Why you should avoid Yahoo Answers SEO and Youtube video hosting.
What do these 2 have in common?.. Well, only one thing – in both services you don’t have any control over your “stuff”. And that’s why you shouldn’t rely on them. Let me explain.
Let’s talk about Yahoo first.
Yahoo Answers SEO essentially is about building strong relevant backlinks and getting relevant visitors to your site.
I’ve decided to give it another shot after I’ve read that Matthew Woodward used it for his own site.
When I first tried Yahoo Answers SEO few years ago, all my answers were flagged pretty damn fast. That’s because I added a sentence or two and blatantly advertised my links. But I just started online and was dumb.
This time I’ve decided to give real value in each of my answers and list the link (or links) that will actually provide more material on the topic. Some answers were really huge, more like small articles and they were ten times better than 95% of the answers (which are useless, mostly). Plus 3 out of 9 answers were chosen as the best ones just in first few days. I felt I did a good job…
…Until someone came and flagged all my 9 answers in less than 5 minutes. All my answers were in completely different topics (cats, music, seo, video marketing, motivation). Obviously, that was a competitor that didn’t want to see my links there. And shortly thereafter my Yahoo Answers account was closed due to violation of their terms of service. Of course!
But what can you do about it?
Just one thing – contact their support, explain why you’ve been truly wronged and why they should return your account and restore answers that didn’t violate their policies. Which I did. I’ve also asked them about the rule I violated.
As I’ve expected “robot-like” response arrived – “You have posted content in violation of our Community Guidelines or Yahoo! Terms of Service. As a result, your account has been suspended from Yahoo! Answers, and you will no longer be able to access this service. ” Which was almost an exact duplicate of first email I received from them. Very helpful indeed! And of course the guy completely ignored my questions.
Obviously, you can submit your answers from different Yahoo accounts (you can have as much as you want..), but the thing is – your answers still will be easily trackable, because you have the same website in the source. So if someone really wants you to be flagged – you will be flagged. And anyone can create a dozen of accounts and delete your answers (by flagging them multiple times).
And linking back to web 2.0 sites, which link to your main site is just not worth it. Too time consuming.
So Yahoo Answers SEO is NOT a good way to build backlinks and gain exposure.
Even if you currently have 50+ answers and you’re doing well – there is no guarantee that your backlinks will live another day. I would recommend avoiding this service or minimizing the time spent on answer creation.
Now let’s talk about Youtube. About Youtube video hosting, in particular.
It’s pretty much the same story. Anyone can flag your videos and you can’t really do anything about it. A week ago or so, ALL my Empower Network videos were flagged. None were deleted, but now they all have a warning that says content might be inappropriate for all viewers. And it’s now 18+ :D Just how stupid is that?
And of course those were competitors/haters once again. A lot of people hate Empower Network, apparently. But it’s their choice :)
What this has to do with Youtube video hosting?
You can upload as much videos as you want, but there is no guarantee that your videos are going to stay. I was lucky and my channel wasn’t closed. David Wood wasn’t so lucky and his channel were closed 2 times. He got it back. Looks like his channel is closed again now…
Now how can you rely your internet marketing business on something as unstable as Youtube?
You can’t. Youtube hates marketers. As well as Yahoo.
However, there are few possible solutions:
1) Host your videos on your hosting (where your main website is) and buy a good video player script/plugin. (Always have your videos on your hard drive or on dvd’s stored offline).
2) Buy a reliable video hosting. There are dozens of good services like vzaar.com, viddler.com and such. (Empower Network offers awesome video hosting as well).
3) Host your videos on a different dedicated server. Bluehost.com has good ones.
Does that mean you shouldn’t use Youtube? Absolutely not! In fact, you should always upload all your videos there for additional traffic, backlinks and exposure. Just don’t make it your primary video hosting. Rely on something you can trust.
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