WebAnswers – Getting Paid to Answer Questions
November 23, 2015 by gina145
Until recently, whenever I came across someone asking for advice on how to get an AdSense account, I always suggested they join WebAnswers. That was how I got my account.
But WebAnswers was more than that to me. After the Themestream debacle, WebAnswers was the first writing site at which I earned real money – meaning money I actually received.
WebAnswers is a “Questions and Answers” site which runs entirely on its members’ contributions. Questions range from the highly personal to knowledge based questions in all fields of study, research on how best to earn money online, and even trivial questions like “What is your favourite colour?” It was through WebAnswers that I first discovered sites like HubPages and Bubblews which set me firmly on course to pursuing online writing seriously.
Some questions fall through the cracks and remain unanswered, but loyal members have always done their best to answer worthy questions while over-enthusiastic newbies will often answer the easy questions in the hopes of earning a little money without putting in any serious effort.
Unlike many other revenue sharing sites, WebAnswers has never paid its members for their contributions. Instead it places AdSense adverts on their behalf. This means that what you earn for your work is unpredictable, but you aren’t dependant on the survival of the site to get paid.
Before they can start earning money, newbies are required to write quality answers to 50 questions. They are then invited to create an AdSense account if they don’t already have one. Once they have been approved by AdSense and have associated that account with their WebAnswers account, their ads begin to appear in various areas on the site and money starts to trickle in. Naturally the more active a member is, the more they will earn.
In the past, good writers with knowledge in high-paying categories were once earning really well, though Google updates over the years have seen income decline. This problem isn’t unique to WebAnswers though.
Sadly by the time I discovered WebAnswers in 2012, earning potential was not what it had once been, but it was still good enough to ensure that the site was buzzing with activity and there was a steady flow of new questions and answers.
Lately, however, all is not well at WebAnswers. At time of writing the site is still alive, but only just. For several weeks now it has been down a lot of the time, sometimes for days on end. Worse still, members’ ads are no longer appearing on the site and nobody has earned a cent there since the beginning of October. Through it all the site’s owners have been silent, leaving members to speculate on what the future holds. When the site is up and running, activity has come to a virtual standstill.
On the positive site, the fact that members earned through AdSense means that no unpaid earnings will be lost. Members who didn’t use AdSense elsewhere, however, will need to find another source of income if they want to receive their outstanding money.
WebAnswers was never a big earner for me, but it was an important site for me regardless. Without it I may never have got back into writing. For that I will be eternally grateful.
Though I’m not often active there, I hope that the site survives. It would be a shame to see all their members’ hard work go to waste.