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How important is linking to other sites in order to increase my score?

  1. Ratatoesk profile image60
    Ratatoeskposted 4 years ago

    Years ago, I was already on HP and had numerous links in my articles. However, these links regularly broke. I interrupted my work with HP for several months, and when I came back now, all my items were broken because all the links broke while I was away.

    Since then, HP changed the surface. I started from zero again. And this time I have no links to my articles. However, my score fell within 3 days since I started again, and today it stands at 5.

    So, my question is, do have links an impact to the score?

    1. Paul Maplesden profile image89
      Paul Maplesdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I'm not sure if links in hubs have an impact on the hub or your hubber'ss core, but I do know that they can help (a tiny bit) in Google's search results. Matt Cutts at Google has said that linking to other recognized, authority sites from your site will increase trust (slightly) in the linking site. Increased trust means (potentially) more visibility in search results.

      1. Ratatoesk profile image60
        Ratatoeskposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I thank you Paul. So, I will make some little changes in order to be found better and get more traffic. :-)

      2. Marisa Wright profile image92
        Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Exactly how I see it.

    2. iamvijay profile image60
      iamvijayposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      don't worry about your hub score it will increase automatically when your hub has its stuff.And one kind advise don't use external links to your hubs because external link might broke and you will not be noticing that all time. recommendation use internal links to hub which will increase your traffic and your hub score.
      Thank you.

      1. Ratatoesk profile image60
        Ratatoeskposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thank you Vijay for this good advice :-)

    3. Marisa Wright profile image92
      Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      First, scores aren't important, they're just there to stroke your ego.  It is good to have a few links going out to other related websites (not other Hubs, unless they're your own), because Google likes to see that.

      1. Ratatoesk profile image60
        Ratatoeskposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thank you Marisa :-)
        It seems to me that everbody has its very own point of view about linking

  2. Simone Smith profile image91
    Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

    I wouldn't worry about links and how the affect your score; I'd think about links and how they affect readers' experiences. Do what's best for the readers, and you'll be OK! big_smile

    1. Ratatoesk profile image60
      Ratatoeskposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you Simone. I don´t worry. I focused now on commenting hubs, answering questions, posting questions and so. And my score is growing again. And I havn´t linked to other sites yet.

      1. superfly47 profile image60
        superfly47posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        How quickly has it risen?

        1. Ratatoesk profile image60
          Ratatoeskposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Well, I joined 6 days ago and only after 2 days my score arrived at its lowest, at 4. But I just kept commenting, answering and asking and writing at least and so I started growing until today. And right now it is at 42 - after 4 days :-)

  3. LisaMarie724 profile image86
    LisaMarie724posted 4 years ago

    I also have a question about links.  Is it better to add them at the end in with a link capsule or add them throughout the body of your hub?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image92
      Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      The main benefit of adding outgoing links is to impress Google.   If you place those links in the body of your text, especially if they're early in your article, there's always a risk that your reader will click on an outgoing link before they click on one of your ads - not what you want. So personally, I always put them at the end.

      1. LisaMarie724 profile image86
        LisaMarie724posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks, I just always wondered which was best.

      2. Paul Maplesden profile image89
        Paul Maplesdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        There's a simple trick to prevent people from leaving your site if they click on a link: target="_blank"

        This causes the clicked link to open in another tab allowing your reader to continue reading the article. It's simple to setup, just go into the HTML source in the place where you have hyperlinked.

        You'll see a link like the following:

        <a href="http://mywebsiteaddress/myurl>This is my link text</a>

        All you need to do is to add a space then target="_blank" after the end of the URL, so it looks like this:

        <a href="http://mywebsiteaddress/myurl target="_blank">This is my link text</a>

        Hope it helps!

        1. LisaMarie724 profile image86
          LisaMarie724posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Wow, I honestly never knew that we could do things like that here.  I'm going to have to hang around in the forums more often to learn from you guys!

        2. birthwrite profile image60
          birthwriteposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks, I learned something new today!

          1. Ratatoesk profile image60
            Ratatoeskposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            That´s great and good to know. Thank you for sharing :-)

        3. Marisa Wright profile image92
          Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          We're talking about HubPages here - I didn't think that worked here?

          1. Paul Maplesden profile image89
            Paul Maplesdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            It works for me smile Just go into the HTML source and add it.

      3. Ratatoesk profile image60
        Ratatoeskposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        As I know Google is much more impressed by links coming in than by links going out because this shows Google that your content is worthy and important. Why else should other sites link to our site if it´s not?

        1. LisaMarie724 profile image86
          LisaMarie724posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          True, but how do we get other sites to link to our hubs?

          1. Paul Maplesden profile image89
            Paul Maplesdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Lisa, it's all about building up connections; you can do this in several ways:

            - Guest blogging - Approaching other bloggers (not HP) on topics similar to what you write about and offering to write for them in return for a link to your page. As an example, because I write about Google Plus, I also guest blog for Google Plus Daily, a popular blog about Google Plus

            - Build authority and expertise - Join other communities and share your expertise freely, building up a reputation

            - Post to social media and add value to the communities there; although these aren't 'strong' backlinks, they do draw attention to your work and it may get mentioned or linked to outside that social network

            - Answer questions on sites like Quora on related topics, including a link back to your hub where it will add additional value

            - Contact influencers in your field and share your work with them

            I've used all of these techniques and am starting to build up a healthy backlink profile; it does take a bit of time, but is worth it IMHO.

            1. LisaMarie724 profile image86
              LisaMarie724posted 4 years ago in reply to this

              I really need to do all of this.  Guest blogging would be the best way to start I think, the easiest anyway.  I do have my own blog that I sometimes link back to, does that count?

              1. Paul Maplesden profile image89
                Paul Maplesdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                That might help, it depends how much 'authority' your own blog has; generally, it's good to guest blog on a diverse range of blogs.

              2. Marisa Wright profile image92
                Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                I have a blog for women which is always looking for guest posts - you'll find a link on my profile.

              3. Marisa Wright profile image92
                Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Google probably knows that both your Hubs and your blog belong to you, so linking between them isn't likely to count for much.

          2. Ratatoesk profile image60
            Ratatoeskposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            One way to get this is linking to your very own hubs within your hubs.

            Second you can set a link to your HP profil within your facebook profil or twitter profil. Actually you can put a link to your HP profil or special hubs at every single profil you have in the net, like google+, yahoo, linkedIn or so.

            Third you may have a youtube channel and some videos on. Place a link to your hub at very first place within your video discription. You can even have videos on several channels like metacafe, vimeo or so linking to your hubs. You can easily upload videos to all this channels at once by using tubemogul or trafficgeyser. I published an article about this topic.

            1. LisaMarie724 profile image86
              LisaMarie724posted 4 years ago in reply to this

              I'll have to read that.  I'd really like to learn how to do some Youtube videos so I could use my own in my hubs.

        2. Marisa Wright profile image92
          Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          That's true, but both are necessary.

  4. Ratatoesk profile image60
    Ratatoeskposted 4 years ago

    What are you thankful for, LisaMarie?

    1. LisaMarie724 profile image86
      LisaMarie724posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      For Marisa letting me know that it is best to add your links at the end of your hub (in the link capsule) then adding links to other sites throughout your hub.

      1. Ratatoesk profile image60
        Ratatoeskposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Ah, got you :-)

        1. LisaMarie724 profile image86
          LisaMarie724posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          smile I was confused about the whole link thing too.

          1. Ratatoesk profile image60
            Ratatoeskposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            :-) Who is not?

 
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