Someone left a comment on one of my hubs and it has a link in it to another website. Am I allowed to approve the comment?
Comment moderation is up to you (HubPages will never penalize you). If you think the link is genuinely useful to your readers and not spammy, you may approve it (though if it is, in fact, identified by Google as a spammy link, your article will still be penalized in search rankings). We recommend not permitting comments with links, but if you are certain it's beneficial and safe, it's fine to allow it.
Yes, you can certainly do what you wish with the comment. What you don't want are comments with links which direct someone to something shady. Does the comment and the link add to the discussion? Is it relevant? So long as it doesn't take you to something shady or completely off topic, there isn't a problem.
As a rule, I do not approve comments with links in them anymore. I think it's important to control where the links go from your Hub. A link to a bad neighborhood can be damaging. Even if the link looks okay to begin with, the page can be changed or the link redirected in the future.
Usually comments with links are spam, so that's a no-brainer. But sometimes a reader leaves a genuinely useful comment with a link telling me to go read this or check out their post on their site. In those cases, it would be nice if we could accept the comment but snip the link.
I'm also not sure if the link checker tool scans links in the comments. If a link in the comments becomes dead or associated with spam will the link checker catch it?
EricDockett - "Usually comments with links are spam"
This used to be true with WordPress but Akismet catches all of that now. Giving the user a place to put a link, maybe not on HubPages, but a relevant link and they usually come back for more. There is nothing wrong with a relevant comment link if the user is adding something meaningful to the article or conversation. I see it as more of a trade off as long as it's relevant.
by Michael Willis 8 years ago
It there a way we can allow comments and at the same time "Disallow" the hyperlink? Especially for the non-members of Hubpages.Sometimes the comments are OK to allow, but I may not want the link on my page, especially when multiple links on multiple hubs are the same. I know I could...
by Paula 7 years ago
I am curious what you think about people that post links to their other sites (hubpages or others)?I have been getting lots of comments but that have links to my hubs, and it seems they are trying to promote their stuff on my pages. I am curious what you think about this and others as well....
by Laura Izett 8 years ago
Do you accept or deny comments that leave a link to someone's website?I don't mind people leaving a link to one of their hubs but I don't know about people leaving a link to their own website.
by Renz Kristofer Cheng 6 years ago
What do you usually do when someone posts a comment in your hub but attaches a not-so-relevant link?If someone just post a link (without leaving any remarks related to the hub), we often deny the comment immediately. But what if, a hubber/reader posts a sensible comment, but leaves some link to his...
by The Write Life 23 months ago
Someone left a good comment on my Hub and also dropped a link to their site. The site is right on point with the subject and looks like quality. I would like to approve it, just wondering how Google sees it, whether it's treated as spammy or rewarded. Don't remember the deal with links in comments....
by Jamie Brock 6 years ago
Question about links left in commentsSometimes I have people that leave really nice comments that pertain to my hub but at the end of the comment they will end it like this: come visit us @ link.If I approve the comment because they actually commented on my hub does the link hurt my hub score or...
Copyright © 2019 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|