Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it also created Yahoo Answers – a forum where anything can be found out. Just ask something -anything – and you’re bound to get the answer. Nearly everyone uses Yahoo Answers at some point for various reasons. I know people who spend their hours using it for a laugh, to help them with their homework or research, as well as serious questions that can be open debate. Thus Yahoo Answers has become a fun and useful online network for all, from search engine optimizers to the teenager who needs to get her homework done fast!
Online forums, such as Yahoo offers a great opportunity not only to drive traffic to your website and improve that ever important ranking, but to increase sales. It’s simple, use your knowledge to help other knowledge thirsty individuals and in turn, you will be in contact with your target audience. Then you can direct them to your website or blog where the answer can be found, thus in turn increasing your website viewings.
Yahoo Answers is not only good for helping an SEO campaign, it may help you establish a more personal customer focused campaign. After all, showing that you want to share your knowledge will demonstrate a more one to one customer relationship even though it is over the internet. So to do this, you have to give serious and informative answers which are useful to the person asking the question.
Using Yahoo Answers to your greatest advantage means you will need to create links in your answer back to your website or blog, so that you have a higher bounce back rate, otherwise it is worthless to an SEO campaign. Directing them to exact page or entry where the answer is will help Yahoo answerers find what they need to know whilst helping you to optimize your page. In fact, using Yahoo Answers may make you realize that you’ve missed out vital pieces of information that your custom may need to know, thus it can help to inspire you too.
Yahoo Answers also awards you points for number of posts and best answers you get, enabling you to climb up the Yahoo ladder and gain more recognition on their home page and through search engines. Yahoo Answers is very useful as part of a wider SEO campaign and works very well in conjunction with article publishing, blogging and social media. You don’t even need to spend very long on Yahoo to gain a higher bounce back rate, as it only takes around 5-10 minutes to produce a decent answer.