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Harness The Awesome HubPages Power Of Google Elevation

Updated on April 26, 2009

Barely 12 hours ago, I wrote and posted a series of Hubs on the H1N1 Mexican Swine Flu. The swine flu virus is quickly spreading to epidemic proportions in Mexico where more than 80 people have died, and there are a growing number of cases in the United States.

One of the primary lessons I have learned in my nearly 900 Hubs is that evergreen content is best. A proper Hubber needs to shun the impulse to write about a late-breaking news story as HubPages works best as a long-term medium. Therefore the Hubs written should be just as relevant today as two or three years from now.

Well... my H1N1 Mexican Swine Flu virus series did incorporate various bits of information that could be handy to anyone who is trying to stay safe from any form of influenza, swine or not, but let's face it: It's an exploding news story that could have serious ramifications for the future of the health and safety of millions of North Americans, thus I jumped on the topic.

Yes, I have to admit that the series is first and foremost timely. Evergreen... well... only if the swine flu continues... but maybe by then there wouldn't be too many people around to read any internet site anyway.

But heck, I bit the bullet and wrote the Hubs anyway, even though at the back of my head, my HubSense was tingling. And when I looked out the window to the side of my PC I could swear I caught a glimpse of a tiny glowing Paul Edmondson standing on my shoulder wagging his finger at me.

When I first logged onto HubPages this morning, I was absolutely shocked. Right there were the stats from my H1N1 Mexican Swine Flu Hubs, and some of them had been drawing significant traffic overnight. I checked the direction that this traffic was coming from and it was almost all Google.

When you first post a Hub, the first batch of traffic is almost invariably from within the HubPages site itself. The Hubbers see it come up on "Latest Hubs" and go check it out. The aspect of drawing Google traffic is a much longer term prospect. It's got to show up fairly high on the results screen and that often takes a very long time... and most Hubs never make it up there. Out of my hundreds of Hubs, I have only had about twenty that consistently stay right at the very top of the results on strong keywords and draw consistent traffic day after day. But then again, that's one helluva result as most SEO-seekers spend years trying to get to that Google Holy Grail and never make it.

Of course it all has to do with the topic and the keywords. It's much easier to get to be at the top of the Google page for:

squirrels dancing polka

Than it is for

Zac Efron

But then again, when you consider that millions of young girls are looking for info on Zac Efron and only some really demented dweeb would ever care to read about polka dancing squirrels, being at the top of Google results doesn't mean anything unless it's a topic that enough people are interested in reading about.

When I went onto google to see where this traffic was coming from my jaw dropped to the ground. It seems that any combination of


swine flu


and other hot terms got my H1N1 Mexican Swine Flu Hubs in the top five results: Right there in the first part of the screen (the top of the Google results that most people can see without scrolling down) were my H1N1 Mexican Swine Flu Hubs! In barely 12 hours from the time they were posted on the site!

And some combinations were #1. Top of the Google Page. First Listing! Yippee! Talk about a Sunday Morning Happy Dance!

Yes, I'm going to dislocate my own shoulder by patting myself on the back, but before I do that, it's important to note that this demonstrates:

The Awesome Power Of HubPages!

I've spent most of my adult life with my face stuck to a computer monitor, and was extremely active online when most people had never heard of the internet.

I have never found any way to get to the top of Google faster and stay longer than HubPages!

I could spend every waking hour from now until Doomsday building my own site, throwing every white, gray, and black hat SEO trick at it, write endless articles so chock full of top keywords that they would be incomprehensible, and I still wouldn't even be able to come close to the Google results HubPages gets automatically.

The guys and gals on Minna Street have built one helluva monster Google escalator here. If your Hubs aren't drawing flies, you certainly can't blame the platform.

If you want to draw serious traffic to your works, HubPages is the only game on the internet.


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    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto


    • rapmanual profile image


      9 years ago from Hubpage Island, Squidoo Land

      current up to date content

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Like I said, its really AWESOME. Still can't figure out how Hubpages does it, but I'm certainly not complaining! :)

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      Dominic Joseph 

      9 years ago from New York

      I've just gotten started with HubPages, but I'm already impressed by the speed with which things get indexed. You're right, nobody can blame the platform. Great Hub.

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Yes, Lisa HW, and thanks. I dare anyone to find a site (or even build one) that can get you the virtually instantaneous Google topping results that HubPages does. It's really amazing. You really have to wonder why anyone would want to go and try to reinvent the wheel and do it themselves, when you have the ultimate platform right here.

    • Lisa HW profile image

      Lisa HW 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hal, excellent Hub; and, from what I've noticed about my own stuff, I agree that the HubPages/Google combination is just about the best I've run into (not that I've had a bunch of Number One-ers - if any - but I've enjoyed a couple of "really-close-to-the-topper" Hubs on Google, which was a pleasant surprise and even shock to me).

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks Teresa! It's actually not hard to get squirrels to polka like pros. All you have to do is set up a bowl filled with peanut butter on your carpet just in front of a TV playing old VHS tapes of The Lawrence Welk Show. A oneah, and a twoah, and a... :)

    • Teresa McGurk profile image


      9 years ago from The Other Bangor

      Great hub, thanks -- timely AND evergreen.

      (BTW my squirrels only salsa.)

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      That's fantastic Christa! Congrats to you too! I am absolutely certain that the vast majority of Hubbers don't truly realize just how powerful this platform is, and how it can facilitate rocketing to the top of Google. Many have tried, many have failed, but HubPages ROCKS! :)

    • Christa Dovel profile image

      Christa Dovel 

      9 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

      Congratulations! Yesterday I had a similar experience. The last hub I published made it to google's #1 spot, under the search terms I designed it for. It was so exciting!


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