I think I may have found a solution to the Yahoo Answers problem.
They may have blocked Hub links in your answer, but they still allow them on your profile.
I noticed someone else referring the questioner to her profile for more information. Sure enough, I can post links in the 'About Me" section.
I couldn't work out how to post nice neat links rather than the whole clumsy URL, but that's better than nothing!
I can see things could get a bit unwieldy if you wanted to post links to a lot of Hubs, but perhaps if you focussed on answering questions about specific topics, you could just post the most relevant ones.
Just an update - I made a new tracker to use on my Yahoo Answers profile. So far, no results. Looks like Yahoo Answers people can't be bothered going and checking on the profile!
However, I have discovered that it's possible to post a link to my blog as part of my signature. No idea whether it will eventually get picked up as spam, but so far no problems and I've answered quite a lot of questions.
I think that if what you're saying actually is useful, it won't be considered spam.
Apae, Yahoo uses bots to detect spam, I can't imagine they're sophisticated enough to work out whether my answer is useful! However, I have noticed that the length of answer makes a difference. I got the old '999' response when I tried to post a short answer with a link in it. So long as I write a couple of paragraphs, it goes through without a whimper. Just a pity it won't accept a HubPages link.
by Bill Manning 9 years ago
OK I know a lot about links, but somehow I can't make a damn link to turn into a live hyperlink in Yahoo answers! I've done it both ways; just typing in the plain URL, and also using the full a href= code.None of them work. Do you have to post enough before they let your links be live or something?
by Whitney 15 years ago
Ok, so I haven't gotten that aweful 999 error in MONTHS! and now, it seems there are so many perfect questions to post my links too, and I'm getting the 999 error! Anyone else having this problem? I was getting ok traffic from them, enough for my to be frustrated by this. Plus, like I said, today...
by Whitney 15 years ago
I have a suggestion. Lately, I've been participating in Yahoo Answers. I try to answer any question I have a thought about, especially those that I have experience with. I have answered several questions that coincidently have hubs about similar topics, and in my answer, I provide the tracking link...
by PurpleOne 13 years ago
Hi, I have been writing here for about a month and am looking for ways to increase traffic. I read somewhere that answering on Yahoo Answers and posting a link to a relevant hub can be a good way to increase traffic. Does this actually work that well? I'd be really interested in hearing people's...
by LarasMama 12 years ago
Just wondering if anyone here uses Y!Answers as a traffic source - it's a nofollow link but if you've ever googled a question you'll see there's nearly always a Y~Answer near the top of the first page. Meaning that when people view that page chances are they'll click that link. Good idea or not...
by Et al... 13 years ago
Is it ethically ok to go look for undecided questions in the Yahoo Answers forum that relate to my hubs, then answer the question and give them a link to my hub? Does anyone else do this?
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