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So, I have crazy idea...A HubMob?

  1. Ryan Hupfer profile image81
    Ryan Hupferposted 8 years ago

    http://i.thisislondon.co.uk/i/pix/2007/04/flashmob_243x209.jpg

    I'm not sure if any of you have heard of a FlashMob, but I think that they are awesome. Basically it's when a group of people go out and do something ridiculous together just for the fun of it and the reaction from other people who see it.

    Now, I know that all of us Hubbers are scattered all across the world, but I got to thinking that we could possible do something similar to a FlashMob, but with Hubs on certain topics on HubPages....we'd call it a HubMob. Let me explain...

    So, what I would see us doing is each week we pick a topic that we would all agree to write about in the Forums. It could be about anything, but it would just be one main topic that we would all be focused on. We would find the topic via keyword research and some other Google magic and then we would let everyone else on HubPages know what that particular topic is.

    For instance, let's say that we picked a topic like 'wedding themes', which I know has some great potential for high-ranking on Google. What we would do then is publish a Hub specific for the particular week's HubMob topic and we would talk about and link to the Hub that we end up publishing here in the Forums. The titles could range all over the place, but the keywords would be focused. Some titles could potentially be:

    - The 10 Most Popular Wedding Themes
    - How to pick a theme for your wedding
    - Things to think about when picking a wedding theme
    - Popular American Wedding Themes

    We would all post links to our Hubs in the Forum post that I would create and then we would basically begin to take over those keywords on Google, with hopefully several of the Hubs taking up the first page of results. I would keep an eye on them and give the results of the highest Google-ranked Hubs after a week in the newsletter and in the Forums and hopefully we would start to own several keywords on Google as a result, which would be awesome.

    It would be a really fun way to write about different topics, too - I am definitely excited to do something like this...I've been wanting to post about it for a while. I also think that it will be a fun way to learn more about other Hubbers and to collaborate on something together as a HubPages community, which we haven't done much of. 

    If you'd be interested in something like this, post your thoughts here in this Forum and what we can do is start discussing possible topics on Monday and have one picked by Wednesday, so that it can go out in the newsletter. Then, we can write all of our Hubs and check out results the following week or so.

    So...what do all of you think? smile

    1. darkside profile image79
      darksideposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I think its a great idea.

      And what if we use other sites, blogs, etc, to link to the forum thread too?



      I'm pretty sure that the best you can get is two pages in the results for any one keyword/s search.

      1. Maddie Ruud profile image82
        Maddie Ruudposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        But if one or both of these are a tag page... everyone wins.  And that's made more likely the more hubs on a given subject, especially if it's a niche topic.

        1. Shadesbreath profile image90
          Shadesbreathposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          We need someone who speaks English to translate this part of the discussion so I can keep up with what's going on.  I feel like the little kid in the back seat of his parents car that knows his parents are having a conversation that concerns him but can't understand the code language they're using.

  2. jimmythejock profile image83
    jimmythejockposted 8 years ago

    check out the keyword frozen sparrowz on a hub search Ryan that was a hillarious example of your hub mob idea.....jimmy

    1. Ryan Hupfer profile image81
      Ryan Hupferposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Awesome, I'll check it out...would you want to do it again? smile

      1. jimmythejock profile image83
        jimmythejockposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        sure I am up for it lol.....jimmy

  3. gamergirl profile image60
    gamergirlposted 8 years ago

    OMG I'm so in!!

    Me me me!

    Let's doooo it!

    Improv Everywhere does the same thing. tongue

    1. Ryan Hupfer profile image81
      Ryan Hupferposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I loooove me some Improv Everywhere!

      They are the masters of the FlashMob.

  4. gamergirl profile image60
    gamergirlposted 8 years ago

    Heck yeah!

  5. Stacie Naczelnik profile image88
    Stacie Naczelnikposted 8 years ago

    I think it is an awesome idea!

    I like that on weeks that I don't have time or am super duper lazy, I can opt out.

  6. Bob Ewing profile image55
    Bob Ewingposted 8 years ago

    cool, I'm in.

    1. Ryan Hupfer profile image81
      Ryan Hupferposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Sweet, this is going to be awesome...if we get enough Hubbers in the HubMob, I'm sure that we can really make an impact on some keywords.

  7. gwendymom profile image66
    gwendymomposted 8 years ago

    sounds like fun! I'm in.

    1. Ryan Hupfer profile image81
      Ryan Hupferposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Suhhhweet! This is going to give me something to actually look forward to on Mondays now smile

  8. Maddie Ruud profile image82
    Maddie Ruudposted 8 years ago

    This is pure awesomeness.  I'd expect nothing less from you, Hup.

    1. Ryan Hupfer profile image81
      Ryan Hupferposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Hey, it's what I do. smile

  9. Lifebydesign profile image73
    Lifebydesignposted 8 years ago

    sounds great, count me in too!

    1. Ryan Hupfer profile image81
      Ryan Hupferposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      yesssssssssss!

      *fist pump*

      Now you're all going to be this excited once we pick out a topic to write about, right? smile

      1. Bob Ewing profile image55
        Bob Ewingposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        right

      2. Lifebydesign profile image73
        Lifebydesignposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        can't wait Hup!

  10. gamergirl profile image60
    gamergirlposted 8 years ago

    *high fives Hup*

    Monday is going to rule.

  11. Marian Swift profile image61
    Marian Swiftposted 8 years ago

    Sounds like fun ... I'll give it a whirl!

    1. Ryan Hupfer profile image81
      Ryan Hupferposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      That's what I'm talkin' about! smile

      I think that this will really show our Hubber's flexibility and expertise when it comes to writing on certain topics. It's amazing how much you can learn about a topic as you're putting together a Hub about it, ya know?

  12. SpotCoolStuff.com profile image80
    SpotCoolStuff.composted 8 years ago

    You've got one more person here for your brilliant idea.

    Weddings would be a great theme to start with. Too bad the prime wedding season as just past.

    1. Inspirepub profile image86
      Inspirepubposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Depends where you live, you Northern Hemisphere chauvanist ... wink

  13. Marye Audet profile image91
    Marye Audetposted 8 years ago

    I will as well, depending on the topic. smile

    1. Ryan Hupfer profile image81
      Ryan Hupferposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Oh Marye, that's part of the fun...writing about things that you normally don't write about. smile

      Take a walk on the wild side....

  14. Marye Audet profile image91
    Marye Audetposted 8 years ago

    I have 8 kids, all born at home...all between 9-11.5 pounds....I raise goats..and heritage breed chickens.....I am restoring a 100 year old house....I am rebuilding the house to be completely off grid with water catchment systems, solar panels, and a small wind generator.
    I have been a czech linguist in military intelligence, was offered a scholarship to West Point, a model, and jumped out of planes...I am about to publish a book...have owned a bistro...and done wild life rehabilitation...back when I still had a brain I spoke 3 languages, and my husband spoke 3 as well...he was an iraqui linguist....he became disabled last year and I started to be responsible for an income for the first time in 28 years.It was at that time I had to take of the building projects on the house as well...I have homeschooled for 19 years..I train horses, grind my own wheat, and leg press 170 lbs at the gym...I am a crack shot with a .22 or an M-16. One of my editors, in an interview, called me the combination of McGuyver and Martha Stewart...

    I married a MARINE for goodness sake.

    Wild side? I don' need no stinkin' wildside.......

    big_smile

  15. amy jane profile image84
    amy janeposted 8 years ago

    Wow Marye! Compared to you, I really need to take a walk on the wild side!

    Count me in. smile But not if the topic is football. I still have hublove contest flashbacks from the football topic.

  16. pcjunkychick profile image81
    pcjunkychickposted 8 years ago

    LOL you all crack me up!
    I would love to take part!
    Count me in.
    Um... I moon light on many a site...
    Would be great fun to have a basic focus
    Not to mention saturate the big G! LOL

    P.S. My main focus is to never pi$$ off Marye! LOL J/K ;o)

  17. Inspirepub profile image86
    Inspirepubposted 8 years ago

    Hup,

    I think Darkside is right, the best we can accomplish with Hubs is two postions.

    However, if people were to post blog posts about the forum thread, and everyone links to those blog posts from their Hubs on the topic, we can get all the blog posts into the other top positions.

    We have a few blogs we can contribute to the effort - and more than a few if the topic is personal finance or business related.

    Jenny

    1. darkside profile image79
      darksideposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      And while the hubs themselves may not be positioned in the search results, the links to them from the thread does have the opportunity for traffic.

      1. Shadesbreath profile image90
        Shadesbreathposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        I have no clue what any of this kind of conversation means... however, if the point is to generate hubs, I will certainly try to find some ridiculous and humorous angle on whatever topic you come up with if that will help the cause.

        1. Ryan Hupfer profile image81
          Ryan Hupferposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          You? Be ridiculous/humorous? Nooooooo.... wink

  18. Rochelle Frank profile image88
    Rochelle Frankposted 8 years ago

    I'll give it a shot-- Starts Monday? Sept 8th-ish?

  19. Marina Rosa profile image77
    Marina Rosaposted 8 years ago

    That sounds like lots of fun. Count me in!

  20. funride profile image79
    funrideposted 8 years ago

    How could I (or any other hubber for that matter) miss all this fun. You´ve got another hubmobster big_smile.

    Let the fun begin!!!

  21. Zsuzsy Bee profile image85
    Zsuzsy Beeposted 8 years ago

    I'm up for a bit of fun. If you'll have me, I'm in. regards Zsuzsy

  22. jimmythejock profile image83
    jimmythejockposted 8 years ago

    can I suggest the first topic as Halloween, as that term will soon be one of the biggest searches on the Internet......jimmy

  23. patnamohan profile image60
    patnamohanposted 8 years ago

    what is happening here!!

  24. Patty Inglish, MS profile image89
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 8 years ago

    Sounds like fun to me too.

  25. compu-smart profile image80
    compu-smartposted 8 years ago

    Yes! im in! smile

  26. Earl S. Wynn profile image84
    Earl S. Wynnposted 8 years ago

    Count me in too! Sounds like it could be a blast!

  27. Bonnie Ramsey profile image89
    Bonnie Ramseyposted 8 years ago

    WOW! I have been so busy I have missed this topic! Sounds like fun and I'd ove to jump in as I can on it! I'll check out the topic Monday!

    Bonnie

  28. Marina Rosa profile image77
    Marina Rosaposted 8 years ago

    OK. I am a little slow.

    My understanding is that the topic will be posted to this forum (by who? - or is it "by whom?") sometime on Monday and that everyone will write and post Hubs on some angle of the chosen topic (also on Monday).

    The part I don't get is what I should link my Hub to - and precisely how to do that (I think I know how, but I'm still pretty new and confuse easily).

  29. Marina Rosa profile image77
    Marina Rosaposted 8 years ago

    Shadesbreath - I thought it was just me getting lost! LOL! I thought for sure you were one of those "in the know" hubbers . . .

    Someone who IS an "in the know hubber" (itkh?) needs to make a how-to list for us slow ones.

    1. Shadesbreath profile image90
      Shadesbreathposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Nope, when it comes to the Internet marketing, Google techniques, SEO and all that rot, I just can't force myself to study it.  I realize to be a true Renaissance Man of the age, I should learn it, and I keep telling myself I will, but every time I start looking into that stuff my artistic side gets horrible gas and I have to leave the room.

  30. Inspirepub profile image86
    Inspirepubposted 8 years ago

    HOW THE HUBMOB WORKS (Ryan feel free to correct any details)

    1. Ryan will start a new thread in the Hangout, with the title "HubMob Monday (date) Topic - (Topic Name)". His post will contain the topic name again for those Hubbers who never read thread names.

    2. Ryan will copy the URL of his new thread and the URL of the topic tag page, and paste those into his post.

    3. Everyone who is playing will make a Hub on that topic, and IN THE HUB they will link to the thread and the tag page URLs provided by Ryan, using the topic name as the name of the link, or the words they are turning into a link.

    For example, if we went with Halloween Costumes, every Hub would be related to Halloween costumes, and somewhere in the Hub would be the words "Halloween Costumes" as a link to the forum thread, and the words "Halloween Costumes" as a link to the tag page.

    4. Once the Hub is published, the Hubbers will come back to the forum and post the link to their Hub in Ryan's thread, with any commentary about their Hub that might make people want to read it (eg - this Hub has a really funny video on it ....)

    5. Any participating Hubbers who have blogs will blog about the HubMob and include the links to the forum thread and the tag page in their blog posts, again with the topic name as the link anchor text.

    For example, if we went with Halloween Costumes, somewhere in the blog post would be the words "Halloween Costumes" as a link to the forum thread, and the words "Halloween Costumes" as a link to the tag page.

    Ryan, I am happy to make a Hub on this, which includes "How To" sections with visuals about linking, anchor text, starting a blog, and so on, if you think that will help.

    Jenny

    1. Marina Rosa profile image77
      Marina Rosaposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks - This helps. It turns out I was even more lost and confused than I even thought I was. sad
      I will print it up and commit it gratefully to memory - along with the "visuals" on those other things you mentioned.

    2. Shadesbreath profile image90
      Shadesbreathposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Aha!  This is what I needed.  Inspirepub, I owe you a beer!

  31. spryte profile image89
    spryteposted 8 years ago

    Thanks Inspire...that answered the question for me as well.  Sounds like it can get rather messy smile

    Count me in...I can't wait to see what all your sick and twisted minds come up with.

  32. Stacie Naczelnik profile image88
    Stacie Naczelnikposted 8 years ago

    Jenny, that would be a fabulous hub.  Please do.

  33. jimmythejock profile image83
    jimmythejockposted 8 years ago

    I wrote an article on my blog about the "Hub Mob" please let me know your thoughts guys.....jimmy
    http://hubpagesauthor.wordpress.com/

    1. Lifebydesign profile image73
      Lifebydesignposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      nice and succinct jimmythejock- you captured it well I thought!

  34. Anna Marie Bowman profile image92
    Anna Marie Bowmanposted 8 years ago

    Totally count me in!!  I think it will be a lot of fun!!!!  smile big_smile

  35. Lela Davidson profile image81
    Lela Davidsonposted 8 years ago

    I like it too! It's always fun to have a good promt.

  36. Lela Davidson profile image81
    Lela Davidsonposted 8 years ago

    Or prompt.

  37. kerryg profile image86
    kerrygposted 8 years ago

    I mostly missed the HubLove Contest and have been regretting it ever since, so count me in too! Sounds like fun.

    Jenny, thanks for that very clear description of what we need to do.

  38. B.T. Evilpants profile image60
    B.T. Evilpantsposted 8 years ago

    Hey, is this thing open to Jackalopes? I'd love to get in!

  39. gwendymom profile image66
    gwendymomposted 8 years ago

    So glad you spelled that out for me, as B.T. can attest I hit the tequila early  and need direction whenever someone will give it to me. I was also more confused than I thought, and being more confused than normal should be impossible. This is gonna be alot of fun, thta's why I joined Hubpages, to have fun! Thanks guys.

  40. Ryan Hupfer profile image81
    Ryan Hupferposted 8 years ago

    Thanks for explaining all of that Jenny and Jimmy, but I think that we should keep it simple for the first time around, considering that most of us aren't quite to the level of SEO understanding that you guys are. but, I think as we do this more and more, we're all going to become better at linking, SEO and finding the best keywords to write on.

    For the first week here is what we will stick to:

    1. On Monday I will post a topic that we be 'This week's HubMob topic: Wedding Themes', which will be the theme for everyone to write a new Hub about.

    2. The Hub can be based on anything to do with the main topic and I encourage different title names and focuses. For instance, one title could be 'The 10 best wedding themes a bride could ever have' while another one could be 'The worst wedding themes and why you should stay away from them'. I encourage everyone to put your own personal touch on the topic, just make sure that it stays focused on the general keywords.

    3. We will all publish our Hubs and then post links to the Hubs that we create back into the new forum topic, along with some commentary such as, 'I wrote about the worst themes because my sister decided to use one of them and it was sooooo ugly...' or something. smile

    4. We will then keep an eye on Google and we'll see who ranks for what search terms and we'll see who can get the highest placement. It will be a lot of fun to see who can get ranked where and it will also be a great way to get us all writing on some keywords with some high-traffic potential.

    HubMob!!!!!

    Hope this helps. smile

  41. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    Sounds great, I'm up for it smile

    1. Ryan Hupfer profile image81
      Ryan Hupferposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Sweeet! Glad you're going to join in on the fun!

  42. profile image0
    daflaposted 8 years ago

    I'm definitely in!  I love doing insane things that people look at in wonder and a shake of their heads.  Well, I'm too old for doing it in real life now, but I used to do it all the time when I was young.

    Brings back my youth...with anonymity!  I love it!

  43. Paul Edmondson profile image
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    Paul Edmondsonposted 8 years ago

    I'm in!  One way we can all help each other out is to link from our Hubs on the theme to others participating.

    If it's wedding themes, I'm going to do how to do a backyard wedding on a budget:)

    1. Ryan Hupfer profile image81
      Ryan Hupferposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      That would be a great topic to add to 'wedding themes'...looks like Paul is good to go for some HubMob action. smile

  44. Rochelle Frank profile image88
    Rochelle Frankposted 8 years ago

    A  question:

    Is the idea to make the words "Wedding Themes" key to our hub as a key word or title? Also is their a posting deadline or window?

    1. SweetiePie profile image83
      SweetiePieposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I had the same question.

      1. Rochelle Frank profile image88
        Rochelle Frankposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        That was two questions-- but so did I.

    2. Ryan Hupfer profile image81
      Ryan Hupferposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Hey Rochelle,

      The topic that we choose doesn't have to be your exact title, but the Hub that you write should be focused around the topic and it would definitely help if you somehow weave it into your Hub title.

      So, like I said earlier, you should focus on the main topic, but it shouldn't necessarily be the title of your Hub. So the topic 'wedding themes' could translate into 'How to create a backyard wedding theme on the cheap' or you could have another title such as 'The most popular American wedding themes'. Does this help you out?

      Also, as far as time frame goes, we will kick it off on a Monday(first one tomorrow), so you should write it as soon as you can, but there's no super-tight time frame. After we publish our Hubs, we'll keep the main forum thread alive as everyone posts a link to the Hub that they created, which I'm sure will remain active for at least a couple of weeks depending on how many participate in the particular topic.

      I'm going to send out the weekly topic in the newsletter on Wednesdays and we can start checking to see who is getting listed where on  Google as soon as we begin getting indexed. This really isn't a formal contest, just something that I thought would be a lot of fun for all of us to participate in and to grow over time. It would be awesome for all of us Hubbers to 'HubMob' different topics one week at a time, don't you think? smile

      1. Rochelle Frank profile image88
        Rochelle Frankposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Indeed! - and I'm all for the informal thing.
        I think an idea is starting to bubble up....
        Thanks.

  45. Marye Audet profile image91
    Marye Audetposted 8 years ago

    Dafla..
    Ryan says that we have to take a walk on the wild side..
    Now, I am not Lou Reed, nor do I play him on t.v. but if I can do it so can you...LOL!

    I think though, that if i have to take a walk on the wild side..Ryan should come live at my house for a weekend..and do my job...

    and we will see who is walking where.

  46. B.T. Evilpants profile image60
    B.T. Evilpantsposted 8 years ago

    So are we going with wedding themes, or do we have to wait for the official announcement? Sorry. Patience is not a virtue known to exist in Jackalopes.

    1. Christoph Reilly profile image84
      Christoph Reillyposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I think that "wedding themes" could possibly be the topic or not, we have to wait till tomorrow to  see for sure, If I'm following this correctly. In the meantime B.T., I don't think popular Jackalope wedding themes has hever been written about, so you might want to ruminate on that in the meantime.

      Oh, Hi Everybody! Present and accounted for. I'm in!

      1. Rochelle Frank profile image88
        Rochelle Frankposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        \

        PRESENT.. and etc. Presents are usually appropriate.

  47. crashcromwell profile image80
    crashcromwellposted 8 years ago

    This sounds awesome! I'm more than in, and hope the subject is wedding related. I've got some great stories, and maybe even some pictures, from theme weddings. Could be a really cool hub!

  48. Paul Edmondson profile image
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    Paul Edmondsonposted 8 years ago

    If wedding themes is the topic, then you can make a hub on anything related to the theme.  For example, Destination wedding ideas, Summer Wedding, or Outdoor Wedding Ideas.  These would all be fair game.

    I'm really excited about this.  Like the post in Jimmy's Blog, if we all work together, link to each others hubs (where appropriate), then the community can benefit by all working together.  We are truly stronger together.

  49. Shadesbreath profile image90
    Shadesbreathposted 8 years ago

    Ok, this is probably a dumb question, but... how does this group activity help the individual hub writers?  It seems like an awesome thing for Hubpages but, how does it pay out for the writers.  (Please don't say "because when hubpages gets more traffic, we all benefit.)

  50. Inspirepub profile image86
    Inspirepubposted 8 years ago

    The individual Hubs in the Mob will have lots of links to them, which will make them show up better in the search results, and we will lure visitors to HubPages specifically to read those articles, because we will show up multiple times on the first page of Google results.

    More readers = more clicks on ads.

    I hope Ryan checks the Google external keyword tool and Spyfu.com to make sure he is picking topics which have good, expensive clicks attached - no point all of us making this huge effort just to get 5c per click traffic on board ... let's go for the BIG BUCKS .... smile

    Jenny

 
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