Are these Hub Hacker's Comments and links hurting my ranking with Google?

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  1. Don Bobbitt profile image88
    Don Bobbittposted 10 years ago

    Are these Hub Hacker's Comments and links hurting my ranking with Google?

    I am finding at least one hub of mine a day with comments from non-hubbers. each of these are usually news releases with a link attached.  I do not get a notice from HP that I have a comment, rather I end up seeing them in my real-time list of hubs and comments.
    Each time I find one, have to open my own Hub and delete the Comment.
    I can understand the complexity of blocking outside comments, but these people with three or more links are bound to be hurting my ranking.
    Is anyone else having this problem?
    And, what can we do about this problem?

  2. internpete profile image85
    internpeteposted 10 years ago

    Yep, having the some issue on one of my hubs. It seems unlikely that these links will hurt you very much, but I am not positive on that.

    For me at least, I don't think the comments are live until I approve them, so these comments don't show up anyway. Perhaps adjust your comment settings.

    1. Don Bobbitt profile image88
      Don Bobbittposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      internpete, thanks for the response. I hope you are right, because they are attacking several of my hubs and i am really concerned about the links because Google, unlike HP does things their way, and we suffer the consequences. Oh well!

  3. relache profile image73
    relacheposted 10 years ago

    There is a control panel in your account pages where you can oversee and moderate all comments from one location.  If you are not getting notified of new comments, it's because you have set your comment notifications that way.  You may wish to go take a look at your global comment controls and review how they work and what options you've chosen. (or not chosen)

    You sound like you are describing the recent spam attack issue that is effecting all of HubPages.  There are several discussions in the forum addressing this and offering info on how to respond.

  4. backporchstories profile image77
    backporchstoriesposted 10 years ago

    Great questions.....I will have to go explore my hubs and check this ask. Thanks for asking....and to others...thanks for you replies!

  5. Marc Rohde profile image71
    Marc Rohdeposted 10 years ago

    I have not seen this on my hubs by typically links in commons are going to default to nofollow which means that Google will ignore them.  They should not count against you.  As other hubbers have said you may want to turn on moderation to avoid the hassle but I think this is more of an annoyance than a problem.

  6. StrategyCoaching profile image71
    StrategyCoachingposted 10 years ago

    I get spammers from time to time, not all of them are trying to do anything negative, though in my opinion it hurts the integrity of our hubs when there is spam all through the comments. So I just delete any comments that are irrelevant to the hub or that have links without any comments to describe what they are. I'm cool if another hubber wants to share their hubs on my comments so long as their relevant to my post and so long as they actually take part in the conversation and aren't just there to promote their own work. The same goes for any "non-hubbers".

    Hope this helps smile

    1. Don Bobbitt profile image88
      Don Bobbittposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks and I agree or having relative subjects. But, I had one comment with three links the other day in what looked like Russian. And, PS. If you have a link that goes to a low ranked site, it can pull your ranking down with Google.

  7. quizbomb profile image58
    quizbombposted 10 years ago

    Well for a start, you can moderate the comments in any case by denying those comments you deem to be without relevance. In terms of google and ranking you will find that alot of these comment links don't get indexed anyway.

    In terms of rankings this is based more on links pointing to the hub than links pointing out so it is unlikely that it makes a difference overall.

  8. profile image52
    eBackgroundChecksposted 10 years ago

    If they're leaving crappy links, or lots of misspellings and lots of obscenities in their comments it will hurt your ranking. like someone else said go to the control panel and don't let comments automatically post.


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