This is a VERY old method. In fact this technique was used even before people were using computers. This was very common back in the days of Usenet, but it's still very effective today. I would guess that almost everyone is at least aware of it. Most people on this forum have probably used the method at least a few times, and many people use it quite often. This is the method that most members offering Yahoo Answers services in the BST threads are using. The example given is for Yahoo Answers, but it can be used on any social networking forum. You can use this method to create entire WOM (word of mouth) marketing campaigns on sites like FB, MySpace, or pretty much any user forum in which interaction between members is encouraged. On those type forums it can be used for a lot more than just question and answer activity. Go to Yahoo Answers Set up a new account This will be profile #1, fill in unique information for the user details. Start a new thread asking a question. Log off from that account. Change your IP address, clear your cookies, etc. Go back to Yahoo Answers Set up another new account This will be profile #2. fill in completely different info for user details. Go answer a couple other peoples questions. Then go to the question you asked as profile #1 and answer it. Go answer a couple more questions from other people. Log off from that account. Change your IP address again, clear your cookies, etc. Go back to Yahoo Answers Log in to your profile #1 account. Go to your question and select as the answer that was left by profile #2 as 'Best Answer'. Log off from that account. This works best if you use the accounts to interact on the site for awhile to give them credibility and let them become aged a little. It also works best if you give a little bit of time between posting the question, answering it, and selecting it as "Best Answer". If you plan to do it very often, you should actually set up multiple accounts so that it isn't the same profiles every time that keep asking and answering each others questions. Also be sure that you never log in to seperate accounts without changing your IP address and clearing your cookies first. Most forums can identify that your using multiple accounts if you don't do that. If you ever use this technique on any forum you should remember this, if you get called out on it the worst thing you can do is to get angry about it. Thats one of the biggest signs it's true and if you do then you ruin any chance of the method working after that. Just make a reply saying you think thats pretty funny and deny that you're doing it. Then work a little harder at making your profiles seem less connected. If you get called out on it, the reason is you made a mistake. If you learn from that mistake then you can make the method work even better. Hope this can help people get some ideas, wolf Note: I decided to post this because someone on another thread was called out for using it. When the member answering acted like they didn't have a clue, I pointed out what was being said. Rather than getting a chuckle out of it, and denying it he decided to flame me. I thought that was pretty damned funny, since that is the most common reaction from people that actually are using the method when they get called out on it. It also made me think more about how no one ever really goes into detail about this method. Since it's so simple, it just seems like something that everyone understands. If you ever join a forum and immediately start answering other newbies questions, occassionally someone might suggests that you're the same person as the original poster. If that ever happens just take it in stride, this kind of thing is so common that of course people will bring it up. If it's not true it will become apparent as people get to know you. If you're a new member on a forum and you start flaming people that have been around for awhile it just makes you look like a noob. Maybe you're not, but that's how it comes across. That's not how you want to start out on a forum.