I can't stress enough the importance of checking your hubs weekly for any needed editing. Since the change in ad size, formatting and attractiveness of your hub may have changed. The products advertised seem to change more frequently as well, often having nothing to do with your hub.
Of course, you can always find grammar mistakes, especially misspelled words. I found one in a title this week! Yuck
Anyway, check your hubs. It's easy to think that all is well when traffic is improving. But don't let that make you slack off on opportunities to make improvements that will pay off in the long run. Happy hubbin'
I've definitely noticed the changes in advertising. I'm still going through hubs to make sure they only have one eBay listing and such also because some of those look strange now too depending on the product.
Thank you for this informative forum post. ALL should read and follow.
janshares, you are absolutely correct about the need to do this, especially with the older hubs.
I agree that spelling and grammar checking is important but it is a pain when the layout and structure changes or when HubPages rules change. Having to go back and edit all my hubs when that happens is a pain. Ihave just under 40 hubs at the moment and about once a month I have to go back and make modifications, its time consuming.
I don't agree with this.
If you're not here to earn money or gain a huge readership, then minor problems with your Hubs aren't worth obsessing about, so why would you constantly edit?
If you ARE online to earn money from your writing, then constant edits are going to damage your income, for two reasons.
1. Time spent editing is time spent NOT writing something new, or learning new skills. Unless your edits are aimed at improving SEO, your edits are not going to earn you anything to compensate for that.
2. The whole idea of HubPages (and other rev-sharing sites) is that the income is passive. You get paid nothing when you write the Hub, but over time it has potential to earn far more than if you'd sold it. However, that equation falls apart if the Hub needs constant updating, because ultimately you've spent hours working and re-working the Hub, which you don't get compensated for.
Sure, editing is a good idea if there's a rule change. However even then, fixing a dodgy layout is not going to attract more traffic so is it really worth doing for your low-trafficked Hubs?
As for spelling and grammar mistakes - how come you didn't fix those before you published? If you were a bit over-enthusiastic in the early days and published stuff without proof-reading, then make yourself a plan to systematically work through your Hubs on a schedule, and fix them all. Then stop. Otherwise it's too easy to fall into the trap of tittivating your Hubs for no solid reason (except perhaps as an excuse for not tackling something more challenging??).
I think this is a bit harsh. No one is perfect. We all make spelling and grammar mistakes. Checking and editing hubs periodically is usually time spent well.
I'm not being harsh - of course we all make spelling and grammar mistakes, and some of those may slip through before publication. But there is such a thing as a spell checker, and if you know you're not strong on spelling ,you should use one. And spelling and grammar were only two of the thing Janshares was talking about - my concern is that people could spend fruitless hours constantly "perfecting" their Hubs due to this advice, when in reality the benefits of such a habit are very limited.
This is helpful Marisa. When I first read the OP I agreed with it. But I have over 200 hubs, and thinking about regularly looking them over does seem overwhelming to me, especially as my goal is to write more hubs.
I think that we do need to look them over when there is a big layout change though, since they could affect the readers, but maybe looking them over only on the hubs that are most likely to be affected makes sense. It's a fine balance.
Yes, I think it is a balance. I think the important thing is that the decision to review your Hubs needs to be a conscious one, not just a "I need to keep checking my Hubs" mentality. That attitude can result in too much repeated, unnecessary checking.
If (say) there's a major layout change which demands a review, download a list of your Hubs from your account page (use the "export csv" link in the left corner). Then check them off as you review them. Once the list is done, it's done!. Set it aside and resist the urge to do any further tweaking unless and until something else changes, or you learn something new that you want to apply to them.
This is a good reminder. Thanks!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Thanks, janshares. i think I'll do some checking of my hubs in the coming weeks.
Found glaring typos in one of my first poem hubs yesterday while editing. WOW! Check, check, check your hubs.
Oddly, my adsense ads appear to have vanished entirely from my hubs. All advertising has vanished from my hubs... This happen to any of you?
We should always go back and check over old hubs. I've found a few where I was able to add information and even pictures to make it a better hub. Guess we're never perfect
Thanks for the reminder Jan!
Thanks for the reminder. I'm always reviewing and adding to my hubs, and finding errors in the process. Only problem with adding to old hubs is that people who have already viewed the original may never see what you've newly added. maybe hub pages should notify followers if there have been changes made to a hub.
You're welcome, Jodah. I find things all the time, just fixed some hub titles today! I think your followers see your updated hubs everytime you edit, not sure though.
Thanks for reminding me janshares. I´ll be doing that tomorrow.
Thank you so much for writing in this forum! I noticed the pictures changed, but have never really paid attention to the ads because I am still learning. You seem very wise and meticulous in the editing of your hubs. I wish I was quite as a perfectionist as you. I hope someday I will be. I hope to soon be able to edit all of my hubs in the way that I want them to be and to follow your suggestions on checking for spelling and grammar errors as they can definitely damage your credibility. Thanks janshares! ~Michele
Michele, very sweet of you, glad to be of help, but please don't become obsessed like me. I hope you're able to find a happy medium somewhere between perfectionism and diligence. I also still have a lot to learn. You are so right about maintaining our credibility as writers. Good luck on your editing.
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