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Is it not OK to link to someone else's hub?

  1. Sherry Hewins profile image96
    Sherry Hewinsposted 3 months ago

    I just had a text link snipped on one of my hubs. The hub is about making ornaments out of blown out eggs. The link was to a hub about making paper beads. I had actually learned about making paper beads through that hub, and used them to embellish my ornaments. I think that link is relevant and helpful, and in no way spammy. I certainly wouldn't gain anything monetarily by including it.

    When I first started here, years ago, there was something called "Hub Karma." Linking to hubs belonging to other people was encouraged. I know they ended that long ago, but in this case it just seemed good and right to include that link.

    1. ChristinS profile image96
      ChristinSposted 3 months agoin reply to this

      Sometimes what they snip is so random - it's hard to know, my guess would be that they feel it's not directly related enough to the topic of your hub.  Or maybe yours is on a niche site (or going to be) and the other one is not?

      1. Sherry Hewins profile image96
        Sherry Hewinsposted 3 months agoin reply to this

        I think you have hit upon the answer Christin S. The paper bead hub is still on HP, while my Easter Egg hub is on Holidappy. I had to go back and edit my paragraph about the paper beads (one problem with the snip, often it leaves the paragraph not making sense). I guess people can just do a search if they want to know how to make them. It's a shame though, because that was a nice tutorial.

    2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image99
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 months agoin reply to this

      The team used to encourage us to link to one another's hubs because they thought it would increase everybody's traffic.  Now they frown on doing that or even linking to your own work unless it is absolutely necessary to do so.  Nor do they like seeing too many links to articles outside of your hub. Their goal is too keep people on each page as long as possible, I guess.

  2. eugbug profile image98
    eugbugposted 3 months ago

    A link from one of my hubs on a niche to a hub on HubPages.com was snipped, even though the destination hub was totally relevant. So the intention seems to be to completely divorce the niche sites from HubPages because according to Robin "the linked-to pages have to meet the editorial standards of the site or they are removed.  Most HubPages links do not meet this criteria". Linking to your own or other relevant hubs from the body text is ok, as long as you don't just place long list of links at the end (unless they are links to references).

    I don't know whether you saw this, but it clarifies the situation:
    https://hubpages.com/community/forum/14 … lated-hubs