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Housekeeping 101 For Your HubPages.com Library

Updated on February 20, 2014

I'm overdue for some house keeping of my HubPages archive. Time got away from me and it was just too exciting to write a hub and watch my statistics change. But now, it's time to turn the creative forces back. It's time to reassess my earlier Hubs; the ones I wrote before I had any real understanding of how HubPages works. Why do I care about the older hubs? Because - I have grown to love this community of writers and I want to earn their respect. I may never make a lot of money writing but I can't put a dollar value on the friendships I've made here.

I want you to have the same wonderful experience that I've had and that's why I want to share some things I've learned with you.

After you've written 20 hubs, it's time to stop and reassess what you've written. There are so many excellent writers here on HubPages and you want yours to speak "excellence" too. So, let's do a bit of house keeping to keep your numbers climbing.

From this point forward I will refer to HubPages as - HP (no, it doesn't mean Hewlett Packard).

Housekeeping - The Basics

There are many components to a hub but we're just going to cover the basic components. For a newcomer, these are the components that make the most difference to your statistics. These are the components we will cover.

  • title - The title gets your hub noticed and helps search engines send traffic your way. As a newbie, you don't realize the importance of your title but - it's very important.
  • text - The text gets your message across to your reader. It is the reason you wrote in the first place. You did have something to say, didn't you?
  • links within Text capsules - Takes your readers to another website for more information on your hub topic.
  • category - The category places your hub where readers who share your interest can find you easily. Categories can be used to drive traffic to your site too.
  • group - The group serves as a filing cabinet where you get to label the files according to their subject.
  • summary - The summary is your opportunity to draw your reader in to the meat of your hub.
  • images - Images, you know what they are but there are some things you probably don't know yet.

I listed the basics because these are the things can make the difference in your becoming a successful writer here on HP. As a newbie, it's just all too easy to get caught up in writing lots of hubs. Hindsight is 20/20. Have you heard that? Well it's true. When you go back and look at the first hubs you wrote, it's sometimes embarrassing how juvenile your writing was. It's not your fault though, you just didn't understand how interactive the components of your hubs are. So, it's time to reassess and make your hubs the awesome hubs they were intended to be.

Let's Look At Your First Hub

»Title:

Does your title tell the reader what your hub is about? If you want to drive more traffic to your hub, try using Google Adwords to refine your title. Find terms that have the highest searches that are relevant to your hub and re-write or re-phrase your title. HP also provides "Title Tuner" to help with writing great titles. You'll find it in the sidebar to the left of your account page. Use it. It's a great way to learn to write better titles.

TEXT

Does your text say what you meant to say? Re-read your hub. Than, read it ou loud. Sometimes we get carried away and use too many words to say something simple. At other times, we don't say enough to really convey our message. Re-assessing your text gives you an opportunity to read your hub as any other reader would. It can be quite surprising.

Spell check! Maybe you did it when you wrote the hub and, maybe you forgot. Do it again now. I've been embarrassed by the mistakes I made in my early hubs by forgetting to spell check. This is your chance to look like a pro. Hubs that have spelling or grammar mistakes will never help you climb the ladder to Hub Stardom!

Check your punctuation. There isn't a grammar tool within the HP text capsule but if you're unsure about something, you can always copy and paste it into your word processor. When I'm writing, I leave a blank Microsoft Word document open. I copy and paste my text into Word and run a spell/grammar check. It's caught more than one mistake.

LINKS WITHIN CAPSULES

Nothing turns a reader off more than having a link to another site embedded in your text and when they click on it, the link takes them to the referenced site and in order to finish reading your work, they have to hit their "back" button. You can avoid that by adding a simple code to your link. Here's how:

When you have finished writing the capsule and have linked to another site, click "html" in the capsule's toolbar. A window will open revealing the code for your text capsule.

  1. Find the code for your link. It will begin with a ref= . Let's use HP as an example. (ex. a ref=<http://www.hubpages.com>.
  2. Click between the m and the > and insert one space with the space bar.
  3. Now type target="_blank"
  4. Your text should now read: a ref=<http://www.hubpages.com target="_blank">
  5. Click save and your link will now open in a new window and leave your reader on your hub too.

Links are so important to maintain and HP provides a great tool called "link checker" that can scan your hubs for broken links. I like to double-check my own when I am reassessing a hub. It's just a little added assurance that my hubs are worth reading.

CATEGORY

If traffic to your hub is moving slow or has come to a screeching halt, you might want to revise the category. Did you select the first category that looked right when you started the hub? There might be a category that fits better. Now that you're more experienced with the process, it can't hurt to browse around for a better category. Sometimes a topic will fit nicely in several categories. Try one to get your hub moving again and if it doesn't work, try another. In the big picture, this is a small piece but hey, it's worth trying.

GROUP

Groups allow you to file your hubs according to your own labels. Groups link hubs of similar subjects together and allow your readers to isolate hubs that they are particularly interested in. Groups can be particularly helpful for those hubbers who publish recipes as it will allow you to file your breads, cakes, vegetables, fruits, etc. together.

Since hub pages places the group name in front of your hub title, utilizing the group feature can also help bring traffic to your site.

SUMMARY

I really screwed this up when I first started writing on HP. I thought it was just a pain-in-the-butt step that was irrelevant to everything else. And then, the new profile template was released and did I ever have some corny, superficial summaries showing on my profile. Not only did my profile make me look like an idiot, but every other writer who linked to my hubs displayed the same corny, superficial, hack job summary. Re-write your summary if you didn't think it was important in the beginning and wrote summaries like mine. Make your summary draw your reader in with drama or mystery or any other temptation but make your summary count.

BACK LINKS

Do you know about back linking? I didn't either until recently. There are two ways to do it and it works. Look at the very bottom of the screen of your hub. Click on "link to this page". A window pops up with html code. Now, here's the cool part. When you read someone else's hub that you want to share, click on that link. Now, copy and paste that link into your social media sites. Each time someone views the link, a click credit will be logged on your statistics. It's a great way to increase clicks.

The other way to back link (and it's my favorite) is to add a link capsule to your hub and insert the same code I just mentioned in the URL field. It's a great way to provide your reader with a link to another relevant hub and promote other readers. You'll be amazed at the number of hubbers who will reciprocate with a link back to your work. We are a community of supportive writers and we want you to be successful.

IMAGES

There are only two things to tell you about images. First, readers love it when you use personal images to compliment your hub. Second, if you use someone else's image, credit them!!! I cannot stress that enough. We are writers so if anyone should abide by copyright laws, it is us. You don't want someone to steal your writing so don't steal someone's images. Remember, this is cyberspace and there are no secrets. Please, check the images you've used for copyright violations.

Invest Yourself

If you're going to invest yourself in writing, invest just a little more time to keep the content fresh and visually appealing. Few readers will read the entire content of your article if you have not broken your material into sections that are easy to read. Add some images or decorate dividers to enhance your readers experience. They will be much more likely to come back for more of your offerings if their experience has been a pleasant one.

When you read a article that you really enjoyed, take an extra minute to look at the layout. Ask yourself what elements drew you to it in the first place and, what was it that kept your attention. We have the tools and the motivation so let's make our time count. Good material will not only draw readers to our articles but it will also earn us the respect of other writers and those referrals are worth the extra effort.

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    SassySue1963 4 years ago

    Hi Irc!

    This is wonderful! I've only put out 13 Hubs so far but was already deciding I needed to go back and readdress some things in my earlier Hubs. I've yet to do the linking idea which is one of the things I wanted to look at for my Hubs. Nicely done and very helpful!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks Sassysue1963! I'm working on mine and am so glad. Some were a real mess.

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    I have gone over my hubs probably too much..making changes, improvements etc. I think I will go over the tags and summary....And you are so right---when I look at my beginning hubs I just cringe, but I am making them better. This was a perfect hub and you hit the crux of writing. However, when you start here you don't have a clue even if you are a good writer. Thanks for this fabulous hub. Voting UP, bookmarking and sharing all over the place.

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    Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

    I really need to fix up my earlier hubs. I know their tags are terrible! I just can't seem to find the time, though. Thanks for the great suggestions!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks carol777. I spent the day working on mine and only got through 1/4 of them. Oh God they were bad. lol I think it's a natural process though and it's certainly a good exercise. I am learning what I'm good at writing and what to leave alone. If it doesn't come from my soul, it's pretty boring. Thanks for all the encouragement and good luck with yours.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Natashalh ! Thanks for visiting with me. Time! Oh I understand. But you know, I think I said it best in the hub. It's better to write a few great ones than a lot of mediocre ones. I spent the whole day working on my early ones. It's painful but so worth it. It's amazing what you learn here in such short time from the amazing writers that paved the way. Good luck with yours.

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    Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Hi Irc7815, I think you might have forgotten to accept carol777 and Natasha's comment because I see your responses, but not their comments. On to your hub...well done. Very useful hubbing information!

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    So much to do, so little time! Sheez, how am I going to get this all done on 260 hubs? LOL Sorry, I'm whining! I know you are right, Linda; now I just have to figure out how to do it all and still sleep at night. :)

    Very good suggestions!

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    Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    This was a pleasure to read. A sense of humor and great advice for Hub House Keeping. I have begun to do a little, and I so do share your experiences and feelings!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks for the tip Sunshine625. I had a little interruption this afternoon and didn't get to finish what I started. I appreciate your comment as well.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Bill, let me know how that works out for you. lol I had no idea that you needed sleep too. I visited your web page this afternoon too and honestly, I'm convinced that you are really Superman.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi rebeccmealey! I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub. Trust me, if I didn't have a sense of humor when I started, I sure found one when I read the hubs I wrote when I first joined HP. Oh boy was I ever green. I still have a long way to go but it really is helpful to look back at your earlier work. It helps you to realize your own growth and...growth potential if you listen to the professional writers here.

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    Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

    I didn't start housekeeping till I already had a hundred Hubs. I wish I'd done this sooner. Great recommendations!

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Wow! I have overlooked almost all of these. To make it more embarrassing most of your suggestion are so easy. Thank you

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Oh Georgie, I worked on my when I had published about 50 but I wasn't thorough. Now, I have over 80 and when I look at the ones I had already done, they still had room for improvement. It will take me forever but I'm going to do it if it kills me. Some of them are so bad. Good luck with yours.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hey Mhatter99! They are easy but I'll admit, it's time consuming, especially if you want to back link to other hubs. But, I still think it's worth it to have hubs you can be happy with. Thanks so much for reading. I'm starting to count on your visits and comments. Don't ever hold back though. :-)

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    Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

    This is very useful information for a new Hubber to get started on the right foot, and also a great reminder for veterans. I think I am doing all of these things, but when I go back to look at my old hubs, there is always something that could be made better. Voted up.

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    MizBejabbers 4 years ago

    You answered a couple of questions for me. I work fulltime and barely have time to publish the few hubs that I have, so I don't have time to really get into the technicalities. I had wondered if you needed permission to link your hubs to that of another hubber. I asked permission from a follower of mine and she never replied, so I guess now I know. Thanks for the tip and I'll link some in the future.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks for reading Millionaire. I thought I was doing pretty good until I started looking at my early hubs. Oh my! Lots of work still to do. It's a learning process for sure.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    MizB - I'm glad you learned a little something from me. It's amazing actually. :-)

    I can't see why anyone would mind a back link since it drives more traffic to their hub. But, who am I?

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Excellent tips, Linda, especially since the "idle" status has been implemented!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks bravewarrior. Have you looked at some of your early ones? I was so embarrrassed. lol It will take me weeks just to clean up the technical things, much less refine the content. So much to do!

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    No, Linda, I need to do that. I've been busy with freelance assignments, thus HP activity on my part is suffering. :-(

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    William Young 4 years ago from Eaglle Grove, Iowa

    Excellent hub, Irc7815! I've written 47 hubs now and I'm starting to take a look at my older hubs to see if I need to do something different with them, archive them or something. The second I think about doing that, I find that there is a new comment on one of them. I agree with you totally about just enjoying the experience of writing on here without worrying so much about making a dollar. Google Adsense won't approve my account for some reason so now I'm just posting Amazon merchandise on my hubs (I don't know if anyone has ever actually made money as an Amazon affiliate, but I'm putting everything on there from books, to Kindles to Dallas Cowboys sweatshirts--whatever I think will sell...Remember the words of the great prophet Gordon Gecko--"Greed is good!" just kidding...But anyway, I appreciate your great advice here, it's opened my eyes to take a look at some things on my hubpages site that I may have overlooked.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi William Young! I can't explain Google denying you an account. I got mine on the first try. That said, after 86 hubs, I've made $.13 cents with them. I have made no money off of Amazon and it shows I've only had 13 clicks and 0 purchases. This month, I've earned a whopping $7.00 on HP. Yes, I'm rolling in the dough. lol

    Now seriously, I followed my own advice in this hub a couple of days ago and cleaned up abuot 15 hubs that were not getting any traffic at all. Suddenly I'm getting 5-10 hits a day on them again. I'm happy with that considering I could still do some re-writing to make them better.

    Glad you enjoyed this one though. Thanks for spending time here.

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    RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

    Top notch advice here. I learned a lot from your work here. Thanks for helpful info in an easy to read format!

    I'll be linking this to my latest (when it is out of pending), to my hub on plagiary, and I think to a couple of others.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi ERalloni! Thanks so much for the comment and the link sharing. It's amazing how tweaking my hubs increased traffic. I still have some work to do but it really made a difference.

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    RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

    Okay, I've added this link to several of my hubs already and made a discovery. In one I added it within the hub's original text so I could add the target=… thingy. In the next I made a new text capsule and added the link the same way. Then I added the link to a hub that had a Links Capsule with others' links in it. The discovery is that with the first two methods the target=… thingy keeps the reader on my hub so that they can come back to it after reading the added link/hub, but that in the Links Capsule the reader is taken to the new link/hub, but if they want to finish reading my hub they have to find their way back to it on their own.

    Well, you've given me some stuff to work on, and I've got hubs to write, projects to finish so I can write about them, and already need to make other updates to previous hubs--but that's good, right? :)

    Oh, thanks to this hub I was looking over my own list of them and realized that something must be wrong with the Otterbox hub I just did. I had expected it to do well, at least initially, but it was okay then zeroing out. Hmmm… going back into it I found that I had forgotten to complete the tags and fine tune the summary. Duh… One would think that by now all that would be auto-pilot stuff, but the rest of life interrupts my HP thinking sometimes. :)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    So, you learned something RTalloni! :-) Yes, the links capsule cannot be opened in a seperate window. It stinks. And yes, it's all good. I think auto-pilot is the cause of many of my mistakes. We get comfortable and forget to think. lol I really appreciate your linking back to the hub. I hope it helps others. I'm still learning too.

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    RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

    I'll be linking this to my latest hub when it is out of pending mode, as I said, but have also found a couple of errors I missed in proofing it. Reviewing our hubs is a tedious process, but important!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    RTalloni - it is tedious but I will be anxious to see if you get the same increase in traffic that I did. One thing that I know has helped me is to make sure that I have "grouped" my hub and included the name of the group in the tag. Keep me posted, okay?

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    RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

    Yes, I am going to be double-checking my groups…time… :)

    And this time I am NOT going to forget to do all the up stuff for THIS hub. 8-] Bye for now.

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    Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    UGH! I wish I had read this a year or more ago...at this point, I have over 200 Hubs! I know my earliest ones don't get much traffic, but that's primarily because many of them are poems, which don't get that much traffic in the first place--something I had to learn the hard way.

    I just recently learned about the backlinking tool at the bottom of the page; previously, if I wanted to share someone's Hub, I just copied the URL from the address bar at the top of the page. Now I know that didn't do me any good--and I did not realize at the time that you could help your own traffic that way.

    With all the *ahem* 'screwing around' that Google AND Hub Pages are doing, with algorithms, new rules, new formats, etc. it's a wonder anyone is getting any traffic--the forums are full of complaints on the matter. Mostly, red arrows turned into blue ones!

    Voted up, interesting and useful...and now...to work!

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    Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    P.S.--One of the changes made that really stinks was HP taking away the option when creating a link to tell it, "open in new window." Bah!

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    David Stillwell 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

    A well written hub with useful information. Remember that the goal should be to write for google and less so for hubpages. This hub is primarily targeted at hubpage readers, which makes the topic not so evergreen. In other words, this hub probably has a very short life span at which will likely drop off as soon as the initial interest in it dies away. This also means that the work that you put into this hub will likely not pay off. If you focus on topics that are evergreen, they will continue to pay you long after the initial interest from hubpage readers dies off. Your goal should be to write a hub that continues to receive views from google and other search engines each day for the next several years. If you can do this, and publish a library of hubs that do this then you will likely see significant earnings. If you have questions, let me know. dmt

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi DzyMzLizzy! Thanks. I think it's always going to be a learning curve as things are constantly changing. This hub is really just about what I learned after Ihad written a lot of hubs and like you, wish I had known earlier. :-) Thanks for reading and adding to the discussion.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Daven. You're right, I haven't struck a balance yet. As an emotionally motivated person, I will probably always write some things for hubpages but I have been trying to focus on getting more bang out of my writing from google. I have a lot to learn. I am seeing positive change though. During my first four months here, less than 1/4 of my traffic was coming from google. In the past couple of weeks, I've seen an increase to almost 1/2 of my traffic coming from google. I still have trouble with titles. I'm missing the creative DNA to write a good title. I am working more with the google keyword tool though and I think it is helping. I need to find a balance though. I don't want to write (and probably couldn't if I wanted to) about things that I don't care about. Can it be done and still produce $$'s?

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    Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Such valuable information in this hub and I learned a few new things like the html linking as an example. Will have to give it a try. Also have to check my earlier hubs as to categories, etc. THANK YOU! Never too old or too late to keep learning things! Up votes and sharing.

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Lots of great tips. Thanks for passing them on.

    I am in the process of doing many of the things you suggested.

    Voted up, useful and interesting.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello Peggy. Thanks for the visit and I am so happy that I could share something that you didn't know. I will be learning forever it seems, how to write well and market my work. I appreciate the vote too.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Happyboomernurse! Haven't run into you for a while so it's nice to see you. I appreciate the coment. Have fun with your hubs. It's a chore but I found it worthwhile. I still have some work to do. Good luck and, thanks for the vote up.

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    David Stillwell 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

    Use your keyword and phrases as your title. The title does not have to be something artsy ... unless you might be writing a romance novel... then I think the cover art helps to sell the book... The title is one of the tools that the search engine uses to find your article so that it can present it to readers.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Daven - thank you so much. I've been stressing over that one. I really appreciate your help, more than you know.

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    David Stillwell 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

    You are welcome...

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    Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Came back to report that I now know how to keep people on the same page by having the internal links open up in a new window thanks to you. Hip hip hooray!!! THANK YOU again!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Great Peggy. I'm so glad this was helpful. I'm still learning every day thanks to others who are willing to share. What a great community.

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    Richie Mogwai 4 years ago from Vancouver

    Great suggestion, I will be doing that soon. Good thing the link checking tool is available to advice proactively if there is anything broken. That really helps me a lot.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks for the visit RichieMogwai. Glad you found something helpful here.

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    Stephanie Marie Severson 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    Thank you for the info. I voted up.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks Steph. Much appreciated.

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    I don't even have time to post anymore, let alone fix what I have posted, but I know it's necessary. I will throw this to my desktop in hopes of being able to come back to it and tweak, tweak, tweak and fix. Awesome info, Linda! Thank you!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Shauna, you're so far behind you are re-commenting on hubs you've already commented on. lol

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    Jasmine 4 years ago

    I'm saving this hub for future reference. In my library, there are 7 idle hubs screaming for refreshments - I'll totally re-write three of them, but have no idea what to do with the remaining four. I'm sure the idea will come up after I've analyzed them following the guidelines in this hub. Voted up!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi vox! Any of the items in this hub should take care of the idol status, at least until you decide what to do next. Even changing the category or linking to another hub should work. Thanks for reading and for the vote up. Revamping old hubs is a chore. I went through my list when I had published 100 and wish I had not waited so long. I still want to do re-writes on some of the early ones though. It's a work in progress.

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    Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

    Great info here! I think HP has removed Title Tuner feature. When I clicked on that, it just said I used the proper title (or something to that effect. I tried using the feature you give to keep readers on your page after leaving it to read another. I have not figured that out yet, but I'm still trying. I have bookmarked this Hub till I can learn that.

    Voted this UP, etc. and will share.

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    Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

    A useless task as most edited hubs will be idled again after a few weeks or months. I've decided to let HP idle whatever they want and will put the articles elsewhere. I's not very encouraging to publish them in the first place at this point.

    Since HP isn't favored by Google any longer because of their past history of promoting cr*p, it's a gamble to place anything here. I have the worst traffic and earnings since I joined this site almost 4 years ago with little hope of it changing any time soon.

    SSSSS

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Mary, thank you! It took me a bit of time to figure that trick out too but if you follow those directions step by step, you'll get it. I appreciate your comment, and that you would share it.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Randy, thanks for reading. I'm sorry you are having a negative experience. Mine is the total opposite. My traffic continues to grow and in the five months I've been here, not one of my hubs has gone idle. I don't think it's because I'm a great writer though. I think it's because I work my butt off networking and supporting the work of other hubbers. They in turn, help me by sharing my hubs. I'm sorry you're giving up and would encourage you to rethink it.

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    dodo indra 4 years ago from indonesia

    I had and still have to learn more about maximizing the articles in Hubpages. article really helped me and gave me new knowledge that is still new. I want to ask why in the hubpages feature could be a need revision? thank

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    dodo indra, if your hub does not get the expected traffic, revision sometimes improves that. Good luck.

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Doi! Forgive me!

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    Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

    Great advice! I especially like how you simplified some back linking techniques. I have a limited amount of time to spend writing, and I don't want to waste it out hobnobbing on a million forums just so I can post a link. I use some social sharing, but I write too many topics to find a forum of interest for each one and keep active there!

    Very useful! Voting and Sharing!

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    Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

    This was a great mini-workshop for me and very useful! I needed this refresher course. Must keep this on file for review. Thank you.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Sharkye11. I'm glad you found this one useful. Self promoting is not my strong suit either. I just want to write good articles and let them stand on their own merit. Cleaning up old hubs has been beneficial for me and I hope you will find it the same. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment and...share. :-)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello teaches2345! Thanks for the visit. I have found these steps useful, especially when a hub goes idle. I hope it will be useful to you as well.

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    ExoticHippieQueen 4 years ago

    Very, very useful information which I will be using to go over my hubs. Thank you!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello ExoticHippieQueen! What a unique user name. :-) Thanks for reading this one and commenting. I hope you will find that tweaking your hubs helpful.

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