Possibly dumb question about sign ups and referrals

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  1. kerryg profile image83
    kerrygposted 15 years ago

    I've read the FAQ, darkside's hubs, and several forum threads and didn't see an answer to this.

    If somebody lands on one of my hubs via a Google search, for example, and thinks "WTF is this cr*p? I could do better!" or (hopefully!) "Wow, this is so awesome - I want to join this site so I can be sure to read all of this person's brilliant writings!" and clicks the sign-up link at the top of the page, does that count as a sign-up for me, or does the person have to arrive at my hub via my URL tracker for that to happen?

    Thanks in advance for any enlightenment.

  2. Rik Ravado profile image85
    Rik Ravadoposted 15 years ago

    Good question - I'm not sure but I would like to know the answer!  Anyone out there know?

    1. ngureco profile image81
      ngurecoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      That person have to arrive at HUBPAGES  via your URL tracker for that to happen.

  3. Whitney05 profile image81
    Whitney05posted 15 years ago

    The person has to arrive via a link with your tracker. If the person comes to you hub via Google or another search engine, and then signs up, you don't get any referral for that.

  4. Rik Ravado profile image85
    Rik Ravadoposted 15 years ago

    I think you are right.  I tried logging out and going to one of my own hubs.  There is a HubPages sign up box top right and the URL doesn't contain anything to link it to my account. 

    If this is the case then all you can do is put your own signup invitation within the hub text with tracker and hope that they use that instead of the official one.

    1. Whitney05 profile image81
      Whitney05posted 15 years agoin reply to this

      It's not going to contain the tab to your account, if you signed out of your account. You have to be signed in, in order to see the account tab. If you're talking about linking to your account, it doesn't. The tracker appears for a brief few seconds and then disappears in the URL box, but the cookie was saved and any signups via that tracking cookie are marked on your account.

      What official tracker are you talking about? Any tracker that you add to your link is official. Traffic from search engines do not contain trackers, so the HP team can't watch who signs up via clicking your links from search engines.

  5. JYOTI KOTHARI profile image60
    JYOTI KOTHARIposted 15 years ago

    Good and relevant info.

  6. kerryg profile image83
    kerrygposted 15 years ago

    Thanks, Whitney and ngureco. And also, darn.

    I do much better for referrals on Squidoo than HubPages for some reason, and I think most have come from SE traffic rather than my actual referral links. Obviously I need to work on my strategy. sad

    Whitney, if you log out and look at a hub, there's a sign-up link that shows at the top of the hub. I think that's what Rik was referring to.

    1. Whitney05 profile image81
      Whitney05posted 15 years agoin reply to this

      I never got any real referrals from Squidoo, but I didn't try too hard either... Same with HubPages. I get some referrals, but most of them don't actually write anything. I occassionally email them in hopes that they'll ask questions or something to get them writing, but it usually doesn't work. I've about given up. I just know I continue using the trackers as much as I can, but it's not really doing much good. I know it works for SunSeven a great deal, but I'm not sure how much she markets with her trackers.

      At first I thought he was talking about hte Account Tab, and then I think he was actually looking for something that said he was sent to HubPages via a link to his hub. The sign up button is on every page when you're logged out, whether you were sent to HubPages via a referral tracker or not... I don't know...

    2. ngureco profile image81
      ngurecoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, you can design a strategy.

      For example: If you can place your tracker on squidoo and bring all those gals and guys in any page on hubpages  (including your hubs), all those signup and commissions are yours.

  7. darkside profile image66
    darksideposted 15 years ago

    Inside your own hubs you can link to other hubs with your own referral tracker and if within 30 days (provided they don't click on someone elses referral tracker) they sign up, you get the referral.

    You can create a referral tracker to go directly to the sign up page. No mess, no fuss. Though I wouldn't put this on every single hub as it'd get a bit repetitive.

    Previously there used to be an graphic on hubs for visitors (when you're not logged in) that invited people to sign up. That I believe was an automatic referral tracker for the author of the page. But I could be wrong. In any case, I logged out to see if it was still there and it isn't.

    1. Whitney05 profile image81
      Whitney05posted 15 years agoin reply to this

      I didn't think that we got referral to those sign ups... Hm... Are you talking about the 'Join' button that used to be on the right hand side above the hubbers profile picture?

      1. darkside profile image66
        darksideposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, that's the one. It had some kind of long URL that was a tracking code. I was unsure whether or not it was a default tracker that would reward the hub author or the original referrer. But it wasn't a straight http://hubpages.com/user/new/

        It was tracking someone, not sure who.

        1. kerryg profile image83
          kerrygposted 15 years agoin reply to this

          It's still here when I log out. Here's the URL: http://hubpages.com/user/new/?utm_sourc … override=1

          This is from one of Pam's hubs (it was on the front page) and I don't see anything that could be crediting the sign-up to her.

          1. darkside profile image66
            darksideposted 15 years agoin reply to this

            Hmmmmm, you know what, I think I was thinking of the Squidoo referral system.

  8. Dorsi profile image87
    Dorsiposted 15 years ago

    It's not a dumb question- I still get confused on how I'm getting writers to sign up. I have created trackers, and I have "recruited" 21 people, and some are actually writing, and there used to be a hubpage "banner" that we could put on our sites but I don't see that anymore. I still wish there was an easier way to invite friends, or signing people up, as I am still somewhat confused by the current system.

    1. Stacie L profile image89
      Stacie Lposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      I think I've almost given up on inviting; or at least getting people to write. I have a lot of people reading and writing to me but not many will join.It's a  curious thing. Anyone else a little frustrated about this? roll

      1. darkside profile image66
        darksideposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.

        I view any sign-up as a bonus and any subsequent hubs as a blessing. I tend try not to get frustrated at the things which I have no control over. smile

  9. Anamika S profile image66
    Anamika Sposted 15 years ago

    That's not a dumb Question.

    You can use trackers to any article or Profile page by using the link to this page at the bottom of the Page and promote the urls. If someone signs up from the page, he/she becomes your referral.

    But the actual challenge is to get your referrals to be active.  I have 51 referrals but i have only 5 people who are active to some extent. The rest have only joined and have not even bothered to put a Profile. Incidentally I was looking at the URL trackers today and thought they may need a little pushing. So now I am in the process of sending motivational  mails to them about what i have achieved in 8 months here and tips on how to start with Hub Pages.

    You could do it too.. Send a mail thanking them for joining as your referral and offer help with Hub Pages on how to start. Add a wish for New year too. I don't think they would mind that. But don't make a habit of sending mails every second day. As you say you can show the water, but can't force them to drink. They have to come here at their own free will.

  10. Dame Scribe profile image56
    Dame Scribeposted 15 years ago

    I don't even know how I know if I have or got a referral ... really new...yeah..I know, lol

    1. darkside profile image66
      darksideposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      If you go to your Referral Trackers page and click on one of you tracking tokens, you'll see the people who you've referred.

  11. Dame Scribe profile image56
    Dame Scribeposted 15 years ago

    Can I give you a hug, Darkside? ...thank you so much for the tip, smile


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