Do you include a resources section in your hubs?
I was writing another hub tonight and really debated for a long time about adding some additional resources for readers. Ultimately, I don't mind adding a few, but I'm not sure I want a specific section as it might direct them away from my hubs. What do you all think as readers? Do you feel like you'd like to see this in a hub or not?
I don't see any harm in adding a resources section at the end of your hubs. And if your resources section is extensive and useful, your visitors might even bookmark your hub just for that section. For additional traffic, you can also include one or two of your hubs as resources as well.
Additional resources are always welcome to me about the hub material. Mainly I would click on them if I am interested in the hub topic.
If something is a major resource, I will use a link to it, so that readers have the added depth most resources offer. If what I have written satisfies the reader, then most are already finished with the topic, and HP will sidebar other Hubs that generally (but very apparently) don't always have some connection with the topic. In some cases the links will provide photos or artwork that can further illustrate my Hub, too.
Not done yet...but I am agree with you it is a practice of good seo optimization and also helpful to your readers to find out more relevant info. It display that you are aware about other sources that you writing about.
It's the old reporter in me who can't use information from somewhere else and not give the credit where it is due. I've learned the hard way on HP to just link to the source instead of citing sources. Then the hub gets pulled for duplicate content.
I always use the link capsule and add relevant links to the right of my text in the appropriate text capsules to be used to verify my "proof" of what I'm stating.
I honestly think this helps the entire hub perform well, linking to high quality and reputable sources lends the author credibility and respect.
Actually if you read Google's Panda guidelines they actually recommend it as a resource and reference section tend to give your work more credibility with the readers and the indexing algorithms. The same can be said about citations. Article success and visibility is about quality and not quantity, so it makes perfect sense to take every opportunity to help make your work shine.
I have only got one hub up so far and working on writing my second. For my first hub (List of rare diseases) I added a section under each section for further reading and foundations for that disease. At first I hadn't put this, but had a comment left by a reader suggesting it.
I think if you can add retentive resources it can't hurt, I myself have actually bookmarked blog posts in the past just because it had resources for me to go back to later as well.
If you look at the old "flagship Hub" format, they required 10 links to reference sites.
I used to place a "Reference" section below the Comments. Unfortunately, we don't have the option to put anything below the comments these days - but after all, if a reader has made it all the way to the end of the Hub, they've already missed most of your ads, so maybe it doesn't matter!
Thanks everyone for your wonderful and insightful thoughts on this. I do already link to facts within the article itself, but I think I'm going to experiment with this idea a bit and see how it impacts similar hubs and if it makes a difference, readers like it, etc.
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