I was reading the Hubpages " in the news" section, and spotted a familiar post that stated that they had loosened the " death grip" on us writers, from Panda.
However, it also stated that the changes would be fabulous for great writers, and detrimental for "weak" writers.
What I would like to know is what exactly is a "weak" writer, and by who's standards are they weak?
Oh, boy. I just saw that you signed up right about when the big "Panda slap" took place. I can't speak for either HP or Google; but for the most part, I think what is meant is that good writers will benefit versus people who don't bother trying to write something decent (by doing things like aiming for grammar grammar and spelling, trying to offer the reader something unique, useful, informative and/or entertaining). In other words, come up with something "decent". People who don't use the English language well, don't bother with aiming for good grammar and spelling, and just slap up something with a bunch of keywords and other SEO efforts put in but without anything particularly useful, unique, or informative - "weak writers". They're not looking for Shakespeare - just decent writing that someone puts some effort and care into.
"Who's standards": Since Panda it's very much been Google who has set those standards, and their list of guidelines/standards is on their site (as well as a lot of other places online). (I went to see if I could find the latest Google "guidelines", but I can't find them right this minute. )
In any case, with six months of Hubs (and "the Panda slap") out of the way, you're starting your next six months at a good time on here.
It's not something to get upset about. You might want to think in terms of online writing. A weak writer is someone who is unsuccessful, because they produce unoriginal hubs covering topic that have been covered a million times online. Or they may fail to understand the workings of search engines and use generic terms as keywords.
Oh no, I feel like that might be me in terms of the unoriginal stuff. But more recently, I can't remember, where but some forum or other. Google seemed to place the emphasis on where a searcher might feel confident on giving their credit card details etc.
Haunty. I am not upset my friend, but thank you for your worry over me. I merely thought it would be a good chatting point, as there are so many standards for different writing platforms.
Lisa, that was exactlt the sort of answer I was hoping to read. I am hoping the next 6 months will not only be lucrative but that I will grow significantly. As I have already promised my husband that I am working for free now, for future gain, and not for 20 pence a day. 8-)
Hollie, we can but learn so do not worry.x
Judging strength or weakness in writing is a tricky thing that can't be pinned down to just one or two simple things, and judging it in an online setting turns out to be even more difficult.
Web writers who are strong tend to produce or perform averagely to above averagely when judged on a wide variety of characteristics that all go into making successful web content. Conversely, weak writers miss multiple elements in that strange and ever-changing formula.
I think the term "weak writer" is rude personally, but I suppose there's a rating system constructed by website owners, managers, etc. I believe if you're writing from your heart, you're already a successful writer but again, if you're trying to be financially successful, there may be different rules:(
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