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Do you interlink your hubs?

  1. wowtgp profile image60
    wowtgpposted 4 years ago

    After creating 15 hubs, I think it's the right time to start interlinking related hubs to each other. I was wondering, how many fellow hubbers interlink their hubs? Have you experienced a boost in traffic and/or earnings? What's the best method of doing it?

    1. WalterPoon profile image86
      WalterPoonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I did link but since I am only 6 weeks with HubPages and only have 17 hubs, it's too early to tell.

      Wowtgp, did you get my email?

      1. wowtgp profile image60
        wowtgpposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Haven't checked it yet. Going to check now.

      2. wowtgp profile image60
        wowtgpposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Unfortunately I haven't got your mail.

        1. WalterPoon profile image86
          WalterPoonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I sent it via reply to rp.rahulparashar6 at gmail.com, with my edit attached. I did it immediately after I received your post yesterday.

          1. wowtgp profile image60
            wowtgpposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            I saw it. Thank you for taking your precious time out to respond. I am really grateful to you.

          2. wowtgp profile image60
            wowtgpposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Is English your native language?

            1. WalterPoon profile image86
              WalterPoonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Not my a long shot, LOL. I'm Chinese but I can't write Chinese. A new generation of bananas: yellow on the outside, white on the inside. So if I can do it, so can you! Actually, your English is not bad. Just polish it a little, and you will be fine.

              1. wowtgp profile image60
                wowtgpposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Yeah, this is what I am working on.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Definitely, absolutely.  The design of HubPages encourages readers to browse around the site as a whole, not stay within your sub-domain - so if you don't interlink, people are likely to read just one or two of your Hubs, then move on.

      You can put links in the body of your text, but I find the best way is to create a right-floated links capsule with a tinted background so it stands out.

      1. WalterPoon profile image86
        WalterPoonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        QUOTE: " I find the best way is to create a right-floated links capsule with a tinted background so it stands out."

        Marisa, thanks for the tips. So do we still need to group our hubs?

        1. Marisa Wright profile image93
          Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Absolutely.

      2. wowtgp profile image60
        wowtgpposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        @Marisa
        How do you do that?

      3. Ceres Schwarz profile image16
        Ceres Schwarzposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks for the tips. Where would you put that right-floated links capsule? Somewhere in the middle of your hub or at the very end?

        And do you think it's also all right if the links capsule isn't floated to the right? What I've been doing so far is adding a links capsule at the very end of my hub but it's not right-aligned. If you right-align the links capsule, wouldn't it look too text heavy to the right side? Or do you not include a description to the links? Should we include descriptions or not? Also, how many links would you suggest we include in the links capsule?

        1. Marisa Wright profile image93
          Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I write my own descriptions and keep them short.  I also don't link to every related Hubs, just two or three which are particularly relevant.  That way it doesn't look too heavy.

      4. To Start Again profile image85
        To Start Againposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Yes, I do this too. I also group my hubs into similar categories so that an extra link will appear at the bottom of the hub. But I still interlink, in the same way as Marisa.

        1. wowtgp profile image60
          wowtgpposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          How can I group my hubs too?

  2. ossmedia profile image61
    ossmediaposted 4 years ago

    Yes you can interlink related hubs to each other.

  3. Ceres Schwarz profile image16
    Ceres Schwarzposted 4 years ago

    I also use the hub group to link related hubs together as well as the links capsule. But since I'm still pretty new here, I don't know for sure if it's helping with traffic to hubs.

    By the way, does anyone know how we can tell that the hub groups are bringing us traffic? Like if someone reads one of our hubs then sees the hub group at the bottom and clicks on it to be brought to another of our hubs, will we see this reflected in our traffic sources? If so, how is this traffic source called?

  4. portables profile image77
    portablesposted 4 years ago

    it seems to make sense to me - if people like one of your hubs, the they might like them all!

  5. ChristinS profile image92
    ChristinSposted 4 years ago

    Yes I do this and I tend to float them to the right also.  When you edit your hub over on the right double click the capsule and it shrinks to half size and aligns to the right. 

    This is a great way to build interest in your work.  Also, as you go along and have many hubs like I do (over 90 now) If you've linked them all along it is much easier than wading back through everything smile

    1. wowtgp profile image60
      wowtgpposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for your help. I am gonna try interlinking this way now.

  6. SidKemp profile image89
    SidKempposted 4 years ago

    I've been on HubPages a year. Yes, interlinking is important, and it is good to do it well. I'm doing it now, and I'm going back to re-do it on some older hubs, too.

    Do use groups. That provides a natural interlink below the article.

    Don't be obtrusive. It is a bad idea to put up a long list of "you also might read" on a hub.

    You can create a link capsule, and float it to the right, and add links with comments to your hub if you like, as Marisa Wright suggested.

    I take a different approach. In a paragraph near the top of my hub, or in a blue text capsule to the right, I write out suggestions for 2 or 3 related topics, and suggest what you might read. Then I put a similar reminder at the bottom. And, as I write, if there is a natural "if you want to learn more about this," I'll include a link right there. This way, I give readers options for deeper learning without being intrusive.

    I also create series of hubs. Be careful about doing this: Follow HubPages guideliness, as they make readers happy. Most importantly, each hub must be a complete piece, not a teaser or a fragment requiring the reader to click elsewhere and read more to get the whole story. And don't title your hubs with a series name.

    When I write a series of hubs, I do create one master hub that is an overview of the topic. I then link that hub to all the rest of the series. And I link each hub back to the overview, and maybe to one or two other hubs. But I don't link each hub to all the others. That would look spammy.

    To see an example of an overview hub for a series, you can check out either of these two: Go Green: [url removed] ; and Overview of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: [url removed]

    To see interlinking of a few related hubs, see: Self-Evaluation: [url removed] (note, one link is not working yet, as I have one more hub to post in this set.

    You can also create a Table of Contents within a hub using the Links capsule. It's a similar idea, and good for long hubs: [url removed]

    I recommend that you use links within a hub to complement, not to reproduce, the use of grouping. For example, I have a group of hubs on 7 Habits, and a group on self-evaluation. But self-evaluation is part of self-improvement, which is what 7 Habits is all about. So I link one group to the other by mentioning that, and putting in a link for those who want to stay and grow.

    1. wowtgp profile image60
      wowtgpposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for the loads of information SidKemp smile

    2. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      +1

  7. profile image94
    Robbie C Wilsonposted 4 years ago

    I interlink my hubs as much as I possibly can. In fact, I tend to deliberately create groups of hubs on a specific topic and link each hub to all the other hubs in that group (the groups are up to 8 hubs, typically). As has already been mentioned, people will read more than one of your hubs if they like what you have written and are interested in reading something you have linked to that page.

    As an example of how interlinking can help your traffic, my current Pages / Visit for the month in Google Analytics is 1.5. That means that for every two visits, three of my pages are read on average. I often see people visiting and reading 10 - 15 hubs at one visit.

    In addition, you are also creating legal and perfectly valid backlinks to your pages which should enable them to climb the Google rankings. It is no substitute for brillianty written and researched hubs, but every little bit helps!

    I haven't used the link capsule yet, sounds like a brilliant idea, I think I will try it out on my next hub!

  8. Paul Corvan profile image78
    Paul Corvanposted 4 years ago

    Yep, I do interlink related hubs. Also, I provide them with backlinks from high pr websites.

  9. wilderness profile image96
    wildernessposted 4 years ago

    Yes, I interlink my own hubs as much as I can without filling them with links to unrelated hubs.  A part of the procedure in writing a new hub is to edit older ones and put in a link here and there to the new one.

    One of the results is that on the traffic page, the second source listed is my own subdomain, right after google.com.  While some of that comes from the grouping feature, it is also coming from those interlinks.

  10. jemuelO profile image85
    jemuelOposted 4 years ago

    Nice one! I should try interlinking hubs when I already have plenty featured hubs. As for now, I'll be more focused on writing more (I just published my first hub this morning). This is so helpful. I've got to follow this forum for easy reference later. Great thanks!

  11. ologsinquito profile image92
    ologsinquitoposted 4 years ago

    Yes, it's a good idea to link hubs that are related. If you start to write for other platforms, you can also link back to HP if it's a related topic.

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    delleaposted 4 years ago

    I've found that it only makes sense to interlink hubs that are specifically and directly related to each other. A common mistake I see on HP is people adding links to multiple hubs they've written in a hub that's not related to the others linked, which looks too spammy and probably hurts ranking overall in some way. I do link some of my hubs here on HP to some of my blog posts in the blogs I admin and vice-versa, and I've found that tends to bring in a lot of free Google and other search engine traffic into my hubs. If you like, you can read my series of hubs called How to get more traffic to your HubPages... I haven't been here long, but since I signed up here I've applied my SEO techniques from my years of blogging to my HubPages, and my techniques seem to work here as well.

    1. wowtgp profile image60
      wowtgpposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I too have found some people spamming the links all over in their hubs. To be honest, I don't even read them, no matter how useful they are.

      And yeah, I am going to check out hte hub you have mentioned. Thanks for steering me towards the right direction.

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    delleaposted 4 years ago

    Another thing I forgot to mention but that you might be aware of is to categorize your related hubs under more general topics using Groups, and this way people will be more apt to read your generally-related hubs without having to interlink hubs directly to each other. This has been effective for my own hubs.

    1. wowtgp profile image60
      wowtgpposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Will you please elaborate a bit?

    2. livewithrichard profile image84
      livewithrichardposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I only interlink hubs that are in a series... Organizing your hubs into groups is the only interlinking that is needed.  Internal linking is done for you with groups and the link through your username.  Too many links will take away from the page and cause unneeded distractions.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image93
        Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I agree that it's possible to have too many links, but in HubPages' current design, I feel the two Grouped Hubs aren't obvious enough.   If I want readers to read other Hubs in a series, I think they need to be highlighted.  That doesn't mean deluging the text with blue links, it just means having a box somewhere drawing their attention to them.  SidKemp explained it well, I think.

  14. paradigmsearch profile image86
    paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago

    "Do you interlink your hubs?"

    I'm not inspired enough to read the entire thread. big_smile

    Short answer? A screaming YES.

    1. wowtgp profile image60
      wowtgpposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah, it was a really simple question smile

  15. lovebuglena profile image92
    lovebuglenaposted 4 years ago

    I include links in one hub to other hubs if they are related to each other. I think that is a good idea. I do see increased traffic but not sure if it's from doing this though.

 
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