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How Writers Can Use WebAnswers to Help With Their Writing
Research Help for Writers
WebAnswers is a website that allows participants to join, answer questions, and earn money. I was recently introduced to WebAnswers by reading about it online when I was researching new ways to earn money online. I haven't made any money yet, but then again, I have only been a member for five days! And I am still reading all the ins and outs of how I actually will make money, so I am not an expert on WebAnswers yet. The site connects people who have answered 50 questions or more to Google Adsense and money is made by ads displayed on the sites where your answer was chosen as the best answer.
Asking Questions Helps Gain Information
But, the website also encourages members to ask questions so that by asking questions, people will answer them and make money. And I just had an amazing thought this afternoon. People who enjoy writing, be it articles or fiction, non-fiction, etc. can use Webanswers to gain knowledge and information about whatever subject they want to write about. Writers can get facts from others knowledgeable in certain fields, or they can get opinions from people. Once people answer a question, a writer can start gathering information for their next article ( or hub if you are reading this and are a HubPages writer). If the question is in a fairly popular category, people will answer quickly. And most answer very thoroughly.
The Incentive For Members to Earn Money Helps Writers Gain Information
In order to earn money, an answer needs to be chosen as the best answer. That means most people try their hardest to respond with a very well written, informative answer. In fact I learned about this website here on HubPages from a hub written by Molometer ( thank you friend) and he suggested that each answer be at least 100 words so that it will give answers more credibility with the person that asked. This will boost their chances of being chosen as the best answer, and that's what Webanswer members want...the more awarded answers, the better for them. And that's why this is such a good site for writers.
If someone would like to write a piece on how to earn money on the internet, they could go to WebAnswers, ask the question about best sites to do this, and hopefully get a huge response. Each will hopefully include at least a few websites that they can then explore for themselves and add to their article. Or, they can do one article on each website listed in people's answers if they think after a bit of research is a viable site to earn from. Similarly, if someone wants to do a piece on comparing of a social networking sites such as Facebook and Myspace, they can actually ask that question, and use the answers to write a very good article. I have been having a lot of fun on Webanswers this week, both answering and asking questions. Of course the incentive for most members is to answer as many questions as possible, but the incentive for writers could be to ask questions to help them research what they are writing.
When clicking on the home page, one finds a list of categories of questions that can be answered or asked. They include:
Arts and Humanities Home and Garden
Baby and Pregnancy Jobs and Careers
Beauty and Style Legal
Business Other and Miscellaneous
Computer and Electronic Pets
Education Politics and Government
Entertainment and Music Real Estate
Finance and Investing Relationships and Family
Food and Drink Social Sciences
For Fun Sports and Recreation
Games and Recreation Taxes
Health and Fitness Travel
And there's more! Each category is broken down into smaller categories. For instance, in the pet category, one can choose up to twelve different categories alone just on answering or asking questions about individual types of animals...dogs, cat, horses, guinea pigs, etc. Under the jobs category there are questions and answers under headings such as interviewing, quitting your job, resumes, etc. An author can gain a lot of info by asking or reading answers to questions asked by other people as well. One of my favorite topics is not listed on the main page but when you click the "and there's more" link, there's a page with even more detailed categories and there's one for shopping. I am a coupon addict, and there's a category about coupons there, as well as malls garage sales, Craigslist and many more.
A Thrilling Find For This Writer
I am thrilled to have found this website this week because yes, while I do hope to someday make money by answering questions, I am excited to use if for research for my current and future articles. Today is Wednesday, July 3rd and I completed answering my 50 questions yesterday, after 10 days. I was able to monetize my WebAnswers account today and I hope to be able to earn some money from the site soon, all the while continuing to ask questions that I need answers to for writing hubs.
If you want to find out more or join Webanswers yourself, here's the link to the WebAnswers site:
- Web Answers - Share your knowledge. Ask questions for free. Get the answers you need. - WebAnswers.c
Web Answers WebAnswers.com - Share your knowledge. Ask questions for free. Get the answers you need.
What Do you Use WebAnswers for?
I have only been a member of WebAnswers for 2 weeks and have made almost three times in earnings on GoogleAdsense compared to what I was making before WebAnswers. On WebAnswers, members get paid by views to their answers/questions, referrals, and if their answer has been chosen as the best answer for a certain question. BUT I am not sure if that will compute into actual earnings at the end of the month on Google Adsense, or some other figure, based on however they figure it out on Google Adsense. Often what it says for my earnings on Google Adsense computes into an much lower figure when I see my "actual earnings" total after the month is over. But still, that amount in earnings look pretty good to me, especially since it can be slow going in terms of payout because for Google Adsense we have to reach $100 for a payout.
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