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Basic Hub SEO

  1. tsmog profile image83
    tsmogposted 2 years ago

    What are the 'Key' SEO techniques for a Hub?

    Most hubbers seek success for their articles, which leads to success for HP ultimately benefiting all hubbers. For one who is illiterate of SEO practices what five or more techniques would you recommend while if comfortable sharing your success with those.

    1. Barbara Kay profile image90
      Barbara Kayposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Writer Fox has a good hub about this. Try going to his/her profile and you'll find it. Just put "Writer Fox" in the search bar at the top.

      My best advice is to use the keywords of the topic of the hub in the title. Let readers know in the first paragraph what the hub is about. Be sure to share it on Pinterest and other social media sites. Write the best content that you can on the subject and be sure to do your research.

      I wish you success here and welcome to the site.

      1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image100
        TIMETRAVELER2posted 2 years agoin reply to this

        I'm no guru, but here is what I try to do for SEO

        I use synonyms to repeat the main keywords in my summary, MFP image, first capsule title, first and last sentences of my hub.

        I also try to use them in my image capsules.

        I don't always succeed, but at least its something.  Can't tell you if this helps or not, but I don't think it can hurt!

        1. tsmog profile image83
          tsmogposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          Thank you TimeTraveler2. I had not considered synonyms before. I see the importance of the image capsules too.

      2. tsmog profile image83
        tsmogposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you. I included that article in my home PC folder - SEO practices to be read. I am gathering info to be read.

    2. Matthew Meyer profile image76
      Matthew Meyerposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I think some of the best general advice is to do extensive SEO research before you start a Hub.
      How competitive is the topic already?
      Is it covered well by major sites?
      Is there unique information that you have on the topic that will make your Hub stand out from other online content on the same topic?

      You may find that the subject is already saturated online and that can help determine what topics you would like to cover.

      1. tsmog profile image83
        tsmogposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Thank You Matthew :-) Those are what I am researching today especially how saturated a 'Topic Theme' is. I have utilized the Hub Topic Tree to discover firstly how well it is covered at HP. Some of the topics I have expertise with is greatly personal experience while those of a professional nature it is experience regarding credibility contrast educational. Not sure how much that plays regarding hubs.

        Those considerations above are copy/pasted in my learning file on my home PC. I will use those as a guideline as well as those SEO practices mentioned in this forum stream.

  2. LeanMan profile image88
    LeanManposted 2 years ago

    There are two things that you need to consider above all else and these are the things that most people fail on;

    1. Is anyone searching for your subject and your keywords? If no one is searching for "expose on malpractice in hogwarts kindergarten" then you will not get any visitors. So learn about what keywords are and how to use something like Googles keyword tool to see how many people search for them.

    2. How much competition is there for the keywords? Even if there are many thousands of searches for your keywords and its variations if there is a lot of established competition then you are going to be hard pressed to get traffic. So use your keywords and do a Google search and see what is top of the searches on the results. If it is a bunch of sites like Blogger and other small websites then you have a good chance of ranking. However if the top slots (first page of results) are taken by large well established and respected web sites then you have little chance of ranking and getting visitors.

    Good luck....

    1. NateB11 profile image95
      NateB11posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      This right here is the foundation of keyword optimization and SEO and the way a person has to operate when writing on the Web (if they are doing it to make money and/or traffic).

      1. tsmog profile image83
        tsmogposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you NateB11. I easily see keyword usage and organization is a powerful tool for writing. I have not really exercised that in the past learning language usage and etc. firstly. Now, is the time to try to put it all together hopefully.

    2. kbdressman profile image93
      kbdressmanposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      This is a good summary of keyword optimization, which is pretty darn important to SEO!  I just finished a 3 part series covering a number of SEO techniques and linking to a number of fairly easy to use free online resources you're welcome to check out if they'd be of use to you, tsmog.

      1. tsmog profile image83
        tsmogposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you kbdressman. I will be placing those article in my home PC folder SEO links to be read. I look forward to the series. :-)

        1. kbdressman profile image93
          kbdressmanposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          Hope they are of value to you!  You'll have to write a hub about what you learn about SEO as you apply what you learn in your studies and post the link here so we can continue to network, share experience and build off each other's experiences and understanding!

    3. tsmog profile image83
      tsmogposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you LeanMan :-) I will be researching 'Key Words' much more. I think a strategy of how to write an article based on 'Key Words' would be prudent.

    4. gravestream profile image61
      gravestreamposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks LeanMan, very good and up to date advice, I will definitely research more into that.

  3. Alternative Prime profile image80
    Alternative Primeposted 2 years ago

    Hello tsmog,

    There is basic “SEO”, an ambiguously misunderstood phenomena which nobody around here seems to understand, and of course a plethora of circulated “SEOBS” floating around everywhere ~

    All of which will be deemed irrelevant anyway if you’re not a Professional Writer with a comprehensive command of the language in the arena in which you publish, Creatively Inclined, and Authoritative ~ The preceding natural attributes and or acquired skills are essential to long term success in this industry regardless of any “Tricks“ attempted to gain readership ~

    1. tsmog profile image83
      tsmogposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Agreed 'Content is King'! Thank you for the input Alternative Prime. That also is a focus I must work on. Especially English language usage. I have in the past written technical material with work focusing on instructions and procedures. Also, a lot of journal style writing and fiction. Those may not be the style of focus needed. A compromise maybe.

      1. Alternative Prime profile image80
        Alternative Primeposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        You are welcome tsmog but I have not read any of your articles yet so I was not referring to you directly ~ My post was just an all encompassing general statement for all aspiring literary composers who may be following this thread ~

        You could be a brilliant talent for all I know ~ When time permits I’ll take a look at your work ~

  4. Suzanne Day profile image97
    Suzanne Dayposted 2 years ago

    An alternative viewpoint is to write 2500 words on the topic of your choice, letting it flow naturally.

    Then at the end look up keywords and go for most traffic/least competition.

    It's not the most productive way to get traffic, but it follows passion and still lets you get found.

    Depends on how you want to write that's all. The natural flow way allows all the synonyms under the sun because you don't know what the keywords are until the end.

    Just a thought.

    1. tsmog profile image83
      tsmogposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Suzanne. That sounds like a real good plan. I like to pound the keys and then edit several times. That may work better for me to insert the keyword or synonyms during the editing.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image99
      Marisa Wrightposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with Suzanne 100%.   

      The idea of using keyword research to choose your subject is fine, if you have a really good understanding of how the tools work and you're able to write on anything and everything.

      If you're a beginner, you're just as likely to interpret the results incorrectly and choose the wrong topic, and then no amount of keywords will help you get traffic.

      Far better to write about what you know or do real-life research on what people are looking for, write your articles and then look for keywords you can use to improve the Hub.

    3. artsofthetimes profile image86
      artsofthetimesposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      My thoughts exactly.