iQuestionable: Earn Money for Asking Questions

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 in BloggingPersonal
A while ago I started, which is currently in the process of changing servers. Anyway the idea was to create an article directory on a WordPress installation. With an AdSense plug-in, users were able to include their publisher ID and with that advertisements would show up on the posts they created. Now after a while I got sick of reading through all the articles users submitted to me. It took too much time to moderate the blog. So I had to come up with another solution which turned out to be an auto(mated)blog. In this post however, I’m going to introduce you my newest concept: iQuestionable.

Earn money for asking questions

iQuestionable is a WordPress based website which mimics Yahoo answers. Users can sign up on the blog and when that is done they can post questions and answers. If they contribute with questions they have an option to add their AdSense publisher ID to their account. This way they can make money with every question they ask. AdSense will be shared at a ratio of 95 to 5 meaning the user gets 95 page views out of 100. Me as the owner will only get 5 views per 100 visitors.

What about backlinks?

I have found a way to produce ~50 backlinks per post which is published at any time. Some of them even include PR 7, while some are lower. This will help to increase the spider visits to the blog and index every post there is. I even created a Facebook fan page and a Twitter account when every question that is published on the blog is sent to the Twitter account. This helps building up a steady amount of backlinks because in Google’s eyes when a site goes viral or is just indexed, backlinks need to keep coming from all different sources. So you can expect some heavy backlink building from my side to make the website a success.Of course when you create a question you basically create a complete WordPress post which is indexed by Google. Therefore you can build backlinks yourself to the post to increase the visitor amount and moreover if you add your AdSense publisher ID you can make money while practically doing nothing. This is the biggest difference between Yahoo Answers and iQuestionable. With Yahoo Answers you can only build up reputation and levels and nothing else than just an account. Links you use at Yahoo Answers section are no-follow and thus don’t pass page rank. On iQuestionable, everything is do-follow – meaning if you build backlinks to a single post and increase it’s pagerank – you benefit a lot from it.

Startup content

At the moment the blog is running on autopilot pulling questions from Yahoo Answers and published under an anonymous user which is the iQuestionable Group. Duplicate content is not a problem as Google indexes everything I made so far with autoblogs. So this shouldn’t be a problem as well. When the blog gets enough members, I can turn off the bot and let original content do the work.

Advertisements on single posts

Using the Author Advertising plugin allows an administrator to share revenue with the members of a blog. The plugin doesn’t work for WordPress 2.7 and up so I had to modify it myself to work with version 3. If you register an account you can add your publisher ID in the Edit Profile section. When you do so, your publisher ID will be added to every ad on a question page. Like I said before, this will happen 95 times out of 100. The other 5 times will be used to insert my own publisher’s ID.The current set of ads on a page are:
  • 160 x 600 on the left sidebar
  • 336 x 280 under the question title
  • 468 x 15 inside the question area
  • 125 x 125 button on the right sidebar
All these ads appear on single post pages. I have some other ideas for the homepage.So if you’re interested in joining me in this concept and have some suggestions/feedback, email me or comment here in this post and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.Cheers,MarkPS. The theme I’m using is awesome, when a user registers – he or she doesn’t even have to go to the WordPress admin area, everything is done within the theme front end itself.