Make Money Online—Yahoo Answers Tips and Tricks

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bulbIt’s time to post the answer! Wait until three days have passed, after you asked the question with your first account. I do this because the moderators seem to be more focused on questions that are relatively new. Answer the question you posted with your first account using the second one that you upgraded to level two, and include your link with the answer. Remember, this is the most important part of the deal. One great answer can get you thousands of customers; hundreds of poor answers will probably get you none at all! Many people will complain that this method does not work because they do not see the results. The key to success is posting a very good answer. You need to establish yourself as an authority with regards to the topic you are discussing and, most importantly, you have to earn trust. Some helpful hints:

  • Be personal, courteous and provide valuable information. The first few lines of your answer are important to deceive the moderators since those are the ones they will read while checking out the site for spam.
  • Make sure that your answer is LONG not short and sweet. This will make it less likely for the mods to actually read it and more likely for knowledge hungry users to devour it! 🙂 I typically go for 600 words in four paragraphs.
  • Do not post a link in your first two paragraphs.
  • Post a generic link in your third paragraph, e.g. to Wikipedia. Describe the contents of this link as “technical and boring”. This is to fool the moderators. We do not want the interested user to click on it.
  • Post your link in your fourth paragraph. Be short and sweet here and avoid pitching the product.
    A good description could be, ‘This page has a review of the software I purchased. It is the third one in the list. It did not change my life, but it does what it says. More or less, at least”. The less you sound like an advertisement the more credible your recommendation will become, and the more you will confuse the moderators.
  • About your link, if you are serious about making money on line on Yahoo Answers and want to protect your Yahoo Answers account as best as you can, purchase a .info domain with a generic name, e.g. universityofmashallrock.info. Make the site look like a wiki, no google advertisements, no banners, no nothing except TEXT. Text is more effective in persuading people to buy anyway and you will be more protected from the moderators. Do not link to your sales page directly. Instead, link to it from within your landing page.

bulbAbsolutely do not link from your Yahoo account to one of those bogus sites with videos and lots of colored text and badges or newsletter opt-in forms. They scream SPAM from every byte! You will lose your account very quickly if you link to anything of that sort.

bulbNow choose four random questions on Yahoo and answer them. You can include a link in at most one of them. Try to give good quality answers. Some of the less aggressive moderators will not report you if they see that some of your questions do not contain links. In fact Yahoo explicitly prohibit moderators from suspending people who have ‘clean content’ along with ‘one or two links’, but like I said in my other article, some of the moderators often ignore Yahoo’s directives and just act like crazy cowboys in the Far West. You will not be safe from everyone, but the more responsible moderators will leave you alone.

bulbDo some SEO on your main answer . You can use Unique Article Wizard and Article Marketing Robot directly on Yahoo. You do not need to build any link sources especially when you consider that running into a moderator could ruin your day for good. In other words, do not over do it. If your account gets deleted, you will lose all your hard work. Might as well, if you want to try ranking on Google at all costs, to use your own site rather than one where you could get banned anytime.

Although I answered many questions and tried quite a few methods so far, all the conversions I got came from applying the method I explained above. I am not making thousands of dollars using this technique, but did make a few hundreds without doing too much work.

While the chance of being suspended makes this method risky, I feel that Yahoo Answers is the easiest method of them all to make money on line. Do not be put off if you do not succeed right away. If you make a plan stick to it! Don’t drop it, or even worse put only a minimal amount of effort when you do not see the results coming. The less effort you make, the worse you will do. If you see something is not working, try harder and do not take it easier.

My method is not the only one that can make you money on Yahoo Answers. There are other tricks but they can be classed as ‘gray hat’ methods at best. You guys know what a gray hat is? A marketer that is neither as bad as the unethical black hats, nor as honest as the upright and smart white hats. Most of the other marketing methods one can use to make cash on line on Yahoo Answers involve actually spamming the site. There is software like Answer Assault that can automate the whole process of registering, achieving level two, posting questions and answering them. That was an affiliate link, but please note that I am not recommending this software at all. To be fair, I have not used the software. It may well be the greatest bot ever made that makes $100’s every day. But I doubt it. And here is why:

  1. I do not believe that real spam pays. I would never buy anything from a spammy looking ad. At most it could be good for SEO, by creating a link to a money site from Yahoo Answers.
  2. The moderators on Yahoo will have no mercy for your content, and this time with good reason.
  3. I doubt that the program can bypass the telephone verification with a proxy. Even a human cannot; let alone a bot.

I also highly discourage the use of Yahoo Answers to make money on line with surveys and cost per action type of marketing. This is marketing where you engage others to fill in surveys or download programs. Again, this type of marketing is extremely shady, and does nothing but add digital waste to the Web. No one will become a fan of your business, if you engage in these activities. At least, I certainly would not.

Creating a business on line is all about earning your income by doing things you love. With the method I use, I enrich Yahoo with new and interesting content, provide valuable information to those who ask questions and …get some cash into my pockets too. I bet that half an hour spent using my method and posting one single question on Yahoo Answers will give a lot better results than spending the same amount of time to post 100 spammy answers with a bot.

Stay tuned for my progress with this method to make money online: Yahoo Answers. Check the meditation section for any news.

10 thoughts on “Make Money Online—Yahoo Answers Tips and Tricks

  1. Great tips, Arthur!

    Where did you learn so much about Yahoo Answers? I really like those hints, and I never thought about most of those little details..

    I guess I’ll try again in near future.

    What do you promote there?

    Best wishes,
    Aleks

  2. I’ve used it only for two weeks but, as I said in the article, I intend to have another go soon. The trick to using it successfully is to avoid the WH. LOL You need to enter their mind and try to think like they do. For instance, the first thing most of them look for is “make money” or “where do I buy…”. Those are the niches where most spammers post and that’s also where the WHs are more likely to be found hunting for preys.

    I try to research a lot when I try a new method to make some cash because I don’t really want to break any site’s rules or add trash to the web. What’s odd here is that it’s the mods breaking the rules. Yahoo need to find another way to get free moderation for their forums. Having a computer algorithm assign the title of mod is definitely bad for everyone involved.

    I got hit by them a few times, but most of my answers are still up and getting clicks. I would not use Yahoo for SEO though. Links to info pages and articles that may somehow lead to a sale are OK but, if you use the site for SEO, you risk losing everything very easily and as you rightly said on your website, they can easily track your domain, even if you use multiple accounts.

    Sorry, I prefer not to tell what I sell on Yahoo in public. You never know who may be listening and I don’t want to make it that easy for them to “gulp” me. LOL

  3. Hi, Arthur!

    Thanks for reply! I suppose that means avoiding internet marketing niche altogether? (including network marketing, mlm’s, and anything that’s related).

    How do you know so much about their moderation system? “Having a computer algorithm assign the title of mod is definitely bad for everyone involved.” Where did you read that?

    Well, if mods themselves are constantly breaking rules… that’s just sucks for everyone.

    Okay, got it. You promote products that are completely unrelated to money/marketing. In niches like health, hobbies, animals, etc. So how does that work work you? Is it worth the time invested?

    Best wishes,
    Aleks

    p.s. – love the nickname! (no, seriously).

    • LOL Thanks! I am glad that you like the nickname. I love making fun of myself. But I guess, that’s pretty obvious if you browse a bit around this site 🙂

      There’s a link in my article to their forum where they talk about the moderation. No one really knows how Yahoo assigns moderators to the site. But if you read the replies to topics like “how do I become a mod” etc. you will see that most people say that they became mods after reporting a number of posts. Most report that they just go and try to flag a post as usual, and they find out that Yahoo gave them the ability to delete the posts on their own. They can’t delete accounts but if they are given the permission to post on the forum (which is pretty easy to get from the senior mods) all they need is to list the spammer (or whoever they want!) there and it’s automatically removed. The process seems to be completely automatic. The case of the girl that I reported in my article seems to prove this. There doesn’t appear to be any actual Yahoo employees involved in the whole deal. Even Yahoo themselves, in a press release, admitted that only about 95% of what goes into that forum is actually spam. Which likely means a lot less!

      It does suck for everyone that the mods break the rules. It’s the point I have tried to make in my first Yahoo Answers article.

      Honestly, I only made $65 on Yahoo Answers. I am not that big of an expert. I used it only for like two weeks and posted like 50 links (although I answered a lot more questions to confuse the mods). 10 links were lost to the mods in my first few days before I learned how it works. The others are still there. And yes, avoiding the money making niche is the best possible idea. “Make money” and “buy” are the two top searches that mods and aspiring mods focus on. You can PM me, if you want more details on specifics on where to post etc. 😉

  4. Hi, Arthur!

    Being able to make fun of yourself is good, but it should have its limits. Self-respect is very important too. How can other people respect you, if you can’t respect yourself?

    Aah.. I see now. That’s bad. So basically anyone who became a mod can lead to deletion of your account, even if it’s a 12-year old girl who didn’t like your Yahoo Answers avatar…

    “There doesn’t appear to be any actual Yahoo employees involved in the whole deal.” Then hoping for “fair” judgment is certainly stupid.

    Well, now I know what to expect, at least 🙂

    $65 in first 2 weeks online is great! If you can scale it up (and you probably can) to $200-300 for each two weeks, than you will have something to invest in your blog/business. And it’s easier to go from there.

    Best wishes,
    Aleks

    • That was exactly the idea when I began using Yahoo Answers: get a few $$$ to invest in this blog. The whole deal with the mods put me off a bit. The idea of investing so much time for work and see it gone in seconds made me think if it’s worth it or not. Judging from my clicks, the quality of the answers I gave seems to be more important than quantity to get conversions so I am going to have another go at YA trying to give more valuable and honest replies than before and limiting myself to do it once every fortnight or so. We’ll see how it goes! I am also thinking that using several Level 2 accounts to give the answers may be a better idea than using one Level 4 or higher account. That way the risk of losing everything becomes a lot lower.

  5. Hi, Arthur!

    So how are those Yahoo Answers going for you so far? Have you done “another go”?

    By the way, I just met this cool guy few days ago – Omri. Here is his website – http://www.glancingweb.com/

    He opened my eyes! There is so much scam on the web! I think you will find it really useful, since you started recently and you’re not familiar with all those big names. And you’ll probably laugh your ass off 🙂

    Best wishes,
    Aleks

  6. Sorry for the delay in answering. Was a bit busy lately.

    I am concentrating on quality rather than quantity. Today I submitted a new question and answer that is highly keyword optimized. I am hoping it does well, if it passes the exam of the mods and the attacks of a nasty competitor.

    WOW! That site takes humor and sarcasm to a whole new level and I LOVE IT! I am not familiar with the guru mentioned in that article. I refrain from making names but I actually came across many gurus. Here is my take on them: http://moneyearningsites.net/how-can-i-make-money-fast-scheme/ and it’s so far one my two best articles actually.

    Now how do I remove that music from my head???

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