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Make Money Online Answering Questions: A WebAnswers Review
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This is a review of the Google AdSense sharing, question and answer platform, WebAnswers. There are now a number of platforms on the internet that share AdSense revenue with their users. To me, WebAnswers is still one of the best.
The premise of WebAnswers is a bit different from many of the other revenue sharing sites, and its also one of the simplest. People ask whatever questions they can think of or are in need of, members answer them, and the best answer gets awarded.
My WebAnswers Rating
Ad revenue from the AdSense ads on the page are shared 60/40. With 60% going to the members and 40% going to WebAnswers, much like here at Hubpages.
Members get rotating ad exposure on open questions and answers that they’ve participated in, answers they've been awarded, and also on other areas of the site based on their quality score.
If you already have an Adsense account or have already been approved for one, then joining is really a no-brainer. Especially if you're feeling stuck or frustrated with other online revenue sharing platforms. It can be a nice boost to see at least some money trickle in.
According to WebAnswers, quality score is based on:
- Sentence structure
- Length of answers
- Addressing the specific question
- Unique answers
- Overall value you bring to the website
WebAnswers states that "overall earnings potential is directly tied to the quality of your answers posted on this site." The higher the quality, the more likely you'll get increased exposure. Google, and consequently WebAnswers, seem to “reward” those who stick to high quality guidelines.
Tips For Greater Success
Members who earn the most money usually follow a similar pattern. For one, they're answers are thorough, well written, and address the question at hand. This alone increases their quality score and gives the people who ask the questions good reason to award them. They're also usually experts or have good knowledge of a high paying field such as:
Other good topics are electronics, relationships, pets, travel, and automobiles. This is usually where successful members spend the bulk of their time. Plus, If you have direct knowledge in one of these fields it's always easier to answer those questions when you don't need to do any research and you already know everything.
Some other ways to make the most of your time is to answer any question that has a lot of views (it has a high search volume). Especially if you feel you can write a better answer than the ones already there or if there aren't many answers yet. You'd be surprised at how many "hidden gems" there are that get a lot of views and have just a couple poorly written, short answers.
While it might be tempting to write answers for "easy" questions that are more or less for chatting or entertainment, your time would probably be better spent on actual information or opinions that people are searching for.
Avoid questions about celebrities, favorites (colors, foods, shows, etc.), and other non-sensical topics. Also keep in mind how long a given question will be relevant (think evergreen) and how many people might end up searching for it later on.
One unassuming benefit from participating on WebAnswers that I’ve noticed is that it helps keep my mind sharp. Unless I’m searching for a specific kind of question or asking the question myself, I have no control over what kind of questions I’ll see and maybe try to answer. This keeps me on my toes, ready if need be to do mental and physical research that I didn’t have a preconceived notion to do.
I’ve often heard it said that teaching is the best way to learn. As a writer and thinker I find this to be true, so in that aspect participating on WebAnswers has helped to further develop my abilities. Never mind that I also get money from it.
There's also a fairly strong community that has established itself at WebAnswers, making the site more and more legitimate as a place for people to go to get information. WebAnswers pages also rank fairly well in Google searches which creates a steady amount of organic traffic. I think it could definitely benefit, however, from more experts in specific fields.
How Much Money You Can Expect To Earn Through WebAnswers
It depends on how much effort you put into it, but some members are reportedly making at least $100 a month in passive, residual income. Sometimes within only a month or two of starting. The magic number needed to meet the hundred dollar a month threshold seems to be somewhere around 1,000-2,000 (give or take a few hundred) high quality answers on relevant topics.
Some of the top earners are making closer to $700 a month. Keep in mind, however, that they’ve put down thousands of quality answers to reach that mark and have been on WebAnswers for quite some time.
Consider, however, that if you averaged 20 questions a day it would only take you about two months to reach the 1,000 answer mark and subsequently the $100 a month threshold for an AdSense payout. Again, though, those answers would need to be of high quality and on well paying topics. But the opportunity is certainly there. You'll start gaining ad exposure as soon as you start putting answers down. This can be exciting because many other sites or blogs can take much longer before you start to gain that kind of exposure.
And let's not forget that this money is also residual, so once you start putting answers down you'll be earning from them possibly for years to come. There's really no telling how long they can make you money. That aspect of it makes it extremely tempting. Especially when it can be done on your own schedule in your own spare time. I’ve been on the site for a couple of years now and I've been happy with my experience. I make a fair amount of money, nothing to write home about, but it's fun to see it rise the more I participate.