This has probably been addressed elsewhere but I haven't found the answer yet. Is it ok to post a link to your own hub in the comments section to someone else's hub on the same or similar subject? I just found such a post in a comment on one of my hubs and don't know whether its a good thing or a bad thing? Your feedback, please.
I usually try to figure out if the intention was to help or to self-promote, mostly. In the later case I get rid of comment, sometimes letting a person know why I did this.
this person asked for my comment on their hub - it was nebulous, really. I decided to approve the comment, but I do feel used, so used.
I was did that several times, 4 actually. But it never my intention to used people. But purely because I respected this person opinion since he is really good at that topic and I need to know what he think about my work. Ah, but he did that to me too, so I think no one being used in this case, but purely only our need as writer to share our thought with someone whose have more capability on the topic.
I am not really sure about your case though.
I probably would have allowed it once, maybe twice... But you never know who is one hubber masquerading as another hubber.
It's almost never a clear cut, that's why I said "mostly"
As for being used - isn't it the other side of helping?
It would never cross my mind to leave a link to one of my hubs on someone else's hub; but I would provide a link to a relevant forum post.
no real definitive answer here - so I guess that although it is not the best way to make friends, it is still considered ok enough and up to the hubber to approve or deny the comment. Which means, I still think it sucks but I'll put up with it and not make a big deal, much as I would like to. hahaha
It is usually not a good idea-- I don't like to, though I sometimes feel tempted.
If you think your link might answer a question, it's probably OK to leave a hint (keyword) about how to find your hub.
I have had other hubbers exchange links with me on similar subjects in this way.
I also think it's perfectly OK to deny a comment if the link seems to be the major motivation for commenting-- depends on the content quality.
I think the 'politically correct' way to do this is to contact the person by direct email and say 'hey, I have this great link'. I'm not a big fan of someone posting a link on my hubs without me asking them to - even if it is in the comment section because I have not had a chance to review their hub and here it is posted with mine. I've found most people are good about doing what I stated above - but for those that don't, I agree - don't accept it and contact THEM and ask them to please post a comment without the hub link but that you will review it and if you feel that it is a 'match' you will add it. No one gets feelings hurt and everyone's happy - hopefully and that is the bubble I live in.
I was so simple-minded enough that I didn't think others might consider it as "promoting" my hub when I put a link in my comment. This link was of course relevent to the topic. I did it with good and genuine intention relevent to the topic.
I think next time I should be more careful and sensitive of others' feelings.
if it fits with the hub content and is clearly not self promotion, I accept the link. I think sometimes we may get too caught up in 'our' page. if people want to click on the ads, they will.
I don't care what their intention is or was.
They are attaching to my writing because it is good, has alot of comments on it and they know it gets traffic that they don't!
Anyone posting a link in a comment to me is ONLY thinking about themself and I will delete their comments.
The way I look at it... It's like Sex... If you want to link me.. ask.. don't assume I like your moves!
oh gosh, that's funny PD. I do see your point. I've hesitated in accepting a comment with a link, but thought if she took the time to write a decent comment, I would leave it.
Hi Rebekah.. hope you're well.
Rochelle says it in her post here.
If you genuinely see a mutual opportunity then 'keyword' the genuine comment that you leave and in that way effectively a link has been established. With the new HuB Linking thingy it should also remove the 'Need' that people feel to be so invasive in their direct linking!
I Hate It when someone does it to me... I feel that they have violated the potential of friendship and professional protocol. Maybe I need to lighten up?
I'll consider the value.
But on the other side, I really hesitate to drop a link no matter how relevant it is. If I really feel the person needs to know, I will send it to them by some other means.
Reference my comment above, actually I was referring to my comment in one of your hubs which I wrote "It's just a click away. "
So from now on, I shall not even mention an "invitation."
Thanks for not deleting that comment of mine.
Now I'm learning Hubber etiquette.
I know, it does feel rather intrusive, but how often do you click on a link in someone's comment? I never do, or if I do, I return. I leave links to hubs at places like NYT or relevant articles, but I don't leave links in hubs at HP.
I am doing well, thanks. spent the evening at a sunset concert on the gulf. other than the gulf crisis, I am well. I hope you are as well.
I was horrified at that spill.. it is such an important and delicate eco-system there. Oysters, shrimps and scallops will all be destroyed... they are century old industries that rely on good management for sustainability. Just Amazing... so sorry for you guys.
I refuse to fill up at BP and never will again after seeing the attitude of their senior executives. Their maintenance regime is well known as substandard and as such, I believe flogging is too kind a punishment! Wow.. I must be having a grumpy day after NZ didn't progress to the next round at the FIFA W/C
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