So, the old Q&A was retired; eliminated; phased out; dumped; deep-sixed; trashed; gone bye-bye, eh? No love lost there for me; so many of the questions there were truly idiotic.
So now, instead, it's been revived, and glued onto our articles????!!!!
Is there a way to opt out of this? I am not a fan. Rather, I find it annoying. I've already gotten 2 questions, and both of them could have been answered or figured out by careful reading of the article in the first place.
The form showing us the question only wants to know if the question's grammar is correct. Pfftt! Really? How about "Is this a sensible or stupid question?"
I'm serious: if there is a way to opt out of this new-old feature, that's what I'd like to be able to do.
They are fab, and a great way to garner more traffic. You can change the question to something you'd prefer to see on your article.
I use the opportunity to expand on the topic or add a little extra info about a related topic. I also add in links to other similar hubs.
You can opt out by clicking 'Pause' at the top of the page on https://hubpages.com/my/hubs/qanda
Edit: right now, I have almost 350 a day extra views. They are counted separately, and ads are shown on the question pages.
We don't recommend changing the original meaning of the article, as the author of the question might return to check on a reply. However, you may ask questions on your own articles if you think there are questions you would like to answer and your readers aren't asking them.
Actually, I don't know how they can garner more traffic. And I think they look dreadful. I don't want them. I'm trying to figure out how to get rid o it. If it does provide more traffic, I'll just do without the traffic. I don't want a question and answer on my hubs. Up to now, they've done fine just asking them on the comments.
I have to wonder if my willingness to answer those questions, and help people out, on my "how to" hubs isn't a part of what is producing lots of backlinks. I would hope that folks that are happy are more likely to recommend, via a backlink, the hub.
I doubt it.
The only way that the Questions and Answers will bring more traffic is if the specific question is optimzed for web traffic. And as the article is already optimized for web traffic (the longtail keywords wll be the same), I don't see how it will increase traffic.
I've just spent about 10 hours in total answering questions to a guy that I thnk is a troll. That's in the comments section. That has now put me off completely answering questions. And it wasn't a how to piece - just something the guy couldn't agree with. One of my answers must have been 1500 words. I just deleted the entire discussion. I'm done.
Also, by putting the Q&A below my article, it encourages people to ask questions -something they wouldn't have thought of without it there. I do NOT want not want to talk to readers. I am a writer - not a social butterfly who likes to have conversatiions with others. I prefer the comments.
Each question goes to a stand alone page, and that page can rank in Google. That page shows ads. Because the page title is different than the article title, there's a good chance of getting unique traffic in the same way the previous Q&A, or Yahoo or Quora etc does.
Very unlikely. People asking you questions are probably not bloggers, and even if they are the probability of them having blogs with any link value is far lower. Maybe you would get a social media share and some more traffic if they are happy.
Tess, click on the link theraggededge provided above and click "pause". That'll stop the question box from appearing in your articles.
There is no pause, there. However, just received another question I just deleted it. I think I might have seen a pause button. Why don't hey simply say delete?
Yes, the pause button is in the area you're led to when you get notification of a new question. I'm assuming (and we all know what that means) that when you hit pause, it eliminates the Q & A box from all articles. Maybe Christy will come in on this and clarify how to disable Q & A entirely.
I think "Pause" is used to temporarily suspend questions for that particular hub. If you have a ton of hubs, that could get difficult to manage.
Actually, I think it shuts them all down in one shot, leastwise when accessed from the stats page.
I feel ashamed I didn't notice this link before. Thanks. I enabled Q&A for my hubs now. I'll test it out to see if it helps. Thanks again!
I didn't know we're allowed to link to our other articles in the questions session. Are you sure this is OK to do? Does it say this in writing anywhere and if so, where?
The questions and answers are moderated, so the mods would remove them if they didn't like them, I would think. They are still there
The mods do re-word some answers though. Especially where I've been 'harsh'. On purpose Just kidding. They have changed one or two though. There was one where I answered "I don't know, perhaps it's because..." followed by a short list. They changed it to something like, "Consider these possibilities..."
Are we allowed to give a link to an article of ours on Q&A if it answers the person's question in more depth? I have a more sophisticated following than the one I have been complaining about, and they could learn more if I was able to do that. I thought the administration said we couldn't put any URLs. But I have so many "series" things that could be so helpful to those trying to learn.
I put them in, Jean. So if someone asks, "What do I do if I blah blah blah?" I answer briefly, and then say, "This article might help you: http....."
Try it. What's the worst that could happen? It might get snipped, but they aren't going to suspend your account
I never start out a sentence on the Q&A with yes or no. Why should the reader open the capsule up and learn more if the answer is in the first few words. I think if you did use "I dont know" as the entrance words in the answer no one would click on it.
You are right, but it was one of those stupid questions. Why am I not a parsnip? Not that, but similar. I really wanted to say, "I don't b!oody know. Ask your mother."
Yeah, I got one of those this morning. I always tell them to ask Aunt Bev. Me and mom do not have a clue.
Oh... so it's you sending them to me. Well! I think a little retaliation is in order. I'm sending MableAble on the next plane.
She looks like a vicious attack dog. Next time someone asks "Why am I a parsnip?" I will just answer "Because you are not brussel sprouts". Problem solved.
Mable can chill and avoid the plane ride.
They must not attach them to all articles, I just checked a couple of mine, no Q and A's.
Not sure I understand the feature correctly, but it's a great idea if it's what I think it is. I have a couple articles that get a lot of commenters asking questions and it would be great if other visitors could more easily help answer questions.
Nate, I think the Q & A is only available on articles appearing on the niche sites. I checked several of mine, including one that's on the standard HP site. All but the latter have the Q & A box at the end of the article.
Go to https://hubpages.com/my/hubs/qanda and click pause.
For those who want to enable, my experience was rather odd. I had to also click pause and then click enable in order to kickstart things.
You aren't required to answer all of the questions. Furthermore, this is different from the old Q and A because that was from Hubbers for Hubbers...this is for readers.
Interesting, I haven't seen this feature yet. Maybe I don't have enough pages yet?
Quick question about this. How does a reader know that they have to come back and look at the article to receive the answer to the question that they asked? Or are they just supposed to figure that out for themselves
They get an email telling them their question has been answered. Or at least I got one when I asked a question.
theraggededge has answered your question on your article "XXX"
To view the answer, follow the link below:
https : //exemplore.com/question/XXXXX
I was wondering that myself. Thanks for the info.
I've had about 6 questions so far and they all sounded like they were written by 5 year-olds. The questions are asinine. Also I too have found that most of questions could be answered just by scanning the article.
As a noobie I’m not sure if they are trying to get more content (to improve SEO) improve engagement ( to reduce bounce rate and improve google quality score.) I had my first q&a yesterday and found it a good way to expand my article
I think it does both. As the OP pointed out, some questions can be stupid--all you have to do is delete them. Besides improving ranking and improving engagement, the question/answers help readers and also provide an addittional income stream both for us and for HP.
Definitely worth the time.
I get some real doozies too but I just ignore most of those. Keep in mind you're gaining traffic on the Q&A and can even monitor it separately to see how it's going. It seems to me it's like doubling down on views so though I do agree it's sometimes annoying, I do get good questions too and though it's not as much, I'm getting revenue for answering them.
All that said, I do believe you can opt out. Not sure but I do think so.
Don't waste them, rewrite them into a coherent and useful question--even if it is not connected to the original query. I've only hidden three out of nearly 100 questions and that was because I couldn't think of anything at the time. I'll get round to fixing them soon.
We can now add our own questions too. A good opportunity to bring in some more controversial points, which generates even more traffic.
These Q&As are a great addition to our writing.
I wasn't aware of the new Q & A. Was this announced in a newsletter? Where can I learn more about it and how it works?
@ bravewarrior - I got an email telling me that Q&A had been enabled on my account.
It looks as though the program is being rolled out gradually (i.e. not everyone can access it yet). I checked on a couple of your hubs and you do not have a Q&A area yet. When you are selected, it will appear just above the comments section.
I actually clicked on the link that theraggededge provided in her comment. It said that I have not opted for Q & A but can turn it on. Before I do so, can someone tell me how it works?
@ bravewarrior - That's good to hear.
As for how well it works, I'm at the trial and error stage. I think it's worth a try. You can always hide the Q&A's if you find it doesn't work for you. But going by what theraggededge has said, I think it's going to help increase our earnings.
Agreed, the Q & A is nice. Although I have to edit most questions for grammar, and some answers could easily be googled, it's worth a little effort for the extra views and interactivity.
Minus one exceptionally rude "question" (basically a random go **** yourself comment that I of course hid), I'm very happy with the feature. And rude comments like these aren't a fault of the software but of people, so no complaints there either.
I only just noticed this feature today and enabled it after reading this forum post. I wonder what kinds of questions I will get in the future. If what you say is true it does sound nice.
Just to be clear, rewriting questions is not recommended, and mods will reject questions that are changed too drastically from the originals. Instead, go to the article and ask a question yourself if you would like to include its answer.
But what if the same person keeps asking the same or similar questions over and over? I have one at the moment; s/he must have submitted 20 of them. So far, the mods seem to have allowed the changes. I don't want the 'hidden' section to be full of unanswered questions, and there's no way of deleting them.
I believe it's a troll, so I am quite happy to take advantage of them.
Also, they can't leave their name, so the question isn't personalized or anything.
You can simply delete questions that are redundant or ones that you don't want to answer. They won't show up on your live article until approved and answered by you.
Mods weren't aware that authors were drastically changing questions until recently, but will not let drastically modified questions be published now that this is something we're aware of.
I didn't realize you couldn't alter the questions too much. For the most part I've just tried to fix the grammar/spelling issues, but I've changed questions more extensively because a few made almost no sense.
Then there are the troll questions, but I just ignore those.
Just delete any questions that are nonsense or troll comments.
You can't delete them, Christy, only hide them. So they are still lurking there under the hidden filter.
Well the mods will be deleting a lot of mine as I have had many troll, nonsensical and repeated questions
Hiding them means they do not and will never show up on your article.
Ok cool. Gonna hide the one I received. It is irrelevant to the article.
Only about 5 questions show up at the bottom of the article, and if the reader wants to see the other questions he has to click "see more". Is there a way to arrange the questions so that those more popular, and more likely to be viewed, are at the top?
I'm not sure, but can you give me a link to an article where this is happening? I'll look into it.
I get the most question views at this article: https://pethelpful.com/dogs/dogs-for-someone-who-works
I would like to shuffle the questions a little so that the person that asked about a hypoallergenic dog, for example, is near the top, and some of the others that are kind of specific to one person (and get very few page views) is moved down to the bottom.
Thanks DrMark! I just heard back. Currently the questions are arranged by traffic. There isn't a way to manually choose which ones show up first, unfortunately.
Speaking of arranging questions, when I click the "add question" button, my articles are displayed in a seemingly random order, making finding a specific one difficult. A way to alphabetize them would definitely help.
Clarification: it's not a completely randomized order, but the order you published the articles. Not quite as bad, but not nearly as quick to search through as an alphabetized presentation would be.
I agree with that, but until it is changed per your suggestion I found a work around that might help. I was editing a heartworm question last night and to find the hub (I have almost 300 so they are diffucult to look through) I had to use the cntrl-f buttons. That worked pretty well.
Thanks for the tip. Control-f (the find function) works great for pages like the "my account" list, but unfortunately, the "add question" button brings a drop-down list. These are closed when clicking outside of them, meaning control-f doesn't work.
Christy - I don't really see a delete button - I pressed some things and finally got rid of one that was spam. It would be good to have a button that clearly says "Delete" for those of us who try to piggyback on our hubs by posting links.
I had one question (haven't had many yet) that was horribly illiterate. I edited it so it was readable (did not change the meaning), but it felt odd to do that. This could become very time consuming for people with high volumes of questions. Some of my hubs seem to invite questions (or emails, even) from people who want answer to specific issues, rather than simply posing general questions.
How would we ask our own questions? And why?
There's an "add question" button on the right of the Q&A page to add your own question. You would do this to get more views as well as provide information you think could benefit your readers, almost like a mini FAQ for the hub.
As for editing the questions, that's the nature of the beast. My experiences so far show about 90% of the questions needing to be edited for spelling/grammar (without changing the meaning), and it's the price we pay for the extra views.
Thanks - I think my question mostly relates to how it would look to ask ourselves questions in our own articles. I don't know that I'm comfortable with that (ethically).
If I have to edit questions to make them coherent or to avoid cringing at the spelling or writing, that's work, and it may not be worth it to me. The idea of HP (back when I joined) was "passive income," and babysitting Q&As is not passive. Worse yet, editing questions is not passive - it's like grading papers.
I do have a passive income (not what I was led to believe, but still...), though. For me, the operative word might be the "passive" part.
lol, that's what I was thinking as well. Why would we ask ourselves a question about our own article? Unless it's something like an FAQ type of thing for readers. Still not sure about all this but am staying open minded
To get a discussion going? To attract a little more traffic?
If a reader sees that the writer is willing to answer a question (by seeing one already answered), then they'll be more willing to ask one of their own.
I don't see that asking a question on your own article is unethical in any way at all. Why would it be? You're adding value to the hub, not trying to dupe your readers.
Ok, I can see that point, but if I have to ask a question about an article that I've written, just seems like I should edit my article to include anything that might be unanswered especially if it's my own question. I never said anything about it being unethical. I can understand if a reader has a question, but if I have my own questions about my article, I should probably just edit my article
No but the comment you were replying to did.
Maybe. I'm simply explaining why a writer might want to add a little Q&A themselves. It might be about something you already included. It doesn't matter as long as it is logical and adds interest.
You don't have to do it. You don't have to have Q&As at all if you don't want them.
theraggededge, you seem to come across as quite harsh. I was simply asking a question, not looking for an argument. I digress, and will refrain from future comments on the forums.
Rob, I did not intend to be harsh, and to be honest, I don't see 'harshness' in what I wrote. If you read my comment again, you will see that I am simply responding to your previous comments. There's no argument.
Maybe it's because I am British and simply answer in a straightforward, matter-of-fact manner. How would you like me to respond, if not in a clear and direct way?
I do not think your reply comes across as harsh at all, just straightforward. I am the same way when someone asks for feedback, and more than once people have commented that my reply was mean. I do not take the time to reply to be mean, but I guess it is cultural and a result of our earlier lives.
Rob, your input is appreciated. I have learned a lot from theraggededge´s comments over the years. Participating in the forums can be a big help.
Thank you Dr. Mark. Please let me elaborate though. Let me first say that theraggededge, you, and many that post on here is always informative. I just notice on occasion that people that have been here for awhile tend to automatically assume that anyone they aren't familiar with are "newbies", and can tend to leave a comment that might seem condescending to someone like myself, that is quite successful with HP. I've been here since the beginning (joined in 2010) though my niche is seasonal, it's not uncommon for me to receive 5 to 6,000 views/day during peak season. I'll screenshot some earnings from last year (yes I'm aware of the TOS, but have also screenshot where staff members have said it's ok to share earnings just to cover my ass, but I know not to disclose cpm) I guess my point is that sometimes I feel like people just think they are way better than someone else and it reflects on how they portrait themselves in answers. This is from last year.. with traffic increasing nearly 40% this year, newly added articles since last year and we all know the CPM has increased, well, just saying.. it's going to be a profitable summer. I guess I'm just looking for a little bit more of a respectful answer when I post something on here. I've been here a long time and I never used to post on the forum. (Maybe that's why my blood pressure is higher this year lol)
That's in US dollars by the way lol
Could you point out where I have been disrespectful to you, Rob? As I said, when you said I was 'harsh'. I did not intend to be. I thought I just answered your questions in a straightforward way. I certainly wasn't condescending. And I can't see why you have taken offence.
See? Again... Why an argument? Not worth any further discussion
Only one person arguing here... and it's not me
True, you can always use people's questions to enhance your article with new content. But the advantage of the Q&A is that it provides an additional page that search engines may index. These pages have ads that can bring you additional ad revenue.
Adding your own questions, with answers, is another way of taking advantage of the extra traffic.
I found a great use for the new Q&A. When readers click the "contact author" to ask me a question, I used to be hesitant answering some of them because they get my email address. Now I just paste their question into the Q&A, fix any grammar, and answer it there. We can also include their email address so they get notified with a link to the answer, and that comes from HP so they don't get our private email address.
At first I was dubious about the new Q&A because of what I read in Lobobrandon's thread. Now I see that the answers appear on the same page as the article and the questions. Also Bev has persuaded me to try it out.
Here is a good use for "asking your own questions":
Say that at the bottom of a long list of comments there is a 5 year old comment that asks a question to which there is an an answer. We can now copy the question and the answer and turn them into a new question with a slightly more up to date and more elaborate answer. Then delete the old comment and hide the old answer.
This could take for ever. Passive income? You wish... There is always a new job to do across all articles when ever a new feature appears.
Hey ho! we have to go with the times.
Sue, What I noticed is that only one Q&A is complete. If there are more than one in a hub, then only the first sentence of the answer is displayed in the hub itself (as a clickable link). Then when you click on that, it brings you to a page where the entire question and entire answer is displayed. This brings an added revenue source since that page as ads on it that are assigned 60/40 as usual.
I wrote a lengthy discussion about this that I added to my tutorial "14 Overlooked Hub-Writing Techniques That You Should Be Using"
OK Thank you Glenn, so that is where the new page come in.
I have another question:
Do all further (after the first one) questions and answers for the same article go to the same page or does each new question create its own new page? In which case Brandon's argument for thin pages would apply.
Yes Sue, each question (and it's answer) resides on a page by itself. I saw Brandon's comment and I would agree that those pages are "thin" -- as he puts it. I would also think that the "thinness" could hinder the ranking of those pages.
However, having said that, I also trust that HubPages did a thorough test and concluded that this must not be a problem. I know they were testing this on selected hubs for a long time. Paul had it on one of his hubs and I even asked a question in it. That had to be more then six months ago. So I know they were testing for a long time.
In addition, I have seen other sites that have questions and answers on individual pages, and the seem to rank well its Google as long as the content is meaningful and useful. This means that our answers to questions should be useful content. Putting some effort into this when answering can pay off. Once done, it provides passive income going forward.
So, let's give this a chance and time to prove itself. In the end, we could very well be seeing more income from the additional ad inventory because each Q&A has ads on those pages with 60% impressions in our favor.
Yes I read your discussion in your article which helped persuade me to use Q&A. But...
I now have 4 questions on my https://caloriebee.com/fitness-equipmen … st-weights article and all four of them show up on the page whether I'm signed out or signed in. So what's with them being cut off and moved to a new page? That doesn't seem to be happening in this case.
I took a look at your hub Sue. That's very interesting. All four are listed in their entirety.
That's different from what I see on my hubs and on others. I wonder why. Hopefully Christy can chime in with an answer here.
I also wonder if your Q&A are still in individual pages. Go to your Q&A maintenance page and see if you have links there to the pages. If you do, then I am sure Google will index them eventually.
On my Q&A maintenance page, at the top of each question there is the title of the article to which they belong and that links back to the article. Is that how it should be?
I have emailed Christy about all my Q&As being on the article page unlike you folks.
Glenn thank you for all your help and your time. I appreciate it.
That link is not the one I'm referring to. That takes you to the original hub as you mentioned.
On mine, and the others I look at, only the first few words of the answer are displayed – and that is a link to the Q&A page with the entire content of the question and your answer.
EDIT: I just noticed that the ones that are complete don't have a link to a stand-alone page. But the ones that have a short segment of the answer DO link to a page with the complete content. Here is an example:
https://turbofuture.com/question/i-cant … nce-i-have
Since Q&A page views are not counted in our monthly total page views, do you know how you can tell that you are receiving impressions from them?
Yes DrMark, you can see the Q&A impressions listed by day, week, month and ever, on the maintenance page. Click the Q&A tab in your account to get there.
Thanks for taking the time to answer.
On my Q&A page it lists page views. If I click on filter it lists unanswered, all, and hidden questions.
I do not see anything about impressions on that page. Am I missing something?
Above the filter you should have a report showing stats of page views as shown below. Are you saying you don't have that report? If not, report it to HP and refer them to my reply here.
I discovered a problem however, it only shows page views of five Q&A. I reported it in this thread:
https://hubpages.com/community/forum/33 … -questions
Those are page views, not impressions. Impressions vary for many reasons and are never 60% of views. I do not see anything on the page about impressions.
You are right. But here's what I do. I made a special report with Google Analytics to see the ad impressions. You need to create a custom report in your GA as follows:
Click “Custom Reports” under Customization in the left column.
• Click +New Custom Report
• Give it a name
• Under Metric Groups click “+ add metric”
• Enter and select “AdSense Ad Units Viewed”
• Enter and select “AdSense Ads Clicked”
• Enter and select “Unique Pageviews”
Save the custom report.
When you run this report you will see the list of pages, both hubs and questions.
The Q&A will most likely be all the way down, so if you double click the “AdSense Ad Units Viewed” column you will have the worst performing pages on top. Look for the Q&A pages such as:
The impressions are under “AdSense Ad Units Viewed”
Thank you for taking the time to help. I appreciate it, and am sure there are many others out there that benefit too.
You're welcome. Thanks for reminding me. I'm going to add that to my tutorial where I discuss the Q&A.
Asking yourself a question is like a FAQ for readers. It's meant to put you in the reader's place and ask the question.
I've just enabled my Q&A about an hour ago and one of my hubs calls for clarification on some aspects of the article. The "ask yourself" feature came in handy as a way to post what I think would be questions asked by my readers.
I think it's a very nice feature. For now at least until I get to learn more about its use and see if there are negatives to it.
Passive income is a reason some people work on this site, but we are all different.
I do not feel like making a question easier to understand for other readers is like grading papers. I see it as a way to help other readers when they look at the question, understand it, and think "yes, I need to know that too".
I certainly do not feel that taking a moment of my time to help someone with a problem is babysitting.
Dr. Mark -
I think some of the "will it help others" factors are in the type of hubs we write or for which we get questions. I have gotten emails that are akin to being treated like Dear Abby (due to the nature of my hubs). I have very detailed information in my hubs that should give people the information they need in order to make independent decisions, but the emails have gone beyond that.
I have always (always) answered them with consideration and wished the person well. I don't mind helping people who reach out like that (but I have a limit to the time I can spend in doing that, and the Q&A seems to be attracting more of the personal types of questions (that do not always apply to others) on some of my work. Added to that are spelling, grammar and sentence structure issues that require time to correct. At that point, you're not editing to make it relevant to others, etc., you're editing to read in basic, uncomplicated English.
"How to" hubs, or hubs that are informative in niche areas probably do better than some of mine will with the Q&A feature. For now, I am watching it and assessing how it works for me. I have several regular consulting clients and I teach for a university, so my time is pretty well filled at this point.
That's an interesting comment from Marcy regarding having to correct grammar in Q&A's.
It seems as though this new function is less discerning than the old "comments" box. I have just checked my spam comments box and found a load which I have deleted because comments cannot be amended.
So maybe the tech team have enabled Q&A to allow us to use more of the badly worded interactions that we currently receive but are obliged to discard because they are almost unintelligible?
Agreed, better we have the option of fixing poorly-worded questions than having to delete the most broken as we do with comments.
As to "how it would look", I don't think anyone can see that it was the author who asked the question, so no one will know we're basically talking to ourselves : )
If you do that wouldn't it show that you are asking yourself a question? Don't think that would add to credibility.
TT1, If you write the question correctly it won't sound like you are asking yourself a question.
That's not what I meant. When someone asks a question, their name shows up. If you ask your own question, wouldn't your own name show up also?
Ask the question while you are NOT logged in.
OH...NOW you tell me! Oh well, so I'll look like an idiot because I tried to do it the other way.
You can hide those.
Going to...there's only one that I did to try it out. The devil is always in the details, isn't it?
Your answer confuses me, Glenn. What difference does being logged in make? I don't see anything that identifies the asker of the question by name or picture.
As you mentioned earlier, to avoid sounding like it came from yourself, just phrase it as though someone else is asking.
I’m a bit confused, too. I’ve asked myself one question while I was logged in. I clicked the “Add Question” button in the Q&A section of my account. The text box that came up said “Ask yourself a question”, so I did. I’ve checked the relevant article and my name isn’t shown on the question.
Jeremy, I’m confused too. I told her to do it without logging in because she insisted that it was displaying her name: TIMETRAVELER2.
I tried it both ways and I agree with you that it never placed my name on the Q&A when I posted my own questions.
The only difference is that when you’re not logged in, it asks for your email address if you want to be notified when the author answers. But even then, it still does not place any user reference in the content. At least not when I did it.
I'm thinking that TIMETRAVELER2 might be seeing a different version of the implementation since there seem to be discrepancies among how we all experience this. They might still be testing it, and being the weekend, we’re not going to get a response about bug reports until Monday.
I asked myself the same question on two of my most popular articles. Too many people cut and paste all the astrology signs their planets are in and expect me to spend 8-10 hours of my time casting and interpreting an astrology profile for free. That's not even the info I need, and I already have enough rude people on my comments.
On the Q&A questions, my name shows I wrote the original articles, but not that I asked myself the questions. I have explained this to people who want something for nothing until I am so sick of it, and was concerned this feature would bring me another load of them. I have written dozens of articles explaining astrology, so it's obvious many are just asking questions without reading the articles. So far it's going well, although I've had to delete a few questions that made no sense. It helps to see what article they read that got them to form the question.
It's been fun so far. But it doesn't show if you ask your own question, and it's helpful to enlighten some people when you know ahead of time the type of question you can't waste time answering.
They are awful, Jean. I asked on one of mine, "Can I get a free reading?" And then proceeded to explain why they couldn't. Makes no difference though, they still keep asking. Sometimes I turn them into a different kind of answer.
So, "Will I get that job I interviewed for?" becomes "Can a one-card reading tell me if I will get the job I interviewed for? Or "How can the tarot help me to get that job I really want?"
Most of the time though, I just hide them
I did the same thing. I am patient, but I've explained this to people over and over. I can tell them what a planet in a sign means. But without casting a chart, I don't know what house it's in, so can't tell what area of their life it affects. I have no idea how far the other planets are from each other. It could be a good thing or a challenging one. I need completely different criteria to cast a chart. And although I use a program to cast the chart, I personally interpret them. It's time consuming. And they get nasty about it, call me a fake, etc.
I get most of this type of thing on two articles, which led to my writing my own question, "If I cut and paste all the signs my planets are in from a site, will you cast a chart for me? No.
So far I still get traffic like that on Comments, but the Q&A is a little better. And I often think a tarot reading would be better for their situation, and tell them. I get stupid questions too, so I'm glad we can see what hub they are asking from, because I need clues with some of them. The grammar is atrocious. I've been correcting some of them, but at this point am not going to answer them. I just got to a point where most of my hubs were up to speed. I have some on HP and fix them if I decide to try to get it on a niche site. But I'd really just like to have more time to just write again!
I think the best criteria is to ask if the question will help more than that one person. If not, re-word so it does, or hide it. I don't hang around making a decision I just go, "Nope." Hot knife. Butter
For instance I have a series of hubs on the Courts. So on one of them, King of Swords, I think, someone asked "What means two of wands?" Bye
Yup. I get asked all sorts of questions. People presume that they can get something for nothing.
Somehow, asking ourselves a question almost seems like clicking on our own articles. I can see that it adds content, but it seems uncomfortable to me (so far). I would be fine with an FAQ section, but I realize this is to get interactive traffic.
I honestly don't have time to do Q&A babysitting. No way does that work out to be a cost-effective use of my time.
Just to clarify: I didn't "look" to see how it showed up, I simply accepted Glenn's comment that I would need to log out to make that happen. Sorry for the confusion.
Same. No name ever shows up.
I find I am enjoying the back and forth with people and the new Q&A feature. But I didn't know we could add questions of our own. Did I miss an announcement about that?
I get a few incoherent ones, but it's easy to edit them into something which makes sense. I think it makes our articles more interesting, it's a way to add info to them. So far nobody has cut and paste all their planets, asteroids, etc. into the Q&A and expected a free astrology chart, my biggest fear. They have stayed in the comments section!
Yep, go to the Q&A tab on your stats page. Look down the page to the right. There's a button that says 'Add Question'.
If you click on it, a box appears with a drop-down for you to select which hub. Underneath it says 'Ask yourself a question'.
Wouldn't it be great if it tuned in to our subconscious -
Let me know if you use it. I haven't yet. But it's a good way of generating some interest in low-traffic articles, I'm sure.
Re your planets etc., I think there's a limit on the number of characters, but I could be wrong.
Thanks for pointing that out Bev, I had not realized that you could add questions from there. I was wondering if they would be ok with the authors adding ad hoc Q&As , and that answers it. Thanks
Theraggededge, let me preface this with I don't think you've been overly harsh, but I imagine Rob was talking about statements like this: "Maybe. I'm simply explaining why a writer might want to add a little Q&A themselves."
Tone is hard to tell over written words, often why I add a "good luck" or other positive statement at the end of forum posts. Short sentences sometimes carry a feel of aggression. Like this. And Rob, I don't think she meant any harm; like she said, she's just blunt. Hope this helps.
By the way, I commented here because those replies were getting too edged into a corner lol.
Thank you, Jeremy, for pouring oil on troubled waters. You are always very reasonable.
And once more, no offence was intended.
Thanks for the information. I'll see if I can use this. I have an article that isn't getting much attention right now.
Still wondering if it shows up in mobile phone browsers since I haven't seen it yet.
I didn't know you could do that. How would that relate to page views? One thing this has done for me is give me fodder for writing new articles. I like this feature very much.
Thanks for the information, folks.
@ Beth: I did not get any notification that the feature had been enabled; first I knew about it was an email telling me I had "a new question on one of my hubs"
@ theraggededge: You can rewrite the person's question???
@ Shauna: It does not seem to be an opt-in thing, but a new feature they are rolling out a little at a time...
I enabled it a little bit ago. We'll see what happens.
To answer your question to theraggededge, yes, you can alter the person's question (with the "edit" button). I usually do because the original question typically contains spelling and grammar errors or could simply be worded better.
Since they've been put on my niche articles I'm making significantly more money each day and my traffic is way up! I love the new Q&A feature, it's fantastic!
And yes, you can rewrite the question to be grammatically correct and to fix any spelling errors. It will ask you under the question "is the grammar correct?" and you choose "no" and then fix the question.
@ DzyMsLizzy - Have a look at your notification settings (Profile tab). You may have them set up not to receive certain emails.
@ bravewarrior - Don't wait for the questions - set the ball rolling like theraggededge suggests and write some of your own.
Beth, I went looking for that tab, and couldn't find it. In any event, I never did previously set to block any notifications from HP...I get emails daily; "here are your recent notifications from Hub Pages."
Not too sure I want to do someone else's Google searches for them. However, maybe I can steer things so that they answer each other's questions and the article simply becomes the platform for them to do so.
Just got the Q&A email, so I'll wait and see what kind of questions will be coming my way.
I think it's great because people now don't have to set up an account first to ask a question.That fact was holding a lot of people back from asking I guess.
I just answered a question that would be easy to determine by reading the article's content. I am not liking this, so far.
Why did you answer it? You could just hide it.
I know what you mean, Teri.
This is the kind of innanity I am putting up with, as this question showed up on my article on Boating Lingo just today:
"Someone said, "We can anchor at some point." What does that mean?"
I answered politely, but I felt like saying, "Are you seriously that stupid?
This seems to be the general nature of the questions I garner on my articles. Only one asked a serious question, but it was unfortunately, not easily answered, as it involved both a medical procedure I had done, and had written about, as well as an individual's physical and mental outlook differences from any other persons; I wrote a fairly comprehensive reply, but it essentially told them as much.
Lizzy, the thing is that your “comprehensive reply” becomes a new page that Google may index and that brings you added traffic and added ad revenue. Those Q&A pages have ads on them, and they have a link back to your article. That’s a good thing. In my opinion it’s worth the time to write a comprehensive reply, as you stated. All the silly questions can (and should) be ignored.
Just an added note: Some Q&A don’t become separate pages. They are just listed in the article, and I haven’t figured out yet what causes that difference. Not sure if it’s random or if it’s based on some criteria, such as length of the answer. It’ll take more research—or for the team to chime in about that.
I've just received stupid questions - the kind that makes me think the questioner just wants attention. Ad it looks really ugly at the bottom of my article.
If this is true, then I have no problems with it. Let me know if you ever find out what makes them separate pages. Every single one I have seen have separate pages for the question and answer.
I have noticed when you have a lot of questions and answers they become second pages. Here is an example where the question and answer both appear on the page: https://pethelpful.com/dogs/five-dog-br … ving-alone
Hmm, I would love to see an answer from the team on what makes a question take on its own page. From this, it seems like a few question and answers implies it stays on the hub, and more then it has its own page. So a question with a 10-word answer could get its own page too?
I would like to know why this happens too. I don't have a lot of questions and answers and all of mine are on second pages with their own url. I haven't seen any like in the example Dr. Mark gave.
@Dr Mark - Does that answer on your Hub also have it's own page, or is it only on the Hub?
Sure would be nice if HP would just tell us how this works instead of having to guess.
No, I do not think it has a separate page because it is not clickable like the others.
I know you have a lot of Q&A so don't do this if it is a pain, but you can tell if it has its own page if you can find it in your list of questions answered.
The reason I wonder is because I thought the reason for Q&A is for the Q&A pages to get search traffic. If that's the point, then why wouldn't HubPages give the answer its own page instead of just making it appear on the Hub?
If the point is to add info to the Hub - which is a better idea, IMO - then the answers don't need their own url. So maybe they are moving away from that. Who knows.
It's just frustrating trying to puzzle out HP's intention here.
I hope they are moving out of it, but I do not think so. I did point out the many drawbacks of having a separate URL for the questions. The only plus is more ad impressions, and it definitely is not a good thing to have "more ads" as the only plus point.
Like DrMark says that link is not clickable and so that question of his has no separate page. From a few that I have seen, I think that answer deserves a separate page compared to some of the others out there.
I just got an email from HP telling me that the question had be answered. They never asked for my email, but I guess their system could tell they already had it. (Maybe that is why they did not bother to ask?) I was using a different browser than I normally use to look at HP, and was not signed in to HP when I asked the question.
If you were not signed in, they should not know it is you? Cyber security issue haha.
That’s interesting. The way I determined it works is that if you are signed in then it does not need to ask you for your email. It just automatically notified you. And. If you’re not signed in, then it gives you the option to be notified and a field to enter your email.
However, in your case, if I understood you correctly, you were not signed in and it somehow knew who you were. That can only imply one thing — that they use your IP address to know it’s you. But I’d be surprised if that actually is what is happening. This thing gets weirder and weirder as more people report strange things about the Q&A.
After all is said and done, I’m beginning to like it. I’m getting some decent traffic on the Q&A Pages. What I found is that you have to give it a good answer with useful content that Google would want to index and show in the SERPs.
Glenn, let me know if this is Organic traffic from Google whenever you get the time to lookup analytics.
Brandon, Good question. I’ll have to wait till I get back home from Maven. So I’ll research my GA next week.
Yup, even better. More time for more stats Gives the pages time to rank etc. When does the conference begin though? And for how many days is it.
We have several things going on. Tonight is a cocktail reception where we get to meet other Mavens. Thursday is the big day when we learn from advertising and publishing Mavens. Friday is a day to unwind while experiencing Whistler before flying home in the evening.
I like the Q&A too, petty issues aside. I am getting a lot of views and am prone to writing long answers, my niche demands a more in depth answer. So I think it's going well.
You are visiting Maven? That's great. Have a good time, you will be one to get a lot out of it and to offer suggestions.
Mine are separate too.
Having emailed the team about that, all my Q&A's are now truncated and sent to new pages just like yours Glenn.
@ Glen Stok; Is it possible to hide/get rid of stupid questions that have already (unfortunately) been answered?
Just hide it.
I have 6 questions that have never been viewed, even by the person that originally asked for advice. Do you think that they should be hidden? I have left them, thinking they might benefit some reader in the future, but am wondering if the poor questions (or answers) affects our rankings in some way.
They are not on your page so they should not affect the main article. About affecting the site as a whole that is a different story.
This is new to me. Do we get notification when a question is asked? I have to check if a question or 2 are already asked on my hubs.
You get an email from the team saying you have a question and a link to it.
I haven't been getting any emails from the team when I get a new question. I just check it each day.
I could and probably will in many cases, but the question was specific to the area where I live (planting grass seed) and, if the idea is to "engage with" readers, this is what has to be done. But I think, in most cases, it's opening a proverbial can of worms -- I have several pieces, for example, that I already answer questions on (to the extent I can accommodate someone's 50 year old memory of some obscure product or cartoon they "remember" from childhood). I see the value of the Q & A but it can also put readers off if we ignore them.
So do we receive notifications about questions, emails or both?
Email for sure. Notifications, I don't think I saw one of those.
24 hours and nary a single question. This kind of volume I can handle.
I just had my first question, but was really a comment. The person who posted, said s/he had to add a question mark to satisfy the software. I responded by leading the questioner to the comment section below (moving forward).
I have been seeing decent traffic daily and today had 4 new questions. I respond to just about everything. Maybe deleting 1 of every 20 questions. (They have to be bad for me to ignore completely even if I just say "I don't know" I respond.) It's too soon to judge on the whole but I like my results so far. That's where I am after a couple months in anyways.
This is how I feel as well. I have answered one question so far and it was an interesting one. I probably will answer most questions as long they are not very dumb or worded too weird for me to understand.
The Q&A changes are fine for me. I have evolved my HUB base to be around 3/4 centric to one subject and that is RV's and RV recreation.
I encourage readers of my Hubs to ask me questions, and i am getting asteady flow that I work on each morning.
I love it and the added exposure of my HUBs.
Ironically, since my OP, and having answered a couple of questions, I only just today got the email announcing this as a 'new feature.'
The first question I answered, however, is still showing on my page as not having been answered. But I did answer it. What glitch gives?
They are moderated It takes up to 24 hours for them to appear.
Does the person who asked the question get an email once the question has been answered?
@theraggededge: This has been sitting there showing as unanswered for over a week!
I have a theory related to questions. I am testing it now and will monitor the results.
Please let us know what you learn!
Well what I was thinking is that if I use a service like https://answerthepublic.com/ and find and ask questions myself would doing this get more more views and ads. I try to think of what the reader would ask and hopefully if they see these questions and answers in search they will click on them and then read the article.
I agree with you Eric. Any content that answers questions thoroughly should bring more traffic. Even if they don't click any further to go to your hub, you still get 60% impressions for the ads on the Q&A.
The trick, as I see it, is to make the Q&A useful so it ranks well. A quick short answer is not going to get much Google ranking in my opinion. Time will tell how well all this works for us.
I'm wondering if the person asking the question gets notified when we answer. Or is it like the comment section -- and the only way they see the answer is if they come back to check. Does anyone know?
I'm getting a few questions that are not clear and require me to ask for more clarity. I feel bad just ignoring these, but it may be the only thing to do.
The questions seem OK so far, but a few times I've been asked questions that are actually asked in the hub, which is a bit annoying.
I've also been asked inappropriate questions (for example, I write about how to romance certain characters from a video game. Twice I've been asked "does the character get naked??").
I don't like or dislike the feature so far, but if Bev is right and it generates more traffic, then it can't hurt.
Same. Unfortunately, us gamers tend to have somewhat-juvenile audiences, so we have to roll with the occasional immature question or comment.
Still, I'm happy overall with the Q&A addition.
You get an email message when you have a question. Also you can look on your account page and click on the q&a column ( far right,top) for a list.
I understand that I get an email if someone asks a question. I was wondering how or if the READER is notified that there is an answer to their question that they asked as poppyr just pointed out.
Has anyone else noticed that Q&A seems to be delayed with showing up in the Q&A stats?
I also noticed that the notification doesn't work. I tested it with another email address simulating as if I were the reader posting a question.
I think it would be helpful if, once they've completed the rollout, HP wrote a blog post detailing everything about how the new Q&A works and about any specific policies they may have for it. They have very helpful information on their existing tools and programs, so having something like that for the new Q&A would be great.
I think sticking Q&A into the articles is redundant. Isn't that what the comments are for?! If Hubpages wanted to increase reader engagement, then they should allow readers to comment without signing up for Hubpages.
I see what you're saying since questions could already be asked in comments. However, the Q&A increases traffic and gives us the nice ability to edit questions for spelling and grammar.
Also, can't readers comment with anonymous, one-time names? I'm pretty sure they don't have to do the whole email sign-up thing. And since the Q&A is optional, it gives authors a valued degree of choice when it comes to using it.
Once upon a time ago, readers who aren't Hubbers didn't have to sign up to leave a comment. When did it change?
To those who don't like the Q&As, why not turn the feature off? Click on Pause at the top of your Q&A page. Then the question box will just disappear from your hubs.
As to inane questions; just press Hide. OR rewrite it into a coherent, useful question, and I don't just mean fixing the grammar. You don't have to answer anything that irritates you. I know Christy says that it's not recommended, but the moderators haven't touched mine, and some of them get quite a few views.
Make it work for you (or not). It's completely under your control.
Edit: I forgot. Smiley face in case anyone take offense.
Let's begin with the smiley face
I pointed out the problem with the question pages. I don't have them, but it is still going to affect me, so I can rant about it.
I personally would like to keep the option open in case I get new info to add to my articles. But, I don't want to do that as I do not support the feature the way it is. It would look crazy if I had the option for readers to ask questions when I go against it here on the forums
I know what you mean. I've answered the few I've gotten so far, but mostly, I find it annoying.
Mostly, I have gotten "anonymous asked a question..." notifications.
As others have said,asking a question was already an option in the comments, and we were previously told that comments counted as part of the articles for Google's purposes.
I have noticed, however, that since this feature has come into play, I seem to be getting far fewer of my 'daily notifications' from HP, telling about comments on articles, updates on forum posts, or additional comments on hubs I am following. Instead, I am getting only the questions notifications, and the 'daily updates' only a couple of times a week.
i have had the same experience, some are just spam, badly written and not what I want to appear on my pages. I have had to delete 2 already. I am starting to dread having to deal with them.
Love this new feature! I'm hiding a lot (I get a lot of basic "Am I pregnant?" questions) but I can see how it's going to be fun to answer questions specifically in my niche, instead of having to search for them!
Since each question goes to its own stand alone page, I'm wondering about the minimum answer. Should we try for at least 300 words where possible? What's everyone else doing?
I think it depends on the question. I have had several that deserved a long answer and a link to another article that would help them even more. Some of them, however, just need to tell me about their specific situation and the answer to their question is already in the hub. I try not to hide some of them, but basically I just tell them what section they need to read again and to visit their local vet since he can see what is going on.
Susannah, read my initial post here https://hubpages.com/community/forum/33 … -questions let me know what you think.
I have answers ranging from 10 words to a couple hundred. I think it depends on the question. I also include links to related articles if it they will also contribute to answering the question.
How do you edit a Q&A answer after it has already been live for a few days? I posted an answer to a question but I now find that my answer needs editing to make it more relevant. How do I edit it?
Open the Q&A on your account page
Click on filter
Click on "show all"
It will show all of your questions and answers, you can edit there
Thanks to Marketing Merit for pointing this out on another thread
Thanks very much DrMark. I wouldn't have figured that out.
I spoke with Paul at the Maven conference about why some q&a go on separate pages and some go in the hub.
He said they are running an A/B test. Condition “A” goes on separate pages and condition “B” goes in the hub. They are monitoring the results to see which works better for SEO.
I am feeling really guilty. I have been getting questions for a month or two (was in beta testing for it) but have not answered or even looked at a single one. Instead, I just get the emails and feel guilty.
Ugh. Comments and now questions. I don't know why but I just can't bring myself to even read them much less answer them. Why am I like this? I know I shouldn't be this way.
Is it ever too late to answer them?
If you have questions from back in January or early february, I doubt you are going to get page views from the person who asked that question.
You can opt out of this program if you do not feel it is worth your time. My comments and questions are very different so I appreciate the two sections. If you do not, I do not think any readers are going to notice.
You can also choose not to answer questions about some subjects. I almost always hide questions about dog names, for example. If someone is asking about a sick dog or trying to choose a new puppy that fits their lifestyle, I am happy to reply.
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