Since coming back from my holiday I have been having a good nose around my fav hubers articles and have noticed the absence of pictures and video images. I was given a tip by a top huber to put my keywords into italic and bold. Then I was told by another top huber to take it off. So having been told to fill my hub with as many images and relevant video clips as I can I now find few are actually doing this. Am I better off taking no advice at all and just finding out for myself what will work best as it appears all top hubers have conflicting views about what will work?
Why wouldn't you want to find out for yourself what works best for you? Since everyone writes on different topics in different ways, there's never going to be one sure-fire method that is IT.
i have heard two schools of thought about this. some hubbers say not to use a lot of pictures or video clips. i do it anyway because that's what i like to do. i think it is nice that you have people offering their free advice - that can really be beneficial. but in the end, you should probably do what you are most comfortable with.
Ive had a few conflicting views on this issue as well so what did i do? I did my own thing. I make sure i have pictures and video clips on all my hubs, all related to my content. Seems to work well for me. Very well infact.
I had a hub that wasnt doing too well because the pictures were put on quarter width, only a couple of hits a day. Last week i edited it by putting the photos on full width. Traffic zoomed up to an average of 38 visits. All within 24hrs. Still going up.
I say do your own thing as regards this.
This is true and I guess I need to learn that just because someone has 100's of hubs does not make them an expert in generating traffic. I will plod along and see how things go for now. Only time will tell and learning from ones mistaakes can only be a good thing in the long run.
That's so true, Helen. As I've said before, the people whose advice really matters are the high-earning Hubbers - people like Relache and Maddie Ruud. Look at how they write their Hubs - they're getting consistent, good, long-term earnings.
The other thing is, don't take advice unless the person can give you a good explanation.
Images and videos are recommended by the HubPages team for three reasons:
1. If you use pictures in your Hubs, they will show up when people search "Google Images". They could then click on the photo and end up at your Hub. However, people who arrive at your Hub via an image search aren't usually interested in buying anything - so some people don't care about this too much.
2. When you include a Youtube video, a link to your Hub appears on Youtube. You've already learned that backlinks are important - well, there's a good backlink right there!
3. When assessing the worth of a site, Google looks at how long people spend on the site. The longer visitors stay on a site, the more valuable Google thinks it is. Video clips take time to watch, and picture galleries take time to browse, so they keep your visitor on the Hub longer.
Then again, you'll find some Hubbers who have a totally different philosophy. They want traffic that will arrive, see their ads, click on them and leave. That only works if the subject is very tightly targeted to attract buying traffic. Nelle is a good example of this type of Hub - minimal content, mainly ads. It's a legitimate way of doing things but it's a very different approach.
I believe the links from YouTube are NoFollow, so I'm not quite sure I would call that a "good" backlink.
Thanks for that, you're the first person to come up with the "contrary view".
I did some Googling and it seems you're right - but remember it's still a link for Yahoo searches (not sure about Bing), and the link is on a clip that's directly relevant to your subject, so you could get real people clicking on it, who are interested in your Hub.
I no longer worry about traffic! I set myself some guidelines on how to write a good hub and hope that eventually, if they are good enough, they'll float to the top and generate traffic...generally I find that Hubpages does a pretty good job of SEO depsite my design!!!
You should bold the keyword once (not every single time), then maybe put it in italics once. Paul Edmondson wrote a hub about it.
Ah well I am not going there now as since I took some advice on removing them my traffic has risen and a few that were dormat have had search engine traffic. I think I am going by my own rules now as everyone keeps giving conflicting ideas. I give up with all the do this and don't do that stuff as I have a good flow of traffic daily and by doing some of the things suggested I end up harming rather than improving.
Sometimes I have pictures sometimes I don't so I have some and I don't have some lol since I use my own pictures not off the computer. And yea no videos for them...haven't found any on line about the things I have written about.
Some great advice here thanks everyone I think I might take a look at a few photo and video clips to updat on my my hubs with low traffic. Having a little experiment day as I am washed out with writing hubs.
Today there is problem regarding viewing photos, some of them seems to disappear.
I just added a few you tube clips to one hub and already the traffic has doubled in the last hour. Now I am not sure if this is due to a little tweeking of the title and content but I will see how it goes during the day. Thanks Marisa and Irohner for setting this straight and if you could tell me how you know it's NoFollow as I don't know where to look for that but have seen lots of comments from people saying there hubs are Nofollow.
Helen, I was just reading Dale's new blog and it reminded me of something really obvious that I should have said.
HubPages has a thing called Flagship Hubs - you have to apply to write them and you get an upfront payment. They have a very specific format.
In my book, if HubPages recommends a format, they know better than me - so even when I'm not writing a Flagship Hub, I try to include at least some of the features.
As for the No Follow thing - adding a video doesn't make your whole Hub Nofollow! It's just that the link TO your Hub from Youtube is ignored by Google.
However, it's not ignored by other search engines, and real people can see it, so it still has some value.
I'm proud of myself I used youtube vidoes in one of the two new hubs I wrote today about military families
A nofollow link only means your page won't get any PageRank or anchor text from Google. That doesn't mean that Google won't index the link or give your content some weight from it. Also you can get actual human traffic as well as who knows what weight from the other search engines.
Being a newcomer I need some advice. I need a lot of pictures to illustrate my work and was worried that I might have too many. One hubber said not to put a picture (1/2 size) in the first paragraph to leave room for ads. Can anyone tell me, is that a valid piece of advice?
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