Updating Hubs - Benefits and Tips

My name is hub. I'm tired of being neglected - I want some attention. How about an update?
My name is hub. I'm tired of being neglected - I want some attention. How about an update? | Source

Changing With the Times By Updating Hubs

Revising older hubs is an important step to the success and life of the hub. Bringing content up-to-date will absolutely increase your traffic.

Every hub that we create will need to be updated at some point. Take recipe hubs for example. All recipes that were created before the "recipe capsule" was introduced should to be updated. Amazon and Ebay capsules also now have a new rule. Have you made those changes?

As changes occur within the Hub Page hub tool (create a new hub), some editing may be necessary on certain hubs that have been published. Blogging tools also change. Be aware of this and bring the content up-to-date.

I recently found myself making changes on a hub I wrote about using tags. Hub Pages no longer use these anymore. So a good part of the information I included in that hub is now obsolete.

Revising older content and adding your own photos will breathe new life into your existing article. You'll may also see an increase in your traffic and who doesn't appreciate that?.

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5 Tips For Editing Hubs

Here are 5 Tips to help you begin revising aging hubs.

  • You've come a long way baby. You've learned some important points about writing along with helpful hubpage rules for creating a successful hub. You are constantly evolving as a writer. So now is the time to update your earlier hubs to reflect this self growth. Each time you edit a hub be sure to share it. This will bring you more viewers.
  • Changing the titles so that they are more Search Engine friendly will pay off immediately. Search Engines like regularly updated posts. So again, you'll see your traffic rising.
  • Change the presentation and make sure it's interesting and easy to read with no misspelled words.
  • Breathe new life into older hubs by refreshing the content. This is one of the most important changes you can make. Update facts as needed.
  • Revise errors and inaccuracies. Update your hub with new information. Delete anything that is no longer applicable.

Put on a happy face. Find your passion for writing. Allow your  uniqueness to shine through. Enjoy revising older hubs
Put on a happy face. Find your passion for writing. Allow your uniqueness to shine through. Enjoy revising older hubs | Source

Share Your Passion With Your Reader

Now that you have decided to update your older hubs and refresh your newer ones, I'd like to share some thoughts and ideas on how to go about this.

  • The first and most important step is to really get excited about the outcome of what you are about to write. And write about a subject you know about. The more research you do the better ideas you will come up with.
  • Being a passionate writer can be felt by the reader. So find your passion and then write about it. Don't hold back. Write with confidence.
  • An upbeat attitude will contribute significantly to the changes you make. And keep your content unique. Make it different by showing your own personality.

Your hub has already been written and formed into paragraphs. That's the hardest part. Now all you have to do is make a few changes to the content, add relative photos, check all links and key words and republish your hub. And be sure to proofread for misspelled words.

Six Ways to Breathe New Life Into Aging Hubs

Regardless of how hard you work on your hubs, there are always areas that can be improved upon.

One important key to driving more traffic to your hub is to keep the content fresh. Udate and revise every single hub often.

Here are six tips that will help you to give new life to tired, aging hubs.

  1. Check your spelling. Nothing says "unprofessional" like a misspelled word. Back up your credibility with proper spelling and grammar.
  2. Structure. A good presentation will keep your readers interested, especially in long posts.You don't want people struggling to read through your hub. You risk losing them. Keep each paragraph packed with interest and even a surprise now and then. Avoid being too predictable as you write.
  3. Add value by using your own thoughts. This can encourage your readers to comment because they like sharing their thoughts too and will be more inclined to do so.
  4. Have a goal in mind as you are writing your hub. Avoid writing aimlessly without a driven purpose. And remember that vocabulary does matter. But keep it simple and straight forward. The reader doesn't want to take time to look up the meaning of the words you use.
  5. Link it up. Whether the link is external or internal, use relevant and helpful links. And make it a point to check all links on your hubs to make sure they are working.
  6. The Hub title is perhaps the most crucial part of your hub. Think about the following 7 pointers below as you re-write your title.

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The Role of the Title

  1. You want the title to capture the readers attention.
  2. The title is the first impression of your content
  3. Does your title tell the reader what he will learn?
  4. Be concise and to the point. Search engines only show the first few words of your title so avoid using too many words. Try to keep the title under 65 charchters.
  5. Use appropriate key words. Visit googles keyword tool to find the best key words.
  6. You are the authority on the topic you are writing. Be confident in writing your title.
  7. Create a title that is inviting and intriguing.

Remember, your hub title acts as a description of your content in RSS and search results. A headline that is descriptive and informative has more chances of being read than those that are vague and confusing.

Hubpage Helpers

Share Your Hubs With Social Media

Sharing your hubs with other social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ will help increase your traffic. Yes, it's time-consuming but well worth it.

Do you know that Twitter now has over 465 million accounts and Facebook over 850 million? Google+ has almost 100 million accounts. Share your best hubs. And keep revising those that need it so you can share those too.

Always make a positive and memorable impression when you share. Be professional and helpful as this is how your followers will grow and you'll continue to drive more traffic back to your hubs. Create an eye-catching opening line. Plant a desire within the reader to "read on." Hubs are often skipped over after the introduction. So keep your readers attention with good writing and rich useful content.

Ask yourself what would be interesting and motivating enough to continue reading through the entire hub.

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8 Key Points To Consider

Put yourself in your readers shoes. Consider the 8 following points:

  • Why would anyone want to read my hub?
  • Is it useful and helpful? That's the question I ask myself when I begin a new hub.
  • I try to put myself in the place of the reader. If you want to keep your readers from straying, you absolutely must keep your content interesting and well written.
  • You might ask yourself this question as you are creating or editing your next hub. "Is my hub scannable to the reader?"
  • Most people read by scanning the page for specific words and other clues such as lists, images, headings and even space.
  • Another thing to think about as you are reviewing and re-writing the content is the length.

Readers have a short attention span, so if your hub is too long, consider breaking it up into more than one hub. Write 2 or even 3 different hubs, elaborating on each one.

  • Keep each paragraph short. That makes it easier to read and helps keep the interest of the reader.

On the other hand, a hub which contains 1,000 or more words, presented well with photos and other interesting capsules will do well.

  • Adding appropriate images will make your hub more appealing. The readers eye will go directly to the image first. From that point, the reader looks at the text.

Images also give the eyes a place to rest. And don't forget to add charts, maps and diagrams to help clarify key points.

Summing It Up

Let's briefly review the points for Updating Older Hubs:

  • Look at your present title. If it's weak, create a strong, short title and slip in a keyword or two.
  • Rewrite your opening line if needed. Give your readers a reason for spending time at your hub.
  • Rewrite and update content to keep it interesting and to keep your readers attention.
  • Check all grammar and spelling.
  • All links should be relevent and working.
  • Update images. Use your own if possible.
  • Hows the format? Keep it interesting and professional.
  • Make sure to use google keyword tool - but be careful of "stuffing" keywords as you could be penalized for spamming.
  • Use "share" when your hub is completed. Don't just hit publish thinking that people will be flocking to read your updated masterpiece.

I'd like to add how beneficial it is to take some time and pay a visit to The Learning Center. Each time I go there, I take away something new.

Thank you for being here. I invite you to share some of your thoughts on editing and updating your hubs in the comment section below.

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Victoria Lynn profile image

Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Great hub! Useful info! voted up! I have been revising, especially working on titles. I have thought about breaking up longer hubs into two. Good idea. I may have to try that. I know my attention span is short sometimes! Thanks for this hub!


PWalker281 4 years ago

Great information! I'm going to bookmark this hub so that I can apply your suggestions on a regular basis. Rated up and (very) useful!


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steveamy 4 years ago from Florida

An informative Hub....will keep all of this in mind as my Hubs head of to senility. And keep off of my lawn


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

These are all great suggestions. Amazingly great intro and photo. Voted up. I am currently scrubbing all of my hubs I wrote last year.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Yeah, I thought the photo was great, also!


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alphagirl 4 years ago from USA

Fabulous hub! I need to do this before forging ahead in 2 012


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

This was a lot of great information. So glad that I stopped by to read. I am scrubbing some of my hubs now also. Thanks so much for the valuable information.


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Charlotte B Plum 4 years ago

I think I ought to follow your advice, vocalcoach! Some of my hubs are dormant with inactivity for many months!

Happy New Year to you =) Thank you for being one of my special hubber-friends on hubpages!


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brittanytodd 4 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

This is an excellent hub with so many great tips on how to revive those older hubs! I love your introduction; it sucked me in! Great work! I will pass it along to my followers. Voted up, useful, etc.


Fenn 4 years ago

Great advice. I will definitely apply it once my Hubs start to "age". You write very clearly and with an informative objective. Nice work! I think revising is really key as well.


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molometer 4 years ago

Great hub useful and instructional, bookmarked, voted up and useful.

Now I really am taking my aging bones off to bed. Otherwise I will need resurrecting lol 3.46 a.m. GMT


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

hahaha. Funny, molometer!!!!


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

Another great hub.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Excellent advice that I'll try out. Voting this Up and Useful.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Victoria Lynn ~ So happy to hear that this is useful for you. Thanks for being the first one to comment. So happy to have found you on Hubpages. Thanks.


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kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

Great advice. I think updating regularly is very important to google.


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barryrutherford 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

Voted up too true!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

What valuable information Audrey thank you, it had never occurred to me to to this, I will bookmark and set to work!

Great suggestions, thank you for sharing and voted up, best wishes MM


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Good advice. I go in and change my titles often. I'm stuck on what to do with short stories that get NO traffic. I can change the title, but it's hard to change the content. Poems get pretty stale after a while, too. I voted this UP, etc.


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theseus 4 years ago from philippines

Excellent tips there, my friend.

I'll try to make good use of them one of these days. I'm pretty sure those tips will revive my aging, if not dying hubs..:)

Thank you.. God bless.


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feenix 4 years ago

Hello, vocalcoach,

Well, this certainly is a useful, awesome and interesting hub.

And for me, it is very educational and I am grateful to you for writing this post. It has sparked a lot of ideas so far as refreshing my old hubs.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I'm in the middle of a writers block right now and this would be a great time to spiff up and check on my aging hubs. All of your tips are very useful and I thank you for writing this very helpful hub.


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey

A lot of great advice. I love when people realize that revision is important for any kind of writing one may do. I do make sure I change my titles around. But there are other changes I should be working on.


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

vocalcoach up all the way across. Thank You for a very enlightening, useful, moving and heartfelt hub!! I have bookmarked and linked out. Great info sister. Hugs Galore. Love the picture! I am grateful I landed here. Hi ho Hi ho it is update I go ( - ;


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Cousin Fudd 4 years ago from From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina

Great hub and this is great information.


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Breaking up longer hubs into two is a great idea. Furthermore, the opening lines are crucial, since you want to grab your readers attention right from the beginning.

Excellent advice!

Thank you.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Great Advice and why wouldn't it be coming from You Vocal Coach! Some really Good ideas. I shall Bookmark this Hub for Future Reference...I am always Learning!

A very Happy Healthy 2012 dear Friend, and I now look forward to reading many more Wonderful Hubs written by You!


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I should do his more. I have made some attempts at updating but have not formed a consistent plan.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I know I have heard some people say they are deleting hubs. I just don't delete hubs. I look at them and redo them but I don't delete.

Good information.


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Your Hubs always have so much added value (which is why it gets a great rating by me)! I do try to update at least every 6 months or at times when I'm not too overwhelmed by other duties. Great advice to update links to newer hubs and change titles. It's particularly heartening to learn that Google rewards those who do. Now that's "refreshing"!


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Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Orlando, Florida

Hi, vocalcoach! What a fun thing to read this afternoon, with a lot of great take-aways, too. Like many of my fellow hubbers, I've given a few of my older pieces a scrubbing and a shine. Some of them still need a facelift, though. Thank you for the motivation!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

PWalker281 - I'm so glad you found this useful and that you are bookmarking it for later. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a terrific day!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

steveamy - Love your comments. I'm still laughing and that's just what I need this time of day. Gonna head on over to your place now and check you out!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

The favors been returned 'cause I got excited on viewing your site! The only question in this hub is about internal links as there's been conflicting advice as concerns how Google looks at them. Love your style and upbeat attitude vocalcoach, very glad we're followers now!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Millionaire Tips ~ Gee, thanks so much for the kind compliments. And just look at you...scrubbing away at those aging hubs. Great...just great!


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kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

Just started my updates.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Thanks again Victoria - Glad you liked the photo. I thought she was a hoot! :)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Updating hubs is extra work but it does pay off. Thanks for the reminder, Audrey. Loved the graphic at the beginning.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

alphagirl - So nice to see you here. And I think it will pay off for you to start reviving some of your earlier hubs. Thanks!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Thank you for the tips and the kick start. I have been wanting to do this. Now I have inspiration. Some of my first hubs really to need a makeover.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great tips! When HubPages put in the "A" for missing summaries, I started going through my old hubs. In addition to adding summaries, I did a lot of the tuning suggestions that you mentioned. The trick now will be to keep going through hubs periodically! The tuning has definitely helped. I know that it will again in the future, too.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

There is tons of great advice in your hub. And you did it with some humor as well. I really appreciate when hubbers make their points with the use of humor.....awesome job there. Most of my hubs are movie hubs, so the current actors I have done hubs on always seem to need updates when their new movies come out....for example...I wrote a hub on Matt Damon in March 2011....since then Damon has had 5 more movies open since then.

The biggest benefit to resurrecting your hubs is it gives new life...and hubs I thought were awesome 6 months now look like they need a facelifts or resurrection...and they get the benefit that the hubber is usually a better writer come the second or third time on a subject.

Voted up, awesome, funny and interesting....I very impressive hub.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thank you for a very helpful hub presented in an interesting way! Your article is especially useful for me since I've just started the process of updating hubs that I created when I first joined HubPages.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

homesteadbound - I'm glad I could add something of value for you. You're such an awesome writer. The hubs that you create are some of the best and I'd like to thank you now for that and for commenting here.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

excellent HUB.. i am bookmarking this.. so glad you wrote this.

I voted up

debbie


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Charlotte, dear friend - I need to thank you for being so supportive. You have commented on every single hub I've written since you joined. I really appreciate that.

I think when you update your first hubs you will see more acivity on them. I know it helped mine to go back and revamp them. Let me know if you see a difference ok?

Thanks Charlotte and Happy New Year! Audrey


mackyi 4 years ago

You couldn't have said it any better vocalcoach. You have nicely summed up all that's needed to be done to resurrect old dying hubs!Voted up useful.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

brittanytodd - Your comments have put a smile on my face. You are very kind and I thank you. And now, I'm on my way over to your place to pay you a visit. :)


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Fenn - I like hearing that my writing is clear. That is an area I give importance to when I write. It comes from being a teacher. :) So glad to see you here and hope you're back again soon. Thank you.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

This is a gem Audrey which I am voting up plus bookmarking.

I know that so many are bound do be benefiting from reading this one.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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webguyca 4 years ago from Toronto Ontario Canada

excellent HUB...

I am Book Marking this Hub for Future Reference.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A great hub and valuable information. I will be bookmarking this and will be popping back as I look through my hubs and check what I can do to freshen them up. I know some of my early hubs don't have the images credited and so that is what I will start with, and my titles definitely need tuning.

Thank you for not only publishing this helpful hub but for making it simple and easy to understand too.

Voting up


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

This informative hub is a definitely a bookmark. I loved aging senior metaphor, and learned some valuable tips on the resurrection process. Thank you!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

molometer ~ You are too funny! And that's wonderful. I love and appreciate humor and must have my daily dose. So good to see you here. Thanks and keep sending a dose of laughter my way.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Rusticliving ~ I'm happy that you liked this hub. Before you know it, you too will have "older" hubs that need to be updated. You are doing well on Hubpages and I like all your articles. Thanks.


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molometer 4 years ago

Hello Vocalcoach, I read this excellent hub a few days ago and took your advice. It worked really well and I just did the one hub to see how it would work. I was so impressed that I will be tackling a few more of my slower hubs. Yes it's true even I have a few slow ones lol

Thanks for a great hub.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

alocsin - Thanks for voting up and useful and for taking time to leave comments. Appreciate it.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

These are great tips. I just went in to update my very first hub yesterday. Wish I would have seen this first!


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

Great advice, Vocalcoach, my only question is on renaming an article. When we name it here it is given a URL and even when we change the name the address/link remains the same so not sure how that would help. I do agree about editing and adding better or more keywords.

Great advice and like Susan said during times when we can't come up with anything new this is a productive way to spend our time.


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Ana Teixeira 4 years ago from Oporto, Porto, Portugal

Great hub indeed. I tend to go back and read by old hubs at least once a month. Sometimes I don't change anything, other I do. either way it helps to distance ourelves from what we've written and then go back and read it again. Great ideas you have here. voting up!


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

Great hub and awesome reminder. Thanks Vocalcoach.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Well done! What an awesome hub!!! There is quite a bit of useful information in here. I am certainly going to bookmark this for future reference.

Thank you for taking the time to put this together and for sharing.

voted up!


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savingkathy 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great tips!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

kikalina - Yes, google appreciates updating and this can affect traffic in the long run. Nice of you to stop by and share your comments.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

barryrutherford ~ Thanks for stopping by. Appreciate your up vote!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Movie Master ~ Hi! Yes... keeping our older hubs up-to-date is a smart thing to do. And like I said - Google loves it!

Enough said..right? I found that updating is rather fun. And it shows how far we have come here on HP.

Thank you my friend!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

mary615 - Yes, I know what you mean regarding short stories. I do think they are more challenging when it comes to getting more traffic. The key is not only a strong title, but an introduction or summary that "reels 'em in."

Appreciate your taking time to read and comment on my hub. I hope to see you again soon!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

theseus ~ Love your hilarious comments. So refreshing.

You're the best!


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

Another great hub. Voted up and useful.

~Lisa RL


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

feenix ~ I, too have found that as I begin to re-do my older hubs, the new ideas just seem to flow! Good for you. Thanks for the voting and comments. :)


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happyturtle 4 years ago from UK

"Keep the format interesting". Great advice.


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anjperez 4 years ago

eversince i started revising my older hubs, i get traffic and followers. amazing secrets Hubpages have!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Vocalcoach, great tips for updating old hubs. I am in the process of updating a few low performing hubs, by adding new content, formatting, fixing up grammatical errors and increasing presentability.

I really needed some tips and this hub of yours is just the one I was looking for.

Thanks for sharing.

Voted up and awesome.


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Ian Dabasori Hetr 4 years ago from Papua New Guinea

Very informative hub. I have vote it up.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Just Ask Susan ~ I do the same thing when my mind draws a blank. And then, while I'm making changes on older hubs, I begin to get ideas for new hubs. Thanks Susan for stopping by. Appreciate it!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Stephanie ~ How true this is. I think the title of the hub is so very important. I am rarely satisfied with my own. I have to admit that I love to revise my hubs. I'm finding more ideas than ever before which really helps to up-grade my older articles. Thanks so much!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

sky2day ~ Oh, you should see my great big smile! Thank you for the very nice compliments. I love 'em. And appreciate the votes too. And now,,,I'm on my way to pay you a visit! See you soon, my friend.


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wheelinallover 4 years ago from Central United States

Ten days since the last comment, does that mean this hub is aging also? It looks like the time just spent adding keywords was a waste of time. Now I am going to have to go back and remove them.

I was wondering why they took out the suggestions for keywords they used to put to the right, below after a hub was published. I haven't updated all my hubs but have tried to find time to update the ones which get the most traffic.


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Hawkesdream 4 years ago from Cornwall

I have just returned to the hubs, and the intention to revamp all of my hubs is paramount. I am so grateful to have found your hub giving clear and consise steps to do just that. Thank you.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

Very useful advice! I'm new, so I appreciate the tips on helping me keep my hubs fresh and appealing. Voted up and useful.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Cousin Fudd - So great to see you here. Appreciate your comments and hope to see you again real soon!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

SanneL ~ One thing I enjoy about hubpages is the constant education I receive. Just when I really think I've learned it all...well...you know :) And yes, breaking hubs into sections make it so much easier to read. Thank you for your support!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

b.Malin - You are such a sweetheart. Meeting you on Hubpages is such a gift to me. You are always supportive and inspiring. Thank you so much for your kind words. I really needed to hear this today. And now I'm going to see what's new at your "hubhouse".

Blessings to you dear friend!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

dahoglund - You make a good point when you mention "consistency." I think we all need to be reminded of this most important word. Thank you my friend!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

moonlake ~ I totally agree that deleting hubs serves no purpose. Instead of deleting, do some good editing and make necessary changes. Thank you moonlake!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear GL - Love your "refreshing" remark. Gave me a giggle. Isn't it remarkable how popular a hub can turn out to be when it's about things we, ourselves need to do? I've been editing all of my hubs, a little at a time. (And I really don't have time to spare:-)

Perhaps, that is what good writing is...looking deep within, acknowledging, claiming and then writing.

Thank you Hillary for your kind and generous words. May magnificence fill your day!


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Cloverleaf 4 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

This is excellent advice, Audrey! I have many aging hubs that need some attention. I'll bookmark your hub and start following through all your tips...I have a lot of work to do! Have a great day :)


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

This hub is so useful Audrey! Thanks for sharing all these tips and the reminder so it gets done. It is so easy to just continue to write new hubs instead, and I am afraid that I have many neglected hubs that need a bit attention:)

Love this hub, you manage to mix some humor into these advices and I will think of the picture of the "HUB"when I resurrect my hubs! Voted up, sharing,

Take care,

Tina


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Fabulous tips! I made some stinkers when I first joined. Some are salvageable. This helps very much. Thanks for sharing.


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Angelique Loux 4 years ago from Ohio

I'm glad I read your hub. I didn't know that to many tags were not good. Thank you, great hub I voted it up. I'm off to go fix my hubs.


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Gatti 4 years ago

Great hub it is really going to help me out a lot! Thanks!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Annette - I like your word "facelift" for revising hubs. And yours truly needs to "scrub and shine" a couple of older hubs too.

I'm so glad you liked this hub and appreciate your visit!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Alastar - I'm wondering about the internal links now that I have done some research. I may delete this section of my hub until I get a concrete answer. Better to be safe than sorry and all that.

Thanks for liking my upbeat style 'cause that just how I am. And I'm please as punch that we are following each other too.


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AnnaCia 4 years ago

This is what I call a great and motivational article. I will be working on this. Thanks


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Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

I see by the number of comments that I am not the only one who read this and said...."Yes, I need to do this". I've done a couple of hubs then, of course, other things get in the way. Thanks so much Audrey for the reminder and for the excellent tips. You are amazing.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

kikalina ~ Good for you. Let me know how it goes. Thanks for reading.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

drbj ~ Yes, updating ancient hubs is a lot of work. It's kind'a like trying to update me at my age. :-) Hugs!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hyphenbird ~ I'm so glad you found this hub inspiring. That was my intention. Updating older hubs is an on-going process (at least it is for me.) All of your hubs are so well written I'm thinking you can skip revising them. Thanks my friend.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

This is all so confusing for me: I've read where you should have at least 10 tag words. I see you have 8 on this Hub. Also, I read your articles should be at least 1,500 words. You say to break up a long Hub into another one or two. Can you elaborate on these two points? Many thanks.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Thanks Lisa - RL. Really appreciate your support!

Eiddwen - Very glad you liked this hub. I've been happy to learn that several hubbers saw their score go up after revising older hubs. Take care Eddy and thanks for the vote up and more!

randomcreative - Great to hear that revising some of your older hubs helped your score. It's a continuous process but well worth the time to make some changes.

Thank you!

Cogerson - You do me honor kind sir. Thanks for all of your kind and generous comments. It means so much to me. Especially coming from a master like yourself.

And so glad you mentioned your hub on Matt Damon as he is one of my favorite actors and somehow I missed this hub. Can't wait to read it!

So nice of you to vote my hub up and across. What a great way to end my day!


anonymous 4 years ago

Great reminder and inspiration to start paying some attention to my senior hubs. I do this sporadically but should take time to go through and do it methodically.

Voted up, useful and interesting.

Thanks for the excellent pointers.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Hi Audrey,

I just noticed that the original comment I wrote showed up above as anonymous because I wasn't logged in yet so I signed in to let you know that was me!

Hope you have a great day,

Gail


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

AliciaC - Its so good to know that this hub has been useful for you Enjoy the process as you tweak each one. Then sit back and watch your score rise high and higher.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

@mackyi - Thank you for your kind comments. I loved reading "you couldn't have done it any better."

@Deborah Brooks - Thanking you for your positive comments. I am honored. Have a wonderful day!

@webguyca - Great to hear that you are bookmarking my hub. Thanks and glad you stopped by!

@Rosemary50 - I want to thank you for adding this great tip to my hub - " I know some of my early hubs don't have the images credited and so that is what I will start with."

This slipped by me and you have reminded us all how important this step is. Much thanks Debra!

@Genna East - It's such a good feeling to know as a writer that you have helped someone in some way with your article. I thank you for giving me this gift.

@Molometer - The proof is in the pudding, so it has been said. I never have understood what that means but I remember my folks using it way back when. So great to know you did some "face-lifting" and saw positive results. So glad you shared this!


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

I'm trying to put some juice into some early hubs (you are so right - boy, do we ever learn from experience!), so I dropped back by to make notes. Everything you've written here is so very true! Great advice! Now I'm off to revive a couple of hubs that need some TLC!

Voted up and up!


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

This is wonderful advice


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Vocal,

I have actually taken a pause in my writing to go back through the old stuff for editing purposes. I have so much passive voice going on that I could fuel the anti-war movement for years. That said, it's a lot easier to see the problems six months after the torturous writing process.

Great advice, tips, and topic! Will be sharing widely.

Thomas


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mwilliams66 4 years ago from Left Coast, USA

Excellent ideas. I've not been on here long, but this is definitely a hub I will refer to in the future. Fantastic info.

Will be sharing.


kelleyward 4 years ago

I'm so glad you wrote this VocalCoach! I do this about once a month and have found it to be helpful. I use the title tuner, revise errors, remove bad pictures, and add relevant tags. What you put in this article has reminded me how important it is to revise, revise, revise. Voted up, useful, helpful, and shared! Thanks! Kelley


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Terrific hub! I have to get in the habit of editing my hubs more often. I just noticed that my first few hubs that I wrote in the beginning has nothing in them, so to speak! Thanks for sharing, very useful and voting up.


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DS Duby 4 years ago from United States, Illinois

voted up useful and awesome. I'm going to follow these steps right now on some of my older hubs. Thank you.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Wonderful hub. Excellent advice. Definitely looking over my old hubs. Thanks for sharing voted up and useful.


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Y Battle-Felton 4 years ago from Maryland, US

Great advice;I like the 'from the aging hub's' point of view.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

I came back for another read and it was well worth it. A great refresher. Voting up and sharing again.

Thank you for putting this together! :)


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chef-de-jour 4 years ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

You did it! Good old granny hub looking nice and refreshed.

It must be that core of evergreen content that can be spruced up and made into almost new.

Appreciate your hub, ta very much!


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sandonia 4 years ago

I don't have any aging hubs yet, but this is excellent advice for when I reach that point! Thanks so much for publishing this.


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Sparkle Chi 4 years ago from Chandler, AZ

Good advice for newbies! Well written steps that should be taken for every hub, and considered when updating old hubs. Thanks for sharing. I love the granny character!


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Thundermama 4 years ago from Canada

Fantastic hub! So glad it was shared by someone I follow. Now to go delete some tags and change some titles.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

@DeborahNeyens - Good for you! Continue to review each of your hubs, make some changes and google will give you a hug!

@Pamela N Red - You have mentioned how we can't change the url to our hubs even if we change the title. True. I wish hubpages would do something about that. Still, I've noticed that when I do amend a title it seems to bring in more traffic. I could be wrong. Appreciate your nice comments Pamela and always love your support!

@Ana T. - What a good idea to go back and read your hubs once a month. Thanks for adding this tip!

@acaetnna - It's always a treat to see your pretty face. Thanks for reading and commenting!

@missolive - I love your comments and admire you so much as a writer - you are always full of encouragement and find something inspiring to say. Thank you!

@savingkathy - Thanks for appreciating these tips on how to resurrect your aging hubpages. I hope to see you again very soon.


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tipstoretireearly 4 years ago from New York

Great advice. I'll try out your words of wisdom on some of my older hubs. Thank you.


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shuck72 4 years ago from Seattle

Thanks for the tips, not as much fun as writing new hubs but necessary housecleaning we all need to do as writers.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Other than using the title tuner occasionally I have rarely changed a title. Perhaps I should start doing this! You have offered a lot of good advice in this hub. With a load of hubs, revising could almost be a full time job! I take them in groups and work on them that way in between writing new hubs. Voting this useful and will SHARE. Thanks!


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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil

You have put into words what my conscience has been telling me. 'Update those old hubs'

You have included some ideas I hadn't thought about. Very useful hub, thank you. Voted up and useful.


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Fabulous Hub! I have been meaning to do this, but...... Thanks for putting some fire underneath me. Voted up.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Great advise. I do go back and update my hubs from time to time and it always seems to help. It really doesn't take very long, per hub, as most of the hard work is already done. Great hub here, voted up and useful! Have a wonerful day! :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Truly informative and inspiring, vocalcoach. I just need TIME to do it...

Voted up and very useful :)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

These are great tips! I like the idea of adding in new links to refresh the hubs.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Excellent tips! I knew a few and learned a few more! Thank you!:)


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Cloverleaf - I hope you get this reply to your comments as this hub has had some problems. I appreciate your thoughts about re-doing older hubs. I know that for me it's hard to find the time. I'm sure that's the case for many of us. Thanks for bookmarking and it's great to see you Louise!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hawkesdream - I apologize for the delay in replying to your comments. This hub was unpublished (urgh) for a time and that leaves me with a lot of catching up to do.

I want to thank you for your comments. They are wonderful - and so are you!

@Marcy Goodfleisch - You're doing just great on Hubpages and glad you're here. Thank you for your comments and keep writing those terrific hubs!

@thoughtforce - As mentioned above, have had some problems with this hub so please forgive the long delay in my response to your wonderful and welcomed comments.

One other idea that I practice for resurrecting my aging hubs is this. Whe a comment comes in on an older hub, I use that time to do some revisions on it. I tweak it a bit here and a bit there. It works well for me.

Thank you Tina for your support!

@tammy swallow - Great to see you here. I know just what you mean on those early hubs. Oh boy! But, hey, we've come a long way right?

@Angelique Lous - Having too many tags is something I myself just learned. I still need to go back and remove a few here and there. Thanks!

@Gatti - Thanks for letting me know that this hub is helpful to you.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Mary615 - Thank you for giving me the opportunity to clarify here. After readin your comments I did a complete investigation on the correct amount of tags. I found many discrepancies so I did some revising as I always want any information I give to be correct.

If you will go back to the section on " Ways to Update Older Hubs" you will see a new link that I have added. That is an excellent resource for clarifying the question of how many tags are appropriate. I think it will help you a lot.

Now, about breaking up a long hub. If the hub is lengthy it is always best to present short paragraphs and break up the hub by using capsules. (images help as well.) It is risky to write a long hub without inserting capsules. The reader gets bored and will leave.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Marcy - Look at you! Back for a second look. I'm smiling all over the place. And I'm ressurrecting a few of my early hubs like you are. In those early days I didn't add a tracker for new users. It took me forever to figure out how to do that. So I recently added that and checked out my links. Thanks Marcy!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

anacia - So glad you came by to read this. I'm still doing revisions like mad on my early hubs. Keep up the good work!

Dee aka Nonna- Sorry that your'e just now getting my reply. Can't tell you how many times I have sent out replies on this hub. Hope you get this one. Always a good feeling to see you. So pleased you like this hub. Revising older hubs is a full time job! Hugs.

Happyboomernurse - I've been spending a couple of hours a day working on older hubs. It's a job but it feels good when revisions are complete. I have a feeling this is never-ending :-) Thank you for paying me a visit and for the "thumbs" up and all!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

rahul0324 - Great to see you here. I hope you found something of value. Come back soon :-)

ThoughtSandwiches - I, too have been spending more of my time updating older hubs. I have to admit that I've made some major progress on my writing since my first few hubs 2 yrs ago.

Progress comes slowly with me and I fail to see it until I revisit the early hubs. (Did I write that?)

Thanks for your valuable comments and for the wonderful ratings and sharing!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

ThoughtSandwiches - Thank you for leaving your wonderful comments. I certainly know just what you mean in reference to re-vising older hubs. With some of mine, I wonder how they even made publication. But on the other hand, I'm thankful to have grown to the point where I can easily see my many flaws. Thanks for sharing!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Thanks so much for sharing this with me. It is very helpful. Hopefully with a revision or two will breathe new life into older hubs. However, none of mine are older than 2 months. I am going to bookmark this and read it often. Thanks for taking the time for the link. I still have concerns.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I thought I would come and read and send this one out into the community--seems appropriate today


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Yes, it does seem appropriate, Audrey! I read this seven months ago, and it's still awesome!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

So much valuable information in one place. Have pinned this one to refer back to. Seriously thank you for writing this and sharing it with the hub community. I have also voted, shared and tweeted too!!


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Audrey,

This was a timely share by Audrey Howitt considering a quarter of my hubs appear to have narcolepsy. The comment I made two months ago still holds water today.

My titles are truly holding me back, however, from the Google God's attention due to the fact that I kind of delight in making them pretty obscure at times. Note, I write short story fiction so I've abandoned hope of ever being fully embraced by the various algorithms that govern these types of proceedings but I will be looking at a number of your other helpful hints!

Thanks,

Thomas


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ignugent17 4 years ago

This is really very useful. I just keep on writing and it is true that my aging hubs are just left alone. Thank you very much for giving us this excellent information. :-)


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bridalletter 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

Great timing with the "idle hubs", we may all be using these tips and adding some fresh pictures or new videos to liven them up. Very worth the time. I would rather improve than delete.


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kEi MayUmi 4 years ago

Great hub! Voted up. I have just checked my Hubs' statuses and found out that a lot of them are marked "idle" since I haven't write for a while. I was thinking what to do with those and fortunately I stumble upon your hub! Seems like I have to revise those instead of deleting eh. Thanks for the info! Very useful! :)


DMVmimay 4 years ago

thanks for the tips .. your hub will stay young! keeping this technique was really useful :)) wew... keep posting :)


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lorlie6 4 years ago from Bishop, Ca

What an inspiring and motivating Hub, 'Hub'! Your advice I'm sure came from vocalcoach-to some degree-and I read that she'd seen quite a drop in her Zzz's. I need to do this thing, I won't ignore you any longer-old is beautiful, I should know!

Great stuff!

Laurel


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CrazedNovelist 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

Vocalcoach, congrats on this hub and its success. You really laid it out perfectly on how to update and refresh old hubs. I have been here three months, so I'm not sure if my hubs have needed that revision quite yet, but I think I'll start with the (ZZZ...) hubs. Is that a good start you think?


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Goody5 4 years ago from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living

This is an inspiring hub vocalcoach, and it should really help out all of our fellow hubbers who have been hit hard by the idled hub syndrome or the Zzz's. I've come up with a quick fix for everyone who has been overwhelmed with the "Z" problem - http://hubpages.com/community/Quick-fix-for-your-i...


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

This is an excellent hub packed with helpful tips! I have often updated my hubs (with dividers, quiz, etc) and kept checking my hub-statistics daily. I always use the capsule 'Toggle Spellchecker' to avoid mis-spelling. Before I published my hubs, I revised my hubs to ensure that there are no grammatical errors. As per my observation, after my re-editing of my hubs, the red arrow appeared immediately next to the newly-edited hub-title. This happened quite often. Your hub serves an ideal guide for many of us here! Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up, pinned(for reference) and shared


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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Thank you for sharing your ideas! Voted up!


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Have saved this hub as a constant reminder … note to self: must try harder.

Thanks for such a comprehensive and succinct hub, vocalcoach.


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Specialk3749 4 years ago from Michigan

This was a question I just asked myself this past weekend! How can I update some of my older hubs? Thank you for answering that question! You did a great job!


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nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

Great tips. I have updated some of my older hubs and seen increased traffic, but I really should do it more often. Voted up, interesting, and shared.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

It's more important than ever to update our aging hubs. Your suggestions are great! I think that one of the main problems with some of my older hubs is the title. It's also a very good point that we have grown and evolved as writers since joining Hubpages. When I look at some of my very early hubs, I know that they would benefit greatly from an update. Voted up, useful, interesting!


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RichieMogwai 4 years ago from Vancouver

Yeah, I notice that traffic for my hubs increases slightly when I update them. No hub is ever perfect, so I think I tend to update my hubs more often than most hubbers, sometimes even daily. To me, a hub is in a constant state of metamorphosis, the work is never complete. There's always new information coming up on the Internet so my hubs have to evolve with the times. Thanks for your article, it was very insightful!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

carol7777 - Hi there. Thanks, Carol for all your support. I really appreciate it. It sounds like your hubs are fairly new. The way time flies, it won't be long before a revision or two will be needed. And I enjoy reading what you have so far. Very good writing on good topics.

Glad you found this helpful.

missolive ! Very nice to see you again. I feel special even getting one visit from you, let alone two. YOU are the expert and I bow to your expertise.

I just finished a hub recently and added one of your links. :)


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Magdaleine 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing this information, vocalcoach... very useful!


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Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

You certainly explained all the important things that need to be reviewed when updating old hubs. I have always made an effort keeping old hubs up-to-date. Both with obsolete details as well as new writing ideas that I have learned, which can help improve existing hubs.

Now that HP started idling hubs, I find it easier to discover the hubs that need attention. When hub becomes idle, I take a look at my Google analytics to discover why.

It's usually very obvious from the Google reports and I can clearly see what needs to be done to improve it. They usually have a short retention period, which then leads to less traffic from Google altogether. And that happens prior to HP making it idle.

HP now has reversed the logic by indicating which hubs are featured. Hubs that are idle are actually hubs that are not featured. HP now likes to indicate which hubs are featured instead of which are idle. But it's the same thing information that we can use to our advantage in order to know where we need to pay attention. Once we know what hubs need attention, your list comes in very handy to know how to improve them.


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watergeek 4 years ago

Thanks VocalCoach - I just copied and printed your checklist at the end to use in editing. Just yesterday I looked at a couple of older hubs and realized I wanted to update, if not just to add a little humor. Your list gives me guidelines for things to look for.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Glenn - Thanks so much for sharing this information. I learned something from you. With the feature hubs, we now know which hubs are idle. For some reason I didn't realize this. I wonder how many others needed to learn this?

I wish you the best in hubland:)

watergeek - You are welcome! I'm very pleased to learn that this checklist has helped you. Good luck and happy trafficking:)


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joanveronica 3 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

Hi there, I loved this, full of awesome tips! This was a good time for me to read these ideas, I really need to do something about some of my slower Hubs. Well they are almost all slow, but some more so than others! Thanks for this info! Have a good day!


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Marisa Wright 3 years ago from Sydney

Just a note - tags are no longer used on HubPages so it sounds like THIS Hubs needs updating!

I would also say that there comes a time when you should give up on some Hubs. There are times when no matter how good your title or how engaging your content, you must just accept that no one is interested in the topic. If no one is searching for it, no amount of updating or sharing will help.


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jenbeach21 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Great information! Looking forward to updating some old hubs.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

joanveronica - Thanks so much for your comments. I'm very pleased to hear that this information has been of help to you. Take care.

Marisa Wright - Thank you for bringing the "tags" to my attention. I'll take care of that immediately. Thanks for your comments.

jenbeach21 - Hi there. Thanks for finding my hub informative. Each time I upate an older hub, my traffic improves!


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critic thinking 3 years ago from Barcelona

good hub, I also try to do it from time to time, I will follow your ideas on my next hub update :)


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Goody5 - Thanks so much for being here. I appreciate your comments and also I will read your hub. Cheers!

critic thinking - It seems that I must spend roughly 2 hours + each week updating older hubs. But the pay-off is well worth it. Thanks!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

These are helpful tips. I have found that if I go in and rework and freshen up my hubs that it breathers new life into them.

Sending you many Angels this evening. :) ps


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

ps - Freshening up hubs is a full time job, but I think it's well worth it. Glad that you found these tips helpful. Thank you so much for my angels. I need them so. Hugs - Audrey


Beth37 3 years ago

ooh, great advice. thanks. :)


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Beth37 - Thanks so much!


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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

Morning Audrey... This is a must thing and I have printed this off for reference... I need to rework most of mine.

You are such a blessings...

Hugs and Blessings from Canada


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica

Great tips. Nothing like fresh green content.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear Rolly - I'm so happy to see you here! I work on my hubs regularly and still need to spend more time doing this. Updating can really help to increase

traffic. You too, are a great blessing Rolly. Thanks so much.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

rasta 1 - Hi there. Thanks for being here and for liking these tips for updating hubs to increase traffic. I wish I could come visit you. Always wanted to see Jamaica. :)


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi, this is such a good idea, and something I really should have a go at. I do sit and stare at my 'useless' hubs! lol! thanks for the tips, nell


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Nell - You're so cute - you make me laugh:)

Earlier today I was also staring at a useless hub I wrote almost 3 yrs ago. After following my own advice I began revising it but the passion just wasn't there. I finally decided to delete the thing.

Would rather write a brand new hub.

Thanks so much Nell. You're the best!


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Lady_E 3 years ago from London, UK

Thanks. This is very motivational and important. I have made a mental note to start reviewing my Hubs. Maybe two in a week. (I have so many, they are long over due to edit)

Brilliant Tips.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Lady_E

So happy to see you here my friend. I know what you mean when you mention that you have so many hubs to edit they are long overdue. I find myself revising hubs about every 5-6 days. :)

Enjoy your day and thank you for taking time to read my hub and leave your thoughts here. Hugs!


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janshares 3 years ago from Washington, DC

vocalcoach, I'm so glad I stopped by today. I hopped over here from a forum to celebrate your 500,000 view milestone and found this valuable hub. There are so many gems of information here, very timely and relevant to what a lot of hubbers are going through right now. I am obsessed with updating and wondered if I need to slow down. But after reading this, I will remain vigilant of my hubs, all of which are featured. Thanks for this excellent tutorial. Voted up, useful, and awesome. Congratulations on your milestone, I hope views and earnings recover soon.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

So useful! And congrats on your views!! That is wonderful!!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Amen!!! This is such an outstanding hub. When all of the changes began recently such as the template appearing I went back and began revisiting hubs. It is time consuming but well worth it.

I have seen an increase in traffic ---whether the refurbishing of the hubs has anything to do with it I am uncertain but it certainly cannot do any harm. Angels are on the way to you today ps


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OMGirdle 3 years ago from United States

Extremely useful tips. But I do have a question. I know we can't change the hub link. When changing the title, does that create a conflict for search engines? Thank you very much for sharing and the encouragement.


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Theater girl 3 years ago from New Jersey

I was meant to read this today. I have been a bit discouraged of late with some writers block and this was just what I needed! Thanks for the tips on older work. I have also lost traffic lately and these are great tips!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Theater girl - Hi. When I find that I experience writers block I always begin updating older hubs. Google rewards us when we do this by increasing traffic, etc. And don't worry about the recent drop in traffic - it's happening to most of us. Give it some time and hopefully things will be back to normal. Thanks and sending you a hug ~ Audrey


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Theater girl 3 years ago from New Jersey

Thank you for the encouragement Audrey! I very much needed it!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

OMGirdle - Hi there. Changing the title really doesn't cause a conflict. While the url remains the same, it's the title that google respects. Thanks.

Theater girl - You are certainly welcome. And your muse is on her way!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

janshares - Gee, thank you so much for hopping over here from the forum - I'm honored! And you're so kind to join in my latest milestone.

Updating is a good consistent move to make. I always see an increase in my traffic (although not lately :)) At times I've been tempted to just remove a hub that's not doing well, but then I decide to update and even re-write it. I've only deleted one hub in 3 years.

I'm glad you found this hub useful. Puts a huge smile on my face. Enjoy your day and will see you soon.~ Audrey

Hello Audrey my dear friend and amazing writer and poet. Thanks for celebrating this milestone with me. I appreciate it so much.

pstraubie48 - I am inclined to think that anytime we update hubs traffic increases. I had heard quite some time ago that google likes to see hubs revised. Whether that is still true or not I'm not sure. But as you point our, it can't hurt.

I sure need those precious angels you have sent my way ~ Thank you and hugs! Audrey


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

janshares - Gee, thank you so much for hopping over here from the forum - I'm honored! And you're so kind to join in my latest milestone.

Updating is a good consistent move to make. I always see an increase in my traffic (although not lately :)) At times I've been tempted to just remove a hub that's not doing well, but then I decide to update and even re-write it. I've only deleted one hub in 3 years.

I'm glad you found this hub useful. Puts a huge smile on my face. Enjoy your day and will see you soon.~ Audrey

Hello Audrey my dear friend and amazing writer and poet. Thanks for celebrating this milestone with me. I appreciate it so much.

pstraubie48 - I am inclined to think that anytime we update hubs traffic increases. I had heard quite some time ago that google likes to see hubs revised. Whether that is still true or not I'm not sure. But as you point our, it can't hurt.

I sure need those precious angels you have sent my way ~ Thank you and hugs! Audrey


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

janshares - Gee, thank you so much for hopping over here from the forum - I'm honored! And you're so kind to join in my latest milestone.

Updating is a good consistent move to make. I always see an increase in my traffic (although not lately :)) At times I've been tempted to just remove a hub that's not doing well, but then I decide to update and even re-write it. I've only deleted one hub in 3 years.

I'm glad you found this hub useful. Puts a huge smile on my face. Enjoy your day and will see you soon.~ Audrey

Hello Audrey my dear friend and amazing writer and poet. Thanks for celebrating this milestone with me. I appreciate it so much.

pstraubie48 - I am inclined to think that anytime we update hubs traffic increases. I had heard quite some time ago that google likes to see hubs revised. Whether that is still true or not I'm not sure. But as you point our, it can't hurt.

I sure need those precious angels you have sent my way ~ Thank you and hugs! Audrey


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

I'm so happy for your success with revising your hubs. I do think the increase in traffic has a lot to do with updating hubs. Thanks for my angels. ~ Audrey


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aesta1 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I have now better direction in revising my hubs. I am glad I opened your hub as I learned so many things I need to do to make my hubs more interesting. I have to be more passionate and engaging, learn how to do this.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

aestai

It is so rewarding for me to hear how helpful my hub has been for you. Revising our hubs gives a freshness to what we've written. And changes occur from time to time which need updating. Thank you and I'm on my way to treat myself to one of your hubs. Enjoy your day! Audrey


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

It's time for me to update my hubs and blogs...thank you for inspiring me to do so! :)


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

This hub is as relevant today as it was two years ago. Guess I'll be updating some hubs!

One question though, if you change the title it doesn't effect the URL so does Google really see the change?

Loved this and voted up, useful, and interesting.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello Sushine625

Seems like I am constantly updating my hubs. Info changes and the like. Glad to see you Linda.

tillsontitan

As I understand it Google does see the change and this improves traffic. Give it a try to see what happens. Thanks for the votes Mary.


suzettenaes 2 years ago

Audrey, this is a timeless piece of writing. Great tips and advice for updating hubs. I find doing this really makes a difference and creates more traffic and higher hub scores. Very comprehensive article. I enjoyed reading this.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Good morning Suzette. Nothing better than starting my day with a comment by you! And I need to hear this. Thanks my friend and enjoy your day.


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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Audrey - You have such knowledge about updating hubs that it is almost unbelievable. Even talking about passion in updating is so important. You thought of everything and put your passion into the language of the hub. When I finished reading, I thought "hey I can do this", so you even give confidence to readers. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Blessings, Audrey


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Brakel2

Oh, Audrey, you have made my day! Your kind comments register high with me. This was a joy for me to write. I've learned and grown since my early days here on HP. I really do love to update my hubs and add new ideas, photos and such. I know you will be great at updating your hubs. Hey - we all need a lift now and then right? Thank you for adding blessings and I wish the same for you dear lady. Audrey


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dahoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Useful and well written hub. I have been redoing some of my hubs but I really have to do more and better. Your tips will help.sharing


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

dahoglund

One of the advantages I enjoy when I revise and update my hubs is how much I have progressed and learned here on HP. Some of my early hubs are not all that good. :) Thanks my friend.


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misterhollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

Very informative hub! I forget to do many of these! Good reminder :)


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

misterhollywood

Hi there. It's good to see you. I'm glad to know that you found my hub informative. That means I've done my job. :) Thanks so much. - Audrey


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

i had been updating my old hubs lately, all the unfeatured hubs are featured, all the broken links removed and now, I need to write new hubs, dang!


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

peachpurple - Well, just look at you! Updating all your older hubs and turning them into featured hubs. Great job!

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