What value do hub pages questions add?

Hub pages questions; what are their value?
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What?

Hub Pages never do anything without a reason. Questions add value to hub Pages and the writers who are lovingly called hubbers who write on the platform. When I first joined you had to go to the forum area to ask a question. This did work however many people who joined around the same time I did, chose not visit the forums.

Value

When hub pages realized many of the writers would not visit the forums they needed a way to introduce writers to each other. Writers who comment and share hubs to social networks add value to the hubs in a search engines eyes. This made it necessary to find another way to bring writers together. Hub pages used questions and making the wall the first thing we see when we log in, as a way to bring as many together as possible.

Seems like less questions

It does seem like there are less questions lately. The questions which have being asked this month in most cases have garnered more interest at least for me. When I first signed in today to look for a blog to share, it seemed like I had to go a long way to find one.

My question

Most of what I saw on the wall were questions and writers replies to them. My question is; are the questions being asked now in reality better than having a lot asked? It seems to me like the questions lately have been simpler to respond to. There were many questions in the past that I lacked information to respond to.

They actually work in at least three positive ways. Below each question, somewhere, you will see "Write a hub about it." Some people actually find inspiration in questions. If you write a blog it is linked to the question making it possible for more writers to find it. They also put the writer’s nickname of those who reply and link to their profile on the wall.

Teaching tool

We also see them as a teaching tool. If you want an answer to create interest for other readers you have to make your first two sentences count. This is the same thing that should be done for the summary and the opening paragraph of a hub. I am not sure about hub pages, for websites the summaries are not searched. It is however what a person searching for your hub is going to see first. If you can’t create interest in these few sentences they are going to pass you by.

Where is hub pages summary writer located?

Let me add this, if you are new and don’t know where the summary is located. The word summary on the right as your creating your hub can be clicked. This is where the summary goes. Remember even though search engines don’t use summaries your keywords should be there. People searched you keywords to find you so to create interest use them.

How a question can help us practice
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Added benefit; everyone can use practice

Practice makes perfect. The more practice you get writing sentences which create interest, the more people will view your work. None of us can be perfect, however we can be constantly improving.


Most people write to share their wisdom with others. What value is your hub if only a few people can find it? If I have answered the question what is the value of Hub pages questions my job for today is done.

More Information

My work it seems wasn't done. For more on Hub Pages questions please feel free to follow the link below.

Have you answered Questions on Hub Pages

Did you see a higher number of page visits from other hubbers after you answered a question?

  • Yes
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  • Didn't pay attention
  • Have never answered a question
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© September 12, 2012 1:10 PM CDT Dennis Thorgesen aka “wheelinallover” on Hub Pages

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wheelinallover 22 months ago from Central United States Author

Au fait it is my belief that any way to bring traffic to a hub is a good thing. Social sharing is fantastic because people know what was written was worth reading by at least one person.

I don't know about today, in the past though questions have been found on page ones of Google and other search engines. The two most important questions are will readers come and will they stay to finish the article? It doesn't matter where the traffic comes from as long as they stay and read. What I personally like best is when someone like you leaves a relevant comment and there is social sharing.


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas

Summaries help Google to determine what your hub is about and categorize it. Often that summary will be listed under the title on Google. It's a short concise teaser when used correctly, and someone perusing your profile page and hubs may be enticed to open and read various hubs by what you have written in your summary.

I often wonder about some of the questions. Some are understandable as they ask for opinions, but when facts are requested I wonder if the person asking is just too lazy to do their own research and think the rest of us should do it for them? Or maybe they don't know how to do research? A lot of hubs on this site seem to be based entirely on opinion.

When the answer to a question is on Google because it's already a known fact, I ignore it. Sometimes I do answer the questions, but only if I think I have something useful to add.

I did write a hub based on one of the questions asked several months ago and it's been fairly popular, but again, it was a question based on opinion and in my case, using some statistics to back that opinion up.

I think you will get more readers from posting your articles/hubs on FB, Pinterest, and other venues than from answering questions. Mostly other hubbers read the questions and answers.


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wheelinallover 3 years ago from Central United States Author

When a person is new and even at times as a person progresses into writing on Hub pages questions are going to arise. Although you can earn in an MLM fashion most writers have very little to no contact with those who join through their link.

With the question section there is an easy way to find the answers. There are many experienced hubbers who are willing to share what they have learned.

Thanks for taking the time to visit our hub and leave a comment Careermommy.


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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

wheelinallover, this is a very interesting subject. I've often wondered about the value of the question and answer section. I've actually learned a lot fom some of the valuable questions that other hubbers have asked. I've also tried to answer, to the best of my knowledge, other questions hubbers have posed. Thanks for the insight.


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wheelinallover 3 years ago from Central United States Author

Questions answered are how people learn. In our business most questions are answered with questions asked by us. This makes the person think and come up with their own answer. What we find is most people actually know the answer, they just can't frame it. Sometimes our questions are "Does this make sense?" "Do you see the benefit of this?" Or "How do you grasp a prospective customers attention?"

Thanks AudreyHowitt for your input.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

You raise a good question, but one I don't know the answer to. I tend to stay out of the forums in general.


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wheelinallover 3 years ago from Central United States Author

How can anyone learn without asking questions? When I first started writing I learned by making every mistake in the book. The idea of going to a forum to ask questions intimidated me. I like it that I or any newbie has to go to a forum to get a question answered.

My first articles were published on Hub pages. I had an ezine article awaiting approval when my first two hubs were published. To date with the ezine article which was published I have 3 to go to be an expert in that field. It no longer matters because I am an expert in my current field. Thanks Vickiw for dropping by and your wonderful comment.


Vickiw 3 years ago

This is a really useful Hub, from a really experienced person. I have asked some questions, and am very interested to see the answers. I do think some if them invite others to write Hubs from the answers. It is always great to have advice from experienced Hubbers. I am just in my third month here.


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wheelinallover 4 years ago from Central United States Author

Interesting twist on my writers nickname. I share love daily, both online and off. The questions I ask on hub pages are only asking for information which increases the value of hub pages for everyone.

Thanks midget38 for your very different comment. It put a smile on my face.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

I ask, and usually it brings the Author score up as well. Thanks for sharing on the value of questions, wheel in a lover!! Am thinking of one today!


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wheelinallover 4 years ago from Central United States Author

I have no idea how many hubs were written in response to questions asked even before the way they are asked changed. This article will never be found on any search engine other than the internal hub pages one. So you could say I will never really earn from it.

Although I do earn on hub pages it is not my main concern. I will never be able to repay those who helped me improve my writing as well as writing style, so pay it forward.

Thank you for the comment and share ishwaryaa22 . I enjoy reading your work.


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

An informative hub! I used to ask decent questions quite often. I even answered one question in the form of a hub. After reading your helpful hub, I realized that HubPages questions have good benefits for many hubbers. I observed that some hubbers answered the sensible questions in the form of useful hubs, including you. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & socially shared


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wheelinallover 4 years ago from Central United States Author

When I ask a question, which isn't frequently, I ask because I want an answer. I word it in such a way that it grabs the attention of the person who will have the answer I need. When I first joined hub pages I was not good at it. Lately I am getting one answer which has always been the answer I asked for.

Hub pages is a world unto itself. There are many things we can't learn without reading a thousand hubs or asking a question, which can be answered by the person writing the hub. I have actually created hubs in answer to questions.

Thank you Brett and SG for dropping by and your wonderful comments and shares.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I have only asked a couple of questions and they were when I needed help here. I do try to answer some of the questions, but only when I really know what I am talking about. Very informative hub, voted up and more!


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

I never real thought of it as a tool to teach writing to grab attention, but what you say makes sense. It is a great feature for getting the answers you need, drawing in search engine traffic and also for getting yourself seen. On the last aspect, I recommend giving good answers as it is an advert for you as a hubber too!

Shared, up, useful and interesting.


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wheelinallover 4 years ago from Central United States Author

I only ask questions when there is something I want to know. If I receive an answer and the question is removed it doesn't matter. This is as long as the question is answered with something I can use. So far I have received the information I was looking for.

Thanks innerspin for your time and comment.


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innerspin 4 years ago from uk

I was interested to read your view because a question I asked about a problem editing a hub was taken down by hubpages. It had two replies which did answer my query, but was then removed. I enjoy reading the Q&A section and do post questions, it's nice to interact with others. Thanks for your hub.


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wheelinallover 4 years ago from Central United States Author

From the beginning we understood that questions were for learning. The questions we do answer add value to hub pages users overall. As far as asking questions no one here does unless we need to learn something.

For the most part reading the hubs of others has taught us more than we ever learned by asking a question. In the past we would talk to other hubbers before asking questions. This is harder now as we are no longer seeing an in house email system.

Thanks Nell Rose for taking the time to read and comment.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

I have asked a few questions, but to be honest I haven't done that many because unless I really don't know something I just don't want to write a silly question, saying that there are a few really good questions and answers out there, voted up!


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wheelinallover 4 years ago from Central United States Author

Sometimes a simple question is the one we need answered. It is my belief as much as possible they should be questions which actually relate to learning what people on hub pages need answers for. It is simple enough to earn without relying on questions. It is hard at times without relying on answers though. Thank you Becky for your comment.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I usually answer questions but I have found searching through the forums for an answer quite daunting. I am glad we have the answers section to go to. I am quite adept at searching for answers and can usually find out the answer to anything which I do not know. Some of these questions are quite simple and I find that a lot of them are too simple to be interesting.


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wheelinallover 4 years ago from Central United States Author

Just make sure your questions are information you need to make your hubbing experience a more educated one. Hub pages questions were originally designed to save time for the hub pages staff. The questions you ask should be those which require answers which would help all hubbers.

The idea is for hubbers with experience to help the newer hubbers. This saves time by hubbers not sending in help tickets. Thank you for your comment midget38 I hope it helps people understand what the question section is really for.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Thanks for the tips...will make sure that I ask more questions from now on!! Am thinking of one now!


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wheelinallover 4 years ago from Central United States Author

Anything we do which increases the value of our work is to our advantage. Hub pages gives us many ways to increase the value of our craft. Questions are just one of them. Thanks emmitthoeft for dropping by and leaving a comment.


emmitthoeft 4 years ago from Michigan

Great site full of good info. think i will be looking in on you again


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wheelinallover 4 years ago from Central United States Author

Questions are to your advantage. They create a link where others can find your work. They also provide ways to improve your skills. In some cases they give you a subject for a new hub. Thank you for your comment flashmakeit.


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flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

Thank you so much for this useful and informative article on the value of question. Vote up!

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