The Top Worst ways to promote your Hubs
I often come across Hubs dedicated to educating new members on the nuances of how to make a successful Hub. Most of these are very informative and likewise written by fellow hubbers who have a far better command with instructional dialog than I ever will. My hat goes off to these folks, because their work helps new hubbers understand what it takes to create truly inviting, entertaining and informative Hubs.
In addition to these helpful hints about Hub creating I feel new Hubbers can benefit from a good grasp on how to promote their Hubs. Sharing news of one's Hub is always a benefit, and the more folks you tell the higher chance you have of getting readers. For this purpose Facebook, blogs, Twitter and other social networks are handy tools to use. Promoting can bring in readers for sure, and in the best scenarios, readers who will enjoy your work so much they'll not only come back but direct their friends to visit as well. But even with these promotional tools some folks still manage to drive away more possible dedicated readers than to attract them. And I have a feeling these folks are left wondering WHY-WHAT DID I DO??
To answer this question I'm posting examples of some of the WORST promotional techniques out there. I've used a "Hubber" name on these examples, but don't bother looking this person up, because they are completely fictional. But do pay close attention to the examples- and even take notes if you like. Because if you've even thought of resorting to any of these promotional gimmicks to aid your Hubs' appeal, believe me - you're far more likely to sell hot soup in the middle of Death Valley than meet any success with these!
Advertise your Hubs with one of those Missing/Reward-type signs people stick on utility poles
Pay for advertisements at places there is little likelihood of web traffic
Say it with milk
Take L. Ron Hubbard's example and promote your writings as divinely inspired
Provide a far-fetched story about it to a reporter at your local newspaper
Promote it with vibrant ads in the phone book
Give it fake endorsements from famous people
Attempt to grab search engine influence by posting a Hubpages community Question nobody wants to touch with a ten foot pole
Attempt to grab search word attention with a community Forum thread that has nothing to do with the Hubpages community whatsoever
Lastly: attempt to get rallying hits from anger-laden net surfers who share your intolerant opinion by posting a Hub that insults anyone who has ever posted a differing viewpoint
Thanks for reading and I wish you all a very creative and successful day!
This Hub ©May 24, 2012 by Beth Perry