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Paid Link

  1. SimeyC profile image99
    SimeyCposted 4 years ago

    I have an offer from a company to pay for a link on one of my hubs. The site it links to is relevant to the subject but I would have to put the name of the company as the link.

    Is this allowed or is this over-promotional?

    The website it refers to is a wider representation of the hub in question and does not include the same information as is in the hub.

    1. Simone Smith profile image93
      Simone Smithposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Updated and Corrected:  It's prohibited to buy and sell links that pass pagerank

      [Strike]If the link is relevant and adds value to your Hub, it probably won't count as overly-promotional, but the FTC stipulates that you should clearly state (not at the bottom of the Hub, but ideally within the context in which you share the link) that the link is promotional / sponsored. People must be informed that you were paid to put it there.
      Hope that helps- and thanks for being so diligent about doing this right! I hope they're paying you well for this.[/Strike]

      1. AMFredenburg profile image80
        AMFredenburgposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Isn't it against HP policy to allow affiliate links other than the ones supported by HP? Wouldn't this sort of be the same thing?

        1. SimeyC profile image99
          SimeyCposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          It's not really an affiliate link - I don't get paid for referrals or traffic - they simply want to add a link to my article and pay me for the link! The site is a decent one and compliments mine well so it does add value to my article...I wouldn't include it if the site wasn't decent...(I haven't included it yet!).

          1. Simone Smith profile image93
            Simone Smithposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            Sorry for initially giving you bad advice, SimeyC.  I got so tied up in the recent FTC rule updates I've read about sponsored links that I entirely forgot to check to see if there were policies on Google's end about buying/selling links. My mistake! ^_^;;

  2. John Smith CB profile image60
    John Smith CBposted 4 years ago

    I don't know if you can change the hub name here. I think you should check with the admin members. I read somewhere that over-promoting is not allowed at hubpages.

    1. SimeyC profile image99
      SimeyCposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I wouldn't be changing the hub name - I'd be changing one word to the name of the company who paid for the link.

  3. SoManyPaths profile image61
    SoManyPathsposted 4 years ago

    interesting that you can offer a paid link on a Hub. 3rd party content. The FTC is way out of hand in this disclosure. disclosure, disclosure. The country is being inundated with over regulation.

  4. Paul Edmondson profile image
    Paul Edmondsonposted 4 years ago

    Buying and Selling links that pass pagerank is prohibited.  We require following the AdSense ToS. 
    http://support.google.com/adsense/bin/a … er=1348737

    Google webmaster quality guidelines prohibit buying and selling links that pass pagerank.
    http://support.google.com/webmasters/bi … swer=66356

    Don't do it!

  5. page1articles profile image60
    page1articlesposted 4 years ago

    not to be shady... but maybe you could post the link and they could just donate directly to paypal... without it having to be a "business" deal... but the danger is that once you lose adsense it is gone, gone, gone...