Hi! I have a website and was wondering if I'm allowed to put it on my profile page? And can I put in anywhere in my hubs?
Read the FAQs
- You will also find that 2 outgoing links are acceptable. However Read the FAQs, as you will find hubs that are designed specifically for self promotion can be considered to be potentially spam.
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On your profile page you are allowed to put a link to your website. I do not think that you are bound by the two outgoing links on your profile page. Those are for the hubs.
Yes, I've noticed that some profiles have a link to their website. I don't have a website so I'm not sure. But I'm pretty sure that if you write hubs with a link to your website, they are going to be flagged as promotional of another site.
Welcome to Hubpages and good luck.
There is no doubt that it is acceptable to link to a website from the profile page.
Such links in hubs are also acceptable as long as they are relevant to the content. See the FAQs concerning "overly promotional" for other restrictions.
What is considered 'overly promotional'?
Let's say a person writes a lot of hubs about Heath, nutrition and dieting- at the end of each hub is a link to their personal website that sells related material.
So the link is related to the topic, but every hub has that link.
I was under the impression that self-promotion was a total no-no.
But if the above is allowed, I have some updating to do.
Thank all of you for your answers. I have read the FAQ section and being new at this I sometimes am not sure exactly what something means. That's why I thought I could just ask in the forum. I sometimes need a straight forward answer to a simple question...haha! Thanks all!
HubPages does not like accounts that are set up exclusively or primarily to promote an external site. If someone writes on a single topic and links to the same site in all or across most hubs, chances are that this will be seen as "overly promotional" even if the links are relevant to the hub's contents.
Hmmm....well, they must not be to concerned about it because I have seen a few of these and some are from users who have been here for quite a while.
So...let me see if I have this right, because if I post a link to my website and get in trouble, I'm going to be a bit peeved because what I have seen others do is much more than what I would want to do.
I write about several different topics. Right now, most are related in some mystic way, but I have others that are in the works and about subjects that are a bit different. In other words, eventually I will have a wide variety. Not all my hubs would have content that I -could- use for self promotion.
If I write about the lore of dragons and mention that there are some people who have a kinship with dragons and how those people have a tendency to collect dragon trinkets and give examples and then within all that I embed a link to the dragon pendants I make, would that be a no-no?
It would be just one hub and one link.
Now let's say I also do this sort of linking in 1 out of every 5 hubs I write. My link is 'on topic', I have only one, however- the link would be in all of my hubs that are of that specific topic.
I would like to know the specifics of this. I have read the FAQ on this along with what ever discussions I could find. From what I read about -what is allowed and not, there seems to be some contradiction or perhaps oversite- but which is it?
I have seen things in the community that seem to go against my understanding of the 'overly promotional' condition.
I would like to use all the tools I can to build my web presence, and I have no plans of being obnoxious about it. If what I have seen is an example of 'OK'... Then my plan should be more than ok.
As far as I know, you can have as any links in your profile as you wish. I have links to most of the sites I write on and other sites.
Owl Ka Myst, I agree there are inconsistencies. What happens if someone gets flagged, for example; or do moderators happen to come across something by themselves. Rules is one thing, enforcement another. To be related, links should be useful for the reader. What you are suggesting sounds prudent; if in doubt, you may contact HubPages in advance.
Thanks Web Ex for your thoughts and observations.
I think I will be ok- if not, I will just have to remove them and point out others who are 'worse'.
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