Links Capsule Suggestion

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  1. Dan Ferrell profile image96
    Dan Ferrellposted 8 months ago

    I remember receiving a HubPages newsletter a few weeks ago announcing or favoring the use of the Links capsule in our articles.

    I've been using them in all my articles to include related articles I've written that can be helpful with the current topic.

    But today I received a notification about an edit to one of my articles, telling me that those links were instead distributed throughout the article where readers could access them more easily.

    This is the address to the edited-article: … -Diagnosis

    My question is:

    Is this format preferred in HubPages now? And What is going to be the use of the "Links" capsule?

    Does somebody know?



    I took a closer look, and it seems they are transferring pertinent links to the article and leaving the rest in the Links capsule. I think that's what happening.

    So, I'm wondering if this is going to be the new preferred way to handle related links?

    1. JerryFisher profile image92
      JerryFisherposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      Read your article as I also write on Axle Addict - That's one very comprehensive article you've written there. But sorry - I can't answer the links question. There's about six or so writers here that are never far from this forum and very knowledgeable and happy to help. One is (I think) Earbug and the other PaulGoodman - I'd suggest jumping into an ongoing forum post where they're contributing and posting this question for them to see.

    2. WriterJanis profile image92
      WriterJanisposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      I also have a couple of articles on AxleAddict as well as articles on other niche sites. I use the links capsule for citing sources.
      Here's an example you can check out: … alibur-car

      1. JerryFisher profile image92
        JerryFisherposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        Nice article too. Yes I see what you mean. I’ve had a couple of articles edited recently by the editors and that’s exactly what they’ve done to them - generally Wiki links, but I might just go through the lot and add a lot more. Thanks.

        1. WriterJanis profile image92
          WriterJanisposted 8 months agoin reply to this

          Thank you!

    3. Kenna McHugh profile image92
      Kenna McHughposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      Hi Dan, I am a little confused, too, because Angel posted in the forum about two weeks ago about using link capsules instead of text links and that this was part of the product guidelines.

      Here is the Official Announcement: … guidelines

      1. Dan Ferrell profile image96
        Dan Ferrellposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        Hi Kenna,

        I believe the change to the in-text link for other related articles in our piece has to do with the new Google update (that's my wild guess). I don't have the link now for that info on the Google update right now. But I did read about it a few days ago.
        Using the Amazon capsule seems to perform better than the Amazon in-text links, though, as Angel explained in the forum post.
        As I remembered, the HubPages team announced that using the links capsule would be a good way to showcase other related articles to the current piece.
        But then, when I received a message from the editors about moving the links in the capsule to the body of the article, I did get confused. Later, I realized the links capsule was not disappearing altogether. Instead, the more pertinent links were being moved to the body of the piece, and others were left in the links-capsule.
        I think everything will sore out in a few days. I don't think we should worry too much about it but take note of the changes.
        If you have relevant work you've published, for example, you may want to link those to the current work. But that doesn't mean you should discard the links capsule.
        I hope this makes sense.

        1. Kenna McHugh profile image92
          Kenna McHughposted 8 months agoin reply to this

          I see. I've used the link capsule a couple of times for references.

      2. theraggededge profile image98
        theraggededgeposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        That was for Amazon capsules, not link capsules. They are different smile

        1. Kenna McHugh profile image92
          Kenna McHughposted 8 months agoin reply to this

          Oh, thank you! That cleared up the confusion.

  2. Angel Jennings profile imageSTAFF
    Angel Jenningsposted 8 months ago

    Hi Dan,

    I’m not able to find the newsletter you’re referring to, so I apologize for not being able to address that question!

    The editor chose to disperse the links and interlink within the body of the article using important keywords as anchor text to help readers and search engines better understand your content. This strategy can encourage readers to spend more time reading your articles and may boost the ranking potential of the linked pages.

    Another benefit is that readers may not always scroll to the end of the article to find a related links section, so dispersing the links throughout the article will give readers easier access to resources/related content.

    We still support the use of Link Capsules, as they are an important tool for providing organized lists of additional references or related content. If you would prefer to keep the resources in the Link Capsule, you can remove those interlinks and reinstate them in a Link Capsule. You can read more about our increased interlinking strategy in this forum post.

    Please feel free to contact if you have any questions!

    Take care,

    1. Dan Ferrell profile image96
      Dan Ferrellposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      Hi Angel

      Thanks for explaining the SEO strategy behind moving links within the body of the article. I always try to follow the editor's recommendations, since my knowledge of keyword use in a webpage is very limited.

      I thought I'd misunderstood the previous guidelines.

      I'll try to follow suit in my next articles.

      Thanks again.


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