i've read a few articles about domain farms - someone using several domains to link back and forth, which Google doesn't like.
When does self linking become a domain farm? Quantity?
I am starting my own niche website and was looking at linking back and forth to my articles from HP. Will I get penalised for doing this?
What you describe is good practice, Baileybear. I do it with my sites and it makes a big positive difference.
You will only get sanctioned by Google if you do it in a very extreme way, setting up websites that serve no purpose except to link to each other, and then the penalty would be that the links don't count, which is bad but not disastrous.
HubPages don't penalise people for linking to their own sites. They allow 2 links per hub to the same site. You can put one in the text as anchor text and one in a list of links at the end. The links can add up if you have a group of related hubs.
Google advise that you link related content as much as possible within sites and to other sites in their guidelines for promoting yourself and in the guest hub they did on HP.
"In particular, the following actions are likely to get your hubs flagged:
linking repeatedly to the same site within a hub or across many hubs"
Source: Darkside's hub on HP rules: http://hubpages.com/hub/rules
Or as mentioned in the HP rules themselves: http://hubpages.com/faq/#overly_promotional
I believe the OP was referring to their own hypothetical sites. And on that note I'd say... Baileybear have you looked at link wheels for linking a lot of different domains to each other fairly innocently?
I did look at the FAQ first. However, unless I have developed a total blind spot, the definition of over-promotional doesn't specifically mention the situation where there are links to the same site from many different hubs.
Nevertheless, I was sure I had read about this issue on forums and elsewhere, so I did a search and found Darkside's hub.
I think an update to the official FAQ to state this explicitly would be useful.
True. I feel certain they used to mention in there something about "linking to one domain across all hubs" but so many things have changed in the learning centre lately it's impossible to say.
it's certainly not clear whether allowed up to 2 links per page or two links across site. Take it that it general practise both ways?
If it were 2 links across site, over a third of hubbers would've been flagged by now, including me! :-)
I have 4 blogs and where subject matter is related I interlink them with hubs as much as possible, as Google advise hubbers to do in their Hubpages guest blog a few weeks back.
If you do use too many links to an external site, which i've done by mistake - say, you put 3 links to Amazon when doing a product review, all that happens is HP ask you to edit your hub and remove one of them - I'm not sure how that can be described as 'penalisation' but anyway, it's nothing to be afeared of! :-)
That's correct. There's no definition of how many Hubs constitute "many", though!
I have links to my ballet website in all my ballet Hubs, links to my bellydance website on all my bellydance Hubs, links to my...you get the picture. I've never had a problem.
I know one Hubber who puts a signature on the end of her "business" Hubs, with a link to her own website. I'd guess those Hubs constitute more than half her portfolio, and she's been here a long time - so I'd say you'd have nothing to worry about if you just link all your Asperger's Hubs to your site, as you have enough other Hubs to compensate.
All things in moderation normally works for most situations. Link to your site in your hubs every once in a while. Say,,, once every 5 hubs or so.
The rules always use to be 2 links to the same site is allowed per hub. Now I think they are just making things up as they go.
If your content is well written and is related to your sites, I see no reason why HubPages would have an issue with you linking as many (well written, related) hubs to your website(s), as long as you follow the 2-per-hub rule.
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