I've just signed out of HP and posted a comment to your fresh fruits in bed hub, entering a URL for my blog. I've shown up with a link to my name, Krys. Feel free to delete the comment, it was just an experiment.
Not necessarily. You want to encourage traffic from outside HubPages - you won't earn a cent from other Hubbers, because we don't click on ads.
If someone leaves a good comment and links their name to their own website, that's fine - it's internet etiquette to accept it, provided the link isn't to some spammy website. After all, you'll want to make comments on other blogs and create a link back to your Hubs, so it's only fair.
When you edit your comments capsule you can opt whether you want anyone to be able to post, only registered users or only allow comments to be visible once you have approved them. This determines who can and can't post on your hub and if their comment will be visible immediately or not. This is a choice you make on a hub by hub basis. Non-registered commenters do not have to link to an email address at all as far as I am aware, they simply post, and that is it. Hope this has helped explain things better
When I receive comments form non-hubbers, I always follow their link and see if I want to link from them. Many ARE spammers who post one or two words and then slap in their link to get the traffic.
If I want to leave their link, then I will, but most often, I copy their link into my comment, say thanks, and then delete their original link. If it's a nasty site, I don't bother, to keep the comment -I just delete it.
But SPAM is the main reason I always check the first check-box in the links capsule so that nothing is displayed until I have a chance to see it!
I agree with Marisa that "If someone leaves a good comment and links their name to their own website, that's fine - it's internet etiquette to accept it, provided the link isn't to some spammy website. After all, you'll want to make comments on other blogs and create a link back to your Hubs, so it's only fair."
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