I happened to read an article about revenue sharing sites that mentioned "Question and Answer" sites. These are sites where people post questions and others post answers. The resulting pages carry Adsense advertising and there is some method of sharing revenue with either those who provide the questions, the answers, or both.
There are a number of these around, but I only signed up with two: WebAnswers.com and AnswersPay.com. These both require a Google Adsense account (Webanswers requires answering 10 questions before you can give them your Adsense information).
My first reaction to the questions was "Are these people really this dumb?". Unfortunately for the future of this planet, the answer is "Yes".
The "AnswersPay" site is the worst for outright stupidity.
Sure, some of this is probably young kids or drunks or peope just goofing around. But all of it?
The "Webanswers" site has some of that foolish stuff, but there are more reasonable questions. The questions are broken down into categories, which makes it easier to find things you might care about answering.
However, while the questions may be more intelligent, many of them could be answered in seconds by a simple Google search. Why on earth would someone post here and wait hours or days for an answer they could have had in seconds from Google? That just baffles me.
I do have to admit that a large part of my living has always come from answering questions that people could have more easily looked up themselves, so perhaps I should not complain too loudly?
Would you really be able to make any money doing this? I can't imagine that it could amount to much. Webanswers seems to be pretty honest about that - at How much money can be made by answering questions on WebAnswers.com they say:
Those top earners may have answered more than 1,000 questions per month (I'm guessing from the Monthly Leaderboard stats). That's about 30 per day or more. I spent about an hour browsing and answering questions yesterday; I managed 15. That might give you an idea of the effort required. Two hours work where you MIGHT earn $20.00 or less? No thanks.
Laziness and plagiarism abound in the answers. People cut and paste directly from Wikipedia and other sites. Supposedly this is not allowed, but the policing of this comes from member reporting, so it's actually common. You'd therefore be competing with Wikipedia for "best answer" in some cases.
I'd also be concerned about collusion. Sites like this are vulnerable to orchestrated voting, and it is voting that determines if your answers are the "best" and therefore eligible for earnings. All in all, I don't see this kind of site as a good place to earn extra income.
However, I could be wrong, and I suppose if you are out of work and have nothing better to do, anything earned is better than nothing.. Feel free to check them out for yourself and see what you think:
(link dead) WebAnswers.com
(link dead) AnswersPay.com.
A related question for those who care to comment: are people really getting dumber or is it just that easy access to the web and large numbers of young children makes us think that? I certainly hope it is the latter.
Update 11/2/2015: Both those sites are gone. I recieved the following comment from "Dave", a former member at Webanswers. He asked that I add this information:
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