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    Google Answers

    Has anyone passed the "so called" test on Google answers yet ?? and is anyone using it ?

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    what is "Google answers" anyway?
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    You can submit a question to the Google team, BUT you have to pay for it. The Google member that finds your answer then takes 75% of the amount you bid. Google take the rest of the cash.

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    I've passed the first two steps. I'm working on the last step (I think it's the last step).

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    thats interesting paid to research.... um... have to write an essay but I dont have time to do that now I am in middle of my exams these days.. may be over the summer.
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    Heres the address if you want it https://answers.google.com/answers/main

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    I did the test and got to level 2, then completed the final test. Waiting for a response now.

    I did the final test about 2 weeks ago and got this email this morning from Google...

    "Thank you for submitting your sample answers.

    This email is to let you know that we are currently reviewing your answers
    and the rest of your application. Due to a high volume of applications at
    this time, it may take us a few days to get back to you.

    Thank you for your patience.

    Regards,
    The Google Answers Team"

    Great!

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    Wow! I never knew about that program until today. It looks pretty interesting. I'd like to know more from someone who's already in the program.
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    More on Google Answers

    Hey guys,
    In case you're interested, SitePoint will publish a review of the Google Answers service next Wednesday, May 15th.

    The article will appear on SitePoint.com and PromotionBase.com - keep an eye out for it!

    georgina
    Last edited by georgina; May 7, 2002 at 20:53.

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    What? I don't quite get it.

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    I think that it is a good idea but does anybody aggree that google is digressing a little from what has made them so popular. (the search engine) I hope that this does not mean that the "quality"of the searchs will not be lost.

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    after first posting this yesterday i then got a reply like KMxRetro , im now ready for level 2 woo hoo!!!

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    I have also just completed my test answers and am waiting for a reply. I will not say what the questions were, but they are pretty tricky. I thought that this might a rather fun thing to do from time-to-time along side my usual research work - keeping a wider perspective on things, so to speak.

    To be honest, I think Google has actually underpriced the service. The minimum amount is $4 and the maximum is $50. The fact is that it could be a real effort saver for a lot of people who need important information and do not have either the skills or the time required to go hunting for information.

    If you consider that in most cases a $4 reply will take at least half and hour to complete and that a working day is 7 hours one could calculate that an annual income for a researcher using this service as a full job would be approximately $13K a year if one concentrated on $4 questions. Nothing if you think of the writing, editing and research skills Google are looking for.

    For $25 questions, which would probably take at least an hour to reserach and write, the figure is: $42K, a much more reasonable sum, but still on the low side for a professional. (This also assumes that the reply takes just one hour.)

    Maybe Google should consider this if it really wants to appeal to a high end audience, both in terms of researchers and in terms of clients; which it seems to want to do.
    Last edited by J Lindsay; Jul 16, 2002 at 23:30.

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    Those do sound like low salaries, but I think google pays the people on an hourly basis too.

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    Post no hourly pay, except for staff

    I don't think you'll be able to make a living doing this, if only because of the competition to "lock" a question - more like some cash on the side, a chance to improve yer researching skills and, if approached correctly, have some fun

    I submitted my answers a few days ago - they wrote back saying
    we think you may have the research skills to make a good researcher. However, we felt that some of your answers were not presented in a format suitable to the Google Answers service. Specifically, your answer to the "Venezuela" question did not cite any sources of information.
    guess I should have read the directions (still, where's the fun in that? ) - I amended my answer to that Q and await further action

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    So, mmi, you did the Venezuela question as well.

    I guess the point was that if you look at it in terms of pro-rata annual salaries for the time and effort they want from researchers, and compare it with the need that many submitters have for information it just seems to show that the service is actually underpriced at present.

    Still, it has given me an idea...

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    Talking "what's THAT?!" - "looks like a big fried egg!!"

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    Cool I'm a Google Researcher!

    man, now the money's really gonna come rollin' in'
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    Thank you for sending us your signed contract! This email is to let you know that we have received your contract, but it may take a few days (up to 2 weeks) before you are able to post answers. Due to the overwhelming volume of applications we have received, we cannot activate all new researcher accounts immediately. We will contact you again when your account has been activated. Thank you for your patience.
    Last edited by mmi; May 31, 2002 at 11:33.

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    I finally heard back (after waiting for 3 weeks) that my final essay questions thingy will take another month to process. Ah well, eh?
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    Well, while Google anwsers is a great idea, I hardly see myself doing any money from it. It will probably effected by the eLance-effect, if you know what I mean.
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    Originally posted by M. Johansson
    Well, while Google anwsers is a great idea, I hardly see myself doing any money from it. It will probably effected by the eLance-effect, if you know what I mean.
    Yeah, a lot of those $5 questions look like they're getting one-or-two-hour answers...

    ciao,

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    I just got approved as a Google Researcher about a week ago. Much as everyone else, I hardly see myself really making any money doing it at this point. But at least I can boast about it I suppose...seems hard enough to actually get in.

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    And I just got the final go-ahead to start answering this morning.

    Off I go to have a look...

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    So, is anyone making money from GA yet? Just curious...

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    Question "due to continued problems with your postings"

    hey - I made a little over a hundred dollars (quite inefficiently) and somehow got fired a week after they thanked me "for being a thorough and considerate researcher" - I'm real heartbroken


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