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How to Configure Technorati for HubPages
Technorati is not only a great place for HubPages users to get backlinks, but is also fantastic for traffic as a large number of people read Technorati.
The big problem with Technorati is that it can be a huge pain to set up, especially for HubPages users. Technically, Technorati is for blogs and hubs aren't really blogs. However, there is a way to get Technorati working for your hubs so you can get those nice juicy backlinks and that Technorati traffic!
Luckily, HubPages is super awesome, so they've provided each user with their very own RSS feed URL! This means that even though hubs are more closely related to articles than they are to blogs, that technically speaking, your HubPages account is a blog! Huh? Don't worry about the technical speak. Just know that since HubPages gives you an RSS feed, your hubs are technically blog posts (even we're cool here and write articles, not stuff saying what we had for breakfast!)
So enough babble! How do you get your Technorati account to be friends with your HubPages account? Here's how:
You've got to sign up to Technorati! Don't worry, it's just a standard sign-up form. Head on over to Technorati to get started.
Adding Your HubPages Info to Technorati
Sign in to Technorati. Once you're logged in, click your username in the right-hand corner.
You will be taken to a page where you can fill out your profile details. Go ahead and fill this stuff out later (after you're done with this tutorial.)
At the bottom of this page, under the section where you add your photo/avatar, there is a section called "My Claimed Blogs." In this section, you will see a box that says "Start a blog claim." In this box put your HubPages profile url. For me, that would be http://melbel.hubpages.com
The next page will ask you for details on your "blog." For my title, I just put "Melbel on HubPages" but "Melbel's Hubs" would have done just as well. I recommend making your title something along those lines (with your HubPages username, of course.)
You will be asked to enter your HubPages RSS url. You can get your HubPages url right from your HubPages profile by click the little orange button under your photo.
If you don't know of any blogs that link to you, just leave the "Linking blogs" boxes alone.
The site description may be difficult, especially if you write on a range of topics. You could put something like, "Covers a wide range of topics including, nursing, travel, and the occasional recipe!"
Under "Site categories" you will be asked to select four, and only four, categories that describe your HubPages account. Select the ones that most relate to your hubs. You can change your selections in the future, so don't worry too much here.
Fill out some tags or "keywords" to describe your hubs.
How to Set Up Your Claim
Once you fill in your details, you will receive an email asking you to claim your HubPages account. This basically is their way of saying, "You say you use HubPages? Prove it!" They just want to make sure you're not claiming stuff that's not yours.
In this email, you will see a claim token made up of letters and numbers. We're going to do some fun copy and paste work with it, so go ahead and copy it.
Since Technorati, will be checking for the claim token in your RSS feed, you will want to put the claim token in your NEWEST hub. THIS WILL ONLY BE TEMPORARY. However, even though it's temporary, the claim token is still extremely ugly. I found a great way to input the claim token in the RSS feed, while making it something that's not visible to your readers.
Head on over to your newest hub and hit edit. Click "summary" and paste your Technorati claim token before anything that's written in your summary for that particular hub. After you've done that, head on over to your profile on Technorati and click "check claim" at the bottom. On the next page, you'll have to click a button that says "Activate claim token." Go ahead and do that. After that, you may receive an email from Technorati asking to confirm your email address. You'll want to go ahead and do that.
While you're waiting for your blog to be approved, go ahead and fill out the rest of your Technorati profile!
Waiting for Approval
Technorati seriously has a ton of people adding blogs to their site, so getting your claim approved can take a while. It took about a week and a half for me. Since it's best to have the claim token in your latest hub, make sure you add your claim token to the summaries of any hubs you write while you're waiting for approval.
Once approved, make sure you delete the claim token(s). Claim tokens are ugly, so you only want it on your hub temporarily.
Welcome to Technorati! As a HubPages user, you have a lot of benefits on Technorati that others don't. For example, since other hubber's hubs link to YOUR hubs, you will see a much higher rank on Technorati than other bloggers.