As part of our ongoing efforts to improve site structure, we are removing HubPages referral links from published Hubs by deleting their tracker IDs. HubPages referral links were always intended for use outside of HubPages, and because they redirect, they may cause some page rank to be lost. Referral links added to new Hubs will be automatically rewritten to the same URL without the tracker on the live, published versions of the Hubs (i.e., not in edit mode/the HubTool). Given this, the best course of action for Hubbers moving forward is to discontinue placing referral links in new Hubs. You may also want to remove any "Sign up for HubPages" sections from existing Hubs.
"You also may want to remove any 'Sign up for HubPages' sections from your hubs." Did I understand this to mean when we highlight and link the word "Hubpages" to the main page for the sole purpose of inviting people to join? I had one like that and broke the link. I never had any referral links for making money.
Didn't HubPages announce a few years ago that in-hub referral links were already being ignored for earnings purposes by HP anyway? If so, then there is no reason for anybody to become perturbed by their now being actually removed. So hopefully none of the usual forum riots this time around.
Not a clue, not even 100% sure. The only specific things I remember are HP saying in-hub referrals were a no-no and Paul Deeds saying something to the effect that HP could ignore the referral aspect of a link without it being necessary for us having to go through all our hubs and manually finding and removing the tracker ID's.
All I remember is HP (for a long time) discouraging it. If the internal referral links are indeed counted, and if a person has been diligently interlinking his hubs and using his referral tracker for those links, he could very well see a small drop in income when these referral tracker links are nullified internally.
I had done it years ago. But as I said in my post earlier in this thread, the people signing up mostly never published any hubs. And those that did, didn't do well. So I never made any money from the referrals. I stopped wasting my time with it. But I'll be glad to share the popcorn.
It's not just sign ups, when someone clicks on a url with the tracker embedded a percentage of the impressions go to the tracker owner. That's why some people were tracker-izing all their interlinking, to supposedly get a larger share of impressions than the usual 60% (though maybe as PDS says, it didn't work if it was your own hub you were referring).
In addition to earning rewards by introducing new people to HubPages, you can receive a percentage of the total impressions just by sending visitors to Hubs - no Hubbing necessary. If the Hubber who wrote the Hub was referred to HubPages by someone else, you’ll get 9% of the total impressions. If nobody referred this Hubber, however, you get 12%.
I stopped using Referral Links a long time ago since I never made any money from signups anyway. Looking over my referral report I see that most of them never even published any hubs. It will not be missed.
The tracker IDs are removed in these cases as well. The redirect issue applies regardless of the subject matter of the Hub. It's also more practical for us to maintain uniform policy on this. I hope it doesn't impact your earnings too much!
okay--I never use them within HP, anyhow--I never thought that was the purpose. I only sometimes put links (in a separate link capsule) to link to other of my own, related hubs on a topic. But I don't use that gizmo to do it; I just copy the URL from the hub or the "my account" page.
I don't understand what this all means - please could you explain it in less technical language and in a lot more detail. Sorry about this - I don't understand what it is we were doing previously and therefore how to put it right so we don't do it in future.