HubPage authors, Susana, Christin and I thought of starting a Facebook group for those of us who also have websites of our own and for hubbers who are seeking help and guidance on creating their own website. This idea took root after a discussion on this thread.
There are many reasons why a FB group would be better than the HP forums for this topic, which include and are not limited to:
1. Questions related to website monetization and help do not really fit the HP forums and it would be seen as spam by other hubbers.
2. Posts on these lines may be overlooked and people who can help you out may not see the posts on HP.
3. It would be cool to interact with others who share the same interests (HP + a website of their own) on a platform where real-time conversations can take place. Some of the features FB has, in this case, are helpful, even though I'm not a fan of that platform.
4. Links would probably be allowed, as long as your not spamming. That's not easy to do here as it's considered self-promotional.
5. We can learn from each other about new ways to expand and reach a larger audience.
Something that I'd like to add:
I've learned a lot from HP that I have implemented on my website and the other way around is true too. So in general, sharing ideas and things that work with the community would help us all improve not just our websites, but indirectly also our hubs.
P.S: I've added it to the HP Tutorials and Community forum because it fits into the community aspect of the category.
Wow Brandon I think you covered everything
On top of all those great reasons to have a space to get together, there are two personal reasons I think a group would be nice.
I'd like to help other hubbers branch out or improve their existing sites or blogs traffic etc (I have just mastered Pinterest so I'd like to share that), plus I still have much to learn.
Sharing info and current trends with like minded people would be really helpful to me and something that would be mutually beneficial.
I'm in. I have a niche website on herbs with growing traffic. I'd love to learn how to grow my traffic even quicker.
wow, brilliant idea lobobrandon! Through the Facebook group idea, you can help many new hubbers.
I would join a closed group if you decide to go ahead.
This is a great idea, Brandon! Thank you for organizing this for your fellow HP authors.
If you suggest another platform, I guess we'd be open to it. Alternatively, if you're interested, you could create a new FB profile for "work" purposes.
I wouldn't mind another venue but I can't think of one.... would you consider coming to Facebook ?
I too ditched Facebook but I might consider joining a closed group. Depending on if Mr Z has upped ethical standards.
Why closed group? Open groups are more useful and helping.
I personally would only join it if it were a closed group too. I like my privacy. I don't need all my family and friends to know that I am active on HubPages.
That's strange! But, I like publicity among my relatives.
I def. prefer closed groups myself for privacy reasons.
Awesome, that works for me. I use Pinterest effectively and have for years, so I can help in that department. I also use Facebook for my local business and although it can be pricey, a highly targeted boosted post can be quite helpful also for website reach.
I'm always down for discussion on how to improve our sites and for experiments we've tried etc. Thanks so much for doing this.
I would be interested, especially as I've yet to master the art of Pinterest!
I also have several websites using Wordpress as the CMS and am happy to help anyone who may be struggling to set up theirs.
A closed FB group would probably be the best medium (sorry Bev!).
Think it would be great to take this to the next level.
Just chiming in here that I too would be interested in a FB group.
I will join. This is something I would love to talk to others about.
I don’t use Facebook much, but this looks like an interesting idea.
While I'm not sure I'd have much to offer since I've never started a site, I've been toying with the idea of starting one so I would love to be part of the group so I can absorb whatever you all are willing to share with me if you'll have me.
Anyone who either has a site or who wants to set one up is absolutely welcome
lobobrandon brought me up to speed that you are the originator of this idea. Excellent!
I'll even kickoff things with a website tip:
Dingbat Google doesn't even know how to index their own blogspot/blogger site pages; I've found a workaround. We can discuss this in your FB group.
Sorry, Google; am still fond of you.
I enabled "Visible to search engines." under the privacy settings and Google has my blogger site indexed. I that the workaround you are referring to?
OK, I'll give a clue. Find your article on Google search and see what the summary says.
I think I know what you're alluding to. When I searched for several pages on my blogger site, the proper description shows up in the SERP summary. The HTML contains a meta description. I checked.
By the way, I’m using blogger as a website using pages (not blog posts) as I discussed in one of my tutorial hubs on that subject.
All blogger “posts” contain the same common meta description that’s specified in the Basic Settings. But the “pages” contain their own unique meta records that I specify under “Page Settings > Search Description” and Google picks that up to display in the summary in the SERPs. This is why I'm not having the problem you thought I might have.
I will join, and love to know templates that work well for you in terms content ranking. HubPages templates seem to perform pretty well even when the site is new. I have tried WordPress templates and they don't seem to work for me, or they usually need some refinements?
How perfect that I just launched my own self-hosted site this week! Would love to learn from everyone's expertise as I get things set up.
Afterthought - it’s possible to set up members only groups on Google G+
I’ll join. I started my first website back in 2010, with no idea what I was doing, due to the wonderful support and help of people on Hubpages.
I haven't started my own website yet, but have some interest in doing so and learning from those with more experience, so I would be interested in joining the group.
This is a wonderful idea. I maintain blogs @bloggerspot.com with as many as six blogs. But, I am active only with one presently since the last year.
I would agree that this would be an effective way to share and relay information regarding our hubs, websites and so on. I just joined Hub Pages two months ago, and just published my own blog/website last week. Thus I am new to this and would benefit from others knowledge. Also, hopefully in the near future I could take what I have learned and contribute.
I think it's an amazing idea! I'm in when it's up and running.
Lobobrandon, if people are not wishing to use facebook. I would probably suggest creating a group on Discord. It has web-based and app access and a far amount of other functionality. Oh, and can be set to invite only etc.
Hope this helps.
Yup, I did mention Discord somewhere on this thread But Discord is more like a chat than a platform where someone can post something and come back a few hours later to find answers to their post, right? I've not used Discord a lot, so I could be wrong.
Oh, I probably missed it, reading on a phone. Discord does have a powerful search function etc. so it could work but I believe Facebook is more likely to be user friendly for all here. Just thought I would mention it.
Creating a forum might work better but I don't quite have the time to wrap my head around the logistics of such a thing at the moment.
Good on you all for working towards a group to allow us to better support each other.
OK everyone I have created the facebook group
Now I'm going to need your email addresses to send you an invitation. You can email me with it through my Hubpages profile.
You go to the profile page, then click Fan Mail on the right. Then you see an option that says: Send Susana S an email
This is what I came to say. It can be a bit tricky to find the contact link if you don't know where it is.
All those who have emailed me have been invited. Let me know if it doesn't come through
Even though the HP network won't link to my site, I have linked to them. Am I a nice guy or what?
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