Are you allowed to post links in comments?
I have an article called, "Healthy Natural Green House Cleaning Solutions," and someone just made a comment along with a link posting, to what looks like their business website outside of Hubpages. I have not approved it as I'm not sure if I should or not. The comment that accompanies the link sounds like a restatement of what green house cleaning products are made of, not an actual comment about the article.
As the hub author, you get to approve comments left on your hubs as you see fit. Some people allow backlinks, some view them as spam.
I typically don't approve such comments when they are obviously someone spamming for backlinks. If the person suggests a link to me and it valid and valuable, I will add it to a link capsule within the hub, but I don't allow links in comments. To me, it encourages spamming.
I invite people to post links in my comments so that I can check out their latest work. They are visiting me and commenting, rating me up etc. If the content is related to my hub then I add their link in a links capsule. It is bad if it's spamming, but when it's to a site outside of HP I go and check the site out before allowing the comment. You can also set your comments section to only allow comments from people who are signed into HP. I highly recommend this because I have often gotten comments from people who were not members. How will they know I have replied to their question?
I also make sure the comment is an actual comment on the article. It sounds as if this person is trying to grab your Google rating by piggy backing a link. If the business website has a contact us page I would e-mail them about it. HP does frown on this sort of thing. Let them know that if they would like you to post a link to their site then they should have contacted you through the link on your profile, through HP. This person may be going through and posting comments on every relevant hub just to gain backlinks and free advertising. If they want that then they should join and write themselves. Either that or pay you for writing an article about their business.
Thanks for your explanation of how you decide what to do. I haven't checked out the website yet. I just went back to see if the commentor was a hubber and the comment is gone. I even went back to my email to follow the same path to read it.
Weird! That never happened to me. Comments that aren't approved won't show up if you mark the box to not show until approved. Go to your Accounts tab and look to the left. There's a link marked "Comments" click on that to see if it's there.
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