Can outsiders read our hubs?

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  1. shielamaeparreno profile image63
    shielamaeparrenoposted 9 years ago

    Can outsiders read our hubs?

    If my friends want to read my hubs, do they have to create an account?

  2. Rochelle Frank profile image91
    Rochelle Frankposted 9 years ago

    They do not have to create an account to read...
    In fact, the whole idea of posting your hubs is to get lots of "outsiders" to read.
    If your friends want to create an account that is great, especially if they sign up under your tracking link and write some hubs of their own.... but anyone that can find your hub, can read it  whether they are signed in or not.
    Send them a link (url address) to hubpages-- or to your profile or hub.
    Welcome to HubPages!

  3. To Start Again profile image73
    To Start Againposted 9 years ago

    nope, anyone can read. That's the idea. You get your hub picked up by a search engine so that it shows up in search results so that people everywhere can see it.

  4. livewirez profile image72
    livewirezposted 9 years ago

    Of course guest or outsiders can read your post. They don't need to register here in hubpages just give them the link of you hubs. They can even give comment as a guest on your hubs.

  5. sunilkunnoth2012 profile image52
    sunilkunnoth2012posted 9 years ago

    Sure, anyone can read your hub and that is a welcome thing too. Otherwise how can we expect a decent traffic and revenue.  You can check it by trying a search in Google and if you are lucky you can find your hub on the top list of the searched contents.

  6. barbat79 profile image65
    barbat79posted 9 years ago

    Yes  Outsiders can browse freely.  They can also click on a link that you send to them.   No your friends do not have to create an account, they are logged as visitors.  All you need to do is provide them with the unique shortlink (under statistics) or the url that appears at the top of your hub.  Oops it looks like you got your answers as I scroll down this page!  Best wishes!

  7. profile image0
    lesliebyarsposted 9 years ago

    Outsiders can read your hubs on HUBPAGES and also by finding them under Google.

  8. lovebuglena profile image85
    lovebuglenaposted 9 years ago

    Yes, of course! Anyone can read our hubs, regardless if they are hub members or not. If the hubs are featured and are therefore searchable on Google, etc. anyone can find them and read them without even knowing anything about Hub Pages or what it is. If hubs are idle then only hub members can read them unless you share your idle hubs' links with outsiders.

    Your friends don't nee to create an account on Hub Pages to read your hubs. They may need to create an account though to leave comments on your hubs, if your comment settings are set to allow comments only from registered users.

  9. bernard.sinai profile image77
    bernard.sinaiposted 9 years ago

    No need to create an account to read hubs. Just send the link. :-)

  10. peachpurple profile image80
    peachpurpleposted 9 years ago

    Outsiders can read your hub. They need not register an account. Just sign in as guest will do.

  11. einron profile image56
    einronposted 9 years ago

    Yes.  In fact, many outsiders comment on my hubs.
    Your friends just have to get the url of the hub and type it.

  12. shielamaeparreno profile image63
    shielamaeparrenoposted 9 years ago

    Thanks guys! I'm writing my hubs for a pay and this is just simply amazing - the possibility of earning from the traffic of those hubs. So maybe a little help from friends will be good.

    1. Stephanie Henkel profile image94
      Stephanie Henkelposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      It's always good if you get your friends to read your hubs as all traffic is welcome, but don't have people clicking wildly on all the ads just to run up your number of clicks...that's against the rules and could get you in trouble.

  13. WalterPoon profile image68
    WalterPoonposted 9 years ago

    Of course they can. The whole idea is to get as many people as possible to visit your hubs and hopefully to click on the ads. But NEVER, NEVER, NEVER ask your friends to click, or else you will lose your AdSense account! AdSense has a way of detecting so-called "invalid clicks" and even if they are wrong, just too bad! HubPages must have done a lot of studies to find out the best locations for those ads and even if you don't ask your friends to click, chances are they may well click on those ads, even without you asking.

    1. Nellieanna profile image69
      Nellieannaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Oh my!  That's too weird!  So I guess they think that friends might click ads just to boost your hubs to 'up the ante', huh?  Wow.  That must've required a lot of research to be able to determine whether or not ads are clicked from genuine interest.

    2. WalterPoon profile image68
      WalterPoonposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Read this article, entitled "How Google Detects Invalid Clicks - A Must Know For Adsense Publisher ". … Publisher/

    3. shielamaeparreno profile image63
      shielamaeparrenoposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Wow thanks for the advance info. Well good for me I was not approved by Google Ads yet. What will happen on my hub then if friends click on those ads (and I'm not yet registered with G.Ads)?

  14. Nellieanna profile image69
    Nellieannaposted 9 years ago

    Anyone can read and even comment on our hubs, though if they're not Hubbers, of course their comments are not traceable  unless they left a live link of some kind.  They can use whatever identity they choose with their comments, in fact.  They could make up an identity on the spot right then, as they click the comment box.  So be sure to tell your friends to use a name you'd recognize.

    1. WalterPoon profile image68
      WalterPoonposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I didn't realize that those who are not hubbers can comment, using any names!!! Won't it be better if HubPages requires them to register, using a simpler form, just like in all forums?

    2. Rochelle Frank profile image91
      Rochelle Frankposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You don't know if comments are traceable-- IP addresses can also be traced. It's fine for people to read and comment, but if they are clicking ads to benefit you, it could backfire in  the loss of your ad account.

  15. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
    DzyMsLizzyposted 9 years ago

    HOWever--you must let them know that they ARE able to leave comments, for on the comment section, when not signed in, the way it is worded makes it SEEM as if you must be a member and/or log in to comment.
    This is not the case, and I suspect many would-be outside comments are not placed because of this misleading wording.
    It does say that you can comment as a guest, but the placement of that wording, and the phrasing is just not done well to make that obvious.  HP needs to fix/address this issue.

    1. Rochelle Frank profile image91
      Rochelle Frankposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Yesss, Dizzy, This is important. I convinced a friend of mine to join in and write hubs, and she was having a hard time, untill she discovered that she had already joined when she commented on one of my hubs a couple of years ago.

    2. shielamaeparreno profile image63
      shielamaeparrenoposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Lizzy ok I'll tell them they can definitely leave comments.

  16. ChitrangadaSharan profile image91
    ChitrangadaSharanposted 9 years ago

    Of course, they can! You have to share your hubs on different social networking sites, such as, twitter, pintrest, facebook, Google+ and so on. You can even send the link to your friends via email. And nothing better, if your friends discover your hubs in Google search. I was pleasantly  surprised, when one of my friend found my hub in google search and commented on my hub and he is not even a member here. I think if a non member wants to leave a comment, they ask for email id.

    1. shielamaeparreno profile image63
      shielamaeparrenoposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I've created a separate facebook account last week to serve this purpose. I keep my 'writing life' private (not until HP!).

  17. softhard profile image61
    softhardposted 9 years ago

    Yes outsiders can read your hubs. Featured hubs have more chance  getting hit from outsiders as they are listed on the search engines and hub topics.

  18. Ronwan profile image64
    Ronwanposted 9 years ago

    No, they don't have to.
    Hubs are even visible on Google !!

  19. manthy profile image60
    manthyposted 9 years ago

    no... outsiders can and do read your hubs, but it is a good idea to refer other people who are interested in writing to hubpages.. you can make some good money doing that.

  20. Ronna Pennington profile image78
    Ronna Penningtonposted 9 years ago

    Yes. Try Google searching your name and see if any link back to your Hubs. It's fun to be recognized by a search engine big_smile

    1. shielamaeparreno profile image63
      shielamaeparrenoposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Yey I'll try that! smile

  21. ZIa Ahmed khan profile image49
    ZIa Ahmed khanposted 9 years ago

    NO, Anyone can read and also comment on hubs without creating an account.

  22. wowtgp profile image60
    wowtgpposted 9 years ago

    Why wouldn't they? They can read all they want and even comment on hubs without creating a HubPages account.

  23. Alison Graham profile image93
    Alison Grahamposted 9 years ago

    The only thing I would add in addition to the excellent answers you have already received is that in order to be found from outside of hubpages other than from 'likes' and 'shares' on social media sites, Hubs need to show up in search engines.

    So for example, if you wrote a hub on 'blue furry widgets' someone putting 'blue furry widgets' into the search bar would see your hub listed in the results.

    In order for your hub to be found by Google, or one of the other search engines, it has to find it and 'index' it. Then it can be ranked in the search engine results - if it is better than most of the competition for a particular search phrase, it will appear on the front page.

    To go back to the 'blue furry widgets' example, depending on the way it is written, a hub on this topic might be ranked first for that particular phrase, but not ranked at all for 'where to buy furry widgets'!

    Only hubs that are 'featured' can be found by search engines because HubPages adds a no-index tag to hubs that are not featured - this means they can be found from within hubpages but not from a 'search' in any of the search engines.

    Hope this explanation helps

    1. WalterPoon profile image68
      WalterPoonposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Alison, slight correction... "blue furry widgets" will be ranked in "where to buy furry widgets" but not as high up as those which have exactly the 5 words because it has only 2 similar words.

    2. shielamaeparreno profile image63
      shielamaeparrenoposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      WalterPoon, would it matter if the words are not on the same order (like furry widgets colored blue)?

    3. WalterPoon profile image68
      WalterPoonposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Shielanmaeparreno, I just tested it out. Alison is right about "exact search" (and therefore I am wrong), but I found one or two results in my exact searches that don't match the keywords, so these could be exceptions due to other factors.

    4. Alison Graham profile image93
      Alison Grahamposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You are right Walter - I should have said that the phrase "where to buy furry widgets" might not be ranked on the first page - or even close - a lot also depends on the strength of the competition doesn't it?

    5. WalterPoon profile image68
      WalterPoonposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Alison, you are right and your first comment was also right. I always had the impression that if Google cannot find an exact match, it will return other results but that's not the case, unless searchers click on Google's "without quotes" suggestion.

  24. stars439 profile image58
    stars439posted 9 years ago

    Good question. Sometimes folks other than hub members have commented on my hubs. I try to answer all comments on my work. Indeed you're friends can write you. They do not have to have , and account to do so. Thank you cherished heart , for being with us on Hub Pages. GBY.

  25. Diana Lee profile image79
    Diana Leeposted 9 years ago

    They not only can read your hubs, but can comment as well right on your page.  It is also fun to see what likes and comments we get with our Facebook friends or other social sites, so be sure to share your hub with them and email the link to those on your contact lists. Exposure is the most important reason why I write hubs.  This is a great place to practice our craft and feedback inspires more writing.

    Welcome to Hub Pages and enjoy the experience.

  26. gags3480 profile image58
    gags3480posted 9 years ago

    Yes, of course they can. It's available on Google as well & there is no need to create a account for that.

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