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Hubpages New Profile Upgrade: SEO Friendly

Updated on August 16, 2012

Hubbers answer to Penguin update: Well at least one!!

Reach for the Sky!!
Reach for the Sky!!

The attack of the Google Penguin

It has been almost 3 months from the Google Penguin update (May 2012). It has left SEO experts and my fellow hubbers scrambling, and scratching our heads as we watch our traffic drop off a bit. I have kept my hand on the pulse of this situation for the last 3 months and have paid very close attention to my hubs that have been affected. Here is what I have noticed. For the most part, my hubs have not been affected by the penguin update, if at all.

Keywords: Spam is a sham

Now your hub or website will pay for it. Gone, are the days of finding a good keyword and repeating the keyword about 4% of the time and getting ranked for that keyword. At least not with Google. I have noticed the other search engines are more prone to keyword spam such as Yahoo and Bing.

Longevity : Google still digs it

A couple of my hubs that were published back in 2008 when I first joined, are still page one and pull about 4,000 visits a piece per month.

Links: Hub Link Love

People linking into your hubs from other websites is still a tremendous credit to the SEO of your hub. Relevant sites that could go hand in hand with your article. Make sure links leaving your hubs are relevant as well. Don't link words in your hubs to pages that are not a compliment to your site. IE You wrote a hub on birds and link to a site on airplanes

Get social: the sites are gold mines for traffic

If you want instant traffic to your hub, place a picture at the top of your hub as I have done in this one. That way after you publish it, not only can you pin it to a relevant pinterest board. But others who enjoyed your hub can pin it as well. I only mention pinterest because it has gone viral. The new phrase "I saw it on pinterest!" is catching on everywhere. Of course, there are other social sites but I think pinterest is a good place to start.

Hubpages: Thanks for your help

I was viewing my profile the other day and thought to myself "this page leaves something to be desired as far as SEO goes.." they should let us be more creative with the profile, for SEO purposes. This is exactly what hub pages has just done. They have given us the option to upgrade our profile. This new profile allows us to customize hubs that we have written and place them in a slider bar just below our bio. This is a great feature. The best reason to upgrade to the new profile is, instead of listing our hubs in categories like the old hubpage profile. Hubpages has placed our hubs below a featured content bar(which we can customize). The best part about this is the titles of the hubs we have written contain the <H3 tags>. Below the title tags are a description of the hub we have written. I believe this is one of hubpages' answer to the Penguin update. I happened upon upgrading my profile a couple days ago. I did this while hub hopping and came across this profile that looked markedly different than mine. I thought it looked great and even better than that, on their profile it asked me if I would like to upgrade my profile to the new one. My answer "Heck, Yes!" you may do the same by visiting my profile jagged81, to see if it allows you to upgrade your profile to the new one.


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      Levi 5 years ago from New Mexico

      @ Rain Defence I have seen a 12% increase in traffic overall in the last month.

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      Rain Defence 5 years ago from UK

      Have you noticed an upswing in traffic since changing your profile then?

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      Levi 5 years ago from New Mexico

      @conservative lady - Thanks for the feedback, I also believe it will be good for hubpages traffic as a whole, if every person changes their profile to the new one. Spread the word

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Thank you for the great insight and the tip about updating our Profile page - I am headed there right now. Voted Up and Useful.