Not complaining, but I am a little puzzled.
Why is this such a bad hub? -- http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-succeed- … ost-family
Any ideas, Fellow-Hubbers?
The score will generally rise over time. I would change the title to fit with the google adsense keyword tool suggestions- something like "Study Abroad: Tips for Exchange Students in Germany."
I'm a newbie, though, and the more experienced hubbers have better (though harshly worded) tips. Don't get discouraged: scores often fluctuate over the short term and generally rise over the course of time.
Thanks for the feedback, everyone.
I appreciate your constructive input, , even if it stings a bit.
one thing I've learned here, don't ever take anything personally!
take what works, forget the rest.
*sigh* ... because you just published it Art. Don't worry about it, it will rise over time.
If you write and publish a hub off the bat, or it's a saturated topic, they start off with a lower hub score. If you start one and leave it sat in your account and then publish - it will already have gained a better score pre-publish.
Hope that helps
That is soooooo not helpful Haunty, very flippant Now you're supposed to explain why it's not SEO friendly *nods*
Made me giggle though!
Edit: I answered the title of the post, not your question in post Art. Sorry. It's not a bad hub.
No, no, frog! The last time I explained the newbie was never seen again.
Ohhhhhkayyyyy Haunty. What did you say to them?
@ Pd - you go. And keep going lol - and next time try harder to say what you mean and mean what you say
I showed her your sunflower kitchen décor hub and explained why it looks the way it does. I think the easiest way to explain it is by showing an example. I picked our sunflower hub because it's an efficient one. Hope you don't mind.
Aha! So you're the reason it's been copied ad-nauseum huh?!
No - I don't mind really. It's not a good example anyway. Works - but could be better
Thank you for replying to my question, Haunty.
First Up... You Published this only 8 hours ago and have not had any commenting traffic - which has marked it up.
I will tell you straight!
You asked - I'll tell you honestly - Not stroke your ego!
I am a Kiwi - with a web presence in both the States and Germany, so I will Speak from my experience!
1) Lose the Photo and don't replace it with a pic that has any religious or political intimation! - It can be taken as bad taste and it sets the level of the readers expected experience.
2) It's Not a Hub about YOU - lose all reference to you, your experience etc.
3) "Don't open your big, fat mouth to criticize or compare the way Germans do things until you have thought a little." - Why would you assume your readers are like this? - Pretty damn judgmental for a reference guide! - Have you even considered WHO is likely to read this work?
4) Stand back and READ IT - From another person's perspective - What are you doing in this? Are you approaching it from your reader's perspective.. would you appreciate the WAY you are Speaking to them? - You need to Not Talk Down to your readers!
5) Improve your layout - mix it up add photos - a video - break up that Bank of Solid Text.
6) Know What Keywords you were trying to use... and use them throughout your hub. (subtly)
7) Have a summary of the points - don't invite your readers to add to the points you have made.. show them that you know what you are talking about.
8) Make it more User Friendly - by splitting it into 2 views - the things that you will be required to do - And the things you wish your hosts to do!
9) Stop Talking to Kids here - Talk to the parents - who will decide if the article is worth referring to their kids!
10) Write this as the Keystone to 5 similar hubs on the subject - if you think you are any good at growing this subject, then don't restrict it to simply Germany... THINK ABOUT THIS!
This is NOT Your Best Effort at Writing and as a Reader I Can see that... what does that mean to me then... Average Effort = Average Writer! I want to learn from people who are Above Average - Don't You? Don't Your Readers?
The Effort is Worth it... Have a look at the layout on one or two of mine... you can return the favor and critique them if you wish... Good Luck.
Thank you for your advice, Pearldiver.
> You asked - I'll tell you honestly - Not stroke your ego!
Yes, I did. And I appreciate your constructive criticism. Maybe I need to completely rework this hub.
The only other Kiwi i know is a hot-shot Moodle programmer and she, too, is direct. Something in the water, perhaps.
Art.. I'm glad you have taken what I have said the Correct way!
I notice (perhaps as Germans do) that unless you are from the US one almost has to put up a Disclaimer to get a point across.
Yes I am direct and I speak with an 'accent' - which may well be hard for some 'newbies' who don't know Kiwis, to appreciate
- but I don't generally open my mouth unless I know what I'm taking about.. and most Kiwis are like this.
I completely understand what you are trying to achieve and am merely telling you that you have a good niche here if you build it - and don't restrict your ability to do that by killing your first in what should be a series of at least 5 hubs!
Worth ReWorking It Mate and explore the things that have been offered. Design a series strategically and there lies the key to the whole exercise. But take your time to get it right.
Good Luck - look forward to seeing you achieve your goals!
@ Mrs. J.B. - You don't know me either, to offer such arrogant advice... This was an Extreme Makeover forum for the OP - I don't need spectators criticizing my efforts with snide remarks!
So please... enough - and.. Age (from experience) Does Not Always a Wise Soul Make! As I said... I make no apology for my candor - and it WAS Directed at another party (who appeared to appreciate it) - Not at You! - You rudely butted into my conversation.. not the other way round... Surely Age would have taught you the folly of such?
Happy to Take Fool Responsibility For the Bolter FD
I'm practicing being a Nice person
- You're Banned!!!
I do think this title may work better also. You want a specific audience to find your hub. I would probably move the image to the right, making it smaller. Although students will 'get' the image, you want the focus to be on your content. I would highlight your keywords.
I'm sure most of us have had hubs that go backwards first, but it will pick up. If it keeps going lower, then you know something is off. I'm sure you'll see it rise, some hubs take longer to climb, it's perfectly normal. Clearly you understand the subject, and it is informative and helpful.
The score will come up eventually but if it bothers you so much, next time leave it in drafts for about 24 hours and the score will come up to about 51+, then click on Publish.
I used to do that a year ago, but now I don't worry myself over it.
Thank you for the tip, Lady_E.
That was nice of you.
You can do better than that if it really bothers you (although it shouldn't). I have a hub I started a couple of weeks ago, but still need to flesh out one text capsule before I publish it. The last time I looked it had a score of 71. Nine views (all mine of course), no comments (of course), and no ratings. Nevertheless it has risen to 71.
The ways of the hub score are as inscrutable as Yoda is!
If you like what you write about, do not worry about some of the very harsh negative responses you have recieved.
Pearl Diver draw back your claws
Excuse Me? What is this BS?
Before People Start Abusing Me for being Direct to Someone In The EXTREME MAKEOVER Forum... Take the time to get your own facts straight!
3) "Don't open your big, fat mouth to criticize or compare the way Germans do things until you have thought a little."
The Above 'Comment' was written by Art in his own words, within his hub and NOT BY ME!
- If you had actually read the original hub tabled here.. then no doubt you are aware of this.
As Far as 'My Claws' are concerned... they were not part of my assessment... unless of course you are referring to my directness, which I make no apology for in a forum designed to HELP Hubbers with Constructive Critique! Don't Even Intimate that my remarks were Negative!
Before You Criticize Me as a person... Take the time to understand what was said In Context - If you knew my work, you may find yourself adrift in your hasty and thoughtless judgment!
Closing this thread. If the OP would like to contact HubPages staff directly for help, please do not hesitate to do so.
For those who have encouraged me to close this thread:
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