I have been reading a lot of hubs lately on how to increase your traffic flow and decided to give a few techniques a shot today. Unfortunately it has ended up with me getting suspended from both sites.
The first one I'd heard about was bookmarking your sites on Xomba. I decided to put a few links on there and now I'm banned.
The second one I tried was Yahoo Answers. I have a hub on how to stop your brain from thinking too much if you're having trouble sleeping which has been very successful, so I put the link to it in conjunction with my advise on how to help people fall asleep based on someone else's suggestion that it could increase traffic. A few minutes ago I learned that I've been banned from that too.
I am getting very discouraged. Most of the articles I'd read on these subjects were well read and no one had posted about difficulties they'd encountered. I try to be very careful and don't do this stuff without putting a lot of thought into it first. How can I tell whether the advice I am reading is legitimate or not?
I would imagine that the advice assumes that you will read any site's terms of service first and make sure you stay within them?
I actually did read the terms of service for both sites several times because I could see how the backlinking could be against their terms of service. However, the wording was so ambiguous and so many others had so much success doing it that I thought I could as well. I learned the hard way that I was wrong.
I am very new to all of this so I guess I am not completely familiar with the terms that I need to know regarding blogging for profit.
Almost any site will ban you if you use the site only for self-promotion. So it tends to come down to how much self-promo you can do versus how many "real" posts. SEO forums normally have this info.
That's it, in a nutshell. That's where you went wrong.
Social bookmarking sites (Stumbleupon, Digg, Reddit etc) were created so people could post links to recommended sites. The goal was to create a directory of the very best websites. When people started to post their own stuff instead, that clearly compromised their goal - so most of them reacted by outlawing self-promotion.
In practice, you're unlikely to get caught if you sprinkle your own links amongst a larger number of genuine links.
The same applies to Yahoo! Answers and other similar sites.
To be fair a lot of people have been advising Xomba as a place for backlinks when they stpped allowing backlinking several months ago
I saw the same thing somewhere - the yahoo answers advice.
I've never tried yahoo answers, but I have been banned from Xomba.
Try doing the shetoldme and Best Reviewer thing - both of those work not only for me, but for untold numbers of hubbers. Ryan Kett's excerptz is good, Xobba Tribune, Article Blast - those are all places that would be hard to be banned from, as LOTS of hubbers use those. I use the ones I just mentioned, and I've NOT been banned from them.
Thanks for the advice, Wesman. I guess I need to make sure that the information I'm reading is current before I go off trying to use these sites. I'll try to stick with it and try the ones you're using. I really appreciate your help!
Try Redgage too. They allow it and are ranked high with Google.
Thank you, Barbara. You have provided some great information and I really appreciate your help! You and Wesman are helping to restore my confidence, it means a lot to me.
Unfortunately a lot of things have changed over the last few months so there is a lot of out of date info around. Getting banned from a site isn't the end of the world however! It has happened to me. You just have to move on!
I'm really surprised to hear about Yahoo Answers. I've been posting URLs there for months without any problem. How did you phrase the answer? Did you just say, "go to my site" or did you leave an informative answer? If the latter, then I have no idea why you got banned.
As for Xomba, ehh, they're not really that great. I'm going with Info Barrel. They are PR4, not as good as HubPages or Xomba, but all the links are DoFollow if the article is 400 words or longer. Just don't post any links in the first paragraph, they don't like that (for some reason).
and back on track .... came across this webinar with a seo expert which is quite interesting .. certainly going to be trying at least some of his ideas
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