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Guide Users Online With Your Expertise

Use your subject-area expertise to make money assisting others who are in need of that knowledge. offers qualified applicants the opportunity to become guides if they have proven expertise in a topic area. As a guide, you’re responsible for publishing a full-length article every 14 days and you must update your blog at least three times per week. Anyone can apply, but you must pass a 17-day-long self-guided online training program to familiarize yourself with About’s tools and demonstrate your knowledge of the process.

Successful guides never make less than $500 per month, according to, and some guides can earn upwards of $100,000 a year for popular, high-trafficked sections. Visit the getting started guide on for details.

On users agree to pay for experts to answer their questions. If you have an expertise—from gardening to genealogy—you can agree to answer questions for a price. The site then pays you based on accepted answers.

*Even though ChaCha launched with deep pockets and financing from top investors, the site is said to be having problems paying its home-based guides. Be cautious when applying and be clear about payment terms before getting started.

You must use caution when visiting these sites. Even though they contain a lot of legitimate information, they also lead to links to stuff that’s not legit. Be cautious about the sites and the ads you see and NEVER respond to check-cashing, wire transfer or Western Union related offers.