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What Can I Post Here?
This is a hub page ... a contents list, or index. This is how the wiki's content is organized. Essentially, we're a list of lists of lists ... like a database. When you find yourself on a contents page -- a hub, such as Titles, Authors, Reviws, Artists, Publishers -- you can link to anything appropriate that lives within the wiki: your books, yourself, series, reviews, galleries. The one thing you can't do is link from a wiki contents page to something outside the wiki. (Think about this: the word "contents" takes on a whole new meaning!)
If you want to link to external websites (in other words, if you want to create outbound links), these links belong on your personal pages. To make a link on a hub page connect through to an external website -- say, a page at your publisher's site when readers can buy a copy of your book -- you create a page for your title, and link to the page from the hub. Your page would carry a cover image, a synopsis, title(s), the price, publishing info ... and the outbound link.
That link could be to a page on your website, or on your publisher's website. It could even be your affiliate code, at Amazon! Your own personal page(s) are where this outbound, and commercial, code belongs.
So, the rule is: no outbound links on the hub pages (contents pages, or indexes, if you prefer); and that also includes affiliate code.
So, which pages are the hubs, the contents pages ...?
Titles; Authors; Reviews; Book Categories (Romance, Historical, Fantasy, Erotica, Thriller, Mystery, and so on). Anything that looks like a "list" is a hub, because it links on -- connects through -- to other writers' pages.
Think of it like this: we're a wiki, which is a community encyclopaedia, or a database with a thousand contributors. Everything gets dumped into the database ... how does anyone ever find it? Things are located by lists; therefore, your lists are comprehensive A-Z "hubs" with loads of entries pointing to hundreds, even thousands, of items. Your book is an item; your buy now" page is an item...
So visitors would go through this process:
HOMEPAGE > Bookstore >> Books By Category >>> Historical (for example) >>>> Your Book's Page >>>>>OUTbound link, your selling page.
To make the system work ... and to keep it working fairly for everyone represented on the wiki! ... you must stick to this model.
There's another reason, equally good, for not loading up the hub pages with outbound links: there's a very large difference between a wiki and a links page. A links page is just that ... a list of links pointing to pages all over the web. There's not very much "value" in a links page -- and the search engines, in fact, despise them. They're called "link farms" at Google, Yahoo and so on. A site which has been identified as a "link farm" has its page rankings set to Zero.
So, when you load up the contents lists with outbound links, you're running a great risk: Google's searchbot could very easily swing by our wiki, see "link farms" embedded here, and set our collective page rankings to a big, fat zero.
This is disastrously bad for the community, as you can see at once! So please ... stick to the model. It's been proven to work!
Thanks for your cooperation.
Of course, it's extremely important that your books are listed on the Book Category pages. This is the only way readers will find you. The average reader will start at the Bookstore; we have space for about 15 "featured titles," and everything else is "buried" in the categories. If you're not listed in those categories, you're invisible!
So do get busy in the hub pages, but make those contents lists link to pages you've made for your titles, and put your outbound links on your own pages. If you need help, just ask!