Update Your Old or Idle Hubs
How to Create Fresh Content
There are many hubs on this web site that cover years of writing. 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 more audiences. 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If you wrote a hub a few years ago, but it now appears outdated, make it an Evergreen.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 now 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 several 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. The Learning Center 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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© 2011 Carolyn Gibson