When I was a newbie, I was very, very guilty of getting carried away with over-linking. I thought that was what I was supposed to do. Now I know better! One of these days, I'll go back to those old hubs and get rid of those extra links!
Just noticed it gone!!! Yeah...it never worked to help with hubs making money or ranking. Never liked it! I never had it change for the positive no matter how much I did, so I only ignored it. Bye-bye HubKarma.
I'm not a fan of it either. It's good to support other hubbers, but all of those blue links in a hub are distracting and annoying. I hope it stays gone, as I have said in another comment somewhere. It is another unneeded statistic.
I hope you realize that when you are talking to someone with a virtually perpetual score of one hundred (not me - Rochelle Frank) that it's seriously in your best interest to think about what they are saying, as they don't have a perfect score for no reason.
Actually, I'm not sure that is true. I don't know the reason, myself. You are giving me too much respect, but I am just expressing a personal opinion. I personally don't like to read hubs with link after link highlighted. Feel free to interlink as much as you want.
Yeah, what he said! I couldn't ever see the point of it in the first place except as a distracting gimmick. Half the time, there were no corresponding hubs to link to, or the "keywords" to link made no sense...i.e. "going to" or some similar silliness...while obvious words to link (like place names and such) were totally ignored. Again, GOOD RIDDANCE!
Not to mention the fact that if you linked to loads of other hubs and they were subsequently deleted, then you were left with a corresponding number of broken links to clean up. I'm glad I never paid much attention to Hub Karma.
I'd written a Hub a while ago on how to use the suggest links tool to fight writer's block, a kind of tongue-in-cheek look at a ridiculous feature. I made it a point to let every word or phrase the tool found get a link. As so many Hubbers have now left, taking their Hubs with them, this Hub of mine has required the most maintenance because of taking out dead links.
BTW, when this feature was first implemented, the team did say that HubKarma would have a minor/small/some impact on Hubber profile score. Using that tool for that one Hub of mine made me feel like a suckkkup. :p
How? I have never seen that suggestion. It just tells how many hubbers you have linked to. It doesn't affect income, and doesn't affect scores. My hubkarma used to be higher before I stopped excessive linking... My hubscore is now higher. I'm not saying that it is a direct result, but just that the number is not important. There are many ways to support fellow hubbers, by commenting, by adding meaningful fan mail, and by interacting on forums.
If I really want to add a link to another hubber's page (and I have done this) I put it in a separate text box and tell readers why I am linking it. (This may actually have some karmic value.)
I was so stupid by putting links to other folk's hubs everywhere in my hubs. Yeah sure, maybe it was a nice thing to do - but it's a horrible thing to do for your income. I can share your hubs on who knows how many possible sites that I go to? That would be better than having a distraction from my hub inside my hub.
You can still link to other hubbers in your hubs without the hubkarma. Just be sure to link to quality hubs that are relevant and add more information with your hub. The Hubkarma does not help in reality for one to progress in Hubpages. Writing, reading and asking questions in the forums would be more helpful. You will find there are many that are willing to help "newbies" to do well.
Marisa, I disagree with you on that. This is not me as a newbie talking. This is me as someone in the web field for 15 years talking. It is a great strategy to link to others' hubs because it raises your Google and Yahoo rankings and that will bring more income.
I am not worried about hubkarma, but I have gotten faster income by linking to other hubs because those hubbers link back and it has raised my stats and my earnings more quickly.
And you should not worry about your hub being disrupted just because you link to someone else's hub. If people think your hub is valuable enough to read, they will be back regardless.
Why do you think they link back? Do you tell them you've linked to them?
The problem with HubKarma was that newbies would overdo it. There's nothing more likely to p($$ of a reader than a Hub peppered with blue hyperlinks as if it had the measles. I'm not joking - that's what many of them do.
If you go to one of your hubs and click the 'suggest links' a box will pop up for those who still want to see hubkarma. So, it's still there for those who like it, it's just not so obvious. This is a good idea. As has been said, too many people were giving it too much importance and adding too many links.
Oh is it still there???..I never got around to finding it.. thanks, now I know where to look for ..not that I care to..but the information has value in itself and may help people who are still interested in Hubkarma
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