On the final week of September, HubPages is going to hold HubCamp: an in-person meeting of Hubbers in San Francisco where we'll go over some of the finer points of becoming an effective online writer.
Wer'e still in the planning stages, but because it's all about the hubber community, we were hoping you'd let us know what you want us to cover at this first ever HubCamp. Below are some topics we're thinking of covering - let us know which ones are most important to you, and let us know if you'd like us to cover something else as well!
Potential HubCamp Seminar Topics -Basic keyword research -Selecting topics -Linking -Driving traffic -How to select titles -Basic tips on writing content for an online audience -A profile of the ideal hub (a description of the optimal number of capsules, links, and words based on our analysis of hub statistics and revenue)
Also, let us know if you're interested in coming! We'd love to see you there!!
I second that! Would be great to tape it just to have and you can use it to help train those who didn't attend via video... video tends to motivate people. Also there should be an awards banquet as well, sort of talking about the accolades and some people who have them etc...
ok...now i hate my luck i feel really sad that it has to me like thousands of miles away ...like two continents away [ i am staying in lebanon which is a great place in case you are thinking of FUTURE hubcamps ] though i hope we get some photos or even videos
I live in Oregon but I really want to attend this. Can you give more details as far as any costs... or is parking and traveling our only expense (i.e. no cover charge to get in, do we bring a dish? (potluck would be cool)... and where will it be? in HP headquarters?
San Francisco is a great place to visit, but because I have already been there at least twice I wont be able to make the journey without thinking about all the other places I could write about on Hub pages.. So to take a break in that week, I might go wildflower walking in Western Australia, it is very pretty. Thanks. Titling to meet the first sentence - is my intricate topic.
I could see some advantage in holding different modules - or maybe breaking up the day - to address the absolute beginner, the hubber with a modest bit of experience, the very experienced, and the super-Hubber. Maybe cover all of the same topics for each group, but at different levels, so that the least experienced don't get totally overwhelmed and the most experienced don't get bored and do receive good value from it.
Yeah! We'll definitely create online components of HubCamp for those who can't attend in-person meetings. We're looking into both webinars and more static online guides already, and podcasts are a great idea too! I'll look into that!
I love the idea of serving it up in levels - I am struggling with back-linking - not the concept, but the how-to. Many of the successful hubbers are sharing methods (Thank-you, thank-you to you all!) but they are way above my level of expertise, and I get lost in the techno-speak.
The San Fransisco venue sounds like a song from the 60s: "If You're Going to San Fransisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair..." - will you all be doing the same?
How about meeting in Kansas City sometime? Right in the heart of the Midwest.... (and close to home for me.). I would love to attend something like this, but not sure it is feasible with travel expenses.
Although many "hubbers" don't list specific locations in their profiles, I've seen several hub writers speak of being from the Midwest, calling Ohio, Minnesota and Missouri home. There are also a few from Texas--all within approximately one day's drive to Kansas City. Kansas City also has a major airport, and one can get to either coast in a few hours. It is also a nice city with much for visitors to see and do.
Really, I heartily recommend Kansas City as a central location for meeting up with folks.
Cool--usually things are held across the country from me, and I can't go. SF, though, we live just about 45 min away across the Bay. Actually, I was born & raised in SF...couldn't wait to move away so I could enjoy REAL summers!
But I can probably get back there pretty easily...pending a turnaround in my current income, which at the moment even leaves me short for bridge toll.. :-(
You even made the Sacto news with those temps. Lucky you get to cool right back down! We will be at 107 today!! And then this weekend, these poor people (remember I'm from Minnesota) will have to suffer with the mere 80's.
I can't attend in person either, but would really like to see a video or the web cam, etc. All of your topics are needed . Perhaps one on hub safety. A lot of times the information that is published in a hub is incorrect or could be harmful especially involving back links , seo's etc. Newbies are susceptible to this misinformation because we are new. Thank you.
Personally would love to come, but really it is way to long a plane trip for me. However, I do think it is a great idea. I think good areas to cover for the relatively new and inexperienced hubber would be traffic driving and general basics on writing good quality hubs.
I was really hoping something like this would be happening with Hubpages one day, and maybe, just maybe, if we ask nicely enough, coming to Australia too, unfortunately can't make it to SF, but would really be interested in participating online in a webinar if that were possible. I'm with Aficionada and WryLilt here. Come to Aussie, c'mon, c'mon.
Hey, if enough Aussies can make it to an Australia HubCamp, we'd certainly hold one there! We'll develop a better way to drum up potential attendees in a certain area soon - it'll make it easier to decide on the next HubCamp location!
Simone, this is a great Idea, and I love the list you have here. It will really help raise the standards. There is certainly no harm in pointing out the ways a hub can be optimised and rating improved. What Hub Pages writer does not want that?
Too bad I love the other side of the Atlantic ocean, otherwise I 'd happily attend, and meet the great people behind Hub Pages! And Hubbers! I hope to attend one some day! Cheers!
Great idea. I'd like to see a "hot topics" panel discussion with questions afterward. Make the selected subjects somewhat controversial.
If you can give more notice (and for the future), if you find out that some very experienced hubbers are planning to attend, you could ask one of them to lead a sharing session on a topic of their choice. Spreading the responsibility around benefits everyone.
Also consider holding a future hub camp here in Dallas/Fort Worth. DFW Airport is a "hub" of its own, centrally located, and a direct destination flight from many cities in the U.S.
That's a great idea! What sort of hot topics are you thinking of? Perhaps we could set up a poll and have hubbers choose. We'll definitely want to have experienced hubbers leading sessions at future HubCamps (and at this one too, if anyone steps up, though you make a valid point about the short notice). We're just as interested to hear what they have to say as the next hubber! And we'll definitely consider DFW - it's a major hub indeed! And I bet a lot of hubbers live nearby already
Simone, I am sure that you'd get a lot of hubbers voting on a poll on what hot topics to include, since many hubbers will view the streaming videos of the hub camp sessions.
I'm thinking (1) the future of Amazon affiliation or of affiliates of any kind (2) the SEO vs. whatever (sorry, can't think of name)issues debate that has been argued back and forth in our forum discussions about Google. And those are two topics that come to mind right away (not that I feel qualified to discuss either of them).
AWESOME Idea Simone and I can't wait to see the results of this initial Hub Camp. I am a newcomer to writing as well as a new Hubber. I live on the East Coast in Historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a bit far to cycle. Your agenda is perfect to start with. I will stand by for more details and the results of this FANTASTIC Idea of yours.
thats really a great idea to hold in person seminars i wish i was near i woul love to attend an event like this , tell me is there any online version of this meeting where we can log on and participate ,
What a great idea! I'm new to hubpages and I'm still trying to figure out the system. The best part...I live in the Bay Area! Thanks for this amazing opportunity to learn and connect with other hubbers!
I would like to be there but the distance stops me. I wish all of the hubbers who will join, enjoy and benefit a good luck and good time there. I hope to learn the things from my friends who will join the HUbCamp
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