Ezine Articles Link to a hub?

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    JeanMeriamposted 8 years ago

    I can't get it to work. I can link to my profile in the sig box, but the link to my I hub I put within the body article will not work. It changes the url I put in to http://hubpages.com/hub/&*%^%%$  or whatever the symbols are. It is then directed to a page that says Sorry that Hub does not exist.

    After 5 tries at this I'm getting frustrated. How do I fix it?

    1. Ultimate Hubber profile image63
      Ultimate Hubberposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Never happened to me, then again I don't place links to my hubs in the body and put them in the resource box where they should be. Also if I face a problem like this, I directly contact ezine articles by using the contact link on my member page.

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        JeanMeriamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Well, it says you can use links in the body if it adds to the article, which it does. If it doesn’t work then I will place it in the resource box and remove the one I have there.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image96
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It says very clearly in the EzineArticles terms of service that you're not allowed to put your links in the body of the article.

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        JeanMeriamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Are you sure? I’m confused then. I copied this from the editorial guidelines. It sure sounds like you can link in the body of the article.


        "We do not allow articles which have strategic keyword anchor text links in the body to your domain that do not add informational value to the article. Any use of anchored text links to websites that you own should add value to the article topic rather than stand out as an obvious abuse of anchored text link. The goal with this policy is to be a good net citizen by only allowing articles that add value with the anchored text links rather than for pure SEO reasons. Please limit your anchor text link length to 3 words in an article that is less than 400 words and 5 words in anchor text if your article is more than 400 words."

        1. Marisa Wright profile image96
          Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Hmm, that's interesting. It's so long since I wrote an article there, I'm either "misremembering" or it's changed. 

          I would probably have written more articles if I'd known I could put a link in the body of the article - one of the things that annoys me about that site is the way people use the article then "forget" to include the resource box.

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            JeanMeriamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Yes, I have seen that a lot. I did a search for something once and it was the same article on every page I came across and very few had an author name on the article.

        2. agvulpes profile image88
          agvulpesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I dont use that site but just reading your TOS says the anchor text should not be more than a certain length . Check it out!

          1. agvulpes profile image88
            agvulpesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            btw, You should have a short url in your hub summary you can use!

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              JeanMeriamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              Maybe that's the issue. Too late for the last article, but I will try again with a different one.

        3. Marisa Wright profile image96
          Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I just checked the Guidelines and the paragraph I quoted is in the same section as the para you quoted above, so it is strange. There's another sentence which says:

          "If you put both of the active self serving links that we allow in the body of your article, we will reject it."

          ...which implies that you can put one link in the body and one in the resource box. 

          I'll be interested to see what happens with the ones I updated.  It is a human editorial process, so perhaps there's a degree of discretion if the link is truly useful.

  2. MyWebs profile image83
    MyWebsposted 8 years ago

    I know what your problem is, URL encoding, but I'm just not sure how to fix it.

    Could you please post the hub URL you are trying to link to and the end result from the ezine?

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      JeanMeriamposted 8 years agoin reply to this
      1. MyWebs profile image83
        MyWebsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        The Hub URL your trying to link to doesn't have anything in it that would need to be URL encoded, like a space.

        It looks like the Ezine is adding in some CSS code to the link, that span style= bit is the problem.

        You will have to do what Ultimate Hubber suggested and either contact them or just put the link in the resource box. Your doing nothing wrong here and its out of your control. Unless you added in the CSS code into the ezine, if so fix that part.

  3. thisisoli profile image70
    thisisoliposted 8 years ago

    You should only be putting links in the resource box anyway :p

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      JeanMeriamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It was worth a shot anyway. Have to experiment.

      My link is now tucked nicely into the resource box where it belongs.

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    Tilecleaninghubposted 8 years ago

    I have had this problem and it looks like link is all wrong.  I just submitted article as is and someone fixed it when it was approved.

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      JeanMeriamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      So they did allow you to link in the body of the article?

  5. thisisoli profile image70
    thisisoliposted 8 years ago

    I think you can include links in the body, but they are converted to no-follow.

  6. Susana S profile image97
    Susana Sposted 8 years ago

    You can post two links in your author bio at the end, but you need to format them in html like this:

    <a href="http://hubpages.com/hub/Adult-ADHD-and-ADD-Symptoms-and-Signs">Adult ADHD and ADD Symptoms</a>

    You can only have a maximum of 5 words in the anchor text.

    Hope that helps smile

  7. Marisa Wright profile image96
    Marisa Wrightposted 8 years ago

    Update - I just went back to Ezinearticles,thinking I'd update my articles to include some links in the body of the articles.

    I did that and resubmitted them, but now I'm thinking they will get rejected - because I found this in their editorial guidelines:

    "# Maximum of (2) "Self-Serving" active or inactive links/URLs to a website that you own, control, or have an interest in.
    # Maximum of (2) active or inactive non-self serving links/URLs to a website that you do not own, control, or have an interest in which adds value to the article.
    # Confine your self-serving links to your RESOURCE BOX."

    So you see, you can have 2 links in the body of the article, but only to websites you're not connected with.

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      JeanMeriamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      That doesn't make sense. The first rule and the last rule contradict each other.
      And it's different from the wording I found and pasted here. Maybe they need to be emailed and asked directly what they will and will not allow as there are contradictory rules all over the place there.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image96
        Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Jean, I looked it up because there was a "tip" on the page when I had finished editing, reminding me that "self-serving" links within the text wouldn't be allowed.  So there's a second confirmation.

        The points don't contradict each other, although they could have expressed it more simply.  Summarised, they're saying:

        1.  Only 2 links to your own sites in the whole article, which includes the body and the resource box.

        2.  Only 2 links to other sites ditto.

        3.  The links referred to in (1) must be in the resource box and nowhere else.

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          JeanMeriamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          That does make more sense the way you worded it. You should offer to reword all their TOS so it makes sense.

 
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