumulate.

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      Lena Kovadlo 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      Ok. Good to know. I have answered a little over 80 questions so far and not one of my answers has been awarded. :( I think my answers are good. Granted some people don't award any answers and just leave the question open so that could be the reason.

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      My2GreenBeans 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Lovebug --- exactly what Tealparadise said regarding deviating from the topic. Also, while I don't recommend deviating from the topic like some people do, I tend to answer things and try to only incorporate relevant info, I am SUPER wordy. It is a habit of mine. I am constantly redoing things for other places but webansswers likes my excessiveness with words. When you somehow keep your quality score up, you can also score --- magical "bonus" awards. Meaning you get an award which you will not see attributed to any question. The moderators just think your answers are good quality and are rewarding you. This helps your answers to show up a higher percentage of the time for those people that dont ever get awarded.

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      Lena Kovadlo 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      So, it's a good idea to write long answers even if they digress from actual question? And that will improve my Quality Score?

      Personally, I wouldn't award an answer to one of my questions if someone digressed from the exact answer, even if that answer was long.

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      Tealparadise 4 years ago

      lovebuglena - the reason for this is that, when the question is unawarded, everyone's adsense comes up, but the % of time that it's yours is based on your "quality score" and apparently that is partially based on the length of your answers. So people are desperate to keep that quality score up, as many answers are never awarded, and thus having a good quality score can be the difference in making the extra buck per day. (oh god I'm doing it now- extending like length counts for something just cause I'm thinking about the webanswers system)

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      Lena Kovadlo 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      Wanted to get your opinion...related to webanswers... I've come across questions on the site like for example "who is the author of so and so novel?", which tells me the person just wants to know the author of the book. Had he/she wanted some other details he/she would have asked that in the question. How come then are people answering the question by talking about the author and what the book is about and other things... Isn't that deviating from the question? Basically I've noticed when people provide answers to questions they start talking about things that are not really part of the questions even if related just to have a longer answer. Is that a good thing to do?

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      Lena Kovadlo 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      The questions I've answered before were on the first page of the categories that I chose... And it seemed that my answers were detailed and good but that doesn't necessarily mean that a good detailed answer will get awarded. All depends on the preference of the person who asked the question. And I've noticed that a number of questions I've answered weeks ago still remain without an awarded answer.

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      My2GreenBeans 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Make sure you are leaving good detailed answers. Make sure you are answering active questions (not just old/bot questions). This is the webcrawler. If I am allowed to post a link, hmmm. We will see if it works. https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/submit-url

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      Lena Kovadlo 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      I don't know what the webcrawler is and how to submit awarded links to it. But so far, none of my answers have been awarded... :(

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      My2GreenBeans 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Tealparadise ---- “If I tell one more woman "who's the daddy?" I may crack LOL!”

      Bwahahahaha!!! Sooooo true!!!

      As for the results on Hubpages and why the views are not as high and why the earnings don’t match up – no clue. It took me a bit to realize I should take advantage of all the sources like AdSense, Ebay & Amazon capsules. I then went and back-filled some hubs. That helped modestly. I then also found out about submitting your link to Google’s Webcrawler so your hubs can be found more easily. I can’t say that has increased things drastically. If I were to guess at how some people made money here it was by writing about topics that don’t have a lot of search hits coming up so theirs shows up. BUT – when I write a hub, I want to write about what I am interested in. Also, I think some people have a ton of time to dedicate to writing and just churn out hubs constantly. You know the ones – you see their hubs ALL the time – it isn’t even necessarily anything good but I am guessing sheer volume has to work in their favor especially if they are keeping to a particular topic.

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      My2GreenBeans 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Lovebug – make sure you submit your awarded links to the Google Webcrawler, so they are more likely to be found when someone is searching for something on that topic.

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      Lena Kovadlo 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      I've made a few bucks there so far, which proves that one can earn some extra money on that site. Not sure if one can become rich there but maybe that's possible.

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      My2GreenBeans 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Thanks tipstoretireearly - you absolutely should!! I am very pleased with the results so far!

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      tipstoretireearly 4 years ago from New York

      Interesting hub. I'll need to give WebAnswers a try. Thanks for the info!

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      Lena Kovadlo 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      It is strange to me why we earn more on webanswers when all we do is ask questions and write short answers to questions without necessarily using relevant keywords or promoting those answers/questions. Writing questions and answers is not as satisfying as writing actual hubs but it seems to work better when it comes to earning money.

      Oh, I've just been promoted to contributor. :-) Curious to see how that will affect my earnings...

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      Tealparadise 4 years ago

      My Hubpages total for this month is 92 cents at this moment. My Webanswers month total is 12.37 right now. I have put MUCH less work into Webanswers and make average 40 cents per day if I keep posting consistently. However, as you said, Hubpages is more emotionally fulfilling. If I tell one more woman "who's the daddy?" I may crack LOL!

      I wonder how much the top earners on Webanswers make per day or month? I haven't seen any rise in my earnings based on added seniority over my month there. It seems random, with 8 cents yesterday and 1.25 the day before. However, perhaps seniority is more slowly accumulated and I will notice over a few months.

      Regardless... it is a bit....strange.... how this works out. Why does Webanswers work so well? Will my Hubpages earnings also rise eventually? What's the difference that keeps me from getting views on hubs that are on the same topics as my answers?

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      My2GreenBeans 4 years ago from Tennessee

      I KNEW you'd be successful! I can't think of why more people aren't commenting that they tried too! It is fun and easy! From the mystery I know - earnings are also increased by an algorithm including things like the quality of your answers and the higher your ranking as well as your activity, etc. It isn't revealed exactly how it is calculated but certainly a higher ranking means more earnings.

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      Lena Kovadlo 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      I just checked and I accumulated my first earnings. Granted it was only about 35 cents so far but I wasn't sure if I'd make anything, let alone so quickly. Thank you for introducing me to this website!!! Really appreciate it!

      It's actually fun to answer questions on that site... I am a beginner so far but I hope to get a higher ranking. Does a higher ranking mean anything in terms of earning money on that site?

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      My2GreenBeans 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Hi Lovebug - it is through both clicks and impressions. As with anythough though, a click is worth more than an impression. Congrats on your first 50 answers!!

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      Lena Kovadlo 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      I have answered 50 questions and linked my AdSense account to WebAnswers and hope I make something on that site. I know I have to keep answering and asking questions and I will try to do that as often as possible. Question - do people make money on that site when someone clicks on the Ad only or also from Ad impressions like here on HubPages? Do you know?

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      My2GreenBeans 4 years ago from Tennessee

      I think it will be a happy experiment like me!! Good luck!

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      Lena Kovadlo 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      Thank you for clearing things up for me. I created my account and will now try to answer 50 questions in a short period of time, if that will prove to be possible. Will be interesting to see if I will actually be able to earn something on that site, even if it is a penny.

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      My2GreenBeans 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Once your Adsense account is set-up, if you answer a question that is never awarded, the ad earnings are equally split among those that answer the question. Assuming you can express yourself clearly (and I can tell from this question that you can), you will win awards eventually. You can never who will award you but the better your answer is, the more likely it is to be chosen. You can even be awarded an answer during your initiation period, you just will not be able to collect any earnings until you have answered your first 50 questions. Thanks for the comment!

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      Lena Kovadlo 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      Interesting and informative hub. That site is worth checking out. I have a question - if your answer has not been awarded does that mean you are not going to earn any royalties from that question? And what happens if your answers are never awarded, even though they are good and informative answers? Does that mean you will never earn anything?