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Removing HubPages Referral Links From Hubs

  1. Marina Lazarevic profile image84
    Marina Lazarevicposted 17 months ago

    As part of our ongoing efforts to improve site structure, we are removing HubPages referral links from published Hubs by deleting their tracker IDs. HubPages referral links were always intended for use outside of HubPages, and because they redirect, they may cause some page rank to be lost.  Referral links added to new Hubs will be automatically rewritten to the same URL without the tracker on the live, published versions of the Hubs (i.e., not in edit mode/the HubTool).  Given this, the best course of action for Hubbers moving forward is to discontinue placing referral links in new Hubs. You may also want to remove any "Sign up for HubPages" sections from existing Hubs.

    1. janshares profile image90
      jansharesposted 17 months ago in reply to this

      Will do. I think I have one, maybe two.

      1. janshares profile image90
        jansharesposted 17 months ago in reply to this

        "You also may want to remove any 'Sign up for HubPages' sections from your hubs."
        Did I understand this to mean when we highlight and link the word "Hubpages" to the main page for the sole purpose of inviting people to join? I had one like that and broke the link. I never had any referral links for making money.

    2. PegCole17 profile image91
      PegCole17posted 17 months ago in reply to this

      We were warned this was coming. Thanks for the update.

  2. paradigm search profile image80
    paradigm searchposted 17 months ago

    Didn't HubPages announce a few years ago that in-hub referral links were already being ignored for earnings purposes by HP anyway? If so, then there is no reason for anybody to become perturbed by their now being actually removed. So hopefully none of the usual forum riots this time around. big_smile

    1. calculus-geometry profile image86
      calculus-geometryposted 17 months ago in reply to this

      I don't remember that.  Do you have a link?

      1. paradigm search profile image80
        paradigm searchposted 17 months ago in reply to this

        Not a clue, not even 100% sure. The only specific things I remember are HP saying in-hub referrals were a no-no and Paul Deeds saying something to the effect that HP could ignore the referral aspect of a link without it being necessary for us having to go through all our hubs and manually finding and removing the tracker ID's.

        1. calculus-geometry profile image86
          calculus-geometryposted 17 months ago in reply to this

          All I remember is HP (for a long time) discouraging it.  If the internal referral links are indeed counted, and if a person has been diligently interlinking his hubs and using his referral tracker for those links, he could very well see a small drop in income when these referral tracker links are nullified internally.

          1. paradigm search profile image80
            paradigm searchposted 17 months ago in reply to this

            I hope I haven't missed out on 3 years of extra 10% income because of my discontinuing the use of in-hub trackers. Oh, well. If true, I'll buy some extra popcorn for when it hits the fan.

            1. calculus-geometry profile image86
              calculus-geometryposted 17 months ago in reply to this

              Probably not many people were doing it because it does require some extra work and most of us are lazy.  But I'll bring my popcorn too just in case smile

              1. Glenn Stok profile image96
                Glenn Stokposted 17 months ago in reply to this

                I had done it years ago. But as I said in my post earlier in this thread, the people signing up mostly never published any hubs. And those that did, didn't do well. So I never made any money from the referrals. I stopped wasting my time with it. But I'll be glad to share the popcorn.

                1. Rochelle Frank profile image87
                  Rochelle Frankposted 17 months ago in reply to this

                  I think I tried it a couple of times, but not sure when or where. This is going to be done automatically? or do we have to do something?  I'll have some popcorn. smile

                  1. Glenn Stok profile image96
                    Glenn Stokposted 17 months ago in reply to this

                    See Marina's explanation at the beginning of this thread. That post answers your question.

                2. calculus-geometry profile image86
                  calculus-geometryposted 17 months ago in reply to this

                  It's not just sign ups, when someone clicks on a url with the tracker embedded a percentage of the impressions go to the tracker owner.  That's why some people were tracker-izing all their interlinking, to supposedly get a larger share of impressions than the usual 60% (though maybe as PDS says, it didn't work if it was your own hub you were referring).

                  http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/referral-program

                  In addition to earning rewards by introducing new people to HubPages, you can receive a percentage of the total impressions just by sending visitors to Hubs - no Hubbing necessary. If the Hubber who wrote the Hub was referred to HubPages by someone else, you’ll get 9% of the total impressions. If nobody referred this Hubber, however, you get 12%.

              2. DasEngel profile image60
                DasEngelposted 17 months ago in reply to this

                You and 'Paradigm Search' seem to be very good friends. In fact, it was entertaining to see you both speak as if you were but one soul.

  3. Glenn Stok profile image96
    Glenn Stokposted 17 months ago

    I stopped using Referral Links a long time ago since I never made any money from signups anyway. Looking over my referral report I see that most of them never even published any hubs. It will not be missed.

  4. WryLilt profile image87
    WryLiltposted 17 months ago

    What about tracker IDs in hubs specifically written to bring in referrals? That's where a lot of my referrals came from at one stage - and still do sometimes I think.

    Also, what about, for example "How to earn money writing" articles etc, where organic traffic would be most likely to sign up through a link?

    1. Marina Lazarevic profile image84
      Marina Lazarevicposted 17 months ago in reply to this

      The tracker IDs are removed in these cases as well. The redirect issue applies regardless of the subject matter of the Hub. It's also more practical for us to maintain uniform policy on this. I hope it doesn't impact your earnings too much!

  5. DzyMsLizzy profile image90
    DzyMsLizzyposted 17 months ago

    Are we talking about the "link to this page" utility at the very very bottom of all the pages on HP, including forum posts, that can be shared to Facebook, or what-have-you???

    1. WryLilt profile image87
      WryLiltposted 17 months ago in reply to this

      The links created through that will still work and include your referral tracker on OTHER sites (from what I read).

      The links just won't include your referral tracker when used on Hubpages.com

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image90
        DzyMsLizzyposted 17 months ago in reply to this

        okay--I never use them within HP, anyhow--I never thought that was the purpose. 
          I only sometimes put links (in a separate link capsule) to link to other of my own, related hubs on a topic.  But I don't use that gizmo to do it; I just copy the URL from the hub or the "my account" page.

        1. WryLilt profile image87
          WryLiltposted 17 months ago in reply to this

          In that case, this change shouldn't have any impact on you smile

      2. Marina Lazarevic profile image84
        Marina Lazarevicposted 17 months ago in reply to this

        Yep, this is right!

  6. Gloriousconfusion profile image86
    Gloriousconfusionposted 17 months ago

    I don't understand what this all means - please could you explain it in less technical language and in a lot more detail.  Sorry about this hmm  - I don't understand what it is we were doing previously and therefore how to put it right so we don't do it in future.

    1. Christy Kirwan profile image
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      Christy Kirwanposted 17 months ago in reply to this

      Hi Gloriousconfusion,

      If you haven't been manually placing HubPages Referral Trackers in your Hubs, then you have absolutely nothing to worry about and this change will not affect you. smile

    2. Glenn Stok profile image96
      Glenn Stokposted 17 months ago in reply to this

      Glorious, here is an explanation in non technical terms:
      http://hubpages.com/forum/post/2769792

 
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