I've noticed a lot of people share their own hubs, is there a particular reason for this? Or is it just trying to revive a hubs traffic that has fallen/extra traffic?
I share my writing and book hubs on FB because I know a lot of my friends like to read them and it's the best way to let them know when a new hub is available. I'll also post a link at FB or Google+ if my traffic is starting to drop and I need a boost.
I just did this tonight. The hub is about toxicity to pets from foods and decorations around Christmas, and if one of my followers did not see it when I published last week I thought there was a good chance they might be online Sunday night.
I think it is okay to share updated/edited hubs too, since if you add new info your followers are not going to know about it.
That's a good example of a Hub you may want to share next Christmas season and many seasons afterwards to educate your followers about the dangers toxicity to pets from foods and decorations around Christmas. I see nothing wrong with sharing one's own Hubs, if there is good reason to share them.
I don't know. I haven't come across it yet not that I've notice. As far as traffic goes...I have very little anyway and maybe 5 followers. I thought you're not supposed to do that anyway.
I thought our hubs automatically share, when an up date is done. Am I wrong??
Yes, you are wrong. The only time your hubs are 'automatically' shared is when they are newly published. After that you must share them yourself, or hope that some of your followers with lots of followers themselves, will share your hubs. When you make an important change or add new information in the way of text or photos, it makes sense to share with your followers and you could even leave a note in the comments section that you have made an update and wanted to be sure all those interested would be aware.
I don't understand, if it is not allowed to share the hub then why does Hub Pages let us put a button for Facebook, etc.?
Sharing Hubs externally is encouraged. HubPages wants Hubs shared on Facebook and other places around the Internet. What they don't want is the Hub Feed to become a constant drone of people sharing their own work, since it will clog up the feed and turn people off. Therefore, they discourage sharing one's own Hubs on HubPages, but do allow it, if someone feels it's necessary. There are times when it makes sense to do so, as many have pointed out.
Social media is a good tool to promote your work. That is why I share my hubs on social media. This helps in getting more traffic.
I share 'em if I've updated an old hub with new info/features/etc.
I usually share my own Hubs after I update them, just to let people know that it has been updated. I will also share my own Hubs when the topic is in the news to let people know I covered the topic and they can get more info about it from my Hub.
I haven't spammed my followers in months. Think I'll go do my newest hub now. Especially since none of the slackers commented on it when I first published it.
Hi Sheilamyers, I understand FB & Google, I referring to here on HP, I see people sharing their own hubs.
I've noticed it, too, Alphadogg16. I thought it was frowned upon but maybe it depends on who's sharing and whether their followers don't mind or see it as spamming. I think it's more about etiquette than right or wrong.
Regarding updates and edits, I thought that your followers see any updates you make anyway so you wouldn't need to share it with them. Or does it only go back through QAP and the raters see it again? I dunno, I could be wrong.
I personally would refrain from sharing my own hubs because I feel it's not quite the right thing to do but I guess the bottom line is if you want to you can, there's nothing stopping you? But what would happen if we all shared our own hubs? Would it be healthy for HP as a whole? Not sure.
I'm curious to know the answer to Janshares question, when you make edits/updates, do your followers automatically see them? Do they go back through the QAP process? Does anyone know?
A staff member will correct me if I'm wrong...
When you make edits to a hub it DOES go through the quality assessment protocol again, but it DOESN'T appear in your followers' feeds the way a new hub does.
I think you're right.
By the way, I think it's really clever the way you camouflaged your Hubber Score in your avatar. Seriously.
I'd agree with calculus geometry, ( sorry, my hyphen has stopped working!) I edited a hub recently and m.turk showed in the stats, so it must have been QAPd, but very much doubt it was shared. You may know otherwise. I never share my own work deliberately. If folk haven't felt inclined to read it , fair enough.
Your followers do get a notice from HP by email every time you publish a new Hub. That should probably be enough notice.
Never tried sharing with the Hubisphere ... I've definitely done so on FB ... but not too much since it seems to turn my friends off when I constantly flood them with Hub articles. Pinterest is a great ooutlet ...
There are those who share others' hubs, and only sparingly share their own hubs. This doesn't bother me personally because I know they have good intentions and understand the point of the feature.
Then there are people who hyper-share their own work because they fundamentally misunderstand how HubPages works and don't realize they should be trying to get views from outside HP. They seem to think if they're not getting reads and comments from other users then they're doing something wrong, so they desperately try to get their work seen. These people also tend to mass follow other users and are obsessed with how many followers they have. Perhaps there's some way to politely enlighten these people.
I think HP created this effect, calculus-geometry, with hub score, hubberscore, bootcamp, HOTD, EC, etc. It makes us work harder as it affects our self-esteem so we need more and more validation as newbies.
If you have under a year at HP, you look for validation from the community before you start to get any appreciable organic traffic. I know when I started, I was very concerned about getting views, comments, and feedback from the community. Now, I get absolutely giddy when I get organic traffic, although I still look for comments and views from HP. I'm just not as psychologically dependent upon it as I used to be. That said, I never let my desperation make me share my own hub.
You're right that HP foments a lot of confusion among new users with all the unnecessary scoring, and the ever-changing (and ever name-changing) featured/idled/EC systems. HP should be upfront that outside readers can't see any of that and, moreover, don't care. All readers want is a hub that answers whatever query they entered in Google.
I agree with you about the scoring. People with the highest scores often complain that they have little traffic and, therefore, little income. The Hubber Score isn't reflective of success on HubPages. There have been many Forum threads posted with complaints about it but Paul E. always responds that he likes it and wants to keep it. I think having that score plastered on everyone's avatar is a bad idea.
I agree with you. I share others hubs but once in awhile will share my own if updated and no one seems to notice.
One reason to share is because some people will share your hubs on facebook, pin it or share on other sites. That will help in outside views and that is what you want.
You've said what I was going to say. The point of sharing any hub is to have others read it and hopefully share it with their followers and social media sites.
I hardly ever share one of my own unless there is a major update. Sometimes I will update via a comment and that will show on the feed. Also we gain new followers who may not have read one of our previously published hubs.
I have never, ever shared my hubs with my "followers" on HubPages. I know they get notified when I write a new hub automatically, but I never share the hubs.
I don't share because they have been notified automatically, and if the topic interests them, they'll come in and read. Secondly, I don't look to HubPages for my views. I look to the sporting community for whom I write to get my views. I doubt there are many, if any, here on HubPages who would care squat about how to read a dog agility course map or how to get more Qs in agility. That would bore people outside of my sport to death!!
I write for my target audience, and I market to my target audience. While I love hubbers, y'all aren't my market!!
Sharing your own hubs en masse is discouraged by HubPages, hence the notification box that comes up when you do it.
There are, however, lots of legitimate reasons for sharing a hub you have written.
1. You may have done a substantial edit (recommended to improve traffic at least once per year) and want your followers to know that the hub has been edited. This may cause them to link to it and grown some organic backlinks
2. The hub may be seasonal, and only appropriate for a short length of time. If you have lots of hubs, sharing your seasonal ones at the right time is a good way of gaining some exposure for that hub
3. Hubpages is a community and, although you should be aiming for views from outside the domain, you may be particularly proud of a hub you published midweek, in the middle of the day. This is unlikely to be picked up by the majority of viewers, so you may wish to share it again during a weekend or evening
IF you are going to share your own hubs, do so judiciously. Don't share more than one per day (one every other is probably better) and only re-share it if there is a legitimate reason for you to do so. Constant sharing of the same hub will annoy followers. If you want a hub to stay 'live' in the hub-stream, aim to get people commenting on it instead.
I tried initially but stopped soon. I think it would look nice if others do it. Already HP has provided mechanism for sharing on facebook, twitter etc.
@Marina - we are referring to sharing on Hubpages after a hub has already been published.
To add to the help you gave the poster: It's located in the grouping under the related search ad on the right column of every Hub – your Hub or someone else's Hub you are reading.
If you click where it says "HubPages Followers", that Hub will appear on the feed page of all of your followers.
Does anyone know when you update your hub does it go into the hub hopper?
As others mentioned, I only share a hub when I've done an update on it.
This was the first place I published online and even though I've moved on to things that pay better, I check in now and then. So sharing a revamped hub is also a wave to people who have followed me all this time.
People used to take sharing their own already-published hubs to extremes. It's one of the few things I ever unfollowed people for. So it's best, as in all networking, to go easy on using the 'share with followers' option.
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