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Advice to New Hubbers: Write About Your Pet

Updated on July 16, 2010

 If you'd like to build some traffic and don't have an idea about where to start, I can recommend writing about a very important family member in your life – your pet.

In What Way?

There are so many people on the web, researching the type of pet to buy or adopt. After my first hub on the toy poodle got indexed by Google, it continues to be my most-viewed hub. Have there been any Adsense clicks on it? In a word, NO. Clicks have come from other hubs. But the poodle hub is helping to build my traffic generally. In fact, after my two months of writing on HubPages, I like my poodle hub results so much that I’m working on a hub about my other pet.

Depending on the kind of pet you love -- no matter if it's your Great Dane, Himalayan cat, Quaker parrot, or pot-bellied pig -- there is someone who wants to know what you think of its characteristics. And, frankly, how much research are you going to need to write this article? After all, don't you adore the breed you selected? Haven't you and family or friends learned what it's like to live with your pet?

How Do Search Engines Pick It Up?

People are finding my toy poodle hub because they are entering such phrases on Google as "toy poodle stubborn", "are toy poodles pushy", "do toy poodles bark a lot".  Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as a Google crawl that matches your main keyword with text words among your content.   My hub includes the phrases toy poodles are not stubborn, bark a lot, and pushy.  If you've got a combination of the right text words in your article, plus your main keyword in the title (for example, my title “Why I Love the Toy Poodle”),  Google will find it.... and you'll be surprised how high your pet article will rank in the Google search results.

Get the Best Title

My hub entitled “Why I Love the Toy Poodle” uses “the toy poodle” rather than “my toy poodle”.  The title implies that I am making an evaluation of the breed, not reporting the cute things my dog did last month.  You can always create a title that makes use of an outstanding breed characteristic, such as “The Toy Poodle:  Best Apartment Dog,” or humorously, “The Toy Poodle:  A Lover, Not a Fighter.”  Just avoid a title like “My Bull Terrier, Spike.”

Use of Photos

Include lots of photos – four or five – of your breed.  Don’t just add pictures of your own pet.  Wouldn’t it be boring if all golden retrievers looked alike?  Put in several nice photos of ocicats or Irish wolfhounds or whatever is your subject.  The best place to get permission to use photos is on a forum for your breed in which you participate regularly.  You’ll find a few people who will be delighted to have a picture of their pet included in your article, especially if they know you well.  I’d also recommend you select different sizes of your breed – showing the range of weights for your breed can never hurt.  If you don’t participate in a forum, ask a club or a rescue group for permission to use a few of their pictures.  They’ll be eager to let you use their photos, especially if your hub includes a link to their organization.

Your Best Writing

Use lots of good descriptive adjectives when describing your breed.  I recommend writing about 800 words.

Include both the negatives and positives.  A well-rounded review of your breed will make your content stand out as thoughtful and informed.  Don’t just go on about the personality of your pet – instead, include lots of information you’ve learned, perhaps through years of experience with your particular breed.

A warm, well-written article about your pet will be a success story on HubPages and on the search engines.

One Final Hint

Your hub will generate even more traffic if your pet’s breed is among the 10 most popular breeds in your country.  Definitely!

My dog, now at the Rainbow Bridge
My dog, now at the Rainbow Bridge

Photo Credits

Husky puppy from sponng

Ecuadorian Amazon parrot from Crispin Swan

Orange cat from Sebastian Dario


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      gracenotes 7 years ago from North Texas

      Peggy W, thanks for your comments. I love those old stories of our parents and grandparents' pets. I am going to check out your hub about Jiggs.

      As a little girl, my mom and her family had a cat that would eat raw black-eyed peas right from your hand. And my grandmother had a dog named Gizmo.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have written about a number of our pets...both present and deceased. Even wrote one about my mother's family dog when she was growing up ( Jiggs ) because so many family stories have been passed down to us about him. We still have a photo of him hanging in our home today!

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      nursesaide 7 years ago

      This is a great suggestion. Too bad all my pets passed away. Of course, I could still write about them. Umm.

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      gracenotes 7 years ago from North Texas

      Thanks very much, PB. I hope that it was as pleasant to read as it was to write.

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      Putz Ballard 7 years ago

      Great hub and good ideas

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      This is sound advice, to be sure. And you're a good writer, too. I wrote about my dog just before you came aboard: