I'm sure you could but they are hypothetical anyway, based on keywords I believe.
They are basically saying that IF you get traffic you could probably make some good money off them.
I have hubs with $$$$$ that don't get a single google view so are worthless. My best paying hub so far has $$$ but lots of traffic.
There's no way to predict what real people will do with hypothetical equations.
Is five dollar signs the most you can get?
I've never understand the whole $$$ thing. Sometimes the hubs have
$$$$$ but after they are published a while they lose some dollar signs. Other times they start out with $ and then gain more. This is without messing with the tags which is what I believe they are based on.
I've seen me taking all the tags off a hub and adding them on again one by one to see where the dollar signs change downwards.
I really don't get it, do I?
EDIT: remember the $$$ is only a guess, so it's really not worth worrying about.
They do Marisa, try taking some off yourself and see. However, its one of these things I don't understand yet, but I've only been studying SEO and Hubpages for a few months and I'm sure this is a university degree course which takes a lot longer.
Oops, I edited just as you replied!
I just had a quick look at the Help screens on tags and yes, HubPages reckons search engines use them - I'm sure I saw posts on the forums saying they were more for internal use, but there you go.
The Hub Metrics $$$ is just HubPages doing a keyword analysis, probably similar to what Market Samurai or the Google keyword tool does. Like every other keyword analysis, it's just a guess - and as you know, different keyword tools don't even agree with each other.
It doesn't make sense to waste time try to second-guess the $$$ metric - it could be wrong, after all. If you've already done your keyword analysis, stick with that.
Guess that's the bottom line, if your own research is good, you can ignore the dollar signs.
I'd really like to understand hubpages tags though. I've read a few hubs about them but I'm still not understanding.
Would you believe I stopped doing the hubtrail because that tag knocked my hub dollar signs down? I should learn to ignore them but I can't until someone explains them, again, to me.
The Help screen says tags should be keywords or keyword phrases that you want search engines to find your Hub for. So it probably knocked the $$$ down because the word "hubtrail" isn't searched for.
I can only guess that all tags are weighted equally and if you have some irrelevant ones, the algorithm thinks you may have irrelevant content in the Hub, too. But you know your content IS relevant, and the search engines will just ignore tags no one searches for, so removing a useful tag is pointless and counter-productive.
In fact you'll see SEO experts like Sunforged using really weird tags without worrying one iota.
That's because one of the tips we got on the 60 Day Challenge is to use tags to create RSS feeds. You create your own special tag - let's say izzysgarden - then add it to the tags on all your gardening Hubs.
Then add a RSS capsule to the end of each gardening Hub, above the comments, with this feed:
Set the capsule to 8 with a single sentence.
Bingo, you've just created 8 constantly updating links to all your other gardening Hubs. Each time you add a new Hub with the tag, it automatically gets added to the loop. Instant links! It'll make your Hubkarma soar, too.
Hmm .. I just went and tried doing this, but it's not working for some reason (nothing shows up in the rss feed). Also, just wondering, the hubs with the specially created tag should all be in the same topic, right? One more thing, I don't understand what you meant by "Set the capsule to 8 with a single sentence". Could you please clarify? Sorry for sounding like a complet noob Thanks!
I believe it takes a few hours to start working.
On the capsule there is an option to show longer content or a single sentence relating to the hub.
Also I don't think they need to be on the same topic.
Don't apologise, you are asking the questions we all want to know the answers to - if we knew we needed to know
from a fellow noob
Are you sure you're using the right capsule?
You want to use the RSS capsule. You'll see a drop-down box showing a number (that tells the capsule how many Hubs to show - 8 is the highest) and a drop-down box asking you how much text you want to show.
If you've done it wrong, it will tell you something like "sorry, that's not a valid RSS feed".
If you've only just added the tags, the system takes a while to recognize them so the feed won't show immediately.
And yes, they should be on the same topic. If you start listing any old Hub randomly, you could dilute your keywords, not to mention annoying your reader. You're saying to your reader, "you're interested in this subject, here are some more articles about it".
Thanks for clarifying, Izzy and Marisa. That made much more sense. And thanks, alternate poet .. now I don't feel so bad!
ahhh...thanks. I'm still learning about rss too. It's another area that needs concentrated on because I think it is a very powerful tool if you learn to use it properly.
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