Do my hubs fit with the "culture" of HubPages?

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  1. brentwilliams2 profile image71
    brentwilliams2posted 7 years ago

    I have done a fair bit of writing, but I'm new here so I want to make sure and fit in!  smile  I know one of my hubs missed the mark, but I'd love to hear what I'm doing right, and what I'm doing wrong.  I don't mind constructive criticism - I'm here to learn!  Would anybody be interested in taking a look and giving feedback?

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Apartment-Party

    Thank you!

    1. brentwilliams2 profile image71
      brentwilliams2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      By the way, I took some of the great advice from below and completely flubbed it, so now the example hub I gave above is unpublished temporarily...  Here is another example if you'd like to give any feedback! 

      http://hubpages.com/hub/Tracking-Attend … ment-Party

      Thanks!

      1. Cagsil profile image82
        Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I've reviewed your secondary hub-

        (a) Not enough content.
        (b) When you add more content add more text capsules
        (c) For articles up to 1500 words you can use up to 20 keywords maximum, but average is 9-15 keywords.

        smile

        1. brentwilliams2 profile image71
          brentwilliams2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I think I'm getting better on the content length - up to 750 words on my latest one:  http://hubpages.com/hub/Should-You-Conf … t-Neighbor

          And yes, I used more text capsules with polls in the middle, which I'm really excited about!  smile

          When you talk about keywords, is that the same as tags or something different?

          THANKS!

          1. Cagsil profile image82
            Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Keywords are Tags. smile

    2. Sullen91 profile image77
      Sullen91posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      A fair question you asked, but incidentally it's quite accurate to answer yes.

      I guess, in gentle terms, I knew after seeing "delving" (sentence one) that the user may be a decent writer but would most probably end up being an unsuccessful aspirant, as income is concerned. This site does not value lucid writing and it completely ignores the practices that cause people to think it's a "scam." Say what? Yeah, why are the search results for the query "hub-pages" so heavily peppered with attributions such as scam/scheme?

      You write well, even though your writing is uncultivated in parts.

      1. brentwilliams2 profile image71
        brentwilliams2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks for the feedback, Sullen!  And you are probably right about being unsuccessful on the income side.  I usually get so wrapped up in the story I am trying to tell that I forget all about keywords and other relevant concepts. 

        I will try to "cultivate" my hubs a bit more!  smile

  2. Cagsil profile image82
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    Welcome to HubPages! smile big_smile

    I've reviewed the hub you posted. I've several suggestions.

    (a) Write more content-  a minimum should be roughly 400-500 words.
    (b) When you add more content, also add more text capsules.
    (c) The average hub should have about 9-15 keywords/tags(up to 1500 word article). If you go over 1500 words, then you can have up to 40 keywords/tags
    (d) Always create small paragraphs for your reader, so as to keep their attention. Those with a short attention span will leave rather quickly, if you have too much text bunched together.
    (e) Add a news feed or an RSS feed to your hubs, so you can constantly have refreshed content on your hubs.

    I hope that helped. smile

    1. brentwilliams2 profile image71
      brentwilliams2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      That DID help!!  Please excuse my ignorance, but I didn't even realize the capsule concept.  That's FANTASTIC!  I already added an RSS feed like you suggested. 

      And I'll work on tags/keywords to see if I can maximize that, too.

      Thank you for the great suggestions!  Any others want to chime in?  I love different perspectives, too!  smile

    2. brentwilliams2 profile image71
      brentwilliams2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Oops!  My RSS feed didn't work because it went to the same site as one of my links.  I'll have to scrap that for now, but thanks for the help!

  3. Cagsil profile image82
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    I'm glad to hear.

    Here are a few hubs to read.

    Sunforged- Keyword Tips
    http://hubpages.com/hub/Keyword-tips-Mo … g-keywords

    Mark Knowles- Choosing Keywords and Promoting RSS Feeds
    http://hubpages.com/hub/Making-money-on … e-rss-feed

    Edweirdo- RSS Feeds
    http://hubpages.com/hub/Promote-Your-Ol … -RSS-Feeds

    Marisa Wright- Tips on Optimizing Hubpages
    http://hubpages.com/hub/My-HubPages-Tips

    That will keep you busy for a little bit. You might want to check out Darkside, he covers the basic of HubPages.

    1. brentwilliams2 profile image71
      brentwilliams2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      So. Much. Great. Information. 

      smile  You are right, it will keep me busy - thanks for sharing that with me!

      1. Cagsil profile image82
        Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        You're welcome smile

  4. Cagsil profile image82
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    I've reviewed your other hub.

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Should-You-Conf … t-Neighbor

    (a) The first text capsule of any hub should have enough text to bring out/trigger the Google Adsense ad that needs to go along side.(this is addressed in the hub by Marisa Wright I posted before)

    (b) Use the preview button to see what happens to your hub when you place in new things, so you can see where the new ad placements are going to be.

    (c) There is plenty of text and I would recommend moving your polls to the side of a text capsule, so the text wraps around the poll capsule, because it is along side. If not, then you have a blank white space next to the Poll Capsule and it doesn't look good.

    (d) Add more keywords/tags

    smile

    1. brentwilliams2 profile image71
      brentwilliams2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      All Done (except for the first one - still working on that one).  Thanks, and the polls on the right side look MUCH better!

      1. Cagsil profile image82
        Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Take the poll you have along side your first text capsule and move it down to the next capsule.

        There should be nothing next to the first text capsule, so as to trigger the "block" ad you see below your first poll.

        If your first two paragraphs are in two separate text capsules, then put them together in one capsule. It should be enough to trigger the adsense block ad. smile

        1. brentwilliams2 profile image71
          brentwilliams2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

          AH, ok!  Done!  smile

          1. Cagsil profile image82
            Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Good work! smile

 
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