HubPages vs. Yahoo Answers. What's the difference?

Comparing the Two

Let's compare Hub Pages with Yahoo Answers to decide the difference between the two and determine if they offer pretty much the same type of service. We'll start with Yahoo Answers.

Yahoo Answers (YA) offers a profile page in which you can tell anything you like about yourself and even post links to your websites, blogs, business affiliates, even Hub Pages.

With YA, You can go into many different catagories and post questions on any topic you choose. You also answer questions in a direct and to the point way just as you would answer in a normal conversation or chat room. You are allowed to post a non-commercial link if it is in direct relation to the question. For example, if someone asks how to start a small business, you can leave a link to the Better Business Bureau but you can not leave a link to your affiliate site or any other commercial site you may profit from. If you do this, your post will be marked as spam and you will receive a YA violations of TOS email and eventually have your account deleted.

Their site is similar to a forum with hundreds of different topics, ranging from business, financial, health, family, relationships, education, the list goes on and on. It is a very informal setting in which there is no specific format for answering questions other than they ask you to provide quality answers. However, many post things like IDK (I don't know) and leave it at that just to get points for posting.

They also allow posters and users to vote for the best answer to each question. If your answer is voted as best answer, you get an additional 10 points. The main problem with this point system is that if there is only one answer and it happens to be IDK, after a certain length of time, it will automatically become best answer. Therefore, this means there is no monitoring at all over the point system, rendering it pretty much useless for those who truly do post quality answers to try to help others.

They have no forum like the one here at HP where the members can get to know each other and just "hang out" like we do in the Hubber's Hang Out thread. You are allowed to email some if they allow the option but the characters are limited in the emails and so are the number of emails you can send per day. This is decided by the level you reach by answering a certain number of questions.

Hub Pages Formality

Hub pages, on the other hand, has specific guidelines, even when answering a request. If you just post a one-liner as an answer, your hub is considered sub-standard and therefore the score suffers.

They also have guidelines as to the content that you are allowed to post and the amount of profanity that is allowed, whereas, YA is pretty much free form when it comes to what is allowed.

HP also allows you to post up to two links in your hubs to your business, blog or other affiliate sites as long as you don't do it in every hub you write in excess. You can also earn money from HP if you so choose to. Any profits that YA gets from their ads goes to Yahoo themselves, even though it is the users that earn these profits for them.

HP also allows you to create a profile page with any links you may like in it as long as it is not a gambling or adult site. They don't, however allow you to post affiliate links in the forums or in the comments section of other users' hubs. If this is done, the users may choose to mark it as spam and HP will review it and if needed, delete the spammer's account.

They also recognize the most frequent requesters as well as those who answer the most requests in their weekly newsletters. They also have fan clubs where you can join other members' fan clubs and have them join yours. What I love most about this feature is that just because someone joins your fan club doesn't automatically add you to theirs as it would in MySpace and other social networking sites. I like having the freedom to choose whose fan club I would like to join rather than being added just because they joined mine. You can reciprocate if you like but if you suspect that the member is just here to spam, you have a chance to read their hubs first before deciding.

Along with the Forum here at HP, we are allowed to contact any member if they have the option enabled and our emails are not limited to the number of characters we type, nor the number we are allowed to send each day.

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Eileen Hughes profile image

Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Very well done. I joined yahoo and have done some answers etc. But not much more. So maybe I wont bother after all thanks for sharing and explaining all that.


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

Eileen,

Thanks so much for dropping by! I still use YA now and then. Although I like HP for writing, there are many people on YA that need help in a few things that I have experience in. I don't worry about the scoring and such. I just post answers I think may help someone. I get a lot of traffic to my hubs through YA as well. My business and motivational hub directory has done well on my profile page to help people who want to learn how to look for home business opportunities. I am sure you would have a lot to offer the posters there!

Bonnie


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

Great comparison and interesting tips. Thanks for sharing.


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

You're very welcome, Sweetiepie and thank you for stopping by and posting!

Bonnie


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Annette Rozen 8 years ago

i also answer yahoo q's every now and again but i was never quite sure of the formal rules regarding the site. Thanks for the verification and the great hub!


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

Annette,

Thanks for dropping by and I hope it was useful!

Bonnie


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02SmithA 8 years ago from Ohio

I like the fact that hubpages seems to be a great community, with the forum and great information on it. Thanks for the info!


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stevemark122000 8 years ago from Southern California

In the past I spent a fair amount of time at yahoo answers. These days I am content spending most of my time writing at HubPages. Thanks for the comparison.


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

02, Thanks for visiting and posting. I really love the people here, too. I have met many new friends since I came here!

steve, I used to spend a couple hours each day in YA but since I joined HP, I spend most of my time here. The answers I post there are directed here through the link I left on my YA profile. For some reason, when you posted your comment, I also got another blank box from you so if you see I have deleted one of your comments, that is why! I really appreciate your readership!

Evan, I appreciate your comment but had to deny it because of the unrelated link you posted at the end, which is one of the things I mentioned in this article. I tried to edit it out rather than denying but it won't let me edit. Feel free to repost without the link and I will be glad to accept.

Bonnie


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Lissie 8 years ago from New Zealand

Thanks - hope this stops the confusion for some newbies! I use YA to drive traffic to my hubs quite successfully. Sometimes though the hubpages url gets blocked becasue of over-zealous hubbers!


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

Hi, Lissie! Thanks so much for dropping by! I do agree that some are a bit over-zealous. That's why it is a good thing just to post the link in your profile and when you post an answer, tell them the link is there. That way, you can't be accused of spamming lol. Most of the answers I post are in the business section and directly related to the link I have there so I haven't had a problem so far. About half of my Yahoo traffic comes from YA. Many still email me from old posts about the article I mentioned because it is still high in search engines. For those, I email the HP link back to them and that works well, too.

Bonnie


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New Day 8 years ago from Western United States

Thank you for providing so much good information! I have not tried YA yet, but am thinking about it. Its nice to see the layout in differences between YA and HP. New Day.


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

New Day,

Thanks for the visit and you really should try YA. While it doesn't compare with HP as to real articles and communication, it does allow you to help others who may be dealing with something you have knowlege or experience in. You can always use the profile page to direct them to your hubs here at HP.

Bonnie


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Pete Michner 8 years ago from Virginia

Great hub, and good usage of the apple and orange image to make your point! I was recently reading and participating in a forum thread about YA and the need to be careful linking too much from there. Thanks again!


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

Hi, Pete!

Thanks for dropping by and I am glad you like it!

Bonnie


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grumpyjacksa 8 years ago from south africa

I guess the biggest diffeence is that if you ask a question at HP , you don't get a few lines , you get an ANSWER . fully explained . and somehow HP just seems much more personal.......


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

I agree, Jack. The only problem with that is that many questions go unanswered because people just don't want to write 500 words on answering a simple question. Sometimes one or two line is just sufficient to answer some questions. That is where YA comes in handy! Thanks so much for reading and posting!

Bonnie


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JJC13 8 years ago from Liverpool

YA is a great venue to find a short and direct answer for whatever question we may have while here in hubpages we can get a detailed explaination.


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

Hi, JJ!

Thanks so much for dropping by and you are exactly right!

Bonnie


mikeking 8 years ago

Interesting and useful post, I never thought of comparing these two.


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

Thanks for dropping by, Mike! This hub was an answer to a request and as it turned out, the asker wasn't alone in wanting to know.

Bonnie


SirDent 8 years ago

Great hub. I never thought about trying YA myself. I love the details in your writing. Thank you for sharing.


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

Thanks for reading, SirDent! YA is a pretty good source for short answers and also for writing ideas. Hope you try it!

Bonnie


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gamergirl 8 years ago from Antioch, TN

Bonnie, this is chock full of good info. Kudos!


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

Thanks so much Charlotte! Always love your visits!

Bonnie


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Highvoltagewriter 7 years ago from Savannah GA.

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Thanks so much Charlotte! Always love your visits!

Bonnie

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Xinox Leugim 5 years ago from Philippines

I have heard from a friend about YA who's fond of answering those questions and many times her answers would be evaluated as best ones. That's amazing and I thought it really motivational when your answers are listed and rated to be among the best. Nonetheless, I have thought of trying to answer those yahoo questions but until this time I haven't. Now having joined here in hub pages with my first hub yet to be written, I am now more interested on how my hub be read by those visiting in yahoo answers to attract readers and raise traffic. How does that work,is my question. Does it have to be that I answer in yahoo answers and link my answer to my hub here in hubpages? Am quite anxious in having links which might put my account on hold or be disqualified. Another thing is, is it just alright if I write another hub and linked it to my other hubs for instance or by another hubber? What particularly will prejudice my hub as to linking to other affiliates, who are these affiliates? Oh, pardon me, if i got those questiong. Having new on this, there's still a lot I want to be clarified with. But with all those fuss, I need to write my first hub though..hehehe.. Hope you'll be patient with me. Thanks so much..

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