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Linking hubs to your hubs - Why it is important

Updated on January 11, 2012
Providing links to your hubs is a great way to enhance the overall experience found right here on hubpages!
Providing links to your hubs is a great way to enhance the overall experience found right here on hubpages! | Source

Giving out personal recommendations

When reading a hub, often times I notice some have links and some do not. Now I am not talking about the links to other sites or the links to those oh so attempting Google Ads, I am talking about links that will lead you to another great read.

Some people chose not to use the linking capsule to suggest other hubs to their readers. The question I ask is why?

The only reason I can come up with for not using links is…

  1. A hubber is new to the site and is unaware of how to use this type of capsule.
  2. Laziness. (Not to offend anybody!) But after putting in all the work to get your text perfect and the pictures found and whatever else you put in, who really wants to spend more time looking for other hubs that will accent your hub. You just want to hit publish now. (I can’t say I blame you!)

Using links is a great way to increase your Hubkarma.
Using links is a great way to increase your Hubkarma.

Links, Links, Links

Adding links to your hubs is a great way to add to you Hubkarma. It is a great way to improve the overall experience on Hubpages, whether it is for the regulars or just happening across a hub from a Google search engine.

According to the Hubpages FAQ, “HubKarma is a score that reflects the degree to which you link to others’ hubs.” You can easily use the link suggestion tool to also help link to others hubs. This score, while rated from a 0-100 scale, is also influential on your overall Hubscore.

So other than the fact that it sounds appealing to have good Hubkarma, why else would a writer want to use those handy link capsules? Cause honestly, the Hubkarma probably means very little. Mine really hasn’t changed since I have started writing on here. Therefore, it is really just a number. So why should we be concerned. Why should we share other writer’s hubs with our audience?

My Reasons

1. What comes around goes around. To get all those wonderful backlinks, why should you be the only one doing the work? How many countless hours do you spend going to how many countless other websites to make sure there is as many links to your story as possible? Not saying you should stop doing that and leave the work to everybody else. But, if you have other people linking to your stuff as well, you will eventually be recognized by that giant monster Google! The results… more people will find your work.

Now remember, this isn’t all about you. This is about your fellow writers and supporting them. Basically, if you are willing to link to their stuff, they are more likely to think about you the next time they are linking in their hub. Now this isn’t always going to work. You may not know if others are linking your stuff. But, in the end, you know you have helped support a fellow writer. That is really what matters.

2. It is the greatest compliment you can pay to a writer. This is not a money making scheme. It really is just about complimenting your fellow writers. If you link to their stories and they you have recommended them, they will be humbled and thankful.

Personally, if I see my stuff linked on other people’s work, I feel honored they held me in such high regard. That they truly appreciated what I wrote. It makes me feel like these countless hours I have spent writing and working on publishing my work online really hasn’t been in vain. I know someone out there truly has appreciated my work.

3. It is like hub hopping… only you have given them a personal recommendation. Many of us occasionally use the hub hopping tool. It is a discovery tool that allows a hubber to jump from one hub to another, usually in the area of their interest. Yet, what you come across is usually a surprise.

When you put links into your hubs, this serves as another form of hub hopping. Only now it is more like a personal recommendation. If the hub you recommended also has links, the hubber can almost infinitely hop, knowing they will be exposed to some great reading material recommended by fellow hubbers.

4. Do it for yourself. As time goes on, some of your hubs will lower in score. Is it because it isn’t worth the read. Absolutely not! But, it might be because the topic isn’t something people normally search for on Google. Therefore, by linking your hubs back to your other hubs, this will help bring the hub back into people’s sights again. This is a great way to expose your other work to potential readers.

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How do you use your links?

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Don't overdo it

While linking is a great way to give your reader’s recommendations to lead them to some of your favorite writers and their works of art, it is also a great way to bring attention to some of your older work. The key is to not over do it. Linking should be a way to enhance the overall hub experience, but it shouldn’t be about taking over your entire hub with nothing but links.

I have seen it where on the bottom of a hub there is almost more links then there is actual written words in the hub. It seems every single hub ever written was linked on the bottom. While this may get some people to read the links, if they are anything like me, the will skip over the entire section. Using the link capsule should allow you to select a few great pieces that nicely add to the layout of your hub. I usually try to link to a few of my fellow hubber’s hubs and a few of my own pieces as well.

My recommendation is to carefully place links where it will appeal to the reader. This will make them more likely to click on the link, since they won’t be drowning in an over recommendation of other things to check out. I usually like to find hubs that relate to my articles. If I write poetry, I like to link other pieces of well written poetry. If I write something more serious, the same principles apply. If I write something humorous, I try to find other humorous hubs to link to.

So, now that you know how important it is to add links to your hubs, what are you waiting for? Get that hub going and give out some great recommendations to your readers. Not only will they be thankful for some great suggestions, but you will be giving out the biggest compliment to your fellow writers.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @rajan - Thanks for stopping by. I think if there is anything to learn around hubpages, linking back to your own hubs as well as others is invaluable. Thanks for sharing and glad you found this useful!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @mljdgulley354 - Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views. I know that I have to go through some of my hubs too... I need to check those links that have been closed down as well as put more links in. It is hard work but it is worth it in the end! :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Barbergirl, this is useful hub. I agree linking to others' hubs does help in getting traffic. I do it most of the time. I also try and link my related hubs together as this makes it easy for the reader to get to your other hubs if they wish to.

      Thanks for sharing a good tip.

      Voted up and useful.

      I'm SHARING this.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Peggy - Thank you for the kind words. I am all about the hub love. And while I mostly link to those I am most interactive with (it just makes sense because I am familiar with so many of there works), I love to get to know new people around this site. Sometimes I find them when I am out searching for links. Thanks for stopping by and keep up with the Hub Love! :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @escobana - I love the feeling I get from helping out other hubbers. Linking is just another way to say I think what you said was great. Sometimes I ask permission but most of the time I just do it and prefer to have to say sorry later if they minded. But overall, I have never had that reaction!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @cclitgirl - Thanks for stopping by. This is something that needs to be brought out every once in awhile. Occasionally, I just get a little lazy and don't really feel like linking, but it is really a good habit to get into!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @theastrology - Thank you... glad it could help.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Brett - The hardest part about the linking is choosing which hubbers to put in the spotlight. Although I will admit that finding the perfect matchup with something finished writing, is just as much fun. I would start reviewing your hubs... right now I have over 200 hubs and I need to go back and revamp them.. including updating links (or adding additional ones) and writing summaries. As always, thanks for stopping by!

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      This is good information. I have just started going back through my hubs and learning to do this. There are some very interesting hubs that I have come across too. I have also come across some that the hubbers are no longer active so I don't link those but some of the hubs are great reading.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      It is nice when I find a fellow hubber who has written an article on a similar subject or one that would enhance the hub that I have written. Sometimes I inform them and sometimes not. Most of the time it is hubbers that I know and ones that reciprocate by commenting when I comment on their hubs. HubLove! Excellent hub you've written for newbies and a good reminder for others who have been hubbing a while.

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      Escobana 5 years ago from Valencia

      I try to link Hubs of fellow Hubbers as much as possible and often let them know I used their work to promote a certain topic.

      I do this without expecting them to do the same, though everyone would like some support. I almost always share Hubs with fellow Hubbers and not expect anything back.

      Sharing, linking or promoting Hubs of your fellow Hubbers is a great thing to do but the expectation that comes with it often, should be less important I'd say.

      The feeling of helping someone out is good enough for me:-)

      Voted up, shared and away of course!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Great hub! It's always great to be reminded - for new and older hubbers alike - of how we can help support each other and what makes a great overall hub. Voted up, useful and SHARED.

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      theastrology 5 years ago from New Delhi

      Nice tips to all internet marketing peoples. It will really improve my some SEO knowledge.

      Thanks for sharing great Article.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Great advice, especially for new hubbers. I often forget to use the linking tool myself, although I will sometimes mention other hubbers. At the moments, I'm aiming for that big 100 hubs, but once I get there, it is my plan to review and overall all my hubs.

      SOCIALLY SHARED, up and useful.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @natashalh - Rule of thumb should be that you let the person know that you are linking. For instance if you plan on linking this hub to something of yours, just make a comment on the hub and say something like.... I thought this would really compliment my hub about how to make a link in hubpages. That way you really aren't asking for permission but you are letting them know you are linking to their hub. This way if they have a problem with it, they will say something to you. HOwever, I have never linked to anybody's hub that didn't want the link. This is good for them as in it gives them backlinks. Yet this might be completely different if you write a lot of controversary subjects. For instance, you don't want to write a hub about living green and have a person's hub about being wasteful linked to it ans say something like... this is not what you want to do. It might become offensive to that hubber. But obviously if it is done in a good nature, it will always be welcome. ON the other hand... it is kind of like celebreties... all kinds of publicity, negative or positive always helps. But when in doubt, don't feel bad if you ask and then link. They can always have you remove the link afterwards if they are uncomfortable. I know there are several other hubbers that I regularly interact with that we link between our stuff all the time and never need to ask. You will find these people the longer you are on this site. :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Tammy Swallow - Ironic is that as a newbie one of the reasons I kept linking and linking was because I wanted to increase my hub karma. It never really changed, but it did get me in the habit of constantly linking :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @alocosin - This is very important. While it is a great idea to link other hubbers because it is seen as a good community act, linking your older hubs can end up getting others interested in stuff that has been stagnant for awhile. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Thomas - When it comes to ettiquete I don't really have any... I link to whoever I want whenever I want. However, if you do tell the person you are linking it is kind of a cheating behavior because they will come over and see that you linked it in your hub and might repay the favor. Ok - so ettiquette does say you should probably let the author know but most people are usually happy if their hub is linked. I have never had anyone say they wanted them removed! :) So no more worry in Reno!

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      As a newbie, I've been reluctant to post to other hub's because I didn't know the propert etiquette. Should you message them and ask if it's okay? Or is it generally seen as such a positive that linking without asking is fine?

      Thanks!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Great information Barbergirl. It took me some time to grab this concept as a newbie, but now that I am using it it helps immensley. This is a vital process. Thanks for a great explanation.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is something every hubber should do automatically -- find ways their current hubs relate to their previous ones. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Uh-oh...am I suppose to be telling people when I link them? I like it to be a surprise is what I am saying.

      Worried in Reno.

      Thomas

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Mary615 - like everything, there is always a sweet spot. Links would be no different and if they are overdone it can actually be more distracting then beneficial. I agree... 20 links back to yourself is a little ridiculous. I won't look at a single think linked because I would be too distracted. But a few good ones will allow your readers to really appreciate your suggestions. Thanks for stopping by... and great comment!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Hi Miss Olive - I am going through a process right now (although I will admit it is painstakingly slow) to go through all of my older hubs and fix up the links and everything. I am trying to incorporate the way to keep people on your pages while letting the link open in another window. It seems to be a lot of work... but I am sure it will be worth it in the end. Then we can all benefit in the community!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @cagsil - I like the way you put that... link juice. Karma is great around here... When I first started I kept trying to get my hubkarma score up. Ironically - I haven't looked at it lately. Now I am going to have to check it out to see where it is at! :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Sunshine - We are definately on the same page! :)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I've had a couple of links to other Hubbers that were "broken". Their Hub was unpublished or something. That's a pain. Also, some Hubbers overdo their own links. I was HubHopping one day, and a poet back linked to his own poetry 20 times in a poem of about 500 words. That's a little much, don't you think?

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      barbergirl28 - This is an excellent hub. Camaraderie is an important treasure and tool within our HubPages community. If we take into consideration various sites across the web you will most certainly find (and expect) to see links to related topics and articles. It builds a professional network of readers and writers. Internet users want resources and we should supply them with such. As time passes I am working on ways to continuously improve my hubs with a variety of text boxes, graphics and features. On the next round of 'spring cleaning' of my hubs I'll be sure to review and revise my suggested links as well.

      Thanks for the great tips! Marisa/MissOlive

      voted up, across and sharing! :)

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      Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Stacy, it is great to remind people that they should link up to other hubs, either their own or other hubs(not their own). The internal linking strategy should be used by anyone and everyone, so they can create as much link juice as possible. It's always good to link to other relevant or related hubs, not only for HubKarma reasons, but to give the reader a variety. You can even link to hubs that have a difference of opinion on the same topic, so your readers gets a different point of view.

      Hubberscore/authorscore isn't something people should worry about because it actually isn't related to earnings. And, HubPages' built-in system keeps hubberscore/authorscore high enough so that it doesn't affect one's earnings. Good hub! :) Voted up! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I agree BBG. Know and respect:)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Sunshine - When I first started I always just searched for hubs that complimented... but now that I am more familiar with the neighborhood I like to use complimentary hubs from the hubbers I know and respect. I will also admit that sometimes if I can't find anything I will search something out but I tell the person I am linking to it!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Jennifer Essary - You nailed it right on the head. While this is a place to potentially make money... it is great because of the community interaction and watching each others back. It truly makes a big difference because if you do it... others will follow suit! :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @ThoughtSandwhiches.. I love the way you incorporate and link to other hubbers in your hubs... it is actually quite sneaky the way you do it. I wouldn't call it lazy though, because I think it is much harder that way then just dropping in a box filled with links! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm a big fan of linking other hubs that compliment a hub. It makes a hub look finished in addition to supporting a fellow hubber. Useful hub!!

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      Jennifer Essary 5 years ago from Idaho

      Excellent hub topic! What goes around comes around. I believe the support Hubbers have for each other is what makes the site successful and a blessing to be a part of. Voted up, awesome, and sharing.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Stacy...

      I love putting in links to other Hubs/Hubbers...often times I will include the (unwary) Hubber in a story just so I can have the privileged. I understand about the lazy thing...because...you know...I'm lazy...

      Thanks,

      Thomas

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Victorie Lynn - Well I will have to give a shout out to Real for giving me a link that sent someone over here! :) Since i have started here, I have found that linking to others (as long as they are aware of it... is very beneficial. Not only does it give a tight community feel but it also really helps build backlinks which gives each hub more credibility for google. Thanks for stopping by and I am glad this was useful for you! :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      P.S. I actually clicked on your hub from a link on RealHouseWife's hub. So, it DOES work! The title caught my eye!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great reminder! I link to my own hubs that relate and occasionally to others' hubs. I think I could do more linking to others. Useful, funny, interesting hub. Voted up!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @BlissfulWriter - I often times try to bring my older hubs alive by linking those into my newer hubs. Not sure if that has helped but it sure makes me feel better. I will have to check into the RSS module at the bottom but I have never done that before and don't know much about how RSS feeds work. Thanks for the suggestion!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Pamela - I am glad you took alot from this article and the comments. There is just a wealth of information around here. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @kevin.howell - That is what I like so much about Hubpages. As a community we can really work together to share each other's hubs. Not to mention linking to other hubs will also give those ever so useful back links. Not only is it good community service but it will help you along the way as well! :)

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      BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

      Good advice, especially the part about linking to own hub. I try to link to my older hubs within the text of my paragraphs, in addition to putting in a link module at the bottom. Sometimes I even put an RSS feed module at the bottom listing my latest hubs.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I have learned much from this article -- and from some of the comments. Thank you.

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      kevin.howell 5 years ago from Maysville KY

      We are all a team. It is great how people work together on hubpages and offer so much information. Thanks for Sharing

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @mailxpress - Thanks for stopping by. I hope you can use the information in here! :)

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      Michelle Cesare 5 years ago from New York

      Good content. I enjoyed the Hub's information. Nicely done.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @rajan jolly - They were very right when they call it hub karma. The more likely you are to leave a link to someone else, the more links you will end up getting in return. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Nice hub, barbergirl. Fine tips. I have been linking to others' hubs from within my hub using the link capsule and the suggest links button too, ever since I came to know about the benefits. I find that the some hubbers whom you are linking to do leave a link to your hub as well.

      Thanks for reminding.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @debbie - welcome to Hubpages. Warning - it does get very addicting. Thanks for stopping by and I hope that this has helped you learn a little bit about the community!

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      Debbie Roberts 6 years ago from Greece

      I'm a newbie to hubbing and will be sure to take your advice.

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @epi - you have musically stated the reason why linking up is so important! Have a wonderful rest of the day! :)

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ....as long as you always allow me to 'link' up with you - that is all that matters for the epi-man - and once in awhile you come over and link up with me - lol lol- I sincerely hope you've had a safe happy and productive summer and that you are now enjoying fall.

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Theseaus - Thank you for stopping by and reading. I think linking hubs is very important in hubville. It is good karma. If people find you linking to them, they will probably return the favor as well. Not to mention it is good to give complete information if other hubs relate to yours!

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      theseus 6 years ago from philippines

      Great hub. Voted useful.

      I link another's hub to mine because I find them related to what I have written.God bless.

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @downpourofwords - Linking is very important... and I will let you in on a secret... while I try to find stuff that matches what I have wrote - I am a little more generous to link to others who link to me as well. It is the scratch my back and I scratch your back syndrome. LOL

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      downpourofwords 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas, USA

      I totally agree with you Barbergirl. Linking other posts with similar topic is a means to tribute the effort put in by other writers as well as building a chain of mutual sponsorship. If I link one of your hubs in my hub, you would feel obliged to look into my hubs to make sure you do the same next time you post a hub. Liked your idea and the response is overwhelming which means all are up for this. Thanks. Keep writing.

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Linking definately does help with page rank. It is one of the main reasons we should add links to our pages. It looks like a more complete hub.

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      umarbajwa 6 years ago

      because hub gives me a link like when i post this url www.gamesfornokia.co.cc this gives a link to this url and link makes page rank

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Maggie - Welcome to hubpages. I will throw out a warning right now - it can be very addictive ;) However, I wish you the best of luck and if you ever need any help don't be afraid to ask. Glad you were able to find some useful information in here! Hope it helps!

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      Maggie.L 6 years ago from UK

      A very useful hub. I'm still pretty new to hubpages so still figuring out how to use links and when is best to use them. Thanks for writing such a useful, readable and informative hub

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I'm sayin!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Ha ha - it is hard to keep track of all the running around that you do! LOL

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh I just realized I'm not on the tip hub here:)

      Oh - you hyperlinked the hub - fancy!

      Thanks!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      well, you are out of luck - I don't think you can change font colors just yet. If you can it would be in the test edit section of the box. Or, you hyperlink inside the story. That changes the font to blue... lol :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Looks aren't everything!

      How do you change the color of the font? I could use that tip right about now:)

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      LOL - you are too funny.

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Baby got back to backless baby!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Ha ha - funny - I had the movie of what you described playing through my head... I don't know if I should laugh along or be thoroughly disturbed from the part of removing one's butt and disgarding it... lol

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      We had a blast with it! Such a ridiculous thing! Dave said if we went out and I got tired of wearing it I could just go into the bathroom and take my butt off and throw it away. Then we laughed about the surprise the person who might find it would get! LOL

      Like what is that??!!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      That is totally why I rushed out and got the booty pop - it was purely for him... lol!

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Right?! That's what I'm talking about! You know he's a trunk junky:)! Lol!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Thats great... for your birthday dear I am buying myself a new pair of jeans. Why is this good for you... because they make my butt look good! LOL I am sure he loves that idea!

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Well you're onto something here - for Dave's birthday - I buy myself a really hot looking new outfit every year - and surprise him! I mean - he wants ME to look good right? Lol! Go ahead - justify it girl!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Ha ha ha - That is funny. Sometimes I buy Eli gifts because I want one. I really want the shake weight and his birthday is right around the corner - ok - July. Do you think he will know the difference if I get him the girl edition... ha ha! LOL

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Mine was a gift for my birthday from - who else? - David J! But he loved it so much he used it all the time - so I bought him his own for his birthday!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      That was the major downfall of it that I saw the second it came out. The first thing I noticed is it wouldn't make much sense to have if you want to use a word processor. I need a keyboard. My husband was trying to convince me and that was my main argument... keyboard equals sanity for someone who likes to write... lol. But I could see how it would be worth every penny for someone using it for quick business transactions on the road or email access. It is a lot more compact than a laptop is. But, I still would take a laptop over it any day... especially when you look at the money involved. Maybe when I become rich I will buy one just for play. LOL

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I hate to steer you clear though if you'd love it. I bought one for Dave for his birthday (he was dumb founded and couldn't figure out how I got that much money without him knowing!) he uses his everyday and couldn't live without it. He uses his email to receive orders while he is in the court houses already doing research. If he's there and we get another order for that county it can save a ton on gas & time. The phone email was useless because it was too small. He just got an App so now he can actually control his home computer from remote locations through the iPad! For him - it's worth every penny! You are a writer though - so I wouldn't think it would be as good for you.

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I kind of figured the Ipad was nothing more than a toy. I know my husband and I were talkign about it and I told him I couldn't live with out my laptop. Even phones these days and how they are like a tiny computer for your ear. I still would never give up a big screen and a keyboard. But, now I know I for sure will not waste the money on it.

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      You know what - I would not recommend the iPad over the laptop I just got. The iPad was around 800 - for the wifi + 3G and more memory. It is limited - it is nothing more than a toy really. No word processor - no flash player - it has limitations. You can't write a hub or even edit one with iPad!

      The HP laptop with quad processors and everything - love it - just $379! It does everything - except I still haven't figured out what program to load for video! I'm working on it!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Realhousewife - unfortunately mine is on my phone. Which means if I am getting distracted by all the dinging, I turn it on vibrate. Then, I don't realize if someone is actually calling or texting me... lol. I kind of do want an Ipad though. I think. Not sure yet. I do have my laptop so I am cool with that. Now my husband wants his own laptop. Ha ha - he wants to be cool like me. LOL

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I hide the iPad or leave it upstairs so I can't hear the ding sometimes!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @RealHousewife - I know - right.... I never get bored with this place. Unfortunately, that keeps me coming back all day. Sometimes I have to actually ignore the dings and do what is on the agenda! LOL

      @Maria - First off, welcome to Hubpages. I am glad this article has made you feel much better and more prepared to your future experiences at Hubpages. It is a lot of fun around her... so be prepared to become addicted. :)

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      Maria Mick 6 years ago

      Some really useful info here. I am new to the Hubpages community, but I feel a lot better prepared after reading your Hub. I will make sure to include the link module. I think that it is a brillant idea. Thanks again.

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I nooooooo! I just can't see it getting boring either!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I try not to clean so I can play all day... lol... just kidding. I don't like to live in filth! But I do enjoy my hubbing time! LOL

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I cant do that either - I do often have several screamers running around here so I do best to read during the day or right after dinner or before bed but after the heathens have gone to bed too!\

      Yesterday - I cleaned all day so I could play all day today!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I like having my brain picked - it doesn't hurt nearly as much as people think. Not to mention it helps me really think of things in a different light. So, when someone asks a question, it requires me to figure out the answer. Not only does it help them but it helps me... lol ... see - win win for all! LOL

      However I do feel bad because sometimes I don't get a chance to read other people's stuff as much - at least without being distracted. It is hard when you are sitting on the laptop with the TV blarin and kids screaming and about 30 conversations going on all at the same time. I need concentration pills... lol

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I know! If I could save time in a bottle:)! I want to do so much more in my life than I will ever have time for - it's why I'm always in a hurry!

      Also - hub is weird kind of because you can read everyone's things but sometimes I have a question and I feel really bad expecting someone to take time out of their day to help me. There is sometimes no other method to the madness though - like asking about etiquette and so forth - so thank you for letting me pick your brain so often!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      It is amazing the things that you learn from the other people here. Some I follow because I have learned something from what they wrote and some I follow because they are downright funny. It really depends on my mood. However, it is the ones that I am the most interactive with that I really enjoy. The comment section is a whole new world - sometimes completely unrelated.

      As for the linking and all the other sites. I use them... occasionally. I am not really proactive in anything but hubs. But I am working on that - my next big thing that I am going to start is a personal blog page. I haven't decided yet, but I will use Hubpages for all the fun stuff and my blog for all the random stuff. LOL I haven't decided yet. I already spend alot of time writing. Oh yeah, and then I have my book that I should be working on. I really do need like a 48 hour day or something! LOL I have two many ambitions and only one brain to do it with. What a bummer... lol

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Wow! Thanks! I'm doing odds and ends today - trying to organize my email and accounts (on my new butt kicking laptop) so I'll keep those and check them out. I think hub is enough for me right now but I'm really interested into planning for later.

      I can also see how other people use this tool and try to figure it out for hub. I learn a ton by paying attention to other hubbers and watching how you do things. I think I have a good hub score in part because I really take my time scrutinizing other hubbers work. I didn't know a fraction of your score is dependent upon how much you really read of those that you follow. I read almost everything of everyone I follow - I won't lie there are a few I'm not sure why I'm following:( that's why I don't care if I gain a huge following - it doesn't seem to matter for me. I truly want to learn how to write better - so my goal was to follow people who are much better than I am and it's working for me!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Let's see, you can backlink by using Xomba... another writing source, SheToldMe, StumbleUpon, Reddit, your Hubpages account. There are so many things out there. One of my hubber buddies also told me about his new website called Blazing Bookmarks. He put some of my stuff on it and I will let him know if I notice a difference in traffic. I hope it helps.

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      OOoOOOoooohhhhh I didn't know you could do that! It's allowed and you just plunk your URL down anywhere or is there a special big Internet place with random URL's?! Just kidding! But really I didn't know so thank you I hope I can find somewhere to try it!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Easy explanation - it is links to your hubs on other areas of the internet. It is putting your URL somewhere else so it can be found and they can come back to your hub. It works inside hubs, it works on backlinking in your own hubs as well. I think that is the way to explain it!

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Ok please tell me what back linking is!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I did get a chance to read a few of your hubs and I have to say, you got some great advice in there. But overall, I have to say I noticed that the more interactive I am the better my score is. I can go days without writing anything, but if I keep up with the community it fairs much better.

      I thought about starting my own blog, but I want to make sure I have enough to write about first before I start and run out of ideas. I know it has to stay updated or it will fall really fast.

      Oh yeah - and I hit 100 again tonight... you must be lucky! :)

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      kenny thomas 6 years ago from Australia

      Not really as I usually use a lot of my link juice to link to clients relative websites.

      Only a few of these links I use personally and I do not make much on hubpages but I get 50-100 visitors everyday to my blogs from here. And as you know sometimes when my score drops the links go no-follow. I am going to reach 100 hubs then keep re writing to boost the scores all above 80, this goal I want to achieve in the next month or so.

      I think the hubpage traffic itself is worth more than the links but it all helps.

      I think backlinking is being moderated by search much more and relevancy and quality not quantity are the way to go. Linking is a art not an exact science, that is unless google wants to tell everyone how to spam the search.

      Good luck with hitting the 100 again.

      Thanks for all your tips and once again...great HUB

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      That is interesting. So because you are a backlinker for a lot of webmasters, does that seem to help you with hupbages. I noticed in your profile you said you are just starting to get really serious with this place.

      Oh yes, a 99 is pretty painful ;) I got 100 score for a day. I was estatic. I think I even cracked open a beer. A couple days later it shot up to 100 again. I guess I am a bit of an overachiever, now that I got it I am trying to keep it up there. Although the numbers don't mean too much. I have found other writers that have lower scores that write some pretty incredible stuff.

      Oh - and thanks for pointing that out. I guess even the best editing job some things can get missed! :) I fixed it now!

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      kenny thomas 6 years ago from Australia

      Yeah it a really good hub, I am a backlinker for webmasters through one of my websites and understand the importance of this, although the best places for links are different everyday and links I thought were valuable have not been found and less valuable links have been indexed for high competition keywords, I understand PR but I think it is over rated and no-follow and do-follow is also over rated. I think a well rounded link wheel for any webpage is the best option, many links from many RELEVANT sources, again great hub keep writing. 99 hubscore thats gotta be painful :) also you have away instead of a way in this hub, can you find it? it's in don't overdo it paragraph.

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Kenny - unfortunately those who are active have a tendency to be ranked higher... although I will admit, keywords and linking do help. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope you were able to learn something from this hub.