I wrote some articles and posted them on HubPages. I did just enough to get my accout with them to a point where the links in my articles are "dofollows." I've checked and all of my articles are indexed in Google. Right now my ToolBar PR for these pages is "unranked" but they have only been posted for two weeks or so. I've looked at other people's articles, there is definitely a possibility that over time your HubPage can develop a low number PR.
My question is this. I've created my articles and placed some links to my site in them. My assumption was that this an opportunity where you can sculpt the keywords in the text links that point to your site. It is also a way to link to your site's internal pages, pages that other people's links don't always point to. It is also a source of one-way links.
Are are all of these points valid and is this reason to continue on with this by creating more articles and linking to yet more internal pages? Or over the long-term is using HubPages of such little value that my efforts could be better spent elsewhere?
If they're dofollow, I imagine there's some value to the links you're getting - probably not as much as a link from "trusted" site... I think the question is the benefit worth the time it takes to get them. That's something I'd like to know myself!
These things are like stock market speculation. If everyone's doing it, you shouldn't be doing it. If everyone's cranking on a site to get SEO links then you not only brand yourself as doing low level SEO stuff, but you're putting yourself in the same link neighbourhood as all the low end garbage. Is that what you want your backlinks to say about you?
I'm not targetting hubpages, never even been to the site (for the above reasons, I keep seeing the site mentioned in SEO circles). There's plenty of other sites like this and I'd not be getting a link to a primary site this way.