09 Feb 11 12:16 pm
Answer sites and referral traffic
I haven't contributed to Affilorama much so I thought I'd write a quick brief on using answer sites (like Yahoo Answers) to get highly targeted (well converting IMO) referral traffic. Sorry if this has already been covered a lot, but I'd also really like to get some discussion on how successful people have been with answer sites.My experience with answer sites
When I began affiliate marketing, I got onto a few answer sites when I was link building. At the time I didn't really understand 'nofollow' but I posted on the sites anyway. I made sure that I answered the question as well as I could, and that my answer involved a Clickbank product I was promoting. This helped me get my first commissions, with every 250 visits or so (just from a few answer sites) converting to sales. And this wasn't even Yahoo Answers or AOL answers.
Posting on answer sites is great, most of them have a good PR rank and I've found that my answers are indexed much faster than any of my websites/blogs. Not only that but anyone that clicks the link you post is often quite desperate to find a solution and this is why they convert pretty well. Two types of answer sites
I have found that there are two types of answer sites:Type 1: Low to medium popularity.
-Low to medium popularity sites that don't require logins and aren't too harsh on what they think is spam. Some require logins but it's just to give you a profile picture and username.
Example of a no login required answer database: http://www.aoe3paradise.com
Example of a login required answer database: http://www.blurtit.com
Mostly the people using these sorts of sites are not native English speaking, and I find that a lot of questions are very er... simple? These sites are good, they drive a high amount of traffic and it's unlikely you will be banned for spam. (Just as long as you answer the question and be subtle about posting your link!). Most users of the site have bad language skills and simple one or two sentence answers are pretty fine.Type 2: High popularity
-High popularity sites have massive user bases, with millions of hits a day and thousands of questions being asked and answered every day. The competition for these sites is high, and you'll be competing against others for 'best answers'. These are used by more western groups and the English used is pretty good. These are a lot more fun because you can really get involved with the social community, and even make friends.
The two sites in this category that come to mind are AOL answers (http://www.aolanswers.com
), and Yahoo! Answers. I'll go further into YA here because AOL answers is pretty much the same, just downgraded a bit.
Yahoo! Answers (http://www.answers.yahoo.com)
Yahoo! Answers is tough on spam, you need an account to log in and it uses a level system for posting. You can't post links until you upgrade to 'level 2'. You need to gain 150 points to get to level 2, you do this by answering questions and voting on 'best answers'. It takes about 2 solid nights of contributing to get to level 2.
If you use YA remember to make a good profile picture (even just the cartoon 'avatar' is good) because this will make you look less like a spammer and more friendly. I have to recommend 100%
that you contribute good quality information to any question you answer, and answer it well. If your answer becomes a 'best answer' it will be ranked at the top and is very noticeable. You'll get good traffic from 'best answers'. Just make sure not to spam your link, make sure it is well placed, subtle, and relevant to answering the question. If you do get caught spamming, your account will be banned without any warning and from what I hear you can't appeal to YA to get it back. Which really sucks if you've spent a lot of hours getting it to level 2 and gaining respect/authority.
But YA is really fun, sometimes I find myself on YA answering questions unrelated to my websites.Referral traffic
So that's about it, have a go at giving answer sites a try if you haven't yet. Yes - you have to put in more effort and time, yes you need to be able to confidently give answers to questions on particular subjects, but the benefits are:
-You become an 'authority' on the subject.
-Any traffic that clicks your link will probably be looking for answers.
-Answer sites have good PR and index quickly.
-Traffic can be instant, even less than a minute if it's a fresh question.
-You get a good feeling from helping someone out. Especially if your answer is selected as 'very helpful' or 'best answer'.
But don't forget that most answer sites (like YA and AOL Answers) will have 'nofollow' in their scripting, so any links you post won't contribute to your SEO. Hence why this is purely 'referral' traffic.
I hope this guide is helpful, if your site is lagging along a bit and you want some quick traffic try giving these answer sites a try, or Googling some others. Add it to your traffic generating tool-belt, don't just use it alone!
Does anyone else use answer sites? Do you use any that I haven't mentioned here that you'd recommend?