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I guess I must be stupid, as I have sat here for 4 days working my **** off and just now realized that I only get paid when I solve premium problems or participate in real time chat. Is this correct? If so, what's the incentive to stay here?

I feel that probably, there is some sort of "pecking" order with experts and that a newbie would have to be on here a long time before any decent income could be realized. Is is realistic to expect that one could rise to a level where you are given more premium problems and chat sessions than the gentry? Is that how it works or am I off base?

I've sat here all this time and never got a request for chat and I only see one or two premium offers for either 4.00 or 6.00 and usually those are a "*****" to solve. Not that I wouldn't try, but they just seem tough and out of my area.

So what say you, Worldvet? True or not true?

I've enjoyed the challenge but I won't be taken advantage of....

I will not bolt until I hear from you.....


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  • Shane Russell
    Shane Russell Apr 21, 2009

    I have got about 22 fixyas and more or less the same amount of helpful ratings on but for the life of me cant get the expert utility to log me in.

    My ID I use to login to this website along with the password works fine but as soon as I try to use my username and password on the expert utility it refuses to allow me to login and states that I am not a qualified expert ( I have already helped more then 30 free questions ) and was wanting to know if there was any reason why it would not work ?

    Do I need to resolve and get 30 fixya ratings ?



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There is no pecking order on who gets what and when. Its a free for all, called Crowd Sourcing. Today has been a rather busy day for Chats and Premiums.

Live Chats are notified by the Expert Utility and you only get an offer when one arrives in your area of expertise. By broadening your area of expertise you may get more offers.

From where I sit on the Internet Trunk I'm never lucky at this and just work some premiums from time to time. And, those, who gets win sometimes makes no sense at all.

Some experts here make several hundred dollars a month and mostly it averages near one hundred. You have to have 50 solutions offerred and have five votes before you will get a chat offer or see a live premium. Since you are seeing premiums than you are qualified to get chats. I would reexamine your selecte areas of expertise in your profile and see if you can't broaden it out a bit. For example, if you live long enough and are the fix it type you've probably fixed your share of vacuum cleaners... an area I've made money on a lot. And that goes for coffee makers and toaster ovens, etc.

The heavy money comes on the more challenging computer and network issues and cars. Cars is a real money maker for people like Toyota Ed who has been doing this forever.

Most of us here are not in it for the money, frankly. The work I do on FixYa just keep me fresh and on top of issues I run into in my business and help me immensly in servicing my clients for effectively.

Before you do hang it up out of frustration, and I remember my own expectations and the realities, I would suggest you email lauren@ and ask her the same question.

Hope that helps you understand things a bit more.


Posted on Feb 01, 2009


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