I’ve read that summary is something like meta description tag of my hub and beneficial to my rankings.
My question is:
How often do you use it?
I use it every single time. It is the description that is posted on Google to help people find your hub.
I use it in every hub. Your hub is scanned by Google...each word in your hub is considered a keyword to Google. The summary is also scanned by Google for keywords. So the combination of the two increase your visibility to Google and to the internet audience at large.
As mentioned, the majority of the time, the summary will be what is shown in the Google search description. I have seen some exceptions where it is not. When that happens, the first few lines of the hub are displayed.
A summary can be edited from time to time if need be, the same as you edit your hub from time to time. An example of what has helped one of my hubs that is a seasonal hub is when certain activity starts taking place, I update my hub with the new information and also revise my summary to reflect a line about the recent happenings that are now appearing in the hub retaining the majority of my original summary.
Once done, I trot over to Google Webmaster Tools, click on my domain, click "health" then click on "fetch with Google" and submit the hub URL...once fetched you then have the option to have it indexed. I pick that option. So now went Google honors this request, they will not only find the hub updated, but they will pick up the updated summary to display as well.
It's recommended you use it. HubPages will even display a little "A" symbol next to a hub on your account, saying that it is lacking a summary text if you don't have one all ready. It also helps to have an original one that is not copy and pasted from the hub itself.
I use it for my hubs , still working thru my hubs that dont have one yet using keywords people used to find me .
I use the summary capsule every time I write a hub and even went back to some very old hubs and filled in the capsule. I have also read that it is important for your hub to be picked up my Google.
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