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Hi! Does anyone here utilize Yahoo Answers in generating traffic for their sites? Do you think participating in Yahoo Answers is worth the time and effort?
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    I dabble in it a little bit. When done correctly it can certainly be an effective way to get targeted traffic. You need to do a few things though:

    1. Read and really understand the TOS. This holds true for any site really; but still bears mentioning.

    2. Make your answers private. You have competitors out there who will look to report everything you do to have the account closed. Having your answers set to private makes sure that you are not easy pickings.

    3. Most importantly, only link to a site that is absolutely relevant to the answer you are giving. Yahoo! quickly shoots down what is obviously an account meant for advertising. Just like anywhere else, you need to provide value to the end user (in this case asker). Sometimes it means linking to a different site instead of your own, or not linking at all.
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    • Profile picture of the author gurlmae
      Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

      I dabble in it a little bit. When done correctly it can certainly be an effective way to get targeted traffic. You need to do a few things though:

      1. Read and really understand the TOS. This holds true for any site really; but still bears mentioning.

      2. Make your answers private. You have competitors out there who will look to report everything you do to have the account closed. Having your answers set to private makes sure that you are not easy pickings.

      3. Most importantly, only link to a site that is absolutely relevant to the answer you are giving. Yahoo! quickly shoots down what is obviously an account meant for advertising. Just like anywhere else, you need to provide value to the end user (in this case asker). Sometimes it means linking to a different site instead of your own, or not linking at all.
      Thank you, Joe. I never thought of making my answers private. I have been doing Yahoo Answers for a while and they were all public. Appreciate the heads up.
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      • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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        Originally Posted by gurlmae View Post

        Thank you, Joe. I never thought of making my answers private. I have been doing Yahoo Answers for a while and they were all public. Appreciate the heads up.
        Public answers work fine on an account you just use for the hell of it. I have one that is public that I use to answer random questions or just mess with trolls. When you plan to use it to gain traffic though, you are now playing a very delicate game. You have to watch out for both the TOS and people who would be happier without you on the platform.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Can we just report all the spammers hitting the forum today?

    Please?
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    • Profile picture of the author James.N
      Originally Posted by Fernando Veloso View Post

      Can we just report all the spammers hitting the forum today?

      Please?
      Haha, why doesn't WF have a post limit before adding a sig?
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      • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
        Originally Posted by quadxnet View Post

        Haha, why doesn't WF have a post limit before adding a sig?
        That doesn't solve the problem - just creates a longer one. Folks, we just need to report these spammers.

        That's all.
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        • Profile picture of the author saxatwork
          Originally Posted by Fernando Veloso View Post

          That doesn't solve the problem - just creates a longer one. Folks, we just need to report these spammers.

          That's all.
          We could do that... then again, how many? Most of these are probably automated... I think the best way is to probably extend the post requirements for signature...
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          • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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            Originally Posted by saxatwork View Post

            We could do that... then again, how many? Most of these are probably automated... I think the best way is to probably extend the post requirements for signature...
            Eh, that would just encourage a potential spammer to throw out more crap posts before throwing up a sig file.
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            • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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              Originally Posted by JEasy View Post

              Nice. I was under the impression that it was against the TOS. Are you direct linking to affiliate sites?
              Yes, but they're my affiliate sites. I'm a full-time affiliate, so all my main sites are affiliate sites.

              I'm not direct-linking to vendors' sales pages - that would surely get one banned! And even if not, it wouldn't make any sales for me anyway: my purpose in using Yahoo Answers is to draw targeted people to my own sites so I can opt them in and get them on my subscriber-list and then sell them ClickBank and other products, as an affiliate: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5210243
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              • Profile picture of the author JEasy
                Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

                Yes, but they're my affiliate sites. I'm a full-time affiliate, so all my main sites are affiliate sites.

                I'm not direct-linking to vendors' sales pages - that would surely get one banned! And even if not, it wouldn't make any sales for me anyway: my purpose in using Yahoo Answers is to draw targeted people to my own sites so I can opt them in and get them on my subscriber-list and then sell them ClickBank and other products, as an affiliate: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5210243
                Cool yeah I was referring to vendor's sales pages when I said affiliate links. I get it now and that's the best strategy to use.
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            • Profile picture of the author saxatwork
              Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

              Eh, that would just encourage a potential spammer to throw out more crap posts before throwing up a sig file.
              Yeah, that's there ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Val Wilson
    Yahoo Answers can be a good source of traffic, but it does depend on the niche. As Joe says, the key is to actually add value - only answer a question if you can be genuinely helpful, and only include your link if it helps the asker. If you do this, it can be a good source of very targeted traffic - and not just from the person asking the question. Yahoo Answers ranks well in Google, so you will get search traffic too.
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    • Profile picture of the author gurlmae
      Originally Posted by Val Wilson View Post

      Yahoo Answers can be a good source of traffic, but it does depend on the niche. As Joe says, the key is to actually add value - only answer a question if you can be genuinely helpful, and only include your link if it helps the asker. If you do this, it can be a good source of very targeted traffic - and not just from the person asking the question. Yahoo Answers ranks well in Google, so you will get search traffic too.
      Indeed, Val, Yahoo Answers has helped me generate regular traffic into our site. I'm glad because there are a lot of questions about our niche so I can participate more.
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  • Profile picture of the author Artwm
    Unfortunately they ban people quickly. Personally I wouldn't waste my time on it.
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      They do ban people very quickly on Yahoo answers and to me personally it would be a complete waste of time. I know of some people who have tried it and were banned very fast. I have not actually tried it myself, however.
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    • Profile picture of the author gurlmae
      Originally Posted by Artwm View Post

      Unfortunately they ban people quickly. Personally I wouldn't waste my time on it.
      I've been doing Yahoo Answers for a while already and fortunately, they haven't banned me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      It can certainly be very valuable.

      I've had some success with it and attracted some good, buying traffic. (I think the backlinks aren't painful, either?).

      However, it certainly has its downside, too: it has quite a big learning-curve and needs to be approached with great care and caution.

      There's a huge number of threads discussing it, here, in which all perspectives and experiences are shared and discussed. This recent conversation was interesting: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5867282
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        Thanks for the link you shared, Alexa. I'll take a look at it.
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  • Profile picture of the author yjtung
    you need to actually have something to provide in your answer, not just spamming your link everywhere. I actually earned about $400 in one week using solely yahoo answers as my traffic source with content locking. ie. my site had something people were looking for.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trevor M
    The 2 key things you need to know about Yahoo Answers are:

    1. Set your profile to private - Competitors will check out your profile and if you don't have the questions and answers set to 'My Contacts Only' they'll go through each of your answers and report them all. Jerks.

    2. Deep link within your blog - Don't just link to your website homepage. Posting the same link too often will get your account banned. And most of the time anyone that views the question won't click your link unless they can see the link is specifically about their question.
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  • Profile picture of the author gasman
    I used to use Yahoo answers a long time ago when they weren't so strict about who can put links and where. I am banned from them now, but I can tell you that just a few hundred posts in the gambling niche was bringing a gambling site I owned at the time around 50 visits a day.. Doesn't sound like much but 1500 visitors a month was bringing me in about $350-$500 a month and it took me a total of maybe 2 days of posting. So in the past I know it was worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jimmy Mailhot
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    • Profile picture of the author jwmann2
      I use it but you have to be very careful and make sure leaving your link is helping answer the question. There are plenty of moderators on there that will report you in a second.
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  • Profile picture of the author thatjc
    Yahoo Answers works for me. My method:

    1. Don't link to your sites (or any others) with every answer.
    2. Don't link to your sites until your ranking is high (don't remember magic number, 200?).
    3. Pick a category you really know, provide the best answer and get lots of "best answer" scores to boost your ranking quickly and build a reputation for value.
    4. I copy my answers to a MS-Word doc and use them over whenever a similar question comes up. Can do 2-4 per day in a few minutes that way.
    5. Yahoo Answers is another way to find out the needs of your niche market.
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  • Profile picture of the author HCRoyo
    I have never been banned on Yahoo Answers, and I disagree that it's a waste of time. A lot of traffic from my site comes from Yahoo, and I make sure that I use proxies to avoid footprints. (I use proxies for typing in my question, then use another proxy to answer my own question)

    Basically, you must wait at least a day or two before you answer your question. Answering it immediately will only get you flagged. Rotate your "asker" account frequently, but use only one "answerer" account so that it gets more points and authority. Also, do not even try to post your link inside your answer. That is a sure way to attract reports from users. And lastly, make sure you answer legit questions too so that you won't get tracked easily. Answering 1-2 questions a day is a good way to add up points and authority and it will also make your account look natural to the search engine.

    And just to add, put some authority sources such as Wikipedia along with your own link. It will lessen the chance of you being banned.
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  • Profile picture of the author Manoj V
    Post links for not more than every five answers and make the answer as relevant as possible for the question. As mentioned above, try to stick to one niche and don't go all over the place answering questions. If possible write more than just a couple sentences, preferably five or six sentences in two paragraphs.

    Make the answers have a conversational tone as though the person has asked you the question in person and you're answering him/her face-to-face.

    Last but not the least, if you're posting answers to drive traffic to your website, do not use your personal account to do so for it may be shut down if someone reports it. Yahoo Answers, like Facebook is community driven and take users' feedback quite seriously, especially negative feedback.
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    • Profile picture of the author HCRoyo
      Originally Posted by Max P View Post

      Post links for not more than every five answers and make the answer as relevant as possible for the question. As mentioned above, try to stick to one niche and don't go all over the place answering questions. If possible write more than just a couple sentences, preferably five or six sentences in two paragraphs.

      Make the answers have a conversational tone as though the person has asked you the question in person and you're answering him/her face-to-face.

      Last but not the least, if you're posting answers to drive traffic to your website, do not use your personal account to do so for it may be shut down if someone reports it. Yahoo Answers, like Facebook is community driven and take users' feedback quite seriously, especially negative feedback.
      Sticking to one niche has it perks, but IMO answering a lot of niches will make you look like a "real person". A real person does not only answer questions about health, right? For instance, if I see a question about basketball (an activity i love to do), i will also pitch in some of my insight there even if I am promoting a site about Dentists.
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  • Profile picture of the author Usmile
    A Big Yes for this post! I have one in my team who is working in answering several questions in yahoo answers. In fact this website is in number 4 when it comes to traffic sources.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce99
    I heard that yahoo answers was useful for getting some PR too? Doubted it since there are so many pages, but i guess if you get best answer so it comes up in future searches it could help. Must be a fairly good trick to right such riveting answers that are not adverts that it converts to big buying traffic! Anyone want to specifically explain that?
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  • Profile picture of the author debratorveny
    You have read the guidelines first, because yahoo can detect if you are spamming the site or not. It will be a waste of time and effort if your account will be disable.
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  • Profile picture of the author QuirkieGifts
    ive asked a few questions on yahoo answers, receive quite a few spammers in my replies but i also receive genuine answers to...With answering other people questions with feedback etc, is this a way to gain traffic like backlinks or not? Ive only been using yahoo for a few months, i cant trace my customers at the minute so im not sure if its a good way of bringing traffic to my site
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaolinsteve
    I offer advice here and there.

    Usually comments with more than 3 I don't bother, but it's often quite easy to answer a question. The more informative the better, but you do get so many who post about 3 words...
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  • Profile picture of the author Imobiliare
    To be honest I have done that and I woulnd't recommend doing that. You have to get to I think 250 points wich is hard work and then if you post a link account disabled
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    • Profile picture of the author HCRoyo
      You don't get disabled for posting links. You get disabled for posting a crappy answer while promoting your site.

      There is a reason why recommend you only use 1 answering account, and that is to be able to accumulate enough points to reach the 250 limit you need in order to be able to post links. If you post 1 liners for answers then suggest people to check out your link and your answer isn't even useful to start with, then I agree you will be banned and flagged.

      I have gotten a lot of visits from Yahoo answers and my questions get indexed literally in just 5 minutes. If you have a trending topic and you want to get traffic / you want to get ranked for, Yahoo answers can give you that.
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      • Profile picture of the author gurlmae
        Originally Posted by HCRoyo View Post

        You don't get disabled for posting links. You get disabled for posting a crappy answer while promoting your site.

        There is a reason why recommend you only use 1 answering account, and that is to be able to accumulate enough points to reach the 250 limit you need in order to be able to post links. If you post 1 liners for answers then suggest people to check out your link and your answer isn't even useful to start with, then I agree you will be banned and flagged.

        I have gotten a lot of visits from Yahoo answers and my questions get indexed literally in just 5 minutes. If you have a trending topic and you want to get traffic / you want to get ranked for, Yahoo answers can give you that.
        I agree with you HC. I'm now on Level 3 in Yahoo Answers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayhew
    I get good traffic using them.

    Heres 2 more to add to your list to use.

    mylot.com
    askville.amazon.com
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    • Profile picture of the author JEasy
      Yahoo Answers is actually pretty good, but as others have said you have to tread lightly. You definitely can't link to affiliate sites, and can't drop a link every time you post. Just like with anything else there's a strategy that if you employ it correctly can be very beneficial.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by JEasy View Post

        You definitely can't link to affiliate sites
        I do.

        Almost the entire value I've had from it has been from linking to affiliate sites.

        I'm an affiliate. I have only "affiliate sites".
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        • Profile picture of the author JEasy
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          I do.

          Almost the entire value I've had from it has been from linking to affiliate sites.

          I'm an affiliate. I have only "affiliate sites".
          Nice. I was under the impression that it was against the TOS. Are you direct linking to affiliate sites?
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    • Profile picture of the author gurlmae
      Originally Posted by Michael Mayhew View Post

      I get good traffic using them.

      Heres 2 more to add to your list to use.

      mylot.com
      askville.amazon.com

      Thanks for sharing these 2 sites, Michael. I'm definitely going to check them.
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  • Profile picture of the author danr62
    I think you are confusing affiliate sites (sites that promote affiliate products) with affiliate links, perhaps?
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  • Profile picture of the author thatjc
    If a post you uploaded to Yahoo Answers gets blocked, be sure to appeal it - if you are sure you have not violated the community guidelines.

    I've gotten in trouble when a few of my posts were marked by other members as abuse. In every case, I had mentioned in my posts that I was linking to free online advice and was not an affiliate of the site I referred to nor benefiting in any way. And those posts did not link to my own sites.

    Because of this, the admins always reviewed my posts, agreed with me and lifted the bans on them so that they were again listed.

    So, it's worth it to appeal, if you really are not abusing the community.

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    • Profile picture of the author seobuzz
      Originally Posted by thatjc View Post

      If a post you uploaded to Yahoo Answers gets blocked, be sure to appeal it - if you are sure you have not violated the community guidelines.

      I've gotten in trouble when a few of my posts were marked by other members as abuse. In every case, I had mentioned in my posts that I was linking to free online advice and was not an affiliate of the site I referred to nor benefiting in any way. And those posts did not link to my own sites.

      Because of this, the admins always reviewed my posts, agreed with me and lifted the bans on them so that they were again listed.

      So, it's worth it to appeal, if you really are not abusing the community.

      _jc
      That's quite interesting! I will try it from next time.
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  • Profile picture of the author ymest
    Hi there,

    I used to do it about 2 years ago on a regular basis! It brought a trickle of traffic but nothing significant unless you find some golden nuggets aka THE QUESTION and Your ANSWER that could be picked up and ranked high! Other than that, I don't think it's worth the effort! On the other hand, I still get notifications from Yahoo that my answer...from 2 years ago has been chosen as best so.....go figure! This probably means that people are still finding and reading the threads.

    Also, you have to be careful with inserting links and their TOS were already quite strict 2 years ago, so they are probably tighter now! I bought an WSO here, which was ok and made sense but honestly, it never brought me what I expected!

    You'd be better off blog and forum commenting!!

    Good luck!

    Yoan
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