How to improve low performing articles

Writing is a key, but there's more to it when it comes to the web

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Use of images from Flickr Creative Commons or Wikipedia Commons, can help you to gain great leverage with usage of imagery, some may be adapted upon, and you will need to research a bit on their network to determine suchYou can create a storyline in your images to help keep viewers occupiedYou need to locate evergreen images as well to keep them search engines happy so update them if neededGet creative with your image pics, make sure they can convey a deeper message and meaning that relates to your text capsules, and word usageImages are powerful on the web, never underestimate the power a image can haveWikipedia helps with intense research articles, so can use imagery from it, just make sure to credit each image with attribution using a link to the images location, and the words "Wikipedia Commons" as the source
Use of images from Flickr Creative Commons or Wikipedia Commons, can help you to gain great leverage with usage of imagery, some may be adapted upon, and you will need to research a bit on their network to determine such
Use of images from Flickr Creative Commons or Wikipedia Commons, can help you to gain great leverage with usage of imagery, some may be adapted upon, and you will need to research a bit on their network to determine such | Source
You can create a storyline in your images to help keep viewers occupied
You can create a storyline in your images to help keep viewers occupied | Source
You need to locate evergreen images as well to keep them search engines happy so update them if needed
You need to locate evergreen images as well to keep them search engines happy so update them if needed | Source
Get creative with your image pics, make sure they can convey a deeper message and meaning that relates to your text capsules, and word usage
Get creative with your image pics, make sure they can convey a deeper message and meaning that relates to your text capsules, and word usage | Source
Images are powerful on the web, never underestimate the power a image can have
Images are powerful on the web, never underestimate the power a image can have | Source
Wikipedia helps with intense research articles, so can use imagery from it, just make sure to credit each image with attribution using a link to the images location, and the words "Wikipedia Commons" as the source
Wikipedia helps with intense research articles, so can use imagery from it, just make sure to credit each image with attribution using a link to the images location, and the words "Wikipedia Commons" as the source | Source

Removing hubs isn't wise if you haven't invested time on making them work for you

"I only got rid of one hub that was in question of violating the standards here on hubpages, as a sub standard hub." Quote by: Mike Pugh aka CloudExplorer on hubpages.

How this occurrence had actually happened on hubpages, was one day about 4 or 5 months back in late January of 2012, I had attempted to answer a question in the form of a hub, and I use to do so quite frequently actually.

So, this particular hub had a bit to much imagination written all over it, I guess or it may have been poorly written I really wasn't sure as it keep getting rejected by the system. Maybe it was flagged by a few people or so, who knows.


Best advise - Make sure it is truly neccesary

This hub is an actual answer to the Q & A question titled, "At what point is it wise to remove articles from hub pages?", asked by TIMETRAVELLER2

Here's my advice to those thinking of deleting any hubs that were worthy of publishing, and succeeded in passing the hubpages thorough inspections, and detection systems in place here.

I think that if you remove a low performing hub far to soon, you may be doing yourself a great injustice. Just because of the low numbers that hub has appeared to collect and amount, doesn't mean that it will not have potential to do better in the future.

If you work on improving the overall quality of a low performing hub, and your presentation of its contents, it shall surely make a huge difference indeed in terms of regaining traction and higher views. So, I highly recommend for hubber's not to remove a single hub from your their hubpages account, unless it has failed to pass acceptance of the terms of use, was flagged for moderation, and is having issues getting approved, or simply violates the hubpages system policies in general.


Note: (Make sure prior to deleting any hub to save your written works on a word processor like Microsoft word, or else you will definitely lose your writing time you've invested into it all.)


It all can get blurry at times if you over do it so take breaks often

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Keep this in mind prior to publishing a single hub

You truly need to give your hub a great deal of edits, and your titles need to be adjusted for sure if you're to attract more viewers from the search engines, where most of the web traffic to hubpages is coming from.

  • Just don't count out a single hubs performance when it comes to judging their traffic views, even if its been 3 months or 6 months after initial publishing.
  • Make sure to return to check and see if you missed comments or any mistakes that may have potentially halted its hubpages and web traffic as well, mainly because search engines are designed to detect any and all things that go on in any webpage and especially those that are performing with lower views.
  • These are just some of the limiting factors, besides the hubpages communities ability to flag hubs, or using that thumbs down symbol, which if your hub is truly poor quality people may do so, and just as if they would praise a high quality one.

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Learn to position capsules and relevant imagery to increase a hubs overall effectiveness and web page ranking (SEO)

The purpose of this image is to display such an effect, and if you maximize it you will see that the coloring of the image, and the editing can attract users ever so slightly, so editing imagery by repositioning things helps to
The purpose of this image is to display such an effect, and if you maximize it you will see that the coloring of the image, and the editing can attract users ever so slightly, so editing imagery by repositioning things helps to

Editing/Updating your hubs

If you haven't worked on updating your hubs and positioning things much, and or adding additional capsules, images, relevant video content, and many other awesome features to your hub. Well than you are losing a great deal of potential by simply removing or deleting a hub entirely, because it takes a great deal of time to write a great hub.


Hubpages is definitely a great place to write articles at, but many people haven't the slightest clue as to how to attract more viewers on the web, and since this is the web, a great deal of knowledge into its inner workings will help the average user, and content writer to adapt a bit to it all.

The overall knowledge of how the web functions behind the screen is known as SEO (Search Engine Optimization), and if you don't spend time to research on how it works, then deleting hubs is truly a waste of potential for sure.

Note: (SEO is defined by wikipedia as the process of improving the visibility of a web page and is how a content writer or web developer can optimize their web location for maximum viewing potential, and it deals with learning how to implement the use of keywords, visual content, tags or meta tags, and more). Research it to learn more!



Importance & Usage of The Hubages Summary Section

Make sure to also add a summary to your hub, it will help to get it noticed by the search engines as well, if you provide a great detail as to what the overall theme of your hub is, it also shows up in the RSS feed of your hubs, the links area of your hubs, and the groups area once you decide to group them.

A single hub that generates enough traffic will also be showcased on hubpages in many differing locations, and so this hub summary must be well written with zero typos or grammatical errors.

Located on your hub editor towards the right of the screen

There are many ways to make it happen here on hubpages

For your low performing hubs you may want to give them a boost in the overall look and appeal of them, besides just trying to edit its written contents.

  • You also will need to dig deep for much more effective and attractive content to add to them.
  • Think about what your audience is looking to read or searching for on the web.
  • Write things that can help people a great deal (How to Hubs).
  • Learn to locate catchy subject matter using Google Search.
  • Read up on hub tutorials from the hubpages learning center.
  • Join Facebook networking groups with fellow hubbers, ask for an invite.
  • Share with people here in every way shape and form, by become more active in the HP community, forums, Q&A, hub hopping etc....
  • Join forum discussions here, which can help people discover you.
  • Answer questions on HP and ask them, but be accurate in doing so.
  • Review your hubs as soon as they are published, never think its perfect.
  • Last but not least read peoples hubs entirely, and leave insightful comments, because it helps you to grow a true following, and leaving empty comments doesn't do the trick at all.
  • Being more real with what you choose to write or share here does indeed help a great deal, oh and don't forget to have fun while writing your awesome hubs.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

This is all very good advice! I have never deleted a hub. I continually go back and tweak them. I have written a hub on this topic, too. Sometimes, even after 6 months or more, the hub starts receiving more traffic and a better score! You just never know! Nice hub!


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Learn Things Web 4 years ago from California

This is very timely advice for me. I've just started the process of trying to revive hubs that no longer get traffic. Most of them did get traffic for a while, so I'm hoping it isn't a lost cause.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great advise. I think I deleted one hub as I looked at it about a year after I'd written it and went "Get rid of it!". Now I tweak and revise all the time. Every time I learn something new I pick a hub that is not doing very good and work on it.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Hello @Victoria Lynn, yes indeed you just don't know what a single hub might do is right, timing is key for the most part on the web, because everything is so trendy on it all.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Hi @Learn Things Web, its nice to meet you on hubpages, I'll be checking out your hubs soon as well, and thanks for reading and sharing my hub here.

Oh yes indeed hub traffic can improve when you least expect it to, and as long as you work on them every now and then.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@Just ask Susan, you and me both know this oh so well that revising hubs definitely does the trick, and I do it almost every time some one pays them a visit as well, besides checking for stats performance.

Thanks for the cool comment everyone and for the insightful comments as well, and to you Susan for being so kind to pay it forward for me here.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Now those are suggestions that I can easily understand. I'm actually amazed by the number of hubs I see that don't have a summary. I think that is a drastic mistake for a number of reasons.

Good ideas here Mike; I'm not as efficient as I should be in going back to old hubs and improving them. Part of that is a time problem but mostly I'm always moving forward on new projects and rarely look back at projects that could use a tweaking.

Thanks for the reminder my friend! It's always a pleasure learning from you.

bill


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Yes indeed, I tend to float around differing help topics from time to time, but I love answering qeustion s for folks in the Q&A area as well. This is when I tend to back off from the more technical arena, and begin to focus primarily on the answer to the specific question asked.

I will try to provide a link to credit the person who has asked such a question that motivated thus hub to be written as soon as I'm done playing catch up a bit.

Thanks Bill for commenting and for sharing as you always do, I seen your latest hub but been really busy writing up a storm, and I know it is going to be a awesome one for sure. See you there soon.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

OK, dumb question: Bill just mention reading a Hub with no summary.....where do you see the summary???

This is a good informative Hub. I'll vote it UP and share.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

The actual hub summary is located on you hub's editor section, and it allows your to create a much more detailed segment of information that the search engines will utilize besides the titling of the hub, and or the use of tags.

Simply look towards the right of your hub editor to locate the hub summary section it is a clickable option once you get there and I'll provide a image for you in a few minutes, thanks for giving this hub a good read, and I see you soon as well Mary.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Sorry about the typo up above Mary615, its done I just updated the area for you to locate the hubpahes summary section, its actually right below the Capsule area there on your hub editor, and is a blue link.

When I first noticed that by learning it from JS Mathew's hub I began to realize that there was a great deal about hubpages I needed to learn about, and then I started reading many of the hubpages learning center hubs from that point onwards.

That's when I first began to see the light beyond the tunnel here for sure on hubpages. If you need any more help my other hub resources here can help as well, Enjoy and thanks again for visiting.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I have only removed one hub so far because it was a restaurant that I had written about and it has been taken over by the hotel in which it was located and will be changing the entire theme. As to which hubs are actually making more money for me or performing better for me...I have yet to figure out how to use Google Analytics to full effect. Do we have to insert each and every hub title individually so that it can track them? Thanks in advance for any help in this area. Voted up and useful.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Hi again, Cloud Exployer. Many thanks for taking the time to answer my question; however, I know how to write the summary, and I always do that. That was so nice of you to go back and include that info. Bill indicated that he was able to actually see a Hub's summary. I can read it on the feed, but not on the actual Hub.

I hesitate to bother you again about this, but I'm still curious.

You're the greatest!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Oh ok, I understand what you meant now Mary, yeah it shows up on the links area, after you choose to add a link capsule to your hub.

The info from your summary will automatically fill up the area underneath the link reference portion of your hubs links capsule, if you select to use the 'search option' on that actual link capsule itself.

I hope this helps you to see what he may have been talking about, maybe he was thinking of an actual write up summary on the hub itself, I'm not sure what he was referring too there in his comment.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Hi there Peggy, I don't think you need to track every single hub, to see what pages perform individually on Google Analytics, but I will get back to you on this question for sure.

I do remember doing something cool there a while back with one of my website locations to track actual pages other than the homepage, and I never added more then just the homepage there itself.


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Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

I'm really glad I read this because I was just thinking of deleting a hub! I've unpublished it instead and will rework it when I've got the time, thanks for the useful information! Voted up and stuff, Jen


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

CE, this is a very good, solid hub. I like what you said about writing a summary so that it shows up in the RSS feed. That is very interesting. I also liked what you said about digging a bit deeper to see if you can improve your content for what people are searching for. Thanks for sharing!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thank you @Jennifer Stone, for reading and sharing with me here. Writing for hubpages is definitely time consuming indeed, and the more we focus on our low performing hubs the better we will continue to get as writers for sure on the web as a whole.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks @Prairieprincesss, it is tough to locate the best sought after keywords, and subject matter for sure. I been experimenting myself with it all, but purposely not using the Google Keyword tool, and just trying to see what I can come up with without it, "For now I'm just winging it sort of speak".

For my second year on hubpages I will go hard when it comes to SEO, keywords and all. I will also make sure to define my content in every way I can as a more refined accurate hub development created with more details & high quality display.

So far I just been aiming to break that 200 hubs goal for this year pretty much while trying to maintain above standard content, but nothing really mind blowing yet.

Hopefully this will do the trick for me as well, and I hope many other folks can learn something from all this here as well.


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Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

This is a lot of good information in one place. I haven't deleted any articles from hubpages. My poor performers are usually my poems which I write for pleasure (almost all of them are at the bottom of the list except for my haiku poems).

Still your idea of adding to a poor performer or tweaking the article or making some other change instead of deleting it has a lot of merit. I will have to keep your ideas in mind even for new articles.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Hey there @Angelo52, its nice to see you made it here to my corner of hubpages and its also nice to meet you for the first time.

Yeah I only had one, but I had to delete it because no matter what I tried to do in terms of editing it, it still would not get approved after being flagged for substandard content.

It came and went, and i didn't even try to save that crap I wrote, LOL.

I simply got rid of it with no worry, but that's the only time I will do so, because I'm remaining a hubpages member for good & plus I love it here, the hubpages community is the best.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Great and useful advice that I am going to take you up on.

Thanks so much for sharing this helpful write.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Good information here Mike, for both newbies and writers who have been here longer. It's good to revise rather than delete the work that you've invested time in. I vote up and will share too!


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Inspired 4 U 4 years ago from Queens, NY

Thanks for the great info! I 've just recently begun revising hubs/titles, using ideas you've stated here, but had no idea about that summary capsule. I never understood why all my hubs have that A icon next to them when I knew that I had written summaries for the appropriate ones. Now, as time permits, I will go back and cut & paste the summaries into the summary capsule and see what happens. Voted up and useful! God bless you. :-)


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Inspired 4 U 4 years ago from Queens, NY

Well now, I have just copy and pasted written summaries from two hubs into the Summary field option and the little A icons have disappeared from next to my titles on my statistics page. Wow! Thanks again CE for helping me to get immediate results from following your great advice. Yaaay God! Another praise report to share for next week's Praise Report Friday on the prayer line. :-)


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ashish04joshi 4 years ago from India

What a timely hub...even though it's been only a month to me, I was thinking about deleting two of my hubs that are getting only a few peeps a day! But I can't really make out still what to do with them, but I guess I can let them be for some more time...

Thanks for sharing this, Mike...

'up' 'awesome' 'useful' and shared of course.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thank you @ShiningIrish for the comment and for sharing.

I'm so trilled to experience this moment in my hubpages writing career, and without everyone's help it would have occurred.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thank @ChristyWrites, yes indeed edit, edit, edit, and revisions are the key to making these hubs set sail, and take inevitable lift off.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Why thank you @Inspired 4 U, for the awesome visit, and for the cool comments, I'm so glad that this hub has helped you a bit in figuring things out here.

Yup, I was blown away when I first discovered such a thing from reading one of JS Mathews hubs when I first joined hubpages as well.

So I know the feeling when something that's not so clear to discover gets uncovered for the first time. Boy doesn't it feel good.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

I'm happy this hub fits right into you actual experience right now @ashish04joshi, yup it is a cool thing to meet folks, and to share with one another in this way.

I learned that if you share this sort of knowledge with people here on hubpages it tends to pay off in a huge way when it comes to helping strengthen the hubpages community here.

So think about that as you go along your travels here and experiences you have dealing with others. It may help you as well in the long run bro, Good Luck and like I stated before I wish you much success as well in your bright new hubpages career here.

Thanks for the cool comment, for voting my hub up and for sharing with me. See you soon.


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Inspired 4 U 4 years ago from Queens, NY

Yes, it certainly does feel good. I've been busy going down the list of my hubs adding the summary piece and my reads are going up as well. I am also grateful for the hub resources you listed. I had set an intention to go through the learning center, but got sidetracked. You have provided a vital reminder of the necessity to learn all the tips & tools in order to maximize our hub experience. I have also shared this awesome hub with my hubpage followers. Thanks again and stay blessed.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Your welcome @Inspired 4 U, and its so nice of you to share my hub with others, thanks again. I will make my rounds to visit your hubs as well, see you soon.


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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

This was timely for me CE, I was thinking of deleting a few of my hubs. I'll have to revisit them now and reconsider. Thanks for the tips!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Your welcome @mollymeadows, and thanks for the visit and the kind words you left me. Its nice to meet you on hubpages, I'll try to repay the favor soon.


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Anil and Honey 4 years ago from Kerala

Useful and simple, thanks for sharing.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks for the cool comment and visit @Anil and Honey.


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ashish04joshi 4 years ago from India

Mike, You are indeed doing a great job here...I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

And of course it is really worthwhile sharing such hubs that might help the newbies and not-so experienced hubbers like me here.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Whats up Ash, you know it bro, I do my best to help out where ever and whenever I can, its all I can do for now for all those who've been spreading so much of the hublove for me.

I'm so glad you have chosen to join hubpages and we met here recently. Let me know if you would like to join some cool facebook groups many of us hubbers have joined and teamed up for sharing, I'll be glad to invite you to any of them if you have yet to join any. Inbox me if necessary from the profile message area.


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ashish04joshi 4 years ago from India

Of course...I'd like to join. I haven't joined any yet. Do let me know. I haven't shared any of my work on FB till now. Don't know why I'm a bit reluctant.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Cool bro look me up on facebook, as the 'CloudExplorer on hubpages', and I'll connect you. Cool beans Ash, see you soon there.


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How-to-crafts 4 years ago from Ireland

Some good advice here for those feeling a little despondent about lack of traffic to a hub. It is surprising how we think something we have written is fine until we go back a few weeks later to edit it.

I would be reluctant to delete a hub after all the work involved too.

Your advice is excellent and well timed for the way Google has been effecting traffic with their recent updates.

Shared on Twitter and voted up and useful.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks @How-to-crafts, for the cool review here and for sharing my hub.

Yeah Google is not playing around with anyone on the web no more. I consider them the web police today pretty much, LOL.

Lets hope many folks get this understanding before they run off and waste precious potential, you know its not easy to see what needs fixing, especially after we've put so much work into it, assuming we got it done right the first time.

So, yes indeed it is something hopefully more folks can realize today.


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JDIZM 4 years ago

Nice tips for improving articles man, you have some well written hubs.


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Highvoltagewriter 4 years ago from Savannah GA.

Very detailed hub with great information over all! Nice!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thank you @JDIZM, I appreciate your compliment and the very kind comment.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@Highvoltagewriter, thank you for visiting and sharing my hub here with me.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Hi, thanks for coming back and adding another comment to my original question. I think you are just great to take your time to help of of us.

Goodnight.


kelleyward 4 years ago

Lots and lots of useful and helpful advice shared here CloudExplorer! I always learn so much from reading your hubs. Voted up, awesome, and shared! Kelley


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Thanks to Kelley for sharing this comprehensive and helpful hub.

Mike, you have given me practical and doable suggestions that show our writing is forever evolving, capable of refinement/ improvement.

Voted UP & UABI. Hugs and thanks, Maria


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@mary615 no problem anytime for you, your such a nice person Mary. I try my best with it all, I thank you for giving my hubs a try as well, because its not easy to get hub love, and to give it. Cheers to awesome hubbing!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks @kelleyward, I did my best to convey the right messages to folks in area's I felt many people may lack in, due to the obviousness of hidden things that in fact work for us all here if done properly.

I just hope more people get to benefit from such information that really isn't easy to detect on their own, or locate on hubpages in the beginning for most, and even for some veteran hubbers as well.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@marcoujor, yes indeed our writing can always be improved a great deal, and lets hope more folks begin updating their hubs so that we all can succeed together, the more all of our pages appear good, the more traffic for us all over time for sure. Cheers to great writing on hubpages.


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Highvoltagewriter 3 years ago from Savannah GA.

Great Hub, keep up the good work!


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@Highvoltagewriter, Thanks for giving hub here a chance, I been on my summer vacation from writing and shall get back to it all soon, starting this fall and fully recharged for sure!

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