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HubPages Rules Maximum Links To Domain

Updated on June 4, 2010

HubPages Rules Violations

Writing for HubPages is one way for an author to publish more articles online. It is also a good way to build a portfolio of writing samples for a freelance technology writer. However, HubPages is a writing community with certain rules and requirements that are mandated for those who wish to publish their material on the HubPages website.

One of the criteria for publishing a hub is that the content must be unique. That is not too difficult for any real writer, and only presents a difficulty to those whose goal is not to write, publish, help, or provide information. For these Internet marketers or backlink builders, the requirement that content be original is a mere speed bump on their way to spamming their links via article spinning across as many websites as possible.

In order to help prevent the abuse of the HubPages writing community by those who would either spin their articles everywhere, or try and build in as many backlinks as possible into a single hub, another requirement is that published Hubs contain no more than two links to the same domain in each hub. Note that many writers misunderstand this requirement and think that there may only be two total links within the whole hub. That is not the case. Only linking more than twice to a single domain is restricted. Things like HubScore and no follow links based on HubRank help with this too.

A HubPages Moderator?

Does HubPages Really Check Number of Links

ow does HubPages moderate the thousands of new hubs published every day by writers, both good and bad? How serious is HubPages about enforcing the no duplicate content rule, and how seriously do they enforce the no more than two links to the same domain rule. Both questions can be answered with the same set of facts.

First, HubPages may or may not scan incoming hubs that are published for duplicated content. I can't really say, because I have never tried to publish a hub that had content that had already been published elsewhere. However, many other sites will run submitted articles through one of the many copyright protection or copyright violation or plagiarism scanners out there. Most of these systems are little more than glorified Google searches which attempt to search for sentences or other sets of phrases or wording for matches that would indicate plagiarism.

Running afoul of these systems is common when writing something that contains information that must be replicated in order to be meaningful. For example, an article that lists all of the U.S. Presidents alphabetically will undoubtably match all other articles on the Internet that list the Presidents in the same manner. Depending upon the sophistication of the system and how "tight" the configuration is set, that can be more or less common.

When it comes to linking too many times in a Hub, however, HubPages has an easier time. For any Hub that is published that has more than two links to the same domain, the hub is flagged, first for the author with a warning that appears prior to final submission, and then for review by a human moderator. If you publish as hub with more than two links to the same domain, it will be electronically flagged. When a human looks (quickly) at your hub, they will determine whether or not that is allowed (multiple links to in a tax article, for example) or not (links to your own sites or that doesn't appear "necessary" to go to the same domain.)

If the human moderator flags the Hub, it will be unpublished. The Hubber must then edit the hub and remove enough links to bring it in line with the HubPages policy.


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    • Hub Llama profile image

      Hub Llama 5 years ago from Denver, CO

      I don't know how links to something like Squidoo are counted. I've never tried that. Let me know if you find out.

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      smartblogz 6 years ago

      good information for beginner

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      eugen_lisov 6 years ago

      They are pretty serious about the ‘no more than two links to one domain’ policy. I once placed three links to one of my site, as that was the typical thing to do with classic article directories, and they completely banned that domain.

      I left only one link, I emailed them explaining the situation, but they wouldn’t un-ban my site. Oh well, I learned my lesson :)

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      ghulam habib 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great article! Big help. I was wondering on this topic. They do check for sure. I got 'dinged' by HubPages months back. I linked about nine articles, all to the same source, Snipsly and I was notified about it. My article was suspended until I corrected it.

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      Hub Llama 6 years ago from Denver, CO


      You can place one link to anywhere you want using whatever text you want. Keep in mind that a million links all coming from HubPages to one page (or even one domain) isn't going to be that valuable.

      Link where it makes sense on your domain and let Google figure out the rest.


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      Bisma Anwar 6 years ago from India

      SIr plz tell me that if i place only one link of my site index on every it against the rules??

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      TurtleDog 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great article! Big help. I was wondering on this topic. They do check for sure. I got 'dinged' by HubPages months back. I linked about nine articles, all to the same source, Snipsly and I was notified about it. My article was suspended until I corrected it.

      Thanks for the post. Voted UP! TurtleDog

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      Terry Chestnutt 7 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      I did not know that. Thanks much.

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      Hub Llama 7 years ago from Denver, CO

      Nope. You can link infinity plus one to other HubPages hubs. Just use the little drop down box they provide for easy access.

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I assume the two-links-to-the-same-domain rule doesn't apply to links to other hubs?