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Do you still put a tracker link in your hubs?

  1. Efficient Admin profile image94
    Efficient Adminposted 4 years ago

    Do you still put a tracker link in your hubs?

    In all of my hubs I have a link in a blue box with a referral tracker with a heading offering to sign up with Hubpages to write articles.  Is this still a good idea for new hubs since all the changes?

  2. drpennypincher profile image95
    drpennypincherposted 4 years ago

    I use referral tracker links on my blog on Blogger when I link to HubPages, but I have not been using referral tracker links on my Hubs.  Have you had people sign up for HubPages through the referral program from your links?  It sounds like a good idea to me, but I remember reading on a FAQ that referral links were intended to be used on sites outside HubPages.  I would worry about adding referral links to all my Hubs and then being required to remove them at some point if a new policy comes out...

    1. Efficient Admin profile image94
      Efficient Adminposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I had one person who did sign up through one of my hubs but they never did publish any content! On the new templates being offered when creating new hubs I am not seeing any suggestion to add a referral tracker for visitors to sign up for Hubpages.

  3. Writer Fox profile image58
    Writer Foxposted 4 years ago

    I have a referral link on all of my Hubs.  However, the new HP 'Style Guide' says to remove them.  I can't imagine why HP doesn't want Hubbers to encourage people to sign up nor has any staff member given an explanation. I would really like someone to ask them why on the forum. (I haven't seen this mentioned on FAQ, but maybe I just don't know where to find it there.)

    So far, I'm leaving mine.  There is a new feature that was never announced, but it allows you to select "NoFollow" for links.  I am now putting this on my referral links. You make the selection when you create a link in a text capsule.

    1. drpennypincher profile image95
      drpennypincherposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      FYI, here is a link to the HP FAQ on referral trackers:
      http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/referral-program
      The blue box near the bottom has a note on "Appropriate Use of Referral Trackers".

    2. Writer Fox profile image58
      Writer Foxposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the link.  That's very confusing, isn't it? It says "not recommended" and "could result in your Hub being moderated."  Not exactly a "No."  Should I remove them?

    3. Efficient Admin profile image94
      Efficient Adminposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the helpful link and responses. I have not added the referral tracker on any recent new hubs and at this point probably will not. I used to hope some powerhouse writers would sign up under me but that didnt happen LOL.

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    Casimiroposted 4 years ago

    All the time at the end. It's painless, so why not. I also use tracker links when I post to Twitter and other social media. Those use custom tracker IDs so I can see specifically where my traffic is coming from. Here's a hub on alternate tracker uses (unfeatured): http://casimiro.hubpages.com/hub/How-to … l-Trackers

    1. Efficient Admin profile image94
      Efficient Adminposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for this helpful link. I don't have outside social media and that is probably why my traffic is so low!

  5. Doc Snow profile image95
    Doc Snowposted 4 years ago

    I never have used them.  I just didn't like the 'flavor'--a tad too reminiscent of multi-level marketing schemes for my taste.  But that's a question of preference--or so I would have thought, anyway.

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    JThomp42posted 4 years ago

    I never have used them and never will. Especially now since the changes.

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      Casimiroposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      That appropriate use policy looks new to me and it's difficult to understand the rationale behind it. I use them exactly that way (and other ways) in my hubs but I guess since they came out before the policy they have not been moderated.

  7. MomsTreasureChest profile image91
    MomsTreasureChestposted 4 years ago

    In trying to publish a hub today I keep getting the warning message to remove the sign up for HubPages link that appears in the hub.  I also received the message that it will be not be published with the link.  This really makes no sense to me at all, why is HubPages discouraging bringing new writers into the community?

  8. tiaraconnection profile image62
    tiaraconnectionposted 4 years ago

    I never used them and Especially now since the changes.

 
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