Hypocrite! I'm gonna try the 30 in 30 challenge

Jump to Last Post 1-4 of 4 discussions (9 posts)
  1. Greekgeek profile image85
    Greekgeekposted 7 years ago

    ... although I don't know if I'll actually have time to reach thirty before the holidays eat me.

    I thought I'd give my SEO skills a good workout and create a brand-new niche account, then see if I can build thirty quality hubs that pull in search traffic within a reasonable span of time.

    I'm going to shoot for 150 visitors a day. Should be easy enough to hit that long-term, but I'm not sure how long it'll take for new hubs to be indexed and start drawing traffic.

    Since I'm trying to focus on search traffic, I'm going to avoid Simone's rule about "Tell your friends, family, and followers..." save for the Tweets I use at the outset of publication to help my new pages get crawled.

    I'll post the niche account name here once the first hub has cleared the dreaded Noindex Zone. The niche will be Lord of the Rings and Hobbit geekery. That's a fairly high-competition niche, since the web is currently flooded with fan pages, hype, news and swag for the new films.

    This is also a test to see if it's still taking 2-3 weeks for Google to crawl new hubs. If I can't overcome that barrier, I may abandon this project.

    1. CyclingFitness profile image93
      CyclingFitnessposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Good luck
      I'm finding some new hubs aren't indexed within a month.

  2. Haunty profile image84
    Hauntyposted 7 years ago

    Good Luck! I wish there was more talk about Tolkien's other works as well. He had many unfinished stories, one of them being my childhood favorite, Narn i Chîn Húrin, which has since been edited and made into a full-blown novel called The Children of Húrin. I only read the original versions in the Silmarillion and elsewhere, but it was really magical back then.

    1. Greekgeek profile image85
      Greekgeekposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Don't worry, I'll be covering the real thing as well as Peter Jackson's alternate universe fanfiction version. wink

      My favorite is Fall of Gondolin in Book of Lost Tales 2. I wish to goodness that Tolkien had gone back and finished it. Elrond's grandmother Idril is one of my favorite characters.

      1. Haunty profile image84
        Hauntyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Yeah, Turgon did well in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. He's like my favorite elf, for some reason.

        Too bad I can't read your Hubs as they are getting unpublished as soon as they appear. Besides, I'm not allowed to read as I'm not organic traffic, and the name of the account is being kept from me. smile

        1. Greekgeek profile image85
          Greekgeekposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Oh, I'll post the name here once I've got hubs out of dodge, I'm just not gonna do the part of the challenge where we solicit all our friends and family to come visit.

          (And le hannon for the encouragement! You have good taste in characters. There's a few other old Tolkien fans, here, btw; BrainyBunny for one.)

          I discovered something interesting: when you start a new account, the profile fills in the "Hub Spotlight" slots with your first new hubs even while they're pending. Which probably means Google saw that hub with its noindex tag before the moderator pulled it. Drat.

          1. Haunty profile image84
            Hauntyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            If Simone recommends this, I believe she is doing it to get those friends and family to join the site.

            So now I know how to say thanks in elvish. ahahah... Le hannon for that. smile

            Let's hope they didn't. I'm not keeping up with recent developments re HubPages, but Google seems pretty slow in crawling HP these days. Since they initiated sleeping/idle hubs out of the blue, I trust them a little less. And not enough to publish hubs any more. Whilst I don't debate it has proved a good move, I prefer putting my stuff where I can control its future.

            Anyway, I will shut up now, as you probably just want to share your experience with the new venture in this thread.

  3. Greekgeek profile image85
    Greekgeekposted 7 years ago


    Oh, Hubpages, you're too funny.

    The first hub was flagged by a moderator and unpublished because it had to do with Gambling, Weapons, or Alcohol.

    Well, I did mention Bilbo's sword Sting somewhere in that article!

    I guess I'll cross off my plans to do a hub surveying the oh-so-purty movie prop replicas. A pity, as I think a Legolas bow was about the first Amazon item I ever sold on my own website.

  4. Greekgeek profile image85
    Greekgeekposted 7 years ago

    Drat. I need to put my "30 hubs" challenge on hold for a bit.

    My challenge here was precipitated by this post and the thread around it. I quote:

    Emphasis mine.

    "Page1 SEO Tactics" was boasting about a hit count of 285 over 6 weeks, with 20% of that search traffic.  Meaning 57 visitors.

    But I've now realized that "Page1 SEO Tactics" only has 5 hubs. So if I build all 30 now, it won't be an equivalent test. Even if I divided my traffic by 6 it wouldn't be a fair test, because cross-links from more hubs = more SEO = more visitors.

    I will post the challenge account's username and URLs after I've beaten Page 1 SEO's challenge or failed, but I gotta wait. smile

    For the record, my first hub for the challenge was featured on Nov 30, and has 161 visitors from Hubpages + Flickr, 6 search visits so far. Which is rather more than the "1 or 2 a week" mentioned in the OP, but we'll see how it goes.

    Note to self:
    I posted my first hub for the challenge on Nov 28, although it wasn't featured until Nov 30.
    I worked on the challenge for 8 days and wrote  7 hubs.
    When I start again, I have 22 days to write and hit "publish" on 23 hubs.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)