Marketing Your Blog Or Site With Yahoo Answers

If you think outside of the box, there are ways to market your blog and/or website without spending money. This often means that in place of money, you fund your idea by putting in some time working on it. Only you can decide if it’s worth it. If you have time, but not a lot of money, the choice is a no-brainer.

One of the cost-free ways that you can market is by using Yahoo! Answers You know, that service provided by Yahoo! that you probably checked out when it first arrived on the scene and didn’t give it much thought after that? You can bring free traffic to your blog using this service, and we all know that traffic is potential money.

The only requirement for this is that you have a free Yahoo! account. Perhaps you’ve had one for years. If not, it’s time to create one and take advantages of Yahoo’s great services even if you’re not a fan of their e-mail client. They have all the bases covered from domain names to hosting to blog services like MyBlogLog…all for free. You can’t lose.

Once you have your account created, either at the Yahoo! or directly at Yahoo! Answers, you are ready to begin. You can browse questions right from the homepage either by checking the ones listed on the page or by clicking the categories in the left navigation. As a general rule, you will want to look for questions that fit you niche. For example, if the niche of your website is boats and boating, then click “Cars and Transportation” in the categories list. You can then select Boats and/or Boating from the subcategory list.

Answer the questions as thoroughly, but briefly, as possible. Include links and tips where necessary so that your answer is informative for the asker. Don’t forget to include a link to your own site in the source box. This gives your site or blog exposure and builds useful back links in the process. It’s a win, win situation.

If you are having trouble finding questions in your niche, try the user-friendly advanced search features. The search form is simple, and it will even save your search as a default for easy searching later. You may be surprised what you can find using the search as Yahoo! doesn’t have a category for everything, but there are questions for almost anything.

Now, you’re a pro. You have been answering questions left and right. It’s easy, fun, and really doesn’t take up too much time. When you check your profile, you will see that you are being ranked using a points system. The more points you earn, the higher you level at Yahoo! Answers. The Levels range from 1-7, and you’ll have to earn 25,000+ points to get to the top. You earn points by answering questions, rating questions, voting, and logging in.

Rank is not the important part, but it can’t hurt your reputation if you are good at answering questions. If your answer is chosen as the Best Answer, you get awarded 10 bonus points. This can catapult you through the ranks faster. While the focus here is marketing, it’s also important to build a reputation for you and site as a good source for information. There’s a little trick you can use to get more best answers. Once a question has gone through the “Answering” phase, it goes into voting where other Answers users can vote for the Best Answer. The good news is that you can vote on your own answer, and a lot of time, this does the trick.