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  1. wayseeker profile image94
    wayseekerposted 8 years ago

    When I first signed on to Hubpages, I noticed this forum and was planning on posting here to get some feedback.  I got sucked into writing and forgot. 

    So, 18 Hubs later, I'd like to get a sense of what people think.  Here is a Hub I recently re-vamped as it was one of my lowest performing Hubs and I wanted to strengthen it. 

    I feel reasonably well about the writing in my hubs.  I'm not sure about layout and picture usage.  I am aware of SEO, but I really have no idea what I'm doing there.

    I sure appreciate everyone's willingness to take their time for this!

    Sincerest thanks,


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    1. AEvans profile image75
      AEvansposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I enjoyed the hub and you always put your own personal style and flair into it. It isn't commercialized at all and provides insightful information. I heard your writer's voice, so I would say great job! smile

      1. wayseeker profile image94
        wayseekerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Sincere thanks for the positive feedback.  I do, eventually, hope to make money here, but I've a lot to learn about the kinds of hubs to write that will create monetary income.

        1. AEvans profile image75
          AEvansposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          To me its all about your personal style and what you enjoy writing about. Finding subjects where the internet is not flooded with a million different titles discussing the same thing. But that is my own personal opinion, many others may have a different idea. smile

  2. thooghun profile image82
    thooghunposted 8 years ago

    Hi Wayseeker, I always make sure to write lengthy introductory paragraphs and delay the first picture to the second text capsule so that your prime Adsense image displays right up top. If you aren't concerned about that, feel free to ignore that comment (feel free to check a recent hub of mine to get the idea).

    Regarding SEO, just make sure the anchor text on your outbound links (I noticed you have none) reflect the keywords or tags you added when you created the hub. Adding trace elements of your keywords in headers and bold text here and there can't hurt your cause (it helps Google suss out what the content is about, thus allowing them to rank you for something specific).

    The quality of your information and writing is top-notch, so no worries there.

    1. JiveTalkinRobot profile image57
      JiveTalkinRobotposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      So outbound links actually help SEO?

      1. thooghun profile image82
        thooghunposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        They can hurt or harm depending on how you employ them. To use them correctly make sure:

        1) They are relevant.
        2) They link to authoritative, trusted, or genuinely web-sites.

    2. wayseeker profile image94
      wayseekerposted 8 years agoin reply to this


      Not to reveal my ignorance--but then I guess this is the place for it--what exactly are outbound links?  Are these links to other websites?  Is the idea that I go find other high-quality and trusted sites with material related to my hub and link them?  Does this improve traffic to my hub?  Lastly, is this what Hubpages talks about when it warns about being "overly promotional" (I.e. be sure you only put two outbound links on any one hub)? 

      Sorry for all the questions, but I sincerely appreciate your time!


      P.S.  I'm enjoying our conversation about evolution as well.  smile

      1. thooghun profile image82
        thooghunposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Outbound links are links to lead your visitor away from their current page. While not inherently useful, Google will scan anchored text in links as an indication of what the article itself is about. I.E If you write an article on dogs, an outbound link containing the anchor text "dog food" will help Google decide what your article is about, and consequently it will help you appear in the rankings for those keywords.

        The process indirectly increases traffic because you might end up ranking higher in the search engines for those keywords. Most freelance writers will research keywords with low competition and high value, therefore they'll want to be sure Google picks up on it by anchoring those keywords into outbound links (just one of many ways).

        The more trusted the website you link to, the more Google will think your article is of use to viewers, due to the fact that it knows that those are quality destinations.

        Overly promotional articles are triggered when they link more than twice to the same place, because some people will want to promote THEIR websites and thus will not have the viewer in mind.

        Limit linking to two links to the same place in every article -- although some websites such as Wikipedia are whitelisted, meaning you can do this over and over.

        You can put more than two links in a hub, just not to the same place.

        1. wayseeker profile image94
          wayseekerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Crystal clear information here, Thooghun.  Thanks!


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    smileyanposted 8 years ago

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