I thought I was understanding the information I had read about relevant links allowed in hubs and non-relevant links not being allowed and things to do with that.
I know that some people have had problems understanding just exactly what is allowed. I thought they had to be directly related so that if I write about gardening I could put a link to a gardening blog or if I had written a gardening book ( no I have not, not yet anyway) that was OK.
Now I realise that I am confused about this. As I have just discovered that it seems by putting -
More by this author and then the link at the foot of an article -
makes it acceptable (a work round) way to add a book that you have written on a different topic. If this is acceptable and today's Hub of the Day is an example of how the technique is used for a book. Can I do that for my other topics on the web?
What I mean is, does looking at today's Hub of The day as an example mean that-
I can post a link at the bottom of a HubPages article that I may have written say on ' How to Wash a Car Properly'(not real) if I then add at the bottom of the page a link that says - 'By the Same Author' and post a link to a travel blog.
Until now I would have thought not but it seems to be OK as it is used on
today's Hub of the Day - the one on the front/landing page. By the way the hub featured really uses photos well to show 'How to' not saying it does not deserve its slot, I am just puzzled.
That goes to show how HP chooses what is selected as hub of the day. I have seen some hubs selected as hub of the day and have been totally baffled.
The rule says relevant links and I see people breaking the rules and getting away with it. I use to use RSS on my hubs and realized that the links were mostly not related because I write on so many different topics so I took then off. I only link related topics to my hubs because that's what HP and Google says.
Google is not very kind towards unrelated links..... and that was why after Panda HP acted on the RSS feeds
If you do that, sooner or later you get penalized by Google...that is how I understood what I have read from articles online..
I had been sandboxed for a long time and until I had all these removed I did not see any traffic.
It is ultimately a choice that you have to make.. I guess.
For me, I always practise linking my own hub and my website as main. If I could find a good topic (other hubber's one), then I will add one to two links of theirs
Thank you sofs and Cardisa each time I think I have understood something like this - it seems that is not the case.
The way I look at this (as a reader, not as a hubber):
If the text has a hyperlink - say for instance I add a hyperlink to Einstein - but when I click the link it takes me to an article on peanuts - then it's totally misleading.
If the link is at the bottom, and is not relevant to the article then I ignore it - it's the misdirection of adding the link directly to a word that I hate.
I've seen this on a few hubs recently and it actually devalued the hub for me because of the subterfuge.....
Now as for HPs take on it and Google's take on it....that's another story!
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