a question about self- promotion on forums

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  1. rebekahELLE profile image86
    rebekahELLEposted 8 years ago

    hello all, I'm still relatively new on HP and am still learning how this site works~~ I have noticed recently that some hubbers seem to be able to self- promote with links and yet others are quickly silenced. can someone please clarify what self-promotion is here in the forums?  and yes, I have read the forum rules and also the box that is posted on every single page when posting a comment where it says: Do not start threads for the sole purpose of promotion or posting links.
    hmm

  2. profile image43
    badcompany77posted 8 years ago

    Some older members get away with it, newbies don't, you do the maths !

  3. kmackey32 profile image66
    kmackey32posted 8 years ago

    long time no see bad company. Where have you been, and where are all your hubs?

    1. profile image43
      badcompany77posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I deleted myself, this is a new account. Tis always nice to see you though my pretty friend smile

      1. kmackey32 profile image66
        kmackey32posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Oh thank you. I was gone for awhile too, long story, but in the end I bought a house with a house payment of $130 a month. smile

        1. profile image43
          badcompany77posted 8 years agoin reply to this

          It's good to see you back, jeeeez $130 a month, get yer ass over to the UK and get me a deal you blonde wizard smile

          1. kmackey32 profile image66
            kmackey32posted 8 years agoin reply to this

            LOL yep, I'm good.

            1. profile image43
              badcompany77posted 8 years agoin reply to this

              Don't go away again ok, I missed ya x

              1. kmackey32 profile image66
                kmackey32posted 8 years agoin reply to this

                Ok ill try not too but I had to move.

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                  badcompany77posted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  I know I meant on here smile

                  1. kmackey32 profile image66
                    kmackey32posted 8 years agoin reply to this

                    I didnt have internet access. Ok sorry better can back on the subject. smile

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          R.G. San Ramonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Wow. I don't think I can get a house here in the Philippines worth 130 usd/month. It's even more expensive here, that's why most people rent.

  4. Misha profile image73
    Mishaposted 8 years ago

    If a thread is started by established hubber, and the thing s/he promotes is an obvious benefit to community, I think Maddie lets it go. smile

    1. profile image43
      badcompany77posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      That is a fair point my friend, one I accept !

  5. Marisa Wright profile image96
    Marisa Wrightposted 8 years ago

    You can post a link to your Hubs in "Extreme Hub Makeover" for feedback. There's also a HubMob thread where you can post links to the Hubs you've written for that HubMob. And a 30 Day Challenge thread where you can post Hubs you've written for the challenge (I think). 

    Anywhere else on the forums, the link will be snipped (maybe not instantly, because the moderator can't be everywhere at once). 

    Occasionally you'll see other threads where a link is not snipped, but there's a good reason for that.  For instance, you'll often see Darkside's "how to Hub" series hyperlinked, either by himself or other Hubbers - that's not self-promotion, it's acknowledged as a great resource for newbies. 

    There is currently a thread about a Christmas Hub by Sandra Rinck.  It is possible that link might still be snipped - but she has specifically written the Hub to promote Hubs by a large number of Hubbers, not just herself, so it could be seen a benefit to the community.

  6. Uninvited Writer profile image81
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    You can link to one of your own hubs when it's related to a discussion, not start it.

    I don't think it's just related to how long you have been here.

    If you are talking about Sandra's, that is an exception. She was promoting a hub that featured the hubs of other hubbers. I probably wouldn't have started such a thread but it's not really self-promotion.

    There are a couple of threads, like the hubmob and the 30 day challenge that HubPages makes an exception for. And then again, some don't care and continue to self-promote until they get snipped smile

  7. Eaglekiwi profile image81
    Eaglekiwiposted 8 years ago

    Well its like any moderation I think
    It stays if it goes unnoticed I guess, or if no one reports it.

    1. kmackey32 profile image66
      kmackey32posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I think its that we know the ones who have been here a long time give the links for information for us not for promotion and we know new people are usually about promotion.

  8. rebekahELLE profile image86
    rebekahELLEposted 8 years ago

    thanks you Marissa and others, just wondering. I do understand the helpful knowledge links like DS and others as most of the time those links are not starting a thread.

  9. Pr0metheus profile image56
    Pr0metheusposted 8 years ago

    I'll post links to my hub if they're related to the conversation.  I have one I wrote on god that I will post in the religion forum if people question my beliefs.  I don't think it's really self promotion because I make nothing off the hub...

  10. profile image43
    badcompany77posted 8 years ago

    I have tried promoting my Hubs but I still can't get any reads !

    1. Marisa Wright profile image96
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Try leaving them up for long enough!  You're after search engine traffic.  Google uses several variables to judge the value of a Hub - and one of them is age.  Although Hubs can get indexed (listed on Google) quickly, it can take a while for them to move up the rankings. 

      All my income-producing Hubs started out earning mere pennies, and are gradually earning more and more as they get older.  Of course, some of my Hubs have still only earned $2, and I'm resigned to the fact they're not on subjects that do well. 

      If I'd made a judgment on my Hubs in their first two or three months, I would have deleted several of the ones which are now good earners.  Don't be too quick to judge what's working and what's not.

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        badcompany77posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I am Marisa on the Health Ones, I still intend doing one a day and even now after only 2 weeks they are picking up outside traffic, trust me I do listen !

  11. rebekahELLE profile image86
    rebekahELLEposted 8 years ago

    BC, you are a self-promotion in and of yourself. wink
    now everytime I see a pic of Johnny Depp or advertisement for Pirates of the Caribbean, I think of you.

    just keep yourself from getting banned and your hubs will stay up longer. big_smile

    1. profile image43
      badcompany77posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I can't get another ban, I am on a final warning smile

      1. rebekahELLE profile image86
        rebekahELLEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        well, you better behave pirate. wink

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          badcompany77posted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Lol don't worry I know how far I can go and what I can get away with, on the plus side I also know that I can also flag those that wind me up, BadCo intends to build up another collection of humor hubs, the first will be tomorrow night, omg I hope that isnt promoting smile

          1. kmackey32 profile image66
            kmackey32posted 8 years agoin reply to this

            No thats not promoting.

            1. profile image43
              badcompany77posted 8 years agoin reply to this

              I knew there was a reason I loved ya besides that sexy face, blonde hair and those piercing eyes smile

  12. darkside profile image78
    darksideposted 8 years ago

    Marisa Wright and Uninvited Writer have pretty much covered all the bases.

    The only other place I'd say is allowed is when a person starts a thread in the HubPages Knowledge Exchange with an obvious attempt at giving a useful tip to others, be it in a hub they've written or another site.

    In this example if the OP had posted a link to an external site in her post, it wouldn't have been a problem.

    Discovering a new tip or trick and sharing it with the community isn't a problem either, such as the thread I made on
    How to add a Table Of Contents to your hubs.

    Posting a link to a hub, or better yet an anchor in a hub (so it goes straight to the capsule that has the answer) is also allowed in the Need Help? Ask here sub-forum.

    No point in copying and pasting and thereby creating duplicate content when the answer is already published in detail.

  13. rebekahELLE profile image86
    rebekahELLEposted 8 years ago

    thanks DS. I don't see those links as self-promtion, they are helpful to everyone. in fact, I'm going to go read the table of contents hub, I didn't know about that! wink

    1. darkside profile image78
      darksideposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      That's my point. They are there to honestly help people out.

      It wouldn't matter how long a person was a member here, if they were to start a thread in anywhre but the Hub Makeover sub-forum that said "Check out my hub! Leave comments!" they'd get snipped.

      Old timers know better. Or should know better. And newbs either learn or get indignant about it.

      If HubPages HQ didn't police it, it'd become a free for all.

      1. profile image43
        badcompany77posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Is this in the makeover column ?

        http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/24981

        1. darkside profile image78
          darksideposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          If you've got a problem with it, take it up with HP HQ.

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            badcompany77posted 8 years agoin reply to this

            I just asked a simple question, a long standing member as you quoted that should know better. Is it in the makeover forum and if it isnt why hasnt it been snipped, a newbie would be !

            1. darkside profile image78
              darksideposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              And I gave a simple answer.

  14. rebekahELLE profile image86
    rebekahELLEposted 8 years ago

    o.k. thanks all, that helps. smile

    and BC, blondes do have more fun.

    1. profile image43
      badcompany77posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Lol don't you start me smile

      1. kmackey32 profile image66
        kmackey32posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        but shes right. wink

        1. rebekahELLE profile image86
          rebekahELLEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          wink

        2. profile image43
          badcompany77posted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I can see why lol !

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          sandra rinckposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Well blonds speak for themselves but brunets leave a lasting impression! lol  j/k luv you.

          Regarding the OP, I think it was me who prompted this thread.  I don't believe I was out of line for leaving a link in the OP because it is a HP community project.

          I am not sure where else it would have been more appropriate to post it because to my knowledge, it would make more sense to post it in the forums because it is for Hubbers.

          I think if it was a hub that listed a plethora of outgoing links or had nothing to do with the community and promotions of HubPages, then I think I would have been out of line.

          I can't say for sure if I am or am not but I am sorry if it seems like I am getting special treatment.  If Maddie snipped it, I would understand but the question remains. 

          How else would I get other hubber participation in a hp community project?

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            Nelle Hoxieposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Sandra, whether it's you or a group of hubbers, it's still self-promotion for a group of specific hubbers and not the entire Hubpages community. I was really surprised when I saw your thread that it was allowed.

            But if it's okay with Maddie and the team, I guess it's okay. But I can see where people would be confused.

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    lyricsingrayposted 8 years ago

    This is why I started the forum 'recommend a hubbers hub'

    Each Hubber posts a link of their choice selected from te Hubber's portfolio above them,then someone will promote their choosing of one of your Hubs

    Very confusing to explain but fun and working out really well.  Networking is playing a big role too.
    cheers
    kimberly

  16. rebekahELLE profile image86
    rebekahELLEposted 8 years ago

    dinner time~~

    1. profile image43
      badcompany77posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Something tasty I hope smile

  17. profile image43
    badcompany77posted 8 years ago

    Follow the Darkones advice and post it in the relevant place, the makeover forum and yes DS you did give a SIMPLE reply !

  18. sunforged profile image74
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

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    1. Jane@CM profile image59
      Jane@CMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      LOL

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