The Top Worst ways to promote your Hubs

I often come across Hubs dedicated to educating new members on the nuances of how to make a successful Hub. Most of these are very informative and likewise written by fellow hubbers who have a far better command with instructional dialog than I ever will. My hat goes off to these folks, because their work helps new hubbers understand what it takes to create truly inviting, entertaining and informative Hubs.

In addition to these helpful hints about Hub creating I feel new Hubbers can benefit from a good grasp on how to promote their Hubs. Sharing news of one's Hub is always a benefit, and the more folks you tell the higher chance you have of getting readers. For this purpose Facebook, blogs, Twitter and other social networks are handy tools to use. Promoting can bring in readers for sure, and in the best scenarios, readers who will enjoy your work so much they'll not only come back but direct their friends to visit as well. But even with these promotional tools some folks still manage to drive away more possible dedicated readers than to attract them. And I have a feeling these folks are left wondering WHY-WHAT DID I DO??

To answer this question I'm posting examples of some of the WORST promotional techniques out there. I've used a "Hubber" name on these examples, but don't bother looking this person up, because they are completely fictional. But do pay close attention to the examples- and even take notes if you like. Because if you've even thought of resorting to any of these promotional gimmicks to aid your Hubs' appeal, believe me - you're far more likely to sell hot soup in the middle of Death Valley than meet any success with these!

Advertise your Hubs with one of those Missing/Reward-type signs people stick on utility poles


Pay for advertisements at places there is little likelihood of web traffic


Say it with milk


Take L. Ron Hubbard's example and promote your writings as divinely inspired


Provide a far-fetched story about it to a reporter at your local newspaper


Promote it with vibrant ads in the phone book


Give it fake endorsements from famous people



Attempt to grab search engine influence by posting a Hubpages community Question nobody wants to touch with a ten foot pole



Attempt to grab search word attention with a community Forum thread that has nothing to do with the Hubpages community whatsoever


Lastly: attempt to get rallying hits from anger-laden net surfers who share your intolerant opinion by posting a Hub that insults anyone who has ever posted a differing viewpoint



Thanks for reading and I wish you all a very creative and successful day!


This Hub ©May 24, 2012 by Beth Perry

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Daughter Of Maat profile image

Daughter Of Maat 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

Ah ha ha ha ha ha.... Ah ha ha ha ha... OMG!! I needed that this morning!!! That was great. Hysterically funny, I'm still smiling! lmao Great stuff, voted up, funny (duh) awesome and interesting! Ah ha ha ha ha ha..... *knee slap.... lmao


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JohnGreasyGamer 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

Haha, a very interesting guide on not what to do. I think the missing posters/milkcarton, sex appeal or tombstone ones are not only ineffective, but highly offensive, and that anyone who does that should never be allowed to post again. Of course, you only did it for examples.

Voted up, useful, funny and interesting ^^


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Ingenious and hilarious Beth- Where will Totoblab strike-out again lol?!


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talfonso 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

Can't stop chortling at the bad ideas of promoting Hubs! I like the "missing" posters and phone book ads. If only the person known SEO, he'd be better off!


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA

This was funny. I wondered what you would come up with.


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

Daughter of Maat - it makes me happy to have helped your morning and thank you!


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

JohnGreasyGamer -thanks so much and I really appreciate you stopping by!


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

Alastar, I wouldn't be surprised to find Totoblab becoming a future and industrious contributor at the Huffington Post ;)


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

talfonso, thanks much for reading and commenting!


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

Barbara Kay, thank you for reading and commenting :)


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spartucusjones 4 years ago from Parts Unknown

Wow! That hub was total genius and freaking hilarious! I am still laughing. Who says that humor can't be an effective learning tool?


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

Oh thank you spartacusjones!


BethDW 4 years ago

Hilarious! Voted up and shared :)


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christin53 4 years ago from UK

Brilliant I'm still chuckling :)


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

BethDW - thank you much!

Christin53 - glad you enjoyed it :)


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Laughs, giggles, chuckles... am holding my stomach and laughing.. out loud.

Wonderful hub!

Points noted and mugged up

Lol... very funny


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

Beth - You are too much! This was clever, entertaining, and downright hilarious. You have to be Hubpages resident comedienne! ;)


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

You've struck a chord here!

Nice and darkly humorous - you may have given someone out there a few ideas.

In fact I'm certain I went to school with a Tony Blaggo and he was always talking about the day his Mom just disappeared into one of her hubs. Now it all makes sense....


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Is there a phone number for that 367 lb. love-chunk?

I'm just asking.


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RichardPac 4 years ago from Sunny Florida!

The tombstones are truly not the way to go. Very limited audience, and there is usually no Wi-Fi connection for the deceased :) Thanks for the chuckles!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Funny.

I have seen some promoting on Hubpages that I have wondered about and didn't think it was right.

Voted Up.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This is hilarious and so very creative.

Thank you for the giggles


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honeybee2u 4 years ago from PNG

lol. This is an excellent informative hub written in such as way the those pictures that grabs attention, awesome and funny. Voted Up.


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brianlokker 4 years ago from Washington DC metro area

This is great! The ideas themselves are inspired, but the photos really take the hub over the top.


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

rahul0324 -thank you much

Kittythedreamer -aw, you're sweet girl and my pleasure to give you a laugh :)

chef-de-jour, LOL! Thanks for dropping by!


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

Will, you sly dog you..better be careful with Totoblab - I hear she likes to take the saddle ;)


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

RichardPac, lol! Thanks for dropping in to read!


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

moonlake, thanks for dropping in to read!

Rosemay50, thank you very much :)

honeybee2u, thank you, much appreciated!

brianlokker, I appreciate that and thanks for dropping in!


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LisaKoski 4 years ago from WA

This is awesome and hilarious! I always love reading your hubs :)


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

Thanks Lisa :)


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mrqice 4 years ago

Funny. Haha. That's a way to brighten up your day.


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

mrqice, glad you enjoyed and thanks for dropping by :)


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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago

I love this Hub! Very funny and entertaining. :D


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

Glad you enjoyed it, Crafty, and thanks for dropping by!


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deecoleworld 2 years ago from USA

this hub is hilarious .... is totoblab a real hubber? kinda wanna check out his/her's hubpages lol :)


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

deecoleworld, no she doesn't exist (unless someone has started using it since I posted this Hub). I made the name up and ran the name through the Members section just to double-check. Thanks much for reading :)


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C.V.Rajan 24 months ago from Kerala, India

Funny!


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bethperry 24 months ago from Tennesee Author

Hi C.V. and thanks for dropping by :)

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