Why I Love Yahoo! Answers

Filed in Yahoo by Matt McGee on March 10, 2007 14 Comments

Yahoo Answers logoI 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:

  1. Don’t spam. Jamming your URL into every answer just pisses people off.
  2. 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.

Yahoo Answers in referrers

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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  1. Shara says:

    Thanks for an interesting post. I found it through Anita Campbell’s Work.com guide: Using Yahoo Answers to Market Your Business, which talks about how to establish status as an expert using Yahoo Answers.

  2. J.T. Shaver says:

    Nice article. I should probably spend some of my current stumbling time answering questions instead. Also, you can do the same on LinkedIn, although they have far less questions to answer.

  3. Terri Ann says:

    Great tip!

    I subscribe to the RSS feed for keywords that are important to my sites so I can try and stay on top of the topics I like to get linked for. It also helps me watch trends too!

    When answering questions I’ve found it’s key to one-up all the other answersers in a smart way: either with good writing skills (spelling, grammar, formatting etc.) or with multiple cited sources.

  4. Scott says:

    Great article – and definitely a great tip in terms of SEO. I have succesfully used Yahoo Answers to generate traffic to multiple sites. It’s sort of a win-win situation. You get to drop a name/website in your answers, while being helpful at the same time.

    Free advertising and you assist the person who asked the question. Yahoo answers is definitely great and should be kept in mind as a good tool in your marketing strategy.

    Thanks for the article!

  5. Joe C says:

    Ok, so is this still relevant in 2012 with Quora and Linked In Groups growing in popularity? Have you tried spending any time there and do you see a traffic bump?

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