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A question about Yahoo Answers

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by tonyp, Sep 3, 2014.

  1. tonyp

    tonyp Regular Member

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    Did anyone notice that Yahoo Answers started to hide answers that contain links in their bodies? Each time that I try to answer a relevant question and I put a link in the body of the answer - my answer is automatically invisuble. It exists, but I can only see it when I'm logged in under the user that I answered the question with. When I'm not logged in, or logged in under a different user - I can't see the answer that I posted at all.
    I use a lot of different users, and I use proxies as well.
    I understood that they made some difference that will try to make the answer's content more relevant to the question's topic, but I'm sure that my answers that I post are more than relevant. I tried to post shortened URLs, tried to post answers with mainstream links (hell, I put a naked URL to YouTube and it became invisible)

    Has anyone else noticed that? Did it happen to anyone else? Did anyone manage to make their answers visible with links inside the answers' bodies?
     
  2. Heywood00d

    Heywood00d Junior Member

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    Yeah Yahoo have started hiding some answers that contain links or certain keywords.

    They might have a filter that just allows links to common resources such as Wikipedia, WikiHow and the like..
     
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    Oh man this is bad to hear..
     
  4. SEO Power

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    Are you a level 1 or level 2 user? Only level 2 users or higher can post links.
     
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    I buy Y! answers in bulk (answers, not accounts), and I happened to be reviewing a recently delivered order yesterday. All links were live and visible for me.
     
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    Yes I have definately noticed that and I've also noticed that it's extremely harder because it was already hard to keep a new account from being suspended, but I haven't figured out a way to combat the hidden answers problem yet but I'm sure I will soon because this is a major thing for me and others too I'm sure.
     
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    how many of these links is it safe to have in your backlink profile?
     
  8. SEO Power

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    Links from Yahoo Answers are fairly good, therefore you can have as many as you want as long as you vary your anchor text. Most of the time, it's not about where the links come from but how they are used.
     
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    I've done an experiment on one of my websites in the past. I've combined links from yahoo answers with other types of links for a period of time. Unfortunately they didn't seem to help too much. I guess Google already knows that yahoo answers is spammed to death, even if they are using some restrictions. In my opinion, this not such a big loss.
     
  10. tonyp

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    Yahoo have made some changes, and from what I see - it doesn't relevant anymore. It seems that even level 1 users can post URLs that would be clickable and will be considered as links. I use both level 1 & 2 users for any case, but that's not the issue anyhow.


    Can you shed some more light on this? When were the answers posted? Were they naked URLs? If not - how many parameters did you use?
     
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    I use my lvl 2 accounts, some made by me, some bought. Links are visible, you have just to put answers relevant to questions i think. And some answers that are not relevant are hidden even if they have no links and all.

    I have another problem with YA - few weeks ago, yahoo changed its algorithm and is now sorting answers by something they call "Relevance" (used to be by number of thumbs up before). I need to find out how does this stupid algorithm works, because i want my answers to be at top. I tried to be as relevant as possible, added as much keywords from the question my answer as possible, but still i can make it :(

    Does anybody have a clue?
    Thx
     
  12. tonyp

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    I use level 2 users that I create by myself, and I post answers that are more than relevant to the topic of the question, yet my answers are kept being blocked by Yahoo whenever I add links. The URLs don't have a lot of parameters at all.

    As for the relevance issue - What if an answer being chosen by the asker to be the best answer? Will it be above the answers that are being sorted by relevance?
     
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    Well, many real non-spamming users are complaining their answers are blocked/hidden by YA now, even if they are answering the question - it looks like YA team screwed something here :)

    If the answer is being chosen as best, it will be nr 1 of course, just as it used to be before. But i need to be at least nr 2, right under the best answer at least (i am answering questions that already have best answer). Still have no idea how to do it :(

    Aaaah old good times when answer have been sorted by thumbs up....
     
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    Within the last 4 days. Naked URLs, always.
     
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    Any solution to this problem?
     
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    Thats really strange, i am experiencing the same problem now. As you can see in my answer above, there was no such problem for me about a 1,5 month ago.

    But now, every single answer that contains a link is not shown to other users. It seems they really have some word filter and when they see some question/answer with "bad words" and a link, they hide it completely. And it seems they are adding new "bad words" through time, because i have had no problems in my niche, they started few days before :(

    They hide even a domain(dot)com, not sure how to deal with it - does anybody know?
     
  17. WhiteHatTryHard

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    Yea... ever since people started spamming YA, they had to put counter measures in place.

    Best way to use YA is to build up a autoritive account and ansering questios in your niche.
     
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    Oh man.,its so hard to hear from you...
     
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    Can somebody with level3 account try to post a link in some old question? I am considering to buy a lvl3 account and want to know if it is possible with it...

    thx
     
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    tonyp you sent me a pm but I can't reply because your inbox is full. Can you please delete some messages and make space.