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. Do you just approve them all? Thanks!
oh my...perhaps i am not the best person to give the first answer since i am a hubpages newbie, but here i go anyway. when i first started here, i would post a link with my answers sometimes, but the more i get into the hubpages community, the more i realize that posting links seems to be frowned upon. i am not completely sure why this is, but i figure i shouldn't be posting links unless i figure out a little bit more about how all of this works. i guess if you write an interesting and/or engaging enough comment, others can click on your name and check out your hubs if they want to. on the other hand, i don't mind the thought of others posting links to their hubs in the comments and such on my page if it is a relevant topic and could help the reader.
My understanding is that comments capsules on a Hub are not for promoting the commenter's own Hubs/sites/blog, whatever.
However, any links are posted within a comment are activated for want of a better word.
I always check what is on the other end of a link in any comment left on my Hubs before I approve that comment. If it is relevant to my Hub and not a spam or advertisement, I will generally approve the comment with the link.
It is really up to the individual though.
Hope this helps.
As long as it's relevant to the topic I don't see why not. I sometimes post answers that links to one of my existing hubs elsewhere. I've gotten a couple hundred hits when Lifehacker covered a similar topic.
However, if they leave you a comment then puts in a link to a completely unreleated hub then it's spam.
Well it depends on the way it really is presented and how much you are willing to tolarate. If it is nothing but mindless premotion that doesn't contribute to the topic at hand then delete the comment.
Hubpages puts articles that are simular on the side of each article so more than likely if it is relevant it may already being shown on the right side.
Though on their part it is understandable to not want your content to fall into obscurity.
In the end like it comes down to how it is being done, what context it is in, and what you are willing to tolarate. There really is no universal answer that will fit all.
Hub Newbie here and its interesting to read other comments on this. I agree related hub links or external links should be relevant. As the 'WEB' is a web link of internet pages, adding related links to comments etc I beleive is good practice because thats what the WEB is.
If it's related to the article and comment - yes it's OK. Just like answers where I already wrote about it - I can't use the option of "make a hub about it" because I already wrote it.
I put my two cents in and a link that I consider my expanded unedited comment.
I don’t mind helping anyone with a few legitimate backlinks whenever possible. As a matter of fact most of my hubs reference one or two other Hubbers that have similar hubs. In my opinion it is disrespectful to your fellow Hubber to leave links; especially when you see a comment that goes. “Great hub, now see my hub or website at ……” To me that is so obvious that all you want is free advertisement and you don’t care at whose expense it is.
Below the comment section it clearly states that it is NOT for promoting other hubs or websites. There are a few occasions when I have left a Hubber’s link when they have respectfully left a genuine comment and then left a link that enhanced my article. As far as outside links from other websites if they appear to be quality links then I may leave them unless the individual has left links on 4 or 5 of my hubs (again, obviously self-promotional).
All in all, it is your discretion as to what you allow or disallow in the way of promotional links. However, for the most part I agree with Tiffany, most Hubbers that have been here for a while frowns upon doing it and will definitely delete it.
well, i think it really depends. I personally see what kind of link is and then decide if i will approve that or not. Like many said, if it is a related hub then why not? Even Hubpages incentives us to link to other hubs.
Now if the link is to a site not inside hubpages then it is a different story. I will not appove the comment if it is related
I haven't answered any question so far but this strikes a nerve. I've gotten too many spam comments on some of my online blogs.
Despite Hubpages' position of "comments are not for promoting your hubs or other sites" as clearly stated under the capsule, I personally don't mind commentators linking to other web pages provided:
- the comment is of value; and
- the web page linked to is Ok.
How do I tell whether a comment is of value?
If the commentator obviously read/skimmed your hub and pinpoint on a point or two in the hub, that's value to me. Then again, sometimes comments like "Great info there. Thanks" are of value when the commentator is genuine and sincere. But other times you can't help but feel that such comments are just there for linking sake. This can partly be determined by the web pages they link to.
We all have our own ideas of a spam site and we know one when we see one. Obviously I won't allow the comment if it links to one. The best links would be those that are relevant to the comments and my hubs. But so long as the site is decent, I'll probably just let it be.
So, to answer your question, I don't just approve them all. I approve them based on the 2 main criteria above. These aren't set in stone though. I may be stricter or more lenient when I actually make the decision. Catch me in a bad mood (like when I've too many spam comments that day), I might just delete them all good or bad.
Whoever say men are rational?
PS. Having said all that, I realize that what I'm trying to do is to determine whether the intent of the commentator is purely to spam. So long as it isn't, I'm quite happy to approve it.
I have not done it yet on HubPages and don't intend to since it overall seems to be frowned upon in this community, which is fine. But, I know that I love writing and I know that I love as many people being able to see my writing as possible, so if it makes someone happy and they think posting a link on my Hub might get them a view or two, then why not? I don't see how it hurts, as odds are the person initially reading my Hub is finished with it if they are at the bottom in the comments section.
But, I do think the link should be relevant.
I agree with the existence of related links as a comment
as articles on the side. This helps to promote all things that are relevant to the article. It is a great way to help
the cooperation between the hubbers and increase traffic.
I would approve them, depending on where the links point to. It of course has to be relevant to the topic. Hubpages is about promotion, and a link that was posted from someone's comment does not hurt your hub or any other blog that you may have.
I agree with hschang. If the material they link to is relevant to your hub then I would see no problem including the link. I do have a problem with permitting links to other websites in my comments sections because there is no way of telling where external links will eventually lead.
I believe the policies of HubPages states that comments are not the place to promote other hubs or external sites. However, in the end the decision is yours whether to approve comments that contain links or not.
The minute I see a link I automatically deny the comment. I figure, I don't go around and put links to my stuff in other people's comment boxes; and I don't want them using the comment boxes on my Hubs for that purpose. Some people think if they add a "relevant" comment WITH their link it makes it acceptable. Some people are OK with someone posting a relevant comment AND a link to their own stuff. To me, the minute I see that link it makes me think they had no real interest in contributing to the discussion, so it just irks me.
What doesn't irk me if to have someone contact me about a particularly relevant/related Hub they've written and ask if I'll post a link to it, myself. Sometimes they'll offer to l link to mine, but I don't even expect that from people. I don't know.. I guess I just prefer a less sleazy way, less "nervy", and more straightforward and respectful an approach when someone is looking for links.
It depends on if it looks like they are just spamming you I guess.
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