Hi all... I am still learning the ropes here at hubpages and have made $3.91 so far in about a month which is not wonderful but is at least slightly motivating.
Anyway, I'm having trouble driving traffic and have to increase backlinks apparently. I read one time that it's a good idea to search for blogs or forums about your hub topic and to post a useful comment and a link to your hub. Does it count equally as a backlink if your link is a hyperlink of your username on that forum rather than posting a direct link to your hub in the comment where it is more obvious? I like the idea of making my links obvious but they can appear spammy that way and worry about my comments just not getting approved.
Thanks for your help.
All backlinks are good (just about anyways) I think you'll find your comments won't be accepted if you include a backlink in the body of your comment. You could look for blogs that use the keywordluv plugin, as you can use your chosen keywords there. You want variety in your backlinking so some with your name as the anchor text would be ok. Also many blogs don't mind if you use a few keywords instead of your name. Be sure to internally link your related hubs together as well.
Article marketing is a good way to get some good quality backlinks, as well as some of your articles could rank for your keywords, so you not only get the backlink you have another source of traffic from the link.
Hope this makes sense to you.
It may make sense (ppl do it all the time and get results) but, you are right about the seeming spammy part. Nobody likes a purely spammy comment and many, I'm sure, are likely to delete or deny them right away. If you're leaving a genuine comment (on sites other than HP, I assume) and only linking with your username, I would think you'd have a better chance of the comment not getting deleted.
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