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My Hubber's New Year Resolutions or 10 things You can do to improve your hubscore
Four years ago I quit my job and started looking for ways to make money from home. I had recently attended Peak Potentials', 'Never Work Again' Intensive in New Jersey. Some of the speakers were making their living from internet activity. All in all it was very inspirational. I was pretty amped when I got home. I signed up for every kind of account: Google, adsense, neverblue, you name it; and I bought a domain. After searching all the writing for pay options, and in the interest of doing what is easiest and simplest, what works now, I chose Hubpages. The interface was the easiest, especially when It came to organizing the page and uploading and importing photographs, plus, I liked the results on the page.
For about three months I toiled away, writing most days. I produced a small website, about tattoos and wrote a dozen or more hubs, of varying quality. Shortly thereafter, financial pressure, forced me to return to work. I was convinced that I wanted to eventually get into writing full-time and produce my own comprehensive domain. Well, my wife and I bought a house in Arkansas, we found on Craig's List, and it is now paid for, so I am at home full time and my wife found herself a job and here we are.
This Christmas was partly paid for by a check from Adsense for a balance which had accumulated over the last three years. All this from the work I had done in those initial three months. It was not a fortune but it helped and it was surprisingly satisfying to cash that check. Recently, I have been reviewing some of the content I wrote and looking at the kind of traffic and income it has generated over time. I have had the chance to tweak it and analyse the results over a period of time. Some of it was so bad it just had to go. Other pieces where good ideas that needed reworking and, most interestingly of all perhaps, some of them were fine but had failed for some other reason.
So I rewrote the poorly written and deleted the poorly conceived. This left me with the hubs which in my opinion needed little work but for reasons unknown to me where failing to gain a decent score.
Check the Finished Hub for Design Flaws
With some it was a design problem. The picture and the advertising where not working together making the page look patchy and unprofessional. I had to fix this by trial and error with the publishing tool. This needs doing a day or two after publication, as it takes Google a couple of days to get around to deciding which ads it will be running on your hub. No matter how carefully you have edited and designed your hub, after a few days and then periodically, you should go into edit and just tidy it up.
- Make my hubs at least 1400 words.
- Make sure the pictures for my hubs lead into the page
- A writer writes. Be productive, set aside time to write
- Write a summary for every hub
- Keep it simple stupid! Be direct and to the point. Avoid flowery prose
- Reply to questions and comments promptly and be positive even if the comments are not (trolls)
- Always include a snow angel
HUbs should be at least 1400 words long. It give you better metrics. Advertisers measure how long a reader is on a page. if people move to another page immediately that is a 'bounce' and does not read as an impression for revenue purposes.
A picture paints a thousand words
Pictures instantly capture the eye and when properly chosen for content and composition and aranged on the page carefully. (You will have to go back and forward with the edit button on this and look at the finished page with ads on a regular basis over a perios of time to tweak this) They lead the eye into the page and induce people to actually read what you have written.
Content is King
Remember this! Your content is the pay-off. If your content sucks, for whatever reason, you will never be recommended by anyone. Google, Hubpages, et al really give you the best score if traffic flows back into your site from places you are linked to. This is called a backlink. So, a network of avid fans, (we can dream right?) is what you need if your ambitions of earning money from writing are to come true. You have to deliver the goods: clear concise, even elegant, writing; well organized and accessible information; it must be pleasing to the eye and you must do it consistently. I've found that over time my style has changed, I would like to think evolved, but definitely changed. I'm periodically going back over old stuff, just bringing it up to pace with where I am now, stylistically, as a writer. This, hopefully, leads to consistency, you hear a lot of talk these days about branding well your brand is good hubs and if you leave up hubs that really are not your best work then your really damaging that brand. Get it? So make sure you do not let them languish bring them up to speed. You can update any old references while your at it and make keep them topical too.
A writer writes..
You may not be the most prolific writer and that's fine but if you do not regularly produce a hub no matter how fine and polished your existing work is you will not move up in the hubpages heirarchy. Why should you care? Well hubpages features hubs that acheive a certain standard. (You can see the little H's next to your hubs in the account tab.) these are often reccomended by a link at the end of other hubbers' work if it contains similar subject matter. Also the little number that appears at the side of your profile picture is your rating. If you get that up into the hich nineties then pretty suoon you will be the feature and some staffer from hubpages will be writingt a little piece on you. now how does that sound? Well it just is not going to happen if you do not produce so make it a opoint to write regularly.
Write a Profile
When people read something they enjoy or find interesting they like to know who wrote it. Who are you? Write a profile. It can be as soul-baring as you like, or not, as the case may be, but write one. It will add to your hubscore and give your readership some clue as to who you are or at least what you are hoping to acheive. If you are writing hubs that profess some expertise then you should explain your experience, interests and credentials in your profile. If your expertise is research and you are pulling together information from a variety of sources make it clear what those are.
Write a Summary
Search engines will usually use your summary as the text against your entry. It will be the first impression you make on a potential reader. If you do not write a summary the searsh engine will choose a section of text and display it this may include html and be indecipherable to the casual reader. If your entry is unreadable and the one below yours is clear and concise, which one is the internet surfer going to click on?
Always use a Snow Angel
I have used a snowangel here but you can use anything that suprises, shocks, amuses or is just irresistably cute. It just breaks things up and shows that you are human.
Reply to Questions and Comments
Always reply to questions and comments about your work. Be positive, even if the comments are not. We all suffer, on the internet, from trolls from time to time.
Wikipedia defines a troll as someone who posts inflammatory,extraneous, or off-topicmessages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.The noun troll may also refer to the provocative message itself, as in: "That was an excellent troll you posted."
Fortunately they can safely be excluded from the conversation on Hubpages, so do not feed the trolls by lighting them up in stylish vitriol and then posting their inanities, to show us all how you where provoked. This can be fun but unless yours is an op-ed style calculated to promote debate this can be more of a turn off than a turn on, for the casual reader.