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How To Use Yahoo Answers To Get Instant Easy Traffic To Your Blog
I have recently been banned from answers because a person promoting their own articles decided mine was a violation of the yahoo network. Despite my answer being totally on topic and not a violation I was still banned simply because someone was trying to do the very same thing I was. I encourage all readers to simply ignore these teachings here in reference to Yahoo and use them for other answer sites.
Getting that much needed traffic.
One of the most difficult task a blogger must face is getting people to view their blogs. Getting traffic to your blog is vital if it is going to achieve any level of success. There are countless tried and true methods that boost hit ratings but sometimes you want to get those hits quickly and efficiently. We all want to get maximum traffic with minimum work, more bang for our buck so to speak. One method I have found that really grants users that perk is utilizing Yahoo Answers.
What is Yahoo Answers?
Yahoo Answers is an amazing community that allows users to ask and answer questions in regards to any subject imaginable. These questions are viewable by anyone with the ability to get online and are also crawled by search engines so it is a very powerful tool to make use of when trying to spread the word on your blog or site. The key to getting traffic is answering questions.
When you answer a question you are presented with a space to type in a resource. This is an idea place to post a link to your site or blog. The problem is new users can not make a click able link. You have to be a level two user to gain that perk. To get to level two you must answer questions and choose best answers for existing questions. I will discuss how this also works in your favor a little later.
Once you have achieved level two status your links will now be click able. This is great and it gives you a very useful means to spread your blog around the net in a hurry.Each time you post your site or blog you are creating a permanent backlink that will always be there. Backlinks are to web traffic what power pellets are to pac-man. They fuel the search engines and can greatly increase your ranking.
I have noticed serious increase in web traffic after I post a link on Yahoo Answers. The instant traffic is great but you have to have good rich content on your site or blog or else it will just be one hit. Good content can turn that one hit into a repeat visitor. That is the overall idea of web traffic, to turn one time visitors into repeat visitors. There are several keys to making Yahoo Answers work for you.
Write within your niche.
If you blog about corporate finances the last thing you want to do is post links in the answers section for sports. This will be looked at as a serious lack of respect and professionalism. This will drive traffic away from your site and defeat the purpose entirely. Let's say you wrote a very good article on your blog about the hauntings of English legend. There are several ways to market that to Yahoo Answers. You could look for ghost questions in general or even history. This topic can reach a broad range of questions where as if you wrote about the fall of the Ming Dynasty you will have some difficulty working that into a question. Try and use your niche to your advantage.
Only use quality answers
Never just post your link and leave it at that. That is not answering anything. You want to give the best answer you can give to each question. I find if the answer is well thought out and full of valuable detail more people are going to take an interest in the link you have posted. Not only will well written answers draw more attention to your link it increases the chances of someone sharing the link with someone else increasing your traffic that much more.
Promote one niche a day
If you are like me than you write about a variety of topics and do not focus yourself to any one niche. When using answers as a means to promote your articles only hit one nich a day. For example on Monday I might promote articles on wrestling, Tuesday I may swing in with my paranormal work, and then Wednesday I might promote my christian related articles. This keeps you from having to jump back and fourth with submitting links. It also gets you in one mind set to answer questions which is very helpful in staying focused and on task.
Don't leave a link everytime
Why? You want to show users you are not just there to promote yourself. This shows the community that you are a useful and contributing member of the site. In the beginning you can not make links that are click through anyways. Use this time to develop a good reputation as a person who answers questions with professional dignity and courtesy. This is very valuable as a member of Yahoo Answers. A good reputation can draw more people to your links and also help when you choose to ask a question.
Always be professional
There will come times when someone will verbally attack something you have said. The key is to just let it slide. Trolls are always going to be a part of any site with question and answer based lay outs. You have to resist the urge to say something back. I find standing strong as the bigger person will always be the best outcome.
Wrapping it up
Have fun and see if you can make Yahoo Answers work for you as a tool to drive the traffic in. Remember make your blogs as well written and professional as possible so each hit you receive has potential to come back over and over again.