Yahoo Answer accounts have something new in the control panel, namely a section for contributors to include their YPN login information, which is currently labelled as coming soon. You need to signup for Yahoo Answers, which is currently in beta, to see this section, but here is a screenshot taken from my account:
Or you can view it here once you have logged in.
There is also the sign up link from the profile page, but it goes to the regular Publisher Network landing page. It does not seem to have any referral on it, so it would appear that those signing up through the Answers link are not given any sort of preferential treatment for getting into the YPN Beta program, at least not at this time.
There is no word yet on how exactly this will work, other than it is tied to those who answer questions. And there are currently no ads running on Yahoo! Answers, so it is unclear if ads will be added, and clicks on ads would be shared with answer contributors. Yahoo! Answers also works on a point system, so earnings could potentially be earned in accordance to the number of points earned in the system.
Gary Price at Search Engine Watch wrote a detailed article on Yahoo! Answers when it launched on December 8, 2005. He specifically mentions to possibility of YPN being integrated at a later date, while he discussed the new program with Ofer Shaked, Director of Engineering for Yahoo Search.
What about ads? During my chat with Shaked, he was rather reserved about the future of advertising on Yahoo Answers pages.
When I tested, no ads were visible, but Shaked did mention that in the future answerers with strong reputations (feedback, etc) could be able to benefit from use of the Yahoo Publishers Network on certain pages. Again, this is just talk and it will be interesting to see if people try to game the system for YPN access.
This will be interesting to watch and see how this program develops. I will see if I can gather any additional information on YPN’s integration into Yahoo! Answers.
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.