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Why You Should Love Yahoo! Answers

Posted by Michael D Jensen on July 6th, 2007

Why you should love Yahoo Answers

Just over a year ago Danny sullivan said “Look out Wikipedia, Here Comes Yahoo! Answers”. Yahoo! Answers is becoming not only a great resource, but also a social network (who isn’t, right?). I like Yahoo! Answers because people ask real questions and often get a handful or more of responses.

Sometimes links are all about ranking, but in this case you can get a good flow of traffic (Matt McGee on why he loves it) from a bona fide link on Yahoo! Answers. Every time I’ve jumped onto Yahoo! Answers, I’ve had a fun time. Not only responding, but also reading other people’s comments and questions.

Yahoo! Answers Made Easy

For starters, let’s make following your favorite topic really easy on Yahoo! Answers. They have a RSS feed, just like this blog and other blogs, that you can subscribe to and watch as new questions are asked.

http://answers.yahoo.com/rss/searchq?p=seo

Let’s say you are interested in GPS gadgets (i.e. you have a site/blog for GPS gadgets):

http://answers.yahoo.com/rss/searchq?p=gps

The name of the game is get there first (or early) and answer the question. If you answer it well, correctly, and in a thorough manner, chances are you get most of the attention and are selected as the best answer. Then “forever” afterwards if that search comes up in the SERPs you’ve got a great chance of getting some traffic.

The best way to use Yahoo! Answers is to primarily be there to help others. If you have something on your site or blog that is helpful, then point them to it. If not, point them somewhere else. A good mix of those would be very natural.

Do you ever have a hard time figuring out what to write? Why not take a question, or part of an answer to someone’s question, and expand it on your blog? Better yet, answer someone’s question on your blog (quickly) and then add it as a response!

10 comments Visited 12871 times July 6th, 2007 Michael D Jensen

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    10 Comments Add your own

    • 1. andrew wee  |  July 6th, 2007 at 9:55 pm

      Hey Michael,
      I haven’t played with Yahoo! Answers much, but have you had much luck with tossing in an affiliate link or CPA offer in there?

      Does it convert?

    • 2. Michael D Jensen  |  July 7th, 2007 at 3:54 pm

      I’m guessing that is against their terms, but maybe sending them to a comparison landing page that has actual helpful info?

    • 3. Khalid Hajsaleh  |  July 9th, 2007 at 11:18 am

      Hi Michael,

      Excellent post. Few of our team members complained about finding good topics for their blogs. I believe that you just solved that problem for us.

      Khalid

    • 4. Khalid Hajsaleh  |  July 9th, 2007 at 11:30 am

      well, I tried to add an rss feed and it does not work as well as I had hoped for it. It seems that if you add a term that has multiple keywords in it, the feed does not function properly. For example, I tried “increase sales”. The feed from that is http://answers.yahoo.com/rss/searchq?p=%26quot%3Bincrease+sales%26quot%3B

      That feed however does not work.

    • 5. Michael D Jensen  |  July 9th, 2007 at 2:35 pm

      They don’t appear to like quotes. It works okay if you take off quotes but it’s not going to be an exact match.

    • 6. Carl Strohmeyer  |  July 14th, 2007 at 11:17 am

      I have to respectfully disagree. I have been at Yahoo Answers on and off for close to a year (after discovering Yahoo answers when writing a research article and a REALLY bad “best answer” came up in search.

      Since then this “top contributor” feature and voting continues to reward posers andn persond with too much time on their hands with best answers that are often VERY wrong (at least in my field of expertise: fish). I do not have the time to keep posting like these persons do and since I post scientific based answers, not anecdotal popular BS, I do not get picked often more importantly (as this is not about me), the hobbby which I love slips another notch downhill as VERY bad information gets spread by this horrible forum.

    • 7. Anthony  |  July 26th, 2007 at 8:01 pm

      Good idea as far as finding blog content by answering question there. I recently blogged about doing market research by doing the same:

      http://www.oldschoolseo.com/2007/07/26/free-market-research-from-yahoo-answers/

    • 8. roguespammer  |  January 4th, 2008 at 1:08 am

      Here is a post I made about exploiting Yahoo Answers, and making money with yahoo answers. Feel free to leave a comment.

    • 9. HowdItEnd » Blog Ar&hellip  |  June 29th, 2008 at 7:35 am

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    • 10. Twitter For Your Business&hellip  |  July 18th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

      [...] for relevant questions on Twitter Search and come to the rescue.  It’s no different than Yahoo Answers in that way. GoDaddy was actively scanning Twitter (and many other social media sites I bet) for [...]

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