Any experience traffic success with Yahoo Answers?

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Is it a viable resource with which to drive targeted traffic from? Any tips?
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  • Profile picture of the author Jacob Sterbenk
    You can get some traffic from it, but the question itself needs enough traffic, which usually comes from Google. The fact is that most questions never rank well and the possibility of answering a question with good search exposure is not very big .
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  • Profile picture of the author jameer
    It nutshell no. You cannot get traffic from yahoo answers - rather you can post some link back to your site for relevant answers
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    • Profile picture of the author edpudol1973
      Originally Posted by jameer View Post

      It nutshell no. You cannot get traffic from yahoo answers - rather you can post some link back to your site for relevant answers
      I dis agree with you on that. I am getting good traffic from yahoo answer averaging 2000 a month and they are targeted and converted well.

      You must have at least level 2 account to make your link clickable.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by jameer View Post

      It nutshell no. You cannot get traffic from yahoo answers -
      I get targeted, responsive traffic from Yahoo Answers in a variety of unrelated niches. It's sometimes high quality, buying traffic. It's about as good as you can get.

      Originally Posted by jameer View Post

      rather you can post some link back to your site for relevant answers
      Backlinks from there are a mere afterthought, of comparatively little value, and all they can ever bring you is search engine traffic anyway, which isn't much good. The main benefit of using sites like Yahoo Answers is that they can attract traffic without depending on search engines.

      There's a real learning curve to using Yahoo Answers to generate traffic, without getting into trouble there, and there's some luck involved in it, as well.

      Like all the "quality traffic attractors", it isn't entirely easy.

      In some niches, competitors will "flag" your posts, if they look at all promotional, and cause you problems.
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      • Profile picture of the author LuckyIMer
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        I get targeted, responsive traffic from Yahoo Answers in a variety of unrelated niches. It's sometimes high quality, buying traffic. It's about as good as you can get.



        Backlinks from there are a mere afterthought, of comparatively little value, and all they can ever bring you is search engine traffic anyway, which isn't much good. The main benefit of using sites like Yahoo Answers is that they can attract traffic without depending on search engines.

        There's a real learning curve to using Yahoo Answers to generate traffic, without getting into trouble there, and there's some luck involved in it, as well.

        Like all the "quality traffic attractors", it isn't entirely easy.

        In some niches, competitors will "flag" your posts, if they look at all promotional, and cause you problems.
        It`s a lot of time consuming to try to gain traffic from yahoo answers. YOur answer will almost immediately go away from page 1 when you answer it. It`s a lot of time consuming that I`d much rather spend it here, making friends and business partners that will bring me a lot more revenue in the long term..

        I like to get a best answer pointing to my website just for the link juice it passes..
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    In the past 3 to 4 years, YES. But now, no. It's a waste of time doing so...
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  • Profile picture of the author LuckyIMer
    I use it to diversify my link profile, not get traffic.. doesn`t work very well if you`re trying to get traffic..
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  • Profile picture of the author alvinchua91
    If you mean answering the questions and pasting your link, that is very difficult. From my experience, your post, with any non-Yahoo affiliated link, gets deleted.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by alvinchua91 View Post

      From my experience, your post, with any non-Yahoo affiliated link, gets deleted.
      That depends mostly on your niches, Alvin, and partly on whether your posts come across as "promotional". It's very variable.
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  • Profile picture of the author charlier
    I have seen a WSO not too long ago on this. I have not seen if it works but the question is how much work would be involved and the traffic gained that would determine if it is worth it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by charlier View Post

      I have seen a WSO not too long ago on this. I have not seen if it works but the question is how much work would be involved and the traffic gained that would determine if it is worth it.
      I suspect (but can't prove) that this can work for very well for people whose "niches" have nothing to do with anything that's IM/MMO-related.

      But it's always going to be less-than-predictable, simply because of the undoubted random factors involved, which one's never fully going to be able to control.

      For its alleged SEO "benefits", I wouldn't dream of bothering with it at all, but I've certainly had good opt-ins and regularly buying customers from its direct traffic, and in a variety of niches. I admit I did it more a couple of years ago than I do now ... and yes, it can be time-consuming.
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  • Profile picture of the author ditryin
    Just the other day I tried getting into Yahoo answers and after posting 4 detailed and informative responses I received emails saying my responses had been "reported by the community". I only put a link in the source section that was directly relative to my response and still got those emails. By the end of the day I received another email saying my account had been suspended. Just this morning I emailed them back asking them to read over my responses and inform me how I violated their "terms of agreement" so we'll see what they say. Alot of trouble for what seems like anyone who's a Level 2 or higher member can report you can get you banned.
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    • Profile picture of the author DermotByrne1
      Originally Posted by ditryin View Post

      Just the other day I tried getting into Yahoo answers and after posting 4 detailed and informative responses I received emails saying my responses had been "reported by the community". I only put a link in the source section that was directly relative to my response and still got those emails. By the end of the day I received another email saying my account had been suspended. Just this morning I emailed them back asking them to read over my responses and inform me how I violated their "terms of agreement" so we'll see what they say. Alot of trouble for what seems like anyone who's a Level 2 or higher member can report you can get you banned.
      Same thing happened to me a while back. I built up over 700 points giving detailed information, No spamming, and got reported, then account suspended. When I appealed the suspension and gave my reasons why, I was told to read the guidelines and my appeal was rejected. I opened a new account the next day and a couple of days later the same thing happened again. I was getting ok traffic but it seems some people want to screw things up for everybody else.
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  • Profile picture of the author Backlinko
    I've used it. I've outsourced it to experts and I've basically gamed it ten ways to Tuesday.

    The thing is, no matter what niche you're in, your answers are eventually buried in the deluge.

    At first you'll get a trickle of traffic from Best Answers...but it eventually fades into almost nothing.

    DEFINITELY not a good use of time, IMHO.
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  • Profile picture of the author A P Geofrey
    I think on the question whether Yahoo answers work or not, or send you any good traffic or not?

    The answer will always be variable. Some people have had good experiences and lots of traffic from Yahoo answers, and I mean both in the past and in the present. It all depends on what you are promoting, or what your end goal is. And some well have had horrible experiences like getting their accounts suspended and all, and getting little or no traffic from all their hard work.

    And to that, we all have different end goals, and different products. So of course we will have different experiences.

    But to the question of the work put in doing Yahoo answers and the benefits gain as compared to other sources of traffic and their relative work needed, I think we can all agree that Yahoo answers most often than not requires more work and the benefits are lesser than what you would get putting in the same work from other traffic sources.

    So to that, I say yahoo answers are definetly not the best traffic source there is, except you have already expunged all the other many many alternatives.
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  • Profile picture of the author giawalker
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    Yes, because for every answers you made when you place your link you can get traffic of that. I've experienced already and I've notice that for 5 answers I made there's a visitor to my site of 10. Great techniques also.
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  • Profile picture of the author zahanega
    You have to reach a certain level on Yahoo answers in order to get people to click back to your link. You can do this by earning enough points by answering questions and getting voted best answer.
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    • Profile picture of the author jessiem
      Originally Posted by zahanega View Post

      You have to reach a certain level on Yahoo answers in order to get people to click back to your link. You can do this by earning enough points by answering questions and getting voted best answer.
      Right, but when you post links those "top contributors" will likely report your answer..then it will be deleted. I've seen a lot of answers with links, however, they are deleted after a couple of hours or next day. So better post a natural answer, you can post links but not in all your answers.
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  • Profile picture of the author mitz
    You can get good traffic no doubt...But investing all that time in creating content on someone else's site only for it to be deleted and your account suspended is not something I want to base my business traffic on.

    Yes I made an awesome account and had it for years...Huge best answers and I always wrote great answers. But some one decided that my account was in violation and that was that.

    I had the same account for years so I never wanted to risk is getting suspended but lo and behold it DID! F that!
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  • Profile picture of the author JRJWrites
    Originally Posted by redstanford View Post

    Is it a viable resource with which to drive targeted traffic from? Any tips?
    I would suggest going ahead with it; it doesn't hurt, and would only take 5-10 minutes per day to write 2-4 answers.
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  • Profile picture of the author kpmedia
    It's a waste of time.
    The traffic bump will be very small, and be temporary.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vampy
    For Yahoo Answers, one needs to become a regular user their because visiting occasionally the website won't help and also be sure to give authentic and correct answers of question which will helps you to increase your score so in my point of view Yahoo Answer is good enough to generate leads.
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  • Profile picture of the author pietjeplukt
    Hi,

    Yahoo Answers works well for me, BUT you need to be very targeted with answering the questions, then you will get results.... also it is important to lure the readers to your url instead of only providing good information.

    For backlinks it is useless, only good for SUPER TARGETED traffic, if you do it correctly

    Good Luck
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  • Profile picture of the author veekay31
    I do get decent traffic from yahoo answers. It would take some time to see good results if you can post consistently. It is important that you provide value and dont include a link on all your answers. Just a few complaints can get your account banned. So you've to do it carefully with a proper plan.
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  • Profile picture of the author webrankingservices2000
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    Originally Posted by redstanford View Post

    Is it a viable resource with which to drive targeted traffic from? Any tips?
    It is, depending on the volume of traffic and what the desperateness of the niche. If you can get ranking for such desperate niche, you can make money.

    For example, if there is a question about - "how to get rid of my ......."
    and there is no much valuable results on google 1st page, you can get good
    clicks and sales. Hope this helps
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