Yesterday I read a thread that pointed out an HP term pertaining to self promotion. At a quick read over it seemed to suggest that self promotion is banned here. Does this mean social media too or what does it exactly mean...? I read the page the link went to and didn't fully comprehend it.
Self promotion is how a lot of us make money on this site. What they probably mean is you can't tell people to click on your work or on the ads using HubPages resources. Technically you aren't supposed to tell people to click on ads at all. It has to be their choice. Using other sites like Twitter and Facebook is allowed. I use Twitter and my viewership has increased because of it.
Thanks for asking this. The answers explain why I noted someone mentioning their website with the words "dot com" instead of ".com". She was teaching me something about ads, but was careful not to self promote by spelling out the site name exactly. I wasn't entirely sure why she did this. Now I know.
If I'm reading it right and remembering a different thread, you're wanting to put in a link to your business site.
Such links are quite acceptable, but ONLY if the link and site are truly relevant to the topic and subject of the hub. It must add something to reader experience, not be effectively just another ad on the page.
Be aware, too, that only two links per domain (domain, not page) are allowed and they must not be proscribed pages. HP has rules for what types of sites are not allowed to be linked to.
There are people who want to come to Hubpages to advertise their business or website. That kimd of self promotion is not allowed. You can promote your hubs in social media sites, but to avoid looking like a spammer, you will want to post other things and be an active member of the community there as well.
It's this ^ ^ and....
....self promotion of your hubpages in the forums, questions and answers, comments, fan mail is not allowed either.
It's nothing to do with how you use social media in this context.
Self promotion in the form of spamming is banned. You can share your Hubs through social media by using the share buttons places to the right of your Hub. The thing you have to keep in mind is Google doesn't benefit when you generate traffic through self promotion, so they place a lower value on content that doesn't generate keyword searches. Too much of this type of content on one publishing site will lower that sites Google ranking meaning less search engine traffic for everyone. HubPages does its best to allow writers to self promote, but its best to do it within their guidelines.
I have seen businesses have hubs on this site. If it's describing a service or product, it's acceptable. In a video I have of Paul E. speaking at a conference, he speaks with a Zappo's representative encouraging their blog writers to write on the site about their products. There's a fine line between advertising and describing a service/product. After all, commercial writing is allowed here.
Okay then, clarify something for me. I have a few posts that have links to my blog in them. But the links are directly related to the topic matter. I purposely write half my posts here on HP and half on my blog nowadays ,so they in effect support each other's traffic by linking back and forth.
Is this okay?
Presumably you mean your links point to something (your blog content) that is directly related to the topic and subject of the hub. There is very seldom a problem with that.
Now if your blog contained a virus that would download to a visitor, or was a porno site it would be a problem, but I rather doubt either scenario.
You are right. I always make sure that I only link to strongly related matter, as not to lead people off from my posts for unimportant reasons.
I was going to say I gave up porn for lent, but am afraid some would believe it
Thanks for the insight.
I saw the same forum yesterday, GwennyOh, and was confused as well. I wasn't clear on what's acceptable and what's against the rules. When I started here, I put a link to my website, along with 2 other links for therapy in a link capsule. It's a hub about relationships and I'm a relationship counselor so I thought it was okay. It got featured so I guess it was okay.
But I felt funny about it (overly promotional?) and took it out several weeks later when I was tweaking. I ended up putting the links to two relationship articles on an information page on my website. I thought that was more appropriate but now I'm not sure.
Veterans, please advise.
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