Will this work? Related with Yahoo Answers

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I recently came across one online marketing technique which seems quite effective and simple to follow. And it is related to Yahoo answers.

I am hoping to bank some easy cash with it. But the method itself seems to be an old one. So I am not sure whether it would still work or not. Before I start, I need advice preferably from the members who have used yahoo answers in recent times.

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  • Profile picture of the author Lori Winsor
    Don't underestimate the old good fashion methods
    Some of them are the base, the foundation for getting traffic while adding value.

    I use Yahoo Answers, it bring some visitors to my site. I don't throwing links all over, just once in a while.
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  • Profile picture of the author HansDavid
    Cannot really tell if you don't give any basic picture what the method is all about.

    If the method is answering related questions and provide links, yes, it is still do-able but you need to be very, very careful.
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    • Profile picture of the author Douriff
      anyone having using more than one yahoo accounts to play sock puppet? (answering your own questions?
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  • Profile picture of the author Denise Hall
    I agree with what the others said. I haven't answered any questions on Yahoo Answers in ages, but I still get traffic from there.

    However, unless you post a lot of answers, you may not get the amount of traffic you're looking for. And you definitely need to be careful. If Yahoo suspects you're using their site for personal gain, they'll shut down your account.
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  • Profile picture of the author Victor Edson
    It still works, but Yahoo isn't afraid to put you in your place if you're dropping links everywhere and they're all pointing back to your sites.

    If you can put up some content on different sites, Youtube videos, hubpages, squidoo.. stuff like that.. send the traffic to those pages first who will read your content, click through to your site and be more willing and open to continue doing so on your site because they enjoy your style of writing and flow of your content.
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  • Profile picture of the author wendallb
    I am getting some traffic from answers but not a large amount...every little bit helps
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  • Profile picture of the author Bobby Asburn
    If you target specific category and give value and enough information, you will get huge targeted traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Maggs
    I used to do a bit of Yahoo Answers marketing and it did work well. However you might find if you post in the make money online niche...it might not be Yahoo who comes after you, but other people who are doing the same thing. I lost an account in good standing this way as competitors reported me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Denise Hall
      Originally Posted by Rob Maggs View Post

      I used to do a bit of Yahoo Answers marketing and it did work well. However you might find if you post in the make money online niche...it might not be Yahoo who comes after you, but other people who are doing the same thing. I lost an account in good standing this way as competitors reported me.
      Yep, the IM niche is very cut-throat on Yahoo Answers.
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    • Profile picture of the author seobuzz
      Originally Posted by Denise Hall View Post

      I agree with what the others said. I haven't answered any questions on Yahoo Answers in ages, but I still get traffic from there.
      Your answer really encouraging me to give it a try.
      Originally Posted by Rob Maggs View Post

      I used to do a bit of Yahoo Answers marketing and it did work well. However you might find if you post in the make money online niche...it might not be Yahoo who comes after you, but other people who are doing the same thing. I lost an account in good standing this way as competitors reported me.
      Thanks Rob, my niche is Health. I am not sure if my niche will create any issues with Yahoo answers marketing or not.
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      • Profile picture of the author datingworld
        Originally Posted by seobuzz View Post

        Your answer really encouraging me to give it a try..
        You should give it a try but give a try in a way that Yahoo Community would like and not in a way that you would like

        I personally use Yahoo Answer and get tons of traffic from there, Most of my answers are ranked in Google and sending me good amount of traffic.

        The only way to survive with Yahoo Answers is to contribute to the community,
        only put your site link in the relevant Answers.
        Always find some general questions, answer them without putting your site's link,
        after few question and answer, find questions / answers related to your niche and give a detailed answer there and put your site link in a natural way that it won't look like you are spamming.
        If you don't spam Yahoo community, trust me, you will last there for long.
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        • Profile picture of the author seobuzz
          Originally Posted by datingworld View Post

          You should give it a try ..
          I have already started promoting on yahoo answers. Will let you know about the results soon
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  • Profile picture of the author DeborahDera
    I still use YahooAnswers (and some other answer sites) to give genuine answers. I not only link to my sites, but to articles I've done on other sites (guest posts) and sometimes to third-party authority sites. If your account, in general, is in good standing, people will trust you more.

    Originally Posted by seobuzz View Post

    I recently came across one online marketing technique which seems quite effective and simple to follow. And it is related to Yahoo answers.

    I am hoping to bank some easy cash with it. But the method itself seems to be an old one. So I am not sure whether it would still work or not. Before I start, I need advice preferably from the members who have used yahoo answers in recent times.

    Thanks
    Buzz
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  • Profile picture of the author arkina
    Sometimes you can be flagged and thrown off yahoo answers if your site is a blatant sales site. If you have an informational site with ads sprinkled in, then you are okay. Also, your answers should be to go to your site. You should give high quality answers and then place your site in the resource section. It's time consuming but if that question you answer turns out to be a top google result and your answer is votes number one, then it can really bring in traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author MKCookins
    As others have said, yahoo answers is still a great way to bring traffic to your site, if you do it correctly.

    Try to space out your links you send back to your site, by answering some questions with no links, and others with links to different websites.

    Also, never put a link within your answer, always in the resource box.
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    • Profile picture of the author Denise Hall
      Originally Posted by MKCookins View Post

      As others have said, yahoo answers is still a great way to bring traffic to your site, if you do it correctly.

      Try to space out your links you send back to your site, by answering some questions with no links, and others with links to different websites.

      Also, never put a link within your answer, always in the resource box.
      Yep, that's exactly the way to do it so you don't appear to be self-serving, just helpful.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    Most old traffic generating techniques still work. Don't brush off a traffic generating technique just because it appears to be outdated. Most techniques that worked back in 2005 still work today and will continue to work for the foreseeable future.

    Having said that, you didn't give us any details about your strategy. Is it simply answering questions and leaving a link back to your website? If so, yes, that is a great way to bring in some extra traffic. Start testing and let us know how it goes!
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    • Profile picture of the author seobuzz
      Originally Posted by timbonitus View Post

      Having said that, you didn't give us any details about your strategy. Is it simply answering questions and leaving a link back to your website? ..
      Many others too have asked about the details. But I am not going to try anything out of the world with yahoo answers. I will just search for relevant question and answer with my website in the resource, that's it.
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      • Profile picture of the author agmccall
        Originally Posted by seobuzz View Post

        Many others too have asked about the details. But I am not going to try anything out of the world with yahoo answers. I will just search for relevant question and answer with my website in the resource, that's it.
        One important thing to remember is to not just link to your website, link to a specific page with specific information related to the question. If you just send them to your homepage and there is nothing about the specific question on that homepage it will look like spam. Yahoo answers has alot of "Spam Police" that love to report answers.

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      • Originally Posted by seobuzz View Post

        Many others too have asked about the details. But I am not going to try anything out of the world with yahoo answers. I will just search for relevant question and answer with my website in the resource, that's it.
        If you do this right you definitely can get traffic. Yahoo answers rank well in Google and a lot of people use the service to get answers to their questions. Just try not to be spammy or anything like that. Also you will need to have a certain level account to be able to put live links in an answer. Hope you have lots of success!
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  • Profile picture of the author leoj888
    the suggestion is don't put your link anyway on yahoo answer when you get start,always answer the question with useful information,this will gain your credit on the community,then post your link properly when your account was established
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  • Profile picture of the author Bambu
    Yahoo Answers still works. Some niches are more spammed than others. So standing out from the crowd of IM spammers can be difficult.

    In the niches that I work in, so long as I provide an informative response to visitor's questions, I can count on receiving traffic from Yahoo Answers.

    The traffic takes time to build up to anything useful. So, if you are using this as your only means of generating traffic, I would considering adding other sources to the mix.
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  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    The fundamentals will never go away! Simply provide good quality answers and include a link back to your money site where it ask you, Beware that you won't be hyperlinked untill level two I believe.
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  • Profile picture of the author NicheService
    When I use Yahoo Answers, I occasionally visit links if the answer was really helpful. So, providing helpful answers at Yahoo Answers works.
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  • Profile picture of the author pingsters
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    yahoo answers is great resource to get free organic traffic. But you must get some creditability on yahoo before getting approved.

    Winning the best answer is't easy. But once you get there, you can get a lot of free traffic from organic searches for long term.
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  • Profile picture of the author jonnygreenwood
    I am getting about 300 traffic from Yahoo Answers per day, but these days they banned my accounts more and more frequently. I promise I am answering the questions pretty seriously.

    So if you are going to devote lots of time on Yahoo Answers, I should say it might not as efficient as the old days.
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  • Profile picture of the author dml8131
    I have used yahoo answers in the past and got some traffic from this source; however, for the work involved and the trickle of traffic I got it was not a good use of my time.
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  • Profile picture of the author RoseHunt
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    It can work, if you are careful enough so Yahoo won't spot the real reason behind that- personal gain. One thing you should do is actually provide useful answers to people, so you can subtly add your links.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cassano 10
    How much answers you must make to get traffic from yahoo ???
    and anyone can tell us how much traffic he get from yahoo in one month?
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  • Profile picture of the author tomerep
    Yahooanswer was once my best source of getting decent traffic to my site until they suspended my account. Be careful in providing links. Avoid posting links (especially affiliate links) on your signature if you want your account safe. Make sure you provide helpful answers to the community so yahooanswer moderators won't keep their eye on you. Nevertheless, it gives good decent traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author smodha
    YA is a fantastic traffic source. I've done well out of it in the past.
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    • Profile picture of the author Max Greenflame
      I've recently tried Yahoo Answers for bringing traffic to my blog and got really angry. There is an option to report abuse in front of every question and answer there and once someone clicks it your post is immediately removed and 10 points are deducted from your account in a sec. Anyone can delete your quality posts for whatever reason it is and you're punished by losing points. Of course, you can appeal the deletion to the customer care but you'll be waiting for their reply and decision for ages.

      I helped 20 people on Yahoo Answers with their business problems, my answers were chosen as best answers and I was thanked by the askers. But a couple days later, most of my answers and some of those questions made by those people were reported and deleted. Sincerely, I didn't post any spam or junk, I didn't answer spammy questions, I didn't violate the community guidelines. All I did - I tried to deliver as much value as possible, honestly.

      I was punished for helping good people. Why? Because I put links in the source box. Those links were not spam absolutely. I gave people links to my best articles. One link per answer, no ads or pitches or something. Most people insert salesy liks in resource boxes and feel OK. Some users can report your answer chosen as best just because of the envy. They're jealous to see your answer picked as best instead of theirs.

      Anyone can delete what you contribute. Anyone can annihilate the results of your hard work. Don't waste your time there.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by Max Greenflame View Post

        I've recently tried Yahoo Answers for bringing traffic to my blog and got really angry. There is an option to report abuse in front of every question and answer there and once someone clicks it your post is immediately removed and 10 points are deducted from your account in a sec. Anyone can delete your quality posts for whatever reason it is and you're punished by losing points. Of course, you can appeal the deletion to the customer care but you'll be waiting for their reply and decision for ages.

        I helped 20 people on Yahoo Answers with their business problems, my answers were chosen as best answers and I was thanked by the askers. But a couple days later, most of my answers and some of those questions made by those people were reported and deleted.
        My experience is very different from yours.

        I do the same as you but put links to my best articles in only 2 or 3 of the 20 questions I've answered. It's no more effort (you answer the same 20 questions, either way) but the results are much better: one method typically survives - the other typically doesn't!

        The difference is that if you put links in all your answers, you're going to look like a spammer (whether what you're doing is actually "spammy" or not, and of course that's "opinion" anyway) and because of that you'll get other people (competitors?) "flagging" your posts and having them all deleted. :p

        That's one of the reasons why it works so well for some people and not at all for others.

        The niche concerned may be relevant, too - some are more competitive than others, and that also increases the chances of getting into trouble, for doing what you've been doing.

        Originally Posted by Max Greenflame View Post

        Don't waste your time there.
        Please excuse the observation that it was really lucky for me that nobody told me this when I started, because I've had some really high quality traffic, opt-ins and sales via Yahoo Answers, in each of several different niches.

        I don't do it much now, because it's pretty time-consuming, but I still get some good traffic from it.
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        • Profile picture of the author Max Greenflame
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          My experience is very different from yours.

          I do the same as you but put links to my best articles in only 2 or 3 of the 20 questions I've answered. It's no more effort (you answer the same 20 questions, either way) but the results are much better: one method typically survives - the other typically doesn't!

          The difference is that if you put links in all your answers, you're going to look like a spammer (whether what you're doing is actually "spammy" or not, and of course that's "opinion" anyway) and because of that you'll get other people (competitors?) "flagging" your posts and having them all deleted. :p

          That's one of the reasons why it works so well for some people and not at all for others.

          The niche concerned may be relevant, too - some are more competitive than others, and that also increases the chances of getting into trouble, for doing what you've been doing.



          Please excuse the observation that it was really lucky for me that nobody told me this when I started, because I've had some really high quality traffic, opt-ins and sales via Yahoo Answers, in each of several different niches.

          I don't do it much now, because it's pretty time-consuming, but I still get some good traffic from it.
          Thanks for your reply and valuable tips. May I know one little thing, did you put the titles of your articles together with your links? For example: "How to get huge traffic running a podcast? http://yourdomain.com/podcasting". They flagged me more often when I put titles. If I'm not allowed to use titles how do I actually attract visitors to my blog? I started using links without telling people what they are for and received no more traffic from Yahoo Answers. But anyway my answers kept on getting reported.
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          • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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            Originally Posted by Max Greenflame View Post

            Thanks for your reply and valuable tips. May I know one little thing, did you put the titles of your articles together with your links?
            In different ways ... but I always vary my anchor-text; have been doing this for years.

            Originally Posted by Max Greenflame View Post

            For example: "How to get huge traffic running a podcast? http://yourdomain.com/podcasting". They flagged me more often when I put titles.
            I see ... it may be that there's a big factor of "the niche" involved here, though? I've never promoted anything in IM/MMO niches there, and have no experience of it. But I'm wondering if that's just "so competitive" that people are going to flag your posts/links there however you do it? Which would be bad news, of course. Sorry not to be of any help, here!
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            • Profile picture of the author Max Greenflame
              Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

              In different ways ... but I always vary my anchor-text; have been doing this for years.



              I see ... it may be that there's a big factor of "the niche" involved here, though? I've never promoted anything in IM/MMO niches there, and have no experience of it. But I'm wondering if that's just "so competitive" that people are going to flag your posts/links there however you do it? Which would be bad news, of course. Sorry not to be of any help, here!
              I appreciate you share your experience. To me Yahoo Answers is just a place to have some fun now. I don't do any marketing there any more. I don't recommend it to anyone for traffic generation. Anyway wish you good luck with it and huge traffic of buyers to your websites. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMDealBox
    Some YA moderators are so over-glorified *******s (LOL) that even linking to a site such as WIKIPEDIA got my answers banned!

    It was a health related question and some High Level members were offering some websites in resource box...My answer was to first check reputable sites like WIKIpedia and then click all those affiliate links....bahm...i got flagged and the affiliate links of other people were fine!

    I almost sure that mods have lots fo other accounts that they post answers with and use their own aff links...you cant beat that!

    So i stay away from Forex/Dog training/Love/Make Money/Health sections of YA!
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