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Hub Camp informs Writers

Updated on December 30, 2012
I took lots of notes at Hub Camp!
I took lots of notes at Hub Camp! | Source

Hub Camp is Relevant to Hubbers

I attended Hub Camp in Boston last year. I had recently decided to become a more active member, and wanted any information that would contribute to my writing success. Even though it rained cats and dogs, I was determined to attend. How many times would I get to speak directly to one of the co-founders and a HubPages employee/hubber in New England? It was a chance of a lifetime for me.

When I arrived, the entire class was already there. Three attendees, Thranax, Robin, Simone were there, with a very nice large black bow in her hair, and a guest, the wife of J.S. Matthew, also an attendee. I thought, “Great. We can have individual attention.”

We introduced ourselves and a few of our hubs. When I mentioned my hub on “The best computer accessory I have ever purchased”, Robin Edmondson actually remembered reading it! I was astonished.

Robin and Simone Smith were very friendly and personable. It was a relaxed environment thanks to them and the conference room set up. They are also hubbers, so they could answer all of our questions. I didn’t want to miss anything, so I took copious notes.

We were given a glossary of terms of HubPages words, such as Long Tail Search Terms, the Referral Tracker, SERPs, and Contextually Matched Ads were explained to us. We also learned how to create titles that can spin off to more hubs, and how to develop niche titles and command a niche.

Robin and Simone spent a lot of time going over how to use Google AdSense and keyword research to our advantage. This was the meat and potatoes of the workshop. Thranax, J.S. Matthew and I had loads of questions as to how we could have better titles and use better keywords to make money from our articles.

I especially liked the Evergreen content section. How to write a hub that will outlive the test of time. The best ways to write an article that can still be relevant over years instead of a few months.

One of the best pieces of information was the importance of The HubPages Learning Center at http://learningcenter.hubpages.com/. Anything you want to know about how to maneuver HubPages is in this web site.

The three hours was up before we knew it. Those who had the forethought to bring a camera took pictures. We received very nice gifts from our attendance. A Cross pen, a HubPages T shirt, and a small black moleskin notebook for our HubPages notes.

I have never had the pleasure of meeting anyone from the other writing web sites to which I belong. Rarely does the staff of a writing web site visit its writers. This put HubPages way out front for me. I felt like I mattered to the organization and that my articles were appreciated.

I met 5 people who I can now identify by face as a person at Hub Camp. Robin and Simone were excellent instructors. They made asking questions very easy. The other attendees were friendly as well, and their comments were informative.

I took a lot of notes which I plan to implement. I am confident that my hubs will improve and that I can and will be a more active participant. It is because at Hub Camp I felt like a writer, and one who is respected by other writers. That will go a long way for me as I seek to make writing a full time job.

Note: Hubber J.S.Matthew is now a Hub Camp Counselor and plans to hold another seminar in the New England area. Hopefully he will be able to hold a meetup of hubbers over the summer.



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    • Brett Winn profile image

      Brett Winn 

      6 years ago from US

      Where can info re the camps be found?

    • Carolyn2008 profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolyn Gibson 

      6 years ago from Boston

      Thank you for your vote. It would be a good thing if hubbers would try to make the nearest Hub Camp in their area this year. Sharing information face-to-face is better than in writing because you get to hear it directly from the hubber.

    • Brett Winn profile image

      Brett Winn 

      6 years ago from US

      A hub this interesting in useful needs to be voted up! I did not know there WERE Hub Camps ... thanks for the interesting read!

    • DRG Da Real Grinc profile image

      Felix J Hernandez 

      7 years ago from All over the USA

      wish I could have been there.

    • Carolyn2008 profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolyn Gibson 

      7 years ago from Boston

      Thank you everyone. It's been six days, and I'm still excited about everything I learned.

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      7 years ago from California Gold Country

      Sounds like it was worthwhile. Thanks for sharing with us.

    • orangecountyjill profile image

      OC Jill 

      7 years ago from Orange County, California

      Great article Carolyn! I wondered what Hub Camp was all about. I wonder if there will be one in the Los Angeles area anytime soon.

    • Lisa HW profile image

      Lisa HW 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Carolyn, I enjoyed reading about what I missed Sunday (weird as the statement I just made may seem :/). I'd hoped to be able to make it (I don't live in all that "handy" a location.) It's nice to (sort of) meet another Massachusetts Hubber.

    • Carolyn2008 profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolyn Gibson 

      7 years ago from Boston

      Thanks, guys!

    • thranax profile image

      Andrew 

      7 years ago from Rep Boston MA

      It was wonderful meeting with you and the others. I think this is a great summary of what happened. It would be wonderful to meet again. I also plan on being at any other Hubpages events I can make it to.

      Best wishes and hope to see what you write up next,

      ~thranax~

    • J.S.Matthew profile image

      JS Matthew 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Carolyn, it was really nice meeting you at HubCamp Boston. We had a great time and we learned a lot about successful Hubbing. I am looking forward to the next time we meet.

      JSMatthew~

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