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Not been Hubbing for a while ... little bit of help needed!

  1. jenblacksheep profile image84
    jenblacksheepposted 11 months ago


    I've got a fair inventory of hubs (most do not have a lot of traffic) but it's been a good few years since I published anything. I'm trying to get back into it now but it feels like so much has changed with Hubpages and Google that I don't know if my hub is going to get the traffic I want.

    This is the link: Countries of the World: Indonesia - 5 Interesting Facts

    My plan is to do one hub for each country and cross link where appropriate. It's a project that will keep me going for a long time and guarantee a lot of hubs and content.

    What I really want to know is if/how I need to change it to get more traffic through Google (or whoever your preferred search engine is), I was conscious of not repeating key words too much, but I fear I may have gone in the other direction.

    Any feedback would be hugely appreciated!


    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image95
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 11 months ago in reply to this

      Hi Jen

      and welcome back. Yes a lot has changed, especially this past year.  Here are some of my thoughts about your hub and your plans:

      First, you are writing about information that people can find elsewhere on the net, which means you probably won't get many views for this type of hub.

      You are lacking an introduction.  If you don't tell people what you are going to write about, they may stop reading.

      I like your idea about using 5 facts, but you should should use those that are more narrow in scope.  You can't discuss the entire history of a county in a few paragraphs!

      Then I would divide each into it's own section using separate capsules.

      I would place the coffee ad above or below the section on coffee, and  the one for the book, near the section about history.

      I would make all visuals wide rather than placed to the right because HP has now maximized for mobile, and your photos (and/or ads) might not appear as you would want them to.

      I would also add many beautiful and properly attributed photos that help readers visualize what you are talking about.

      Successful articles are no longer just about keywords.  You should always do a Google search to see how many others have written on the same topic. 

      If the first five are big, well known sites, your hubs are not likely to be found.

      Writing many hubs is not the key to succeeding here.  Writing original content with great photos about topics people wish to read about works much better.

      I know this is a lot to digest all at once, but it gives you an overview that can help you. 

      I'm sure others will offer guidance as well, but these suggestions are a start.

      Good luck.

  2. jenblacksheep profile image84
    jenblacksheepposted 11 months ago


    Thanks for your feedback.

    My logic behind this was that I wrote a series of hubs about Impressionist Painters a while back, 5 interesting facts about 5 different Painters, and they are the hubs that I've had the most traffic through. I found information on the net in various places and collated it together. It seemed to work really well.

    I know that having a lot of hubs is not in itself the answer, it was more a case that there would be lots for me to write about and each one should have interesting content (at least I find it interesting), and while some might not rank well on Google, others would which I thought might drive some traffic through.

    I guess time will tell. Thanks for the feedback anyway, I will make some of the changes you suggested.

  3. Marisa Wright profile image93
    Marisa Wrightposted 11 months ago

    Hi and welcome back!   

    Things have changed a fair bit in your absence.   It would be worth checking my Hub on "The Basic HubPages Rules", which summarises where the rules are now - you'll find it on the spotlight (slider) on my profile. 

    Looking at your Hub, I can see a couple of potential problems.

    One is your Amazon capsules.  Both books are relevant, but why did you pick them?  At one time if you wanted to offer, say, guidebooks on Indonesia, you would choose a few for the reader to pick from - now you need to add value by doing the research and picking ONE you would recommend (and say why you recommend it in the "description" section of the capsule). 

    The second thing, as TT2 says, is your subject. You are right, Hubs like your Impressionist one can be successful, but in this case you've picked such a big subject - a whole country - so you end up listing very basic facts that are only of interest to a child learning basic geography in school (and he's likely to get the same info, plus more, on Wikipedia).

    If you could write a Hub on your personal experiences of Indonesia, with some really quirky facts that are not generally known, then you might have more success - but TBH, travel is a very competitive niche at the best of times.

    By the way - our profiles have changed and all the hyperlinking ability has been removed, so you need to edit your profile!