I spent years looking for the perfect light outdoor fabric that was windproof and waterproof. I truly couldn't find one. Polyester, for instance, is only about 50% waterproof. So when I found Taslan I was really excited because it just looks like an ordinary fabric. I used to spend hours looking for a lightweight waterproof fabric.
So I can't understand why nobody searches for this hub? Am I the only one who actually wanted something like that? Surely other people need fabric for raincoats, sleeping bags, etc.
What am I missing over here?
http://tessschlesinger.hubpages.com/hub … lon-Taslan
Maybe you should change the name of the hub to something like: The Best Waterproof Fabric for Making Raincoats and Sleeping Bags.
Traffic for certain topics is not as active as on others. If you do a Google search on your main key words, you may find it is not a highly searched topic. (517k versus 54 million searches, for example) It's hard to predict what people might type into a search bar to find answers to their burning questions. When you do find a hot topic, traffic will skyrocket. I'm still looking for those viral keywords.
PS. Also, summer is a slow time for traffic. Keep the faith and write what you know.
Maybe not everyone knows the exact name of the fabric, try user friendly words to get more traffic
Taslan is a generic brand-name for a process for air-puffing nylon to give it a cotton-like look and feel. It's just the latest knock-off of the process, and it is cheaper than other waterproof fabrics, which is why it's not the most popular for sewing. Much like brand-name food or medicines, many people prefer to look for a quality material if they are going to make something, especially if they need something as durable as a waterproof coat or sleeping bag.
As someone who's spent time in a professional sewing shop, waterproofing is something most amateurs avoid like the plague, and many pros prefer to get their waterproofing done by specialists because to actually do it right is difficult,
By the way, I suggest you NOT call the Taslan "a water proof cotton fabric" like lbrummer suggested, as Taslan is made entirely from nylon and contains zero cotton fibers.
relache, I'm confused. Yes, I knew it was nylon, and I stated that several times in the article. However, when I was originally searching for a fabric, I specifically searched for nylon. That's because when I was studying textiles at university (for my fashion design and interior design degrees), nylon was the strongest of all the manmade fabrics and the only one that was effectively waterproofed. For instance, polyester never reaches the same level of water proofing. Nylon is also the strongest.
The reason nylon is not popular in the United States is apparently that it makes a whispering sound when it rubs against each other. However, Taslan does not do that.
I have never met anyone in my life that would think of waterproofing a fabric. If one wants to make something like a sleeping bag or a raincoat, one buys fabric that is water resistant or water proof. I have never seen a sewing pattern that advocates that one makes a raincoat or sleeping bag and then waterproofs it.
There are numerous products on the market made of this fabric.
http://noblecamper.com/products/boulder … amper-ad02
http://www.lazada.com.ph/lagalag-sleepi … 49868.html
I wouldn't say exactly that any of these finished products are cheap.
I am also confused by your statement "Taslan is a generic brand-name for a process for air-puffing nylon to give it a cotton-like look and feel."
If something has a brand-name, then it has another name as well. What is the real name?
In the textile world, one has weaves and textiles. So, for example, viscose/rayon would be a textile made from wood fiber, silk would be a textile made from silkworms, cotton would be textile made from cotton plants, wool would be a textile made from sheep skin, nylon would be a man-made polymer (plastic).
A weave would be the way the threads are woven, e.g. plain, twill, satin, etc.
So I'm confused as to what you mean that Taslan is a brand name. It looked like a plain weave to me and it was made of nylon. I am unaware of what it means to air-puff a textile or would be interested to know what the other name for this type of fabric is as I didn't know it as a brand-name.
Sewing fabric puts holes in it. Holes let in water. Any gear or clothing that is to be truly waterproofed must have all the seams sealed AFTER sewing, or moisture will just leak back in via the seams.
As someone who has worked in garment factories, and who lives and camps in the Pacific Northwest region of the USA, I can't imagine anyone but an inexperienced sewer making a raincoat or sleeping bag and not doing the waterproofing after they are done with the garment.
If you look up Taslan, which is what I did, it will explain branding and manufacture. There is no reason for me to take so much time to hold your hand on this.
The fabric is fine for sewing with a very thin needle which is what the instructions were. It was explained that if a very thin needle was used, it wouldn't let water in. I didn't do waterproofing. I wore it extensively in Scotland through rain and snow. Didn't let in a stitch of water. Thank you for your comments.
I agree with Solaras. When people are looking for a material that probably has the properties of Taslan they wouldn't search on the name itself. People want good things for little money.
Changing the title might be a very good idea. Evaluating the summary on keywords is also a good idea.
So if I change the title to 'Cheap Best Waterproof Fabric for Making Raincoats and Sleeping Bags' it would be more likely for someone to search for that?
I would probably go with ' best affordable waterproof...' rather than 'cheap best waterproof...'
Also, if this is for people interested in sewing or camping it might broaden your audience to add that to the title with a pipe
Sewing (or Camping) | Best waterproof material for raincoats and sleeping bags
you can mention it is the most affordable and durable in your hub summary. "Cheap" sounds like it will rip.
Add an Amazon capsule to buy the material, and even if you only get a few hits a day, you may get some $$ from the Amazon sales.
This could be the start of a group of how to hubs on making things with this material. I assume you made something with it since you looked so long for it. They can link back to this article on the material and that should give it a bit of a boast as well.
Consider using words that you would use in a search, in your Summary and in the first paragraph of your article.
taslan, best waterproof fabric, water proof, breathable, by the yard, affordable, cheap, for outdoor cushions, to make shower curtains, raincoats, sleeping bags, cotton
For instance a summary something like this:
Taslan, is a waterproof, breathable fabric that can be purchased by the yard and used to make outdoor cushions, raincoats, sleeping bags. I recommend this affordable type of water proof cotton fabric.
Good ideas! But you also want to entice them into clicking on the link. Don't make them search for taslan before clicking on your hub. Say something about how you tested this miracle fabric and it beat every other waterproof by a yard or mile.
Aha! Never thought of that. Excellent summary. Would that be the first capsule that introduces it?
So much better! Thanks. Obviously I was sitting on my brains for that one.
Interesting hub. I guess it hasn't been getting a lot of traffic is because most people just buy their items pre-made. Sewing is becoming a lost art. I sew though and have never heard of that type of fabric before.. and I am almost certain that the fabric store near me doesn't have any..at any given time they only carry one or two bolts of silk.
I agree with the other people that say change up your title a bit.
Sewing has seemed to have its ups and downs, however cos play has become a pretty big thing and the majority of cos players actually make thier own outfits, a different one for each event because they become a different character at each event - if you become familiar with cos players you may could write a hub for your material specific for them- that group does alot of internteting and reading
Personally I would use the name of the subject matter in the title example:
Nylon Taslan ~ Best Waterproof Fabric
Start out the story with the name again:
I highly recommend Nylon Taslan for Sewing (or Camping) Best Waterproof Fabric for Making Raincoats and Sleeping Bags.
Or something in that order...
As Cardisa says, "People Google questions, not answers." Create a title which matches the question people are Googling then provide the answer in the hub.
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