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  • Profile picture of the author FalseRiver
    I tried this a very long time ago and never saw much return.
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    • Profile picture of the author LaneB
      If all you want to do is track results, try using a free service like bit.ly to shorten your links and track your clicks.
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      • Profile picture of the author Shirlyn
        Yes, it works but you need to post your answers in the right category to get backlink and traffic to your website.
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        • Profile picture of the author Pradeep Bhagwat
          At Yahoo answer `To get targeted traffic, you should be Targeted!` You should help people by answering their question, but these people should be your targeted costumers. It is quite time conssuming and to get best results you should be target your category.

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        • Profile picture of the author jerem25
          Waste of time they just delete you for being in violations of their terms of service. Here's what they will email you after deletion:

          Violation Reason: Personal Site Promotion
          In Yahoo! Answers you may not post non-commercial links to personal websites or blog, when not relevant to question or answer.
          If you feel this content was removed in error, please read the Community Guidelines and make sure that this content: 1. respects the question-answer format and is not chatty or personal communication; 2. does not contain non-relevant links to external sites or other questions and does not promote your own blog or website; 3. is respectful to other people and does not offend other community members. If you still believe this content has been removed in error, please contact Customer Care and tell us why.
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          • Profile picture of the author Vince L
            Great question! I've wondered the same thing myself about YA as a traffic source.

            If I'm reading all the responds right it seems to be of limited value in most cases. The best uses are if you have a targeted site or blog that is directly related to the question/answer OR if you're niche is a popular with the teen, tween, celebrity crowd.

            Does that sound right?

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  • Profile picture of the author mclpro
    Just keep on looking in your category of expertise, and one day something will come up.

    Then answer the questions as best as possible.

    That's all I can tell you.
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    • Profile picture of the author Aussie_Al
      I do for some of my niches

      I don't see it as a direct driver for traffic - but the bottom line with IM - is we are trying to offer a solution to someones problems

      If I can answer their questions and help them out - I am glad to "give back" whether I get a sale out of it or not
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  • Profile picture of the author waken
    Yes but it's not advisable to use it as the main or the only.
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  • Profile picture of the author HorseStall
    Yahoo Answers can be very effective but you must take time to develop quality answers for it to work. If you just "spam" Y Answers your account will be banned.
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    • Profile picture of the author gekko2.0
      We use it a little bit and only if the right question comes along, its one of those things that helps having in your bag of tricks
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  • Profile picture of the author Success With Dany
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    I made a couple of Amazon sales with YA lately. Careful as the banhammer comes VERY quickly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bingo123
    Originally Posted by LifestyleTrans View Post

    Anyone use Yahoo Answers to drive traffic to your website? Is this effective at all?

    For my niche there's a few questions posted daily on Yahoo Answers and just answering them could convert to sales and be in the search engines. Only problem is there's no way to track if it's working, since the links you post aren't active.

    Is it worth it? Anyone use it?
    I've tried it before with mixed results. You have to be very careful about purely posting comments for the sake of getting your url out there. They have pretty good spam filters and will ban you quickly if you do this (i.e. post 14 replies in 10 minutes)
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  • Profile picture of the author keyuria
    It may work but you should not only be dependent on yahoo answers. Yes, sometimes it is effective and that too can be on what niche you choose.

    I do tried it and was getting some traffic. I would also know that person who asked a question when rates our answer as a best answer, is definately our customer.

    Moreover, you'll also know from the AWstats, the incoming traffic source. You can even put Analytics code onto your site. And as LaneB suggested, you can use bit.ly to check the clicks on the links at yahoo answers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Prisqua
    Yahoo Answers is not where my main traffic is but it still brings consistent traffic and some of it comes from Answers I replied to 3-4 years ago. I know because of the links used back then. Just cloak your links but I can see it as well from my analytics stats. So I still like to answer questions on a regular basis.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kan
    Waste of time, trust me.
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  • Profile picture of the author foxtrot3
    Not worth the effort IMO. Some say they've had success, and possibly they have, but I worked it consistently for a month or so and got nothing out of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author LauraJames
    I would not make it a priority, of course. Once you are done with your more serious marketing tasks each day, you might schedule a few moments each day to try this and test your theory.
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    • Profile picture of the author tgo57
      I have used it, and it yes I have been able to drive some traffic to my website with it. Don't expect to drive a lot of traffic or use it as your main source of traffic. I like to use it as a compliment to all my other traffic sources (SEO, PPC, Article Marketing). Is this waste of time? Heck no, I'll take all the traffic I can get, and besides answering questions on yahoo only helps build my credibility! Good Luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author freemen14
    I got my start in IM with Yahoo Ansers as well as forum marketing. I have moved on to other methods but from what I understand forum marketing can still be effective but yahoo answers is getting much tougher in terms of profits. It can be a source of traffic but like some others have said don't make it your main source. Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberSorcerer
    I get traffic from Yahoo Answers, Twitter, and most all other social media outlets. The most important thing you have to work at is targeting. But this is the same with any traffic no matter where it comes from.

    If you're getting health traffic to a weight loss page then your conversion is going to suck and your bounce rate will probably be close to 90%. You ALWAYS must optimize your traffic the best you can.
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  • Profile picture of the author ocd
    You can answer 60 questions per day on Yahoo answers, which I've never come close to. It definitely will get you traffic from all over the world.

    In the last 3 days I received about 200 hits and made .54 cents in adsense.

    Fifty four cents. At this rate, I will receive my first check from Google of $100 in the year 2015.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alfred23
    Yahoo answers is really very useful if you are looking for the alternate traffic. But if a person is asking any question and your website are fully related to it and can solve their problem then only give the reference of your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author DIGITALCHAMELEON
    Yahoo Answers only effective if you participate on the categories related to your niche then answers properly or else your account will be banned.
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  • Profile picture of the author AdiPurush
    I did yahoo answer for 5-6 months till September-10 and got some sales. Good thing is that i am not doing it for last 3 months but still getting sales from previous links.
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  • Profile picture of the author funkdoctor
    I tried it a while back with basically responding to posts and then linking to an aff product. I posted maybe half a dozen responses before I got bored of it. I've been getting around 0-3 click throughs per month since then, but have yet to see any sales.

    So.. yes it can work if done in mass, but make sure your responses are helpful so they're chosen as the best (almost all mine were). As far as conversion goes, I didn't see it, but it also could be because of my direct linking and/or the market =)
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  • Profile picture of the author markowe
    I think most people said it - quite time-consuming for not much return, though links do stick around for years after. Maybe pay someone to do some for a while and see if it's worth it in your niche. I find for my niches really targetted questions are not that frequent but some categories are crazy busy. Search for "Justin Bieber's phone number" and you'll see what I mean
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  • Profile picture of the author Dagobert
    I tried this a very long time ago and never saw much return.
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  • Profile picture of the author Leslie B
    Honestly, it depends on your niche. If you're working in a niche that is geared towards teenagers and twentysomethings, then you'll have more success then in other niches (that's from my experience).

    Celebrity, movie and serie merchandise, ... things like that convert really well for me. Of course, you need to get to level 2 first before your links become clickable, but if you do a few answers every day, you should reach that soon. I also don't add a link in each answer every day. Maybe out of every 5 answers I have one with a link, sometimes every 10. As said before, the love to ban you for spamming.

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  • Profile picture of the author myrnasy
    Originally Posted by LifestyleTrans View Post

    Anyone use Yahoo Answers to drive traffic to your website? Is this effective at all?

    For my niche there's a few questions posted daily on Yahoo Answers and just answering them could convert to sales and be in the search engines. Only problem is there's no way to track if it's working, since the links you post aren't active.

    Is it worth it? Anyone use it?
    I use Yahoo Answers and found it very helpful. Usually, I post the links of my blogs and the effect was awesome. I got a lot of viewers in my blogs.
    You just have to carefully check the links for them to keep working and active. Hopefully, I found no problems with Yahoo Answers as I use it.
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  • Profile picture of the author rain21
    can't get much traffic from that as I know
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew_Cheyne
    I have done this when I was starting out... and I had very poor results...

    The problem is if you have a bunch of answers that you post you will quickly be labeled as a spammer (which is what you are doing!!!

    Then the conversions are very poor, I was maybe getting a single click for every 10 to 20 answers I gave...

    Quite a low ROI,

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    You could track it, just create a new page with your sales copy, and only drive traffic to that page through yahoo answers... Then simply grab a google analytics code and put it on that page... But I wouldnt expect huge results.
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  • Profile picture of the author King Shiloh
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    I use it but I don't know whether it drives traffic though I heard that it does.

    However, some folks have said that every free traffic generation method, including Yahoo Answers, is dead.
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      • Profile picture of the author paulie888
        Originally Posted by LifestyleTrans View Post

        I've begun trying it out and am using a URL shortener to track links.

        I think it might be useful for my remedy niche, since people are searching for "how to cure XYZ" or whatever. They also show up in SEO results and it is TARGETED traffic because the people reading the answers (or the person asking the question) has the condition that my product helps.

        I'm also trying Wikianswers, which seems good because you can add a related link with an anchor text and it's a PR7 site.
        Experiment with Yahoo Answers by all means and try to tweak your approach as you go along, but please do not spend too much time on it or use it as your primary source of traffic, as the type and amount of traffic you get from this is unreliable at best.
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  • Originally Posted by LifestyleTrans View Post

    Anyone use Yahoo Answers to drive traffic to your website? Is this effective at all?

    For my niche there's a few questions posted daily on Yahoo Answers and just answering them could convert to sales and be in the search engines. Only problem is there's no way to track if it's working, since the links you post aren't active.

    Is it worth it? Anyone use it?

    I hear a lot of people using it. I'd like to try it one of these days but I'm just working on so many things. I could tell you that it's very active. I got on once to try it out but couldn't really find anything that jumps at me. I don't know if I have all that time to search for the right questions to answer...

    Good luck with that...
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  • Profile picture of the author imhsar
    for getting the link on yahoo answers you have collect 200 points..which will be taken by givin the answers ..on one ans you will get 2 points. and if your answer is best form the all others than u will get 10 points.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark_Saenz
    I agree with a lot of the other posts. I use it and I get some traffic; however, I wouldn't pu a lot of time and effort into it. As a matter of fact...I outsourced it to some of my PH guys. Hope that helped.
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  • Profile picture of the author SebastianJ
    Haven't really given YA a shot, guess I should experiment a bit
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi,

      Post#42

      Yahoo answers is the number 1 Q&A site to get traffic/sales, there are 10 other quality Q&A sites where you can benefit from.
      Am I the only person here who pays attention and gets fed up with people unnecessarily resurrecting multiple old threads just to post one liners because they have related offers in their sigs? Am I the only one bothering to report them?

      These people are running WSOs, yet their posts and WSOs remain. Perhaps the mods are on a break.

      Does anyone else give a fig if the whole of the main discussion forum becomes a bumping ground for desperados promoting their WSOs?

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      • Profile picture of the author markowe
        Originally Posted by ExRat View Post

        Hi,

        Post#42

        Am I the only person here who pays attention and gets fed up with people unnecessarily resurrecting multiple old threads just to post one liners because they have related offers in their sigs? Am I the only one bothering to report them?

        These people are running WSOs, yet their posts and WSOs remain.

        Does anyone else give a fig if the whole of the main discussion forum becomes a bumping ground for desperados promoting their WSOs?
        Just hit the report button - mods are only too aware of this kind of thing, I am sure. Well done for spotting it, so hit the red triangle and it will go away.
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        • Profile picture of the author ExRat
          Hi markowe,

          Post#42

          Am I the only person here who pays attention and gets fed up with people unnecessarily resurrecting multiple old threads just to post one liners because they have related offers in their sigs? Am I the only one bothering to report them?

          These people are running WSOs, yet their posts and WSOs remain.

          Does anyone else give a fig if the whole of the main discussion forum becomes a bumping ground for desperados promoting their WSOs?
          Just hit the report button - mods are only too aware of this kind of thing, I am sure. Well done for spotting it, so hit the red triangle and it will go away.
          Thanks for the advice, but with respect, perhaps you should re-read the post that you have quoted.

          ..........

          To all,

          These one line posters (not referring to markowe) are all over the place. Nearly every thread I've looked at today has people who clearly aren't reading anything other than the OP, or are reading one of the answers and rewording it, purely just to get their post count up. Add to them the blatant spammers.

          There are more people offering nothing of any value than those that offer some. I wonder if their upcoming WSOs will fit the same profile?

          It's a sad state of affairs. I know of many long time warriors who come here purely to offer their advice to people who need it for no benefit to themselves, just for personal reasons. They don't often start threads, but contribute to existing ones.

          The problem is that there are hardly any problems to solve or worthwhile threads to contribute to. So they come here, moderate, then sign out and leave. For how much longer? Without those people the rest are all up the creek without a paddle.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by ExRat View Post

        Am I the only person here who pays attention and gets fed up with people unnecessarily resurrecting multiple old threads just to post one liners because they have related offers in their sigs? Am I the only one bothering to report them?
        For the record - no, you're not. I'm "reporting away", and it's annoying only to be able to report one per minute. Not so long ago the front page was almost covered with Yahoo Answers threads because someone's been bumping them all to make his useless one-line posts.

        The problem is that others can then reply, thinking it's a live thread, so even when the Moderators kindly delete the reported posts, the problem isn't resolved. :rolleyes:
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      • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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        Originally Posted by ExRat View Post


        Am I the only person here who pays attention and gets fed up with people unnecessarily resurrecting multiple old threads just to post one liners because they have related offers in their sigs? Am I the only one bothering to report them?

        These people are running WSOs, yet their posts and WSOs remain. Perhaps the mods are on a break.

        Does anyone else give a fig if the whole of the main discussion forum becomes a bumping ground for desperados promoting their WSOs?

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        No you're not the only one Roger
        I've been reporting them too.
        The problem is people answering them.
        When the mods arrive and delete the drivel the forum is still
        full of posts with the same topic.
        The mods are all on the same time zone these days too which doesn't help.
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  • Profile picture of the author highave1
    Yes, of course yahoo ans is one of the way to drive traffic of a website...
    main thing obey the yahoo rule first else you may be banned.
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