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?
I've seen many hubbers do it, you could too - I guess
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..
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?
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.
Here is the official link to the info on the Capstone Hub program.
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
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!
LeanMan - If I copy lines from a hub and use it as my summary, do you think this will be seen as duplicate content?
Now I know why I get penalized for duplicate content... Thanks LeanMan, this is really helpful.
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!
I tried to link two short stories together but was not allowed. Now I wonder why. Will try to link them again.
I created a simple one
http://uninvitedwriter.hubpages.com/hub … essionists
I've done that, although not with 30 links. It is intended to be a sort of "table of contents" for the whole series.
http://wilderness.hubpages.com/hub/a-co … ectricians
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