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"Apprentice" 5 featured hubs... really??

  1. KitchenBuyersAid profile image86
    KitchenBuyersAidposted 3 years ago

    Hi...When I posted my first hub, I recall a notice regarding an minimum of 5 featured hubs before any UNfeatured hubs would be published..I've only done 3. But I would like to submit some short ones that won't be featured BUT tie into my first 3 very gracefully..KnowWhatIMean ???
    Also, if we have a Market Samurai whiz in our ranks, I'd love to hear from you.

    1. Barbara Kay profile image85
      Barbara Kayposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Your short ones would probably work better with Bubblews.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I've been hesitant about Market Samurai ever since the Great Panda Disaster of 2011. I knew several people who had worked diligently with the program and were doing very very well with it - then Panda hit, and of all the writers I knew, they were among the worst affected.

      The thing is Market Samurai taught a formula, which was hugely successful against Google - but at the same time, it was highly visible and so it would've been very easy for Google to look at what they were doing, and take steps to penalize that formula.

      I assume they've changed their program substantially since then (I'd certainly hope so) but I have to confess I haven't looked at it recently.

    3. Sue Adams profile image92
      Sue Adamsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Sorry Marisa, I have been using Market Samurai for years and never came across any formula. I don't see how Google can know that one is using a program to find good keywords, titles and check on competition while drafting a Hub offline.

      @ KitchenBuyersAid, I wrote the Hub  "How to Use Market Samurai for Title, Keywords And Competition". I find the program very useful. If you have any questions unanswered by the article please leave a comment which I shall try to answer to the best of my knowledge.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image94
        Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        When I tried it, they seemed to have quite a lot of "formulas" - things like repetition of keywords in headings, titles and sub-titles, for instance. Also, as you know, Google started to target people who were writing on subjects purely because they were high value keywords and not because they had any knowledge of them.  That's what Market Samurai taught people to do - you can look at some HubPages accounts and see that the Hubber decided what topics to write about purely by using MS or a similar program.

        You're more the kind of writer who has existing expertise and then uses MS to maximise SEO on articles you'd write anyway, but that's only part of what the program does (or at least, did).

  2. HollieT profile image89
    HollieTposted 3 years ago

    Write and publish another two hubs, even though they may unrelated, which you know stand a good chance of being featured. Write the shorter hubs which will not be featured after, and link them to your first three, featured hubs.

    That way, you're out of boot camp with your first five hubs. You wont be held back in the future.

  3. Cerebral Aspect profile image89
    Cerebral Aspectposted 3 years ago

    Couldn't have said it better myself!

  4. KitchenBuyersAid profile image86
    KitchenBuyersAidposted 3 years ago

    That question did not come across the way I meant...
    After my first 2 featured articles... that 'boot camp' notification went away
    so it's simply a functional question....not whining about it..
    Either way, I'm proceeding assuming the '5' rule still applies.