What is a hub called that introduces a series of hubs and that links to the individual articles of the series? (In squidoo we called that a lensography).
There used to be reference to capstone hubs which introduced a series of 15 hubs, but the program no longer runs. I'm not sure if they're still referred to as a 'capstone' or if there is a specific name given to them.
I was thinking along the lines of an ahwot (a hub with out traffic) hub. I'm not sure if these are as useful here as they were on Squidoo, I've been slowly removing mine.
It's called a Capstone Hub.
Originally it was a paid program - you got a one-off payment for writing a series with a Capstone. That program no longer exists but most of us still use the terminology for convenience.
However, 90% of your readers are not members of HubPages so they don't know what a Capstone is, so there's no sense in using that terminology in your Hub title! Use a title that will make sense to your external readers.
I can tell you from experience that each of the hubs in your series needs to stand on its own merit (be on a topic that is highly searched.) Do not title them part 1, part 2, etc... Your introduction hub should be able to stand on its own as well. Plus, if you want them to succeed then they all need to modeled after the stellar hub template.
On my LiveWithRichard account I had a 7 part series on how to write bylaws for a nonprofit organization. The first hub had a table of contents and a brief explanation of what makes up a set of bylaws. (By brief, I mean it was just over 1000 words.) Each paragraph introduced a different part of the bylaws which linked to the next hub in the series both in the paragraph and the table of contents. Each hub in the series also had the table of contents links and each were over 1000 words. In total, that series received nearly 250 thousand views in 2 years but because they didn't have polls, quizzes, videos, or other "engaging" elements 2 of the hubs were eventually unfeatured by HP and it affected the entire series. It was a shock for a while but I took them down and reformatted the entire series as a Kindle eBook which has earned me a steady $50+ per month for the last year.
My point, if you really have that much to say about a certain topic and that topic is searched for, then make it into a Kindle eBook instead of a series of hubs where you may earn a few pennies a month.
If you do a series of hubs and interlink them all and one or two do real poorly then it can bring down your entire account.
Just food for thought.
What was referred to as a "lensography" on squidoo was nothing like capstone.
A "lensography" was just a lens (page) with a lot of links to other lenses (pages), not connected apart from having the same author, and a few words about each link.
People used it as a sort of biography about themselves along the lines of 'This is me and I do this, ..' etc
But sometimes people would make lensographies that only linked to a selected set of their writings and were focused on one particular topic (my edible weeds lensography only linked to the lenses about the individual weeds, and I had another lensography for my fiction writings and another one for homeschooling stuff).
I don't know anything about "capstone", but would there be a similarity between that and a topical lensography?
That's what I do as well, Joanhall. But OK, I understand that there's no special word for it. No problem.
Thank you all for the answers! Much appreciated.
Yes. The Capstone is a bit different, in that you can't copy any of the Hub text into the Capstone Hub, you need to write a unique description for each.
That's a Collection (or Category) Still a list of other pages though.
The 'lensography' type of hub will only work on hubpages if you make it a hub that can stand on it's own two feet. That is: it has it's own targeted title (you know, keyword research and all that), it's own topic and more text than just the text copied from the hubs it links to.
On the whole I've been unpublishing lensographies. I recommend interlinking your hubs (by topic) instead.
I tend to make sites in clusters and I've got hubs that provide one bookmark for people who follow me on specific topics (usually if I've got 10 or more sites on one topic area) - but more importantly provide me with one bookmark for a topic area!
I hated the word lensography and always avoided it if I could.
One of the words I use for this sort of site is "Compendium" - because that's what they are - a topical "enquire within".
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