I have neglected this blog somewhat and notice that my last post, written eight months ago was about earning at WebAnswers.
At the time, that proved to be quite a useful way of boosting Adsense earnings without too much effort. Today, however, I deleted my Adsense ID from the site and can no longer recommend it.
I have been worried for some time that my Adsense account could possibly become compromised due to some of the content at WA, which at times touches on topics that are forbidden by Adsense.
One of the advantages of the site is that your Adsense ID shows on random pages, not just on your own questions and answers. Therefore, you can sometimes pick up high-paying keywords from topics that you yourself are not competent to tackle.
The disadvantage is that the site owners are not particularly proactive in monitoring what is put up. Thus you risk having your ID appear on very dubious content.
Not only that, but the illiterate rubbish that makes up a large part of WebAnswers eventually resulted in the site being badly hit by Panda. Earnings over the last weeks have been dismal.
The last straw came today, when I heard that Google stopped placing its advertisements on the site a couple of days ago. As far as I am concerned, that is a huge danger signal. I removed my idea immediately.
Apparently, one of the site owners has now announced the ads will be back in 24 hours. However, I have taken this incident as a warning and am no longer willing to risk having my Adsense ID associated with WebAnswers.
In the meantime, though, I have found a site that is currently paying very well, for even less effort than WebAnswers. Less effort is required, because it is a social site, where you can post your thoughts, rants or anything else you want. If people read and like what you post, you earn. If they do not, at least you have not wasted time. I do not know how long it will last, but I'm posting there while I can. Follow this link to find out more and sign up.
Friday, 16 August 2013
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Make money now online freeThe WebAnswers site gives you a way to earn simply by answering questions. Payment is through Adsense, and you will be invited to apply for an Adsense account once you have answered 50 questions, or to link your existing account if you are already a member of Adsense.
While fifty questions may seem like a lot, it is possible to complete this requirement fairly fast. As I write, the leader board shows people, who have answered between 24 and 61 questions today. Those numbers will probably increase as it is still only morning in the US, where many participants live. It is not unusual to see one or two people credited with 100+ answers in a day.
There are a number of points, of which you need to aware in order to maximize your earning potential and minimize the time required to achieve it.
The system at WebAnswers
It does not matter which questions you answer
Once you have linked an Adsense account, you will earn money from site visitors clicking on ads. There is something very important to note here. If your answer is chosen by the asker of the question as being the best, you are awarded that question. That means, any clicks on ads displayed with that question, and obviously the resulting Adsense earnings, will be credited to you.
However, everyone who has made the effort to monitor their earnings closely with Google Analytics has commented that they earn far more from non-awarded questions. Therefore, despite what you might hear, it makes little difference whether you answer questions on topics associated with high-value clicks or not, because your Adsense ID will appear not only on your awarded questions and on all non-awarded questions that you have answered in turn with the IDs of other people, but also on non-awarded questions you have NOT answered in all topic areas.
With respect to non-awarded questions, the consistency of your participation and the overall quality of your answers determines whether and how often your Adsense ID will appear on these pages. I'll look at each of these.
WebAnswers Quality Score
This is a somewhat mysterious concept, which is kept unexplained so as to deter people from trying to game the system. It reflects the general quality of your answers.
As far as I can make out from numerous comments on the site, the most important thing is to write answers with correct spelling and grammar and avoid very short answers. If you can write a couple of short paragraphs in good English for each question, your quality score should be OK.
A further important rule is not to duplicate material from elsewhere, because this will result in your answer being removed and your quality score plummeting.
Although having questions awarded also adds to your quality score, only a very small proportion of the questions on the site is ever awarded. In fact, if your answers appear on many non-awarded questions, you will find the system compensates by giving "virtual awards". This is partly to compensate for the fact that many of the questions were captured from around the Net by bots, and thus will never be awarded.
Consistency of participationThis is perhaps the key factor determining earnings. Even people who have answered thousands of questions report a dramatic fall-off in earnings if they stay away from the site for more than a couple of weeks. Consistency versus absence seems to be a major determinant of how often your Adsense ID is displayed around the site. However, if you are consistent, answering a couple of questions most days, then your overall total of answers will be the main factor in play. So the best tactic is to build up a large body of answers fairly fast, and then make sure you keep answering at least a few questions on a regular basis.
Maximizing earning potential at WebAnswers
Along with the above points on the system, you need to know that inserting links into answers is discouraged. This actually is an advantage, because it means you do not need to waste time looking for sources to back up your statements.
Unless you happen to stumble on a question that really captures your imagination and makes you want to research the answer for your own satisfaction, stick to questions you can answer out of your head. You want to select questions you can answer rapidly, while still producing the couple of paragraphs or more to satisfy quality score requirements.
According to one vociferous site participant, it is not worth answering questions that many people have answered because your turn for having your ID displayed will only come around rarely, so your earning potential from those questions is negligible. Well yes, if you only answer such questions, that will indeed be the case. However, answers to ANY questions boost up your total, and your total also determines how often your Adsense ID is displayed on the site. So, if you see a question to which you can generate a couple of paragraphs of answer in a very short time, go for it regardless of how many answers it already has. Obviously, though, there is no point in answering already awarded questions!
A corollary to the above is that others will often piggyback on questions you have answered, most frequently giving an answer that contains less information or rephrases what you have said. Unfortunately, each time a question is answered, it is thrown back onto the list on the home page. There is no way you can avoid such parasites completely. I sometimes exert revenge on the most shameless ones, who have given a scrappy answer that simply rephrases part of why I said, by going in and piggy-backing on their answers! When I do, I try to provide a longer answer, because I have an inkling that the longest answers for each question possibly get more exposure than others.
To cut the amount of competition from parasites on my answers, I often answer questions during the first half of the European day, when I think significantly fewer people are active on the site. By the time competitors in the US and Asia have come on board, at least some of these questions will have fallen off the home page and be less obvious.
You will also hear one site participating emphasizing how many unanswered questions are buried in the depths of the site classification structure. Yes, there are many. Unfortunately, a lot of these are incomprehensible or not worth answering for other reasons. Poke around the site if you want. Personally, I feel it is not worth the time required to dig out reasonable questions.
The one exception to this is that it can be worth tossing a random key word of your choice into the site search engine, to bring up questions on a topic you feel you can answer out of your head. This is also a good strategy when you see nothing of interest in the home page list. Often, you will find more than one question on the same subject. It is then really easy to go through and answer all of them, remembering to change the wording, and add in a few different snippets in each answer so as not to get penalized for duplication.
A recent change to the site has resulted in old questions being thrown up at random on the home page together with new ones. This means you can just catch the ones that appeal to you as they pass by rather than wasting time searching all the sub-categories.
Unfortunately, at present the click value of most adverts on the site is rather low. As a result, I do not consider it worth investing more than a couple of minutes per answer, which is why my recommendations are as described above.
My own approach is to log into WebAnswers while having a coffee break or when I otherwise have a couple to minutes to fill that cannot be spent more usefully elsewhere. At just over 1000 answers in total, I don't expect to earn much. My earnings vary from as little as $5 in bad months to maybe $30 in a good month. However, I see this as money for practically no effort, because I rarely spend more than 30 minutes writing answers in any one day and do not even do this on a daily basis. Obviously, if I increased my answer total, my earnings would increase proportionately.
So, take the opportunity to make money now online free by answering questions during those odd, idle moments in your day. You will probably never become rich doing this! However, it is possible to keep pennies rolling in for very little effort if you apply the principles outlined here.