One of the first things I thought HP would do during the feature changes especially when it came to linking was to disallow other hubbers to leave links in comments.
While the more experienced hubber will know how to remove this, new hubbers may not realize how detrimental it can be to their hubs. Also the hubber leaving the link may not realize that they are spamming.
I see hubbers still leaving links on every hub they read. I find it quite distasteful when a hubber reads a hub then ask the person to read theirs by leaving a link.
There must be something that can be done in terms of signed in hubbers leaving a backlink to their hub.
Those links are nofollow. And I often get readers linking good (not spammy) related content
Cardisa, I thought it was always noted that links are not allowed in the comments section. Is that not stated at the bottom of the comment box when one is writing a comment?
No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your Hubs or other sites."
People, however are still spamming. I don't mind relevant external links but some hubbers just overdo it.
Right now we don't show comments for signed off users and those links are nofollow as well.
It is also against policy to SPAM a Hub with unrelated URLs, so if you feel a comment qualifies as such, please report it and we will review the content. If it is your Hub, you can delete the comment and mark it as SPAM.
As for all not allowing any Hubpages.com links in comments, I will bring this up in our community meeting, but I think our reason for allowing it is to encourage discussion and exchange of ideas and Hubs are the main way to do this.
If other hubbers may leave links, yet policy states, "...Comments are not for promoting your Hubs or other sites," I fail to see much difference between the two.
Either someone would be leaving a link to their own hub, or to an external site. It seems contradictory to allow links on the one hand, then post a policy that seems to prohibit that action on the other.
We reviewed this suggestion in our community meeting and have decided not to implement this feature at this time.
I COMPLETELY agree with you. Everyday I have gamers coming and posting forum links, and links to their videos trying to gain popularity, and it is a pain to go through daily and delete links, and then typically have to explain myself afterwards of why I don't allow anyone to post external links on my hubs.. Simply adding a feature that blocks you from adding .com, or www.. will make life a LOT easier.. And then when you get the occasion www (Random site) dot com I can delete those, but I think banning links would be a great start.
I am noticing a few of you really want this feature. Personally, I would like people to have the option of leaving a related link in a comment. I review my comments and would mark something as spam if I did not think the link was appropriate.
That being said, it would be nice for those who really wanted this feature to have an option within settings they can choose to check off that will not allow URLs in comments.
For me, I would prefer to post a link you would need to be a member of HubPages.. With the nature of my articles I get a lot of people spamming links to their sites that are for gaming and such. I know most members are referring to link spammers on HubPages, but I have a problem with link spammers who are not at all affiliated with HubPages and just solely want to promote their own website.
I got a message from Google once to not leave a comment that promoted my hub. When it was indexed, the message was there. I was not even promoting it. I think it tripped a filter. I thought it was strange. I have seen links to profiles in comments.
No, It was on HubPages and indexed by Google. It had one comment and one response. It was about makeup. The first comment was a question asking if the procedure was expensive. My response was that the person I interviewed for my hub said it was free but that she purchased a product. Another time I saw a message on a page that said three personal stories on this page, and the next day my hub. that was just indexed. was gone from that page. It was a personal story. Do you think this is a filter when Googlebot indexes hubs?
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