What I Have Learned About HubPages
I joined HubPages three weeks ago. I am no expert but I have written 60 articles and made a few dollars so I must have done something right. I guess it is time to share my two-cents worth about what I have I learned along the way.
First of all, the Learning Center is now my best friend. I have read it so much that I can recite some of it by heart. Every time I read it I learn something new that I had missed before.
The things I have learned are listed below in no particular order of importance because they are all important.
GIVE NEW LIFE TO OLD HUBS
Treasuresofheaven has a nice article about tidying up your hubs. She gives some good advice that I have followed. I go back to older hubs and give them a fresh coat of paint and I soon see the red arrows going up. She gives seven thing to do if we want to increase our hub score. (See chart below). And check out her entire article: Tidy Up Your Hub to Increase Your Hub Score.
COMMENT FOR SELF AND OTHERS
I did not know it was appropriate to comment first on our own articles, but I have begun to do. I always acknowledge comments I receive. And I acknowledge those who comment by name to establish rapport with them. .I have bonded with quite a few followers that way.
When you leave a comment, make sure you include a few keywords from the article you just read to help Google AdSense find that person's article. It is so easy to say, "Great article" but there iis absolutely no indication that you have read the article. However, it is much better when you comment on something from the article.
I recently wrote an article with a twist: My Confession as a Minister: I GET DRUNK and a couple of people commented that there was nothing wrong with drinking liquor. I know they hadn't read the article because it wasn't about drinking alcohol at all. It was being drunk with the Holy Spirit.
USE TITLE TUNER
Most of my titles don't appear in the title tuner, but a couple of them did and I inserted a suggested word in the title without changing its meaning. I shortly received a red up arrow for the new title.
USE SPELL CHECKER
Most people don't even know that there is a spell checker at the top of this text capsule. See if you can locate it now. Surprise! It is after B I U.
SEPARATE PARAGRAPHS AND LEAVE WHITE SPACE
No matter how good an article might be, I'll never find out if the entire article is just one paragraph. While the title might have gotten me there, I am turned off with crowded text. Let your article breathe!
I have begun to do companion articles; that is, if I have an article that is excessively long I split it up into two separate hubs and use the group feature so people can click on the companion article after they read the first one. When I first started writing, most of my articles were too long. I've gone back and shortened most of them. Now I try to keep them around 800-900 words; some are even shorter. Therefore, use the Hub Metrics to see how many words are in your article. This article has 874 words.
I have e-mailed several people and suggested they use the Group feature. I think it is the neatest thing to have two other articles available for others to read. (Watch the video below)
Seven Things You Can Do To Increase Your Hub Score
Add Suggestive Links
Remove bad photos
Clean Up Typographical Errors
Add beautiful pictures
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES
Don't rely solely on Hubbers for your traffic. I pull a lot of traffic from my friends on Facebook. However, I just discovered that you should not use a particular site more than once for any given URL.
USE PICTURES, VIDEOS, AN AMAZON ITEMS TO MATCH ARTICLE
I have often seen beautiful pictures, videos and other articles on people's hubs that are not related to the topic at all. I take almost as much time making my selections as I do to write the article.
Someone told me not to put a picture at the top under the title so that ads could easily be seen there. I took that advice, and it might have helped.
I use polls, quizzes and the chart capsule. I have never seen a chart on anybody's else hub. It is easy to do. (See my chart above).
I found out that it is better to use keywords 2 words long or 3-5 word phrases whenever you can without changing the meaning of what you want to say. Use those keywords in the title, first paragraph and last paragraph. However watch the density level. This means don't over powered the article with the words.
Well, this is what I have learned up to now. If I learn anything else I will add it to this article which will be a good thing because we should update our articles periodically anyway.