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How do I change my profile information?

To change the personal information that displays with your answers and on your personal profile page, click the ‘Edit Your Profile Information’ link located in the ‘Contributor Options’ widget over in the sidebar of the page – near the top.  Once you click this link, you are directed to your profile editor which allows you to customize all of your personal information.  Simply make your desired updates and make sure to click the ‘update’ button at the bottom of the page.  That’s it.

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How can I raise my contributor score?

Contributors are able to raise their score by answering more questions on the site.  Every answer you provide will earn you more points – so the more you participate on the site, the more points you will earn. Answers are worth 10 points each, and you earn an additional 5 points if you provide the first answer to a question.

In addition to answering questions, users can earn an easy 50 points by completing their agent profile.

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How does InsuranceLibrary.com help my other Internet marketing efforts?

Participating on InsuranceLibrary.com is a great way to increase your online visibility and generate free insurance leads.  In addition to these direct visibility benefits, InsuranceLibrary.com is able to drive value to your other online marketing efforts.  This is done by:

  1. Completing your personal profile and adding links to your website, blog and social media properties.  This is a great way to share more information about yourself and drive traffic to these properties.
  2. Your profile links send strong relevancy signals to search engines like Google – which helps increase the search engine visibility of your other web properties.

  3. Answering questions in the knowledge base is a great way to showcase your expertise and enhance your personal brand & online identity.

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What does the +1 on answers mean?

Every answer includes a ‘+1′ button.  This button allows website visitors to ‘upvote’ an answer if they feel it is valuable and directly answers the question.

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Why do some contributors have different types of profiles?

InsuranceLibrary.com contributors have the ability to achieve different “levels” based on the number of contributor points they have accrued.  All contributors start off with a ‘basic’ profile, but after after accumulating a certain number of points they are able to achieve ‘enhanced’ and ‘premium’ status.

As contributors reach higher levels, more features and functions are made available to them within their answers on their contributor profile pages.

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What are points and how do they work?

Users that contribute answers to questions are awarded points.  Every answer is worth 10 points – and users can earn 15 points for adding an additional answer to questions that already have at least one answer. In addition to answering questions, contributors can earn an easy 50 points by completing their agent profile.

The more points a user has, the more features and functions become available to their profiles.  Additionally, users with higher points get better visibility for their content and they have the ability to be featured on the InsuranceLibrary.com leaderboard.

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How much does it cost to contribute to InsuranceLibrary.com?

It does not cost anything to contribute to InsuranceLibrary.com – any licensed insurance agent can participate for free.

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How does InsuranceLibrary.com help with SEO?

An important aspect of SEO is related to quality of links your website gets from other sites on the web.  As an InsuranceLibrary.com contributor, you have the ability to add links to your web properties within your contributor profile.  These links are ‘SEO friendly’ and can help your website, blog and social media profiles perform better in search engines like Google.

Those users that achieve a ‘premium profile’ status are able to customize the link text to their website, which adds even more SEO value.

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How can insurance agents generate leads from InsuranceLibrary.com?

Agents are able to generate leads by answering questions that are posted to the site.   Contributor profiles for all levels of users include a ‘Contact Me’ button, which allows consumers to securely send a message to an agent.  Users that have achieved ‘enhanced’ or ‘premium’ status have a ‘Contact Me’ button within each of their answers – making it even easier for consumers to contact an agent.

Many agents find that certain types of consumer questions generate a nice number of high quality leads.

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What is the incentive for insurance professionals to answer questions?

There are a number of reasons why insurance agents love contributing to InsuranceLibrary.com:

  1. It’s free promotion.  It’s a great way to get your name and contact information out there and position yourself as a subject matter expert.
  2. It drives traffic to websites, blogs and social media properties
  3. It generates leads via the ‘Contact Me’ button and website links
  4. It adds SEO value to your overall online marketing strategy
  5. It’s fun!

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How do I begin answering questions?

If you are a licensed insurance agent, it’s very easy to get started.  Simply head over to the ‘Contributor Registration’ page and submit your application.  Once your application has been submitted and your license status has been verified, all you need to do is check your email to click the email verification link.  That’s it!

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Can I answer questions even though I am not a licensed insurance agent?

No.  InsuranceLibrary.com only features content from licensed insurance agents.