Why Can't We Have a Link to a Page With All Our Articles?

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  1. eugbug profile image96
    eugbugposted 8 months ago

    I know there are several issues with this. Firstly, the network sites can't link back to Hubpages because of the reputation of the site and it being sort of a taboo domain to link to as regards Google (Is this a permanent problem, or does a site "get out of jail" eventually?) Also some readers may have no interest in a reader's other work, other than articles that are related to the category of the article they have just read. But a proportion may have, if they like the reader's writing style. Another issue is that Google may determine it spammy if a profile lists lots of links to other articles that are on network sites that are unrelated to the current one.
    So is there a way around this? Could our profiles be on a third party site that acts as an insulator between network sites and Hubpages? As a workaround, I just post the text of my profile on Hubpages.

    1. eugbug profile image96
      eugbugposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      Edit: I meant "writer's other work".

    2. Matt Wells profile imageSTAFF
      Matt Wellsposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      All of your articles are listed in your HubPages profile. You can set it to include featured and nonfeatured articles.

      1. eugbug profile image96
        eugbugposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        Is there any means by which readers on the network sites could access a list of those articles, rather than just the ones on a network site?

        1. Matt Wells profile imageSTAFF
          Matt Wellsposted 8 months agoin reply to this

          All of your articles are in your HubPages profile: https://hubpages.com/@eugbug

          There are no links from your Network Site profiles to your HubPages profile.

  2. Glenn Stok profile image96
    Glenn Stokposted 8 months ago

    There is a solution, Eugene. You can't link to your HubPages profile for the reason you mentioned. But you can link to your profile on the same network site where your article is located.

    You already have profiles on each network site listing all your articles published on that niche site. And that is precisely what you want anyway since readers would most likely only be interested in your articles related to the same niche.

    So you can link to your profile on the same network site where you have the article. For example, your profile listing all your articles on Owlcation is https://owlcation.com/@eugbug

    Just remember not to link to HubPages from your profile since that would hurt the ranking of the network sites. I see other people doing that.

    1. eugbug profile image96
      eugbugposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      You mean link from articles? I have done that occasionally using the source box on images. There isn't much point linking from articles if that's what you mean because we already have a link at the top of the page. I have a text link to Hubpages in my profile but it's not hyperlinked because that's not possible.

      1. Glenn Stok profile image96
        Glenn Stokposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        Yes that’s what I meant—linking from articles. I thought that was what you were asking about. But you’re right, authors' names on top already link to their profile on the niche site. But I wonder how many readers know that’s a link they can click.

        1. eugbug profile image96
          eugbugposted 8 months agoin reply to this

          That's true Glenn, but we could also link later in an article and clarify that the link is to our profile (Sorry, I guess that's what you meant). Maybe HP could underline the profile link or use some other means of indicating that it leads to a profile. Sometimes text changes colour on websites when there's a mouse hover-over event, but that doesn't even happen. Maybe it's one other thing that can't be done due to limited control over the code for the website, or perhaps it's by design, who knows. It's standard practice on websites from my experience to make hyperlinks look different.  I'll have a look to see how it's done on other sites.

          1. Venkatachari M profile image84
            Venkatachari Mposted 8 months agoin reply to this

            I think Mr. Glenn is right when he says that you can provide a link in your articles at the bottom to your profile of that network site.
            For example "readers interested in viewing my other related articles can view them at this link https://owlcation.com/@eugbug
            So, it helps them or brings them to your articles on that site.

            1. Venkatachari M profile image84
              Venkatachari Mposted 8 months agoin reply to this

              But, you can't bring them to your other network sites or to your HubPages profile as it angers the Google people or even HP staff.

            2. eugbug profile image96
              eugbugposted 8 months agoin reply to this

              That's true, but it's not true to say that people would have no interest in articles on other topics if for instance they're casually browsing rather than looking for specific information. So I'm trying to figure out a mechanism by which they could do that. Also if there was a way of grouping articles by subject on our Hubpages profile, rather than just having a long list, readers could pick and choose articles easier.

              1. Venkatachari M profile image84
                Venkatachari Mposted 8 months agoin reply to this

                Yes, I agree with your idea. Just like we have a a gadget on Blogger sites where we can showcase some of our most read articles (at least 10) or the pages aspect where we put the links to all our articles regarding a certain subject in one page and so on. The readers can click on the buttons at top to enter in to a page of article links and read those articles of their interest.

                1. eugbug profile image96
                  eugbugposted 8 months agoin reply to this

                  I wonder what the downside would be of having a separate website to host profiles?

              2. Glenn Stok profile image96
                Glenn Stokposted 8 months agoin reply to this

                I actually did that—grouping my articles by subject. I made my own “author website” for that purpose so anyone who is interested in examining what else I write about can select a category and see a summary of those specific articles. I include that in the “home” link on my HubPages profile.

                Anyone can do the same thing. Get a domain with your name and choose a decent web host. I program my own HTML but people can use Wordpress to make a website if they don’t know how to program.

                1. eugbug profile image96
                  eugbugposted 8 months agoin reply to this

                  It does mean extra navigating though. Is there any downside to having our names on the network sites linking to a "third party" website that hosts our profiles?

                  1. Glenn Stok profile image96
                    Glenn Stokposted 8 months agoin reply to this

                    Yes there is a downside. It’s the same reason why they don’t want linking to HubPages from network sites. If our author sites don’t have decent ranking, then a link to them would negatively affect the network site.

                    I know my author site does not have good ranking. And that is probably due to the fact that it’s mostly full of short summaries and lots of outbound links to my articles. For that reason, I don’t link to my author side from anywhere except the home link on HubPages. But people see it when they search my name in Google. That’s the only purpose for having it.

          2. Glenn Stok profile image96
            Glenn Stokposted 8 months agoin reply to this

            Yes indeed. It is a common thing to make links change color on websites when the mouse hovers over them. I’m wondering why TAG chose to not do that. And by the way, HubPages is no longer in control as far as I can see. TAG makes all the decisions. But I could be wrong. It just looks that way.

            Anyway, I agree with you to make the profile link at the top stand out as an obvious link. Interested readers would then know they can get more information on an author if they so choose.

            1. eugbug profile image96
              eugbugposted 8 months agoin reply to this

              That would work on desktop for mouse over events. I'm not sure how it would work on mobile devices. I guess they would have to use some text to indicate our names are tappable links. Underlining can look a bit ugly unless it's text in a paragraph. They could go back to using thumbnails of us and make them tappable, but again, maybe this isn't possible because of the code. A workaround could be to make the thumbnail part of a paragraph wide image, with the thumbnail on a white background so it just looks like a small image on the white background of an article page.

  3. Venkatachari M profile image84
    Venkatachari Mposted 8 months ago

    I don't know exactly. May be they need to purchase space. And design the format and thereafter the maintenance cost involving in it, etc.

    I wonder are they paying to host those network sites and if how much?

    1. eugbug profile image96
      eugbugposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      TAG own Say Media I think, the company that does the webhosting.

      1. Venkatachari M profile image84
        Venkatachari Mposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        You mean it is this company?
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAY_Media

        1. Venkatachari M profile image84
          Venkatachari Mposted 8 months agoin reply to this

          And, this page on Arena has links to all our network sites.
          https://thearenagroup.net/our-brands/

        2. Glenn Stok profile image96
          Glenn Stokposted 8 months agoin reply to this

          Yes it’s the same SayMedia. Here is an article about the merger of Maven with HubPages when they included SayMedia for their ads placement.

          https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/ … ndependent

          However, Matt recently said that TAG no longer uses the same ad personnel that I met at the Maven conference in 2018. So maybe he can chime in again and clarify if that means they no longer use SayMedia.

          1. Glenn Stok profile image96
            Glenn Stokposted 8 months agoin reply to this

            Yes it’s the same SayMedia. Here is an article about the merger of Maven with HubPages when they included SayMedia for their ads placement.

            https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/ … ndependent

            However, Matt recently said that TAG no longer uses the same ad team that I met at the Maven conference in 2018. So maybe he can chime in again and clarify if that means they no longer use SayMedia.

        3. eugbug profile image96
          eugbugposted 8 months agoin reply to this

          Yes, but there's no mention of TAG in the Wikipedia article.

          1. Venkatachari M profile image84
            Venkatachari Mposted 8 months agoin reply to this

            Neither that Businesswire newsletter mention any thing about TAG.
            So, where does the name of TAG arise from?

            1. eugbug profile image96
              eugbugposted 8 months agoin reply to this

              "TAG" is the The Arena Group.

              1. Venkatachari M profile image84
                Venkatachari Mposted 8 months agoin reply to this

                I see. Thanks for clarifying.

                That wikipedia article is outdated. It needs to be updated regarding the merger of SayMedia with Maven.

                1. eugbug profile image96
                  eugbugposted 8 months agoin reply to this

                  Maybe they sold it again.

 
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