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My Least Favorite Hub

  1. seamus profile image52
    seamusposted 10 years ago

    It seems there are "kinds" of hubs. One kind of hub says how easy it is to get ranked in Google's top 10 and how it happened with one of the Hubber's hubs. Then, I check the key phrase they are targeting and it gets no traffic or it's not searched for very often.


    It's a major misunderstanding of SEO, keyword research and traffic.

    Why do I even care?

    It does not affect me, yet I feel bad for newbies who think they'll get all this amazing traffic from a key phrase that no one searches for...and then they spread this misinformation to other newbies, and the misinformation self perpetuates as more happy people write more hubs about getting to the top 10 for barely searched for phrases.

    Hopefully, this post will help someone. If you want, you can use a tool like WordTracker to check how much traffic a key phrase gets.

    1. Peter M. Lopez profile image87
      Peter M. Lopezposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      It amazes me that the "experts" even bother with us here at HP.  If I had the SEO thing down, I'd be on a beach in the Mediterranean somewhere.  I'd probably still hub, though.

    2. Mark Knowles profile image61
      Mark Knowlesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Don't you just hate it when a newbie with 4 hubs jumps in with comments like this?

      *sighs theatrically*

      It's not me I worry about, it's the poor other newbies who have no clue and are saying to themselves - "Why on earth would I want to target a term that is not widely searched for? - I think I will target a heavily searched term - that will be much better. I don't know, something like - "How to learn Spanish" - that way I can be buried in the midst of several hundred thousand other web pages that are better at SEO than I am."

      That's a good idea smile

      It's not as though there is more than one way to skin a cat, and perhaps picking a subject that is NOT so widely searched for may give you a chance to get traffic from a whole RANGE of similar searches and will actually bring good traffic.

      No - best to follow the blind leading the blind. Don't bother reading the whole hub and the reason it was written - just make a dumb statement like this and hope you can mislead yet another poor newbie.

      Not worried myself, but I really do feel sorry for those lead astray by comments like this.


      Why do I even care?

      Just seems like a lack of research to me.


  2. relache profile image87
    relacheposted 10 years ago

    I know a lot of people who say you should use an SEO tool to find a heavily-trafficked phrase... but then you wind up building on topics with very heavy competition, and for the web newbie, they often aren't saying anything new on that topic and they have no personal reputation as an expert on the topic either.

    In my own experience, I've done much better further off the keyword-beaten path writing about things I genuinely know.

  3. Misha profile image75
    Mishaposted 10 years ago

    Well, it never hurts to make a keyword research on topics you genuinely know. There could be real gems over there smile

  4. elisabeth reid profile image64
    elisabeth reidposted 10 years ago

    Seems to me that keywords aren't (and can't be) the whole story.  They're a part of it, sure, but if you don't know what you're talking about you're dead in the water.  Same thing if you write and force something in just so that you can justify the tag -- perhaps go with what you know and what you're comfortable writing about (within hubpages rules, of course) and then go through and pick out the keywords?  I dunno...I'm still a neophyte and trying to figure out what works for me so I'm hardly an expert.

    Jack of all trades, master of none....but with an opinion on 'em all.  That'd be me. 

    And we all know what my opinion's worth.  That and a coupla bucks'll buy you a cup of...



  5. seamus profile image52
    seamusposted 10 years ago


    What are you talking about are long tail keywords. Nothing wrong with those in terms of traffic.

  6. Jaken Sprawler profile image60
    Jaken Sprawlerposted 10 years ago

    It works to a certain extent, but not all the time, and definetly not in every market. This strategy usually banks on unique long tail keywords, as Relache said in the earlier post, as well as misspelt words. The idea is that the longer the keyword phrase, the more unique, and therefore, less likely for another advertiser to bid on. This results in low advertiser competition and dirt cheap keyword phrases. Its easy, therefore, to get ranked high in the search engines for that long tail keyword. The same concept applies for misspelt words.
    The downside to this is, "What is the Avg search volume on those keyword phrases?" or "how many people actually type that in"? In some cases, its above average, but not so most of the time.