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10 Important Rules to Follow when Making Money through Yahoo Answers

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by rickstar, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. rickstar

    rickstar Elite Member

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    Some of you may already be aware of the power that Yahoo Answers has over the online marketing world, others may not. In any case, today I want to take a moment and talk about some of the methods I use (and recommend) for successfully generating an income from Yahoo Answers.

    Yahoo Answers receives millions of visitors per day, asking questions and seeking answers to (for the most part) rather simple problems. It's your job to direct these people to products, offers and advice that could help them (and that you are affiliated with).

    This doesn't mean going ahead and spamming your links to all questions, but there is a list of things you can do to help you make money from Yahoo Answers, legitimately.

    - Randomize / spin your links. Don't use a link on each question you post. In fact, don't use a source at all on some questions. If you have Answer Assault, you can manage this directly through there, otherwise keep track of it manually.

    - Credibility matters on YA. Once in a while, leave something about yourself in the source (use it as a resource box). For example, after providing a quality answer, write a little 'about the author' in the source. "Dr. Robert Marukyan is a specialist in the human genome, and has been providing help to leading biomedical research for the last 10 years". This will significantly raise the chances of your answer being selected as best answer.

    - Look for the monthly search results of your chosen keyword using a tool like Google Keyword Tool. Select the 'use keywords closely related to...' and 'Exact' measurements. You can further analyze this data by using a tool called 'FindABusiness.org'

    - Find keywords with 'commercial intent' (buying keywords). For example, "Where can I get..."

    - Look for keywords in YA, that have a lot of questions but not many answers. People are interested but not enough people are providing answers. It's your chance to swoop in!

    - Look for keywords and the number of affiliate products available for that keywords, average conversion rate and 'gravity' on Clickbank. The more the better!

    - YA question popularity? Are there many similar questions under that keyword?

    - Analyze the search competition? How many competing pages for the single keyword in relation to how hard it will be to rank your Yahoo website. Up to 50,000 Exact pages, is pretty easy to get your Yahoo Answers page in the top 10. I got first for 'Best marketing application' (broad, phrase and exact) in one day with no outside work.

    - Report spam. According to Yahoo, reporting answers/questions which are in violation of the community guidelines can raise the reputation of your account, and thereby give it more waiting. Similarly, falsely reporting valid answers can lower the rep.

    - Set up 'smart redirects'. Don't use link shorteners, that will get your accounts suspended (if used excessively). Instead, set up a PHP redirect so it looks like yourdomain.com/keyword-page.php redirects to your affiliate page.

    - Be personal. "Nick, this is what I think you should do..."

    - Keywords with lots of competing Adwords ads, is usually a good indicator of a profitable niche, and one that will also have enough affiliate and CPA offers.

    - Sign up on one or more CPA websites, and applying the steps above, find converting offers/high paying offers and keywords and subtly direct people who are interested in similar to them.

    - Likewise, after finding your keyword, post/answer your own questions (appropriately, and in a reasonable manner). Be helpful, No spam!

    - Test a 'niche' by seeing the responses you get from dummy questions.

    I'll add to this list over the next few days. Questions are welcome. These aren't by any means revolutionary ideas, but I can see them helping people who want to get started with Yahoo Answers. There are also a few videos I made which accompany what has been said above, either PM me or check out the Answer Assault Youtube Channel.

    Thanks,
    Rob
    AnswerAssault.com
     
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  2. rajvir611

    rajvir611 Newbie

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    great article
     
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  3. rickstar

    rickstar Elite Member

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    No problem, I intend on adding more tips depending on how much interest this post receives.
     
  4. agenz

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    do you mind to share a good example of yahoo answers please.
    Thank you
     
  5. rickstar

    rickstar Elite Member

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    Do you mean of an example answer?

    The Yahoo Answers can be found http://yahoo.com/answers
     
  6. JackSparrow

    JackSparrow Supreme Member

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    Some great and useful tips there rickstar!! :)

    I found a question on Yahoo answers once about someone wondering how to grow in height, so i answered with a link pointing to a grow taller product from Clickbank and i actually got one sale out of it.

    So i would recommend Yahoo to anyone who has lots of Level 2+ accounts.
     
  7. riktubrs

    riktubrs Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Why would you need a level 2+ accounts?

    Can't you answer questions with a new account?
     
  8. rickstar

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    You can use new accounts to answer questions. The only difference in the level 2 accounts is that links become clickable, while level 1 accounts create plain text URLs. I never saw a huge difference in traffic numbers between the two though.
     
  9. riktubrs

    riktubrs Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    how do you get to be a level 2 then? i believe you get there by answering, but how many do you need to get there?

    life's hard when you're level 1.. :)
     
  10. JackSparrow

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    Just keep answering questions with some good thought out answers and questioners may choose your answer as the best one and you will receive 10 points towards your level up total.

    Also check your account for answers you have answered that will go into a voting process if the questioner hasn't chosen a best answer. This way you can vote for your own answer as best answer and hopefully receive the 10 points.

    Doing this has helped me get several Level 2 and Level 3 accounts in no time.
     
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  11. bigfred

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    Yahoo answers is becoming very difficult to get quetions and answers to stick. i have a level 3 account and had it for over 2 years and have noticed around 10 of my answers with links have been removed
     
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    great article mate.
    one of the most helpful thread.
    thanks.
     
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    there's a button for that
     
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    i just go through whole post and i must say that OP has in depth knowledge of YA.i really got useful info now +1 from me
     
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  15. rickstar

    rickstar Elite Member

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    No problem, glad it could help you out.
     
  16. rickstar

    rickstar Elite Member

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    Also, remember to use the 'realistic account emails' now in AA.
     
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    I have stopped using AA the last couple of weeks, because I was not sure exactly how to form a good attack plan. Your post helped. Now know about what I can shoot for in terms of competition, thanks.
     
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    This is an awesome thread- Kudos to you Richstar, Now I'm going to YA to answers some questions
     
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  19. Graemyx

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    Some good stuff in here, especially the part about credibility. When people get an answer to their question, they want to hear it from another person, not a salesman. Though you could say that's true in most if not all areas of the "sales" these days.
     
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    No problem! I will be sending out an extended 'subscriber exclusive' email in the next 24 hours to all AA users, which will elaborate a little on some of the things mentioned here. Stay tuned.