What's the difference between promotional links and affiliate links?

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  1. favored profile image34
    favoredposted 4 years ago

    Since I don't have an affiliate to Amazon or adsense why does the violation list that I have too many of these?  What is the difference between the two?

    I thought that you could have one amazon link per 50 words.  Some of my pages have over 1,000 words and only 4 amazon links, and it's still saying I have too many.  What should I do?

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      calculus-geometryposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      HP's policy is 50 words per Amazon capsule.  If you are using in-line Amazon text links, you can have only two per hub, regardless of the hub's length.

      1. favored profile image34
        favoredposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        What does in-line Amazon links mean?

        1. psycheskinner profile image84
          psycheskinnerposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          It means a link in a text or link capsule, versus one in an Amazon capsule.

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          calculus-geometryposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          a link in the text like this

        3. CuAllaidh profile image84
          CuAllaidhposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          inline means text links, or any other type of link other than the Amazon Capsule. The capsules are the only type of link that you can use more than two of.

          1. favored profile image34
            favoredposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            So I shouldn't use links to products in a text capsule but the amazon one itself correct?  The photos that were links don't work. These should now be capsule links as well right?

            1. Writer Fox profile image53
              Writer Foxposted 4 years agoin reply to this

              You can do it either way.  To link in a text capsule, though, you must use your own affiliate account ID with Amazon and you are limited to two text links like this per Hur.




              HP does not support HTML to link photos.  You can, however, put the link in the space provided in the photo capsule 'Source URL', limited to two links to the same website per Hub, with very few exceptions.

              1. favored profile image34
                favoredposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                Got it. I don't have an affiliate with Amazon so that won't matter. Thank you Writer Fox.

    2. Writer Fox profile image53
      Writer Foxposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      This can also mean that you have too many links to the same website.  The rule there is no more than two links to the same website and this includes links in the photo capsules. HP will not allow any links to some sites, like Clickbank for example.

      Excluded from the above are links to other Hubs, Wikipedia, Flickr and a very few others.

      1. favored profile image34
        favoredposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        So when Squidoo permitted us to use the Amazon module that had 5 products, we have to separate them throughout the page?  For example my 10 Meatless Sandwich Hub has products that are bunched together, but every one of them is directly related to the article.  If I broke them up would that be acceptable? Plus I noticed there are links in each recipe that shouldn't be there but were in the table of contents, which is not here.  How did that happen?

        1. Writer Fox profile image53
          Writer Foxposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          You may use all five of those products in Amazon capsules, provided that:
          1) Your Hub has at least 50 words of text for each product (250 words for five products), and those 50 words don't have to be describing the products;
          2) The products you use are directly relevant to the content of your Hub;
          3) Your Hub provides useful information and is not just trying to sell products;
          4) Your products are not grouped together, but spread out in the Hub.


          Sounds like an import issue during the transfer.  HP doesn't have a TOC capsule.  However, you can make a TOC for your Hubs by following these instructions:
          http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/113669#post2419013

          If you have links in text and you don't want the links there, edit the capsule and click on the unlink icon in the top menu - third from the right.

          1. favored profile image34
            favoredposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            I was wondering what that link thing was for. Yes this is because of the missing modules, photos, etc. Can't find where some of it fits so there's a lot of recreating stuff.

      2. favored profile image34
        favoredposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        An affiliate link would be like linking to Bradford Exchange and I can only have two per Hub?  Is that correct Writer Fox?

        1. psycheskinner profile image84
          psycheskinnerposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          In terms of how many links you can have, it does not matter if they are affiliate links or not.

          That said an affiliate link is any link that identifies you as a referrer and makes you money.

          1. favored profile image34
            favoredposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            Thank you, I appreciate your answering.

            1. jodijoyous profile image60
              jodijoyousposted 4 years agoin reply to this

              More than two Amazon capsules (modules at Squidoo) in a row will get flagged.  You can break them up with text boxes,  or videos, or photos, or use a text box (capsule), and then an Amazon box (capsule).

              The photo links will work if you put them in a photo capsule.  Just make sure you tag any affiliate links (where you make money).  There's a check box for this in the capsule.

              However, you can only have two links to the same site per hub (excepting wikipedia and flickr and similar). These links can be photo links or links in your text.


              Another option, if you still have lots of questions, is to visit the squidu forum on yuku (not sure if I can link here, but a Google search should find it).  There are lots of people there helping each other, including people with experience on both platforms.

              1. favored profile image34
                favoredposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                Never heard of it, but I am grateful. People seem to be getting angry at us and that is not our intent.  We want to comply with the rules as quickly as possible.  We are under a time restraint so we're making mistakes due to lack of understanding.  Thank you for your patience and help. I appreciate it.  (If you do have the link you can email it to me.)

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                  calculus-geometryposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                  Sorry if you interpreted my posting of links to the learning center and Marisa's hub as angry responses.  Honestly I though they would help you more than going back and forth on this forum.

                  1. favored profile image34
                    favoredposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                    I appreciate it calculus-geometry. I've been on all those several times in fact and reading them through, but honestly I have a problem with terms of the Internet. Anyone who knows me from any other platforms knows that I cried my way through the first months with such frustration. Once I get it though I'm good as gold, so Hubbers there is a light at the end of the path with these questions.

                2. jodijoyous profile image60
                  jodijoyousposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                  email sent

                  1. favored profile image34
                    favoredposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                    Thank you.

              2. Writer Fox profile image53
                Writer Foxposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                This is incorrect information.  There is no option for tagging affiliate links in the photo capsule –  which, by the way, violates Google's Webmaster Guidelines and this has been pointed out to HP management on many occasions.

                1. jodijoyous profile image60
                  jodijoyousposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                  I meant in the text capsule, not the photo capsule.

                  Also, do you have documentation for your second statement? I just looked at Google's guidelines, and didn't see anything. Perhaps I have missed something?

                  Or do you mean making those links no follow?

                  In fact, come to think of it, Amazon itself provides affiliates with image-only links to use, as do other affiliate programs, so I'm puzzled as to how they could be forbidden.

                  1. favored profile image34
                    favoredposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                    I'm not even attempting to put any in the photos. I can't even get them to take text. Had to delete entire capsules and start over with photos.  I've been three hours fixing one hub.

                    jodijoyous you can laugh, but don't get upset. I don't have a clue what you mean by no follow. I just add the link to the product or site for an item.  Whatever else it does it's on it's own with no help from me.  I am quite sure you aren't the one to have missed something. smile

                  2. Writer Fox profile image53
                    Writer Foxposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                    There is no place in the photo capsule to choose to NoFollow a link.

                    Links for affiliates, advertorials and advertising are required to be NoFollow, according to Google Webmaster Guidelines:

                    http://goo.gl/J3Ms3q
                    http://goo.gl/8VDLvl
                    http://goo.gl/LMtl5J
                    http://goo.gl/oVv3LI

        2. Writer Fox profile image53
          Writer Foxposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          The way the term is used on HP, that is correct.  However, even links to websites which are not true affiliates are limited to two links to the same website per Hub.  For example, if you link to information on a blog, you may only link to that blog twice in the same Hub, with very few exceptions.

    3. Paula Atwell profile image77
      Paula Atwellposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Favored, it sounds like you have several issues going on here. If you go to the Squidoo community section of this forum, some of your questions have been asked by others and are being answered there.

      Without seeing the exact article/hub you are talking about it is hard to say what is wrong. The bottom line is that you can only have two links to the same domain, any kind of domain in the text part of a hub. You can have more than two to Amazon if you put them in the Amazon capsule, but the capsules here only allow one product per capsule. There are no multiple item capsule (like we had on Squidoo) on Hubpages.

      So yes, you can have one Amazon capsule per every 50 words at minimum. As you try to correct your hubs, the yellow highlighted box in the top right of the edit page is the most important to get rid of for your hub to be okay. Later you can fix the order of the capsules if you want to make the style better.

      HP does not allow HTML picture links.

      Hope that helps.

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    calculus-geometryposted 4 years ago

    The short answer to your questions is that HubPages is not Squidoo.  I think it will be more efficient for everyone here if you read how HubPages works in the Learning Center.

    http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/contents

    1. favored profile image34
      favoredposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I understand that this is not Squidoo and an not trying to be disrespectful, but trying to correct my articles.  I'm sure if it were the other way around people would understand what a difficult time this is in making a home for our work.  The terms are not the same so I have to learn what they are. As for the links I have been reading every one that is posted, but that doesn't mean I understand them all.  Hopefully we'll be able to learn quickly and won't be bothering others with our questions. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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      Jason Sositkoposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      What could possibly be the point in being so condescending? Most people coming from Squidoo are trying their best to conform to what many of us already believed, was a better, more pro-active site in HubPages.

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    calculus-geometryposted 4 years ago

    Marisa Wright wrote a hub with the basics for new HP users.  It covers your questions about links and is like a condensed version of the learning center.

    http://marisawright.hubpages.com/hub/Ho … ed-to-Know

 
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