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?
I just type in the plain URL (http://.....).
When I hit "preview", it turns into a hyperlink.
Unless something's changed.
There is an option to add source of your reply. I think you can add your link
As long as you include the full address including the http part it will become a link after you submit the answer, it won't show as one while your answering. I usually include the link in the source box, I'm not sure if the actual answer box creates hyperlinks though.
I have just now been checking there. The links I posted did not turn into hyperlinks. But I have seen some other answers (by other people) where they did. It may be something I did wrong or didn't do. The information is there, correctly, but it would have to be copied and pasted in order to be used in the address bar.
The easiest way I always do it to make sure it is correct is to right click the link I want to add and select "copy link location" and then paste that in and that has always worked for me.
When I type it in and look at it in the preview it shows it as a live hyperlink. But once I hit publish it is not a live one.
I looked at some others I made a long time ago and those are not hyperlinks. Maybe you need to have a high score or be real active to have them go live.
AH HA!!!! I just found the answer to my own question online. You have to be a level two or higher poster for them to be live!
That is to cut down on the spam posters who never stick around. So now you know, you need to get up to level two to have live hyperlinks.
Yes that is right, you have to be at least level 2 for link to work in your answers. It's pretty easy to get up to level 2 since there are a lot of questions to answer.
Bill, does it say how active we need to be before our links can become 'live'?
Like do we have to answer X number of questions?
Yes. You get 100 points just for doing your first answer. You get 2 points for each question you answer. You need to have 250 points to be on level 2.
Sooooo, that's 75 answers you need to give before your links are live. It's not really that hard to do. Just do 10 a day and in a week your all set!
Glad you found the solution. I never had to deal with the problem, because Y!A was my very first venture in interacting on the internet, a few years ago now. So I "qualified" long before I started thinking about using it for backlinking!
I did notice some points, but i didn't know how they came about.
This can be developed over a period of time. And as i do go in and answer questions now and then, it'll probably add up.
Careful, if you're using answers for backlinks. If I remember correctly, they're all nofollowed anyway, and Yahoo doesn't take kindly to constantly plugging links to one domain.
That's true Maddie. But you can get a lot of traffic from them because they are so popular. I only put a link in my answers every 5th one or so.
Plus since I have many websites plus hubs I can have different links all the time so it's not always the same link.
Answer questions that relate to your article or site. That way it really does help and not look like spam. For instance I have some Harry Potter hubs and Orlando tourist site.
So I'm answering Harry Potter questions and theme park one in Orlando.
That's true. I mainly use it for my websites and swap around between them, with a few Hubs thrown in here and there, so I'm not plugging the same site all the time.
It's important for people to remember that HubPages is one big site - so even if you're swapping around and promoting different Hubs in different answers, you're still promoting the same site and that will trigger their filter.
promoting in yahoo answers? ı posted a few hub links there they benned me in hours.
Fortunately I got level six on HP several years before I even found hubpages or made my own site.
As long as you put an informative answer and then add one link, instead of just throwing a link up there as an answer you shouldn't have a problem.
I wasn't allowed to post one of my sites anymore in answers for about 24 hours because I'd put it at the bottom of all my posts on related topics. However they only ban you for a short time in my experience, if you're following all the other rules.
If you were just posting links to your stuff and not really answering questions without links or participating in a meaningful way, that's why they banned you. I have used answers to link to relevant hubs, but I link maybe 1 or 2 out of 10 meaningful answers I give there.
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