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Using trackers ~ Questions

  1. Sparhawke profile image61
    Sparhawkeposted 7 years ago

    I have a hard time writing hubpages, I know what I want to write when I am away from the computer but all of that goes when I actually sit down, to the point where my mind is completely blank..

    The tracker system though could be my way out, and leveraging the power of other peoples hubpages but doe this work?

    I am quite a writer on forums, I can easily do masses of posts on any given number of subjects and comment on them and all that, but is it a worthy way to start off by sending traffic to more successful hubs and taking a small split?

    Do people like you doing this or would they see it as stealing clicks/views?

    Does it work with Amazon/Ebay clicks also?

    How do I know that this is working; is there any way to find out where these clicks are coming from; my hubpages or those from trackers?

    Thanks for reading and sorry if this is in the wrong place smile


    Basically if anyone is asking the reason I am asking is that I was answering a question on Name pros and needed a better explanation of do follow links than I could give so found one of Sunforged hubpages...now I have ended up with an adsense click when usually I NEVER get them myself so am wondering if this has anything to do with it smile

    If I was being linked to by other people I would be thrilled as that saves a backlinking job for me, whats the harm if they get a small slice of my pie for sending me traffic...but do I need permission to do this?

    1. darkside profile image82
      darksideposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      It's not stealing anything, it is contributing. They would be getting visits they otherwise wouldn't have seen. And the ad impressions are taken from HubPages HQ's cut, not the authors 60%.

      1 in 10 page views will have every Adsense block, Ebay and Amazon Capsule and Kontera link (depending on whether or not there are such capsules and the Kontera ads are enabled) all containing your affiliate IDs.

      You'd create a custom tracker and only use that tracker on a specific site. For instance, when I post the occasional hub link (mine or others) on my facebook wall, I have a tracker called _facebooked.

      People coming to my hubs via my profile bio click on a _profiled tracking URL.

      Those that find via my Gather articles will click on _gather to read my linked hubs.

      And I have plenty more. Currently 36 trackers.

      Honestly, I think it's a lot of effort with little reward if you're making forum posts in the hope of getting 10% of traffic and of that maybe 2% click thru rate. That's 0.002%, if you're lucky.

      If it's your game plan and you're determined to make it work then you run the risk of pissing off other forum users, and that's if you're already a welcomed member. If you have to sign up to sites to make it happen then you'll be damaging both your reputation and that of HubPages.

  2. profile image0
    Website Examinerposted 7 years ago

    It sounds like you are contemplating using trackers in the forums, but this is prohibited.

  3. Sparhawke profile image61
    Sparhawkeposted 7 years ago

    Not these forums, but outside forums.

    1. profile image0
      Website Examinerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      In that case, as long as you abide by whatever rules there are at those forums, it sounds like a good idea in theory. Although I recall reading somewhere that those types of backlinks are not often clicked upon, but that would be worthwhile researching further.

      As for the other question, do you need permission to link to other people's hubs? Legally, no, since the trackers are there for you to use. Morally, maybe - opinions on that subject vary, there have been other forum threads on that.

      You clearly wouldn't be "stealing views," quite the contrary, since the 10% of the ad impressions come out of HubPages' share.

    2. darkside profile image82
      darksideposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      If you join up to forums for the sole basis of posting links, you will likely end up being banned as a spammer.

      If you were to do it at sites that which you are already a member, and you are already know in the community, then it's not so bad. But if you get a reputation for being 'the guy who posts links to the same site all the time' then peoples opinions of you could change dramatically.

  4. Sparhawke profile image61
    Sparhawkeposted 7 years ago

    I wouldn't be making forum posts simply to piss people off or just spam links but I naturally post on forums anyway and usually link to stuff like squidoo, wiki, cia factbook and other sources of information as a matter of course, surely there is no harm with adding the occasional hubpages link too if it fits well for more information? smile

    It is not simply my game plan at the cost of all else, I do have an online reputation to uphold as well, but if someone has better information than I that complements what I said you might as well, right? :p

    1. darkside profile image82
      darksideposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      If you're already doing it and its accepted practice at those forums then the trackers should not be a problem at all.

  5. thisisoli profile image72
    thisisoliposted 7 years ago

    It's fine, you can advertise other peoples hubs and take 10% impressions and the author still gets 60%, the 10% is out of the Hubpages cut.

    I know a few people who do this with limited success, since you have to drive traffic to your referral link. This is a lot harder than organically driving traffic to content.

    In my eyes though, feel free to create a load of links to my traffic! tongue