Does anyone else ever struggle with choosing a topic category for their Hubs? I know this seems like a simple, brainless task, but sometimes I struggle between two very different topic categories. For instance, I wrote a post on speaking with my child about the death of our pet fish, which could theoretically go under "Parenting"or "Pets and Animals." I went with "Parenting" but I am left to wonder if the "Pets and Animals" topic category would be a better fit, AND would it generate more traffic? Also, does the topic category even play any part in generating traffic? Would love to hear some opinions on this.
I struggle daily and stick with the top category where possible. It is just too difficult to decide unless the item is something obvious like poetry.
I agree. I am hoping that someday HP will let us classify a hub in more than one topic category at a time.
I doubt that much traffic comes from people looking through a category?
I think it can make a difference to traffic, especially to people who are following only a few topics. The idea of being able to categorise in more than one topic is a good idea.
Long ago, in the 1930s, S. R. Ranganathan developed his faceted classification, otherwise known as the Colon Classification.
This enabled a document to be classified under a number of different aspects.
Unfortunately, the mentally defective toddlers of Google, who rule how we may search for information, no doubt find the concepts of faceted classification far too demanding for their limited brain power.
Thus we are forced into far more inferior ways of finding information, because today we must bow to equality and as a result let the intellectually inferior dictate how the world should work.
Writeangled you lost me!
I would also like some help with categories, and I do think that getting the wrong one makes a difference.
I think that because I receive a lot of emails from backlinking companies, most of which I ignore, but I remember reading one recently that said getting the right category was super-important.
Which gives me a headache to be honest.
Where does the likes of 'shark attack' go? sharks come under 'pet and animals' on HP, and I think it should come under 'environment' or something.
But 'shark attack' relates to health as well as aquatic creatures.
I mean...think about it...How to Avoid a Shark Attack...Pets and Animals? Health? What?
@IzzyM Or perhaps Food & Recipes ... Shark Fin Soup. Totally kidding!!!!!!!!
LOL, I know you are kidding. I actually have one on Sharks Fin Soup and took a bit of ribbing until people actually read the hub.
I can't remember what category it is under, possibly Food and Cooking. Then again it will be mis-categorized, depending on your viewpoint.
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