Anyone else getting a lot of this lately? This week alone I've had three different newbies leave comments on several of my hubs with links back to their own hubs - so annoying!
I'm all for supporting and helping new hubebrs, but not at the expense of my own traffic. This hasn't happened to me until now and it's happening a lot.
I contacted one who joined 4 days ago and left links on 4 of my hubs, and many other hubbers, according to his hubtivity and I told him that it is not appreciated - was I wrong in doing that?
I've noticed an uptick in this behavior as well. There seems to be a correlation between users spamming comments and having spammy hubs. If you happen to notice that the hub they are linking to looks like spam (duplicated content with promotional links, 2+ promotional links, etc.), please flag it with a note about their spam and we'll take 'em down (probably).
Edit: I'm assuming these are HubPages links, not outside links. Sorry for any confusion.
I don't think so. Hell, it's frowned upon for even established writers to "promote themselves" here, even though that is in fact the purpose of this website. So, no, I don't see anything wrong with letting the newbies know (I'm sure in a polite way) that that's not considered good form.
Unless you're deep in conversation and have a hub you think the writer would be interested in. Although usually I pimp others, I can't say I haven't dropped mine once or twice.
I would have to know my reader, trust that the content that they are linking to is going to add value to my topic. I have had a few hubbers who have placed links in my comments section and I've not accepted the comment, because the link provided no value to my content.
So, I guess it would depend.
I have several hubs on gift ideas for kids and this one particular newbie left comments to this effect:
'A XYZ scooter would make a great gift, too. I gave one to my son for Christmas' followed by a link to his 'scooter' hub.
I don't think that added value to my hub, I think he was trying to take my traffic rather. Perhaps not maliciously, but wrong nonetheless!
He actually just responded to me and said that he'll keep it in mind not to repeat it...
And, like I said. I do not accept the comments if I do not know the reader. You do have control of your own comments on your own hubs.
You can delete any of them at your own discretion. If you do not like people posting links, then moderate your hubs(comments). Change the settings by editing your profile.
I only explained how I handle them. You are free to handle them however you choose, because they are your hubs.
I understand what you are saying and I'm glad the hubber responded, but contacting them to let them know they did something wrong???
It is wrong to leave a link? Otherwise the space would not allow a person to do so. Unless, HubPages missed that in the programming of the platform we use?? Unknown.
I was not trying to offend you, but explain that this question has been asked before and many hubbers do not care for links, and many hubbers do not mind them.
It is a choice of the person who wrote the hub.
Cags - I did not take offense at all and I'm sorry if I made it sound like I was offended. I was just providing further detail. I felt a little "iffy" about contacting him and I probably would not have if it was only on one of my hubs, but he made the same comment on 4 of my hubs and that annoyed me.
I did not tell him that it was "wrong"; I let him know that it was not appreciated by many hubbers, especially those of us that are trying to make a buck, and that he may may hurt his chances of getting fans by doing that. I was nice!
I moderate my comments constantly and i have it set to allow all comments, but if this keeps up I may have to change my settings...
I agree - I always deny comments like that. I don't always email them to explain though - first, I'll check their profile and have a look at their writing. If it looks like they're genuine writers, I'll drop them a line to explain the right etiquette. If (as is often the case) it looks like they're a spammer, I don't - I dont want to give them my email address!
Ona similar topic, tonight I got this really long comment which was like another hub in itself from a commenter from outside Hubpages, full of information about the shark I was writing about.
I thanked the commenter for his information and said I'm sure the readers would find it useful or words to that effect.
Then he wrote again to say he was a school kid and he'd 'accidentally' copy/pasted his information from another source, but that he had a deep love for sharks (really?) lol
Just thought I'd share. He didn't leave a link, just a huge amount of information that even I didn't know!
Ive just checked - he copied a complete article from buzzle.com. Hopefully it won't show up on google as duplicate - not showing yet anyway.
I would have if I'd known where it came from when I first saw it. But he made other comments after that and it was then he said he'd copied it. I'd have to delete the lot really.
I should, shouldn't I? Either that or add a link to buzzle.com where the article came from..
which could take folk away from my page, but only if they'd read to the very bottom anayway.
First let me preface by saying that I'm new to hubpages. I've been commenting on hubs that I'm interested in. When I first joined, I read somewhere that commenting on other hubs and participating on the forums would help increase my hubrank (I think that's the term).
I think many newbies may think that in order to help raise their hubrank that they need to leave a link in their comments. I know this isn't the case, but I think many newbies may not. Just my 2 cents.
I think senior hubber's started firing at new hubbers ........
Senior Hubbers are trying to educate new Hubbers. Listen.
Not at all bharath.adupa, we love new Hubbers, the more the merrier. Take this thread as a friendly warning, especially if you are participating in forums. When I was a new winning Hubnugget I read everywhere on HubPages that I had to promote, promote and promote my wonderful winning Hub. So I pasted a few links of it on comments and forum. You know what happened? I got banned from the forums for over a week. Bummer, it delayed me because I was prevented from asking questions on forums. It's not just netiquette, it's a rule at HubPages that you are not to leave URLs of your own stuff on comments or in forum threads.
senior hubbers simply don't have time to fire new hubbers
Ahhh lol some hubbers take the biscuit. A lot of folks that drop a link back to their hub in your comment's box simply search for similar hubs, write a fresh air comment, insert their link then rinse and repeat. I delete them. I know they haven't read a word I've written, they're simply using the topic connection.
I wouldn't worry about it Lily, it happens, you're the master of your hubs - as well as the comment moderator
To be honest--I click/XOR/copy+paste a lot of links via comments if I digg what's going on, and depending on what browser I use.
At any rate, I enjoy hopping around, looking at connections. Even if it's in the relative silence of a comment on a Hub...it's fun to HubHop around.
I have dropped a link a time or two depending on the hub or forum and whether I think it will benefit someone or explain my comment(s) better. Usually it's so related to the topic that I will request they drop their hub link in my hub comments or I will link to their hub myself. Is that wrong??? still kind of new and don't want to break any rules. I have new fans from doing this that have read my hubs, appreciated my links, and leave theirs as well on my hubs.
The best way to judge is to see whether your comments are being accepted. If you're offering a reciprocal link, some Hubbers will accept it.
I've always had my comments accepted. It's very rarely that I do leave a link and usually per request from the other hubber, I think it's disrespectful to just drop a link for my own benefit but do if it will benefit both.
Go post links to five or six of your hubs on the one they link to.
I mark them as spam and then delete them, their hubpage url is enough, so if people write a great comment, then others can go and check out their hubpages directly and have a search...
I delete a lot of them, sometimes I get a genuine link, often though it's things like a link to a hub on some helth product , placed on my hub on a laptop cooler.
I just delete.
I think it's happening to everybody lately. I don't mind a follower leaving me a link to one of their hubs they know I'd be interested in but everything else is just advertizing for traffic. I got enough problems as it is!!!
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