Hi, I am wondering something:
I know in the comments, it says that comments are not for posting links to promote yourself.... What about fan mail?
I've got a fan mail reading along the lines of,
"Hi, I like your stuff. I'm a new hubber; please help me out..." and then there are like 5 links to the author's own articles.
This came in a couple of weeks ago, and I'm still undecided whether or not to approve the mail. Some of the titles look like they could possibly be the kinds of topics that get "spun," but I don't really know how to make that judgement.
In a quandary, here.... suggestions????
Personally, I would not approve it.
If someone follows you and says "please help me out", they're obviously not following you for the right reasons.
I won't approve comments with links on my hub and delete them.
I also deny fan mail with Links or the ones that are empty.
The empty ones are a form of advertising.
Chances are, they've left that same message for every other person they've followed.
I deny and delete them.
You could check out those specific hubs if you're in the mood to flag. Regardless, I would Deny that fan mail. If you Deny, it doesn't Delete forever, which then becomes an option. Personally, I deny any fan mail that's just looking for reciprocity and doesn't say anything that will add complimentary value to my profile page.
I agree with the others. This person is promoting their own work not following you because they appreciate yours. I'd deny it.
I don't mind links that are relevant to the content in my comments. Someone finds something to add, then I have no problem with it. This goes for hubbers and outsiders. As long as it is not SPAM, I don't mind relevant links.
I try not to post links myself in my own comments, to other related hubs. Sometimes I will be having a conversation in my comment section and a person could benefit from reading a different hub that isn't related to the content that they left the comment on, so I will type in the title of the hub and not use a link.
I rarely leave a link in a comment on other people's hubs. I usually email them and request permission to post a link. If the hubber requests a link in their comment section, then I give them one, but only if relevant to their content.
Fanmail- adding links is a cheap way to build internal links. It shouldn't be allowed to begin with. I have had someone leave links in my fanmail. I approved it. But, do find it tacky.
one or two relevant links can be acceptable.Five links==self promotion!
Ok, thank you, everyone who replied. That clarifies things nicely. I'm going to go ahead and deny it, even though they did try to 'cover their tracks' by starting out with saying "I like your stuff." I thought that was pretty generic! LOL
I have the following written on my profile:
Please note that any fan mail or comments you leave for me that request mutual reciprocation will be deleted, as I consider this very rude and bad etiquette.
People can comment on my hubs or on me as a writer but it's not a place for self promotion. All self promotional comments and fan mail are deleted.
The whole definition of fan mail pertains to telling someone why you like them... not why they should like you.
I get empty fan mail all the time. I guess people don't know why they like me.
The majority of empty fan mails from followers are as a result of HP default pre-fan mail vote options like: "thanks, good writer, you're cool and great hubs." If you deny such fan mail vote which is usaually empty but counts as votes for the above quoted, located just rightly under your displayed fans photographs on your HP Profile page, then you lose their respective vote counts. I personally deny irrelevant and self promotional fan mails or comments.
I hate those default options! If I like somebody's hubs enough, I will say so in my own words. Having auto-buttons to do the job caters exactly to the sort of illiterates we do not want to encourage here!!!
That's good to know. Thanks, Andrew.
I don't deny fan mails.
My angle on fan mail. It's nice to get but, to me, the numbers are less important than the comment. Because those comments show on your profile.
I'd rather have three cracking comments that indicate what I am about and help to sell my content, than some extra numbers with meaningless "great hub" or similar.
All about marketing, even when it's just a fan mail.
In my opinion.
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