I'm not sure if any of you have heard of a FlashMob, but I think that they are awesome. Basically it's when a group of people go out and do something ridiculous together just for the fun of it and the reaction from other people who see it.
Now, I know that all of us Hubbers are scattered all across the world, but I got to thinking that we could possible do something similar to a FlashMob, but with Hubs on certain topics on HubPages....we'd call it a HubMob. Let me explain...
So, what I would see us doing is each week we pick a topic that we would all agree to write about in the Forums. It could be about anything, but it would just be one main topic that we would all be focused on. We would find the topic via keyword research and some other Google magic and then we would let everyone else on HubPages know what that particular topic is.
For instance, let's say that we picked a topic like 'wedding themes', which I know has some great potential for high-ranking on Google. What we would do then is publish a Hub specific for the particular week's HubMob topic and we would talk about and link to the Hub that we end up publishing here in the Forums. The titles could range all over the place, but the keywords would be focused. Some titles could potentially be:
- The 10 Most Popular Wedding Themes
- How to pick a theme for your wedding
- Things to think about when picking a wedding theme
- Popular American Wedding Themes
We would all post links to our Hubs in the Forum post that I would create and then we would basically begin to take over those keywords on Google, with hopefully several of the Hubs taking up the first page of results. I would keep an eye on them and give the results of the highest Google-ranked Hubs after a week in the newsletter and in the Forums and hopefully we would start to own several keywords on Google as a result, which would be awesome.
It would be a really fun way to write about different topics, too - I am definitely excited to do something like this...I've been wanting to post about it for a while. I also think that it will be a fun way to learn more about other Hubbers and to collaborate on something together as a HubPages community, which we haven't done much of.
If you'd be interested in something like this, post your thoughts here in this Forum and what we can do is start discussing possible topics on Monday and have one picked by Wednesday, so that it can go out in the newsletter. Then, we can write all of our Hubs and check out results the following week or so.
So...what do all of you think?
I think its a great idea.
And what if we use other sites, blogs, etc, to link to the forum thread too?
I'm pretty sure that the best you can get is two pages in the results for any one keyword/s search.
But if one or both of these are a tag page... everyone wins. And that's made more likely the more hubs on a given subject, especially if it's a niche topic.
We need someone who speaks English to translate this part of the discussion so I can keep up with what's going on. I feel like the little kid in the back seat of his parents car that knows his parents are having a conversation that concerns him but can't understand the code language they're using.
check out the keyword frozen sparrowz on a hub search Ryan that was a hillarious example of your hub mob idea.....jimmy
OMG I'm so in!!
Me me me!
Let's doooo it!
Improv Everywhere does the same thing.
I think it is an awesome idea!
I like that on weeks that I don't have time or am super duper lazy, I can opt out.
This is pure awesomeness. I'd expect nothing less from you, Hup.
Now you're all going to be this excited once we pick out a topic to write about, right?
That's what I'm talkin' about!
I think that this will really show our Hubber's flexibility and expertise when it comes to writing on certain topics. It's amazing how much you can learn about a topic as you're putting together a Hub about it, ya know?
You've got one more person here for your brilliant idea.
Weddings would be a great theme to start with. Too bad the prime wedding season as just past.
I have 8 kids, all born at home...all between 9-11.5 pounds....I raise goats..and heritage breed chickens.....I am restoring a 100 year old house....I am rebuilding the house to be completely off grid with water catchment systems, solar panels, and a small wind generator.
I have been a czech linguist in military intelligence, was offered a scholarship to West Point, a model, and jumped out of planes...I am about to publish a book...have owned a bistro...and done wild life rehabilitation...back when I still had a brain I spoke 3 languages, and my husband spoke 3 as well...he was an iraqui linguist....he became disabled last year and I started to be responsible for an income for the first time in 28 years.It was at that time I had to take of the building projects on the house as well...I have homeschooled for 19 years..I train horses, grind my own wheat, and leg press 170 lbs at the gym...I am a crack shot with a .22 or an M-16. One of my editors, in an interview, called me the combination of McGuyver and Martha Stewart...
I married a MARINE for goodness sake.
Wild side? I don' need no stinkin' wildside.......
Wow Marye! Compared to you, I really need to take a walk on the wild side!
Count me in. But not if the topic is football. I still have hublove contest flashbacks from the football topic.
LOL you all crack me up!
I would love to take part!
Count me in.
Um... I moon light on many a site...
Would be great fun to have a basic focus
Not to mention saturate the big G! LOL
P.S. My main focus is to never pi$$ off Marye! LOL J/K ;o)
I think Darkside is right, the best we can accomplish with Hubs is two postions.
However, if people were to post blog posts about the forum thread, and everyone links to those blog posts from their Hubs on the topic, we can get all the blog posts into the other top positions.
We have a few blogs we can contribute to the effort - and more than a few if the topic is personal finance or business related.
And while the hubs themselves may not be positioned in the search results, the links to them from the thread does have the opportunity for traffic.
I have no clue what any of this kind of conversation means... however, if the point is to generate hubs, I will certainly try to find some ridiculous and humorous angle on whatever topic you come up with if that will help the cause.
How could I (or any other hubber for that matter) miss all this fun. You´ve got another hubmobster .
Let the fun begin!!!
I'm up for a bit of fun. If you'll have me, I'm in. regards Zsuzsy
can I suggest the first topic as Halloween, as that term will soon be one of the biggest searches on the Internet......jimmy
WOW! I have been so busy I have missed this topic! Sounds like fun and I'd ove to jump in as I can on it! I'll check out the topic Monday!
OK. I am a little slow.
My understanding is that the topic will be posted to this forum (by who? - or is it "by whom?") sometime on Monday and that everyone will write and post Hubs on some angle of the chosen topic (also on Monday).
The part I don't get is what I should link my Hub to - and precisely how to do that (I think I know how, but I'm still pretty new and confuse easily).
Shadesbreath - I thought it was just me getting lost! LOL! I thought for sure you were one of those "in the know" hubbers . . .
Someone who IS an "in the know hubber" (itkh?) needs to make a how-to list for us slow ones.
Nope, when it comes to the Internet marketing, Google techniques, SEO and all that rot, I just can't force myself to study it. I realize to be a true Renaissance Man of the age, I should learn it, and I keep telling myself I will, but every time I start looking into that stuff my artistic side gets horrible gas and I have to leave the room.
HOW THE HUBMOB WORKS (Ryan feel free to correct any details)
1. Ryan will start a new thread in the Hangout, with the title "HubMob Monday (date) Topic - (Topic Name)". His post will contain the topic name again for those Hubbers who never read thread names.
2. Ryan will copy the URL of his new thread and the URL of the topic tag page, and paste those into his post.
3. Everyone who is playing will make a Hub on that topic, and IN THE HUB they will link to the thread and the tag page URLs provided by Ryan, using the topic name as the name of the link, or the words they are turning into a link.
For example, if we went with Halloween Costumes, every Hub would be related to Halloween costumes, and somewhere in the Hub would be the words "Halloween Costumes" as a link to the forum thread, and the words "Halloween Costumes" as a link to the tag page.
4. Once the Hub is published, the Hubbers will come back to the forum and post the link to their Hub in Ryan's thread, with any commentary about their Hub that might make people want to read it (eg - this Hub has a really funny video on it ....)
5. Any participating Hubbers who have blogs will blog about the HubMob and include the links to the forum thread and the tag page in their blog posts, again with the topic name as the link anchor text.
For example, if we went with Halloween Costumes, somewhere in the blog post would be the words "Halloween Costumes" as a link to the forum thread, and the words "Halloween Costumes" as a link to the tag page.
Ryan, I am happy to make a Hub on this, which includes "How To" sections with visuals about linking, anchor text, starting a blog, and so on, if you think that will help.
Thanks - This helps. It turns out I was even more lost and confused than I even thought I was.
I will print it up and commit it gratefully to memory - along with the "visuals" on those other things you mentioned.
Aha! This is what I needed. Inspirepub, I owe you a beer!
Thanks Inspire...that answered the question for me as well. Sounds like it can get rather messy
Count me in...I can't wait to see what all your sick and twisted minds come up with.
I wrote an article on my blog about the "Hub Mob" please let me know your thoughts guys.....jimmy
Totally count me in!! I think it will be a lot of fun!!!!
I mostly missed the HubLove Contest and have been regretting it ever since, so count me in too! Sounds like fun.
Jenny, thanks for that very clear description of what we need to do.
Hey, is this thing open to Jackalopes? I'd love to get in!
So glad you spelled that out for me, as B.T. can attest I hit the tequila early and need direction whenever someone will give it to me. I was also more confused than I thought, and being more confused than normal should be impossible. This is gonna be alot of fun, thta's why I joined Hubpages, to have fun! Thanks guys.
Thanks for explaining all of that Jenny and Jimmy, but I think that we should keep it simple for the first time around, considering that most of us aren't quite to the level of SEO understanding that you guys are. but, I think as we do this more and more, we're all going to become better at linking, SEO and finding the best keywords to write on.
For the first week here is what we will stick to:
1. On Monday I will post a topic that we be 'This week's HubMob topic: Wedding Themes', which will be the theme for everyone to write a new Hub about.
2. The Hub can be based on anything to do with the main topic and I encourage different title names and focuses. For instance, one title could be 'The 10 best wedding themes a bride could ever have' while another one could be 'The worst wedding themes and why you should stay away from them'. I encourage everyone to put your own personal touch on the topic, just make sure that it stays focused on the general keywords.
3. We will all publish our Hubs and then post links to the Hubs that we create back into the new forum topic, along with some commentary such as, 'I wrote about the worst themes because my sister decided to use one of them and it was sooooo ugly...' or something.
4. We will then keep an eye on Google and we'll see who ranks for what search terms and we'll see who can get the highest placement. It will be a lot of fun to see who can get ranked where and it will also be a great way to get us all writing on some keywords with some high-traffic potential.
Hope this helps.
I'm definitely in! I love doing insane things that people look at in wonder and a shake of their heads. Well, I'm too old for doing it in real life now, but I used to do it all the time when I was young.
Brings back my youth...with anonymity! I love it!
I'm in! One way we can all help each other out is to link from our Hubs on the theme to others participating.
If it's wedding themes, I'm going to do how to do a backyard wedding on a budget:)
Is the idea to make the words "Wedding Themes" key to our hub as a key word or title? Also is their a posting deadline or window?
The topic that we choose doesn't have to be your exact title, but the Hub that you write should be focused around the topic and it would definitely help if you somehow weave it into your Hub title.
So, like I said earlier, you should focus on the main topic, but it shouldn't necessarily be the title of your Hub. So the topic 'wedding themes' could translate into 'How to create a backyard wedding theme on the cheap' or you could have another title such as 'The most popular American wedding themes'. Does this help you out?
Also, as far as time frame goes, we will kick it off on a Monday(first one tomorrow), so you should write it as soon as you can, but there's no super-tight time frame. After we publish our Hubs, we'll keep the main forum thread alive as everyone posts a link to the Hub that they created, which I'm sure will remain active for at least a couple of weeks depending on how many participate in the particular topic.
I'm going to send out the weekly topic in the newsletter on Wednesdays and we can start checking to see who is getting listed where on Google as soon as we begin getting indexed. This really isn't a formal contest, just something that I thought would be a lot of fun for all of us to participate in and to grow over time. It would be awesome for all of us Hubbers to 'HubMob' different topics one week at a time, don't you think?
Ryan says that we have to take a walk on the wild side..
Now, I am not Lou Reed, nor do I play him on t.v. but if I can do it so can you...LOL!
I think though, that if i have to take a walk on the wild side..Ryan should come live at my house for a weekend..and do my job...
and we will see who is walking where.
So are we going with wedding themes, or do we have to wait for the official announcement? Sorry. Patience is not a virtue known to exist in Jackalopes.
I think that "wedding themes" could possibly be the topic or not, we have to wait till tomorrow to see for sure, If I'm following this correctly. In the meantime B.T., I don't think popular Jackalope wedding themes has hever been written about, so you might want to ruminate on that in the meantime.
Oh, Hi Everybody! Present and accounted for. I'm in!
This sounds awesome! I'm more than in, and hope the subject is wedding related. I've got some great stories, and maybe even some pictures, from theme weddings. Could be a really cool hub!
If wedding themes is the topic, then you can make a hub on anything related to the theme. For example, Destination wedding ideas, Summer Wedding, or Outdoor Wedding Ideas. These would all be fair game.
I'm really excited about this. Like the post in Jimmy's Blog, if we all work together, link to each others hubs (where appropriate), then the community can benefit by all working together. We are truly stronger together.
Ok, this is probably a dumb question, but... how does this group activity help the individual hub writers? It seems like an awesome thing for Hubpages but, how does it pay out for the writers. (Please don't say "because when hubpages gets more traffic, we all benefit.)
The individual Hubs in the Mob will have lots of links to them, which will make them show up better in the search results, and we will lure visitors to HubPages specifically to read those articles, because we will show up multiple times on the first page of Google results.
More readers = more clicks on ads.
I hope Ryan checks the Google external keyword tool and Spyfu.com to make sure he is picking topics which have good, expensive clicks attached - no point all of us making this huge effort just to get 5c per click traffic on board ... let's go for the BIG BUCKS ....
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