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To Increase Traffic to Your Website, You Must Correctly Link Your Work

Updated on June 17, 2016

Links Are Important

Links are the Superhighway of the Internet

For all the writing about why you need to have a link, it's important to know that you need some so that readers can move nicely between your sites. There are many benefits to linking: increased traffic to hubs of yours, and of course money, you can make more money when you put some links between your hubs. Now for the how.

First the link inside a text of an online article:

1) Choose the text you want to make the link for and highlight it.

2) Once highlighted, two button on the text capsule will "light up" One looks like a chain link, and the other looks like a broken chain link. Otherwise, it can say "link"

3) Click on the chain link one. A pop-up will appear.

4) Once in the pop-up either type in your site you want to link to or pick on of your hubs. This will add a site under the heading "URL" and then click on the insert button on the left. If it's not the site you want click on cancel.

A link is now created in your text, and you have a place for your reader to go.

Here is the why and when: I am a writer, and while I once found text links to be not as good, it was partly because I thought most people won't find it,, and second because it does take a bit more skill with keywords most have. There is some SEO and keywords involved, because links are important to Google and other search engines. Also since you only have two links to any of your hubs and blogs or websites, you need to make sure they are seen. traffic will find them but it's harder.

When: if you need someone to go somewhere outside of hubpages, and need them to do it at the end of your hub. A lot of times in text links are the end of a person reading a hub. Not always but often enough. This of course isn't a bad thing but still it's something to consider. there is of course, less of a chance for a person to make some money if people leave the hub for something else.

a link is like a chain, and if you think of it that way it helps.
a link is like a chain, and if you think of it that way it helps.

Then there is another way once which I like to use: the link capsule. ( A capsule is what hubpages calls the things you write text in, add polls with, add a photo etc.)

It's fairly simple to do:

1) when In edit, on the upper right corner of the hub, you'll see a box called "add more capsules" in it there is a word called "link" with a picture of a chain beside it.

2) Find this and click on it.

3) Scroll down past your comment capsule, and you'll see a link capsule move it up to where you want it using the green arrows on the capsule.

4) Then hit the "edit" button on the capsule.

5) Decide if you want to do a hubpages search or URL.

6) Click the button you want to work with. I tend to use a hubpages search. It helps my own hubs and others as I tend to add other peoples hubs on it as well.

7) When you've done all the sites and hubs you want, click save. You now have a link capsule.

When And Why:

I prefer this one for two reasons: One I can find other hubs easier, and two, I can test the link right there. I use it on all my hubs, as it also gives a brief introduction to what is written in each hub. For someone like me this is a good thing. I can decide if I want to see a hub or website before I click on the link, thereby saving me time. Time and more importantly money, since if the person who is reading a hub doesn't like the links offered they probably won't return to a hub, and so, what good is a link then?

Time for me is an important factor, and that is why I prefer the link capsules.

 

a good hub is built brick by brick and has a solid foundation
a good hub is built brick by brick and has a solid foundation
which is shown in the writing.
which is shown in the writing.

I encourage everyone to think of links as networking.  You'll netowrk to increase both traffic and money potential for you. I also think of them as an important part of my writing business Why?

When I do a link I'm in essence saying that I like this author or this site, now you might not like my choices, but some people might. The question is why do you like the things I like? Think of linking between hubs and other sites as part of a business.  One that will potentially make you money.

If you are good at linking, and have the right hub score you can link between hubs that send people into as many interesting hubs as they like. Don't put to many links it's hard on the reader, I tend to like about 4 or 5 links.

Two very big things: links will not get you money, of course it might get you traffic to a hub or site of yours, but be advised that might not make you money either. If the link doesn't have good content or is in violation of hubpages rules, it will be listed as a "no-follow" which means that people who click on the link won't go anywhere. Your hub score of both you and the hub also make a difference, a low personal score means that people can't use your links, so make sure you have a good reputation on hubpages.

The how to link is easy the when and why isn't. it takes time, but once you figure it all out, linking on a hub is fun.

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Why Else Should You Link?

Linking is a sort of confusing thing to most people when they first begin but the key is to get traffic to your work. The more traffic the more likely you will make money with the Google AdSense program.

Over time Google, the search engine will notice this and will come to see your work in a better light. At the same time you will also be needing to build up higher quality links such as those from the article directories, where many of them are do follow. However, part of the challenge lies in getting the organic links from other writers is that the search engines value these more.

The other reason is that your traffic comes from all sorts of different sources and you should not dismiss one source simply because you can make money online with a better link.

A link is a link, but you also need to be smart, as to build authority you do need others to help, such as your "stumble" buddies to "like" your work as well as their own. This is a business and the more links you have the better.

The last reason to link is possibly the most important: to understand the foundation you need to understand what links can do, or not do for you. The more you learn the more likely you will eventually make money with AdSense. The only way to do this is with links, and with time.

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      Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

      teaches-- I am glad-- linking is fun. but it has its challenges.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks for the education and it has answered my question on linking.

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      Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

      marie-- don't go overboard with linking-- the inportance here is that you write quality content.

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      mariefontaine 5 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      A plethora of information... I will definitely be starting my day out tomorrow doing some linking.

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      Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

      rihamah-- one link toa god site is better than no links which is not as good as two links ect.

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      rihamah 6 years ago

      thanks for the tips

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      Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

      t)8c15-- you are welcome happy to help

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      t08c15 6 years ago

      Thanks for the info. I like the reasonings.

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      Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

      Happyboomernurse-- it does take a bit of time to wrap linking around in yoru head, so my sincerer good wishes for you to do that.

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Thank you for sharing so much information. I've been at Hup Pages for less than 2 weeks and am still learning the basics. I read this last week and couldn't quite follow, but now that I've built a few hubs it's starting to make sense. Will keep it as a reference.

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      Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

      nikmaya-- you are most welcome, feel free to ask anything you might like.

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      nikmaya62 6 years ago

      I like all of your hubs. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

      Zebedee-- keep on tryin an you will see success, bu you must keep working hard.

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      Zebedee353 6 years ago from Greenbelt, MD

      Very insightful. I plan on using these strategies to get more traffic to my hubs. Thanks a lot. Great read.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      titobay-- thanks for stopping by and commenting. you are most welcome.

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      titobay 7 years ago from US

      Great info. Thanks Rebecca, your article is quite insightful.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Ruth-- if it helps you in your journey I am pleased and thankful.

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      Ruth Spencer 7 years ago

      Extremely helpful! Thank you very much - your directions are very clear.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      massa-- not a problem my pleasure to help other, I will keep on writing.

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      masaa 7 years ago from Kenya

      Again rebecca you are very helpful. i know this will work good like your former hub

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Angelique Loux-- off you go then enjoy the linking!

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      Angelique Loux 7 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Im going linking now. Great Hub.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Sparkel Chi-- I find the texts don't work for me, but it is a personal choice, usually for overly promoional it is the type of link oyu have set up so like say three blogs of yoru would get flagged as overly promotional that sort of thing.

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      Cate 7 years ago from Chandler, AZ

      Nice hub with accurate information. I never thought of linking as difficult. I am still not sure I understand the link capsules though.. I get flagged as over promotional anytime I have more than two links in one. I guess I'll stick to the text links that I can do in my sleep! Thanks for the great hub.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      ineveryoneheart-- I'll go and do that as well, sounds interesting

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      ineveryoneheart 7 years ago

      nice one

      http://hubpages.com/hub/how-to-increase-traffic-to...

      go to this hub, you will also learn from it. thanks

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Boomer60-- you can link really in anyway you think is best, for myself I perfer using the ones that are topic related, so a series or something that relates to what I have used.

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      Boomer60 7 years ago

      Rebecca, thanks for helping me out here on this linking hub. I was searching to figure out how I should link my hubs together for the 60 day challenge. I wasn't sure how to do this. Do you link hubs with the same categories only or can you use hubs that are on the same topic but in different categories? Wish we could have multiple categories on one hub!

      This is all so new to me that I find I am getting lost. :-(

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Enlydia Listener-- thanks for the bookmkar then it means a lot to me. Linking is hard at the beginning and time consuming but once you get the hang of it it is so worth it.

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      Enlydia Listener 7 years ago from trailer in the country

      I rarely bookmark hubs, but I did this one and rated you thumbs up...I have been waiting for someone to write this in a clearer fashion...I think I will have to print this hub out and practice with it. I am not too unhappy with the hubs I have written...but I don't understand linking and feel I could use a good tutor on a lot of this stuff...so thanks for this article...I will be following you. (like a puppy dog)

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      azik-- you pinked one of the harder topics, but it's more of the moving traffic between hubs, so this one is more :advanced" as always any more questions feel free to as. Welcome to hubpages.

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      azik 7 years ago from Kediri, East Java, Indonesia

      Well, I am still trying to understand your advise but thanks. Its interesting and open my mind. I am new here.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      BL Tween-- hidden =) it is just starting to get traffic. That's why i always say patience!

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      BL Tween 7 years ago

      Where was this HUB about 2 months ago? Ha Ha great info. Thanks!

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      king_saberhawk-- I am gald to read that. Thanks for reading and adding a comment.

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      king_saberhawk 7 years ago

      Thanks, was looking for something like this, it helped a lot :)

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      xboxps3wow. you'd be surprised how many don't know all the tricks, but it's great that you do =)

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      xboxps3wow 7 years ago from chicago

      I already figured this out, but it will sure be helpful to other members!

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      glad it's easy to understand peggyw, I try to write it out, and thanks for the bookmark!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for this information of how to insert in text links. Will bookmark this and come back and refer to this hub if needed. You are very generous to offer this advice helping the rest of us.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Sometimes it works that way.

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      ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

      thanks for this timely information - didn't know how and was only thinking about it the other day!...cheers

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Lita C. Malicdem Always gald to help and if it makes it easier to do, all the better,

      AnythingArtzy-- you're welcome!

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      AnythingArtzy 7 years ago from OHIO

      Very helpful.

      Thanks

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      Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

      Very informative tips on the "how to's" to creating links. I just found what I need here. Thanks!

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Army Infantry mom--big thanks for letting em know you've bookmarked this hub!

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      pretty dark hourse, I hope this will help you as well.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Mypublic-- that is one I never thought of!

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      Army Infantry Mom 7 years ago

      Great exsplanation of how to's regaurding links. What I like about your hubs is that its written in a way its easy to understand,..Gotta bookmark this one that's for sure. Thanks Bunches for all the insight and tips !!!!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      very nice hub, and easy steps to follow, friendly as it is, thanks Rebecca, Maita

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      Mypublic 7 years ago

      Linking may not be only traffic, other benefits are getting to know much about how the sociaty is

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      thanks heart 4 the word, it means a lot that you bookmarked this.

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      I can tell there is some good information here. Had to bookmark this one, so I can come back! What to read it when I can really focus on what you are saying:)

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      Krishna 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      3rd tab from homepage,

      And I will definitely try this.

      Thank you,

      regards

      shri krishna

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Hendrika, same with me! and we both did it the hard way!

      Health tip-- gald this helps you out.

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      Hendrika 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Thaks for the good tips. Linking used to be above me, but fortunately I figured it out somehow on my own.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      hope it will be for you sweetie1

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      sweetie1 7 years ago from India

      Thanks for this.. this looks so easy and i would try it soon in my next hub. Thanks

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      laura, I don't know how todo that specifically or even if you can... But i think if you move around you capsules, under edit you might be able to do just that.

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      fishtiger58 7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks for the info I was wondering how to do that.

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      Laura du Toit 7 years ago from South Africa

      Great hub Rebecca, as always.

      How do you link to a specific capsule in a hub?

      If I want an index at the top and people are not interested in reading the entire hub can I put a link to specific capsules?

      If you do have a hub relating to this just point me in the right direction. lol

      Thanks

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      pmccray, good luck with all your hubs, I'm here to help.

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      pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

      Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with a newbie. Your information was invaluable.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Jane Grey it must be fate or something!

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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      Wow! When I woke up this morning deciding that I wanted to learn how to do text links in text capsules, and the first message I opened in my inbox was a notification about your article. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Extremely helpful and timely.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      that's what I did and found these results, good luck juneaukid, and enjoy new york!

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      Richard Francis Fleck 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks for this technical information, I'll experiment a bit perhaps before we leave for New York.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      I work with the idea that it is a bit of my way of saying thanks to hubbers who have helped me by giving something to them, a bit of traffic.

      Same with me dohn121, boy do mine need some!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Yes, I have been linking to other sites and other people's hubs for a while now and realize that my older hubs are now in need of some TLC! So what does that mean? More work!

      Thanks, Rebecca. You're so helpful others! Wonderful job.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your helpful hub. I have learned something else.

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      2uesday 7 years ago

      Thank you Rebecca, I always learn something when I read your hubs. I had never been able to figure out how the chain link in the text capsule worked. Now I know. I usually find the link capsule is the easiest way to add links to my hubs.

      Do you think it is ok for me to link to relevant hubs without asking the hubber that they belong to? I am never sure about this although I have done it a couple of times.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      always happy to help.

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      Petra Vlah 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Rebecca,

      I can't thank you enough for unveiling the mistery of the links; I so need it them! I know how important they are, but just did not know how to create them.

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Wow, thank you for this fantastic informative hub, I appreciate you. Blessings to you. creativoene59

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      Dame Scribe 7 years ago from Canada

      Good tips and practice to keep in mind. :)

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