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Updating Hubs

Updated on June 22, 2009
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Rebecca Graf is a seasoned writer with nearly a decade of experience and degrees in accounting, history, and creative writing.

Do I or Don't I?

                How often to update hubs can be the question of the century?  Do you even update them at all?  There is no “correct” answer.  Just like there is not “correct” topic to write about.  There is no magic number of hubs or fans.  That is what makes HubPages so great.  We are all individuals coming together expressing that individuality with written (or typed in this case) word. 

                But there is always some pearls of wisdom to gather from all those that have been here longer than us.  And each one of them are still learning from their own experiences and those of their fellow hubbers.

                Updating hubs is just as unique as the many hubbers who publish each day.  There are some that will tell you that once they publish a hub, they never go back and change anything.  Others are constantly updating as they get new ideas or find a better way to express something.  And then there are the ones in between who do it when the need arises or it tickles their fancy.

                But if you are looking for a “guide” of updating hubs, here is a humble attempt.


                Before even publishing a hub, it might be wise to let it set and age a spell.  That could mean a few hours or a few days.  Some even let them age a few weeks.  But that gives the author time to step back and ensure that the words he intended are still there on the page.  It gives the author time to think if there are areas of expansion that needs to be included or maybe sections might need to be deleted entirely.  This act will limit editing hub updates as you go.

                A few days after publishing a hub might also be a good time to review your hub for any changes you might want to make.  That gives it time to be reviewed by other hubbers and receive comments.  There are times that a comment will be made that gets the author thinking that maybe they should have included that or worded things a little differently to ensure that their message communicated properly. 

                Updating hubs can occur weeks and months later as the author gains more knowledge of their topic and want to correct their article.  Now, if you think that the one who have already read it will come back and see your changes, you might be a little disillusioned.  Usually once a hubber has read an article the only time they come back is to make follow up comments.  The article is no longer the focus but the communication between reader and writer takes center stage.  But don’t let that be a reason not to come back and make a good piece great.  It is wonderful to have fellow hubbers read our pieces, but our ultimate goal is to see those outside of HubPages come in and see our work.  They are still new to your piece, so go ahead and update it for those that will be viewing it.

                If you begin to take your own pictures or you find a great poem that would fit in with your writing, go ahead and update.  All you are doing is improving it.  There is not deadline.  There is not cutoff point.  You can make updating your hubs regularly like once a quarter or not at all.  It all depends on your personality.

                So, in essence there is not rule of thumb for updating hubs.  It all depends on you.  If you are a new writer, you might want to just write for awhile and develop your writing skills.  Then you might want to go back and update previous hubs to match your current writing standards.  Or you might just want to write an addendum at the bottom to update readers on your topic.  Have fun with HubPages and enjoy writing and rewriting if you feel like it.


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      hawaiihibou 6 years ago

      Thanks for the info-learned a lot.

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      Laura Deibel 8 years ago from Aurora

      Thanks for the info. Sometimes one may want to publish right away as in before Christmas. But one does want to get rid of errors...

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for the useful information. I think I will take a day to go through all of my Hubs and improve upon them so that new readers will have better content.

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      eovery 8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      I do know this, that every time you save a hub, it looks different to the google spiders, and they come back and analyze your hub. This adding to their database all of the keywords and sort from your hub. You can actually get more google notice by saving you hub almost daily, and this will build a lot of references to you hub in google. I use this on my website, but I forgot to do it on hubpages. I guess I will spend the next few weeks editing and saving my hubs to work the google spiders.

      Keep On Hubbing!

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      lafenty 8 years ago from California

      Seems like when I go back and edit or add more content it raises the score of the hub. I also recently combined two hubs that were quite similiar. Interesting what you said about letting a hub sit a bit before publishing it. I notice when I do this the score will rise even before it's published.

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      brad4l 8 years ago from USA

      You bring up a really good point that most of the people who have read your hub won't be likely to read your update, but that this should not stop you from updating. I try to be as accurate as possible, but there have been several times, due to both ignorance and simple error, that I have went back to read some of my writing and been completely dumbfounded at what I wrote.

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      Hawkesdream 8 years ago from Cornwall

      I have been doing the odd tweak here and there, but only as the mood takes me. I have learnt a lot in the past few months from all fellow hubbers and feel that tweaking can only be beneficial.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I JUST recently learned that we can even change a title! I was so upset because I had mistakenly misspelled a word and thought that I was stuck with it forever or would have to delete the entire hub. So wonderful that hubpages allows us to go back in and tweak our hubs any way that we like. Good article. Thanks for letting people who may not know these things learn from you.

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for this for I hve been wondering about it, great info