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Why Should I Contribute?

Because you can help others navigate the technologies you know, and keep your skills sharp in the process.

Be Recognized

The more you contribute, the more you elevate your rank in the community. See where you stand among the world's top technology experts.

Improve Your Resume

Prove your skills through action. All your contributions will be recorded on your profile in an easy-to-access format.

Earn a Discounted Membership

When you earn 3,000 points in a single month, you receive 70% off of our monthly membership, including complimentary access to our Cloud Class® library of professional training courses.

Help Others Succeed

Give back to the global tech community. Offer your expertise to help others solve problems and better understand the technology they use.

Explore Mentorship Opportunities

Take what you’ve learned in your career and pay it forward. Guide others who seek advice about their career and their tech education.

Join, Engage, and Collaborate

Participate with other like-minded professionals from around the world on tech topics and problems that matter most to you.

Become an Expert

What is an expert?

We define an “expert” as anyone with knowledge they can share with others. Whether you answer questions, write articles, create courses, or even build a “how to” video, we all have strengths. Experts Exchange gives you an outlet to showcase your skills and knowledge. Uncover great satisfaction when you help another community member solve a problem and further your own knowledge by exploring related topics and collaborating with other members.

Become an Expert

What Can I Achieve With My Contributions?

When you actively participate on site and earn at least 3,000 points in a single month, you can reach “expert” status. This gives you free membership and accolades on your profile. You will maintain this status as long as you continue to earn 3,000 points per month. There are many ways to earn points. Explore these below.

  • Answer Questions 3,000 PTS
  • Writing Articles 9,000+ PTS
  • Making Videos 9,000+ PTS
  • Live Chat 10,000 PTS
  • Creating Courses 10,000+ PTS
  • Test Bugs 500 PTS

Answer Questions 3,000 PTS

When questions have been answered, the total available points are either divided among members who helped the most, or all are awarded to one single member. The asker designates one comment as “best solution” and others as “assisted solution” or only one “best solution” as they see fit. Users have the potential to earn up to:

  • 3,000 points for a high priority question
  • 2,000 points for a medium priority question
  • 1,000 points for a low priority question

Step 1

Find a Question

Answer Open Questions Page

You can find all open questions on the Answer Open Questions page. On this page you can filter questions by title, topic, previous searches, and more to find the question you’d like to answer.

Follow Topics

Follow more topics in order to better customize your feed. This will publish questions, articles, and other content relevant to topics of interest higher in your homepage feed.

Create Expert Alerts

Get expert alerts when you create a saved search. Saved searches notify you when new, related results go live on the site. Follow these steps to create an expert alert:

  1. Conduct a search from the top navigation.
  2. Click on “Advanced Search” to apply all the necessary filters.
  3. Click on “Save this Search”.
  4. Add a title to your saved search.
  5. Select your notification preferences—whether you want on-site alerts, mobile, or email notifications.
  6. Click “Save” to finish your search.

Step 2

Provide an Answer

Answer Guidelines

Before you answer a question, follow these Answer Guidelines on how to provide helpful answers. Our Hall of Fame members have found that the way they answer a question matters just as much as the information they provide. Outline answers with insight gathered from your personal expertise and mention whether your tips have been tried, tested, or are proven to work.

Write Articles 9,000+ PTS

When members write articles, points are awarded based on the quality of the article. Once the article is submitted, there are three status levels you can achieve: Accepted, Approved, Awarded. Through each status, the user can earn 3,000+ points. Additionally, the user can earn more points after the article has been submitted.

  • 1 point per view
  • 100 points per endorsement
  • 1,000 points when used on solution

Step 1

Submission

Before you begin, follow these Article Guidelines for tips on making a comprehensive article that will help educate other members—and also earn you points.

Status

Accepted

In this stage of the process, Experts Exchange editors review your article. If they accept and publish it, it will be live and accessible within the community.

Status

Approved

Your article reaches the Approved status and earns you an extra 3,000 points—when it gains either Community Pick accolades or Editor's Choice. Community Pick means the article receives 15 endorsements from the community, while Editor’s Choice means site editors think the article is an exceptional submission and recognize it accordingly.

Status

Awarded

If your article obtains both Community Pick accolades and Editor’s Choice at the same time, it reaches the Awarded status and an extra 3,000 points.

Make Videos 9,000+ PTS

When you make a video with your expertise, points are awarded based on the quality of the video. Once the video is submitted, there are three steps: Accepted, Approved, Awarded. Through each step, the user can earn 3,000+ points. Additionally, the user can earn more points after the article has been submitted. The breakdown is as follows:

  • 1 point per view
  • 100 points per endorsement
  • 500 points when used on solution

Step 1

Submission

Before you begin, follow these Video Guidelines for tips on creating a comprehensive video that will help educate other members—and also earn you points.

Status

Accepted

In this stage of the process, Experts Exchange editors review your video. If they accept and publish it, it will be live and accessible within the community.

Status

Approved

Your video reaches the Approved status and earns you an extra 3,000 points—when it gains either Community Pick accolades or Editor's Choice. Community Pick means the video receives 15 endorsements from the community, while Editor’s Choice means site editors think the video is an exceptional submission and recognize it accordingly.

Status

Awarded

If your video obtains both Community Pick accolades and Editor’s Choice at the same time, it reaches the Awarded status and an extra 3,000 points.

Live Chat 10,000 PTS

Provide one-on-one help to individuals dealing with tough tech problems and earn points or money for your time.

  • 20 points per minute
  • 10,000 points max per session

Step 1

Sign up as a Consultant

Go to Live and click on “Sign Up Today”. Add the topics you’re experienced in, select your reimbursement choice, and set your availability to begin helping other members.

Make sure to update your profile with your qualifications and experience so members will trust your credibility.

Step 2

Set Your Schedule

In Live, click on “Set Schedule” and select the times and days you are available to help. This will allow other members to schedule appointments with you.

Step 3

Turn on Notifications

Turn on desktop notifications to be alerted when a member needs your help.

Create Courses 10,000+ PTS

Earn points by creating an online course. Here is the point breakdown for course creation:

  • 1 point per view
  • 500 points per enrollment
  • 10,000 points when published

Step 1

Create a Course

Go to Courses and click on “Create a Course”. Fill out the form to get started. Follow these Course Guidelines to build and deploy a course that will best educate other members and meet Expert Exchange qualifications.

Step 2

Promote Your Course

Once your Course has been published, create a post on Experts Exchange to let members know it’s available. Add all the topics your course is related to so the post will show up in members’ feeds.

Step 3

Update Course

As time goes on, update your course as needed with more relevant information.

Test Bugs 500 PTS

Find a bug and earn points for your discovery. Each bug reported on a project can earn you anywhere between 20 and 500 points. When you help fix the bug, 500 additional points may be rewarded for the most helpful testers at the end of the project.

Step 1

Find a Project

Go to Expert Testing and find a list of all projects available for testing.

Step 2

Report Bugs

Once you choose a project:

  1. You’ll need to enter a short, descriptive title and your report.
  2. Make sure you review the project description and testing details to ensure your bug report is what the project owner is looking for. Include the steps you took when you encountered the bug so the project owner can track down your report. You can attach screen shots if that is helpful.
  3. Once you click “Submit”, the bug will be posted to the project page, and the project owner will get an email notification about the new bug. If the project owner comments on the bug, you’ll get an email letting you know.

Become an Expert

How Do Points Work?

The more points you earn, the higher your level of certification on site. There are two award systems: Levels and Certifications.

  • Levels
  • Certifications

Level System

The more points you earn, the higher your level and rank in the community. Your Level shows your overall expertise, regardless of topic. See how your level is calculated.

Resources

View the top members and see where you stand.

Expert Awards

Visit the Expert Awards page for descriptions on each participation level honored in our Annual Expert Awards, along with required qualifications for winning.On the bottom of the Expert Awards page, you can view each year’s top participating members.

Hall of Fame

In the Hall of Fame, you will see a current list of the top certified members. Visit this resource for other ways to view top experts.

Certification System

Certifications are earned in specific topics. Users with a certification are considered experts in that topic. You can view anyone’s certifications on their profile under the “Certification” tab.

Master50K PTS

Guru150K PTS

Wizard300K PTS

Sage500K PTS

Genius1M PTS

Ace2.5M PTS

Prodigy5M PTS

Savant10M PTS

Elite25M PTS

Technocrat50M PTS

Legend100M PTS

Resources

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