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Yahoo Answers Hits 10 Million Mark; Answers Creeping Into Regular Search Results

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Yahoo patted themselves on the back for reaching the 10 million answers posted mark on Yahoo Answers. Part of that announcement was the fact that Yahoo Answers are appearing both organically and through vertical means into the search results.

As SEO Book also points out a search on best dog for apartment will show few results from Yahoo Answers in the organic listings. Also a search on harley davidson will show a Yahoo Shortcut at the bottom of the results page to Yahoo Answers.

The vertical results are nice, but will webmasters begin to complain that Yahoo has a bias towards their own content in the organic results?

Postscript From Danny: 10 million is an impressive number, especially compared to the only 1.2 million (1,183,320) bookmarked pages in the slightly older My Web service that Yahoo also runs. That social search service feels like it is faltering, so perhaps question answering will be how Yahoo gets people involved.

Meanwhile, how's Google Answers doing? I've never seen a total number of questions reported. Poking at it, a search for the and a both give 129,373 matches while -djjdjjdjkkdd (a word not in Google Answers, so looking for answers without that word should give a total count) gives 142,005 matches. So if you trust the counts, Google Answers has dealt with only a fraction of what Yahoo has already covered -- and more than half of those unanswered. That's if you trust the counts. I don't.

Plus, counts don't necessarily mean answers. For example, look at this "question" on Yahoo Answers: "What Is Your Favorite Punk Rock Band." It's more a discussion that getting a particular question answered. Still, there are definitely lots of questions being answered elsewhere on the service, and kudos to it for hitting this milestone.


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