On April 6th, 2021 a question was posted: “Who do you blame for Yahoo Answers getting shut down?” reads one of the final question ever submitted to the venerable advice service.
Who are the type of people to use Yahoo Answers?
Blog commenting, forum posts and answering Yahoo! questions or posting on Quora seem to prevail 15 years after Google slyly let us know that these spammy efforts no longer work to improve SERPs ranking.
Personally, I have got no conception about people in their 20’s reading an article on the internet telling them to go forth and spam, just make sure to leave a comment. “Great Blog! I enjoyed reading it! For luxury watches you should check out xxx domain!” Sigh
Maybe it’s the menopause but this niggles me no end. Here I am, a hard working sole trader with white and grey hat SEO morals, seemingly in competition with so-called Search Marketers who offer a menu list of tasks for you to buy.
Here’s an example for £50:
• 5 Document Sharing and Submissions
• 25 High Authority Links
• 5 High Metrics
• 5 Audio Sharing
• 10 Business Directory Listings
• 20 Low OBL Blog Comments
• 5 Article Submission
• 10 Gov and Edu Profile Backlinks
• 50 Blog Comments Tier 2
• 50 Bookmark Tier 2
• 5 Design Galleries
• 5 Artist Portfolio
• 10 Web 2.0 Blog
I feel this is why spam emails exist, there’s a certain percentage of the population online who are vulnerable and don’t have a swollen bank balance. People in this category are more inclined to fall for internet romance scams, fake lottery wins, and getting cheap SEO with a long list of “Things That I Don’t Understand”
Here’s an example of a recent client enquiry:
“Hi Nina, I am looking for Google analytics, PPC, and Google Adwords guidance and implementation for my business based in central London.
Start date would be as soon as possible. Also please let me know how much it would cost, your availability, and how quickly it can be done.
I don’t understand all the technical terms, but I do understand what I am trying to explain. Would you be able to create a package just for us that will improve our SEO efficiently and organically.”
The client continues with
Here’s my translation
Did you really rely on Yahoo! Answers for backlinks? Blog commenting? YouTube commenting, spammy questions on my SEO blog posts?
The meno in me rages internally when a new client comes on board and they have a spreadsheet with 1,000 so-called backlinks. Google automatically ignored adult links, NSEO (Negative SEO), Directory backlinks, blogs built specifically for providing backlinks (See: PBN’s and Link Farming) these are dark grey and blackhat SEO methods.
What could possibly go wrong with spammy and Black Hat SEO?
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