Being new to the Hub World, I'm still learning the ropes. I see a lot of Hub's that are written similar to a magazine or newspaper article. My writing generally consists of short fiction of various genres with the occasional satirical parenting narrative, saying everything that most mothers are thinking. My question is, what type of hubs seem to work the best-- Objective Opinions? Personal narratives? Humorous or informative?
And as far as being featured, I was fortunate enough to have my first hub featured, but from what I'm gathering now, there are a lot of rules to reach this feat. Am I understanding some of these rules incorrectly, or is there a bit of censorship when it comes to having a hub featured?
This site is not as "free" as many may have thought when they joined. They have to abide by the search engine's TOS or lose their add posting ability. So yes there seems to be censorship but it is understandable and often needed.
When it comes to feature or not, it is basically a game of numbers.
No one genre seems to be a certain winner. It depends on how you write. However informative articles seem to do quite well.
Good advice here....I do believe that it is important to enjoy what you write most to excel in your work. The knowledge and complete grasp on the topic in hand is another important thing. Hard work sure will pave the way for success. Best wishes and welcome on board:-)
I have yet to know for sure what drives a Hub to becoming more popular. Ones that I write that I think are going to be high scored are the ones that are usually my lowest scored Hubs. One time I wrote a Hub about an experience I had, using factual accounts (not personal), and it scored under a 60. But it became very popular through people reading it, and now it's one of the higher scoring Hubs. So, I don't really know.
Welcome to HubPages.
There isn't censorship here, except for following general guidelines for decency - no spamming, no pornography, etc.
As to featuring, there are two ways your hubs can be idled. One is low quality. Since you have a hub that was featured, as long as you keep up that level of quality, you should be fine with that. The other is engagement. You want to write a hub that people want to read. This means you provide enough entertainment, information, etc. to satisfy the reader. Using keywords and making sure that people will be able to find your hub through search engines helps a great deal.
It is hard to tell what will work and what won't, but I have found that fiction, poetry, and personal opinion (I was doing book and movie reviews) don't do as well as informative how-tos, but that may just be my own experience.
Generally, more personal hubs, including fiction and poetry don't perform as well as more informative Hubs, but I do have a few more personal hubs that perform quite well, and some more informative hubs that don't perform as well. My best advice is to write about what you know, write about whatever you want (within the TOS, obviously), and remember to update, revise and tweak your hubs every so often. It helps to improve the quality, keep them relevant, and keep you from getting your hub unfeatured for engagement. I even went so far as to delete a few hubs that really weren't performing well at all. They were written several years ago, and I didn't think it would matter to revise them, as they were not evergreen, and the content was outdated and no longer relevant. I saw a jump in my scores and my traffic.
I guess what I am trying to say is, keep writing, rewriting and revising everything. It gets to be tiresome the more hubs you have, but it is well worth it.
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