How to Use Yahoo! Answers to Get Traffic to Your Website

How to Use Yahoo! Answers to Get Traffic to Your Website

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Yahoo! Answers is an online community managed by Yahoo! where users can both answer and submit questions on unlimited range of topics. It is one of the most popular Internet reference site aside from Wikipedia.

It has a system of points and levels to encourage participation and reward great answers. The more points you accumulate, the higher your level will be. It is good to provide a very informative and useful answer as there’s a chance that it will be voted as the Best Answer which will give you an automatic 10 points and will be positioned directly below the question.

I have been a member since August 22, 2007 and had reached level 3 with 1,377 points as of October 6, 2009. 36% of my answers were voted as the Best Answer. Below is my profile.

How can I use Yahoo! Answers to get traffic to my website?

By providing answers to questions being asked that are related to your website’s content.

When you give an answer, you have an option to supply your source. Here’s your chance to link to your website.

However, and this is important, that link will not be clickable unless you reach Level 2. This is the service’s way of controlling spammers. That means you have to work your way to Level 2 first.

Here’s an example:

I have this post regarding AH1N1 symptoms. When a question was asked regarding it 2 months ago, I provided an answer and link to it. Because of the information I provided, it was chosen as the Best Answer. Afterwards, a steady trickle of visitors have been coming to this site from that link.

You see, questions from Yahoo! Answers are indexed by the search engines. And mind you, they are ranked high in the SERPs. So when somebody asks for an information through the search engines, usually, a similar question already asked at Yahoo! Answers will appear at or near the top of the SERPs. If visited, and it happened that you have the Best Answer, there’s always a big chance that they will click your link.

That link might be Do Follow but that’s still an instant referral!

In order for this to really work, you must always strive for your answer to be excellent so that it will be selected as the Best Answer. Especially if there are 20 other answers provided by other users, its a big boost as your answer will automatically be positioned directly below the question asked; above all the other 20 answers.

Usually when that happens, only your answer is recognized by the one looking for information and he just disregard the others.

I have started applying this approach since June and so far, it worked wonders for me. It was of big help in keeping my sinking ark afloat when it was penalized by Google.

Yahoo! Answers is now my top 3 referral. My Google Analytics account has been going crazy this past few weeks so I can’t provide an accurate data. But luckily, I was able to pull-out some data from MyBlogLog albeit in a shorter period.

Here’s my referral data for October 4 – 6:

Yes, in 3 days, 2,027 visitors came here via Yahoo! Answers for an average of 677 visitors per day.

If you are saying that’s a lot, why not try it out?

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33 Responses to “How to Use Yahoo! Answers to Get Traffic to Your Website”

  1. weng cariaga Says:

    sir, galing ng idea mo!!! try ko toh!!!

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    Joel Reply:

    I might just follow your advice Ark. Thanks for the tip. Yahoo Answers!

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  2. weng cariaga Says:

    sir ask ko lang ilang points para maging level 2? ask ko din sir ano ung gamit mo site para makit mo ung stats ng visitors na pumapasok sa site mo? about sa post image mo. ty.

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    ark Reply:

    You need 250 points to get to level 2.

    I use Google Analytics for my stats pero nagloloko eh. MyBlogLog yang nasa screen shot ko.

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  3. keybol Says:

    of course you can ask the question yourself, then answer your own question and choose that answer as the best answer haha, see how gritty trend blogging has become?

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    ark Reply:

    Hmm really? I have not tried it. I don’t even know that it is possible.

    But what’s the point in giving a question then answering it yourself? If that’s to gain traffic, I think that’s cheap. 😀

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    keybol Reply:

    para di mo na hanapin yung questions na related sa blog content mo, o baka wala kasing question related sa blog post mo. tapos gawa ka rin iba pang false answers na answer mo rin to build credibility to the best answer chosen (which is also yours) ang saya ng blogging di ba?

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    ark Reply:

    Well, if that’s your tactic, I’ll leave you at that. To each his own. But I still think that’s a cheap trick.

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    keybol Reply:

    im being sarcastic sir ^^

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  4. hezron Says:

    @weng cariaga, Statcounter po and gamit ko sa site ko and most websites and blogs today use statcounter as their primary counter.

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    ark Reply:

    I have not yet tried statcounter.

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  5. LIFE Moto Says:

    good suggestion ark. I used to answer some of the questions. but with my other yahoo account. i link it to my health blog. but my account was block due to some policies and rule. well it a lesson to be learned. especially when i made almost the same answer. i try to be more creative in my answers next time.

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    ark Reply:

    We learn lessons from time to time don’t we?

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  6. FishHawk Says:

    “My Ark Full of Worry-Free Thoughts” has been included in this weeks A Sunday Drive. I hope this helps to attract even more new visitors here.

    asthecrackerheadcrumbles.blogspot.com/2009/10/sunday-drive_11.html

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    ark Reply:

    Why thank you. I appreciate it much. :-)

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  7. Farnoosh Brock Says:

    thank you. I read every word. I had been looking for a good lowdown on Yahoo Answers. I did not know the differentiators in the levels. While I won’t compete with you Mr. Top Contributor (congrats), I am inspired to answer more questions and make more appearance in areas of my interest where I can add value and opinion :)! Thanks again!!!

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    ark Reply:

    You are welcome. Thanks for the visit.

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  8. mktanny Says:

    bookmarked your site!!
    u r good at writing.
    God bless u

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    ark Reply:

    Thank you very much. 😉

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  9. nikhila Says:

    Please, can you PM me and tell me few more things about this, I am really fan of your blog! I just subscribed to your feed.

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  10. Lorean Reaves Says:

    You would be crazy to not use more Twitter marketing

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  11. The Way Things Work Says:

    I’ve tried this to my other blogs but there’s been very little gain so far. I leveled up last December 2010 since they gave double points (4 instead of 2) during that time. So far, it hasn’t been that effective but it did bring in some traffic.

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    ark Reply:

    This is very effective for current events. Example: If everyone is looking on where to watch the Pacquiao vs Mosley fight and you happened to have the LIVE stream, you can provide the answer and watch traffic to immediately pour to your site.

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  12. rcayao Says:

    I will try this one, hope it will work for me. thanks for sharing this.

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    ark Reply:

    Timing ang kailangan dito bro. Post mo ang reply mo with your link pag mainit ang news. It will work trust me.

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  13. rcayao Says:

    thanks ark. Hindi ako gumagamit nito since I started blogging.

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  14. Teach Says:

    Nice tips here… yahoo answer is good for getting tons of visitors

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  15. idt Says:

    Nice tip, Ark! Will try this out.

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  16. lala_sky Says:

    Nice! thanks for sharing this info :)

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  17. tapout mma Says:

    Great piece of advice, yet so simple! Thanks

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  18. Green Stickman Says:

    Is this also where we can get yahoo backlinks? my site’s yahoo backlinks is still zero until now.

    I’ll give this a shot. Thanks! :)

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  19. Casper Says:

    You are a very smart person, thank for share tutorial :D, i will try it

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  20. Arwin Says:

    Sounds inspiring…congrats!!

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