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Linking to other hubs from your own hub. What is the etiquette?

  1. WorkAtHomeMums profile image85
    WorkAtHomeMumsposted 4 years ago

    As a new hubber I have yet to link into any of my hubs , hubs of others. I see often people do this. Some do it to enhance their information. Some possibly do it to earn some of the revenue on views ( if I understand that correctly)
    My question is in relation to how best to approach this? If I write a hub on lemons and I see someone has a hub on a lemon pie do I need to seek their approval to link it in or not? Clearly I'd be helping to bring visitors to their page too so they might be happy with this..
    What's the general thoughts?
    And if people do add links without any approval per se, is there any way to find out who has taken my hubs for example and linked them into theirs?

    1. Dale Hyde profile image88
      Dale Hydeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      There is a tool up there at the top of your hub "suggest links". If you use that tool, following the instructions that come up after you click on it, you will be shown hubs that are related to your hub and you can "properly" link to them. If you have a hub about lemons and have a hub about lemon pie, you could link to your own lemon pie hub with no problems.  I have not seen where linking to another's hub would present any problems as it would only bring them more traffic, hence making them more money. Related links will also have a positive effect with Google ranking your page higher as they look for related links.  Non-related links will pull your Google rating down.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Exactly right - so there's no need to ask for permission.  All Hubbers appreciate links to their Hubs. 

      However, do be careful about how many links you include.  If you end up with a Hub full of blue links, it can be very distracting for the reader.  Only link to other Hubs or websites if they add real value to the subject of your Hub. You only earn a small amount of extra revenue from those links anyway.

  2. WorkAtHomeMums profile image85
    WorkAtHomeMumsposted 4 years ago

    Thank you Dale and Marisa - cleared that up perfectly for me.

  3. rebekahELLE profile image91
    rebekahELLEposted 4 years ago

    You want to make sure your links point to pages not only that are relevant, but pages that are high quality written by someone with authority on the topic, hopefully an author which receives decent traffic. Google looks at all of these factors in ranking a page. We just don't know how it evaluates, but it does appear that the latest Panda update checked anchor text.
    I may find a great article that I would like to link to, but now it's important to make sure it's in a 'good neighborhood'.  Even pointing repeatedly to the same site may not be the best idea if it's sitting there without too much traffic, like a private blog.

    Part of my spring cleaning will be checking all of my links. I'm starting with top hubs and moving down the list.

    1. WorkAtHomeMums profile image85
      WorkAtHomeMumsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I can imagine that's a hard call. Knowing who gets good traffic is almost an unknown but I definitely am not goIng to link just for the sake of it. Any idea how to know if your own hubs are linked anywhere?

      1. rebekahELLE profile image91
        rebekahELLEposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Are you set up to use Google Webmaster Tools? It will tell you how many links are coming in to your pages and on how many different domains. It will not list all links. If you're checking a specific hub, you click on that hub link (in the list) and it will show the domains linked in. You can click on the domain links to see where they come from.
        It shows hubpages as a source domain. Click on that link and it will show the hub pages linked in to your hub. You can click on those links and it takes you directly to the hub. They show up a lot in related hubs. Or someone linked within their hub text.

        1. WorkAtHomeMums profile image85
          WorkAtHomeMumsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I do have that set up but not noticed that detail. I will look again. Thanks