Subjects to write hubs about to get featured
Featured hubs get the most traffic and traffic is what you want
Hubpages has recently introduced a new system of Idling hubs and taking them out of the search engine results. The exact details of what makes a hub considered not good enough to be active as part of your collection of writings has not been revealed but we have a good idea of what subjects are not wanted here. The system has been changed again to make hubs either featured or not. Featured hubs are the ones getting found and getting the traffic.
Most of us contribute to HubPages because we are hoping to make some money, and so we want successful and popular hubs that will get a lot of traffic. We need to know what is wanted here and what is not.
In my last hub I wrote in some detail about what not to make the subject of your hubs. In this one I am going to do the reverse and suggest topics that are more likely to be successful.
Flying Saucers or UFOs?
Subjects not to write about
Do not publish poetry here no matter how important it is to you. It is not likely to get many views and will end up taken out of the active hubs that are featured. Philosophy and discussions about deep and serious matters are not appreciated too.
Don’t write about dead people even if they were once very famous. They are dead and best forgotten. HubPages wants new and happening news stories about celebrities that are very much alive.
This also means that it is no good writing about unpublished writers and unsigned musicians. No one has heard of these people so they won’t be looking for them on Google or via the other search engines. We want subjects with keywords that many members of the public are looking for.
HubPages wants articles that are very much focused in the present. This is the now generation we are catering for. Past events are gone and the dead are buried. People want to read about what is going on now and who the current movers and shakers are!
Remote countryside locations are not a good idea as well. The fact that they are remote and sparsely inhabited tells you a lot. These are not the sort of popular places that tourists flock too and lots of people search for online. Remember that it is popularity that counts because a popular subject means that lots of searches are made for it.
Obscure and old-fashioned words and terms are not a good idea too. For example, hardly anyone is searching for “Flying saucers.” Today the term is UFO. People report UFO sightings. Use the more modern versions.
What topics to write about
It has been suggested that the best subjects to write about are those to do with Lifestyle, Fashion and Recipes. HubPages is even supplying a way of adding recipes so that shows this is one topic they definitely want.
Also writing about glamorous people and what makes a person to be considered glamorous and fashionable could get good results.
Glam Rock - Sweet with Blockbuster
A glam Bard of Ely
What is Glam?
There was a Glam Rock music genre with stars like David Bowie, Marc Bolan, the band Sweet and many others being known as Glam Rockers. This meant that they wore makeup and glittering flamboyant clothes. It was an androgynous look in which men were dressing in a feminine way but before the 'Gender Bender' Pop stars like Boy George. I have included a photo myself taken in the 1980s in my Glam or Goth look.
Recently though Gary Glitter, who was one of the most famous Glam Rock performers, has come in for a lot of very un-glamorous publicity and scandal. Bad press has tarnished Glitter's glam image. A glamorous lifestyle is good subject matter, however.
It is a good idea to write about glam subjects but be careful you don't stray too far into the world of 'adult' entertainment and words that are not approved here at HubPages.
I have some successful hubs that have not been idled that are about Kellie Everts who is a very controversial woman, who came to fame as a "Stripper for God" but is now known as Guru Rasa von Werder.
So outspoken is Rasa that she lost her Facebook site on four occasions and all of her videos at Youtube. Some of them had semi-nudity and we don't want any of that in our hubs. The point I am making here is that if you are writing about someone like this you have to keep within guidelines laid down by Google and HubPages as to what is acceptable or not. If you don't a moderator or an automatic filter will detect words or images that are not allowed and your hub may end up unpublished. You don't want that to happen.
At the bottom of pages here now we can read "NING GLAM SOCIAL", which is a clue that perhaps suggests that Glam is good!
It is always a good idea to make your hubs more visually appealing too. Give viewers some 'eye candy.' This is where photos and videos are what you need to include.
Potato Egg Curry, Indian potato egg recipe, Indian curry recipe
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5 Featured hubs that do not get Idled - what it is a good idea to write about
Recipes work well
On Hubpages and on many other sites you will find lots of recipe pages. So popular are recipes that HubPages has incorporated them into Special Layout Options. We are being encouraged to add recipes here.
I don't have any recipe hubs published yet because I'm not the sort of guy that bothers much with measurements of the right quantities of ingredients but judge the amount by sight and just tend to bung it all in the pot and cook. I also eat a lot of very basic foods like Beans on Toast or Boiled Eggs and you can't put much of a recipe together for these.
But the popularity of recipes has got me thinking creatively. I can describe what goes into a curry I might make or a vegetable stew, or even how I make a salad.
Recipes and Lifestyle can be combined too because many people make their diet restrictions an important part of their lives. For example, there are an increasing number of "Raw Foodists" about and raw food recipes. The same can be said about Vegetarians and Vegans.. My top hub at the moment is not a recipe hub as such but is about eating organic foods.
John Kohler is a well-known Raw Foodist and my hub about him stays with a high hubscore and good traffic. This means it will stay featured.
If I start to publish recipe hubs you will know why. It is because they are likely to get featured. They are what HubPages wants now! It is not so much about what we as writers want to write about but what subjects HubPages are likely to keep in the public eye and in the search engines like Google.
© 2012 Steve Andrews