Mahalo Guru – Answer Questions

Updated on: by Amy Kennedy

Mahalo is a human-powered search engine dedicated to help people easily find information and resources they can trust.

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This position has temporarily been put on hold due to some changes by Google Search Engine’s Algorithm. If I learn of any changes, I will post it here and on the Facebook Fan Page. is a shared information site. Users can ask questions and wait for Mahalo ‘Gurus’ to respond with an answer. Mahalo has many aspects to their site. In addition to the Question/Answer portion of Mahalo, they have information based articles and a How-To section. This portion of Mahalo is cared for by Guides, another home based position at Mahalo, one that I will cover at a later time. Today the focus is on the  Guru position.

What Mahalo Gurus Do
Mahalo Gurus are given the freedom to choose what questions they want to answer. The response must be at least 125 words and be a quality answer, providing any helpful and informative weblinks that assisted you with your answer. Mahalo provides a quick training video and information to let you know of their expectations.

How Mahalo Pays
Gurus receive a flat rate of $1 per answer. Additionally, there is a chance to earn extra money by being voted ‘The Best’ answer on questions where the user offers a ‘tip’. There has been talk in forums that if you answer 100 questions within a pay period, you will receive a $40 bonus! I am not sure if this is updated information, but it would make quite a nice bonus! Mahalo pays through PayPal twice a month. Their payout dates are the 1st and the 15th of every month.

What Others say About Mahalo
A conversation at Demand Studio Sucks that explains a little. There is a mix up however, where some people are assuming the Mahalo Guide (writing long articles) is the same as Mahal Guru (answering questions). user claims Mahalo is a scam: be sure to read the responses.

My Experience with Mahalo
After hearing about Mahalo over and again I finally decided to learn more. While reviewing the site for the blog I became interested myself. It appears many people are very happy with this side gig and the pay seems to be worth the time. I applied a couple of days ago. I am hoping to receive a response soon as I am excited to try this out! I am often surprised, how many people are active question answers on sites like Yahoo! Answers, where the work is done for nothing. Once knowing of sites like, why not take that energy and make a profit!?

How to Become a Mahalo Guru
To apply at Mahalo as a Guru visit the Application Page and fill out basic questions. They do require a resume and cover letter.(Here is a handy article for tips on building a resume)Although not required, it is encouraged to provide a writing sample if you have one. Being a Mahalo Guru does not require any previous experience as it is an ‘entry level’ opening and provides training.

Better Options might be on hold but you can try the following better and credible similar sites:

  1. Quora: Quora is a Q&A platform where users can pose questions on a multitude of topics and get answers from the community. Many contributors are experts in their fields. Quora also features blogs and spaces for more in-depth discussions or articles.
  2. Stack Exchange: Stack Exchange hosts a network of Q&A websites on various topics in diverse fields. Users ask questions and the community of users, which often include experts, provide answers. The most famous site within the Stack Exchange network is StackOverflow, which caters to programmers.
  3. Yahoo! Answers: Yahoo! Answers is a community-driven Q&A platform where users can ask questions on a wide range of topics and get answers from other users. As of my last update in 2021, the platform is still operating in some countries, although it was closed in the U.S.
  4. Reddit: Reddit operates as a network of communities based on people’s interests. It hosts numerous specific communities, known as subreddits, where users can ask questions, share information, and engage in discussions. Some subreddits function similarly to Q&A platforms.
  5. eHow: While eHow is not strictly a Q&A platform, it offers numerous how-to guides and articles on various topics, ranging from cooking to technology and more.

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Chrystal Mahan

January 21, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Mahalo isn't a scam. I went through the Guide training program, it just was not for me. The Guru seems pretty similar to KGB, Cha-Cha, Weggy and


January 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm

As Chrystal said it does sound similar to other programs out there. Good luck as you try it out.


February 15, 2011 at 6:26 am

I've been on the Guru Team with Mahalo for over 6 months. I love it. I know it's not the perfect work at home job for everyone, but I can say that extra few hundred bucks a month sure has helped me out. I just go to the dashboard and answer a few questions. Then come back later. I don't get burnt out, and I find it easy to find subjects I am knowledgeable in. 5 to 10 bucks a day adds up over a month.

I can also say that I have never once experienced problems getting paid on time or my full amount. I receive $150 in Walmart gift cards during Dec with my tips from best answers. That really helped at Christmas time.


February 28, 2011 at 5:15 pm

I just applied for this position today. I really hope that they feel I'm a good match.