A first time book review

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  1. wilderness profile image96
    wildernessposted 8 years ago

    Hi hubbers:

    I've just published my first (and probably only) book review and would appreciate someone tearing it apart for me.

    In particular, does it need additional book information about the contents, and should I use "Wilderness" and "Harmon" for the interview or just Q and A?

    Of course, any other comments are welcome.  My intention is to add an Amazon capsule when it's published, but left it off for now.

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Revelation-The- … -Explained

  2. profile image0
    Website Examinerposted 8 years ago

    Both introduction and interview read well. Very interesting.

    Repeated inconsistencies in title, headlines, and body text between "Book of Revelation" and "Book of Revelations"

    Wilderness / Harmon is fine, but I suggest putting them in bold type to make it easier to distinguish from regular text.

    Other Reviews: Move down one line to create more space after interview. I found this confusing, could not understand the context. Make it clearer that it is about Harmon (e.g. headline: Other Reviews of Harmon" or "Other Reviews of This Author". "Authors style" - replace with "Author's style".

    How to purchase: Create extra space before this headline as well.

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Revelation vs Revelation(s) - the singular is correct, but almost no searches for it!  Seems the whole world is as ignorant as I am.  Not real sure what to do there as I need the incorrect spelling.

      Your other suggestions have been done.  Thanks - I never thought of the bold and should have.

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        Website Examinerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        You are welcome, glad to help. You could write it like this once:

        The Book of Revelation (oftentimes, if incorrectly, called "The Book of Revelations")...

        Use the correct version in your headline and title. Use both versions for tags.

        1. wilderness profile image96
          wildernessposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          If I use the unsearched version in the title with the searched for plural just once in the intro won't that really hurt my search status?

          I could work it that way into the first paragraph, but it still isn't the title - I've been under the understanding that the title was far more important.

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            Website Examinerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Listen now: If I were the author, I would not appreciate being reviewed and interviewed by someone who does not seem to appreciate the difference between the correct version (title of his book) and the incorrect version.

            You have got to present yourself as a literate writer, otherwise you will lose half of your credibility, and the author will not gain the desired publicity.

            All that about searchability etc. is not my strong side. There may be other tricks, but you have got to be consistent in your article.

            1. wilderness profile image96
              wildernessposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              And you know, he made almost the same observation.  I give - you've made up my mind for me.  I'll work on some changes.

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                Website Examinerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                Good for you.

  3. lrohner profile image79
    lrohnerposted 8 years ago

    Very well written, as usual. smile

    I have to say it threw me a bit. I mean, I know from your post title that this was a book review, but it wasn't readily apparent to me when I opened the hub. I really think you need an intro. And then I got confused when it jumped into an interview with Lee Harmon--which I think is longer than the review itself. I seriously think the book review and interview should be two different hubs with just a blurb and link about Lee on the book review, but that's just me.

    Again--great job!

    PS-Work on your tags a bit. smile

    Edited to add: I wouldn't use "Wilderness" in the interview unless you give the section a short intro explaining who "Wilderness" is.

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Hmmm.  Not so well done then - the first capsule IS the intro.  I'll have to work on that. 

      The interview was confusing.  I changed the capsule title to indicate "interview" - maybe that will help. 

      I thought about a separate interview hub, but Lee is an unknown author - his 2 or 3rd book - and nothing else about religion (poker under a different name!)  He's planning a second book and that might be the time to break out the interview.

      Added a few tags, as well.  Thanks for the help, Irohner.

    2. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I never thought about who Wilderness is - everybody knows that!  big_smile

      It never ocurred to me there is just a small picture with my name on it and no other indication of who wrote the hub.  I'll have to think about that, too.

      1. lrohner profile image79
        lrohnerposted 8 years agoin reply to this


        I didn't mean they need your bio--Perhaps just use your real name, "interviewer" or start with a brief sentence that says something like, "Freelance writer and online correspondent, Wilderness, interviewed Lee Harmon about what inspired him to write..." You know, something like that. Our names are in teeny tiny print at the top, and I doubt many people coming in from the search engines notice it.

        And for what it's worth "the book of revelation" gets over 12k searches per month, compared to "the book of revelations" 2k.

        1. wilderness profile image96
          wildernessposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I like the quote about who I am - a really bigwig correspondent and all!  Think I'll use something like that.

          Google adwords keyword tool shows 4400 visits when set to "exact" with 500,000 results listed for book of revelations.

          For "book of revelation" I find 3600 searches with 7,360,000 results.

          Obviously the first is better unless I'm doing something wrong.  Quite possible - I'm still fighting to learn how to use the keyword tool - but what could it be?

  4. lrohner profile image79
    lrohnerposted 8 years ago

    Okay, here's what I get in the Google keyword tool:

         book of revelations - 12,100
         book of revelation - 14,800     
         the book of revelation - 12,100
         the book of revelations - 2,400

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      $^&^&*(*   'kicks computer'

      I just don't get it.  I assume you have an adwords account and I don't - could that be the difference?

      I go to:  https://adwords.google.com/o/Targeting/ … earch.none

      I fill out their little security checker, sign in and type "book of Revelation" in the "word or phrase" box.

      I check the "exact" box and uncheck the broad and phrase boxes.  I unselect the "all" box and select a few that look promising.

      I get 70 suggestions, most of which are useless, and results I posted above??????  I also have to say that I have doubts there are only 4400 searches for either term in a month, so I must be doing something wrong with the tool.

      1. lrohner profile image79
        lrohnerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I do have an AdWords account, but I don't sign into it. And since I knew what keywords I was looking for, I just typed them in rather than hunting for them like you did. But...when I just followed what you did, I got "book of revelation" showing me only 3,600 searches rather than the 12k+ I got when searching for it directly. I have NO idea why that is.

        Sunforged? Darkside? Thisisoli? We need help!

  5. Fiction Teller profile image60
    Fiction Tellerposted 8 years ago

    Hi wilderness,

    I'm 99% certain you don't need to include more than one incidence of the misspelling, and you can do it just as Website Examiner said, noting that it's a common misspelling.

    Google's gotten very good, almost too good of late, at associating misspelled words with originals.  I believe this SEO technique - including multiple misspellings - is dying and coming to be a "spammy" technique in Google's eyes.

    You can test this yourself with search engine results.  Type in your keyword (the incorrect spelling) and note how many versions in the plural come up - maybe one.

    Also - I think you should include the word "Interview" in your title if you can, because it's a huge draw to interested readers.  As in:

    "Interview with Lee Harmon, Author of Revelation: The Way It Happened"

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I took out all the plurals, with a notation that it is often spelled that way.  I tend to agree that google is getting too smart for its own good and very few people indeed use the advanced search features.  Until I started writing here I didn't even know it existed.

      The interview thing would be good except that removes all keywords and no way at all for searchers to find me.  The author will be writing another, related, book - when that happens I may well do the interview in a separate hub.


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