I am so disappointed in lack of traffic as I was so excited about this

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  1. TessSchlesinger profile image95
    TessSchlesingerposted 3 years ago

    I spent years looking for the perfect light outdoor fabric that was windproof and waterproof. I truly couldn't find one. Polyester, for instance, is only about 50% waterproof. So when I found Taslan I was really excited because it just looks like an ordinary fabric. I used to spend hours looking for a lightweight waterproof fabric.

    So I can't understand why nobody searches for this hub? Am I the only one who actually wanted something like that? Surely other people need fabric for raincoats, sleeping bags, etc.

    What am I missing over here?
    http://tessschlesinger.hubpages.com/hub … lon-Taslan

    Thanks.

    1. Solaras profile image97
      Solarasposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Maybe you should change the name of the hub to something like: The Best Waterproof Fabric for Making Raincoats and Sleeping Bags.

      1. TessSchlesinger profile image95
        TessSchlesingerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        I like that. Thank you. I will use that. smile

      2. mary615 profile image92
        mary615posted 3 years agoin reply to this

        I agree.  I would change the title like Solaras suggested.  I don't think many people would search for that fabric by name.

    2. PegCole17 profile image94
      PegCole17posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Traffic for certain topics is not as active as on others. If you do a Google search on your main key words, you may find it is not a highly searched topic. (517k versus 54 million searches, for example) It's hard to predict what people might type into a search bar to find answers to their burning questions. When you do find a hot topic, traffic will skyrocket. I'm still looking for those viral keywords.

      PS. Also, summer is a slow time for traffic. Keep the faith and write what you know.

      1. TessSchlesinger profile image95
        TessSchlesingerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        thank you.

    3. peachpurple profile image82
      peachpurpleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Maybe not everyone knows the exact name of the fabric, try user friendly words to get more traffic

    4. relache profile image85
      relacheposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Taslan is a generic brand-name for a process for air-puffing nylon to give it a cotton-like look and feel.  It's just the latest knock-off of the process, and it is cheaper than other waterproof fabrics, which is why it's not the most popular for sewing.  Much like brand-name food or medicines, many people prefer to look for a quality material if they are going to make something, especially if they need something as durable as a waterproof coat or sleeping bag.

      As someone who's spent time in a professional sewing shop, waterproofing is something most amateurs avoid like the plague, and many pros prefer to get their waterproofing done by specialists because to actually do it right is difficult,

      By the way, I suggest you NOT call the Taslan "a water proof cotton fabric" like lbrummer suggested, as Taslan is made entirely from nylon and contains zero cotton fibers.

      1. TessSchlesinger profile image95
        TessSchlesingerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        relache, I'm confused. Yes, I knew it was nylon, and I stated that several times in the article. However, when I was originally searching for a fabric, I specifically searched for nylon. That's because when I was studying textiles at university (for my fashion design and interior design degrees), nylon was the strongest of all the manmade fabrics and the only one that was effectively waterproofed. For instance, polyester never reaches the same level of water proofing.  Nylon is also the strongest.

        The reason nylon is not popular in the United States is apparently that it makes a whispering sound when it rubs against each other.  However, Taslan does not do that.

        I have never met anyone in my life that would think of waterproofing a fabric. If one wants to make something like a sleeping bag or a raincoat, one buys fabric that is water resistant or water proof. I have never seen a sewing pattern that advocates that one makes a raincoat or sleeping bag and then waterproofs it.

        There are numerous products on the market made of this fabric.
        http://noblecamper.com/products/boulder … amper-ad02
        http://www.lazada.com.ph/lagalag-sleepi … 49868.html
        http://goo.gl/PRRjDB
        http://goo.gl/kpvLQV

        I wouldn't say exactly that any of these finished products are cheap. smile

        I am also confused by your statement "Taslan is a generic brand-name for a process for air-puffing nylon to give it a cotton-like look and feel."

        If something has a brand-name, then it has another name as well. What is the real name?

        In the textile world, one has weaves and textiles. So, for example, viscose/rayon would be a textile made from wood fiber, silk would be a textile made from silkworms, cotton would be textile made from cotton plants, wool would be a textile made from sheep skin, nylon would be a man-made polymer (plastic).

        A weave would be the way the threads are woven, e.g. plain, twill, satin, etc.

        So I'm confused as to what you mean that Taslan is a brand name. It looked like a plain weave to me and it was made of nylon. I am unaware of what it means to air-puff a textile or would be interested to know what the other name for this type of fabric is as I didn't know it as a brand-name.

        Thanks.

        1. relache profile image85
          relacheposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Sewing fabric puts holes in it.  Holes let in water.  Any gear or clothing that is to be truly waterproofed must have all the seams sealed AFTER sewing, or moisture will just leak back in via the seams.

          As someone who has worked in garment factories, and who lives and camps in the Pacific Northwest region of the USA, I can't imagine anyone but an inexperienced sewer making a raincoat or sleeping bag and not doing the waterproofing after they are done with the garment. 

          If you look up Taslan, which is what I did, it will explain branding and manufacture.  There is no reason for me to take so much time to hold your hand on this.

          1. TessSchlesinger profile image95
            TessSchlesingerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            The fabric is fine for sewing with a very thin needle which is what the instructions were. It was explained that if a very thin needle was used, it wouldn't let water in. I didn't do waterproofing. I wore it extensively in Scotland through rain and snow. Didn't let in a stitch of water. Thank you for your comments.

    5. Buildreps profile image87
      Buildrepsposted 3 years ago

      I agree with Solaras. When people are looking for a material that probably has the properties of Taslan they wouldn't search on the name itself. People want good things for little money.

      Changing the title might be a very good idea. Evaluating the summary on keywords is also a good idea.

      1. TessSchlesinger profile image95
        TessSchlesingerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        So if I change the title to 'Cheap Best Waterproof Fabric for Making Raincoats and Sleeping Bags' it would be more likely for someone to search for that?

        1. rebekahELLE profile image87
          rebekahELLEposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          I would probably go with ' best affordable waterproof...' rather than 'cheap best waterproof...'

          1. Solaras profile image97
            Solarasposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            +1

            Also, if this is for people interested in sewing or camping it might broaden your audience to add that to the title with a pipe

            Sewing  (or Camping) | Best waterproof material for raincoats and sleeping bags
            you can mention it is the most affordable and durable in your hub summary. "Cheap" sounds like it will rip.

            Add an Amazon capsule to buy the material, and even if you only get a few hits a day, you may get some $$ from the Amazon sales.

            1. Solaras profile image97
              Solarasposted 3 years agoin reply to this

              This could be the start of a group of how to hubs on making things with this material. I assume you made something with it since you looked so long for it. They can link back to this article on the material and that should give it a bit of a boast as well.

          2. lbrummer profile image95
            lbrummerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            Consider using words that you would use in a search, in your Summary and in the first paragraph of your article. 

            taslan, best waterproof fabric, water proof, breathable, by the yard, affordable, cheap, for outdoor cushions, to make shower curtains, raincoats, sleeping bags, cotton

            For instance a summary something like this:
            Taslan, is a waterproof, breathable fabric that can be purchased by the yard and used to make outdoor cushions, raincoats, sleeping bags. I recommend this affordable type of water proof cotton fabric.

            1. Solaras profile image97
              Solarasposted 3 years agoin reply to this

              Good ideas! But you also want to entice them into clicking on the link. Don't make them search for taslan before clicking on your hub.  Say something about how you tested this miracle fabric and it beat every other waterproof by a yard or mile.

              1. TessSchlesinger profile image95
                TessSchlesingerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                Okay. Thanks.

            2. TessSchlesinger profile image95
              TessSchlesingerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

              Aha! Never thought of that. Excellent summary. Would that be the first capsule that introduces it?

          3. TessSchlesinger profile image95
            TessSchlesingerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            Thank you. Done. smile

          4. TessSchlesinger profile image95
            TessSchlesingerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            I like affordable. Thanks. smile

    6. TessSchlesinger profile image95
      TessSchlesingerposted 3 years ago

      So much better! Thanks. Obviously I was sitting on my brains for that one. sad

      1. Jean Bakula profile image98
        Jean Bakulaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Good luck with the title change. I noticed that a few hubs I wasn't getting traffic on got improved views when I changed the titles.

        1. TessSchlesinger profile image95
          TessSchlesingerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Thank you.

    7. pumpkincat210 profile image83
      pumpkincat210posted 3 years ago

      Interesting hub.  I guess it hasn't been getting a lot of traffic is because most people just buy their items pre-made.  Sewing is becoming a lost art.   I sew though and have never heard of that type of fabric before.. and I am almost certain that the fabric store near me doesn't have any..at any given time they only carry one or two bolts of silk. 
      I agree with the other people that say change up your title a bit.

      1. TessSchlesinger profile image95
        TessSchlesingerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you, I did. smile You are probably right - people don't sew as much as they used to. It was probably also why I had such a difficult time trying to find the fabric I wanted. smile

    8. starme77 profile image71
      starme77posted 3 years ago

      Sewing has seemed to have its ups and downs, however cos play has become a pretty big thing and the majority of cos players actually make thier own outfits, a different one for each event because they become a different character at each event - if you become familiar with cos players you may could write a hub for your material specific for them- that group does alot of internteting and reading smile

    9. delia-delia profile image81
      delia-deliaposted 3 years ago

      Personally I would use the name of the subject matter in the title example:
      Nylon Taslan ~ Best Waterproof Fabric

      Start out the story with the name again:
      I highly recommend Nylon Taslan for Sewing (or Camping) Best Waterproof Fabric for Making Raincoats and Sleeping Bags.

      Or something in that order...

      1. TessSchlesinger profile image95
        TessSchlesingerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        oh, I like that. Isn't it what hubpages considers spamming though?

    10. WryLilt profile image90
      WryLiltposted 3 years ago

      As Cardisa says, "People Google questions, not answers." Create a title which matches the question people are Googling then provide the answer in the hub.

      1. TessSchlesinger profile image95
        TessSchlesingerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        I have done so, thank you. smile

     
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