Has anyone one of my fellow HubPages Internauts been successful in driving traffic from user generated question and answer sites like Yahoo Answers or Answer Bag...etc...?
Of course, not spamming with your links, but in a genuine and helpful fashion? If so, is it worth it or just a waste of time?
HubPages has been banned at Yahoo Answers from time to time. I tried it again recently and found I could post links. I've had a little traffic from it but not much. I certainly don't think it hurts!
My experience too Marisa - though I have done better with a blog I set up to link to my hubs from when HP was banned - I still get traffic months later even if I havent been on YA for months - I think if you get a best answer you keep on getting hits
I had to delete a hub for duplicate content. I don't copy anything, but I post my articles in other places. My question is: Whats best one article at HubPages or posting at 100's of article sites? Does Google punish the duplicate content? Wouldn't someone want their article everywhere on the internet? If not why do people sell publishing tools? Does Hubpages always flag these things I had two similar situations one was flagged the other not. Should I delete any material at HubPages that I published elsewhere or should I delete it elsewhere? Thanks
google doesn't penalise duplicate content - it does ignore it which is why hupbages penalises it. A hub shouldnt just be an article - use the tools to make something more interest than a slab of text. Yes you should delete your duplicate content on hupbages if you have published it elsewhere - instead write a new hub - on the same topic if you want. Sounds like you might want to read this hub of mine Google tells us how to do SEO
Thanks Lissie and Marisa!
I think I will choose the blog link to hub links option, setting it up sort of like a landing page!
I have two Squidoo lenses that do pretty well from Y!A, one because I link it, the other because other people do. I have not been as successful with hubs over there. I'm not sure if I'm just linking the wrong things or what.
Regardless, though, I try to spread my answers around so some link back to me, some link to high quality sites I have no connection to, and some don't link at all. Haven't been banned yet. ~shrugs~
I find yahoo answers to be a great tool to lead traffic to not only hubs but other resources I have.
I always take the time to answer the questions briefly and recommend a hub or blog post for further info:
I have not been overly active promoting any hubs from YA yet, but I get a couple of hundred hits a day for my other sites. YA rates pretty high in google search, so if you get a best answer it usually helps traffic for a while.
I actually found hubpages through a terrible answer that led to a terrible spam like hubpage about ebay that randomly referenced baby clothes, I read about about what hubpages was and felt that I could deliver far better content on the ebay topic so I joined
I got banned from YA for answering every question with a link to my hubs. They were all relevant. For now I've been diluting my links to hubpages with no link answers in the relationship category.
It`s not really worth it .. except if you put this strategy first on your list.
These sites are usually great for building links rather than driving traffic.
I am able to post links on Yahoo answers!, but when I went to backlinkwatch.com I noticed most of my links there are no-follow. I prefer to write blogs about my hubs instead, which results in followed links.
From my hub stats -low number, but the links are registering
I get about 40-50 a day to my blogs - and on google - for certain searches - my blog has top rank - yahoo answers with a link to my blog is second, and digg with links to all my diggs is 3rd.
I hadn't heard of backlinkwatch.com, off to check it out! Does this give you different answers compared to Google Webmaster tools?
I am only familiar with backlinkwatch.com, I have not used the others as of yet. I also like iwebtool.com, but this one only lets you look up five websites per hour. Backlinkwatch.com lets you look up an unlimited number of websites all day long.
Another use of these sites is simply to get an idea of what people are looking for. I've written a number of hubs and lenses after answering the same question a few too many times on Y!A, including one of my most successful (from a monetary perspective) recent lenses.
Again I think it's how well and how specific your answers are on yahoo answers in a keyword sense too, maybe try and tie together your answers, links with specific keyword phrases that you want to dominate and be known for.
Trial and error is not the only thing you should be doing, it's a constant way of working that requires many tasks that need to be done all within certain time frames and in manageable sized chunks.
Once again Lissie is right on the money with the linking to other places thing such as a blog or some other place that links your hub pages together, plus it gets visitors directed to your own turf and comfort zone were you could persuade them to subscribe to your blog or newsletter or anything else that you own that could benefit them further according to your answers of supremeness.
Lost traffic = confused people still searching, remember that fact!
I get some traffic from Yahoo Answers, but funnily enough I've never actually posted my hubs there. So I guess other people are posting them. It's pretty cool when I see it in my stats.
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