I decided to test Yahoo! Answers two days ago. What happened was an interesting story.
But first. What is Yahoo! Answers?
It’s a knowledge-sharing community with more than 90 million members. Anyone can ask questions and answer them on any topic.
With more than 90 million members and a lot more readers, I’ve been thinking about how much traffic questions and answers could generate.
Before leaving for work on monday, I looked at a few sites, and I ended up at the discussion forums at digital point. Whatever I do online, I always seem to end up at the discussion forums.
Monday was interesting. I was more focused than usual at the discussion forums, looking for new entries for the logo contest. (by the way, do you like my new logo?)
What happened was that while looking at various discussions I found a person advertising his service for Yahoo! Answers.
For $13 he would post 25 questions to Yahoo! Answers, all the answers would be related to the niche of the buyer. All of the answers would be linking back to the buyers website. All he needed was a link. He would do the research, and he would find questions and post answers.
What this advertisement said, was that I wouldn’t have to do a thing, other than pay the man and send him the link to my blog.
I thought about this for about two minutes, and decided to try it. It was only $13 and I had never tried Yahoo Answers. Again, I was thinking about the traffic it could generate.
I paid the man, and sent him the link to this blog.
He was fast. Within 30 minutes he had published 10 answers. I received the links to all the answers. It looked ok. He then waited about 12 hours and published the final 15 answers. I recived the links to all of the answers this time as well.
His answers were not detailed, and might not provide the readers with a lot of value, but I guess they were more or less ok, and of course, they contained a link to my website. That was the obvious reason for the test.
I was thinking that, this would provide me with link juice for the search engines and possibly direct traffic from people clicking on the links.
Looking at Google Analytics today, I see that I have received 20 unique visitors from Yahoo Answers during the past 48 hours.
To me, it was a test, and an interesting one. It seems that you’ll receive traffic from Yahoo Answers, and you can even outsource the service.
So far, I haven’t received a lot of traffic and I probably won’t, but it’s going to be interesting to see how many visitors I’ll receive from this test during the next weeks and months. My guess is that it’s worth the $13.