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How Your Ability to Make Money on WebAnswers is Related to Your Activity

Updated on February 1, 2013
How to make money online and work from home using WebAnswers by answering questions frequently.
How to make money online and work from home using WebAnswers by answering questions frequently.

Introduction to WebAnswers and how to make money with it

WebAnswers is a large discussion forum aimed at Q&A. Any user may ask a question freely and anyone may also in turn answer the questions posed. The difference between WebAnswers and most of the other Q&A websites such as the well renowned Yahoo! Answers is that users who provide high quality answers on WebAnswers can actually make money online through the Google AdSense Program.

The basic principles behind making money online of WebAnswers is actually very simple and straight-forward. Like many websites on the internet, WebAnswers survives and makes money based on internet advertisements. In the case of WebAnswers, the advertisements are shown through the Google AdSense Program. The difference to other similar websites, however, is that WebAnswers employs a AdSense revenue sharing program. This means that a qualified user, i.e., a user that has provided and still provides high-quality answers, can link their Google AdSense program to WebAnswers and in this way make money by taking part of the revenue sharing program employed by WebAnswers. Currently, WebAnswers offers its users 60% of the revenues from Google AdSense with themselves keeping 40%.

Please note though that WebAnswers does not announce and will never become a get-rich-fast scheme, nor will it be an online job that motivates you to quit your real job. Granted it is possible to some extend work from home and make money online through WebAnswers, however, it will hardly pay your rent. For a more detailed review of the inner workings of WebAnswers as a mean to make money online I refer to a previously published article.

Factors influencing your ability to make money with WebAnswers

As mentioned above, through revenue sharing, WebAnswers offers its users to make money by answering questions. However, the amount or rather the probability of a user to make money through WebAnswers is determined by the, so called, Quality Score (QS) of the user. The QS is employed to single out users who post short, undescriptive or downright incorrect answers and award those that actually post detailed and relevant answers.

The idea is that every page displayed on WebAnswers will to some extend show advertisements through Google AdSense. However, each advertisement that is shown will link to one user that is chosen from the pool of active users. The probability to be chosen from this pool is directly influenced by the QS of the user. A user with a high QS will have advertisements shown on their behalf more often than a user with a low QS, i.e., a user with a high QS will have a higher probability to make money from the advertisements (in particular clicks) than a user with a low QS. Remember though that this does not mean that only the user with the highest QS can make money, actually all users can and will make money, but the higher your QS the more money you will be able to earn.

While the inner workings of the QS is not disclosed, a few major factors influencing the QS is known and summarized in the table shown below.

Factor influencing the ability to make money with WebAnswers

Factor
Description
Length of answer
Elaborate answers will result in higher QS than short answers.
Spelling and grammar
The spelling and grammar of the answer will be analyzed and poor English will be penalized by a lower QS.
Answer to award ratio
An answer may be awarded as the best answer by the user asking the question. Having a high ratio of awards with respect to answers posted increases the QS.
General quality of answer
Through a proprietary algorithm, WebAnswers analyzes the answers and determines the uniqueness and relevancy. Obviously, the more unique and relevant the answer is the higher QS.
User activity
A user that frequently answers questions will have a better chance to have ads displayed on their behalf, i.e. higher QS or higher probability to make money.
Table showing the factors influencing the ability to make money online (QS) with WebAnswers.
To make money online with WebAnswers, your activity matters!
To make money online with WebAnswers, your activity matters!

How user activity influences your ability to make money

In the above table, I have used bold fonts on the last row called the "User activity". This will be the theme of this hub, to provide some degree of insight to how user activity directly will influence your ability to use WebAnswers as a mean to make money online by answering questions from home. The data below will be continuously updated based on my personal experiences and it is the intention that the data eventually will be extensive enough to provide means to draw conclusions from it.

Before continuing, I have to state that the analysis below will only be given in relative measures due to policies enforced by Google. No absolute numbers on the amount of money that can be or has been earned will be provided.

Now with the above said, I will summarize the following data. The activity or the number of answers posted during a day, the relative number of page views of the Google AdSense Program, and the relative earnings of the Google AdSense Program. All relative numbers will be normalized with its maximum number, meaning that they will range from 0% to 100%.

While the data themselves are in relative numbers, I can say one thing, which is that my earnings from WebAnswers do pay my internet bill by a relatively large margin every month.

Data of user ability to make money with WebAnswers

Useful Google AdSense key data on the ability to make money as a function of user activity on WebAnswers.
Useful Google AdSense key data on the ability to make money as a function of user activity on WebAnswers.

How activity affects your ability to make money on WebAnswers

Day #
Answers posted on WebAnswers
Relative page views
Relative earnings
1
20
68%
34%
2
15
81%
95%
3
16
94%
72%
4
20
98%
58%
5
23
94%
88%
6
16
94%
30%
7
10
76%
95%
8
13
71%
44%
9
10
89%
33%
10
20
98%
85%
11
18
100%
83%
12
29
94%
60%
13
12
90%
100%
14
11
74%
27%
15
12
74%
37%
16
0
82%
39%
17
2
97%
66%
18
9
85%
87%
19
22
88%
78%
20
12
72%
98%
21
17
71%
23%
22
8
61%
71%
23
3
60%
36%
24
0
53%
43%
25
0
60%
31%
26
0
75%
89%
27
0
86%
46%
28
0
80%
33%
29
0
77%
17%
30
0
62%
53%
31
0
50%
35%
...
...
...
...
Relative data on how your ability to make money online through WebAnswers is influenced by your user activity or answer frequency.

Plot of WebAnswers AdSense earnings and the user activity factors

Making money on WebAnswers through the Google AdSense program (page views and earnings) and how the user activity factors in analyzed through a plot.
Making money on WebAnswers through the Google AdSense program (page views and earnings) and how the user activity factors in analyzed through a plot.

Earnings on WebAnswers based on user activity data truncated and plot

As seen from the table of data, there is definitely a correlation between the user activity and the earnings. However, as listing of the data in this way occupies a large space and also is not easy to visualize, the data is truncated after one month, and instead the data is visualized in a plot shown to the right. Due to technical reasons, the plot to the right is not shown at its full resolution. The full resolution version can be downloaded from here.

In addition, for those that are interested, the complete dataset in the format as given in the above table can also be downloaded from here.

Final words on the ability to make money based on user activity on WebAnswers

The data provided in this hub are to be viewed as an experiment. Hopefully they provide some useful insight on how the user activity influences the chances to make money online through answering questions on WebAnswers. The data is probably the most interesting to see how low activity days influence the overall ability to make money online on WebAnswers. In addition I also hope that any opportunistic reader does not jump onto the bandwagon mindlessly and thinking of it as a get-rich-fast scheme to work from home and make money online.

I will restate that while the published data are only relative number, however, my earnings from WebAnswers do cover my internet bill by a relatively large margin every month.

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    • XCan profile imageAUTHOR

      XCan 

      5 years ago

      Thank you Two-Face for your kind comments. Make sure you check back if you are interested in further stats as I update the graph and table periodically when I have new data. :)

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      Two-Face 

      5 years ago

      I enjoyed your post. It was informative and well written. I also noticed the intricate way you included your ads to your post, smart.

    • XCan profile imageAUTHOR

      XCan 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for your comment Weekend Reader. :) I will continue to collect data regarding the influence of user activity on the earnings. When I have a bit more data I will plot it up and visualize it.

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      Cindy D Whipany 

      5 years ago

      A well-balanced review of a site that allows folks to earn some extra AdSense revenue. Folks who write for sites like HubPages, Squidoo, Demand, etc. would find it easy to give articulate and useful answers a few minutes each day, generating views and income. [Disclosure: I am a $$-earning WebAnswers participant.]

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