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I Don’t Cross-Link, Unless...

I Don’t Cross-Link, Unless...

By now you may be aware that I don’t follow (supposed) conventional rules for online writing. You know...

Healthy paras
Refraining from LIBERAL USE of Caps
SEO practices
Refraining from occasional text speak (limited, mind you) and dipping in and out of conversational writing...

...whatever. I do not follow (supposed) conventional rules for online writing.

So if you didn’t know, now you KNOW.

I don’t have a list of my own rules, either. Exactly. But over the years, I guess I’ve grown into a certain style that I would call my own. I don’t recommend adopting this San Style. It’s...

different. And all my own. Yikes, I’m slipping on the track.

Yes, that happens to be one of those unwritten San Style “rules” that I have. It happens, the slipping. More often than I’d like; though I probably won’t stop doing it, either.

ANYway. The POINT of this post is to tell you about one of my “rules” that I do stick to nearly 100% of the time.

I DO NOT cross-link.


Yes, I made up the word to mean what I want it to; so of course I’ll explain. My reasons for not doing it are also all my own and I’ll explain those too.

I don’t typically cross-link. Meaning that when I am writing for one site or another, I only share links within that site. I don’t cross over to another site. Unless I’m referencing something or someone and need to give credit where credit is due - always important. Always!

WHY don’t I cross-link?

I don’t like it.

Pfft. Well. That was easy. Wrap it up. She doesn’t like it. Enough said. Let’s grab lunch and be on our way.

No. Wait. I’ll explain. Really.

I don’t like to mix and mingle. I never have. I don’t know why. I can’t explain it exactly. It might have something to do with when I was first starting out, writing online, the two main sites I was penning for - each was so different - I never dreamed of crossing one to the other.

Ashamed? Probably a little. Sadly. Okay. Yes. Most likely. Yes. Not of what I wrote. But of the site itself. Yes. There. I said it. Geesh. I honestly didn’t expect this to become “True Confessions” time.

But that’s another San Style - you never do know (least I don’t) where I’ll end up once my fingers start walkin’ across this board. And I rarely edit much. No apologies.

So I don’t cross-link between sites. Typically. 9 1/2 times out of 10, when you see a link here on Persona Paper, it will be to another page within Persona Paper. That other 1/2? I’ll let you know where you’ll end up - usually right then and there.

Otherwise, click through with confidence that I won’t lead you any crazy place that you don’t want to go. I don’t like it and I wouldn’t mislead my readers that way, either.

Good gosh, I took so many turns on the telling of this one, I’d better read back through and see if I made any sense. As always, if you have any questions about cross-linking, please ask. And if you can do me one better, please feel free to share that, too.



For more information about back-linking, you may visit this handy guide here . If you want to know how to link here at Persona Paper, learn how now!


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Please Note: Anytime I offer any tips or tricks pertaining to PP, or anything else for that matter, know that all of it is just what I’ve observed as I traipse
along this life. If you have a hankering to dispute, disagree, or otherwise share your better advice, PLEASE do. I’m here to learn, same as you :)


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inertia4 wrote on June 28, 2014, 1:23 PM

SandraLynn I don't cross link either. Not even within a site. I like it the way I do it. I used to post content that I had on one site onto another. I no longer do that. I found it to be a waste of time. But I do promote my links from all my sites, including my referral links. I find I do good that way. I know it's a lot of work, but I find I can keep everything more organized that way.

AliCanary wrote on June 28, 2014, 2:54 PM

Agreed--I will be happy to back-link to a post on the same site, but linking to my work on another site seems impolite, like I'm trying to take the reader away from PP (who we all know needs the views a little more than a juggernaut like Yahoo) and send her somewhere else. Also, since I make money from views at other sites, I'm not completely sure that's not against PP's rules against affiliate links. When in doubt, DON'T!

NeldaHoxie wrote on June 28, 2014, 4:35 PM

I don't usually either. I also think that we need to bolster Persona Paper an keep the traffic home for awhile.

SimeyC wrote on June 29, 2014, 8:11 AM

When I write on Hubpages I cross link, keyword research and do all that other SEO stuff! When I am on Bubblews or here I simply write - it's more fun, more relaxing etc. I don't particularly cross-link anywhere - I tend to write a hub and then provide links to far more detail - rather than linking similar articles that people may or may not be interested in!

SandraLynn wrote on June 29, 2014, 8:54 AM

This is a very good point and one that I 100% agree with, not just for the short term but always. It's another big reason I don't cross. I think keeping it home (no matter where you happen to be writing) is just good for the site, always! :)

SandraLynn wrote on June 29, 2014, 8:59 AM

Interesting, inertia4 - I find back-linking will definitely earn me more pennies in the long run - as I tend to link to relevant pieces and do find that people will click through once they begin to trust that you aren't just throwing any old post up on newer posts.

But I do NOT re-post and it isn't allowed here anyway. That's double dipping in my book and I've never thought it a good idea at all. I haven't been including my referral link on my posts but I did for quite some time at Bubbs and other places I have written in the past. I'll start doing that soon here too :)

SandraLynn wrote on June 29, 2014, 9:01 AM

Yep, Ali, I don't want to take the reader away from PP at all. That is probably my number 1 reason for not cross linking! And double-dipping (anything that could be perceived as such) is a big no-no for me, of course :)