A cousin of mine, with whom I have collaborated on our mutual detective search through our family history, was unfamiliar with Hub Pages when I mentioned it to him. So, I sent him a link to my profile, and he was very impressed with my writings.
He especially liked my pieces on genealogy. He then told me something very interesting: he is in a position to put articles into a Genealogical Society's journal, published twice a year. He wanted me to write up any story I might have about any sort of serendipitous find relating to the search.
I do have just such a story, so I penned it up real quick the other night, and sent it off. He said it was great; just the sort of thing they look for, and it will be published in their June issue!
Probably not unless you subscribe to the particular genealogy journal... I suppose I could tack it on to one of my genealogy articles...that wouldn't be a duplication, I don't think...I don't know if the other publication is also online or not. If so, then I can't. I'll have to ask my cousin and find out.
The remake of "Death Wish" w/Bruce Willis opens this Friday. Man, I hope its a hit...cuz ever since the remake trailer hit the net a few months ago, my old hub about the original "DW" films with Charles Bronson suddenly started kicking all kinds of traffic ass, I don't want it to end!
IMO, remakes are never as good as the originals; furthermore, I'm getting tired of the lack of imagination, in that Hollywood can't seem to think up any new stories, and finds the need to constantly rehash old ones.
You are right. I'd write about purple penguins if I thought it'd get traffic.
Meanwhile, another industrious day in the works. Can't believe tomorrow will be March already; will be an interesting month for me. Have published 7 articles so far this year; alas, not a viral one in the lot. Where are the purple penguins when you need them?
I have been writing stuff but apparently HubPages editors have standards for some silly reason (LOL). I am spending so much time editing my stuff to get on to network sites. I suppose this is good practice anyways. I NEED it. But it sort of discourages me from writing often. If I am just going to get messages stating to fix my spelling and grammar. Sigh...why didn't I pay attention in English class. Then maybe I would know all the silly grammar rules and how to use a great sentence structure. Thankfully I can still do some research now.
The real danger is getting thrown off the network sites. I've actually developed an editor phobia and am afraid to do updates. Tough town around here. I've noticed the forums have gotten more brutal as well. And then of course, there is the beloved Google indexing lottery; 100,000(or whatever) people competing for the top 3 spots. Candles in the wind...
What's really frustrating is that: 1. My bounce rate is less than half my HP rate, but Google is unimpressed. 2. My session duration rate is more than double my HP rate, but Google is unimpressed. 3. I have over 100 freaking articles there, but Google is unimpressed.
At least the thing does get daily traffic, but that's about all I can say for it.
Oh well, meanwhile today is mostly dedicated to real world stuff.
Glad things are going well for you. My traffic has been steadily the same but I have no complaints. I am sort of shocked I wrote stuff that actually gets views. You seem to enjoy writing about music and videos.
Am I the only one who posts a hub, gets it featured, but then can't help going back into edit mode on it time after time after time for the next several days, just to fix/rephrase/edit "one more thing?" It's like picking at a scab.
At the rate I'm going with my latest entry, it will probably have about 100 hits by the end of the day... and 90-odd of them will be from me.
Just discovered another one of my articles on the front page of Google, yet the thing gets no traffic. These ongoing discoveries truly qualify as WTF moments. To beat all the odds and still lose? What is that?
I have noticed the same phenomenon with a couple of my hubs. "Yay, I'm on the first page of Google! (checks view stats) ....so what?"
It helps if your article is about something people are actually searching for.
...I tend to write about a lot of weird/obscure/off the wall stuff. Realistically, how many people on any given day are Googling those topics? My own un-scientific results seem to indicate that it's a few dozen, if I'm lucky. (shrugs)
I have a Hub that is the same position. I wrote a Hub about Rediquite. These are the rules and guidelines for the website Reddit. My Hub is in position three on page one right under the Reddiquette page on the website itself. But I get only a few views a day if that. I guess maybe people just don't care about the rules. Not enough to want to read about them it seems. That being said this is a pretty specific niche subject so I was not expecting a large amount of traffic. Just some I guess.
Good move. The non DST time period really has become short over the years.
Meanwhile, gonna spend March letting social media know about my brilliant articles. It was a waste of time doing it before and I am sure it will be a waste of time again. Desperate times, desperate measures.
I was pretty active on Twitter a few years ago; I did find it to be a colossal waste of time. The feed zooms by so fast with the millions of people posting everything from political opinions to what they had for lunch...any promotions you're trying to have noticed just get lost in the shuffle. That is, unless you live a life of leisure, and have the time to sit there re-posting every 10 minutes...oh, and don't forget the time to actually exchange tweets with folks, and re-tweet others' posts...it's a social media, after all, and if you don't show interest in others, and help them promote their stuff, too, you're going to be very disappointed in the results. (Or rather, lack thereof.) Since I am not independently wealthy, and have to do my own household chores, I don't have that kind of time, so I gave it up as a bad job. Once in a blue moon I'll post or re-tweet something that I see pop up on Facebook or in the news that I feel is worthy of notice...otherwise, I don't bother with it.
Try google+ to communities that will be interested in your topics. I find that I get a little bump, but Google seems to smile on the backlinks and if it gets some likes or "+" then Google likes that even more.
When I moved my blog from one address to another, I lost all of my Google + and that hurt the blog much more than I would have expected. I think therefore that google gives it some juice.
Found the deactivate button. Will wait until the top of the hour and then check the hashtag thread one more time to be sure. I'll even do a search of the top 100 posts. If mine isn't there, that d@mned account is indeed closed and I am gone.
Per previous converse, it is done. Twitter account closed. Here's the message they'll give you:
" Your account is now deactivated. Your account will be permanently deleted in 30 days. If you change your mind you can reactivate by logging in before your account is deleted permanently. Click here to sign up for a new account. "
My last tweet? I decided to be nice about it, "Got tired of my tweets never showing up on the designated hashtags. Sorry."
Who knows? Maybe someone at Twitter will actually see it.
Well, someone at Twitter actually did see my final post. How do I know this? Because they sent me an email. What did the email say? Basically, if I pay them they will include my tweets in their hashtags. Here's some partial quotes from their email:
"Your amplification. Automated. Jump back in." "Pay a flat monthly fee"
HP threatened my top-earning hub yesterday. They also deleted 3 SEO-enhancing links and a paragraph of content. All I can do is hope they didn't cross the tipping point with Google. The last time HP did this to me, it cost me $400-500 a year in revenue (and still does). This current incident would be even more devastating; all I can do is wait and see.
This ongoing vulnerability to thoughtless, inexperienced, robotic actions scares the cr@p out of me. Trying to decide which additional hubs I should migrate now to start building longevity with Google elsewhere.
There is an article I wrote that I am totally enamored with. That is because it is about my beloved 82 Camaro. It took 4 months, but I finally came up with a viable Google search phrase for the title. Like they say, never give up.
I have edited/updated over 100 pages this year. The net effect on their rankings? Absolutely none. Once Google makes up their mind about something, it's permanent no matter what you do. Total waste of time.
Then there's the recent 7 new articles I've published. Going to have to wait the usual 1-2 years before Google does anything with those, if ever.
Still prospering from stuff I've written years ago, but improving on that appears impossible these days. Between Google's intractability and the one billion other competing websites out there, it's time for me to find a new endeavor. The problem is that I've already been aware of this for a long time now and have lamented about it before. Still haven't found an answer. Am dedicating this weekend to finding that next, new passion in life. The current one is dead.
Hmmmm, let me see, here... Maybe if you built an air pump with remote control, you could maker a self-re-inflating whoopee cushion. Or, if you built an r/c transmitter, you might have some fun with tasking over control of someone's drone, and give them surprise images. LOL Oh, I know! A microscope kit for dissecting political lies! Hee Hee Hee!
Even though I'm on the HP Ad Program, I keep getting AdSense clicks on top of that. I was contemplating migrating another one of my hubs away from HP, but decided I am leaving everything as is for the foreseeable future.
Got paid a grand slam one cent for a click on my website. My response? I immediately shut off the ads. I won't put up with that kind of cr@p anymore; I'd rather have the speeded up load time and try again sometime later. Otherwise, it's been a good day.
Take a mental health break, Para. It'll do ya some good. Drink some beer, watch a movie. We'll keep the light on for ya.
Meantime, aside from my traffic taking a slight dump, everything seems to comin' up Milhouse at my end this week. An indie record label sent me four digital promos of their upcoming releases to review, with a promise of more to come soon. Yay! Heavy F'n Metal!! (grabs air guitar, rocks out)
Well, I've perked up since my post yesterday. The scheduled needle-in-the-eye AMD appt later in the day might have had something to do with my posting it. The appt went well, btw. Going to have to update my website article about it as soon as my blurriness goes away. Also, the forums seemed much more benign yesterday, so hoping things are back to normal there as well.
Meanwhile, going to post a new thread shortly. It's too important to some people for me to just post about the subject here. I'll come back and post the link here, once I post the new thread.
Meanwhile, speaking of hype blasting, can't decide what to pester social media with today. Maybe I'll give them a break and just throw away another one of my non-earning flash fiction stories. They do seem to like those and it is good to not always have a link in my posts.
Happiness with HP traffic. Sadness with website traffic.
I composed a very interesting post for this thread yesterday. But what with the recent climate here, I ended up tossing it onto Facebook instead. I'll either lose half or double my followers, I have no idea which. Or nothing will happen at all, I'm still clueless about that place.
Oooh! Bubble and Squeak! Haven't had that dish in a long time. Now that I have both ingredients in the house, methinks I'll steal some from the meat eaters who want all of it to go into their corned beef for St. Paddy's day!
Facebook tossed me a $10 ad credit awhile back. I decided to use it. Had to do with my retina injection experience. I really do want to get the word out on that. So much unnecessary fear out there. Trying to fix that.
Good day, everyone!Happy Valentine's Day, if that is what you choose to celebrate (if anything) on this 14th day of February in the year 2018.We don't mark it as worth more than just another day.But, apropos of nothing in particular, for some unknown reason, it has struck my funny bone that...
WOW! HP forums have definitely hit a new record lately. Even some of the believers are complaining about it.Looks like the outright, self-admitted, street ministers have finally arrived to join the party.HP slowly sinks under a sea of bibles...Welcome to the new HP!!!
Bubblews is beginning to have serious troubles! I don't know what exactly is going on over there, but I was making pretty good money for a while and enjoying the site. I made some new friends that were really good writers, some of whom I invited here to join HubPages.One of our own HubPages authors...
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