Reasons to Link to Other Hubs on HubPages

I decided to write about this topic after reading and responding to a question posted on HubPages by LaThing. The original question was, "When linking to other Hubbers' hubs, do you need to get permission from them?" While the answer to this question is a "no" and several remarks from hubbers with explanations, the question got me thinking about a related concept. Why would a hubber (aka hub writer) want to link from his or her own hub to another hub on HubPages?

Well, aside from using the word "hub" a LOT in one sentence as I just did, there are very useful reasons for the cross-linking that extend beyond the actually hubs themselves.

Hmm which link to use?!!
Hmm which link to use?!! | Source

Build HubPages Connections

When you link to another hub on HubPages, you do so because you think that the content of the article is well-written, provides a good point or connects well to your own subject matter. Sometimes the connected hub is all three of these concepts!

When you post the link, you can embed it within your hub or copy it into the link section of your hub. After your hub is published, pop around to the profile of the hubber to whom you have linked and let him or her know you have done so. Chances are good that the writer will be pleased that you value his or her content!

He or she will likely stop by your profile and perhaps even follow you. You have likely just made another HubPages connection!

Once connected, you now receive notifications whenever this writer publishes a new hub. Perhaps the future works willl provide you inspiration for your own hubs or content that you can link to again. Remember that quality links help make your own hubs look better too!

Karma with a bit of cool attached.
Karma with a bit of cool attached. | Source

HubKarma

When you write your hub, you have the opportunity to click the "suggest links" button to increase your HubKarma score. According to the Help section of HubPages, HubKarma is "a score that reflects the degree to which you link to others' Hubs and to Topic pages in your own hubs".

The score is one of the factors that affect your Hubber's Score. Remember that a high Hubber Score is a good thing as other writers will view you as producing quality work, you receive confirmation that you are fitting well into the HubPages community and you earn more page views! HubKarma is a score between 0-100.

Given the importance of HubKarma, you have yet another reason to link to other quality hubs!

Community Relations

Another great reason to link to other hubs on HubPages is for community relations. HubPages really is a community, with many supportive people who try to help one another to grow as writers and keep publishing hubs. Other hubbers are great motivators and supporters, at least from my own experience! Part of helping each other is sharing hubs electronically on the HubPages feed and around social media circles, as well as linking to each other's articles.

When you help someone else by linking to his or her work, you may make someone's afternoon, day or even week. You are doing good for someone else by helping showcase his or her work if people click on the link you provide to that hub. You are helping to increase that person's score on HubPages and number of page views too. When you do something nice for someone else I really do believe that you are also helping yourself as being kind makes you feel good too!

Building a community, one Leggo, er, link at a time.
Building a community, one Leggo, er, link at a time. | Source

Reciprocity

As well as keeping community relations, another reason to link to other hubs is to develop reciprocal relations with other hubbers. When you provide a link to another person's work, he or she is likely more inclined to link to your hubs too.

Let's see, if that hubber were to have to choose between linking to your hub and another person's hub, whose work has never been personally read before, which link would be chosen? Likely the hubber would lean toward the recognized name, which is yours! While it is not a guarantee, there is a good opportunity here to build a relationship of mutually helping one another with links.

And So...

There are many reasons to link to the hubs of other writers within the HubPages community. Build connections, feel good helping someone else and earn both yourself and those other hubbers more page reads. Now go write another hub after you leave this page!

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Glad to hear it Steph and thanks for stopping by to comment.


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StephSev108 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Thank you. This was really helpful.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Tip, yes linking to other hubs can help us flesh out details and back up our points. Glad you do so!


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tipstoretireearly 4 years ago from New York

Nice hub! I've linked to a few hubs in the past, mostly because they were written well and provided excellent information that supported my hubs.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks Mellonyy for the share, have a great day!


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Mellonyy 4 years ago

I will pin and share this valuable information! Thanks Christy!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Anamika, that is a great method you are using. I totally agree. Thanks so much for your comment and for the follow. Glad to be connected!


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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

I mostly write a series of hubs on one topic and do a lot of interlinking between my own hubs. I also occasionally link to other people's content if I think it would add value to hub. And whenever I do, I inform the hubber that I have linked to his/her content. Nice Hub, voted up!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Daughter Of Maat, I do agree that HP is a community. Your comment is a great example, thanks for the support here!

@Angela, thanks hon :)


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Daughter Of Maat 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

I liked this, it was well written and really promotes Hubpages as more than just a content farm. It's a community. I do think we all need to be reminded that everyone likes comments and having their hubs shared. The more you do it for others, the more it will happen to you.

Voted up, awesome, and shared!


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Great information again!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Vinaya, I do not encourage excessive backlinks. They are valuable ways to add to your information rather than being ways to get more traffic, although this can be a benefit as well. Thanks for the comment.

@randomcreative, Thanks!

@KDuBarry, you are doing so well here! I'm glad you find the hub so helpful.

@Jools, That is a great idea. That way you are not having to update several hubs at one time. You don't need to ask permission to use the hub links, instead it is nice to inform the hubber where their work is embedded. Keep up the great work!

@Jamie, thank-you so much for the comment, share and vote too! Take care!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I believe excessive linking is bad. However, to get more traffic we must learn to backlink.

Thanks for sharing your perspective.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great explanation of this topic, Christy!


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

Very very useful! I'll have to start doing this asap!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Christy, useful info. I often go back and add someone else's hub days or sometimes weeks after I've written it; usually when I find one that would complement my own or is on a similar theme.

I don't ask permission to be honest. I know if someone included one of my hubs in their article, I would be happy with it.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

Super hub with great info Christy! I have been meaning to go in and update my hubs and link them to others because I don't think I have done this enough. Thank you for reminding me. Voting up, useful and sharing :)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Paul, thanks for the vote, share and positive comment!

@teaches, you are wonderful my friend to keep stopping by :) I agree with your comment and you keep up with the great hubs!

@Curiad, thank-you! Have a great day.

@kjrzeek1, I'm glad to hear you learned from the hub. Glad to have you in the HubPages community.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@prairieprincess, Good question. I actually modified this hub and took out the part about including the link (I believe the promotion is frowned upon by HubPages). Instead, just leave a comment for the hubbers to let them know you linked in your newest hub or something along those lines.. You can always send a private message to them too through the contact area on their profiles. As for going back, I don't know that you need to do that as you have a number of hubs. Thanks for the comment and read!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Christy, great hub and I am glad you wrote it. It is very important to link other hubs to our own. I try to do this as much as possible.

I noticed that you said to always let the other person know that you have linked their hub to yours. I haven't done this but I was nervous that they would think I was promoting myself by telling them this. Would you suggest going back to my hubs already written and telling the linked hubbers that they are on my hub? I find it hard to promote myself and feel a bit shy. Thanks for a great hub!


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Paul Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Christy, these are very useful reasons for linking to other hubs. Thanks for the tips. Voted up and sharing.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Good suggestions and advice for linking to fellow hubbers. It does build community and it helps everyone. The connection to similar hubs will only add to the interest of the topic and to the site.


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Voted up and Useful...Great job Christy.


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kjrzeek1 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

I learn something new everyday here at Hubpages and that is why I am hooked on it. Thank you for the advice.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@sholland, I completely agree. It's nice when other hubs can help give your own more information and help the reader too. Thanks!

@Marc, hehe you noticed that eh?! Thanks for the compliment.

@services4all, the related links at the end of the hub outline the sharing process very well. Please do let me know if you read them and need further details.

@Dana, When we help each other we all win :) I'm glad to help and smile knowing you have found this hub useful!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Great hub with great advice! I link hubs to my hubs. I think it is helpful to readers to go to other good hubs about the same topic for more information. Votes and shared!:-)


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Marc Babineau 4 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

Talk about a double edged sword! Linking links for hubbers by hubbers! Great hub, Christy!


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services4all 4 years ago from U.S.

Nice post about hub connection. But really i don't know the proper how to connect other hub to one hub which i had posted. Can you can give the proper guidance.


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

This is a great hub. Super positive. One of the best features about hubpages is the community aspect. Good of you to encourage us to support each other.

I also like that you included some inks about linking. Way to help out the newbies and the technically challenged! :)

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