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When you have a seasonal hub, how far ahead do you usually publish it? With the idling process I'm not sure what the best strategy is. If my seasonal ones do go into idle, I'm wondering if I should wait to bring them back out closer to the event or season?
I have enough to do simply to research and write hubs without getting into publishing strategies. Generally speaking, if I have a seasonal hub, I'll publish within a week or two of the season.
It would be better if you publish the hub a week before the actual season. Doing so will give your hub some time to gain a considerable rank before the rise of searches are expected. Nonetheless, seasonable hubs are really not recommended. I have a Hub about Christmas gifts and it's the worst performing hub I currently have despite having hundreds of daily views last Christmas.
A Hub takes time to get ranked on Google so you really need to have them published three or four months beforehand. That's why the new idling process is a real problem for seasonal Hubs. You just need to watch them and edit them to bring them back if they do idle - or write your seasonal work on another site like Wizzley or ThisisFreelance or Xobba, which don't idle articles.
Thanks for all of your thoughts from each of you.
Marisa, my thoughts were falling more in line with yours. If you write about a topic that is searched for on a more seasonal basis--holidays, sports, calendar events---you would still need it out there several weeks to months beforehand to actually begin to move within the ranking system (from what I understand of its inner workings which is admiitedly not a ton since I'm still new to the process.)
It seems to me though that seasonal articles have the potential to do well or better in a short period of time than maybe some evergreen topics over a longer period.
So seasonal doesn't seem like a bad deal for either the writer or HP if they can get the kinks of the idling process worked out. It seems that the web naturally works in ebbs and flows of search topics. I know that I'll bookmark things I come across thinking "oh, I'll go back and look at that recipe when I'm making Easter dinner" or something like that.
I've got a few ideas in mind and a few things started. I'll try to think about timing and in the meantime, I know that Simone mentioned the idling process was being looked at.
Maybe new guidelines will come out that will give seasonal hub writers a better idea about the timing. I want to write both kinds (evergreen and seasonal) but like you, I want to have time for my ideas to get into the system and find a rank and home. I am keepng the names of the other sites in case I can't get them to work here.
I can't imagine that HP is happy about seasonal articles going elsewhere, making some other site ad dollars, so I'm guessing this is a problem that is being examined closely. That's my hope at least!
by englightenedsoul7 years ago
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by Rehana Stormme6 years ago
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by Mary Hyatt3 years ago
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by Tarek4 years ago
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by DIYweddingplanner7 years ago
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by Randy Godwin5 years ago
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