What are your thoughts on "Shout-Out" Hubs?
Shout-Out Hubs are what I call articles that primarily exist to thank followers, fans, and friends for their support on HubPages. What are your thoughts of these? Are they simply nice gestures, or are they against the spirit of Hubs, which are supposed to be more informative than personal?
I have yet to write one or read one. Thank yous never hurt, but that's what comment capsules and fan mail are for. I write my fair share of personal hubs, mainly to help others to avoid the same mistakes I have made. I also enjoy reading articles done in the first person.
I think they are pretty well pointless because they would never get featured and therefore no one would see them. You would be better off thanking your fans on your profile page using the "about me" section.
They are viable. I have read articles written by Hubbers reviewing their personal experience like with an anniversary, e.g. Six Years on HubPages. The only thing 'HubPages' frowns on are articles that violate the Terms of Service. But, Google frowns on all kind of stuff. I can see a Hub in the nature you are suggesting becoming featured. But, of course as far as getting views I would expect internal views is the main source. That would have an initial boost then flounder I would suspect. How to make it a niche topic for Google may take a little strategy.
There is a category; HubPages Tutorials and Community. Choosing that for any article about HP works. Or, there are sutopics to aim at. One is HubPages, the Community where it may fit. In that subtopic is a subtopic 'Favorite Hubbers' where a shoutout for people will work. There is another one 'Spreading HubLove' that may be open doors for a variety of shout out style articles.
Under the Main Topic 'HubPages Tutorials and Community' these are the subtopics with there are other subtopics to explore.
Getting Traffic for Your Hubs
Help for New Hubbers
How to Improve Hubs
Hub Statistics and Metrics
HubPages Affiliate Programs
HubPages, the Community
Hubs about Hubs
Making Money on HubPages
Managing Your HubPages Account
Official HubPages Help
Overview of HubPages
Troubleshooting and Technical Tips for Your Hub
A personal view and experience. In my six plus years period here I once wrote many articles about Hubbing. I wrote about subjects and not particularly about people. My main intent was to provide helpful information and be supportive to the community. The other was I wanted something to write about when my pool was running dry for topics. I used it to practice, practice, and practice with especially using editing software. They all were featured but life expectancy for views was limited.
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