14 Responses to Why you should avoid Yahoo Answers SEO and Youtube video hosting.

  1. Emmanuel July 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    Hi Aleks,
    This is a sad narration. How can just one competitor flag an answer or a video and the respective sites involve make a blunt decision in suspending your account.
    That’s horrible and thanks for the advice.

    • Aleks July 24, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

      Hi, Emmanuel!

      Well, I agree, it’s not pleasant, but it is what it is. However, it’s better to be aware, than sorry later.

      Thank you for comment!

      Best wishes,
      Aleks

  2. Arthur Burlo July 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    How did I end up in the “related topics” for this article? Anyhow, what happened to you was not the attack of a competitor. If you read my article “Make Money Online – Yahoo Answers Tips and Tricks” which is linked to above, you will learn exactly how it happens. And I agree with you, Yahoo Answers isn’t worth investing a second into for SEO purposes . It’s a nofollow link, too much time needed to get to level 2 and there is the issue of the “Witch Hunters” as I call them. Anyhow, you’re not the only one who fell victim of the Hunters. Trust me

    • Aleks July 25, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

      Hi, Arthur!

      Thanks for the comment, I appreciate it!

      I would say no-follow links still matter a lot and they do give you rankings boost. This is easily observable with Wikipedia.org. All their links are no-follow, but they are damn powerful, if you manage to get one. I think it’s pretty much the same with Yahoo.

      I agree, I’m certainly not the first guy to suffer from that. I think most marketers are getting hit.

      Best wishes,
      Aleks

      p.s. – added a link back to your post.

  3. Editor In Chief July 30, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    Agree wholeheartedly with all of this. In my field, censorship is rampant. For me third party ANYTHING is no good. Won’t apologize for the “Twitter pun”, but we think that self-hosting connected to a main backbone would probably be the “cat’s meow” for anyone who can afford it

    • Aleks July 30, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

      Hi, Editor!

      Thank you for your comment, I appreciate it.

      Yes, the news field certainly isn’t the easiest one out there.

      Best wishes,
      Aleks

  4. Arthur Burlo August 8, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    I think it’s also a matter where the nofollow links come from though. Obviously Google’s internal algorithms have more to them than what we know and they take into account other factors other than the PR, number of links on the page and backlinks. I doubt that links that are so easy to get such as Yahoo will have any weight. Now if you manage to become a “knowledge partner” that’s another thing but there’s those site mods that are messing up with the knowledge partners too lately.

    I actually had this problem even a long time ago, when I was using Yahoo Auctions and the users that were modding the site literally destroyed. In fact, in the US, Yahoo Auctions no longer exists.

    • Aleks August 9, 2013 at 9:14 am #

      Hi, Arthur!

      Yeah, it’s almost impossible to unravel the mystery behind Google’s algorithm.

      Well, these links definitely lost some power. Few years ago Yahoo Group backlinks (you can create your group anytime) were quite powerful. I don’t really see much impact now.

      I actually never heard about Yahoo auctions.. Wow.

      Thanks for your comment!

      Best wishes,
      Aleks

  5. Nikolas August 14, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    There was 1-2 times that i had the same problem with yahoo answers, to my experience competitors flagging your questions and gets them deleted are those ones that dont actually know how to market (or to convince people to buy a service or product) and this frustration of theirs leading them to flag your questions cause of incompetence.

    I personally have swore that if any of my revenue generating answers gets flagged and deleted,i will personally flag and delete every single question on my niche, this starts to be very annoying when noobs do it. Play fair or dont play at all.

    • Aleks August 14, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

      Hi, Nikolas!

      Welcome to the site! And thanks for your comment :)
      Yes, I understand you. It’s frustrating to see your work gone in minutes, especially when you have done a great job and really helped people with your answers.

      Well, flagging everyone doesn’t make you righteous either. In most cases innocent people like you will suffer.

      Best wishes,
      Aleks

      • Nikolas August 15, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

        Well at least in my case, i have noticed 2-3 guys market in my niche, and copying exactly my questions (imagine that) and 2 of them they use the same Affiliate ID always , so is not hard at all to identify them, and that the flagging came by intention and not because of TOS violation….personally i never deleted anyone competition answer clearly cause of morals even if i could do it very easily since the question and answer had no real value to the user and was complete junk to wannabe buyer-surfer. Some are so big noobs in marketing that they use direct affiliate train like long urls (doesn’t cross their mind that in case the sponsor just don’t convert sales, they wont have the chance to switch to an other with a simple redirect, keeping the same y.a url).I guess they cant afford a domain name, which shows exactly their level on marketing. Thats why i said what i said above, jealousy and envy are 2 qualities that i hate :)

        • Aleks August 16, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

          Hi, Nikolas!

          I didn’t have that much experience (unfortunately), so I can’t say much.. But yes, I’ve seen blatant, lame promotion and just link stuffing. It’s a waste of time. Well, if these guys would flag my questions I would be mad too.

          Are you a gamer? :D

          Best wishes,
          Aleks

  6. Mikee September 13, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    This is a real eye opener.
    I had recently added yahoo answer as a good SEO strategy to me my backlinking blueprint.
    Now I have to be cautious.

    Thanks for the exposure.

    • Aleks September 14, 2013 at 9:32 am #

      Hi, Mikee!

      Thanks for dropping by.

      Yes, be careful with Yahoo Answers. Not a great SEO strategy, I would say.

      Best wishes,
      Aleks

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