Create a "hub." Note the quotes.
I have written a lot of articles on the subject of marriage. I have them grouped, but I am considering creating a hub that highlights all of them. Each individual hubs link to the others, but as this is my most commonly written-on topic (and the one that is bringing in the most search engine traffic) I thought maybe if I had one central link on my profile it would help to drive some traffic up, as well as to help with trackers.
Is this allowed at HP? If so, is it a good practice? Has anyone done this? If so, did it increase your traffic?
I have been working on hub cultivation over the past two days and traffic is on the rise, which is terrific! Thank you Chuck and Shailini!
This is a very common practise on Squidoo and serves well to increase traffic to individual Squidoo lenses on a particular subject.
The danger, however, is that your Hub will become simply like a lengthy "shopping list" of links and extremely unattractive therefore to visitors. Make sure if you are going down this road that you have plenty of good, original content included within the Hub as well, both to please your visitors and Google.
That's what I was thinking exactly, Curious Traveller. The hub has to be attractive in order to attract visitors.
Thankfully I write on a variety of subjects so I don't think I'll ever have a list of more than, say, twenty hubs in one place, though we'll have to see how that works.
Let me know how it goes, it is an interesting concept. Especially if one has a lot of hubs dealing with the same subject or topic area.
I will, Research Analyst. I really think that if you have so many hubs on one subject it is a good idea. I can't possibly highlight everything on my profile because then, as Curious Traveller said, it will turn out looking like a shopping list!
I have a few like this, but it can be hard to keep them up, depending on whether or not it's a topic you post on frequently. And, like Curious Traveller said, it can get to be a long list of links with short summaries. The ones that I have don't get the best traffic, when compared to my other hubs.
With similar hubs you may just want to include a link capsule that includes links to your other related hubs. I'd just be careful if you have say 20 hubs on weddings- you probably don't want all 20 links listed in every wedding hub- so I'd say pick your favorite or best and just randomly distribute them across all the hubs, varying them so that if a reader clicks link for hub A from Hub D, they may find the link for hub E from hub A, and then the link for hub B from hub E. If that makes any sense.
What I have done is linked related hubs. I've been here three weeks so I don't have enough hubs to have a list of more than ten (I think?). My biggest topic is marriage, and I've linked broadly, for the moment.
My concern is a logistical one: at some point I'm going to need to go back and edit those hubs. At some point I'm going to have a list of hubs related to a specific aspect of marriage, and those will be linked together instead of having everything so broadly linked. So at some point I'm not going to be able to publish a hub every day because I'm going to be working on cultivation.
I'm okay with that
The final suggestion that you made is accomplished by grouping hubs, which I have also started doing. I need to work with it a little bit though and figure out how I want to change the distribution of my first few hubs when I was just getting the need to write out of my system!
By the way, I love your hubs and the way that they are written!
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