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Update Your Old or Idle Hubs

Updated on January 22, 2014
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There are many hubs on this web site that were written several years ago. When was the last time you looked at one of your old hubs? Is the topic still relevant? Has it been marked on your account as an 'idle hub'? Could it use photographs, some links, or an Amazon book list?

I took some time one day to read over my articles. I discovered that for the most part, they were decent. But, I wanted them to shine and find an audience. Also, since writing those older hubs, my writing skills had improved. I wanted those improvements to be reflected in all of my hubs.

If you wrote a hub a few years ago, but it now appears outdated, make it an Evergreen. Evergreen content is an article that doesn’t age over time. It is as relevant today as it was two or even four years ago. Take a look and see if it can be changed into an updated, fresh article.

Other ways you can review your old hubs are:

  • Look at your hubs with the lowest scores. Why do you think they are rated so low? What is missing? Can you improve the writing in those articles?
  • Research the subject again. Have there been changes or updates to the content you wrote?
  • Remove all copy written photographs and replace with free stock photos at www.shutterstock.com, www.freedigitalphotos.net or www.Wikimedia.com;
  • Add a phrase or a few words of wisdom under the picture captions to emphasize your points;
  • Could the hub use a video?
  • Add links on your older articles to other hub articles on this website;
  • Are your tags relevant to the article?
  • Are all of your articles put into Hub Groups? Are there still some hubs lingering in your Orphan section of Groups? A Group is another way of saying Categories. It is helpful because you will be able to find all of your articles by category. It is much easier than doing an Excel spreadsheet;
  • Add capsules that may not have been available when you first wrote the hub;
  • Add a follow up evergreen article;
  • Look at your hub summary. It's usually the first item seen of your hub. Does it grab the reader's attention, or is it just adequate?
  • Are there typos you didn't see before? I found one in this article even after reading it several times;
  • Are there Google Keywords you can add to bring more traffic to your hubs?
  • Go to the HubPage Learning Center and see what else can be done to improve your articles. TheLearningCenter can help you understand and implement those phrases and content ideas mentioned here. You can also learn about ways to increase followers and make more money

We can always improve our articles. Something you wrote a year ago may look childish to you now. You have grown creatively since your initial writings. All of your hubs should reflect that growth. Look at your older hubs with a fresh eye. You may reclaim some followers who like your recent work, and have not yet read your earlier ones.


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      Carolyn Gibson 5 years ago from Boston

      Thank you, Sunil. I always enjoy getting positive feedback.

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      Sunil Kunnoth 5 years ago

      Hi, your article was informative and useful.

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      Carolyn Gibson 6 years ago from Boston

      Thank you for your comments. I believe articles should be written as evergreen content to the extent possible. Again, I believe that if your hub scores are in the dumps, those hubs should be reviewed with a fresh eye. Does the article provide all the information a person needs to finish reading it? Are you bored yourself reading it? If yes, your hub needs a new shine put on it.

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      Thank you for your VERY USEFUL tips!!

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      Glenn Stok 6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      This is a very important issue you wrote about. I see a lot of articles online (not only HubPages) where the information is either out of date or at least could use some added material.

      I have been going over my lowest scoring hubs ever since I as in my own subdomain as an effort to either delete the non-performing hubs, or to fix them.

      Just as you explained, I found in many cases I needed to update some information that had changed, and I also discovered better ways to explain things based on keywords people were using to find any specific hub.

      You listed every important item that needs to be considered. Great job. Voted up.

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      Jaspal Singh 6 years ago from India / Australia

      Wonderful as well useful Hub. I will try to follow your tips. Jaspal

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      Andrew 6 years ago from Rep Boston MA

      Wonderful hub, yes it is very important to update old hubs. I personally strive to make a hub evergreen the first time, its words of wisdom there!

      ~thranax~

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      Carolyn Gibson 6 years ago from Boston

      Thank you, all.

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      NotWiredThatWay 6 years ago from New York

      This was great. I've only been on a few weeks and I know I should revamp a few of my hubs. Thank you.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Excellent and informative article. Have bookmarked this for future reference. Many thanks for sharing.

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      Carolyn Gibson 6 years ago from Boston

      If you delete your hub and publish it new, HubPages will still have your old hub in its system and will consider it a duplicate article. I usually edit the old hub with revisions and updates, and add the enhancements. This way, you don't lose your audience who may have read your old article several times.

      I did one article about the termination of news host Rick Sanchez. When his status changed, I added a "note" at the end indicating his current status

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      Great hub with wonderful advice..I do have a question..do you copy and paste onto a new hub with a new title or just unpublish the old one, correct content and republish? I ran into a problem with a warning saying I duplicated but I knew it was my own hub that I had deleted. What is the best way to do this? Thanks so much.

      Sunnie

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Many great tips and suggestions here! There is always room for improvement in old hubs.Thanks for the reminder. Voted up and bookmarked!

      Tina

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      Carolyn Gibson 6 years ago from Boston

      Thanks everyone. I have to give credit to the Boston 2011 Hub Camp. It gave me a lot of ideas to write.

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      Felix J Hernandez 6 years ago from All over the USA

      Such a good notion. I was thinking about this weeks ago and was thinking of a Hub for it but you pretty much settled that. I'm taking notes here.

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks for the very informative hub. I'm still pretty new to all this and your tips have given me some food for thought. Voted up and useful!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Carolyn2008, you really did it this time!

      This is probably the Best article summary for maintaining your Hubs over a period of time, to make sure that they are relevant. It is so important to view and edit you Hubs consistently, over time.

      I have been "tweaking" titles, adding and deleting so many little things in each capsule, I've changed my layouts; I nearly enhanced everything!

      We learned a lot in Boston, and I am looking forward to the next Meetup. Let's think August? Great article!

      JSMatthew~

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      Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

      Great idea for a useful hub!

      I have done a lot of these things, but I will certainly revisit this to see if there is more I can do.