What is Your Biggest Hub Disappointment?

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  1. thisisoli profile image73
    thisisoliposted 13 years ago

    Every so often you put a huge amount of effort in to a Hub, and no matter what you do, it just never takes off.

    For example, I wrote a Discworld Hub recently, it was never really intended to make much, but I love the Discworld series.  Neverthless, a week off on-off work, near 8000 words, and I am lucky if I get a visitor once a week.

    These disappointments are rare, but it got me thinking, are there any hubbers out there in the same boat?

    Have you poured your heart and soul in to one hub only to find it trounced by your most generic of sales Hubs?

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    StormRyderposted 13 years ago

    I'm not here to make money..so thats not a factor
    I'm here for fun basically..I guess the most disappointing thing would be some of the mean people and the comments they make to others..

    1. tobey100 profile image60
      tobey100posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Same here.  I'm really just looking for some type of response, good or bad.  If I were hubbing for $$$ I'd be pissed.

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    Justine76posted 13 years ago

    sorry you had a dissapointng hub. it stinks to put in that hard work and not come out like you hoped. But sometimes ones you think will bomb do well. sad  It happens, good luck on your next one.

  4. Faybe Bay profile image68
    Faybe Bayposted 13 years ago

    I call them sleepers, like the movies. You will see results eventually. I have some hubs that have not had a single view. Others skyrocket then begin to fall. I am new, and have not spent time figuring out how to do a word count, and I am too busy writing to count.

    Some you think will be hopped on, get no views at all. Give it time Oli. you'll see, it is just a sleeper. I don't know what discworld is of course.

    Editting to say, oh yes I do. Love it going to read hub. Bye!

    1. thisisoli profile image73
      thisisoliposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      It is a great series of books, although I have heard they are really only popular in the UK, not so much in America. maybe I should do some pro bono advertising when I get over to the states!

      1. Sufidreamer profile image80
        Sufidreamerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        hehe - I love those books. Ankh-Morpork is based on my hometown, so Pratchett is a bit of a hero there!

        The series might be a sleeper, though - if he releases a new book or they decide to make another one of his tales into a TV series, you never know big_smile

    2. IzzyM profile image88
      IzzyMposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      On each individual hub, look at the stats at the top, word count is listed under hub metrics.

  5. thisisoli profile image73
    thisisoliposted 13 years ago

    I can't complain too much since I have plenty of Hubs and sites that do well, but it does kinda suck when one does not take off!

    Indeed, the next one will be better!

    Stormy, have you received many mean comments? i haven't seen anything too provocative come from you just yet :p

    1. Faybe Bay profile image68
      Faybe Bayposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Oli I think I found the problem. Two actually. It takes forever to load on a slow computer like mine, probably because of length.

      Second you might do an intro to discworld, you know like a review of the christmas movie, as I forget all the time what it's called but many, (Like me) have no idea that the two are related. Maybe group them and do one on Terry Pratchett who is just a brilliant mind. This should revive the first.
      I want to own that movie by the way, can't find it. You sell I buy.

      1. thisisoli profile image73
        thisisoliposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Yeah I was thinking of creating a network, and to be fair I think I did make it a little too large, speed of page load is a factor in SERPs ranking.

        To be honest though, I always prefered the books to the movies!

        1. Faybe Bay profile image68
          Faybe Bayposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          I didn't even know there were books, which is why I made the suggestion. To link the two. In America we know who Terry is, but not necessarily his books. Thanks for writing the hub though. Have to go finish reading it.

        2. Faybe Bay profile image68
          Faybe Bayposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Okay oli, read, rated up and GULP ordered four books. Thanks for starting the thread!

          1. thisisoli profile image73
            thisisoliposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            Haha you wont regret it, thanks for the buy smile

            Just out of interest, which ones did you choose?

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      StormRyderposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      No, eveyone has been really nice to me..I just see some people make comments that they really didn't need to make..I guess I'm just too nice sometimes and expect others to be too.

      1. Faybe Bay profile image68
        Faybe Bayposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Stormryder I am so sorry! I was reading 8000 words (Skimmed some) and ordering books and now one of you will tell me how I can get amazon ordering set up by writing an instructional huB?

        Just kidding. I wasn't ignoring, I thought you were talking to oli.

    3. IzzyM profile image88
      IzzyMposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I would say that more than half of all my hubs are in the same boat as this one of yours, and they are all ones I put a lot of work into.
      I dunno, maybe someday they will take off?

  6. Flightkeeper profile image68
    Flightkeeperposted 13 years ago

    Oli, 8000 words is a lot -- it could be overwhelming.  You might want to break it up and then connect them via grouping.  Serializing might be a way for people to read your work a bite a time.  If that doesn't work, add pictures of girls in bikinis that are appropriate to your hub. wink

  7. timorous profile image80
    timorousposted 13 years ago

    I've been here almost 3 weeks, and 2 hubs so far.  They got some attention at first, and some nice comments, but have gone down in views the last few days.  In spite of posting various comments in related forums, and putting in a suggestion to check out my hubs, not many takers.  I'm not exactly disappointed.

    I can understand that many people just don't care or share my interests.  All I can do is keep on writing a wider variety of hub subjects, and see what strikes a chord with more people.

    From the various hubs I've been reading, it seems personal stories are very popular, whether dead serious or whimsical. 

    The overall impression I get is that most Hubbers are very nice, caring individuals, and only a small number are looking to provoke an argument.

    1. thisisoli profile image73
      thisisoliposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Timorous,

      Welcome to Hubpages!

      I wouldn't worry too much about Hubpages traffic in your first few months!

      When I first started at hubpages two years ago it was to promote my Fiancées vegan recipe website. I created a few Hubs and then forgot about it.  It was nearly a year later when I noticed that I had some income arriving, and I had no idea where from.  Turned out that Hubpages had begun earning money even though I had completely forgotten about it!

      Needless to say, this sparked my interest, and soon led to a lot of success!

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    lyricsingrayposted 13 years ago

    Oi great thread.  My 2 mens hubs I put too much expectation on, it has delivered no traffic and most importantly not even half the men featured visited.  Combined hubs may have 300 page views and 30 comments, after slide show and highlighting 100 men.

    I clearly made a large mistake somewhere makes me sad.

    Lastly each hub from the past 5 have decreased in comments despite my following numbers.  My hub today is the worst yet.

    I need to really revisit what areas need drastic revisions or may dissolve.

    Thanks oli, it's really been weighing heavy on my mind.

    PS Big welcome to timorous  big_smile

    1. timorous profile image80
      timorousposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks lyrics.  I've been reading some of your hubs.  The most recent one being 'Driven'.  It was very touching, but I couldn't think of what to add.

      In any case, I officially became a follower of yours.

      Just hang in there, keep writing what you know, and don't worry about whether it's going to be 'popular'.

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        lyricsingrayposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        hey tim thanks too, I do have to be reminded to write what I love and what I know.  The rest falls as it will

        correction-followed you first lol  just Kidding
        be well

    2. thisisoli profile image73
      thisisoliposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      It's a shame to hear those did not go too well lyrics, I know you put a lot of effort in to them, and I loved that video!

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 13 years ago

    Lyricsingray, The only hubs of mine that have had consistent hubber interest are the ones on how to make a lot of money. And it's hubs where I have given exact dollar amounts of how much I made and how I made it.

    But after hundreds of hubber comments, they made zero money. Honestly, I got so bored with them, I deleted them a few days ago.

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      lyricsingrayposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      thank-you Nelle, appreciate it, makes sense.

    2. Edweirdo profile image84
      Edweirdoposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Nelle, sorry to hear you deleted those hubs sad

      Even if they didn't make any money for you, they were among the first ones that I read about a month ago. They and others like them are what inspired me to join HubPages!

      I'm really enjoying this whole hubbing thing, and it's great when hubbers like you encourage/inspire us newbies to give this whole thing a shot...

    3. thisisoli profile image73
      thisisoliposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Nelle, I have only created a couple of SEO based Hubs aimed at other Hubbers, however I have noticed some nice Hubpages traffic to them.  Of course the problem is that Hubpages traffic does not convert too well.

      I have been thinking about this, and at one point was even creating some kind of Hubpages book, if i could get permission, and getting it published and placed on Amazon (I know all the right people to do something like that) I was also thinking about linking to amazon books (and creating hubs on) Creative and sales writing, things which could be useful to hubbers!

  10. Michael Willis profile image68
    Michael Willisposted 13 years ago

    I would say my two on health care, especially the one about business and health care. But, there is so many health care topics online. The first one was the best I thought, but it went nowhere at all. The second (one on business mandate health care) I got a little creative with. But...that is writing. Sometimes people read them, sometimes they don't. I figure learn from each Hub written and work to improve.

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    WildIrisposted 13 years ago

    I feel like the woman without quality Hubs. Seriously, the Hubs I write get very few views, and I've earned an astounding $0.11. in three months. Disappointed? Perhaps. Clearly the most popular Hubs are about how to make money and how to make money on Hubpages,and the generic sales Hub. While others may read a more thoughtful Hub, they do not seem inclined to click an ad related to the Hub topic. Go figure.

    My biggest Hub disappointment:  I thought Hubpages could lead to a modest passive income,say enough to buy cat food or something, but it feels more like a merry-go-round of ratings and scores.  The Hubs I spent more time playing around with were duds.  Thisisoli you should feel flattered so many of your Hubs have taken off.  You can't expect people to love your work every time, but from my perspective you're doing pretty well for yourself.

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      wordscribe41posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Wildiris...  I know how you're feeling, I really do.  Bear in mind, however that it does take time.  I was about where you were at the three month mark, but things have really picked up.  Just keep writing, be patient and some passive income will begin to roll in.  You do, however have to pick topics that people are interested in.  I haven't checked out any of your hubs, but unfortunately not every topic makes money.  Welcome.

      Just looked at your hub topics briefly and they look good.  Have you done any keyword research?

    2. thisisoli profile image73
      thisisoliposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Iris, it really is still early days for you at the moment, keep writing and I am sure you will find some success as well smile

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 13 years ago

    Wild Iris I just looked at your Pruning Raspberry Hub. I think if you rewrote it a bit to put the emphasis on the correct pruning tools and moved the tools up near the top it would help bring in sales.

    Make the title something like "Perfect Pruning Shears for Quick and Easy Raspberry Pruning." Yes, tell them how to prune raspberries but really make them want those pruning shears.

    BTW, my 82 year-old Mom has picked and pruned the same raspberry patch continuously for 55 years. She sells them to the local jam kitchen.

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      WildIrisposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Nelle~ Thanks for your response.  You've pointed  something I already knew,  but wasn't certain I wanted to do and that is to really sell something, and that selling be the focus of the Hub and not just being informative. Thanks,

  13. skyfire profile image81
    skyfireposted 13 years ago

    Got my application denied by Ebay.I know not related to hubpages but  sad

  14. earnestshub profile image81
    earnestshubposted 13 years ago

    I have had some personal stories that I thought would get more hits, I did not write those to make money, but I did want them to be read! lol
    I have deleted some of my older ones that were not "evergreen" and have slowed on the political hubs, which do get a fair bit of traffic for a while only. smile

  15. earnestshub profile image81
    earnestshubposted 13 years ago

    Hi Sufi! You may be right, it could take off! smile

  16. Susana S profile image92
    Susana Sposted 13 years ago

    Yeah I have a few duds too ,lol. I look at it a bit like playing darts, sometimes my aim is good and everything falls into the right place, other times I'm way off the board or even not in the board at all, lol.

    When I work out "how to revive a dead hub" I will write a hub about it, lol lol Unless someone else wants to beat me to it? wink

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    EmpressFelicityposted 13 years ago

    My political hubs.  They've had few reads, even within the HP community.  Even my global warming hub (which received a lot of interest at first) has now died back to zero traffic.

  18. calpol25 profile image57
    calpol25posted 13 years ago

    I have a few that are not viewed but I dont give up hope someone out there is bound to read them so I just keep writing more. If I even get one view im happy that some one has taken time to view my work.

  19. Rafini profile image70
    Rafiniposted 13 years ago

    I haven't been here long enough for a disappointment - and my writing is more for the enjoyment and practice than for trying to make make money - therefore, I'm not too concerned with how many views I get.  My biggest concern, actually, is making a fool of myself in the forums!  LOL

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 13 years ago

    That is the rub WildIris, if you want to make a passive income, then you've got to be sure you want to sell and make hubs that actively sell stuff. You'll probably make sales off of that hub eventually, though.

  21. W. Scott Phoenix profile image60
    W. Scott Phoenixposted 13 years ago

    Seeing the entire wsp2469 account banned was a BIG disappointment!


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