Tired of HubPages Link Rot

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  1. That Grrl profile image78
    That Grrlposted 8 years ago

    Why are we encouraged to link to other Hub writers posts when the posts keep disappearing when the writer deletes them because they went into hibernation? I'm getting FED UP with this. I stopped looking for HP posts to link to because it has become a waste of time.

    Doesn't this seem really anti-productive? Is anyone else no longer linking to anything on HubPages (unless it is their own post)?

    I doubt the Zzzzs are going to change. So how about getting rid of the karma and etc since it no longer applies?

    1. kenneth avery profile image80
      kenneth averyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I do not use any links unless I have to. I am not in the upper level, elite writers of HubPages. It took me a little while to realize that. In this elite group are authors, designers, builders, medical experts, and so on and on. Do you think these intelligent, gifted writers have ANY THING, anything at all, in common with me???? No. So I saved myself some embarrassment and humiliation by NOT going into their cliques. I just stay where I am wanted.

      1. That Grrl profile image78
        That Grrlposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I don't care who they are. If a post was good, had information I wanted to link to - I would add the link. I like adding links to my posts. I worked a long time for a web directory and it's a habit to find great links. I'm really disappointed in the link rot though. It no longer seems worthwhile linking to Hub posts. THAT just seems bad site management though. Maybe no one considered this when they started the Zzzz thing.

        1. That Grrl profile image78
          That Grrlposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          PS- Funny that you think of yourself that way. My impression of you was (and is) very different. You are one of the elite/ favourite writers here for me. Your posts are interesting and you make me laugh. Real laughs, not just being nice stuff.

          1. kenneth avery profile image80
            kenneth averyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            That Grrrl, thank you. You are very sweet and kind for saying this. But Im what I am. Not elite or aloof. Just me. And I appreciate so much, you saying this kind comment to me. I feel the same way toward you. You are a very colorful, pointed and firm-based writer. I like that. Let's both just be US . . .LOL. And I will do my best to keep you laughing and give you more good stuff as time goes by. Deal??? <3

        2. kenneth avery profile image80
          kenneth averyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Hey, That Grrl . . .the ZZZZZZZZZZZ thing is a point of discussion among many hubwriters. I looked at my overall list and they ZZZ'd some of my hubs and sometime I might go back and revamp them, but now, I havent the time.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You may remember, when the link suggestion tool first came out, that several high profile Hubbers questioned it.  People like Darkside, Mark Knowles etc - all those people who were very successful at the time.  They didn't link to other people's Hubs unless there was a really driving reason to do so - i.e. it had to add considerable value to the content of their own Hub.    That would be an unusual event, and you don't need a link suggestion tool to find them.

      Some of us listened to their concerns.  I did, and I'm glad now - I see others having to constantly go back and edit to remove broken links, and I don't have to worry.  It was a silly idea at the time and it still is.

      1. Sally's Trove profile image78
        Sally's Troveposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Agree...I wrote a tongue-in-cheek hub a while ago about using the suggest links feature as a tool to end writer's block, because I had found the feature's suggestions were more often hilarious than relevant. I'd written a hub about how to feed a calf; the suggest links tool "suggested" all sorts of hubs about calf length boots and socks. Anyway, I deleted the hub about using suggest links, because the tool stopped working for a while. Now I see all it's doing is highlighting the links already in my hubs. Totally worthless.

      2. That Grrl profile image78
        That Grrlposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I don't use the link suggestion tool. That isn't the point. I find links by searching HP itself, using several versions of my topic keywords. I used to enjoy finding other HP writers to link to. I was picky about which posts I linked to. Of course it has to add something to your own post. Why would you add links for any other reason?

        1. kenneth avery profile image80
          kenneth averyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          you mean the "suggest links?" At top of the hub? I did that once or twice  and a pop-up said I had 100 points in Hub Karma built up, whatever that is, noone at HubPages ever explained it to me. So I quit it. Guess I will find out in the distant future. smile Peace. KENNETH

  2. Sherry Hewins profile image95
    Sherry Hewinsposted 8 years ago

    I agree. I've only removed links that were broken, but I'm not looking for more to add.

    1. simpelandcheap profile image60
      simpelandcheapposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I don't mind linking to other relevant content but I rather link outside of hubpages.

  3. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 8 years ago

    No need to do this. HP adds hubs at the bottom of our hub pages. In fact one writer mentioned that here hub is linked to another author and she did not do it.  Then the links she had in her hub, HP put there, not her.

    1. That Grrl profile image78
      That Grrlposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I know about those links. I see them under every Hub post. But, they are not hand picked by me and they are often nothing I would recommend. Sometimes due to quality of the post but more often due to a lack of relevance of the content.

      My main point is - it helps other Hub writers to be linked to (when they have content worth linking to). That used to be something HubPages made seem important. But, with the Zzzs that is no longer working. We are losing one of our best ways of promoting our own work and our fellow Hub writers - right on the site itself.

  4. brakel2 profile image84
    brakel2posted 8 years ago

    I thought I read on an Seo site that Google does not like the type of links we do on our site. I have stopped doing it. I also have links in slideshow to sites that are off topic. I know a discussion about that subject was hashed over in past.

  5. brakel2 profile image84
    brakel2posted 8 years ago

    I looked it up and I am wrong. I think Google now calls subdomains internal and likes internal links. -

  6. Dame Scribe profile image65
    Dame Scribeposted 8 years ago

    HP just caught up to some removed Hubs lol I had broken links to fix up and down the list tongue I forgot about those whilst removing Hubs hmm

    1. brakel2 profile image84
      brakel2posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      What happens if I have a broken link per hubpages, but  it is not broken when I check it out?

      1. Marisa Wright profile image93
        Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Nothing, it's probably just a glitch.

        1. brakel2 profile image84
          brakel2posted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks Marisa. You are so helpful.

          1. That Grrl profile image78
            That Grrlposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            You can click the test button and HP will check the link. If it finds it HP removes the broken link warning. This makes it simpler to check and fix broken links. You only need to check any of them HP can't find the second time around.

 
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