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Will Amazon Make A Splash In The Question and Answer Market?

If you’ve visited the online retailer Amazon (they’ve gone way beyond books and CDs and DVDs for quite some time), you’d notice their foray into a new area with their “Askville” site.

askville amazon

Askville is a site where users can ask questions and get answers.

It’s a little different from similar sites out there with a “ranking” (level?) system for users, and there’s an opportunity to earn “gold”. Additionally there’s shopping engine features built in with product recommendation.

Do contributors earn commissions or “gold” if readers buy the recommended product?

I’ll need to delve deeper into the site to get the answers.

But since late last year, internet users have been asking, “Is Amazon’s Askville just another Yahoo! Answers”?

yahoo answers

Yahoo! Answers is also a community centered around user generated questions and answers, and participants get to vote for the best answer. Being an earlier product, it doesn’t appear that Yahoo is geared towards promoting products, or generating commissions.

They have a comprehensive and somewhat complex Points System.

Although I think the rationale behind needing points to ask a question, and then answering questions to earning points to ask more questions can become a little self-serving, even though it has the motive of creating a type of points-based information economy.

Yahoo! Answers is perhaps best known for the fact that Dr Stephen Hawking (author of “A Brief History of Time”) posted his question “How Can The Human Race Survive The Next Hundred Years?”

yahoo answers stephen hawking

The question has since evolved into having it’s own Yahoo! group as well as Yahoo! Answers admin verifying the identity of Dr Hawking.

I guess it’s easy to forget that search engines are perhaps the ultimate “Question and Answer” databases. You enter your question into the query field and get back relevant results.

It does help to have a more human friendly interface like Microsoft Live’s Ms Dewey website:

ms dewey

MsDewey is a smart alecky, flash-based search engine, developed by Microsoft.

It features an animated avatar “Ms Dewey” (played by Indian-Dutch actress Javina Gavankar)

I believe it’s intended more as a technology showcase, or a viral marketing device, more than a serious search engine contender.

BUT,  unless you’ve been in the industry for some time, you might not recall the AskJeeves search engine, where you were “served” by a butler named “Jeeves” (named after a character in P.G. Wodehouse’s novels).

It’s now become Ask.com:

ask.com

Which has seen the butler Jeeves dropped from it.

In case you missed it, here’s another look at Jeeves:

ask jeeves

Industry observers might be wondering if Amazon’s Askville will have much of an impact in the question and answer market.

Although that’s an important question, I think affiliate marketers will be more concerned about how exactly to monetize effectively off these services.

Yes, you’ve seen instances of affiliate link dropping on these services, but I think that approach goes completely against the “user contributed content” and community nature of these sites.

My team and I have been developing a number of interesting strategies which might help you boost your earnings and we’ll be covering that in a future post.

Stay tuned.

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    coaster rides? Gov’t is killing you with high frequency electricity.Theotokos Virgin Mary gave prayers to “Schema-nun Antonia” on how
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    of radiation. Sinkholes happen because people dig for resources underground and because earth is heating up.
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    be healed inside their UFOs; those who go will be like zombies after.
    Gov’t provides demons with diamonds and allows demons to abduct people.
    If you’re being abducted, slowly pray the Jesus prayer.
    Don’t panic. Demons use diamonds and souls to power their
    UFO craft. The bigger the diamond, the more it lasts. Demons have 4 UFO
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    which is underneath the Mariana Trench in Pacific Ocean. There are no
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    old [Lavrentiy Chernigovskiy]. He flies super fast; deceived people will say: “Christ is here; Christ is there”
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    Antichrist will trick people that he can do mountain moving and resurrection using holograms/hypnosis; fire from the sky is real because of pollution gases in the atmosphere.
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    biometrics (fingerprints, eyes scan) or getting picture for passport are very dangerous because
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    If you’re about to be marked, pray the Jesus prayer. Hide with Orthodox Christians to escape 666; leave all electronics behind so
    that antichrist’s minions can’t track you; burn documents because they’re
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    That’s why you should give back documents of your deceased relatives back to the gov’t so that
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    of defiance. Prophecy from half a millenium ago describes Final
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    the antichrist. Give to charity in the name of Archangel
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    up a level, that is, to a level with less punishment; eventually, people are
    freed). Feed the pigeons; when pigeons bow down, people are saved from temporary hell.
    It’s a big sin to remember the dead with wreaths (because demons put these wreaths on their necks
    if they’re in hell with their hands tied up behind their back while hanging by their hands), meat, alcohol, sweets,
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    Crosses on soles of shoes and back of pants are blasphemy.
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    Playing cards mock how Jesus suffered on the cross: clubs (cross on which
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    was given to drink),spades (spear with which Jesus was pierced).Cremation is devil worship; only blasphemers such as Lenin should be
    burned; if Lenin is buried, earth will be polluted, and China will attack Russia
    because of this.After China attacks Russia, Ruski Orthodox Tsar (shown by resurrected Seraphim of Sarov) will come to power in Russia;
    this Tsar will slay traitors inside church and gov’t; as a result, Russia will be the
    only country not under the antichrist.Ecumenism = 263 heresies;each
    heresy leads to hell. In 2006 in Moscow (that’s why Moscow will sink),representatives from most
    religions signed a document where it says that all religions worship the same Supreme Being
    [aka the devil]. Priests who participate in ecumenism will have Pagans walking on their
    heads in hell. Arkhimandrite Antonin Kapustin left a prophecy that John the Baptist’s
    living space will become a church and it will be blessed by forerunner of
    antichrist; Patriarch Kirill of Russia blessed this church.When priests pray for current gov’t
    (instead of praying for future Tsar),Jesus gets up from
    His throne and turns His back to them. Forgive me.

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