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  1. William F. Torpey profile image70
    William F. Torpeyposted 16 years ago

    I've read lots of instructional stuff about these, but I've pretty much given up on trying to put them on my hubs because I just don't understand aspects of these tools. What I'd like to know is: Can I survive on HubPages without them?

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      Iðunnposted 16 years agoin reply to this

      I don't understand any of it and never have.  I suppose I could if I looked, but in answer to your question, yeah, you can survive without it.  I do.

  2. relache profile image73
    relacheposted 16 years ago

    If you're not using them now, and you think you are surviving (whatever that means to you) then it would seem the answer is "yes."

  3. waynet profile image67
    waynetposted 16 years ago

    Sure if you're not bothered at all where your traffic may come from or how many referrals you made and the like, you can just blog about what you love instead of worrying like the rest of us about referral links and such to our hubs.

  4. William F. Torpey profile image70
    William F. Torpeyposted 16 years ago

    Thanks a lot, relache and waynet. Maybe someday I'll know more about all these things. What I meant by "survive," relache was this: Without using all these tools my traffic and views will probably be well below everyone else (because they use all the promotional resources) so my scores will be much lower. In the long run, I'm sure HubPages wouldn't be happy with hubbers with low scores.

  5. relache profile image73
    relacheposted 16 years ago

    William, take the new stuff one thing at a time and learn what you are most curious about.  That method has worked very well for me.

  6. ripplemaker profile image77
    ripplemakerposted 16 years ago

    I'm a slow learner too William :-)  But like relache, I just take one stuff at a time.  Today, I learned about Google Analytics...thanks to caspar...check his hub out.  :-)  Anyhow, a hub score of 96 isn't bad huh?

  7. jimmythejock profile image82
    jimmythejockposted 16 years ago

    you have a hubscore of 96 as i write this ,so your hubs can't be doing too badly, keep up the good work.....jimmy

  8. William F. Torpey profile image70
    William F. Torpeyposted 16 years ago

    Thanks for the encouragement relache, ripplemaker and jimmythejock. I've learned a lot of things since I joined HubPages, but I have trouble with the jargon. The hubs that explain these things are all very good, but there's too many references to words I don't understand -- like HTML, javascript, and on and on.When I follow the step  by step guides I often come up against a roadblock that stops me in my tracks. Which makes me think: Is there a place, or a hub, that does a really good job defining the jargon?

    1. darkside profile image62
      darksideposted 16 years agoin reply to this

      Write a list of the words you're having trouble with and I'll go through them with you! smile

      HTML: Hyper Text Markup Language... which means absolutely NOTHING to the average internet surfer. What it means when referred to at HubPages though is the ability to add "code" to do things like make text bold, or change the font. We can't manually insert HTML in a hub, so if someone refers to it around here they may be trying to find out how to make a "hyperlink" (a link that can be clicked on to take you to another page). Or they may want to make an image "clickable" (which we can't do around here).

      Javascript: We can't insert Javascript code into hubs, so don't worry about this one either. Occasionally a Hub Newbie will ask whether or not they can put affiliate code into a Capsule, and usually it's Javascript. So they can't.

      Got any more? I'm sure that thee will be others here who can expand or simplify what I've just said so they're quite welcome to help out.

  9. trakker14 profile image60
    trakker14posted 16 years ago

    Don't feel alone, that has been  my problem from day one... I just cant make sense of some of the directions.

  10. SparklingJewel profile image66
    SparklingJewelposted 16 years ago


    I finally rediscovered the search button that is just for HubPages. I typed in a word I wanted to know about concerning how to do stuff for my Hub and so far, I have been linked to some hubs by other writers that have learned about it all; there are many. But I still need to read some others  that might give a bit of a different spin on it to understand completely. My son used to help me out with this stuff, but I'm on my own now !!


  11. William F. Torpey profile image70
    William F. Torpeyposted 16 years ago

    Thanks, darkside. I'll take advantage of your generosity, but I can't do it now -- I'm off to a VFW breakfast.. I'll be in touch. Thanks, again.

  12. William F. Torpey profile image70
    William F. Torpeyposted 16 years ago

    Darkside, I considered coming up with a list, as you offered, but it occurred to me that such a list would be far more extensive than you might have thought. Unless you want to write an entire dictionary/encyclopedia, I think I would have more questions than you'd probably care to answer.
       Here's just a sample of the kind of roadblock I'm referring to. In the Hub "Help" section, here's the first subject:

           "PC: Internet Explorer 6+ and FireFox 1.5+. Other present-day browsers should work, but we have not tested them. Our development work is conducted using FireFox. Mac: FireFox 1.5+. HubPages does not currently support Safari."

       Here's the problem I have reading that:

           I have a general idea about what Internet Explorer is (and I realize the 6 is some kind of update) but I have very little understanding of what FireFox 1.5 is (although I know it's something like Explorer.) I'm not quite sure what a browser is. I believe Mac is another brand of computer, but I haven't the faintest idea of what Safari is!
          Are you sure you want more questions? Somebody once said, "Ignorance is bliss!"

  13. relache profile image73
    relacheposted 16 years ago

    I can help you with these...

    A web browser a the software program used to access, view and generally interact with the internet.  You used one to visit HubPages and post your question. 

    FireFox is one of the more modern ones, and you can read more about it at

    Safari is a browser made by Apple that only runs on Mac computers.

    The numbers after the names refer to updated versions of the programs.

  14. William F. Torpey profile image70
    William F. Torpeyposted 16 years ago

    Thanks, relache, for the explanation. That clears up a lot of the fog. I'm not planning to make any changes, but I wondered: If I wanted to switch to Firefox and I downloaded it from the link you gave me, would I then just forget about Explorer? Or, would it affect any of my files?

    1. darkside profile image62
      darksideposted 16 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, if you downloaded and installed Firefox you wouldn't need to use Internet Explorer.

      On installation it would even import your bookmarks (any sites you have favorited in Internet Explorer).

      There would be no ill effect. Indeed I have had a preference for Firefox ever since I installed it. They had "tabs" before Internet Explorer did. Any time I find myself with a new computer the first thing I do is download and install Firefox.

  15. William F. Torpey profile image70
    William F. Torpeyposted 16 years ago

    I'm learning little by little, darkside. I appreciate your help -- and your patience.

  16. William F. Torpey profile image70
    William F. Torpeyposted 16 years ago

    It may be the easy way out, but for the time being it's a great relief to know I'm not alone inside this enigma. Thanks Iðunn, I really appreciate your comment. Maybe I'll pick up a few things over the next few decades.

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    Iðunnposted 16 years ago

    you sound like me, now.  big_smile

  18. William F. Torpey profile image70
    William F. Torpeyposted 16 years ago

    I like the tune.

  19. lynchjo profile image60
    lynchjoposted 16 years ago

    Hi William,

    The fact you are a retired editor/reporter tells me you are seeker of the truth...keep searching my friend.

    The Internet jargon can be pretty mind boggling at times...take the advice of Relache and take it one bite at a time...and of course,!!!

    HubPages is an awesome social marketing site that is gaining popularity (and recent notice from Google) and I have noticed a spike in my site visits since joining a week ago.

    One thing I have learned as a Internet Marketer is the search engines (especially Google) love fresh quality content...which means articles written by your self.

    Since you obviously have a talent for writing, I suggest you get your message out there!

    Here are some directories you can submit your articles for more traffic to your sites:

    Of course getting traffic to your site is only one side of the coin to making money online...

    But that is another

    Keep on writing!


  20. William F. Torpey profile image70
    William F. Torpeyposted 16 years ago

    I appreciate your comments, lynchjo, and welcome your expertise and advice. I did not know about the directories you mention. I think they will be very helpful. I came to HubPages as a way to get my message out to more readers. Believe it or not, I'm not greatly concerned about making money. But I am interested in developing more "traffic." Thanks.


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