I'm currently working on a research hub on price discrepancies on shopping sites. Now you can imagine what the problem is. I have to post links. I'm afraid that Hubpages is going to categorize my hub as being too promotional and won't approve it because of the amount of links I'm going to be using.
What should I do now? I know for sure that it's not promotional. I'm not saying anything about the site and the products listed other than analyze and compare the prices.
Why don't you just take screen shots of the pages and post the price comparisons in images?
With or without using affiliate links to websites, you can only link twice to a single site unless it's an authority site like Wikipedia or Google.
If you have a large number of links, logically deemed excessively promotional.
The "overly promotional" rule says you can't have more than two links to the same domain.
If you don't need more than two links to each site, you'll be fine.
I'd stick to only 2 links. You can intra- link hubs with HP but external links are limited to 2 from my experience.
Because you had the wrong notion that just 2 are allowed. It's 2 per domain not 2 in total.
I did not have the wrong notion. I was aware it was 2 domains in total. That is why I didn't repeat Marissa verbatim. I also included language about intra-hub linking. You are assuming here and assigning something to me that is not accurate.
Here's what you said:
"I'd stick to only 2 links. You can intra- link hubs with HP but external links are limited to 2 from my experience."
2 links? 2 links to where? To one domain or more? Just 2 in total or 2 to each domain - you didn't specify!
Inter-link hubs with HP yeah but that's not what the question was related to.
I can read what I wrote - and? I think most people are intelligent enough to see the logical flow of the thread and understand, through synthesis, what was being communicated. Since Marissa had already stated 2 domains, I saw no logical reason to restate that which had been stated. My response piggybacked her comment.
fYI: if there is a question about something I or anyone has posted, they are more than capable of asking a follow up question or asking for clarification.
Have you got it back to front? It is NOT 2 domains in total.
It is 2 links to the same domain. So you could have 30 external links in a Hub if you wanted, you just can't have more than 2 links to each site.
An unusual case probably but I have a lens due to transfer which has ~110 links - it's "ten best albums by joni mitchell" and I have track lists, each song linking to a vid.. I could just delete the lists but you can imagine the effort in setting up and maintaining. Even then, I have a sample track from each album.
Is Youtube a whitelisted domain or might it be?
I'm not sure that I understand this. Do you mean that you have over 100 links to YouTube on a single article? Do you receive income from those videos you link to on YouTube?
Paul rather than linking to Youtube why not just embed the video? We have a youtube capsule here (And I'm sure squidoo had one too - I used it if I remember right). Isn't that a better option?
You'd have people stay on your hubs longer and probably they'd want to share the entire hub. If you send them off to videos they may just share the individual videos with their followers.
I avoid Squidoo Youtube modules whenever possible - especially when I need more than one or two (loading speed is appalling). The lens with >100 was intended more as a resource than a seller - and so it turned out
The vids aren't mine.
People do stay on the lens and click multiple tracks.
So, Youtube wouldn't be whitelisted because there's a HP module (and because I might be making money, remembering a previous answer on this general subject)?
I can't say whether Youtube links outside the HP Youtube capsule would be whitelisted or not. I suggest an email to team @ hubpages would be in order.
Paul, the staff actually encourages you to send an email about questionable content before you make a Hub. Use this link to send a question:
If the article is on Squidoo, just let it be transferred and don't ever edit it during the four-month grace period until you decide what to do with it. It's my understanding that it will be transferred to HubPages and be featured to search engines "as-is" for four months.
If you're using the Youtube capsules then I don't believe there is a limit to how many you can have, at least in theory.
This Learning Center Hub has details related to what is considered overly promotional.
http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/publ … d_22732854
You could also try using a graph comparing the sites/prices along with the screen shots that Writer Fox suggested.
I've been playing around with taking screenshots, just can't find a good fit. This is why I'm looking into linking.
Also wondering, what if I got with the site name instead of the actual linking. So rather hyperlinking Google.ca, I would write Google Canada and readers would have a good idea to where I'm referring to.
That would certainly work, from the standpoint of HP as it is only links they are concerned with.
Perhaps not so well from the viewpoint of a reader wishing to go to those sites if that is the thrust of your hub.
Irfanview is an excellent free program with screen capture facility.
One issue I see with too many or too large screen grabs is potential breach of copyright, by the way.
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