5 Years on HubPages, Hoorah? Plus Little known Tips and Tricks for BETTER Traffic.

HubPages, Google and ME!

How I get a long with HubPages and Google as a web writer.
How I get a long with HubPages and Google as a web writer. | Source

The web parasite himself.


I am a Web Writer and a Parasite.

HP recently updated what I call my "Seniority Badge".

If you look at my profile page, you will see that i now have over five years of experience as a writer on HubPages.

Whoopee! LOL!

Looking back, I realize that then, five years ago, HP didn't know a lot more about what it was doing as a web business, than I did as a burgeoning web writer.

That's what we are you know, WEB WRITERS. I

can't put it any simpler than that; we write articles, stories, recipes, poems, political rants, and more. But we write it on and for the web.

Very few of us Hub Writers are professional full-time journalists, poets, or novelists who make a good living without involving the web.

So, I, along with the rest of you, are web writers.

I write on the web and exhibit my works for others to read and enjoy. And, as I tell my friends, I make a buck or two doing this.

Oh sure, as my profile mentions, I have published seven books on Amazon in both Paperback and Kindle formats, and i run a number of Blogs on both Google and Wordpress. But, essentially, I am just another web writer.

HubPages and I evolved together

If you have been around on HP as long as i have, you will remember how they operated back then, they were running in a business mode that was pretty open and free.

Open that is, to the power and control that Google would place on them and subsequently on HPs corral of budding writers.

Looking back, I remember reading, whenever Google stomped its foot and shook up the search engine world, seeing such phrases as; Oh, Google changed "X" but are promising to implement "Y" soon, so just wait and don't worry. Or, We have no idea why Google did "A" to everyone, but we think that if you start implementing "B" on your Hubs, it will make them happy. ad nauseam!

And do you remember when HP regularly instructed us, the writers of the Hubs, about other such confused HubPages reactions designed to present our works so that the great Google would like them better.

Now, we both know how to lick our wounds from our encounters with Google, on the web, and we are both a lot wiser than we once were.

In essence, we have both accepted our place in the Parasitic world of Web Search Engines,

The world of Search Engines is a Parasitic one

Yes, that's what I said.

We writers on HubPages are parasites! Electronic Financial Parasites!

Come on! Even if you didn't already know this to be a fact, you had to have at least suspected it to be true.

Sure, we write things on HP, but the whole HubPages article structure , even the tiniest formatting requirement, is designed to make the Hub not only interesting, but also to make it more commercial.


Let me explain.

The Parasitic Money Tree of Search Engines.

I.m not going into some long diatribe here on the history of search engines and the companies that own them.

Just let me say that I know of NO Search Engine management company that is a non-profit company. Each and every one of them exists to make money for their owners.

So, how do they make money?

Well, Google, premier among other search engine companies realized a long time ago that if they provided an accurate and dynamic engine for allowing the world to search for information, they could make money providing this. And they could even charge other companies and individuals to have their sites and products elevated in their list of search results.

Let me explain to the Search Engine Novice. We have all logged onto Google at one time or another, and searched for information on something.

And, Google happily provides you with a list of sites that have all kinds of information about what you wrote down as your search criteria.

Google, the Money Parasite.

This is where it gets good.

You see, that list provided to you can often include thousands of sites that you can go to, each of which has at least one or more of the words you typed down as a search criteria.

So, what made the first site in the list deserve to be first, over the second one, or even the one-thousandth one?

It was money. You see, there are actually multiple ways for a site to be listed closer to the top of their list. One way is to literally pay Google for a better position.

Think about it. Let's say I own a company that sells blue widgets. If I want to sell some on the web, I generate a site of my own and list my blue widgets for sale.

But, I end up in a very low position on the list of hundreds of blue widget sellers in the world. So, I also know that Google will happily move my site up the list, if I buy into their system of elevating site access.

Now, Google does have a relatively complicated way to compute the positioning of my blue widget site versus other blue widget sites, even if I pay for a better access, but simply put, Google is living off of the publics need for information and charging the sites willing to pay the most for their place on the generated list.

HP and Me! The other Parasites.

So, why are we parasites? We're just writers, right?

Honestly, NO, we're not just writers, we are writers who want to make a buck off of our writings.

And, don't argue with me with your purist, "I am an Artist" sentimentalities. If you were a purist, you would just set up your own site, distribute the address to your dearest friends and write your works for your own entertainment.

Sure, you're a great writer, but you use HubPages for the wider access to more people. And, if I go look at your articles, I am pretty sure that you have placed Ads in them. So, come on and admit it you're a web parasite too.

OK, so you don't like the term I used, but if you write on HP, you already know that HP provides your Hub among the thousands of others they manage, to search engines, especially the great Google for their use.

You also know that the whole HP Hub structure is designed to force you, the writer to construct an article that provides good reliable information to the world, via Google, and to top that off it also provides advertisements to "hook" the reader into purchasing specific products.

And, you already know that HP gets a cut of every "blue Widget " sold on your site by Google. And in turn, HP shares a cut of of the money from Google with you.

And, honestly, I don't know about you, but I have not turned down any of the checks HP sends me.

And this my friend makes me a web parasite. I survive on money I get via the Search Engine money chain from the advertisers to Google, to HubPages to me.

This system is so successful that other companies utilize it for increasing profits, companies such as Amazon, eBay, Pinterest, and many others also provide you with an opportunity to be an "Affiliate" But that is a subject for another time.

If you are going to be a Web Parasite, do it right!

Accept it, we are the epitome of modern online commercialism, using our creative works to make a buck without ever leaving our comfortable chair at home.

So, when you use HP and its templates, use them to their maximum potential.

I mean, if you want to display your favorite recipe, use the provided templates and capsules, and use them properly. It is HubPages best guess at what the great Google wants Recipes to look like. Provide not just a recipe, but great pictures, clear directions, and ingredients that your audience can easily find.

Add a couple of videos, your own or something relative from YouTube or elsewhere, include some pertinent Amazon ads, and make your recipe stand out for its commercial value, as a parasitic money-making article for search engines.

And make some money.

Do this, and your recipes, poetry, short stories, and everything else you write will be desirable resources to those paying the bills to search engine companies like Google.

How do I use HubPages

So, back to me. That's what its all about, anyway, ME!

I am not a top earner on HP. And, this is because I just don't want to spend the time to be a full-time Hub writer.

You see, in this changing world of information access, there are just too many changes, occurring far too often, that will always be required of existing Hubs, for me to handle.

I have certain personal writing constraints that I follow. And, within these constraints, I make enough money through HP for my wife and I to go out to dinner a couple of times each month. That's good enough for me.

The table below list some of the things I do with my HubPages. Use them or not!

Some Valuable and Necessary HubPage Constraints

Here are the constraints I exercise on hubP{ages when I write or manage a Hub.

Hub Quantity

I personally try to keep my number of active Hubs within a limit of 150 to 175. This turns out to be the most Hubs I can personally (or desire to) handle and keep fresh.

Read more below to see why I only keep a certain quantity of hubs active.

Hub Layout Template

I use my own Hub Template (or layout).

By that I mean that i structure EVERY Hub I write with the same layout of Capsules.

I rarely vary from this format, because it requires the least amount of work for me to maange changes. initially, I write my Hubs on a word processor, and clean them up there, long before I eventually place one into a Hub.

Oh, I do vary from my standard template for certain other subjects like; Photos, Travelogues, Recipes, and such, but they are few and far between.

By standardizing my Hub template, whenever (and this happens every few months) the great Google determines that my Hubs (and yours too) need a change, i am at least structured enough to make the appropriate changes quickly.

You might want to do this with your Hubs and evolve over to a standard that fits your writing style.

Word Count

What can I say? How many words does it take to say something? Well, in my opinion, you want to consistently use at least a little more than 1000 words in your Hub.

Remember, a successful Hub must impart useful information for the web searcher.

A Green Hub must include enough information to remain Green for years. The simplest way to stay green is to meet the informational needs of a broad range of searches.

For instance, you can write a Hub about a type of DC Voltage fuse.

Or you can write your Hub about the world of DC and AC Fuses along with a couple of reference tables and other hard to find fuse information so that not just a simple search for the words DC Fuse gives your Hub a "Hit".

In fact with a Green Hub, numerous other searches about Fuses, their construction, their designated ranges, their shapes, their potential replacements, and more ,should be described in your Hub, using the appropriate and highly ranked Keywords.

You don't do this in 200-300 words. It will easily take 1000 or more words to write such a useful and informational article.

ADs, placement and format

I always place my Amazon or other ADs to the right of the Hub's text capsules, at half-width. This keeps my multiple capsules of text a continuous thing for the reader.

Some of my text capsules are full width, and some are half-width to allow for Ads and such, but they are contiguous.

You see, the reader should not finish reading a capsule of text and then have to search through multiple pictures, videos, and ads for the next capsule of text. Remember, again, your WHOLE Hub should be written in a easy to read and continual flow.

You don't want the searcher to stop reading because he got lost

You want them to stay on your article and read the whole thing, quickly and easily and not say "to Hell with this" and jump out and over to another site in the Google list of sites

Pictures and Videos

I try to place at least two or more videos in my Hub that are pertinent to the main subject. And, i place these at the bottom of the Hub, just before my Comments section, which HP always places last.

I see a video as providing supporting information that the reader can sit back after reading my Hub and then watch it at his leisure before moving on. I do not want to give my reader a chance to leave my article. I want to keep him captured by my information. He can leave after he has finished. not watch half and run off.

And, like my Ads, I place my pictures, at half-width and to the right of the text. From my perspective, if the reader likes the pictures, he can click on it for a larger view.

The only picture exception I make is the first picture. I lead off each Hub with a full-width high quality Picture.

My ideal is to use a picture that tells the whole story of the Hub that I have put into words, just below the picture. This is hard thing to do, but it is a goal.

Featured Hubs

I try to keep at least 95%-98% of my Hubs actively Featured by HP. I know, it should be 100%, but I always have a few that are no longer Featured that I just haven't gotten to, each of which needs repairs or freshening.

Remember," If it "Aint Featured" it Aint really Out there!"

Hub Score and Reads

A Hub writers Hub Score is one of those mysteries that are not adequately explained by HP. And, over time, these requirements are continually changing.

But, the number of "Reads' a hub gets is an important statistic to watch and manage.

I have my own system of watching a combination of; Hub Score, Weekly and Monthly Reads as well as the number of comments for each of my Hubs. I try to manage these through judicious editing and improvements to the most neglected Hubs, before I get to the others.

Green Stats

A hub that is a year or more old, and has only a few reads in its history, is essentially a useless Hub. Sorry, but that is the reality of HubPages.

If no one is reading a Hub, why is it there. You may love it, and your Mother might like it; but if it isn't being read then why have it out there? Fix it, or move it!

You see, I also manage several subject specific Blogs. This is where I move my "not so popular" creations and, like it or not, you will have some of these. On these other sites, they can be displayed for the publics enjoyment, and my ego is still happy with having created them.

This leaves me with only GREEN Hubs. Green Hubs mut constantly prove that they include useful and desired information for the web searchers of the world.

And i continually make at least a few cents a month from each of my Green Hubs.

Links, Good and Bad

I do insert links to other sites into my Hubs, but I have one constraint that I follow. If I place a link into my Hub, it will be a "Happy Link" to Google. By this I mean that it will not be a site that expounds on a single subject and goes nowhere else on the web.

No, I will include the best link I can find for the desired information, but it will also have several links to even more sites. This seems to make Google happier with my Links.

Refreshing Hubs

The longer they stay out there, your older hubs become stale in the world of fresh information. One of the things I look at myself, when I am searching for information, is how long ago the article was written.

In this age of technology and change, I want the latest version of things, not some old article written even a few years ago.

So, I will refresh a Hub for a couple of years whenever I see its numbers start to sag. But, eventually, I will pull the old Hub, update the information, including the title, and write it into a new Hub.

Hey, it works.

Don't just write, you need to manage your Hubs.

Of course, as the great writer that you are, you write good Hubs, regardless of the content.

But if you want to make money with your Hubs, expending the minimal amount of work, I recommend that you manage yourself and how you manage your Hubs.

And, by the way! This Hub will not be a Green or profitable one. It is automatically doomed to oblivion. First of all, it is about HubPages and inherently has a very small potential audience. Second, everything on the web s=changes with time and it is highly probable that what I have written here is already out of date.

But, i have been here, on HP for over five years, and I wanted to toot my own horn for a bit. I will keep it around for a few months before I trash it.

I hope it proves useful to some of my fellow Hub Writers.


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Faith Reaper profile image

Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Congrats on the five years on HP! You have certainly shared great insight as to being a long-time hubber and managing your hubs.

Great hub and here's to the next five years : )

Up and more, tweeting and pinning


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Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Faith Reaper- Thanks for the read and comment on my long diatribe about myself and HubPages.

I guess with all of the new "Squids??" coming on board, I though that spouting a few undocumented basics that actually work might help everyone.

And, of course, a swipe at all of the new "I am a Writer " purists, who deign not to be money-mongers, just kind of felt good!

Having a good day!

I hope yours is just as good!


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healthbooklet 2 years ago

Congrats! :)

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janetwrites 2 years ago from Georgia country

Congrats on your five years on HP! Thank you for sharing your interesting insights and experiences as a long-time hubber.

I wish you more successful years on HP and also for your other online projects.

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Millionaire Tips 2 years ago from USA

Yeah, I will admit it. I too am a web parasite. I hadn't thought about only linking to sites that had other links in them, but it does sound like a good criteria!

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

This is a really solid article. I need more advice on managing my hubs for maximum effect. That is of course if I ever care to do it. Congratulations.

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Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

janetwrites- Thanks for the kind words. I hope the tips I laid out might be useful to you at one point or another.

They probably should be called "Survival Tips" LOL!

You keep writing your stuff. I enjoy reading it.


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Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

millionaire Tips!- To paraphrase an old saying; the first step to a cure is to admit you have the the disease.

Being a writer who thinks the greatest accolade is a check, I had no problems accepting my place in the writers world.

I see that you agree, so let's figure this web search engine world out and make some more money. LOL!


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Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Ericdeirker- Thanks my man for the kind words on my little lecture. If it did you any goo at all, I am happy.

Take care and lets ride this horse (HP) util it drops?


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Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

JamaGenee- Great to hear from you again.

And, your comment is so right. We might be "Artists", but in the long run, if we want our "stuff" to be read and appreciated then we need to see some measure of our success. And, of course, the real measure of success, on the web, whether with HP or not, is the number of reads/impressions/views. And to get those, we need to feed the "Great Google and its advertisement machine.

Your other point about longevity is also right on. One thing you and I can say about HP is that it has been smart enough to work hard to make our articles popular in Googles eyes.

Thanks for your comment,


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

I will begin by congratulating you for the 5 years Don.

The Hub was fascinating, it sure held my curiosity to keep reading. The video about the dialogue was really interesting. I voted it up, shared and pinned it.


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Tammy Cramblett 2 years ago from United States

I tip my hat in congratulations to you Don for five years here on HP! I enjoyed your "lecture" and look forward to the next. I wish you continued success. And yes, I have actually had the whole web parasite thing cross my mind over the past three years. lol Voted this one up even if it isn't a green hub.

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CatherineGiordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

Good info. I'm patting myself on the back because some of your tips I have already figured out on myself. Thee are others that I will start using now. I appreciate that you took the time to share.

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Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

Very useful tips from an old pro. I look forward to reading about your hub pages experiences and life experiences and knowledge in general. Great hub!

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Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

The Examiner-1- Thanks for the Read and comment as well as the HP Vote-UP/Share.

And Yeah, I loved the Video also, and felt I had to share it with everyone.

Thanks again,


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Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Tammy Cramblett- As a fellow Parasite let me say that your Hubs are interesting and I have shared several of them, Thank You!

And I hope my list of Tips can be of some help to either yourself or maybe a few of your followers.

Thanks for the Read,


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Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author


Thanks for the read and the compliment.

And, as a fellow Floridian, you might like my Hub on Snowbirds. It is a little tongue-in-cheek, but I had a lot of fun writing it.

Thanks again for the read,


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smine27 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

Don thank you so much for writing such an informational article. As an ex-squid, I am still trying to find my way around. So far, though I like it. I also love your honesty. Like it or not, we are all as you say, "parasites" in the world wide web.

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

"We are writers who want to make a buck off of our writings." Your tips are very useful, and I'm following because I believe I could learn lots more from you. Congratulations on your 5th HP Anniversary!

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Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Mel Carriere- Thanks for the read and Comment. I am glad that my growth process as a Hub writer might be of some help to you.

Thanks again,


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Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

smine27- I read somewhere a phrase like; Once you accept that you have a problem, it is easier to solve. To paraphrase this; Once you accept that you are a web parasite,and desire to make money riding on other peoples checkbooks, you can do your job much better. LOL!

Thanks for the read,


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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina


Greetings! Congratulations! Thank you for providing very useful information. Also, I like how you are not afraid to tell it like it is...Smiles

ocfireflies aka Kim

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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina


Next time, have a glass of wine for me.



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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

Congratulations Kim. :-)

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aesta1 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

5 years is long. You have experience to back what you say about HP and thanks for sharing.

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Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

aesta1- Thanks so much for the rad and kind comment.

I hope my experiences on HP can be of some help to you.


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MariaMontgomery 20 months ago from Central Florida, USA

This is some great information you have provided. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You gave me some good info, and generated some questions for me. I didn't have time to read the entire hub tonight, but will go back to it ASAP, at which time, I will share those question, and hope you can answer them, or point me in the right direction.

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Don Bobbitt 20 months ago from Ruskin Florida Author

MariaMontgomery- I appreciate your taking the time to read my Hub and your kind Comment. If you do have questions, I would be happy to help with anything I have any knowledge of.


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Don Bobbitt 19 months ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Cynthis Hoover- Thanks for the Read and comment. What makes an "Earner"? Darn good question. After I write an article on HP, I watch and check my readers regularly. After a while, I go back in and re-read them all, swith a critical eye, and usually that means I do some cleanup and rewriting. I don't actually try for a SUPER HUB, I just try to keep what I write fresh and interesting.


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Besarien 19 months ago

Congratulations for surviving Hub Pages and the whims of Google for five years. I marked this article as beautiful because you told hard truth here and did it with so much good humor and charm that no one could take offense. That, sir, is a true art.

You also gave out some really helpful advice for which I am grateful. By the way, I have not yet managed to become a successful web parasite but hope to become one soon!

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Don Bobbitt 19 months ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Besarien- Thanks for the kind comment. I'm Blushing! LOL!


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Rachel L Alba 17 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Hi Don, I haven't been to your page in a while. Things are going on in my life and I don't have the time I did in the winter to spend on HubPages, to my regret. I understand what you were saying about writing, but my question is, my hubs are all recipes, but I do have to write about them. Does that make me a writer? I like the article about refreshing your older hubs. I did change the first one I ever did recently about eggs. I don't make any money to speak of, only about $3 so far. I don't get a lot of traffic either. Could I use your advise about writing?

Thanks for sharing all the information.

Blessings to you.

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Don Bobbitt 17 months ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Rachel L.Alba - Yes, Life does go on in spite of our own plans doesn't it?

One trick that so few use in their recipes is to use the introduction section to provide some useful information about the main ingredient.

For example a description of the health benefits of Apples that are used in an Apple Pie will make it liked better by Google, especially if you include a link or two to another site that gives even more factual information.

Good Luck.


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RonElFran 9 months ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

The idea of making sure linked-to pages are also sources of additional links to more info on the subject is a new one to me. I'll be thinking through how I can incorporate it into my hubs.

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Margie Lynn 5 months ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

Enjoyed reading your hub and thanks for the advice, I need all the help I can get! Nice to meet you!

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