Marketing Assassins Attack Yahoo with Answer Sniper

How do you establish yourself as an authority in your niche industry? How do you drive targeted traffic to your website or blog? There are many techniques that you can try, but one that you may not have considered is taking advantage of Yahoo Answers. By being the first to answer questions posed by Yahoo users, you can actually garner a fair bit of attention.

That said, it can be a bit of a chore trying to keep up with all the questions being asked. Duncan Carver of Online Marketing Today has developed a tool — Answer Sniper — specifically for this purpose and he’s ordered this review to promote it.

The One Page Sales Letter

I guess these things really work. Otherwise, Internet marketers wouldn’t make such extensive use of them. Duncan Carver is no exception with his promotion of Answer Sniper. When you hit up the main page, you get slammed with a 5000-word sales letter. That’s a lot of reading. Unlike some other sales letters, you don’t get sections with gigantic font, but there is a fair amount of bold and highlighted text.

The layout of the sales letter does not compel me to buy. It’s actually very boring and doesn’t do Answer Sniper any sort of justice. Yeah, there are testimonials and such, but actual screenshots and maybe a video would be more useful. Instead, those are buried in the manual and video sections. If you don’t capture the interest of a visitor with the first page, they won’t navigate any deeper.

Installation and Setup

As I said, the sales letter does not do Answer Sniper any justice. It’s actually quite a nice piece of software and it could prove to be pretty useful, even if it comes off as being remarkably simple. In a nutshell, you can search the Yahoo Answers database for questions that contain your target keywords. By setting this up, you can be notified (in almost real time) when a new question fitting your criteria is posted.


The first thing that you’ll need to do after downloading and installing Answer Sniper is to create your profile. From here, you can set up your answer signature, which appears below every answer you give, and enter the details for your Yahoo! account. Note that you need to go to the real Yahoo Answers site first to activate your question-answering ability.


From the configuration section, you are able to set how often Answer Sniper should perform an updated search through the Yahoo Answers database. It is also here that you can turn on desktop notifications (Answer Sniper can run in your system tray) and SMS notifications. It’s all very straightforward and intuitive.

Searching for Questions, Providing Answers

The Answer Sniper program itself doesn’t have the appearance of a full application. In my opinion, it looks more like the “options” or “settings” menu for a larger program. Even so, all the functionality is there and Answer Sniper is remarkably easy to use.


After creating a profile and going through the configuration settings, you will need to set up a search parameter. You can see all the fields in the screenshot above. After a search is initiated, you will be provided with the search results and then you can choose to subscribe to this search. This is where the aforementioned notifications come into play.


Double-click on a question to open it. From here, you can also see the answers that have already been provided by the Yahoo community. The key is to be the first one to provide the best answer to the question. By clicking on the Post Answer button, you bring up this window:


You don’t need to go to the actual Yahoo Answers site to provide your answer; it can all be performed within the confines of Answer Sniper. Interestingly, if you don’t know the answer, you can do some research through the tools near the bottom: AnswerBag, WikiAnswers, AllExperts, and Answering questions takes time, to be sure, but you save time with Answer Sniper because you don’t have to keep checking the Yahoo Answers site for new questions.

Answer Sniper Lite and Professional

I’m not sure if I would want to invest the amount of time required to answer a never-ending stream of questions from Yahoo Answers, but for people who are looking to establish themselves as a resident expert in a particular niche, Answer Sniper could prove to be a pretty useful tool. The interface is intuitive and works very well.

The major suggestion that I have for Duncan Carver is to create a more professional-looking site to sell Answer Sniper. Even on the bland one-page sales letter, the links to order the product aren’t that obvious. Most sales letters contain multiple calls to action throughout the text; Duncan doesn’t do this.

Answer Sniper Lite Version sells for $97 and it limits you to a single profile. The Professional Version is $50 more and it allows for unlimited profiles.


45 thoughts on “Marketing Assassins Attack Yahoo with Answer Sniper”

  1. JoNathan says:

    Excellent write up! I need to start focusing on Yahoo anwsers.

    1. and you will get only five visitor a month, remember one thing its a paid review Mr. JoNathan

      1. DeboHobo says:

        I exploit Yahoo Answers all the time but if you drop your URL repetedly they will suspend your account then you have to re-open it with another email address.

        So you have to weigh your options-Do you want to become a ‘Expert’ status or Just load the system with you URL or Both.

        Rock on with the Yahoo Answers!!! This tool should be of great help.

      2. I always wondered about the kind of traffic that Yahoo Answers brought. THanks for that input.

        1. Sounds like you need to tred carefully to take full advantage of this. It seems like there are a lot of programs that game these systems out there. And I am all for it!

          1. I don’t know if I’d call this type of program, gaming the system. It’s just assisting you in better taking advantage of something that’s already in place.

  2. Sagar says:

    Great post I will look out at using it ….

    Can you just make a post of how the Reverse Funnel System works because every month theres advertising on your blog about it

  3. Nice review Michael. I’ve read a lot about making money with yahoo answers over at Ruck provides some great information and even has a free e-book about making money w/ yahoo answers. Overall, I think Yahoo Answers is a great tool for promotion and targeting a certain niche. I haven’t used answer sniper, but I’ve done some experimentation w/ yahoo answers. There’s some great stuff that can be learned from yahoo answers and yahoo forums. I may pick up a copy of answer sniper after reading this review πŸ˜‰ This wasn’t the only place that I’ve seen it recommended.

    BTW>>I think you got the prices mixed up: “Answer Sniper Lite Version sells for $97 and it limits you to a single profile. The Professional Version is $50 more and it allows for unlimited profiles.”

    1. β€œAnswer Sniper Lite Version sells for $97 and it limits you to a single profile. The Professional Version is $50 more and it allows for unlimited profiles.”

      Looks right to me πŸ˜‰

      1. Whoops, my bad πŸ˜‰

  4. johnny says:

    Your rss feed commercials are disgusting. I have just removed you from my feed reader.

    1. These are paid reviews of a general array of mostly useful products that relate to making money online…. not commercials.

      Anyhow, this product seems faily useful, but I am not liking the idea that yahoo would delete my account after me dropping my url too many times. Also, I think a better price margin would be $49- $69 . Other than that, it looks great!

      1. natespost says:

        How many url drops before they delete you?

    2. All this time you came to this site for learning something ❓ ❓

  5. Great article Michael Thanks!

  6. BTW Great Informative post no doubt.

  7. Dustin says:

    Seems pretty useful, I might have to give it a shot and see how much traffic it could generate to my site.

  8. Jcyreus says:

    So, to sum it up, Duncan needs to add some pizzazz to the site that he sells the Answer Sniper s/w from and do whatever he can to either eliminate or re-write his 5000 word sales thesis. Considering today’s 20 second attention span might be a good start for revising both. Other than that…Answer Sniper is a good app. for people who actually have something useful to say.

    Sound about right?

    1. Yeah, that sales thesis is definitely a beast πŸ˜‰ I agree, Answer sniper is a great tool for those who have something useful to say. If you are going to use it to respond with some short, unworthy response just for an extra link, you’ll get banned in a hurry πŸ˜‰

  9. Mike says:

    Or you could do a search for your keyword, grab the rss feed and look at it every once in a while in your favorite feed reader.

    Oh, and it’s free.

    1. Very true Mike, I’ve used this method before. It works out fine, but Answer Sniper allows you to create and easily manage many different profiles and guides you to the newest unanswered questions for you to respond to… So it is definitely something worth buying if you’d like to do some marketing, make some money, and help others quickly by using Yahoo Answers.

  10. Syed Balkhi says:

    excellent review Micheal

  11. todd says:

    fantastic, yahoo answers spam coming to an answer near you…

  12. Robert says:

    Carver is going to make a lot of money with this. This is brilliant. If I had the time (which I don’t because I still work a full-time job), I would take advantage of this. Whenever you’re the first at anything–commenting on a blog, answering these Yahoo questions, etc.–people attribute this “expert” or “first-in-line” status to you. It works.

  13. Ty Brown says:

    I use yahoo answers all the time. Not sure I need a program to help me do it though

  14. 3magin8 says:

    yahoo answers does bring a good amount of traffic and it’s very resourceful πŸ˜‰

    1. Joseph says:

      I have to agree to that.

  15. David Grace says:

    I have used Yahoo Answers numerous times. It does work when you are trying draw attention to a particular site. People will click on your web link if your answers are legit.

    The key is to answer the person’s question. Answer Sniper looks like it could be a lot of fun if you like to write or a lot of work if you do not.

    Either way this is a great idea. Thanks John.

    David Grace

  16. Does anyone actually buy products from those one page ‘infomercials’?


    I’d never buy something from that.

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      That’s the thing. I wouldn’t buy anything from them either, but they have to work. If they didn’t, marketers wouldn’t use them. I think that there’s a post on Problogger or Shoemoney about this very topic. Maybe it’s Yaro’s blog, I forget.

    2. I don’t know why anyone would, but people actually do. Those 1 page infomercials make me think spam for sure. Turns out that some actually can be good programs. But I know what you mean; they are a huge turn-off.

  17. Hannah says:

    This is a great idea, and yet I think there are a couple of problems: the “sales page” tends to work better with less technology apt people, those whose online ability includes hotmail and facebook. The target here though is webmasters, so there definitely needs to be a different pitch taken, a more “web 2.0” style would probably be the best.

    I personally won’t be paying money for such a service, as I don’t have the funds available and right now would rather just spend time browsing Yahoo answers, but I can understand how some of the more established bloggers might use it.

  18. That’s a nifty tool. I’ve never tried using Yahoo! Answers for traffic, it seems a bit of work to get a decent amount of traffic.

  19. Actually, I liked the sales letter. Even though it was 5,000 words long, it’s not as long as some of them and I liked it because it’s not screaming at you like so many are.

  20. Sucker says:

    A lot like Comment Sniper which he released last year. Hmm I wonder what we’ll be able to snipe next 😈

    1. Have you used comment sniper?

  21. Terry Tay says:

    I would have to try Answer Sniper before I could give an informed review of the product myself. It does seem like it would require a lot of time to keep up with answering questions on Yahoo. It is an interesting tool and might benefit some out there.

  22. Well this is what I would call a great and detailed review (rather then a commercial promotion). The function I might like of this tool is that it alerts when a new question is being opened as for the rest I’d prefer to rely from the WWW to write the answers…

  23. MR. NICE GUY says:

    I have not tried Yahoo Answers but it’s kinda interesting. Im gonna try it one of these days.

  24. natespost says:

    Seems like you could just do it yoursefl by searching on yahoo answers yourself.

  25. I’ve used Duncan’s Comment Sniper and it’s proven to be a somewhat useful tool, with some better features in it than Comment Kahuna’s blog commentiing tool.

    I’d say give this Answer Sniper tool of his a shot since it can direct the traffic you want to your sites.



  26. Chip says:

    Looks like some gray area of SEO. Looks like it’s going to degrade into some serious Yahoo Answer spam sessions. Just my thoughts.

  27. I haven’t done that to yahoo… i might just do it manualy rather than with a program.

  28. Binky says:

    Yahoo! Answers is already all crapped up, mostly with one-word content-free answers, so Comment Sniper may akshully help by providing a lot of messages with 50-word content-free answers. At least there’ll be something to read while we’re slogging through, looking for info.

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