More and more website owners are realizing the traffic-generating potential of Yahoo Answers.
This article will teach you how Yahoo Answers works and how to tap into the huge amounts of traffic it generates every day.
In a nutshell, Yahoo Answers is a way for people to ask questions on any topic imaginable. Users can post answers to each question and vote for the best answer.
How does this translate into traffic?
When you answer questions posted by other members, you can include your website address as a source of more information. If you do it right, you can get a lot of people to click through to your own site.
Follow these simple tips for success with Yahoo Answers:
Read the terms of service before you begin. If you don't follow the rules you may find yourself banned.
Advertising is not allowed, so you'll have to learn the art of subtlety.
Keep in mind that users are there to find information, not listen to your sales pitch. Concentrate on providing really useful and informative answers to the questions posted and you will build a reputation as an expert in your niche.
Here's a tip that will increase the number of clickthroughs to your site: post a short (but still complete) answer to a question and then mention that more details can be found at your link. Of course you want to be sure your site really does have more information on the topic.
Don't spam Yahoo Answers with tons of answers either, even if your posts are informative. Posting too frequently could be viewed suspiciously and your account could be deleted. One or two quality posts a day should be fine.
Quality is important, so spend some time writing a really useful answer. Your goal should be to get voted "best answer" as often as possible. Many users only read the best answers and links in these posts will bring you the most traffic.
One trick I've seen used to get the "best answer" is to create multiple accounts and use them to vote and choose your own post as the best.
Use this tactic with discretion though. If users catch on to what you're doing they could report you and get all your accounts closed. Your old posts would all disappear, and so would all the traffic they bring you.