hello all, I'm still relatively new on HP and am still learning how this site works~~ I have noticed recently that some hubbers seem to be able to self- promote with links and yet others are quickly silenced. can someone please clarify what self-promotion is here in the forums? and yes, I have read the forum rules and also the box that is posted on every single page when posting a comment where it says: Do not start threads for the sole purpose of promotion or posting links.
You can post a link to your Hubs in "Extreme Hub Makeover" for feedback. There's also a HubMob thread where you can post links to the Hubs you've written for that HubMob. And a 30 Day Challenge thread where you can post Hubs you've written for the challenge (I think).
Anywhere else on the forums, the link will be snipped (maybe not instantly, because the moderator can't be everywhere at once).
Occasionally you'll see other threads where a link is not snipped, but there's a good reason for that. For instance, you'll often see Darkside's "how to Hub" series hyperlinked, either by himself or other Hubbers - that's not self-promotion, it's acknowledged as a great resource for newbies.
There is currently a thread about a Christmas Hub by Sandra Rinck. It is possible that link might still be snipped - but she has specifically written the Hub to promote Hubs by a large number of Hubbers, not just herself, so it could be seen a benefit to the community.
You can link to one of your own hubs when it's related to a discussion, not start it.
I don't think it's just related to how long you have been here.
If you are talking about Sandra's, that is an exception. She was promoting a hub that featured the hubs of other hubbers. I probably wouldn't have started such a thread but it's not really self-promotion.
There are a couple of threads, like the hubmob and the 30 day challenge that HubPages makes an exception for. And then again, some don't care and continue to self-promote until they get snipped
I'll post links to my hub if they're related to the conversation. I have one I wrote on god that I will post in the religion forum if people question my beliefs. I don't think it's really self promotion because I make nothing off the hub...
Try leaving them up for long enough! You're after search engine traffic. Google uses several variables to judge the value of a Hub - and one of them is age. Although Hubs can get indexed (listed on Google) quickly, it can take a while for them to move up the rankings.
All my income-producing Hubs started out earning mere pennies, and are gradually earning more and more as they get older. Of course, some of my Hubs have still only earned $2, and I'm resigned to the fact they're not on subjects that do well.
If I'd made a judgment on my Hubs in their first two or three months, I would have deleted several of the ones which are now good earners. Don't be too quick to judge what's working and what's not.
Lol don't worry I know how far I can go and what I can get away with, on the plus side I also know that I can also flag those that wind me up, BadCo intends to build up another collection of humor hubs, the first will be tomorrow night, omg I hope that isnt promoting
Marisa Wright and Uninvited Writer have pretty much covered all the bases.
The only other place I'd say is allowed is when a person starts a thread in the HubPages Knowledge Exchange with an obvious attempt at giving a useful tip to others, be it in a hub they've written or another site.
In this example if the OP had posted a link to an external site in her post, it wouldn't have been a problem.
Sandra, whether it's you or a group of hubbers, it's still self-promotion for a group of specific hubbers and not the entire Hubpages community. I was really surprised when I saw your thread that it was allowed.
But if it's okay with Maddie and the team, I guess it's okay. But I can see where people would be confused.
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