I've been thinking of starting a travel blog for quite a while now since I travel a lot and I love to find the best tips and things to do everywhere I go. I decided I'd start by posting an article or two here on hubpages to see how it goes. Can anyone give me some tips and constructive criticism on things that I should change or improve to make my article more attractive to readers? Here's the article: https://hubpages.com/travel/Things-to-d … uau-Brazil
Thanks in advance
First of all, HubPages is not a blogging platform. If you want to write a blog, please check out Blogger or WordPress, both of them are free. If you wish to write for HubPages you should be aware that it is for writers of magazine style articles of approximately 1,000 words in length answering the question "How do I . . ." Before you write anything, you should spend some time reviewing the articles in the Learning Center (Help button, upper right). They will tell you everything you need to know to write articles for HubPages.
Hi, thank you for your comment. Yes, I know that it's not a blogging platform. I'm planning to start a blog in the future, so I'm just trying to decide what specific topic I will write on, so for now I'm planning to experiment with different topics to see which I enjoy best and which is the most popular.
The length is something that I'm having some issues with, so maybe I'll try writing different types of articles, since a lot of things I write that aren't recipes end up being too long.
thanks for your feedback!
I agree that you need to be more specific about the location in the title.
I like the general layout, listing places of interest and then working through them. I think maybe you should go through and make the article more punchy. Shorten paragraphs where you can. Get rid of the term "Stats". It sounds too clinical. Avoid using bold, unless absolutely necessary. If you put too much information that is time specific such as admission costs and times, it will require frequent updates.
From experience, Amazon links can be problematic.
This article has great potential. With a few adjustments, it should get through. Perseverance is the key on HubPages.
I just added the country to the title. I think it'll be more clear now.
Yeah, I'm thinking of changing the stats capsules. I was thinking that having admission prices would be useful, especially since for the majority of the attractions there is either no English version of the website or it is very unclear and difficult to use.
My main objective is to get natural search traffic. It somehow happened with one of my articles where I didn't really do anything special and now I'm trying to create another one that will be successful, but I'm having some difficulties.
thanks for the tips!
I would put Brazil in the title somewhere as many people (including me) have not heard of this place before and more likely to do searches like 'interesting places to visit in Brazil'.. Putting Brazil in the url may not be enough. You provide a lot of stats but only a couple links to where you get them from? Pretty heavy reading and you will have to work hard to keep them up to date. Also you could do with some more properly credited images and a few videos. People want to see what they would be seeing and experiencing.
I would also lose the Amazon capsule as it is irrelevant.
The biggest challenge you have is turn this from a list of information into an engaging, readable article. Link to sites that give the details and you concentrate on giving your readers a flavour of the area they will potentially be visiting. Lure them there with your words!
Thanks for the comment. I am planning to add more images soon, I hope to have at least one image for each topic, as well as my own personal images.
I am thinking of breaking up the capsules a bit, but I'm not sure yet how.
As for the amazon capsule, I've never had much success with it, any tips?
Yes, don't use an Amazon capsule. If it's possible, link naturally to an item in your text, but don't feel you have to shoehorn in an item just for the sake of it. For example, if my article leads nicely to using a quote from a particular book, then I will link to it. If not, then I don't use Amazon at all.
Amazon capsules don't show up for readers using an adblocker.
Travel articles are accepted in the niche WanderWisdom. So maybe her ideas would fit here if she studied the WanderWisdom articles first. I wrote a hub on my 6 most fun memories of Molokai Hawaii and it made WanderWisdom almost immediately
I was referencing the first sentence in her post where she states her desire to start a travel blog. If she wants to write a blog, this is not the appropriate platform. HubPages has very strict rules about how articles that are published here should be written as opposed to a blog which is more free-form and rule-free.
I am aware of the niche site WanderWisdom, but as I pointed out, there are rules about articles that are published there. Blog posts, which are short and personal, are not acceptable. HP wants magazine style articles of approximately 1,000 words. If she wants to write articles like that, then she will pass QAP. Blog posts will not pass QAP. This is something that a lot of newbies don't understand because they don't take the time to read the articles in the Learning Center before attempting to get published here.
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