I have started hubbing recently and want to know what actually hubkarma does . If I link someone else's hub from my own hub will they know it and link back to mine? how can linking to other's hubs be beneficial to me?
I also want to find out if your hub karma score can make your hubs appear on the top of the suggested links and is it a good and popular practise to use suggested links?
No, because they don't know you've done it.
It isn't, directly. The idea is that 'what goes around, comes around'. If we're all happily linking to other Hubs, eventually you should get your share of links back, if you write good Hubs.
Personally, I rarely link to other people's Hubs and I never do it for the sake of Karma. If people are going to leave my Hub, I want them to do it by clicking on an ad, not by going to another Hub.
I don't think it makes any difference.
Tip - links to your OWN Hubs count towards Hub Karma, just as much as links to other Hubbers'.
Not unless you tell them, and make some arrangement with them to agree to link your hubs together. if not, then there's really no way to know. i kind of wish i knew where all my hub karma points came from, so i could return the favor, but that's life. in the end, you really can't worry about it too much. although it would be a great feature to have someday.
Stevennix, you've got it back to front. You know exactly where your Hub Karma points came from, because you created them.
You get Karma points by linking to other people. You don't earn points by other people linking to you.
really? I always thought hub karma points came from people linking my hub to theirs, and not the other way around. My bad. Thanks for telling me Marissa, as I guess you learn something new everyday.
And making such arrangements is not something Google approves of.
From what I've seen in my own experiences, other site users won't know you've linked to them. Will they link back to you? Maybe if those chose to, but I don't think it's something you should expect or ask of them.
HubKarma is supposed to have some sort of teeny effect on your author score (http://hubpages.com/faq/#hubkarma) but so far I've heard a lot of the people I would consider to be more reputable authors says it has no discernible effect and that you shouldn't worry about it in the slightest.
I'd agree with Hestia Devoto, it doesn't seem to affect your hubs in anyway. But i'd suggest you do actively link to hubs especially if they add value to your content and your readership.
I never link to other people's hubs (with rare exceptions to good quality in depth hubs).
I ignore HubKarma.
If I use the link suggestion tool I don't get any referral credit for sending people to other pages. And I miss out on people clicking my adverts - and send them to click someone elses.
No thanks, I just link between my own hubs.
If I link to another's page using the "link to page button" at the bottom, don't I get tracker referral credit cause it has my referral code?
Nope. If you check the link, you'll see your referral tracker is NOT automatically inserted.
For 120 minutes, you get either 9% or 12% of the ad impressions on that hub when you use a tracker. But....you get 60% of the impressions on your own hubs all the time.
The idea behind Hub Karma is supposed to be to improve the experience for readers. There's not much on HubPages that people are really "supposed to be" doing for reasons of hoping someone will reciprocate. The idea is to put in a good effort and aim to offer readers something.
I think whether someone sees use or benefit in adding links to his Hubs depends on the kind of Hub it is. If someone's writing a "buy-coffee-cups" kind of Hub they're going to want their readers to click on ads - not to other Hubs that have ads.
A lot of the stuff I write is more "non-descript" than a product-type Hub. This isn't something I've written, but I often write stuff like, "living life as left-handed person" (that type of thing). My thinking is that adding links to other Hubs about "living life as a left-hander" offers readers something. If they're reading that kind of Hub it usually means they're looking to read (not buy); so, to me, offering them yet more reading may make them happier (especially if they don't like my Hub). My theory is that if they like what they're reading they'll keep reading. If they don't they aren't staying around anyway. If they like my Hub and get to go find others they'll find lots of reading on this site, without leaving the site. If they don't like my Hub at least they can easily find others that may be more the kind of thing they were hoping to find.
I completely ignore the Karma score and pretty much ignore a lot of other things and generally deal with each of my Hubs individually, and in a way I think will somehow offer any readers whatever seems to make sense for the Hub (and the reader who ended up at it).
Thank you guys I get a glimpse of the picture now .. in future I will concentrate on linking my own hubs and try to get users click more ads ..
will link only those hubs which add a value to my hub or the hubber links me back .. and to hell with hubkarma score .. got it \m/
by the way it would be much help if the pro hubbers can check out my first hub and suggest ways to improve my future hubs (and the recent one) , it would be much appreciated
this one is my first hub and
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I will be posting more hubs and if i get your suggestions it would be easier for me to write quality ones , thanks in advance .
You're not allowed to post links to your Hubs on the forums. An exception is the Extreme Hub Makeover thread - it's designed to ask for feedback.
I think it's more of a "what goes around comes around" kind of thing, in that if everyone does it eventually someone will link back to yours.
It has a small effect on your author score as well.
I only use the link suggestion tool on articles that are written purely for fellow hubbers. That way I don't lose outside traffic to someone else and you guys know what it's all about when you see them on a dedicated hub.x
sorry couldn't undestand you completely , by fellow hubbers you mean hubbers you know or all of us? What do you mean by someone else?
It means, I only use the link suggestion tool on articles that I have written purely for other writers on hubpages (ones I know or ones I don't know).
By someone else, I mean I don't want all my traffic being sent to all the other writers on hubpages because I need to keep some of my traffic for myself in order to make any money from it.
Using the 'Suggested Links' is an obvious plus for HubPages as a whole. You are keeping the reader within HubPages instead of letting them wander off to another outgoing link or ad. Unless that link is tied to one of your own Hubs there is no immediate benefit for you. It will increase HubKarma though which in turn will increase your author score. The higher your score the more chance of being seen on HubPages.
Karanda, that's right - but just remember "being seen on HubPages" means being seen by other Hubbers. If you want to make money, Hubbers are not your target audience - you need to think much bigger than that. That's why scores (including Hub Karma) are relatively unimportant.
If you have a hub related to anything I've written I will link it. My readers and followers are accumulating at a satifactory pace for me to not worry too much about people not clicking on my adverts.
At anyrate, if it appears too many people are clicking on my adverts and not buying then Google Adsense may not pay me at all, so it actually behooves me to "spead the wealth" as it were.
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