Hub Camp informs Writers
Hub Camp is Relevant to Hubbers
I attended Hub Camp in Boston last year. I had recently decided to become a more active member, and wanted any information that would contribute to my writing success. Even though it rained cats and dogs, I was determined to attend. How many times would I get to speak directly to one of the co-founders and a HubPages employee/hubber in New England? It was a chance of a lifetime for me.
When I arrived, the entire class was already there. Three attendees, Thranax, Robin, Simone were there, with a very nice large black bow in her hair, and a guest, the wife of J.S. Matthew, also an attendee. I thought, “Great. We can have individual attention.”
We introduced ourselves and a few of our hubs. When I mentioned my hub on “The best computer accessory I have ever purchased”, Robin Edmondson actually remembered reading it! I was astonished.
Robin and Simone Smith were very friendly and personable. It was a relaxed environment thanks to them and the conference room set up. They are also hubbers, so they could answer all of our questions. I didn’t want to miss anything, so I took copious notes.
We were given a glossary of terms of HubPages words, such as Long Tail Search Terms, the Referral Tracker, SERPs, and Contextually Matched Ads were explained to us. We also learned how to create titles that can spin off to more hubs, and how to develop niche titles and command a niche.
Robin and Simone spent a lot of time going over how to use Google AdSense and keyword research to our advantage. This was the meat and potatoes of the workshop. Thranax, J.S. Matthew and I had loads of questions as to how we could have better titles and use better keywords to make money from our articles.
I especially liked the Evergreen content section. How to write a hub that will outlive the test of time. The best ways to write an article that can still be relevant over years instead of a few months.
One of the best pieces of information was the importance of The HubPages Learning Center at http://learningcenter.hubpages.com/. Anything you want to know about how to maneuver HubPages is in this web site.
The three hours was up before we knew it. Those who had the forethought to bring a camera took pictures. We received very nice gifts from our attendance. A Cross pen, a HubPages T shirt, and a small black moleskin notebook for our HubPages notes.
I have never had the pleasure of meeting anyone from the other writing web sites to which I belong. Rarely does the staff of a writing web site visit its writers. This put HubPages way out front for me. I felt like I mattered to the organization and that my articles were appreciated.
I met 5 people who I can now identify by face as a person at Hub Camp. Robin and Simone were excellent instructors. They made asking questions very easy. The other attendees were friendly as well, and their comments were informative.
I took a lot of notes which I plan to implement. I am confident that my hubs will improve and that I can and will be a more active participant. It is because at Hub Camp I felt like a writer, and one who is respected by other writers. That will go a long way for me as I seek to make writing a full time job.
Note: Hubber J.S.Matthew is now a Hub Camp Counselor and plans to hold another seminar in the New England area. Hopefully he will be able to hold a meetup of hubbers over the summer.
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