ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How Writers Can Use WebAnswers to Help With Their Writing

Updated on July 19, 2013

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.

I no longer have to do all my writing research on my own! Webanswers can help me!!!
I no longer have to do all my writing research on my own! Webanswers can help me!!! | Source

Detailed Categories

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.

WebAnswers Poll

What Do you Use WebAnswers for?

See results

Update:

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.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • tillsontitan profile image

      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Anything that broadens a writers horizons, as this site apparently will, is a good thing. I'm still trying to figure out a time management plan that allows me to write on HP, check my emails and FB, write on Bubblews, spend time with my family, weed my garden, take care of my in-laws, oh, enough already, you know the drill. I will certainly put this on my list.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

    • torrilynn profile image

      torrilynn 3 years ago

      @KarenHellier i think that anything that helps a writer to be more creative and inspired is a good thing. I think that webanswers can definetely help a writer to get a better insight and opinion on a certain topic. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared !

    • wetnosedogs profile image

      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      I like your attitude that it will help you to find answers to your own writer questions.

      Best of luck on webanswers, earning money and knowledge.

      Great going on this.

      Hope you are doing well.

    • hawaiianodysseus profile image

      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      This was very helpful information, Karen. Thanks for sharing it! I'm with Mary. I would love to check it out, but it's all about juggling an already busy schedule. Still, I'm bookmarking this for possible future reference.

      Joe

    • Kathryn Stratford profile image

      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      That is a great idea! I have come across the site before when I wanted to know the answer to a question, although I didn't realize it was something that you could get paid for. I like the idea of using it to do research for an article, and I intend to check it out sometime. Thanks for sharing this article with us, and have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

    • profile image

      Vickiw 3 years ago

      Thanks for sgpharing this with us Karen! Very interesting, and the potential does seem good. I will definitely look at it! Thank you for sharing this, and it is very well written.

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      I belong to Webanswers but don't get to spend much tme there. Voted up on your hub and shared.

    • Karen Hellier profile image
      Author

      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      moonlake,

      Oh, thanks so much for sharing. I noticed today that I have answered 30 questions so far, and have been awarded Best Answer on 2 of them. I am not to the point where I have answered 50 and can earn money yet, but was happy to see at least I have a few awarded answers. I have been going there every day this week because I am in a hurry to reach my 50 answered questions. After that, I may end up in the same boat as you!

    • Karen Hellier profile image
      Author

      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Vikiw,

      Thanks so much for your comment. It took me a few days to figure this out. But under one of the questions, when they add more to the question, the eprson had written a comment about how theyw ere writing an article and needed people's opinions and that's when I had my Eureka moment!

    • Karen Hellier profile image
      Author

      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn Stratford,

      Yes, I think it will be quite helpful and I am excited to use it for research and polls for my future articles. I appreciate your stopping by.

    • Karen Hellier profile image
      Author

      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      hawaiianodysseus,

      If you don't want to use the site to make money right now, you can always join and use it to ask questions instead of answering them. It's a great way to get information or find out people's opinions on things.

    • Karen Hellier profile image
      Author

      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      wetnosedogs,

      Thanks, and if it wasn't for me trying tow rite full time this summer, I don't think I would have stumbled upon it. I am having fun and have been awarded 2 best ansers so far. That means when I reach my 50 answered questions, I should be able to make something through Google Adsense. It keeps me hopeful for the future!

    • Karen Hellier profile image
      Author

      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      torrilyn,

      Thanks for the nod that I'm headed in the right directions with WebAnswers. Are you currently a member over there?

    • Karen Hellier profile image
      Author

      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      tillsontitan,

      Oh you and me too on the management system. This is my first week of writing full time. I am not sure my husband is thrilled with my schedule so far...too much time on the computer. I think he thinks I am just having "fun" and not looking at this as real paying work yet. I will just have to show him that the time I am putting in will pay off in the end. Thanks for reading.

    • modeskrita profile image

      Rita 3 years ago from Dhaka

      Google adsense is best way of earn money from online.

    • Karen Hellier profile image
      Author

      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      modeskrita,

      I was actually doing well with Google Adsense on HubPages until I added the HubPages ad program. My earnings on Google Adsense slowed to a crawl. I am hoping once I get going with Google Adsense with WebAnswers, earnings will pick up? Time will tell I guess. Thanks for your comment.

    • modeskrita profile image

      Rita 3 years ago from Dhaka

      what is webanswers?

    • Karen Hellier profile image
      Author

      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Modeskrita,

      It is a website where you can answer questions and make money based on your answers. But you can also ask questions and as writers, we can use it to gather information for hubs or articles. Check it out online. It's really great.

    • Dreamhowl profile image

      Jessica Marello 3 years ago from United States

      This sounds interesting - maybe I should go take a look? I do love helping people, and it wouldn't hurt to make a little money off of it. Voted up, thanks for sharing this!

    • Karen Hellier profile image
      Author

      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Dreamhowl,

      If you do, just make sure your answers are at least 100 words. Once you get on the site you will see answers that other people have posted. You will be taken more seriously if you answer the questions thoroughly and give examples. This does take longer, but in the end will produce more earnings for you. I found doing about 5 questions each day worked well and I was ready to monetize with Google Adsense pretty quickly. Good luck to you!

    • Glenn Stok profile image

      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I'm not on WebAnswers but I do answer a lot of questions on Yahoo Answers, which works in a similar fashion. Sometimes I have written such a long answer that I could have used it as a hub instead. You gave me the idea now, after reading your hub, that I should consider these alternatives in the future, because I don't make any money from Yahoo Answers.

    • Karen Hellier profile image
      Author

      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Glenn!

      Are you supposed to be making money from WebAsnwers through Google Adsense, or do you mean they don't offer the chance to earn money? I am amazed at the amt. of money I see coming in through WebAnswers. It's more than I have been making on my blog which I have had for over 1 year. I am really happy that I found Webanswers. If you decide to try it out, please click on my link above to get there. Thanks! :0)

    • Glenn Stok profile image

      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Karen, Thanks for the reply. I was talking about Yahoo Answers. They don't offer a way to make money for asking or answering questions. Not with AdSense or any other method. I did follow your link and I see that WebAnswers uses AdSense. But they don't make it clear if one can use an existing AdSense account. All their support info talks about creating a new AdSense account for WebAnswers. It's against Google policy to have more than one AdSense account. So I'm not sure how this works with WebAsnwers. I don't see if they have a way to add an existing AdSense ID.

    • Karen Hellier profile image
      Author

      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Glenn,

      Sorry, I just saw this now. Oh yes, you just use the account you already have for Google Adsense. You are not eligible to add your Adsense account to your Webanswers account until you have answered 50 questions. Once you do that, you will either be sent an email offering to add Google Adsense to your Webanswers acct, or if you are like me, and don't want to wait, you can go searching on your profile page for it, and a link will appear that says you have answered 50 questions, click here to add Google Adsense. As soon as I clicked it, I started earning money. Let me give you a hint...the best advice I got before I joined WebAnswers was to leave really good and thorough answers of at least 100 words. There's a secret score for members and the better answers you leave, the higher your mystery score is among the powers that be with WebAnswers, and the more money you can earn by the ads placed near your answers. I am having a lot of fun with it, and am still really surprised and happy with the results. There are lots of people on there that are making monthly payouts, but you have to answer a lot of questions to make it. Some people say to try to answer 10 a day. I am trying for 5 a day at this point. I only wish I had known about this site sooner. Good luck.

    • Karen Hellier profile image
      Author

      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Oh my gosh, I am having so much fun and earning so much money from WebAnswers I am now officially addicted! Right now I am earning the same or more money per week there than on HubPages although with anything else online, that could change at any moment. But I have been on HubPages for 19 months and on WebAnswers for 7 weeks, and have already caught up to my earnings on HubPages. Whoo hoo! Having way too much fun. This is especially good because the level I am on at Textbroker is drying up.

    • Victoria Lynn profile image

      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Karen, this is great information. I do think I may have signed up a year or so ago but didn't do anything with it. I think I'll check it out again. Thanks for this hub!

    • Karen Hellier profile image
      Author

      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Okay, and while you're doing that, I will check out Bubblews!

    • msginger profile image

      Mirmana 3 years ago from AMSTERDAM

      Those questions do provide some inspiration. I have signed up, just waiting for approval now. Thank you! Voted up and useful :-)

    • Karen Hellier profile image
      Author

      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      msginger,

      That's great. Did you answer 50 questions already?

    Click to Rate This Article