I'm confused about the rule for linking to the same site across multiple hubs. I've read about it here, and in help.
I have been adding some supplemental links to my hubs. If I link to the same "authoritative" site across more than ten hubs, will that be a problem?
I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure they're trying to discourage people getting around the "two domain links per hub" rule by adding one link to a commercial site and/or a site they have a commercial interest in across their hubs.
In my recent hubhopping ventures, I've seen tons and tons of hubbers who put a link to their own website at the bottom of every hub whether it has anything to do with the subject matter or not.
So if you're in doubt, ask yourself:
- Is the site I'm linking to commercial in nature?
- Is the link unrelated to the subject matter in the hub?
- Do I own or have a commercial interest in the site the link points to?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, it's a pretty sure bet that it will be a problem.
When one has no commercial interest/gain from another authoritative site, you still can be unpublished as over-promotional if you link in too many hubs.
I have been through this one in football hubs.
There are only a handful of "real" authoritative sites on NFL football. So if I publish new hubs on the topic I have to go back to older ones and "delete links" so I can reuse them in newer ones.
All of my hubs are not football, but once I had a new football hub unpublished and listed as "over-promotional." I went to see what I had done in error. (It was not intentional.) I took this as "across all hubs" part of the over-promotional.
I could only see 2 links to one site and there was the News capsule which also showed a link to the same site. We can't control what shows up in the News capsule.
I deleted the external links I had and it was re-published.
There must be a percentage number, but I don't know what it is. [note: I had no commercial interest in these links...although if I did I would be rich already!]
The deciding factor must be Google oriented. I guess it would go with what Google sees as excessive repetetive backlinking. If the same links are all coming from the same basic URL, they would look to a search engine as if they were just repeats maybe. This is why people try to get around it by using hub wheels of swapping links through several stages rather than direct?
My links are government and nonprofit entities that support the use of antive plants instead of invasive plants. I have one link to a gardening site that I find just amazing. None of them are mine. I have no commercial interest in any of them. They are genuine links for information.
The thing is, these sites are the ultimate sites- very few other sites even come close in amount and kind of information.
I may just do a few and wait to see what happens. I imagine I can find focused and specific links for some hubs. (like the state wildflower ones)
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