Is it ok to write a hub that serves as an index of similar hubs?

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  1. MoiraCrochets profile image86
    MoiraCrochetsposted 9 years ago

    I am planning to write hubs for my crochet earrings patterns.  The crochet patterns will be written in a separate hub for each earrings. But I plan to write a hub which will serve as an umbrella for all these patterns. Will this umbrella hub be classified as "Overly Promotional" if it contains up to 30 links all within Hubpages?

    1. lobobrandon profile image90
      lobobrandonposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I've seen many hubbers do it, you could too - I guess

    2. sofs profile image82
      sofsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      It is called a capstone hub , I have been meaning to do it...but it is getting a bit unwieldy  for me and I am lazy too ..
      here is a wonderful hub to read before you start..

      1. MoiraCrochets profile image86
        MoiraCrochetsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        thanks for that link... I'll read it thoroughly before I proceed.

    3. couturepopcafe profile image61
      couturepopcafeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You will need to wait for the experts to comment, but 30 links sounds like a lot.  It may depend on the size of the hub.  You can always put in a little sidebar text capsule telling your audience to check your profile page for more hubs on "crochet earrings".

      Also, if you're selling them anywhere, like Etsy for example, that would be the link to add instead of the hub links.

      You might also want to actually sell your patterns instead of giving them all away.  Publish one for free and put a text capsule in with instructions to purchase more by emailing you.  Or, if you set up a simple website through someone like blogger, it's really easy to add a PayPal Add to Cart button and you can sell them directly from there.  HP could be a way to get people to your site.  From there you will have all the social buttons Like, Twitter, Facebook, +1, etc.   How about making a video of you making them?

      1. MoiraCrochets profile image86
        MoiraCrochetsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I have thought of selling my patterns but it just never worked for me. I earn more with HP Ad Program that's why I'm publishing my patterns in HP. Since I started seriously writing for HP last August 2011, I've earned over $170.

        I don't think I can make that much money if I sell my patterns.

    4. profile image0
      SirDentposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Here is the official link to the info on the Capstone Hub program.

  2. whoisbid profile image62
    whoisbidposted 9 years ago

    You can also post the links somewhere else i.e. on blogger or Tumblr and it might be more useful. I have not tried it yet but might get round to it

  3. LeanMan profile image84
    LeanManposted 9 years ago

    You can happily have a hub that points to your other hubs, there is no limit to the number of links you can have internally.

    I have a couple of hubs that are purely to point to other hubs of mine, BUT make sure that you write a unique summary for each hub that you are linking to even if it is just a line or two rather than copying the description from each of the other hubs or you will get penalized for duplicate content.

    I also incorporate individual capsules within hubs to point people at hubs in the same series with a little unique text and contextual links rather than use RSS feeds or link capsules, it takes longer but it avoids duplicate content and provides some useful links and navigation - but only to hubs in the same niche!

    1. couturepopcafe profile image61
      couturepopcafeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      LeanMan - If I copy lines from a hub and use it as my summary, do you think this will be seen as duplicate content?

      1. LeanMan profile image84
        LeanManposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        YES - make a unique summary for each..

    2. MoiraCrochets profile image86
      MoiraCrochetsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Now I know why I get penalized for duplicate content... Thanks LeanMan, this is really helpful.

  4. psycheskinner profile image84
    psycheskinnerposted 9 years ago

    Yes, you can.  In fact I think it is a good idea.

  5. Rosie2010 profile image69
    Rosie2010posted 9 years ago

    Yes, it is ok, Moira.  "Overly Promotional" refers to having more than two links to another site.  You are linking to your own hubs, so you are actually keeping visitors within Hubpages.  I've been linking together my own hubs of similar topics, and it is working great for me.  So good luck with your crochet earrings hubs.. 30? Amazing!  Happy hubbing!

    1. MoiraCrochets profile image86
      MoiraCrochetsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Rosie2010! I've made 8, so that's 22 more to go..

  6. Xenonlit profile image59
    Xenonlitposted 9 years ago

    I tried to link two short stories together but was not allowed. Now I wonder why. Will try to link them again.

    1. MoiraCrochets profile image86
      MoiraCrochetsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I hope they let you link them. smile

  7. MoiraCrochets profile image86
    MoiraCrochetsposted 9 years ago

    Thanks to everyone who replied to my question. smile

  8. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 9 years ago
  9. wilderness profile image96
    wildernessposted 9 years ago

    I've done that, although not with 30 links.  It is intended to be a sort of "table of contents" for the whole series. … ectricians


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