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Hub Hopping – The importance of reading other blogs

Updated on October 17, 2011

Hub Hopping in HubPages is a system that allows Hubbers to read up on random and assorted hubs that have been published recently. Hub Hopping also allows you to leave feedback, whether good or bad. Although the Hub Hopping button says "Help us out, hop some hubs", it is actually going to help you out. Here is why Hub Hopping is one of the most important and powerful self help tools that any writer can have to benefit their own writing goals.

1) Learn more about writing at HubPages

Hub Hopping will expose you to a lot of new idea, tips and tricks on how to write at HubPages. Remember, HubPages is not your average blog where you can mindlessly publish one article after another. HubPages is a community. The foundation of this community is based on sharing and interaction with other Hubbers. Whether you are a new Hubber or a HubPages Elite, there is always a thing or two that you will learn from Hub Hopping.

2) Find out ways to get traffic and income

You may be content following your very own mentor and his/her hubs on how to get more traffic to your hubs because they've been successful at doing so. But do you really need to be told that the internet is a fast changing environment where any further insight into bringing more traffic to your hubs and tips on earning more income from HubPages are priceless? Start Hub Hopping today and come across new tricks and tweaks that you can apply to your own hubs to boost traffic, and more.

3) Understand the different formats that Hubbers use

When we talk about the format of a hub or a blog, it refers to the effective placement of advertisements, links, images, capsules, videos and other elements. This concept is driven from the fact that many believe that certain image and ad placements helps you get more clicks and earn more revenue from Google Adsense and the HubPages Ad Program. There are many who will even give lessons on how to place your Amazon links more effectively. Whether or not these tips work to help you earn more revenue is a different debate. But what is definitely sure, that Hub Hopping will expose you to new formats and new styles which you can take tips from. You may find a certain style visually more appealing than others and may want to incorporate it in your own hubs.

4) Compare your writing with others'

It's great that you believe that your writing style and quality beats that of any other writer out there in the big bad world of online writing. That shows you have got confidence and belief in your own writing. But whenever you feel like coming back down to earth from cloud 9, and compare your own writing skills with that of others, Hub Hopping is your best friend. Hub Hopping allows you to compare your writing with the thousands out there without going through the hassle of clicking one link after the other. Hub Hopping is a one-stop comparative and analytical tool that will give you a subtle reminder that there are many other talented writers out there who you can learn from to compare and improve your writing.

5) Find out what is trending

If you've just started writing after a long break, Hub Hopping can be an easy way for you to find out what topics are trending at HubPages. For example, in the few days after Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple died, there were many hubs on tributes, quotes and other things about the legend floating around in Hub Hopping.

6) Find out if your writing is too generic

You may feel that you writing is too niche, and will definitely stand out in the larger scheme of things here at HubPages. One way to find this is of course, the search option. Another way to confirm this is by Hub Hopping as you will get an overall idea of what the users have been writing about recently.

7) Leave feedback and comments

If you haven't realized how important leaving comments on the hubs of other Hubbers is, go check your Google Analytics tool and find out the sources of traffic. You will be astonished to see that a lot of traffic to your hubs and HubPages profile may be coming from other hubs that you generally leave comments on. That's not it. Comments and feedback are a great way to interact and bond with other Hubbers in this warm and friendly community.

8) Spot and follow upcoming and new Hubbers

As you may have found out already, getting noticed and getting other readers to read your hubs is not as easy as it sounds. With Hub Hopping, you can spot the new and upcoming writers who you think might be the HubPages stars of tomorrow. Follow them if you wish, and try to learn a thing or two from the newcomers who may become the leaders of tomorrow.

9) Learn and explore the unknown

HubPages is filled with exciting How to, What is, recipes, travel tips, poems and DIY hubs to name a few, that are a prime example of great content and useful tips that you can use in your own daily lives. Yes, your primary goal at HubPages may be to earn money, but it will not hurt you if you learn a thing or two that will make your life outside HubPages easier, will it? Without doubt, you will stand benefited.

10) Find out what sells

Yes, sex sells, but that's not the be all and end all of everything. There are other topics, categories and areas you can write on that are popular amongst readers. You can get a low down of what is selling by Hub Hopping and finding out the hubs and content that has more comments and more feedback. Hub Hopping is your fee market analysis tool.

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    • Vledoc profile image

      Vledoc 

      6 years ago

      Awesome hub. I am going to start hopping right now! I briefly tried hopping once before didn't quite get it. Thanks!

    • cascoly profile image

      cascoly 

      6 years ago from seattle

      great hub and overall i agree with your comments &suggestions - one clarification though - increasing your traffic thru reciprocal hub hopping deosnt necessarily lead to more earnings - those doing such hopping are probably trying to increase their own traffic, and are not interested [or even notice] the ads which are the only way you actually earn money.

      htere's alot o talk about traffic and earnings, but very few actual reported results. i've made some initial attempts:

      http://cascoly.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-use-Google-...

      and http://cascoly.hubpages.com/hub/Get-More-Hub-Traff...

    • agreenman profile image

      agreenman 

      6 years ago

      Good info, thank you. I just started here and can already feel the sense of community and a higher quality than other blogs. Almost like an internet microcosm.

    • BigSerious profile image

      Christen Roberts Comer 

      6 years ago from Harrisburg, PA

      I have fun hub hopping, but am sad when I see one paragraph hubs with no information, no formatting, and it seems like no attempt to try. I often want to leave a comment with tips when I see a hub that could be better - I haven't done this often though. I vote up as often as I can though when I see a hub I like. :) I'm gonna go hub hopping now. :D

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      6 years ago

      "Hubbers being in a community and that support of each other" What you said here is the backbone of HubPages, and for that matter, any blogging or other community of online entrepreneurship.

      Moreover I strongly believe that there are fewer better ways to pick up on the latest technical jazz, updates, styles and skills of writing and publishing online than reading articles and posts of other hubbers and bloggers. Thanks heaps for stopping by and commenting!

      Princesswithapen

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      6 years ago from USA

      These are good suggestions. You offer the really important tip of Hubbers being in a community and that support of each other is important. If you always write without commenting on others work or participating in forums, you might not become known and will have limited profile views. Thanks for all these important reminders.

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      6 years ago

      kimberly

      Have you tried hopping from another id from your computer? Maybe even signing out and clearing all cookies? Browsers do tend to behave funnily at times. Other than that, I am unsure why you are unable to hop. I have never had any problems hub hopping. I'm guessing that contacting the team is your best bet.

      I make sure I hop hubs every single day because you never know what kind of inspiration you can draw from the many stellar works floating around in the hopper. I hope your issue gets sorted out soon and you too can start hopping again!

      Princesswithapen

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      kimberlyslyrics 

      6 years ago

      Hi

      I think this hub is fantastic! It should be posted in the forums too-I'll try at the right moment.

      But you have to hear this-it has been 4 months since I have been able to technically hop. Letters even a thread and no one responds to my question as to why I am not able to also.

      I go there, everything is fine the frog jumps but it sits in reload or load mode permanently, I am only ranting in hopes you may have an idea as the team will not respond, nor in the thread

      still great hub

      thanks for letting me rant

      voted up and sideways

      :)

      Kimberly

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      6 years ago

      Hi glassvisage

      Besides the fact that HubHopping is a great tool to learn, I've found some of my best friends, followers and hubbers who I follow on HubPages, from HubHopping.

      Thanks for stopping by on this one and I'm glad you liked this hub.

      P

    • glassvisage profile image

      glassvisage 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      This is a great Hub. I admit that I hadn't considered all of the benefits that you have listed here. I agree that it's very important to success on HubPages. Every time I get a comment from a new Hubber, I try to visit at least one of their pages.

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      6 years ago

      Hi Chatkath

      I'm glad I'm not the only one losing time while Hub Hopping. And I'm talking hours! It is amazing to stumble upon random articles, some of which may even blow your mind away. Like I mentioned to Teresa, I wouldn't have met some of the writers I love to follow on HubPages if it weren't for Hub Hopping.

      P

    • Chatkath profile image

      Kathy 

      6 years ago from California

      You make some really good points P, hub hopping is a great way to find and get to know others in the community, and to learn new techniques, as you so clearly point out. I lose all track of time when I delve in, so I must really watch myself! It is amazing where you end up on a HH journey.

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      6 years ago

      Hi hazelwood4

      I appreciate your feedback. Hub Hopping is a tool that we all can use to better our writing and publishing agenda.

      P

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      6 years ago

      randomcreative

      The daily email is great too! You should give Hub Hopping a try. There are no promises that you will bump into stellar articles all the time, like Husky has pointed out. You will come across hubs that may be dubious attempts at marketing or that are overtly promotional. But those aside, there will always be a few that will catch your eye. I like to take notes from the ones that catch my attention. Notes about things that I'd want to learn from, and possible improvements to my own hubs.

      P

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      6 years ago

      Ditto, Flora.

      I often consider Hub Hopping as a meet and greet tool on HubPages!

      P

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      6 years ago

      Hi Teresa

      I started following you when I stumbled upon your hub about the change in physiology in the face of fear. Any guesses to where I found this? Hub Hopping!

      It is easy to get lost in Hub Hopping and before you realize, hours may go by. Don't let that happen and try to maintain a fine balance between writing and hopping. Keep writing!

      P

    • hazelwood4 profile image

      hazelwood4 

      6 years ago from Owensboro, Kentucky

      This was a very informative on Hubhopping. I also discovered that this tool will also help you increase your Hubscore too. Thumbed up!

    • randomcreative profile image

      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great hub, especially for newbies! I usually stick to reading and commenting on hubs from my daily e-mail, but I should try this sometime, too.

    • FloraBreenRobison profile image

      FloraBreenRobison 

      6 years ago

      This is how I introduced myself to a variety of hubbers when I started.

    • Teresa Coppens profile image

      Teresa Coppens 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Glad I stopped by for a look. I've been on hubpages three weeks so I have a lot of learning to do. I have done some Hub Hopping but never thought of putting it to use in the ways you have suggested. I will pay more attention next time and make notes. At this point I am thrilled that Hub Pages has brought me back writing regularly and stretching my writing muscles on topics I may never have thought to write on before. Excellent article. Voted up and bookmarked.

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      6 years ago

      Husky

      I too have become an avid follower of many hubbers here on HubPages, simply because of Hub Hopping. Although I must admit that I get carried away and keep hopping until I suddenly realize that I spent an hour on it. It is exciting to stumble upon a great hub and think "How could I have not known that this person has been writing here at HubPages"

      Thanks for you feedback, much appreciated.

      P

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      6 years ago

      HattieMattieMae

      Doing the balancing act between spending time writing and spending time Hub Hopping can be tough. But as we all know, time spent hopping is definitely worth the effort. Thanks to Hub Hopping, your terrific writing came to my attention within the very first few days of my joining HubPages. Aren't I glad I hopped!

      I'm glad you liked this hub.

      P

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      6 years ago

      Hi icciev

      I have learnt, and still learning, loads of tips and tricks by reading the hubs of fellow hubbers every single day. Hub Hopping has become a daily learning ritual and I highly recommend it for all the above reasons.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

      P

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      Husky1970 

      6 years ago

      Great information, princesswithapen. Hub hopping is an excellent practice for all of the reasons you have listed. Nice of you to spread the word and bring it to the attention of other hubbers such as icciev.

      Many of the hubbers that I follow and learn so much from, such as you, were discovered by me when I was hub hopping. You do come across some less than stellar work occasionally, but are more than likely going to stumble across some of hubpages best. Once you do, then you become avid followers.

      Thanks for sharing your wisdom! Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      HattieMattieMae 

      6 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      Yes, great hub, try to hub hop, and do all this, but afraid, I can't read everyone on my friends list all the time:( Wish I had the time too! So I do go hub hopping.

    • icciev profile image

      icciev 

      6 years ago from Kuwait

      really thanks for sharing this nice hub, never heard about hub hopping before, but now I will start using it. Again thanks. Voted up

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