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What Every Hubber Needs To Know About Visiting HubPages

Updated on May 9, 2011

Syndication ain't just a word...

Whatever the reason for joining the HubPages community, whatever your motivation to stay, there one thing that every Hubber needs to do.

Perhaps we are motivated by the financial aspect, perhaps we have an important message to spread, perhaps we just want our voices heard.

Whatever the reason for being here, it's vital that we support one another. Syndication will only work if everyone is doing it.

What you can do...

It's important that we Hubbers support each other. So when you come across a great Hub, what should you do?

Everything has already been included for you. It's a simple as as click of your mouse.

You need to vote - if you found a Hub especially informative, then you should vote.

Make a comment - it helps to add authority to the writer.

You need to share - Facebook, Twitter or jot down the address and include it in an email (don't forget to add your tracker and you'll be rewarded for doing so!)

Become a fan - By following your favourite authors and sending them fan mail you are reinforcing their status.

Write some fan mail - When you write your fanmail, consider that people who read it may not be hubbers. Those people are looking for reassurance that the author knows his/her "stuff". So include a brief sentence about why the authors hub(s) have helped you or why you support them.

Example? "[Name]'s years of experience as a financial advisor has helped me to understand investing and now I'm taking charge of my money. Thanks [name], couldn't have done it without you!"


What you don't do...

Don't follow Hubbers you don't know - Following random Hubbers doesn't do you (or your HubScore) any favours...you are in essence putting your good name to somebody who could be a notorious spammer.

Don't follow just to be polite - You should only follow those with whom you share common interests - if you don't care about anything else then care about your HubFeed. I only follow a few people and I choose them very wisely When my feed says that Hubber X (somebody I follow) is now following Hubber Y then I know that there is some new talent has been discovered. There are those who attempt to boost their own following by following others - from what I can understand this does not improve their own scores but harms them.

Don't vote up if the Hub doesn't deserve it - Again, you don't want to damage your good name.

Don't forget to mark spam - if you come across a Hub that is in blatant violation of the rules...don't let them get away with it. You should flag a hub as spam for the following reasons:

Adult

Overly Promotional

Mature

Unrelated Links or Products

Purely Personal

Deceptive or Miscategorized

Watermarked or Pixelated

Copied Content

Spun or Poorly Translated

Not written in English

Low Quality

Alcohol or Drug Sales

Gambling

Abuse

Weapon Sales

Hate Speech or Personal Attack

By filtering out these weeds we are doing ourselves a favour. They conflict with the public proflie that HubPages stands for and they are DAMAGING OUR STANDING WITH GOOGLE.

Are you guilty of writing short comments?

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How to write a great comment (and increase your Hubscore!)

Nobody really knows the formula that HubPages uses to determine our Author Scores - much less me - but through trial and error and speaking to my fellow Hub family I have learned this...

You will increase your (author) HubScore by writing high quality content and being involved in the HubPAge community HONESTLY.

That means no fake fan mail. No fake following.No leaving comments like "great hub"

Which leads us to wonder:

"How do I write a great comment?"

  • Make sure your comment is relevant
  • Be sure to include keywords (to boost the hubs standing with Google)
  • Feel free to sign with your name (even though it is already included)

For example...if I were writing a comment about a How to Get Pregnant Hub I might write something like this:


I love your conception tips here and totally agree that there is a lot of pressure for women who are trying to get pregnant. You make a good point about relaxing (I know..it's hard) because stress is a huge barrier that interfere's with conception. I voted and have shared with my sister (she's thinking about getting pregnant) Great hub. Artist-for-hire.

See what I did there?

  1. I have included the most important highlight that I took from the hub - this allows the author to understand the target audience, to zoom their focus in on key points and write even better hubs next time (or make changes to this one).
  2. I have encouraged the author - remember your first piece of positive feedback?
  3. There are subtle inclusions of keywords that Google will pick up on. Please don't force them, they should flow naturally.
  4. I also re-signed with my name so that other readers who like my comment can come and find me too.
(You may not need to include all of these points but this is what the ideal comment looks like.)

This is how you increase your own (author) Hubscore...by making a valid and helpful contribution to HubPages. Contribute in the forums. Ask questions. Answer them. Vote. Flag spammers.

In other words...

Be a productive member of the HubPages Community.

Where could you improve your participation in the HubPages Community?

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It's all about teamwork - it's all about having a common goal and travelling there in style...together
It's all about teamwork - it's all about having a common goal and travelling there in style...together

So what happens when everybody does this??

You may be inclined to ask...how does this benefit me?

So glad you asked!! It seems to me that once the wheels are in motion the benefits come rolling in.

From what I can tell...when we ask questions, they seem to be arranged by the Auther Score - those with higher scores seem to have their questions at the top of the list. Anyone else noticed this or am I sorely mistaken?

Which means more people answer and more people check out your profile and Hubs.

If everybody votes, makes useful comments, marks spam and makes their contribution to the HubPages community then

  1. HubPages enjoys an even better page rank with Google (and therefore all of us by extension)
  2. Those who have quality Hubs (like I'm sure you do) will benefit from more traffic (which equals more money for those who are watching their bank accounts!)
  3. We have a better status in the eyes of visitors looking for info (imagine if your first visit to HubPages was to a Hub full of useful info and the author had beautiful appraisals from tonnes of fans....you would be back wouldn't you?) This is a big deal and you should use your power to bestow status very wisely.
  4. We develop meaningful friendships with fellow Hubbers by following the writers and topics that are important to us.

Need I go on?

Just to drive it on home...

Regardless of why you are here we all have a common goal - page ranks.

The higher our pages rank in the search engines then the more traffic will visit us. That's our goal isn't it? To have our message heard? Or perhaps to rope in as many potential customers as possible?

By no means leave a comment at every Hub. By no means follow just because you can or just because you have been followed.

At the start of this Hub I mentioned that there is one thing that every Hubber should do?

Give credit where credit is due.

And now you know how to give that credit properly.

So now it's time to put your new knowledge to the test...

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    • Liz Goltra profile image

      Liz Goltra 

      7 years ago

      As a new hubber, I want to thank you for your article. It's a great resource for HubPages etiquette. Many thanks!

    • Artist-For-Hire profile imageAUTHOR

      Artist-For-Hire 

      7 years ago from Western Australia

      You make a beautiful point there and I support your decision not to follow those that follow you just for the sake of it. I will be sure to elaborate on my own "Don't follow Hubbers you don't know" point to address this.

      I myself have viewed the profile of one person who followed me, hoping to find somebody I shared a common interest with only to find that I was one of dozens that they had recently followed that hour - I quickly hit the back button!

      And you have also hit the nail on the head about supporting new comers and using comments wisely - for example, I am going to use this feedback to make amendments to this hub and elaborate on certain points.

      Thanks for all your feedback guys =)

    • novascotiamiss profile image

      Novascotiamiss 

      7 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      You mention some good point there, thanks. However, I must say that my mutual support has got its limits. Some people are signing up as followers expecting you to do the same in return. I feel this is wrong and I won't do this, unless I feel that the other person writes hubs that interest me or at least that we've got something in common. I have noticed that some hubbers follow Tom, Dick and Harry in order to accumulate followers themselves. They remind me of spammers. To me, Hubpages is mostly about writing and reading, less about socializing. Leaving comments on a great hub is a good way to say thanks. I got a lot of encouragement from a fellow hubber when I had just joined and published my first hub. At the time he was the thing that kept me going. We should do more to encourage new hubbers who write quality hubs.

    • wolfissac profile image

      wolfissac 

      7 years ago from Oregon

      Well, I am glad I ran across this article. You did a splendid job of showing how we all need to inter-connect with one another, especially newbies like me.

      signed, wolfissac

    • DDS profile image

      David Sproull 

      7 years ago from Toronto

      I agree and quite like that I see quite a few familiar faces and sharing a little mutual support.

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