Yahoo! Answers Link Relevance Trick

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I've started testing Yahoo! Answers to get traffic to my squeeze page and came up with an idea in bed last night.

This is a solution to *my* problem but hopefully some others can benefit from it too.

Here's the scenario...

I have a squeeze page set up at that basically offers a free report in exchange for signing up to my list

When answering questions and providing the my URL, it's harder only being able to provide a link that's relevant to their question as I only want to direct them to the squeeze page.

So here's what I've done.

When I link back to my site, instead of just linking to the homepage, I add the keywords at the end of the domain, so that it appears as if it were a contextually relevant page.

Consider an example where I'm responding to a question about strawberry flavoured milkshakes, I would format my url in the following way:

The way that the apache web server works (which most unix/linux servers run) means that if the server can't find the page or directory it's looking for, it goes back along the URL until it finds a location that it *can* find. In this case, the index.php page (the home page)

I've not tested to see if this does actually increase clickthroughs, but I figure it can never hurt to make the page you are offering them more contextually relevant.

You can take this one step further with a tweak to the htaccess file and remove the "index.php" file from the URL too.

Then the url you provide would be:

I hope that someone finds this useful and if you've got any questions about the technique, go ahead an ask


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  • Profile picture of the author Monetize
    Hello Jon,

    I must say that's a super great idea and you are fantabulous for sharing it.

    Besides Yahoo Answers, this can be used in so many different ways.


  • Profile picture of the author WinsonYeung
    Yes, that how i advertise from yahoo answer too.
    Even you know how about the solution, just do a search on and you can find it
    • Profile picture of the author jonparker83

      I already have tracking set up on my site, but what I meant was that there is no way of tracking how effective the contextually relevant link compares to the regular domain name link

      There should be no need for the extra work associated with using a tracking/cloaking script or a separate html page, as the redirect location is always the same place (the homepage)

      Any half-decent analytics software should track the different URLs used to request your site too

      I had no idea this technique was already talked about elsewhere - I didn't steal it.. honest!!

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