I was happy to hear the news this week that Yahoo has added a social element to its Yahoo! Answers service. As many commented during the week, it’s a step in the right direction to making the premier Q&A web destination even better for users.
Yahoo! Answers is one of my favorite time-killers, right up there with StumbleUpon. But more than that, it — like StumbleUpon — has been a terrific marketing tool for this blog.
I don’t spend a ton of time on Yahoo! Answers. One or two visits per week is typical. And if I just spend one hour answering questions in the Small Business category (or elsewhere when it’s appropriate), I’m guaranteeing myself a traffic bump over the following several days. It never fails. The key, as it is with any social site like this, is two-fold:
- Don’t spam. Jamming your URL into every answer just pisses people off.
- Be active. Contribute value. Help people out and you will be rewarded.
According to my blog stats, Yahoo! Answers has been the #1 referring source to this blog in each of the past four days. As the graph below shows, it’s the #2 referrer for the month so far.
What’s ironic is that the Q&A that’s sending me all this traffic this month is one in which I didn’t participate. Another user linked here when answering a question. Nice!
If you’re also a Yahoo! Answers user and want to add me to your contacts, here’s my profile. I’ll be glad to reciprocate.
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