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ChaCha — another online income possibility for ambitious writers

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I’ve written here from time to time about how difficult it can be to really make any money writing for the Internet. I’ve touched on the outrageously poor pay many people offer those they hire to write articles for website content. I’ve also told you of my experiences writing blog posts for money.

My daughter has a friend who somehow found out about a site called “ChaCha,” which pays writers to research and answer specific questions from site users.

I applied for ChaCha, seeking to become one of their Guides. The Guides are the people who get paid to answer questions/queries from ChaCha visitors. I haven’t started doing this yet, but I’m giving it a serious look. After reading their requirements for Guides and their FAQ page about the service, I understand Guides are making anything from $3.00-$9.00 per hour.

I’m not absolutely clear on how it all works, but I believe I read that they pay about 15-20 cents for each question you research and answer — which means you would have to put in an incredible amount of time and work to earn even $3.00 per hour, to say nothing of $9.00.

Anyone out there doing this ChaCha Guide gig already? Have I misunderstood or misstated the process and payment plan? Please comment and clarify what I’ve said if you have first-hand experience with this.

Meanwhile, I offer ChaCha as a possibility for those of you with the time and interest to try it as an avenue for earning money writing online. Let us know how it works out for you.
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2 Responses to “ChaCha — another online income possibility for ambitious writers”

  1. ScottsHelper says:

    I’m a guide for ChaCha, and you described the job of how ChaCha works pretty accurately. Most people text ChaCha with queries and we are paid per answer we give. If you answer more than 200 questions per week you make 20 cents per answer. If you answer less per week, you only make 10 cents. If you’re a fast searcher, you can do ok money wise. Not bad for being able to work as much or as little as you want, and in the comfort of your home!

  2. Gary says:

    Hey, thanks for the comment and reminder about ChaCha.

    I tend to forget about these older posts. I’ve posted since this most recently about Squidoo as an online writing opportunity. But I certainly wouldn’t forget about ChaCha.

    As a personal update, I haven’t done anything with it yet since I signed on. Too many distractions, I guess, but I really need to get back there and see what I can do.

    I encourage all of you to take a look at ChaCha if you’re interested in doing any online writing.

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