I have created a few hubs over the past months but recently have been working on a series of hubs grouped under the name of "Tales From Tickle Belly Farm." The intended audience is younger children and their parents. It is based on life on a working horse farm and includes games, crafts and children's stories that were popular long ago...some nearly 100 years ago.
I would like to eventually reach out to elementary school teachers and homeschoolers and have been working on a "marketing plan".
Is there anything I can do to improve my hub?
I am currently with AdSense but have never made any money. Is this idea of mine for this kind of hub...not a good idea? Please be honest: I can take it! I have seven children who tell me I'm wrong all the time!
Thank you in advance for any help!
Granny (alias Carol)
http://hubpages.com/hub/Grannys-Homemad … ry-14-2010
Hello Carol :-)
I would recommend more pictures to break up the text.
A giant wall of words tends to scare away casual readers.
Use more text capsules to break up the text as well. You can give each capsule a title. This gives the reader a little mental break too.
There are several places to find free photos on-line that you can use without a copyright problem. I use Dreamstime.com. They have premium and free stock photos.
Regarding AdSense: the trick is to target your keywords. There are many hubs here about using key words.
Good luck! This is a great idea for a series.
Thanks for the ideas and also for the site for pictures. I will have more of my own horse and dog pictures as soon as the weather is a little better and I can walk through the pasture without having the mud suck the boots off my feet!
To Ivorwen: Please let me know what your boys think of the stories. I am planning some more simple crafts in the next few weeks and as we get closer to spring, I have patterns for making box kites as well as the diamond kite. I love science so I will probably be throwing a few simple science/nature projects in as well. Today I found an old book with wonderful stories from the 1930's that I thought would be fun.
BTW: The cowgirls from Tickle Belly Farm are going to the Illinois Horse Show in March and I was thinking about adding pictures and a story of what it is like to go to a big horse show.
Again, thank you all for your input!
This is going to sound bad, but dumb it down a bit. People looking for ideas for their kids are just looking for something they can skim real quick and have it down pat.
I just read over the hub you have listed, and am looking forward to reading it to my boys some time next week. As a homeschooling mom, I think it is a great length for my four and six year olds. The projects and stories seem right on their level too. I will let you know what they think of it, and what the older two think of it also.
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