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Searching before writing a hub...

  1. PhilD41 profile image60
    PhilD41posted 8 years ago

    I was just curious if you guys and gals search what is already on hubpages before writing a new hub?  I just joined and had several ideas.  I got a little discouraged when I did a few searches and realized about 200 others had the same ideas.  I realize a fan base is important so you know others will be reading your hubs and not others, but still.  I am having a hard time finding unique ideas. 

    Just curious if you search and write anyway, look for unique ideas, or just write away and don't worry about what else is out there.

    1. Drew Breezzy profile image74
      Drew Breezzyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      If it has been covered a lot its prob best to get a new idea. Though if you can write it better and provide information other hubs on a topic don't have I don't see why not.

    2. Cam Anju profile image75
      Cam Anjuposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      If I have an idea I write about it, I don't ever search first. You see even if there are 200 people who had the same idea and wrote about it, you will have a different approach then those 200 people, just as all of them wrote about the same idea in a different way just by witting it themselves. wink

      Go for it dear! big_smile

    3. Davinagirl3 profile image60
      Davinagirl3posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You may have the same general idea, but a different twist.  Write what you want.

    4. Marisa Wright profile image99
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Having a fan base doesn't matter a damn.  It's nice for the ego and nice for the community, but it has no relevance if you're here to earn from your writing. Fans don't click on ads.

      Google on any topic and you'll find thousands of articles on the subject already.  If you're going to search for a totally original idea, you'll never write a thing!  Just write what you want to write, and see what happens.

  2. girly_girl09 profile image78
    girly_girl09posted 8 years ago

    I usually do this, but not always. (If I really love and idea, I just go for it) But, when it comes to earning money, it's also a good idea to check because if another hubber wrote a hub on the same topic and used the exact same keyword (I've seen this happen), then you might get featured below their results in google (or vice versa if your hub ranks better). I have stopped writing on a topic before if someone has shared the exact same info that I want to write, but will go ahead if I feel I can write my hub better, put a new twist on it, or provide additional, valuable information.

  3. world of the wise profile image68
    world of the wiseposted 8 years ago

    It is hard for one person to exhaust all the info i the world about a certain topic, so others can come in

  4. Jane@CM profile image61
    Jane@CMposted 8 years ago


  5. sunforged profile image75
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    Internal Hub competition should not be your deciding factor.

    Its a world wide web, if many people have decided a topic is worth writing about, then most likely many are also searching.

    Just write it better, use better keywords w/ less competition/search ratio and promote it better.

  6. AEvans profile image81
    AEvansposted 8 years ago

    I never search I just write and I am certain that although you may have located 200 different articles they all probably had a uniqueness all of there own. Go on write what you feel and don't waste time on doing all of the research, simply have fun!!! big_smile

  7. Ladybird33 profile image47
    Ladybird33posted 8 years ago

    No, I never research first, I just write...good luck

  8. AsherKade profile image58
    AsherKadeposted 8 years ago

    my ideas are pretty unique...and when they aren't, the material is definately unique. I can't say a lot of ppl have lived a life like mine...and so I enjoy sharing that wisdom...I have several sites I write on and many have the same articles. I have tried and tried to get Hub Pages to stop flagging some of my articles as duplicate because the same article is written on my other sites...but they won't fix it....anyway, I digress, I think that even if a subject has been talked about before, no one can have the same angle on it...

  9. PhilD41 profile image60
    PhilD41posted 8 years ago

    Wow!!!  I don't think I have ever been in a more active community.  Thank you all for your comments.  I agree with the uniqueness concept and would probably respond to others in much the same way.  With a three-year-old, a one-year-old and one on the way I don't have a lot of time to write (or much of anything else for that matter).

    I guess I was surprised at how much is actually covered here.  It is true, "there is nothing new under the sun."  I look forward to developing my collection of new and used ideas here. :-)

  10. Lissie profile image78
    Lissieposted 8 years ago

    If the main point of the hub is to make money definitly search first. Your hub has to be in the top 2 for hubpages for that exact keyword ie in the url and the hub title.

    Why the top 2 - google will never show more than 2 results from the same site for the same query

  11. alekhouse profile image86
    alekhouseposted 8 years ago

    I do not search in order to decide what to write, but I do pay attention to the kind of thing that's been written on the pages I fan and on the various topic pages as I surf around looking for good reads. When I write, I try for  originality , but then  sometimes my hub's not as original as I had thought it was. I am not writing for money. I might search differently if I were.