I don't understand the Exclusive Titles: I just checked a subject I am interested in. I get a title for a Hub that I have already written! I thought the idea was it was Exclusive. I'm very confused. Help.
I ran into the same thing but on checking I found that mine had been zzz'd. so it wasn't visible.
As Far as I know it his hub pages who decide if an topic or subject for a hub is available as an exclusive. Some topics have exclusives available and some don't.
Now you've left me with a question. I didn't realize there was such a thing and since it could come in handy what are exclusive titles? How do they work?
Hi Gypsy, the Exclusives are a recent feature, you can find the article in the Learning Center under the title "Hubpages Exclusive". Here is the link
I have written one Hub using this feature, and I have a second one reserved on my accounts page. I really don't have an opinion yet, except that the SEO is supposedly already done for you. The views I've had for that one Hub are decent, but not very spectacular. I really expected a better result. Maybe it was the kind of topic, WW2. Good luck!
joanveronica, I have written 13 exclusive hubs (mainly technical subjects) and was also hoping to gain more views but so far, I am a bit disappointed too. However, I don't think there is any 'promise' that they'll do well just that they have been 'SEO'd' as you say, for good keywords. I live in hope of going viral some day though )
I seem to choose topics to write about that make the suggestions disappear. What does SEO stand for? What does it do, please?
Hi, Blossom - congrats on being in the Apprenticeship Program!
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization - it's the process of researching and using keywords that are common search terms when you create titles and subheads, as well as other ways of optimizing your hubs to make them more search-worthy by Google. You're probably already doing keyword research in the Apprenticeship Program, so you're basically learning it, even if SEO hasn't been mentioned yet.
Hope this helps!
Gypsy Rose Lee: When you go to "start a new Hub", depending on what words you use, about four titles will pop up: These are Exclusive, and it was my understanding that no one else could use that Title (or subject), so I was surprised to see an Exclusive Title pop up that was the exact title I had used for a Hub. I have written two Hubs so far using the Exclusive Title feature, and the traffic has been decent.
Hubbers are finding the exclusive titles are not exclusive at all, before or after you pick up the title. So I have no real idea what the point of them is except you are stuck with a hub with a title you cannot edit.
Good point about being stuck with a title you can't edit. Because tags are no longer used, editing a title is the ONLY way to revive a snoozing hub - either that or try keyword stuffing, a lousy idea. So once an exclusive gets deindexed it's essentially dead.
The Exclusive Titles are more search friendly and yes, the SEO has been done on them. They don't seem to always related to what you want but that may because they pick up on the first word you type. Type one word in and see what happens....three suggested titles. They don't always apply to what you want but may increase your traffic.
The HP folks have some great ideas but Exclusive Titles aren't one of them. I chose one, which will soon be deindexed for lack of views. I considered a few others but gave up after I used the keyword tool and found them to be SEO zilch. I don't even see it as useful as an idea generator.
I did an exclusive three weeks ago. It is not indexed, and I should have used a different title. It has a few views from Hp and no comments. I predict when Google indexes it, the article will soon be idled. This is my first exclusive. I don't think it was ever in the feed. I have pinged it, and I don't know what else to do.
I haven't had any luck at all with the exclusive titles. Neither get much traffic.
Just a comment to add about the Exclusive Titles: I wrote one about suicide. I thought it was a good article, but ads were disabled due to content. Now, I don't think that subject should have been a choice because of this. I would not have taken so much time to write it, if I had known no ads would be used. Also, the fact that you cannot change the title is not good.
@mary615 Sorry to hear that an exclusive title lead you into a non ad-safe topic. This shouldn't occur, so I'm doing some follow up to see what we need to do to eliminate or minimize such circumstances.
Thanks for letting us know!
Thanks, Matthew. I did not delete my Hub. I was getting pretty good traffic on it, but if I can't have ads on it, I won't republish it. I realize there are subjects that are taboo as far as ads go. As you know, I can't change the title since it is an Exclusive.
Any suggestions as to how I could republish it??
The main part that makes it not ad-safe is the description of suicide.
Advertisers tend to not want to run ads on content about such subjects.
It may be a bit more ad-safe if the description was in less detail, but I fear that would overly change your Hub content. The Hub is now published, but has ads disabled.
This suggests that the exclusive title might... need a little work? I think people have been assuming they were designed or screened in some way to be... well... good titles? Maybe exclusive ones that no one else can use as well? If not, how are they developed?
Thank you Matthew. I just have one other comment to make on the Exclusive Titles: I did one on charity giving to legitimate charities, and imagine my surprise when I saw another Hub with almost the exact same title and content. I'm not saying mine was duplicated, but was very similar. I was under the impression that the Exclusive Titles were just that: Exclusive. Thanks for your time and consideration on this.
I had an exclusive one get hit on the ads issue too. It is about the dangerous of teenagers drinking and driving. I was told that some things like auto accidents could trigger the block. How do you do a piece on the dangers of drinking and driving and not talk about auto accidents?
Most of the issues related to that topic could be avoided. The main thing that makes something like this not ad-safe is descriptions or images depicting violence. So you can write broadly about an auto accident, but not include photos of people or smashed cars and not describe violent situations in detail.
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