My Most Successful Hubs
Having been on Squidoo for 7 years and now Hubpages for a while, I have created about 70 featured hubs. It is time to sit back and assess what are my most successful hubs so far. What is the definition of success? Is it number of hits or page views, number of comments, number of votes,or revenue raised? or hub scores? or google search rank or just most satisfying? I will share my opinion.
Updated: Nov. 2016
Definition of Success
In my way of thinking, the definition of success is the "impact" any given article has on the targeted audiences. The Hubpages dashboard provides some statistics on every hub. However, these attributes do not capture the essence of a hub and the impact it may or may not have on readers.
- hub score - This is some arbitrary number that Hubpages generates and it changes from day to day based on some secret algorithm combining the size of hub and page views and comments and revenues generated. This is not very helpful to me and I tend to ignore it.
- comments - This is an indicator of how many people who are interested in a particular subject. However, having a high number doesn't always mean good. Some comments are just back and forth arguments and can add up the number of views and comments count but does not contribute to anything else.
- page views - this obviously is the one everyone hopes will be as high as possible. However, the number can be deceptive. It can be distorted by comments and it also does not say how long people view the page.
- google page rank - This is something of a mystery. It does show how well a title is chosen. A topic that can easily be found by google search engine is obviously attractive. However, the method of how this occurs is the mystery. I wrote a hub on this topic. I am pleasantly surprised how well some of my hubs rank.
- Feedback - This is more specific than comments. It is information that a reader choose to share. This is the most satisfying when someone, a total stranger, decides to make a positive or negative comment based on your thoughts on a particular topic.
My Top Five Hubs So Far...
The following is my top 5 hubs so far in 2015 and their current page rank as of 7/1/2015.
- Conservative Principles Defined - #16
- American Civics 101 - #10
- Atheist's Quandary - #3
- Jonathan Hyman - #13
- What If AGW is Wrong? - #1
Let me explain why I chose these. Conservative Principles Defined is one where I define my world view and believes. I have received numerous comments and I value those comments even though we disagree. I also learn from other intelligent people who have a very different point of view. The fact that our country is also divided seems to validate our differences. It is good to discuss rather than attack.
American Civics 101 is one that I wanted to write for quite a while. I wrote this to education some people that I have come across and didn't seem to know the basics of our government and yet they vote. I also wanted to educated some young people who may not have learn this at their school.
Atheist's Quandary is my attempt to understand the Atheist's thinking on faith. I realize some people do not believe in a higher power and rely their existence on science alone. However, the real world that we live in includes both science and nature and the supernatural. How do atheist's square that fact?
Jonathan Hyman is a friend of my and a great photographer. We first met when I was volunteering at the 9/11 make shift exhibit a few years ago before the completion of the 9/11 memorial museum. He had taken upon himself to travel around the nation and photograph the various displays and tributes that common people expressed right after the 9/11 terrorist act. He has since published books and lectured on the topic and taught at a university. I am proud to help promote his works in a small way.
What If AGW is Wrong? is a hub trying to question the conventional wisdom of man-made global warming theory. As an engineer by training, the arguments and evidence presented by some of the climate scientists just does not make sense to me. I am just raising the question.
A Detour -
I am always fascinated by how people reach their "world views." Is it genetic or their upbringing or their education or their life experiences? or a combination of all of those?
A bit of personal history. I have a friend of over 30 years. We are both Asian and he was born here in the USA and I immigrated when I was about 10 years old. We met at CCNY on the freshmen Fencing Team. We both pursued a career in Engineering and Architecture. He worked for Government and I worked for a large Corp. We share many interests. However, he was an activist progressive and I a conservative when it comes to our political leanings. How did that happen? I don't have a clue. I could understand it better if we had different backgrounds but yet we didn't. We had many debates on politics and economics and policies. We could not sway one another. We have contentious discussions but always with respect. We agree to disagree.
CCNY Sheppard's Hall - My Alma Mater
Updated Nov. 2016 - 2 Year Mark on HubPages
After two full years on HubPages, my updated top three hubs are the following.
1. Climate Change Predictions - How Accurate are they? (over 1200 views)
2. My Life Story (my autobiography hubbook with over 1000 views)
3. My Trip to China in 2016 (over 800 views)
This hub is to explain what I consider a success of some hubs that I wrote so far. Sharing my knowledge is top on the list. It is my opinion and I welcome comments and discussion. I'm curious about what other hubbers consider to be success of their creations. Peace.
Some Related Information
- Google Search Ranking of Hubpages
My experience with google search ranking on one of my hub. Dec. 2014