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I know this is a dumb question but

  1. Brie Hoffman profile image83
    Brie Hoffmanposted 6 years ago

    What are incoming links?


    1. thisisoli profile image72
      thisisoliposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      incoming links (Backlinks) are links from other websites which link to your own website.

  2. Lily Rose profile image84
    Lily Roseposted 6 years ago

    This is one of the first hubs that helped me understand what the heck backlinks were when i first started here:  http://hubpages.com/hub/Hubpages-backli … or-Dummies

    Hope this helps!

    1. Brie Hoffman profile image83
      Brie Hoffmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks, this helps a lot.  However, what are the links that they "star" in the Hub Stats section.  What are those?

      1. sunforged profile image69
        sunforgedposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        the links they star is a rudimentary scale, one incoming link doesnt necessarily equal 1 star. Personally, i think that particular metric has 0 utility.

        All of the built in hubmetrics are very basic tools.

        Use analytics for most measurements

        use a firefox plug in for page rank / results ranking

        ( seo quake , page rank checker ,  seo for firefox are some good options)

        use yahoo site explorer or the site command in google to check on backlinks


        google command = (link:www.yourhuburl.com)

        1. shazwellyn profile image84
          shazwellynposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Absolutely!  Hubpages stats are nothing compared to google anaylitics - very comprehensive!  I second that emotion!!!

  3. MikeNV profile image76
    MikeNVposted 6 years ago

    It's not a dumb question at all.

    More important is the purpose of the links.

    Links serve two purposes:

    1.  To get visitors directly from the link to visit your articles.
    2.  To attract search engine bots attention so they will index and rank you based on the content of your sites as described in the link "anchor text".  Anchor text is the keywords that you or someone else uses in the link to describe your content.

    For example:  If you wrote a hub about San Diego Beaches

    Your anchor text might be:  San Diego Beach Resorts

    Which would help the search engines understand more about your site/article.

    If you had a link that said: Click here for more

    It doesn't tell the search engines much about your article/site.

    "links" are used by search engines as a kind of "vote" for the content of your site.

    If you are not trying to take money and do not care if 1 person or 1,000 read your articles from external sites and only care about the Hub Community visitors... then they don't matter much at all.

    1. Brie Hoffman profile image83
      Brie Hoffmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      But I do care, so if you want to increase your links what would you do?

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        Kenrick Chatmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        -Submit articles with anchor links to article directories including sites like Suite101 and Examiner.com

        -Have articles submitted to relevant blogs with high page rank

        -Submit press releases with anchor links

        -Use social bookmarking

        and so on...

        Do this yourself or outsource it to SEO experts.