Is the chance of a Hub being found limited by a symbol in the title?

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  1. VJSacino profile image60
    VJSacinoposted 7 years ago

    For instance, I currently have two articles about Weight Watchers, to which I included the registered trademark symbol. Does that symbol or any other symbol limit the chances of Hubs being found by a search engine, whether Google, HubPages, or any others? I'd appreciate any information you might be able to give me. Thank you!

    1. Just Ask Susan profile image90
      Just Ask Susanposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I found an article you may want to read. I have to ask you though why would you want to title the hub with a trademark?
      http://shadesbreath.hubpages.com/hub/Tr … in-Writing

    2. paradigmsearch profile image89
      paradigmsearchposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I sure hope not! Because I use this one all the time: ~

      1. Just Ask Susan profile image90
        Just Ask Susanposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        You use the registered trade mark right on your titles of the hub? I have never seen anyone do this before...hmm learn something new everyday smile

        1. paradigmsearch profile image89
          paradigmsearchposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          "~" is not a registered trademark. It is a squiggle. smile

          1. Just Ask Susan profile image90
            Just Ask Susanposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Oh okay sorry I had to look at your previous answer. Now I see the squiggle. I do need glasses....
            I thought you meant you used ® in your hub titles....smile

            1. Rochelle Frank profile image95
              Rochelle Frankposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              If you look at her profile page titles I think you will see what she is asking about-- She's not trying to trademark her titles, she's using a term that is trademarked within the titles.

              1. Just Ask Susan profile image90
                Just Ask Susanposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                I did go to look and it  before answering her. I just do not recall seeing that before here at hubpages.

                1. Just Ask Susan profile image90
                  Just Ask Susanposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  Sorry Rochelle typo I will try again smile
                  I did go look at her profile page before I answered her question. I have never seen anyone use a trademark symbol within a title before here at HubPages and am just curious to why she would want to.

                  1. Rochelle Frank profile image95
                    Rochelle Frankposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    I have seen it, but not often. 
                    WEIGHT WATCHERS is the trade name and the registered trademark and servicemark of Weight Watchers International, it is usually seen with the 'circle R' mark to indicate this fact. I think the writer was respecting the company by recognizing their legal rights, which is fine and proper.

                    However, the question was about if using a symbol would affect search engines-- I don't know.

            2. paradigmsearch profile image89
              paradigmsearchposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Nah, I'm strictly a squiggle guy. Although I have been known to use”&” as well.

              PS I, too, need new specs. smile

    3. Marisa Wright profile image97
      Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I'm not an expert but I believe it would have a detrimental effect.

      Reason - Google matches your Hub with what people type into search engines. 

      People are going to type in "Weight Watchers Tools" not "Weight WatchersR Tools", so you won't get a match.

      Your Hubs are too short, by the way - more like blog posts than a proper magazine-style article.  You'll do better if you can expand them.

      1. Rochelle Frank profile image95
        Rochelle Frankposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Sounds reasonable for the search option.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image97
          Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          ...which is important, because most Hubbers find they don't start making meaningful income until they're getting around 90% of their traffic from search engines.

  2. VJSacino profile image60
    VJSacinoposted 7 years ago

    First off, I would like to thank all of you for taking the time to answer my question, so: THANK YOU! I really appreciate the help.

    Just Ask Susan - Thank you for mentioning that article. I will definitely check it out right away. As for why I put the registered trademark symbol in some of my titles, Rochelle Frank is completely right in saying that I did it out of respect for the company. I'm obviously new here at HubPages and new at publishing articles containing company names, so I wasn't sure what was considered the proper thing to do.

    Marisa Wright - Thank you for your input. I will try to work on expanding my Hubs or, at least, keep that in mind for future ones. As for if it affects the chance of being found, I completely agree with you.

    Once again, thank you all for your help!

    1. Marisa Wright profile image97
      Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      VJ, one of the great features of HubPages is the fact that you can - and should - go back and improve your existing Hubs as you learn. 

      As you're writing positive reviews, you should be fine to remove the registered trademark symbol from your titles, and it would certainly help the visibility of your Hubs if you do.

      1. VJSacino profile image60
        VJSacinoposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Very true! Alright, you've convinced me—I will work on expanding them. I will also remove the symbol from the titles. Thanks again!! smile

 
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