I saw the new 300 word warning on a couple of hubs I was trying to get published again. I got them to a point where the message disappeared and changed the content. I then received the dreaded "Your hub could be featured" email on the ones I updated. I'm still unsure what the humans are looking for at this point.
Shakes head and goes back into hole.
To be fair, there are goals to aim for listed towards the top right hand-side of the edit page.
700 words is a good starting point unless you're publishing poetry.
I have given up trying to tailor old Squidoo lenses that just won't feature on Hubpages no matter what I do. They are being systematically removed and given a home on my own sites.
Instead, I feel that I need to learn to write specifically for Hubpages, for the hubs that will have a home here. This means deciding which topics will work well with only one or possibly two Amazon capsules.
I think it is a matter of "Who moved the cheese". We need to think in a new way if continuing here. I believe I am an old dog capable of learning new tricks ( or requirements!). We'll see.
But I think it is time to stop mourning why something just won't work , if we have given a good try.
perhaps this goes for "oldtimer" Hubbers, too. If your cheese has moved, find the trail to a new source.
That is a great attitude to take. You can rant and rave about changes you don't like, but that won't accomplish anything. Accept the change and see how you can work within the new rules.
or accept the change and give up on a lost cause and move on out to pastures new?
That works too. The key is to see the site as it currently is and decide whether it is a good fit for you. If not, get out. If it is, work within the system. Just complaining about it does you no good, and annoys the people who have decided to stay. Everybody does not have to make the same choice that you did.
Interesting while I remembered that book 'Who Moved My Cheese?' by Dr. Spencer Johnson. Great point shared while I think I will reread that book :-)
I think the way to get pages with Amazon ads featured is to deliver a lot of useful info before you discuss particular products then link to them.
Many people are looking for buying advice.They want to know what differentiates the products available -- why some are more expensive, for example. Whether some are suitable for older people or younger people. What features really matter and which are merely useful occasionally etc etc
You can explain technical issues when appropriate.
Some subjects are hopeless. It is very tough to do anything with shower curtains, paper napkins or desert spoons.
Not so - I've got a lot of hubs that do that (ie deliver a lot of useful info) because I used to create long and comprehensive and carefully curated compendiums on different art topics and they have ticks across the board re. goals
That hasn't stopped HubPages unfeaturing them as "overly promotional" for two reasons:
* more than two links to the same domain
* more than a couple of Amazon modules.
I have news for HubPages - the problem lies in the structure of this site and the hubs (ie one page only).
If you have a LOT of content on one topic (as I do have many times over) the best thing to do is remove content to a new website for a mega niche subject and break up very long hubs into a number of level 1 topics each of which has a number of level 2 pages then it all works absolutely fine and dandy.
Plus you triple your traffic within a very short space of time.......
P.S. Google doesn't mind in the least that I have more than one link to the same domain. What it cares about is the quality of the content and whether the Amazon modules are relevant - which they are. I've got Google all over the world accessing my content which has moved on out.
It feels like back to old times!
Some of the country based Google websites accessing one of my new sites
What concerns me is that I have very few pages dealing specifically with cheese or cheese-related product.
I don't know why I'm saying this but it is not a crime to make money.
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