Should we use the word "hub" in our hubs? Outsiders might be confused so "article" might be better?
I mean people who visit our hubs from search engines and they may have no idea what a "hub" is.
Agreed. If you publish your hub with the search engines in mind you should use "article" instead of "hub".
I avoid the word hub in that context as much as possible - I agree, an outsider is likely to be confused - they will know what a "hub" is, but they will likely be thinking of the traditional meanings of the word. Using "hub" to describe your article is an example of confusing jargon and slang and is not a good writing habit.
Personally, I only use the word "hub" (in that context) when writing the occasional article intended to be read primarily by HubPages users.
I guess it depends on your target audience. For instance, if I want to target only the users from Hubpages I think that it is better to use the word "hub" on the grounds that people understand more than an article this way. A "hub" is an article with everything that comes with it.
On the other hand, if I want to make my content "googler-friendly" the word "article" is better. This way the searcher will understand better, and the "piece of writing" is of more general scope.
You have a good point there. I've wondered the same. Article does sound better to a new comer.
The only hub I knew before I discovered hubpages was the resurrection hub in Battlestar Galactica I still didn't know what hub means until I checked a dictionary a minute ago.
Anyway I sensed it was a use specific to this site and stuck to article in hubpages and bookmarking sites. I agree that it would be confusing for those coming through search engines.
But perhaps one day this site will become something really big and the word hub will be a brand word, something like wiki. Then we will want to use the word "hub". That day is yet to come yet though.
I agree with sunforged and others. I feel much more comfortable using the word 'article'. To me a 'hub' is the central point of something such as a wheel. As a matter of fact when there were ads on our Profile page I was attracting 'ads' for Car wheel Hubs and such!
imho I have the two words as interchangeable.
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