This may seem like a silly question, but I was wondering:
I am currently working on getting a Website up and running, and the purpose will basically be to have a portfolio online.
Am I able to essentially copy and past my own articles, or link them somehow (I am learning here lol!) without rocking the boat with HubPages or Google?
I seriously apologize if this is a dumb question but it's a legitimate one lol! What is the best way to go about this?
Hubpages wants the articles you put here to be unique. That pretty much precludes putting a copy either on your own site or on HP.
It is also unlikely they will accept links from a hub to your private site. HubPages is not a site you can expect to use to produce traffic for another site.
I have my blog which is focused content. My hubpages allows me to expand into other areas.
Remember the content is yours to do with what you wish.
If you are making an author website, you can post links to your hubpages articles on it. Never copy and paste (onto the internet)
in whole or in part anything from your hubpages articles and if anyone else does let them know that it's ok for them to share the link to your article but it's not ok for them to copy and paste the actual article or sections of it. I made a Facebook page for my website and I share links to my parenting hubs on that. I am planning on making an author website soon.
Linking from HP to your blog is a no no, linking from your blog to your HP hubs is a yes.
Never copy/paste text parts from your hub to your blog because that will be considered as duplicated content by HP and by Google and they will punish you for that. You could describe the hub in a different wording and then link to it from your blog.
I almost hate to say this because it's kind of taboo, but technically you can write an article here and publish it on your own site; just not the other way around; in other words you can't already have an article on the Web and then publish it here on Hubpages. The thing is, if you have an article on more than one site, one competes with the other for a spot in the search engine.
However, I've often seen authors have their own site and essentially advertise their Hubpages profile/articles on that site. Usually it will be a website named after the author and they'll have a section that says something like "My Hubpages Articles" or something about articles on certain subjects and then they'll link to their Hubpages articles.
This could be promotion for freelance writing on your site, if you want to be a writer for hire.
Also linking to your website from HP articles is allowed. As long as your HP articles can stand on their own and your link takes readers to a page that provides additional benefits. Something that the readers could be interested in, but is not necessary in order to complete your hub.
For example, if you have a page on your website that talks about why the whale shark is the largest fish in the ocean and not the blue whale and you write an article on hubpages about blue whales being the largest mammal. You could include a sentence in your hub that says something on these lines: "... interestingly, the blue whale is not really a fish, and the largest fish in the ocean is the whale shark". You could link the section "the largest fish in the ocean" to the article on your website.
Also, what Nate says is true, you can have an article on HP and copy it later to your website. This is definitely a no go but some people tend to do this. If your website is any good, it would result in your HP article and your website competing with each other. If your website is nothing but spam, then you don't really affect your HP articles. So clearly, this is something you don't want to be doing. Adding links to your hubs from your profile (along with some snippets like an intro with a read more) is something you could do.
Yes, that's true, you can link to your own site from articles here at HP. I've done it with quite a few HP articles; they are all relevant articles and appropriately linked and so I've never thought anything of doing it. The articles I link to on my own site are very specifically relevant and give a bit more detail on the subject.
You guys are all so awesome, no joke about that. Really great insight and now I have a far better idea as to how to go about this without kicking dirt in either direction.
Really appreciate it, thank you everyone!!
I'm a fiction and content writer for different publishers and clients on a platform online. I used my Hubpages profile as my portfolio. When I was applying for a job, I would send the link and it gave them hundreds of options, all live with comments, etc. It helped me build my online presence and business without having to do much at all. It was already all right here for them to choose from. It seemed to make the process easier. Don't know if that helps, but good luck!
It definitely helps! That is exactly what I was thinking. I am not exactly known for my Tech expertise (lol, not even sort of). I am struggling to build a website, despite owning a domain and having active hosting. It's driving me literally insane. So I like that you can vouch that using my Hubs themselves actually does the job too. Thanks so much, and I hope that you are rockin' it right now!!
Oh, if that's what you wanted to know, I got some info to share too. I never had a part-time job or anything ever. I used my HP articles as my portfolio (kinda) and landed my first clients on Elance (now Upwork), and one thing led to another and I got into SEO, loving it. But I do not work online full-time, it's more of a hobby these days. You do not need a website as a portfolio to begin. Any online platform or even writing samples as word documents would do, as long as you begin on some sort of platform.
Ohhhhh I want to know anything and everything to be honest lol! I feel like all angles and input are so important, and believe me, everyone who has added to this discussion has absolutely gotten my brain working.
Admittedly, I am mentor-less here so I am going about everything from a "self-taught" perspective, so believe me, nothing that has been mentioned in this thread is going unnoticed.
I appreciate it so much. Believe me
Right now I am working on understanding SEO to the absolute best of my ability. I am about positive that I am making it far more complicated than it likely is but hey, not a Tech person lol! So important though, no question.
I got very frazzled when I first built a website. It was like jumping into the abyss. But don't worry too much. It's a learning process and no catastrophic disasters will befall you in the process. I've found that the webhost is usually very helpful even with issues not concerning hosting. One time I got locked out of my site because a plugin messed things up when I updated it and a techie at the webhost helped get me back in. It was really a wordpress problem but he helped me anyway. I usually just get on chat with one of them and they help me sort things out.
I’ve been creating free google niche sites for my articles for sometime and some of them help me get higher in the google searches. Doing this also gives one the opportunity to test an alternative title and/summary.
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