I think that hubpages needs to stop suggesting that people use social bookmarking sites to promote their hubs.
Many of the good ones just won't accept hubs any more, for example:
1. Digg. Will accept hubs, won't allow them to "go popular".
2. Mixx. No longer accepting hubs.
3. Propeller. Doesn't accept hubs.
NB - title should be "accepting"
What happens with a lot of these sites is that they experience such vast volumes of submissions from one source, their regular members often complain about that source.
I write chiefly for another site, which had an issue earlier this year when a writer to the site made known that he had earned over $1,000 in a single day by submitting an article of his to Reddit!
Guess what? An unknown number of people writing to the site started submitting all their articles to Reddit! Ergo - disaster! Reddit started talking about banning articles from the particular platform altogether.
The key to submitting Hubs, articles or whatever to these sites is to do so in moderation and ensure that you submit plenty of other material as well, not just that which you have written or have an interest in. Do this and you will fare much better.
That's what I do - never more than 1 hub per 20 other submissions, as a minimum.
But there are people here, including people who post regularly on the forum, who submit endless streams of distinctly average hubs and not much else.
Sadly, LondonGirl, that is therefore where the problem is arising. I'm not sure what the solution to that is.
I don't think you can blame hubpages. Every third new hubber here has a formula for "submitting your webpages to social networking site to generate a TRAFFIC JAM. "
Mostly garbage - and repeated garbage at that. Common sense will prevail in the end - or not..........
Those Share links on each page aren't actually for the Hub Authors to use on their own hubs. It's for the general public (outside visitors) to use if they deem the page worthy enough of 'digging' or whatever other term is used for bookmarking for a specific site.
This is all really helpful information -- I had no idea what any of these sites were or how they operated. So I initially thought that their purpose was to help keep stuff circulating. I've been wondering whether I should close some of these accounts.
I wouldn't necessarily close the accounts. I'd just alternate when it came to sending the occasional "own" Hub so that no, one, site would have much about which to complain.
I've always seen my "big downfall" as my not sending around my own stuff, but now I'm getting to big kind of glad I haven't been. I've only submitted a thing or here when I've thought it may be "worthy", but I keep the accounts open. This is based on pure "gut feelings"; but I can foresee those sites "phasing out" more and more, simply because they're so full of "mess" and don't offer anything that a good search doesn't offer.
When I first got here my understanding was that you weren't supposed to bookmark your own stuff. LG pointed out to me that I was correct, only AFTER I'd gotten stuck having read countless hubs saying that this is how you do "viral marketing." I have to confess that it is discouraging, particularly when it is a more experienced hubber than yourself who is saying to do this. If they are making money (or rather, claiming to be) then you want to follow in their footsteps.
Passing around this advice is hurting all of us. I tweet my own stuff now, but that is literally *it*.
Hanging's too good for 'em.
Linda Goffigan is one offender on Digg - 10 recent submissions, ALL HUBS. All in the last 48 hours. Jesus wept.
Honestly I see no problem with submitting hubs to digg because many do. I do not even go on digg that much, but when I do I see large amounts of spam from various sites. Hopefully digg does not ban Hubpages, but there is a possibility they may eventually because I do not see the trend of hub submissions falling to the wayside. Blogging about our own hubs and the hubs of other readers we enjoy seems to be the safest bet these days.
LG, I have a question -- If I come on a page that I like, and I digg it, but it's already been submitted, does that count as something I've dugg, or does it have to be a submission. Maybe I'm just *that* picky, but I gave up because it seems I don't like anything that isn't already listed lol
A submission is something for the first time, digging something isn't quite the same.
There's nothing wrong with using, say, Digg in moderation, but the odd hub in a mix of other stuff, not hubs galore.
I noticed that too! everytime I try to bookmark it just changes screens and will not accept it. I thought it was only me.
I asked Mixx about it via email, and they specifically said they had banned hubs from being on there because they got a lot of spammy hubs posted.
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