Yahoo! Answers - Seek, and Ye Shall Find Traffic!


Seek and Ye Shall Find Traffic!

Yahoo! Answers is a great way to improve traffic to your hubs, blogs and websites. Not only will it improve traffic it is fun too! You will be providing answers and you can also seek and find answers to your own questions as well. Building an account is free and easy. Once you advance beyond the first level any links you include will become active. These links can lead to the topics you write about. Thus, improving and generating traffic.

This hub will guide you through the quick sign-up process as well as tips for use.

Remember, seek, and ye shall find traffic!

How to Yahoo!

  1. Set up an account
  2. Ask Questions and Answer Questions
  3. Points and Levels
  4. Vote for Best Answer
  5. Tips & Tricks

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Step 1. Register!

Registering on Yahoo! is SUPER easy. Yahoo! gives you a choice of creating a new account or signing up with a current account from Facebook, Google or Yahoo! Just remember that the name you use will be the name on your profile.

Click here to Register or Log in - Yahoo! Answers 

Yahoo! Answers has MANY categories

Browse Categories - Answer and Ask Questions

Once you have set up your account I encourage you to browse the categories on Yahoo! Answers. Find the areas that interest you the most. Most importantly - find the areas you write about! Use the keywords from your hubs, blogs or websites to find topics. As you continue your search you can begin answering or asking questions right away. "Best Answers" are chosen by the originator of the question and/or the voting public. Be sure to give great answers and include the link to your related hub. As readers seek answers and come across your response they just might click on your link as a source for additional information. Avoid being overly promotional and spammy. Yahoo! does have moderators and you want to be a good member of the community.

Note - Links will not appear hyperlinked until you reach 250 points (level 2). But, go ahead and include your links from the beginning and they will transpose when your level changes. It really does not take that long.

Points and Levels

How it works

  • Earn points and work your way up the ranks. Your primary goal should be to reach Level 2. Once you reach Level 2 your links will appear as an actual hyperlink to your respective sites or hubs.
  • Building up points is actually a rather easy process. Reaching Level 2 is doable in a very short period of time. I did it in less than two weeks with very little effort.
  • To the right of this text box are the point values as well as levels for you to evaluate the process.
  • Please be aware that you lose 5 points for every question that you ask. You might want to wait to ask questions until you reach Level 2.


Best Answer

Why do you want to be chosen as the Best Answer?

  • Your answer will be the first answer shown and will be featured as the Best Answer to the question
  • If your Best Answer is related to one of your hubs, blogs or sites you can include a link in your answer box (add the link when you answer the question - once the answer goes into voting or is chosen you can no longer edit it)

How do you get selected as Best Answer

  • voting - the Yahoo! community votes for the Best Answer. Incidentally, you earn 1 point every time you vote. You also earn 10 points if your answer is chosen. Yes, you CAN vote for your own answer (once).
  • author selection - the original author of the question can also select your answer as the Best Answer. This process supersedes community voting.


Yahoo! Tips & Tricks

  • Give good quality answers. If you have a related hub topic include the link in your answer's source box as a reference. (only include relevant links or you will eventually be banned)
  • When adding hub links be sure it includes a referral tracker. You want to get credit for anyone that signs up for HubPages. A referral tracker is the only way to assure you recruited a new hubber.
  • Be courteous. If something is inappropriate flag it. Don't rant and rave with an answer against a fellow community member. A rude or snippy answer puts you at risk of losing your account. If something is inappropriate just flag it and move on.
  • Be sure your answers and/or questions are clear and concise. Keep in mind that the purpose of Yahoo! Answers is to provide information to the community.
  • Check your "My activity" page and keep up with voting. Remember, once your item goes into voting you can vote as well. Voting usually closes on the 7th day unless the author chooses your answer as the Best Answer first.
  • Once you get the hang of Yahoo! Answers get SEO and keyword crafty. Build your answers around the SEO/keywords in your hubs. This combined with your link will make for a terrific back-link to your hub. Remember, Yahoo! is a MAJOR search engine and your creative answers can get you to the top of the search engine page. Use your FREE resources to the fullest!
  • REMEMBER DO NOT COPY YOUR HUBS! Do not copy your hub as an answer. It is against our HubPages TOS and you can lose your hub. Get creative instead and formulate an effective answer as well as including a link to your hub. Don't forget - the whole idea is to generate traffic TO your hub.

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princesswithapen 5 years ago


A fantastic review and a detailed insight of what Yahoo Answers is all about. I have used Yahoo Answers in the past and found it to be an extremely interactive community. It is amazing to see how many people chip in to help you out, isn't it? However I have also noticed that it is not entirely free of spam. I'm bookmarking this hub in case someone I know needs help with the nitty gritties of how Yahoo Answers works.

What is your experience with Yahoo answers? Does it drive significant traffic to your hubs?


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dinkan53 5 years ago from India

happy to know about one more source to generate traffic to my hubs. Awesome ! its really informative hub thank you for sharing this article.It is great and it came on time when i was in a search for how to drive more traffic to my hubs. vote up and useful! bookmarking to share with someone who is in search for the same.

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rajan jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Marisa, this is another feather in your cap. Your hubs are awesome,as always. Thanks for keeping up the good work and sharing with us.

Voted up and awesome.

Have a great day.


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Lapse 5 years ago from East Coast Rules

Thank you for this hub. I haven't been around long but its one of the most useful tips hubs I've seen. Very reader friendly without TOO much information also!

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas Author

princesswithapen - Glad to see you came by. Yahoo! answers has given me new traffic. I created a referral tracker for yahoo and am seeing daily growth from it. I've only been on it for about 3 weeks and have only linked 4 hubs. The traffic is not a super highway, but it HAS made a difference. Also, I have noticed that the hubs I linked to are now on the first page when I search my keywords on Google and Yahoo. I really think it is because of Yahoo answers. Will update after a few more weeks. Regardless, I do think it is a great tool for generating external traffic.

Thank you for bookmarking

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas Author

dinkan53 - In my 2 months at HP I'm realizing more and more that I need to generate external traffic. A veteran hubber suggested Yahoo to me. She is an avid gamer and writes about games - she claims Yahoo gives her about 500 hits daily. Of course she is writing on a hot topic. Thanks for the votes and bookmark!

rajan! Happy to see you! I have a feather from you - yeah! I'm always glad to share. Your healthy hubs would do awesome on Yahoo! MANY people are looking for the benefits of the foods you write about. I'll message you FB with more details. :)

Lapse - Very glad to offer a helpful tip to a fellow hubber. Happy it was an easy read as well.

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

MissOlive, wonderful article with very useful information for everyone. We should become contacts on YA. This was one of the first sites that I went on, way before HP and I loved it! I haven't been on for over a year, because I got so caught up with HP, but I should get back in touch with it. BTW, my name is prairieprincess on there, too, if you want to add me as a contact. Have a wonderful day!

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rajan jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Marisa, thanks in advance. I'll wait for the details.

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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

A wonderful and informative hub on Yahoo Answers. I've looked around it a bit and set up an account, but I had no idea that you could do so much with it.

Many thanks for sharing. Voted up + awesome!

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas Author

prairieprinces - I'm enjoying Yahoo - very similar to Webanswers in its format. However, you do earn Google adsense on WA. I've already located you on Yahoo and have saved you as a contact. I have sent you a message through FB as well. Glad you found this useful. Looking forward to collaborating on YA :)

rajan - sent you a message on FB as well.

Seeker7 - YA is a great way to add traffic. My matcha hubs had an extra 100 views each this week due to Yahoo. It's not HUGE traffic, but I can see the potential. Thanks for the votes and comment.

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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

You are doing great, so I will give this a try! Thanks.

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jfay2011 5 years ago

interesting hub. I haven't tried yahoo answers yet. I am on yahoo 360 and created a yahoo group.

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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great overview and tips! Thank you! I keep hearing good things about Yahoo! answers and may give it a try one of these days.

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laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

These are some great tips! I haven't tried Yahoo yet, but after reading this I think I might give it a try!! I would love to find some ways to get greater traffic on my Hubpages, so keep the tips coming!

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Frankly Baked 5 years ago

i think these are some great tips, i recently noticed that yahoo answers has stopped no-follow until level 5, any suggestions on how to use it for promotion?

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you everyone for your great comments and support. Bottom line is I am starting to see traffic come in through my Yahoo! referral tracker and I am all for external traffic.

Frankly Baked - I'm sorry, I do not know what you mean by "no-follow" on Yahoo. I am barely on Level 2. Wish I could answer your question. As for promoting I include my link on my answers.

jfray - I'm not familiar with Yahoo360 - will investigate :)

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sgbrown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Miss Olive, this is another exceptional hub! I have just set my an account with YA and will let you know how it goes. Thanks so much for the information, you are awesome!

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas Author

sgbrown - Best wishes to you on YA! I'm very glad to share the info. :)

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Patkay 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Thanks a lot for another important hub on how to get more traffic to our hubs. I will definitely try it out. Voted up and useful.But where do we add a link?

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Patkay - thank you!

Right under the answer on YA is a "Source Box" Just cut and paste your link there. I hope this was the answer you were looking for. By the way, the link will not be active until you reach level 2, but place it anyway.

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Patkay 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Thanks. That is what I wanted.

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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Many times I have looked for information and there was Yahoo Answers right near the top of the first page. So a link from there must be helpful. Thanks for the tips!

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teaches12345 5 years ago

This is all new to me but very helpful. Thanks for sharing this tidbit on increasing traffic.

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

This is very cool. I once was trying out WebAnswers. This is where you could actually imput Google Adsense and get paid for your answers. I doubt Yahoo would do the same thing, but I stopped using WebAnswers when I realzied that some people were losing their Google Adsense account because of it!

Great hub, I might have to try that out if I ever find some extra time!

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas Author

Patkay - Thanks - Glad to help

Dolores - your comment is a great testimonial as to how this would drive traffic. Thank you

teaches12345 - You are quite welcome - glad you stopped by

barbergirl28 - You will find YA to be very similar to WA with the exception of earning Google Adsense. It would be more of a traffic tool. Hey, now you have me worried about my WebAnswers account. I use that too! People are losing their Google Adsense? I need to research that. eek! As for extra time - tell me about it. We'd be millionaires if we could bottle it and sell it!

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Ha ha - I hear you about the extra time. I stopped using WA after I heard people talking about losing their google adsense. I guess it is too easy to have illegitimate clicks. One of the people I was following was using the site and got her adsense banned so I just stay away. I have come to far and am so close to payout and I don't want to give it back. Will be watching for your WebAnswers article on whether it is safe! ;) No rush - when you have time that is! :)

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Millionaire Tips 5 years ago from USA

I've been using Yahoo Answers for a while now, but hadn't thought much of it as a marketing tool. Thanks for the info - I will definitely be adding my links there! Just hoping people ask the right questions.

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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Very useful, informative Hub....and I too am concerned about the WA comments in terms of adsense? Has someone looked into this thoroughly to prove or disprove this? I will truly appreciate knowing. I intend to open an acccnt. w/YA...but wonder....should I stop participating in WA? missolive, barbergirl, what say you?

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas Author

fpherj48 - I'm seeking the same WA questions/answers as you. Perhaps people were copying between WA and their hubs??? I can't see any other reason for it to be a problem. We might need to take this one up in the forums with molometer and Bret - they are fellow WA users. Let me know if you spot anything :)

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Another awesome hub Miss Olive:) You are a great teacher. Thanks so much for always giving out such great information!

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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

missolive - another great hub! You are so smart about these things and I learn so much from reading your work. One of these days if things every slow down, I just might have to have a "Read missolive's work day"! I will plan on a day when I am ready to learn from your vast store of knowledge.

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas Author

RealHousewife and homestead - you two are too sweet!

Glad to share what I learn along the way. I'm always a fan of your work as well - both of you!!

homestead - I think I blushed! hehe

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steve8miller 5 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

I used to use Yahoo answers. I just do not like the fact that you do not earn money from Yahoo for answering the questions. I love WebAnswers as they share AdSense income. I also created a very detailed hub about WebAnswers you can check out if you are interested.

Now I am going to do this as driving traffic to my hubs is what its all about. Very informative hub thanks for the information here.

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I love answering questions and will have to sign up for Yahoo. Great article thanks for writing this. Always looking for ways to get more traffic.

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readtoawakecom 5 years ago

This is a Fantastic Article. I like your style of writing this hub. This is the article that everyone should read to attract more traffic.

I have started a blog where I publish book summaries of Best-selling books, I think this article will help me to generate more tracffic.

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas Author

steve8miller - Good point on the adsense revenue. However, I use Yahoo! for the fun and TRAFFIC. I use WebAnswers for income - can be fun too. Thanks for the hub tip. I'll add yours with Brett's and molometer in my WA folder.

Just Ask Susan - A real joy to see your name in my comment box! Yahoo! can actually be pretty entertaining. The traffic is an added bonus. I was analyzing my Yahoo! referral tracker yesterday and I like what I see. I see the potential for continued growth. Plus, I'm starting to find fellow hubbers as well. :)

readtoawakecom - Welcome to HubPages and thank you for stopping by to read and comment. YA does have categories in your niche of books and marketing. Make sure your responses on YA are relevant and that the link to your site is deemed necessary you will be banned - quickly.

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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

Hello, missolive! I have featured this hub in my weekly hub luv series. Great hub!

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you Cindy! I greatly appreciate it! I read the hub - great job! Very informative and valuable. Great job.

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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois

This is great information. I have been writing Yahoo Answers for awhile now and it does generate hub traffic. The only thing is the links on Yahoo Answers are "nofollow" links so they won't necessarily build up as backlinks.

But traffic is traffic, and like you say it really is a lot of fun. There even was a Yahoo question once about where to buy a certain product which I knew was in one of my Ebay capsules. I answered the question and made an Ebay sale, as well.

I have enough points that any links I add are hyperlinked, but it never occurred to me to include them before I had enough points so that they would eventually be automatically hyperlinked when the point accumulation was enough. This was excellent advice and an excellent article.

~voted up and useful~

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas Author

Great comment ktrapp - I have had more traffic. I appreciate the votes :)

BTW - I kind of tested the whole "nofollow" and did a keyword search on Yahoo of one of my YA links to my hub. I searched for the keywords in my link and I added the word "answer" - the link to my YA link did show up. (did that make any sense? lol)

Regardless, YA is great for traffic.

I added RedGage today - I like what I'm seeing.

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DonnaCosmato 5 years ago from USA

Very useful and informative! I never knew Yahoo answers could be a backlinking tool - it is always nice to add another tool to my resource toolbox. Voted up.

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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois

missolive - Go to one of your pages on Yahoo where you answered a question and posted a link. Then in your browser click view/source or view/page source. You will now be looking at all the code for the Yahoo page. Next, find your link's code. To find it easily search for the word missolive using CTRL F (or Command F on a mac). You will notice that rel ="nofollow" is included in the link's code. What that means is that when search engine robots crawl the web they don't follow those links, so they are not truly backlinks.

But Yahoo Answers is still a very valuable tool as you point out for getting traffic and so I use it regardless of whether or not it provides me with an actual back link. Maybe search engine robots don't follow the link, but humans do. And these humans may then become HubPage writers (using the referral tracking code that you have written about), share one of your hubs on their social network, or buy a product or click on an ad. I have gotten quite a bit of traffic this way.

Great hub!

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas Author

ktrapp - you TOTALLY read my mind. I was going to ask you how to do this. I knew it was somewhere on HP. This is extremely helpful. I'm going to use this and evaluate the various links I have on other sites.

Yes, Yahoo! answers is great for traffic, but not necessarily one for backlinks.

Thanks again - I greatly appreciate this and I hope the followers and readers of this hub read your comment. It deserves a hub of its own. Perhaps I'll add a little author's note at the end of the hub.

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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois

Actually, I have a dofollow/nofollow hub in the works. Hopefully, you will see it on your feed in a few days.

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas Author

ktrapp - good to know. I look forward to reading it and adding it to one of my hubs. Perhaps my 'Hub Boosters' would be a good spot.

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Journey * 5 years ago from USA

You offer very good advice here missolive.

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas Author

Journey - thank you!

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

A very interesting hub. Could you also tell me what is the difference between Yahoo answers and QUORA? Thank you.

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas Author

Spirit Whisperer - I would if I knew what QUORA was :)

Thank you for reading

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tammyswallow 5 years ago from North Carolina

Very helpful! Thanks!

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GeneralHowitzer 5 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Awesome HUB... I am adding yahoo.answers to my seo arsenal hehehe... Yahoo.answers is a great way to get backlinks and at the same time great traffic.

You just gave me an idea on how to use my Level 2 account there...

Thanks a lot for this wonderful and useful HUB...

Happy new year to you and to your family!

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Rusticliving 5 years ago from California

Thank you Missolive.. I am always looking for useful tips like these. Voted up and useful!



Happy New Year!

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Ehtesham12 5 years ago from Islambad

I was thinking to write about it. I am your fan Missolive :)

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ITcoach 5 years ago from United States

Miss Olive,exceptional hub! I have set my an account with Yahoo Answers and will let you know how it goes.As I have read that its indexing is fast. Thanks so much for the information, you are awesome!

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas Author

Tammyswallow - you are very welcome - thank you :)

GeneralHowitzer - YA is great for added traffic, but I have noticed that it is not necessarily one for backlinks. Scroll up to ktrapp's comment above. However, I have on occasion seen YA responses on the search feed. Not sure how they decide what is 'follow' and what is 'not follow' in regard to YA and search engines. Regardless, I'm getting great responses on the links that I have posted. Traffic is traffic - right? :)

Rusticliving - you are quite welcome - I'm always glad to share whatever I find helpful :) Happy New Year to you too Lisa.

Ethesham - Thank you! There are a couple more hubs on YA out there. I did not spot them until I wrote this one :)

ITcoach - You are excellent for my ego! :) I don't frequent YA as often as I used to, but I do intend to work on it a bit more this weekend. I still see daily traffic from my answers 2 months ago though. Best wishes to you on YA

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Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

Great hub. I answered few yahoo questions and was voted as Best answer for one of them. However, I lost interest and forgot about it. Now, I think I can go back and be more active to help community and bring traffic.

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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Awesome! I have an account as I happened to stumble onto a yahoo question one day and wanted to answer. I haven't done anything with it since then. I'll have to try this. Thanks for another great hub.

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas Author

Ruchi Urvashi - I don't get back to Yahoo as often as I should, but I do continue to see traffic on what I answered with my link. Best wishes on your endeavors.

Victoria Lynn - Give it a try Victoria. Search for hub related topics and perhaps you can provide a link with your answer. Good luck!

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NessaMetharam 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Great post! I'm actually about to try this now. Good thing I saw this hub!

Thank you missolive for posting this hub!

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas Author

NessaMetharam - I'm very glad you came across this hub. Just yesterday I had an unusual surge of Yahoo! answers traffic. I really think it is worth it in the long run. Thank you for reading.

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jainismus 5 years ago from Pune, India

missolive, thank you for sharing this information, it really works, I know.

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Cyndi10 5 years ago from Georgia

Thanks so much for such an informative article. I signed up for an account, but I haven't done anything with it. Now I will get busy. Voted up and bookmarked.

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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

Thanks for the reminder about the value of Yahoo Answers! I've gotten some great traffic referrals from it - now it's time to get back to the site and answer some questions! Good info, thanks for sharing!

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L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

Thanks for the reminder about Yahoo! Answers. I had used this in the past, answering questions and building my points. At that time, I had a negative experience when out of the blue someone tagged me and I lost privileges. I had not violated any rules/TOS, so I appealed the determination, but it was to no avail. Will have to give it another shot now.

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas Author

jainismus - Very glad to share and thank you for the testimonial.

Cyndi10 - Go for it Cyndi! I do see traffic with sudden bursts every now and then. Best wishes on your goals. Thanks for the votes and bookmark.

Stephanie Henkel - It does help and I do enjoy the break from HP every now and then. Thank you for reading. It is always a pleasure to see you.

L.L. Woodard - I'm sorry to hear about the bad experience you had. I hope you have a better go at it this time.

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tsmog 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

This is totally awesome. Thank you. This article is on my University class list now. I'd study it now, but the hummingbirds keep yap'ing something about getting the laundry done and fill the feeders - smile!

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Very encouraging/motivating, and as usual, well done and helpful. Thanks much!

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas Author

tsmog - well, don't keep those busy hummingbirds waiting. :) Thank you for stopping by

RTalloni - it does work and I still continue to get traffic. It is certainly worth considering. Glad you came by to read and comment. :)

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winbo 4 years ago

awesome hub missolive.. awesome!!

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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Just the answer I was looking for!! Votes and shared! :-)

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rob_allen 4 years ago from MNL, PH

Thank you for sharing this! I will definitely do this to increase my traffic! Voted Up and Shared! :)

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molometer 4 years ago

Hello Marisa,

I have heard of yahoo answers and was interested.

Do users get paid for answers submitted? This seems to be the norm elsewhere?

Just curious and always handy to find another back linking site. Yahoo is definitely in that category!

I am sure it could be very useful.

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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Thank you, MissOlive, always a great source of info for me. Sandra Busby

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Chin chin 4 years ago from Philippines

This hub provides great information. I have an account at Yahoo Answers and I'm at level 2. I never really thought much about it in getting traffic to my hubs. I think I should. Thanks so much MissOlive.

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onthegrind 4 years ago from Florida, United States

Makes me want to start using my yahoo answers account more. Good information. Voted up, useful, and shared.

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K Nicole Smith 4 years ago from Huntsville, AL

I have never heard of Yahoo answers but this sounds like a great idea. Seems like as long as you stick with relevant questions and answers to what you write it should be quality traffic. Your link about the referral tracker was also very helpful.

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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States

Missolive, you've done it again. A great hub to help us all increase our readership. I'm getting on this right now. Voted up, useful and SHARED!

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courtlneygdtm 4 years ago from United States

Missolive, Thanks for sharing this information. I was going to try Yahoo Answers but chose WebAnswers instead because you get earnings from WA and not from YA. However, after reading your hub, I think I may give Yahoo Answers another try as a way to generate more traffic to my hubs. Voted up and useful!

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kelleyward 4 years ago

This is so useful. I'm going to start there today! Thanks for the tips!

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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Everyone! Yes, Yahoo Answers has been good to me. Just search for questions within your hub topics. Answer the question and use your hub link as a reference. I'm still getting a nice flow of traffic on questions I answered 5 months ago.

Best wishes to all and thank you for reading and commenting :)

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loued51 4 years ago

Great info-I tried Yahoo Answers early in my Internet life, but now I can reference my Hubs!

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twoseven 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Thank you so much for explaining this so clearly! Since I don't have my own blog or other website, I've been struggling with how to generate outside traffic to my hubs. I have to admit I have some general confusion about whether Google sometimes penalizes you for creating too many backlinks to your own hubs, but it sounds like this is not a concern with doing Yahoo Answers, right? Thanks again!

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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

loued51 - Glad you came by. Yes, give Yahoo answers a try. There are many topics on there and if you can relate them to your hubs and niches as a reference it is a perfect opportunity to link your hub. Best wishes to you

twoseven- I don't think you have to worry about your links on Yahoo Answers being a bad reflection of your hubs or sub domain. Just be sure to select relevant topics when you reference your links. Thanks for reading and commenting. Good luck to you

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nochance 4 years ago from Duluth, MN

This is a brilliant idea. Thank you for sharing this. I am definitely going to try this out. I love answering questions on hubpages and when I google things yahoo answers always come up in the search.

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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

nochance, Let me know how it goes. It has really helped boost up my traffic on a variety of hubs and topics. Best wishes to you and thanks for reading and commenting. :)

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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

Waahh! I've tried this (many times) but Yahoo! always warns me for TOS violations. What's wrong with me?!

Voted up, useful and shared! Weee!

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softhard 4 years ago from Kathmandu

Thanks for reminding me. Once i used yahoo answers. Will try one more time.

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ashish04joshi 4 years ago from India

thanks a lot for this hub....i had no idea.

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2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

This is a new idea (to us) and sounds like it could be worth a try. Thanks for the tip.

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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Another brilliantly helpful hub. I shall use this method without doubt. I had read about it but not bothered. Now I appreciate it's value. Thank you for these hubs, they are so helpful.


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yougotme 4 years ago from Manila

Great hub! But I observed that answering in the Yahoo Answers does not give me some traffic. I tried posting the link of my hub their as a relevant source but still, I don't get any traffic from there.

Anyway, thanks for reorienting us in Yahoo Answers!

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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Great hub about building traffic in a legitimate way. I had never heard of this before but I already have a Yahoo email account so it should be easy for me to start participating.

Thanks so much for the detailed explanation about how this works and for the excellent tips.

Voted up across the board except for funny.

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CCahill 4 years ago from England

Had thought about this but stumbled at the hyperlink hurdle, didn't realise once you become Level 2 it would actually be a link so thanks for this hub

Voted up

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seotechnology 4 years ago from India


Good stuff. I have tried this but did not follow this strategy. I will try this once again. Thanks for offering nice tips.

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ITcoach 4 years ago from United States

Building traffic in this way is awesome. But i could never find a proper title to solve in the Yahoo answers. A very basic questions most probably users ask about?

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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

beingwell, hmmmmm, not tot sure what may be happening with those violations. I suggest breaking up linked answers with non-linked. Answering every single question with your own subdomain can trigger red flags. Also, don't announce your username to others. Some people are just mean and flag if they know who you are. Best wishes to you.

softhard, hope thinks are working out. I need to revisit the site myself and answer a few more questions.

ashish04joshi, you are welcome. Best wishes to you.

2patricias, it is a great way to scatter your online presence and to also gain additional traffic.

old albion, Hi Graham, thank you so much. Yes, it is a helpful site and personally, I really think it is worth it to maintain the account.

yougotme, perhaps you have not reached the level where your links are active? I believe it is something like 250 community points. I do appreciate you stopping by to read and comment.

Happyboomernurse, it is interesting to me how all of a sudden I will get nice spurts of traffic from there. The site is also a regular sighting on my traffic reports. Although some say those links are 'no-follow' I have come across them in the search engines. Glad you came by.

CCahill, yes, those links will eventually 'light up' and activate once you pass the beginner mark. Consider giving it another try.

seotechnology, thank you, wishing you the best on your endeavors.

ITcoach, finding the right answer is not always easy. I usually just find a topic area that interests me and just scan through the questions. If anything it gives me some great leads to future hub ideas. It is not uncommon for me to jump from Yahoo Answers to the Google Keyword tool. Once I'm there a hub is started. So it does have many benefits other than finding a specific question/answer. I do appreciate you stopping by to read and comment. My apologies on my delayed response.

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Mark McClean 4 years ago from South Bend, Indiana USA

I've bookmarked many of your Hubpages and just finished this one this morning. I would never have given Yahoo Answers a thought save for your Hubpage. I always wondered why Yahoo Answers was so popular on the Google results. No I know. It kind of looks like it could be fun.

Thanks for the informative Hub. I took notes. Now it's time to read your Hubpage on referral trackers.

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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

Mark McClean, Yahoo! Answers is a nice break when you need a change and it is a great opportunity to link a relevant hub and gain some potential traffic. Thank you so much for your support. I appreciate it.

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howlermunkey 4 years ago from Tampa, FL

Great hub, filing under references, up and sharing

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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

howlermunkey, thank you so much.

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Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

Haven't been to Yahoo answers for a long time. Actually forgot they exist. Thanks for all the good information and the reminder.

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ercramer36 4 years ago from Chicagoland

Great Hub! I will have to check out Yahoo Answers. Voted Up!

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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Just found this--awesome. I always learn new things from you. Thanks for always sharing such valuable information...always appreciated..

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Crissylite 4 years ago

Wow. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

Angelou52, I tend to forget as well. I usually remember to go and add a few answers after reviewing my traffic sources on Google Analytics.

ercramer36, go for it. I hope you find the results you are seeking.

carol7777, thank you! It is always nice to see you and share with you - much appreciated.

Crissylite, you are so welcome! Glad to share.

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petertebin 4 years ago from Maryland

Just started on webanswers but will look into Yahoo Answers as well! Love your hubs Voted up!

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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

peterbin, I've used both but I like the idea of getting back-links to my hubs. It has been a while since I've had a chance to do any Yahoo! Answers but I do still see traffic from what I have answered in the past. Thanks for the compliment and I appreciate the votes.

syncecots 4 years ago

Hello. And Bye.

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HikeGuy 4 years ago from Northern California Coast

Thanks for the detailed introduction to Yahoo Answers. I haven't tried it yet. Voted up.

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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

HikerGuy, thank you for reading and commenting. I decided to check on my stats and I am still getting steady traffic from Yahoo! Answers and I have not used the site in several months. It feels great to know the traffic is still coming in. I encourage you to give it a try, I guess I should go back as well and add a few more items to my profile. Best wishes, MO

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Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

I use WebAnswers when I can actually find time. I've been a lot less active there since I joined HubPages and obviously my AdSense income is suffering as a result. This Hub makes me wonder if Yahoo Answers would be better use of my time. I'll have to look into it.

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younghopes 3 years ago from India

Thanks for such a good hub, i have heard about it, used it once or twice then left it, would be trying it out again

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MDavisatTIERS 3 years ago from Georgia

Thank you for a very informative and interesting Hub. You have managed to explain another resource for traffic, which I as a new Hubber appreciate.

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missolive 3 years ago from Texas Author

Gina145, I've used WebAnswers but I prefer Yahoo Answers. I've seen their links pop up on occasion as I search things and I have had steady traffic from YA. I definitely think YA is worth the extra effort. Good luck to you.

younghopes, you are quite welcome and thank you for reading and commenting. You've reminded me to go back and answer a few more questions. I do hope you see the benefits.

MDavisatTIERS, thank you very much. I sincerely believe YA is worth your time. Best wishes to you.

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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

One of the problems I've noticed with Yahoo Answers is that some people who post questions don't know if the answers they get and correct, and many times they select a stupid answer as best answer. This decreases the value of Yahoo Answers and I imagine Google is aware of that.

I'm already at level 2, but I didn't remember that we lose points for asking questions. I'm just going to stick to answering. I'm glad you mentioned that in your article.

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Maggie.L 2 years ago from UK

Thanks for writing such an informative hub on Yahoo answers. I've recently joined yahoo and started answering questions but had a few queries that your hub has answered. Thank you! Voted up and useful

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Torrs13 2 years ago from California

I've never really considered using Yahoo Answers before, but I may reconsider now. I think that it could be a useful tool for generating traffic (like you mentioned in your other hub). Thanks for sharing your insight!

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missolive 2 years ago from Texas Author

Torrs13, I still think it is a great tool for getting the word out in whatever niche you write about. Google Analytics is still showing that I am getting a stream of traffic from my Yahoo Answers. Good luck to you.

Maggie.L The pleasure is mine. I appreciate the votes and comment. I do hope you have continued using Yahoo Answers.

Glenn, good points. I tend to only answer questions by members that have been on the site a while. You have a greater chance of collaborating with credible users.

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KevSutton 2 years ago from Gulf Shores, Alabama

wow! I didn't know yahoo did all of I will definitely have to check it out for sure and come back here with my results.....thanks missolive

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missolive 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hi KevSutton, the site can come in handy, I hope you see good results and enjoy Yahoo Answers. Thank you for reading and commenting, best wishes on your endeavors.

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Raceme 2 years ago

Y'know, I've been active on Yahoo Answers for years, and for some reason it never occurred to me to self-promote on there. Very nice article on how to do it correctly!

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C L Mitchell 23 months ago

Excellent hub on how to use Yahoo Answers to get more traffic for my hubs, I've made it a favorite. I've only just started out , but I'm slowly building up my number of hubs so will look at using this to get some traffic since I seem to be getting very little!

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missolive 23 months ago from Texas Author

Raceme, I hope you have tried this out and have had positive results. Thank you for reading and commenting.

CL Mitchell, Keep on writing and publishing, I'm sure you will begin to see your traffic grow. Continued best wishes on your online endeavors.

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Jacobb9205 22 months ago from Gloucestershire

Thank you for this, I may actually use Yahoo answers just for this purpose! :)

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missolive 22 months ago from Texas Author

Hi Jacob9205, thank you for reading and commenting. I think yahoo answers is underestimated as a traffic tool. I was doing research this weekend for a variety of potential titles/subtitles and I came across Yahoo Answers more than once. Point being...they DO appear in searches.

Best wishes on your endeavors

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Jacobb9205 22 months ago from Gloucestershire

missolive, No problem :) Aha awesome!

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RTalloni 17 months ago from the short journey

Enjoyed seeing this again and appreciate the update and share to highlight it for us. Am in a place that might really let me start with Yahoo! Answers now. The work certainly looks interesting. The main thing about this hub, though, is that I could move forward with confidence that what is written is authoritative. Thanks for that, too!

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