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.
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.
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