What Are Hubpages Groups Good For? How 'Groups' Can Get You More Page views
Learn How To Manipulate Groups To Your Advantage
I have seen this question posed several times since I joined hubpages. I have always used groups from the very first hub I published nearly a year ago.
In this hub I will explain how you can use Groups to promote your hubs and how you can control which of your hubs are promoted.
For the first 4 months or so, I read other people’s hubs, especially the ones on how to do this and that. How many words are preferred, how to use the capsules, and all kinds of different technical things. I even left comments on a couple of hubs that seemed particularly helpful.
One thing I noticed when I was reading other hubbers hubs, was that many of them had other hubs they had written suggested at the bottom of their hubs. I thought that was a great idea. I thought it was automatic, because I was still trying to figure things out and I did not know any different.
Well, when I published my first hubs – I published 5 all at once on home school -- I looked to see which of my other hubs were being promoted at the bottom of some of them, and there were none!
Promoting Your Hubs With Groups
I do not remember how I came across the information about groups. I think it was in the learning center, but so much has happened in the last nearly 11 months, I really cannot say for sure. Anyway, that is where I learned that one must use groups in order to have any of their hubs promoted at the bottom of their hubs.
I immediately set out to learn all about groups and made one pronto, so that I would have my hubs promoted or suggested to readers. Since at that point I had only written on one subject, one group was enough to start. I put all my hubs into it, and voila! Just that quick and easy all my hubs were being suggested to my readers at the bottom of my hubs.
With the new layout for hubs, there are now 2 hubs by the author of the hub promoted – if they are using groups – and a collection of 6 hubs below those two, written by other hubbers. If you look at the end of your hubs I think you will know where I am talking about.
Anyway, if you do not utilize groups, you will not have 2 of your hubs listed at the bottom of your hubs to encourage your readers to read more of your hubs.
How To Control Which of Your Hubs Will Be Suggested At the Bottom of Every One of Your Hubs
You can control which hubs will be suggested by how you have your hubs organized in each group you have created. For example, if you have 5 hubs in a group you name “Education,” the hub above and below any particular hub will be the two that are suggested at the bottom of the hub in the middle. I know this is probably clear as mud. Please see the example below:
The name of the group is Education and the hubs within that group are titled as shown. The order that you have your hubs listed will determine which ones are suggested at the bottom of each hub. I have numbered the hubs to try to make the explanation less confusing, but in Hubpages Groups they are not numbered.
1. What To Expect the First Day of School
2. Helping Your Child Adjust To a New School
3. Helping Your Child With Homework
4 When Should You Start Your Child In Band
5. What Is the Best Age to Begin Dance Lessons?
If the hub someone is reading is number 3, the hubs that will be suggested at the bottom of that hub are numbers 2 and 4.
If the hub someone is reading is number 2, the hubs that will be suggested at the bottom of that hub will be numbers 1 and 3.
If the hub someone is reading is number 1, the hubs that will be suggested at the bottom of that hub will be numbers 2 and 5.
If the hub someone is reading is number 5, the hubs that will be suggested at the bottom of that hub will be numbers 1 and 4.
You can probably see the pattern here. The hub above and below a particular hub are the 2 that will be suggested at the bottom of that hub. You can control which 2 hubs will be suggested at the bottom of a particular hub by placing that hub between the 2 hubs you want to promote.
You can change the position of a hub in a group any time you want by simply dragging and dropping that hub into a different position. You can move the hub by dragging and dropping it between 2 different hubs or even move it to a different group.
Keep in mind that the hubs that are above and below each hub in a particular Group are the two hubs that will be promoted on your published hubs.
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Never Pass Up An Opportunity To Promote Your Hubs
When you allow any hub to be an “orphan hub,” there will be none of your hubs suggested to your readers when they finish reading that particular hub, so take advantage of groups to help you organize your hubs, but especially to promote your hubs. Never pass up an opportunity to promote your hubs.
Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to control which of your hubs will appear on your profile page, and the groups you create will not necessarily be similar to the groups you see on your profile page. I have read that the new format for the profile page will change that so that you can choose at least some of the hubs that will appear there.
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How to Create a Group or Groups
Click on Groups
Click on “Add new group.”
Type the name you have chosen for your group into the box that appears. If you want the name of the group to display beside the title to your hub, check the little box. If not, leave the little box empty. Click “Add group.”
If you want to create another group, follow the same procedure again. Continue to do that until you have all the groups you want. You can add more groups later if you like.
The groups will appear in the top box where you can edit them or delete them if you wish, at any time, and they will also appear in the bottom box where you can put your hubs into them, or “assign them to a group.”
To assign your hubs to a group, simply drag and drop your hubs under the name of the group you want to place them in. You can put them in any order you wish, or random order. You can move your hubs from one group to another easily by simply dragging and dropping them into the new group.