I just published a new hub, and forgot to do the summary. As soon as I discovered the error, I went back in and fixed that oversight.
However, the hub (even after refreshing the page) is still showing up with the first part of the first paragraph in place of the summary.
Is there a way to fix this? Is it only a problem within Hub Pages, and if I promote the article on FaceBook, will it show up correctly, with the actual summary?
(I don't like the first part of the paragraph being used, as it is sometimes a 'give-away,' where I prefer to keep a bit of mystery...)
As for Facebook, many times using the short URL will pick up the summary much better than the normal URL. The short URL can be found on your hub when you click stats, then "metrics"... the short URL will be found at the bottom. You may have to wait a short period of time for stats to show up if you have just published the hub however.
Where are you seeing that? On the Hub itself? If so, it sounds like it did not save properly. If you're seeing it on Google, then be aware that Google pleases itself when deciding what to display - it will sometimes show your carefully crafted summary, and sometimes show your first para instead. The best thing is to craft your first two or three lines as if it was a summary, that way you have it covered either way.
And do bear in mind, if your summary is actually a summary of your Hub, you're doing it wrong. It's the equivalent of the "blurb" on the back of a novel - a teaser, to make your reader want to click and read more.
I was seeing that on the "news feed" page here on HP, where it shows up to auto-announce you just published something.
Hmmm....welll....sometimes those 'blurbs' are a nutshell synopsis of the book...
I try to write it to be a "hook," but without really summarizing the hub...I guess it depends on the subject matter. I think my problem is, brevity is not my strong suit, so when I try to say someting in 2 or 3 short sentences, ... ... ...I fall on my face.
Sometimes stuff here doesn't show up real time. Give it a little while and it should be fine.
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