How do you fix your old hubs and What do you aim for when you write new hubs?

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  1. profile image0
    mariexotoniposted 10 years ago

    How do you fix your old hubs and What do you aim for when you write new hubs?

    How do you fix your old hubs?
    What kinds of things do you look for and aim for when fixing an old hub?
    What steps do you take?
    How important is the title? How do you know you've got a good title?

    Do you aim for a certain amount of words and capsules?
    Do you make sure not to exceed 1500 words?
    What's your thought process?

  2. barbat79 profile image63
    barbat79posted 10 years ago

    I am constantly learning more about a "good" hub.  I learned more about how the capsules work and how they can be an effective tool in writing.
    What I love to do is to strive to write more and better..I love to write stories and also provide information.
    I also learn from reading other hubbers work and enjoy reading
    about new subjects and other work.
    Fix old hubs?   well I proofread over and over and nearly each time I see a space error, or something that could have been done better. 

    My next will include my own drawings.   My hope is that readers enjoy what they see or take away some bit of info they didnt know about.

    Best to all!

  3. Barbara Kay profile image75
    Barbara Kayposted 10 years ago

    I use the Google Keyword Tool first and check how much traffic my search term gets. I'm learning not to use the one that gets the most traffic, but to look for another one that has less competition.

    Then read the hub and look for better ways to word it. These two things help sometimes and sometimes not. I'm not worried about too many words. In fact, I find the more words the better.

  4. LauraD093 profile image72
    LauraD093posted 10 years ago

    When I re-edit or fix I usually try to bring the hub up to date i.e. Is the media irresponsible? I had originally used the Martin coverage I updated with a more current example. I'll switch out you-tube insert-photos etc. I'm still confused about word count The stellar hub checklist states at least 1,150 but my hubs normally don't run that long?! I am sold on the importance of the title-I try to use Goggle key word search prior to committing to one.

  5. Paul Kuehn profile image95
    Paul Kuehnposted 10 years ago

    When I fix my old or idled hubs, I first ask myself why people aren't reading a certain hub.  I try to think of words they use when searching for my hub's topic of interest.  I also do some Google Keyword research.  After doing this I will edit the title first by including better keywords and also include these keywords at strategic points in the hub.  After proof reading the article, I will think of new information to add in both text and photo capsules.  I might also consider adding a poll or a quiz.  It takes a lot of work and is almost at times like writing a new hub, but it pays off in the ending with more views and higher hub scores.

  6. Bill Yovino profile image91
    Bill Yovinoposted 10 years ago

    I think "good" hubs are all about page views. I have a few hubs that are rich in content and have quality original photos that are not "Featured". I don't think Hubpages puts any effort into separating quality writing from poor writing, but instead just uses the number of page views as a guideline.

  7. Deborah-Diane profile image84
    Deborah-Dianeposted 10 years ago

    Yes, I fix old Hubs.  I have learned that I can always make my articles better, no matter whether they are on my blog, HubPages or another site.

    Sometimes I change titles, using the HubPages tool.  I don't know if this has made a difference, but I have been willing to try it. 

    None of my Hubs exceed 1500 words, and I believe that most are under 1000 words.  On the other hand, I would never write a Hub that only had one module or just had a couple of paragraphs.

    I find it fascinating to go back and re-read my old articles.  Sometimes I am appalled by how much "help" they need.  On other occasions I discover that I really did a fairly good job, and the articles just need a little tweaking.  No matter which is the case, it is worthwhile to go back and check old articles from time to time.

  8. tsmog profile image85
    tsmogposted 10 years ago

    mariexontoni that is a challenging question, which surely will receive diversity and variety with answers. There was an old TV show that aired from 1967 - 1969 starring the Grandpa character from the Real McCoys. Before that he won 3 Oscars out of 4 nominations between 1936 - 1941. A long time between Oscars and award winning TV shows. Much transpired along the way with many roles in award winning films, both TV & Cinema.

    The jest of this story is he used to say in that TV show "No Brag, just fact!" Taking that stance I say ponder before you change anything. How well did it do and for how long. What was the market place - followers, HubPages, Google Exposure, other Browsers, and in general the World Wide Web.

    A trick I do is to watch how many read in 24 hours, 7 days, and then 30 days. I know with my marketing skills and knowledge of SEO and other 'tricks of the trade' my market pretty much is hubpages readers. Those of the Google variety indicated by Google Analytics are of the Bread Winners.

    What is the Bread Winners. Over the last two years I wrote over 200 hubs collectively. I used that technique explained above to decide how well that article did within the market of HubPages. That for me is an indicator when they slump more than likely the market either tired of it or the market changed and they do not know about it.

    If you have 500 followers receiving the article on the feed with the birthing exposure the question becomes how many of those 500 are active today as a reader? How many are still loyal with the advent of change with time? How long does it take to index that hub article upward at Google. Yahoo, Bing, and etc.

    Of those 200+ articles I deleted collectively about 60 over that time period. The month of November I sat on them and did not offer another contribution until about mid January. Yet, before that I deleted all but 34 hubs. Those were the ones with statistical advantages.

    I believe and marketed the concept of Reuse, recycle, and reduce during that time period. It was also the time period of the Lazy ZzZ Ranch roundup. The story or statistics of that adventure was a fun experience. I learned more than I did over the two years in different areas of hub article marketing.

    Today I have 50 hubs. Two additional ones going through the HubPages indexing or evaluation process. Other than those two all hubs are featured. However what I write and the style I write are not marketable much beyond the Hubpages readership marketplace, yet.

    1. younghopes profile image72
      younghopesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      indeed an excellent piece of information, really thankful for such a wide view

    2. tsmog profile image85
      tsmogposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Hello younghopes. Sharing a secret is I have a plan. A 5-year plan of learning first, capitalizing on that learning, and then realizing a profit through marketing and earning. I am Now in school at the University of HubPages. Today, I've Gone Fishing

  9. Kathryn Stratford profile image91
    Kathryn Stratfordposted 10 years ago

    I haven't been here long enough to have an "old" hub, but I do think the title is very important. I add information, links or photos when I see something that would add to my article. When I write a hub, I don't have a set amount of capsules or words planned, I just go by what I think looks visually appealing.
    I changed a hub that was originally aimed for a holiday once the month passed. Just changing the summary and switching the topic helped.
    That is my take, although I have only been here for 2 months.

  10. Rosie writes profile image85
    Rosie writesposted 10 years ago

    I go through the entire hub, tweaking the title, adding my own pictures, breaking up the text and adding more appropriate subtitles, adding poles, tables, or links that make the hub more interesting. I rewrite the summary and finally read through the text to be sure there are no errors.

  11. Ericdierker profile image47
    Ericdierkerposted 10 years ago

    Cool, what a great question. I look forward to answers and comments.
    I write. I let hP do what they do. But it is fun to play with their numbers which we all can manipulate.

  12. cam8510 profile image92
    cam8510posted 10 years ago … led-status
    I thought I'd try to beat goody5 here with his own remedy.

  13. JEDIJESSICUH profile image79
    JEDIJESSICUHposted 10 years ago

    How do you fix your old hubs?
    I go through and update any information that is either no longer current or no longer accurate. If it was an in-the-moment sort of thing, I change tenses. Otherwise I update with newer pictures, quotes, add a few bits newer information, etc.

    What kinds of things do you look for and aim for when fixing an old hub?
    I look for spelling and grammar mostly. Then I look at the timeline of when it was written and published and now. Like I said above, I change tenses and add new facts to keep it current.

    Do you aim for a certain amount of words and capsules?
    No. I don't think 1,000 bad words and 5 bad capsules makes a better hub than 400 good words and 2 good capsules. I base it on quality, not quantity.

    Do you make sure not to exceed 1500 words?
    I've heard that 1,500 words is when the reader gets bored. While I've never gone over that, I haven't tried not to either. I write important information. If it exceeds 1,500 words, then so be it. If the reader needs the information, they'll press on no matter how long it is.

  14. peachpurple profile image81
    peachpurpleposted 10 years ago

    i add in some new information, add a video, add a poll and add some links. Sometimes the old hubs get at least 5% increase in traffic. For the title, i search in goggle websites. If the title is too common, i add in some words to make my title unique. I try to make my hub words around 800-1200. Sometimes, it does exceed to 1800!

  15. Savio Dawson profile image92
    Savio Dawsonposted 10 years ago

    Hi Mariexotoni,

    On new hubs I use the Google Keywords Tool, after having written my topic of interest.

    For existing hubs, though, the idea of updating can vary from subject to subject. For example, one of the areas of my interest is cars, and I have to update the topic based on what happens every three months or fours months time. One of the topic on fastest cars may actually be defunct in a year and therefore, I have to update it to include cars which are faster or cars which fall out of the top 10.
    There could be many other updates possible but usually it would be a good idea to keep a threshold. If you keep updating a hub and still the traffic keeps falling then it would be a good idea to reduce the focus on that hub.  That way you will ensure that you do not expend too much of your time and energy on something which may not have great prospects.

  16. Dr. Haddox profile image60
    Dr. Haddoxposted 10 years ago

    To fix old hubs, I look at sentences to edit the quality of the thinking that went into them. If something can be said better, I change things. Titles are important and summaries are equally important. A good title let's readers know, as best as one can, what the theme of your composition is about. I aim at 500 to 600 words. Readers are busy, so they usually don't want to take the time to read 2 or 3 thousand pages. I try to, at least, keep a discourse under 1,000 words, unless what I  need to say justifies more. I don't think too hard when I write. I write as if I am talking, face-to-face, to the person that I am communicating with as I write.
    Take care.
    Dr. Haddox

  17. profile image0
    buddhaanalysisposted 10 years ago

    Checking grammar and sentences. Fixing whatever errors are mentioned by admn. Adding descriptive photos. Tittle is important keep it short considering what people write in search engines.
    Title should not be spam and more important is uniqueness and depth of our writing than title it enhances chances to get featured.
    If we have proper knowledge then words automatically reaches to fair amount.

  18. soconfident profile image74
    soconfidentposted 10 years ago

    To fix old hubs I would do more research and update them. When I write new hubs I usually look for something that people will want to read.

  19. FatFreddysCat profile image93
    FatFreddysCatposted 10 years ago

    I don't spend a lot of time updating old hubs - I tweak a few sentences here 'n' there, maybe add a new pic, video or a poll, then I push'em back out again.

    When writing new Hubs - I don't sweat word count or whether it's got the right keywords, or if the title is properly search-friendly, yadda yadda yadda. I suck at SEO and it makes my brain hurt.

    In other words, I write  Hubs about whatever the hell I damn well feel like and then I throw 'em out there. If the Internet seems to like 'em, great. If not, then I write more and try again.

    I may not be getting rich this way, but it's certainly less stressful than tearing my hair out and worrying about every frickin' minute detail of every Hub I write.


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