It's been pretty quiet so I'm just wondering how everyone is going?
We were just having a discussion about the 30 Hubs target. I know some people are still working hard to achieve it (you can make it!), but I also notice one or two people still writing Challenge Hubs even though they've reached the magic number.
I'm wondering how Challengers feel about that. Of course I don't fully understand how we're going to work as a team on the promotional phase, but my instinct is that to be fair, we should stick to 30 Hubs each. After all, the whole point of the Challenge is to force us to do the bit we normally overlook - the promoting.
The other reason is that I know there are some writers (like me!) who would much rather keep on writing than work on SEO or study all the reference material Sunforged has given us. Setting a limit removes that temptation!
I totally agree with you Marisa, that every participant should restrict themselves to 30 hubs. Infact I was under the impression that we should only do 30 hubs in 30 days and the next 30 days would be pure promotion. I won't mind if hubbers keep producing hubs but hopefully they won't use the 60dc tags and include their hubs for the promotion as it would be unfair to other participants. I am also tempted to write especially a hub on father's day so that I can cash in on the seasonal topic but I won't. It normally takes me 6 to 8 hours to finish a hub. Research the topic on net, write the crucial points on paper, write the whole hub on paper and then type on the editor(Not to include the typing time and also I can't write a hub in stretch so it takes me a day). I think that time would be better utilized if I promote the team and my hubs. I am really seeing some fantastic results and improvements in my earnings. So I would be better off promoting and even if I write I won't include it in the 60 day challenge.
Also, SF should have the liberty to produce hubs even after 30 and include the 60dc tags, as he is planning to publish 10-12 60 dc tutorial hubs!!!
Exactly my opinion, but it looks like not everyone got the same message. I've written a few Hubs since the end of the Challenge because I can see 150 Hubs in my sights and would like to get there - but they're not Challenge Hubs.
I am sure you will reach 150 hubs soon. What a milestone would that be!! Thanks for bringing this into notice and starting a discussion. I would request all participants to seriously focus on promoting your team's hub as well as your hubs. Day before yesterday, I spent more than 6 hours submitting our team feeds and my hubpages feeds to RSS submission sites mentioned in SF's hub. I am only done with 77, 60 more to go I guess. Few sites not working so taking a bit more time than expected. But I think submitted my feeds to atleast 45-50 of them and this will automatically promote my future hubs which I write after the 60 day challenge(Power of RSS Feeds). I know I would not need to worry much about the promotion of my hubs after the 60 day challenge as SF's strategy are long term and mostly automated. So basically, minimal human efforts would be required.
So, my request to other participants would be that even if you do write, do not include the 60dc tags and focus more on promotion. You will see amazing benefits. Read SF's latest hub on RSS submission sites and submit the team feed and your hubpages feed on the sites SF mentions in the hub. Also, don't repeat my mistake and submit your latest feed as well along with hot and best. This way you would be taking care to promote your future hubs as well. It is just an one time exercise.
Also I have a real good news to share which I will post in our dedicated forum.
I've continued to write hubs but am not putting the 60 dc tag in them. I have been doing the promotional things that have been requested so far. It seems reasonable for me to keep up with both but I don't know how other people feel. Maybe the promotional stuff will be more intense in the upcoming couple of weeks.
I am done with the 31 hubs that is including my 60 dc logs and still published hubs but dont put 60dc tags on it. I started submitting to rss and I am following through SF submission to different sites. I still publishd hubs from time to time as this hubs were already halfway even before I joined the challenge,
As I checked the latest rss feeds on 60dc, I can see that others are not yet done.
Thank you Ms Marisa for reminding us about this one.
Well, latest SHOULD not be updated much anymore - so Hot or Best is your best bet -"latest" was only for twitter so it would update at the beginning of the challenge as each new hub was published.
For anyone who feels we have slowed on activity:
By my reckoning today/tomorrow is the end of "tweak week"
Which means, we have had an opportunity to correct typos/mistakes , make sure all of related hubs are interlinked (personal hubs) , a list of your URLS's is sent off for inlcusion in the master list AND a custom summary exists on your hublog for each of those URL's.
If you werent using analytics before, Hubs has now added the keyword function to your stats and you can tweak to strengthen your position for those terms.
I have an on page seo hub in the works today (but have been sharing the on-page info by seomoz since the beginning)
The automated function of the rss submit although now intensive in time expenditure is a powerful addition to our promotion aspect.
ANd we should be able to start with some off-site stuff this weekend which will be plenty time intensive
Thank you SIR SF< got this now, thank you so much, I have summary in my hubs individually which are included in the 60 day challenge but I need to copy and paste it in the hublog. I was mistaken, I put it individually. I am learning a lot so I am very patient, but I am dedicated for the promotion,
Thank you very much, I will post again as I will have more problem,
Barry, the whole point of this Challenge is to learn how to do things you've never done before, like optimizing your Hubs, and promoting them effectively.
You're not the only one who's scratched their head over SEO and RSS feeds, but they're only the beginning - if you're not prepared to make the effort to master them, with all the help Sunforged has offered, then how are you going to pull your weight in the rest of the Challenge?
okay Marissa thanks for your parsomonious advice please tell me once and for all howe i can log into this bloody private log ? Answer that and a little less advice on how to write hubs for which i have never requested that advice from you !
Barry, part of this Challenge is to optimize your Hubs, and I was trying to suggest ways you could do that. Have you read all the Hubs Sunforged has already written to help you, and followed all the advice and instructions on them?
I know real men don't read instructions, and especially real Aussie blokes, but for this Challenge you really need to make an exception.
As for the forum, Edweirdo and Sunforged have already given you the information.
i know i saw . and have been thinking of where and what to do with it. . it is pretty important as these poor kids are locked away in a country that the US has no relations with . .and the media is not all that keen on keeping it front page news. actually it never has really been front page worthy as far as they are concerned. . and so I was hoping that this promo could and would get the word out to more people. . you know how they say power in numbers.......
any ideas from any of us would be really great. i am sure with all the talent we have someone has got to have some super idea????????
its live - sorry about the fan - took an hour to figure out why I had no mic - did an entire overdub which didnt record (which is hilarious in retrospect - me talking to a computer for no reason at all)
Got the audio live - hour to process and upload
I think Im going to stick to writing
long story short .. its live - but I think both of you understand the process just find anyways!
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