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Hubmob Topics, How They Are Chosen

Updated on April 15, 2010

To Answer the Question...

This hub is in response to a question asked by Hmrjmr1, who was inquiring about HubMob topics.

"Can we get a hubmob going about Volunteerism, Community, Red Cross, Church Troops, vets etc etc"

It's a good question. The short answer is, maybe.

First things first, though. Some readers may be unfamiliar with our HubMob. For those of you who would like some clarification, HubMob leader, Princessa, has written an informative hub titled, What is a HubMob and How to Join One. I highly recommend it a resource for anyone who may be contemplating becoming a HubMobster. By the way, a HubMobster is a hubber (writer) who participates in the HubMob.

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HubMob Topics are new every week
HubMob Topics are new every week

Anatomy of a HubMob Topic

Topics are important, obviously, but there are a few different things to be considered before presenting a subject matter to HubMobsters.

  • Is the topic conducive to evergreen content?
  • Do we need to fill some holes in the HubPages content categories?
  • Will the topic content be pleasing to search engines?
  • Does the subject matter appeal globally?

These points are not only important to HubPages as a business, they are also important to hubbers, whether you realize it or not. Evergreen content in your hubs means that they are always current, or at least they are for a long time and that means continued visitors to your pages. HubPages loves that, so do the search engines and so will you and your ad revenue sources. It's a win/win/win/win. Oh and let's not forget the reading public who will be eternally grateful that they are able to find real answers to their questions in one convenient spot. Add another win to that list.

HubPages has a great deal of interesting diversity, which is wonderful for us hubbers and makes for a terrific reader offering to those who surf in via an internet search. Sometimes though, in order to be a full-service site, a few categories may need to be 'plumped up' a little. As a writer, this can be a great chance to stretch your writing muscles if the topic is outside your normal range of subjects. You'll have a little more variety in your hub offerings and HubPages has even more wonderful reading for the surfing traffic.

So, How Are the Topics Actually Chosen?

Weekly HubMob topics are a collaborative decision of our mightly leader, Princessa, and our awesome HubPages team.

I had the incredible fortune to write the roundup hubs for a year. When I was doing them, each topic was the result of a discussion between the HubMob leader and the HP Marketing Director. This year sadly, I could no longer fit the HubMob into my schedule and passed the gauntlet into the capable hands of rmcrayne, who is doing an amazing job but in doing that, I removed myself from the loop. As far as I know, the topics are still borne of those discussions.

Getting back to Hmrjmr1's question, it is possible that some of the topic suggestions he listed may have been written within a topic of a different name. For example, one week HubMobsters wrote about earthquakes and other natural disasters. Beneath the umbrella of that HubMob topic, hubbers addressed a variety of perspectives, including titles such as:

The Burning of My Church

FEMA: Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Aid

The week that our topic was 'Improve Your Life in 2009', we had hubs like:

Garden Your Way to Self Confidence

Green Your Life with Geraniums

You get the idea. We have such a large, talented group of writers that there are a ton of interesting ideas and perspectives. The above examples are hubs that fit the HubMob criteria and were related, they just took a different slant from what you'd expect. So many unique viewpoints helps keep us fresh and vibrant.

The point is that proposed subjects may be covered within the frame of another topic. If not, never fear. One quick email suggestion to Princessa or the HubPages team may see your topic as next week's HubMob writing fodder. It's perfectly okay to contact these helpful people, as long as you aren't spamming.

So, go ahead and submit suggestions about topics that you feel passionate about or want to read about. If we have creative angles when writing the topics then why not in the selection of them, as well?

Hmrjmr1, we'll be watching for HubMob forum thread to see if, one of these weeks, your suggestions are being written about by our HubMobsters.

Happy HubMobbing!

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Does the idea of having your very own HubPages account move you? Do you want to ride the heady success of having your writing published online, maybe even become a HubMobster and see your work showcased in this very hub or others like it?

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    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi, 2Patricias! I agree with ou that everygreen topics are soooo important! They also help to keep your hub/article profitable over the long haul, too. :) Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Kudos, Talfonso! That sounds like a great topic and long term money maker. Thanks for contributing.

    • talfonso profile image


      10 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      The first HubMob I ever participated was the first week of the Health Hubs. I knew that it would interest me because it's a profitable and evergreen topic, so I created a Hub on caloric beverage alternatives.

    • 2patricias profile image


      11 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Thanks for this hub, it is very interesting. We have never joined in a Hub Mob - we always seem to be behind the curve. However, along the way we have learned a few of the things that are relevant to your topic choice - especially evergreen content.

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks, 4FoodSafety. Evergreen content is so important! It also makes a writer's life easier. When I first started, I wasn't familiar with the concept. I have one hub in particular, that has to be updated constantly and usually suffers from neglect. I'll never make that mistake again.

      Thanks for the fanning, by the way. I truly thought that I'd joined your fan club as well, after a comment you made in one of my other hubs, but my forgetfulness must've kicked in. No matter, on my way to correct that now.

    • 4FoodSafety profile image

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      11 years ago from Fontana, WI

      Fascinating. I really enjoyed this. The evergreen Hub is interesting concept I must focus upon. Love to be your fan - so glad I found you - you have a world of great Hubs.

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Really, Agvulpes? I could have sworn that I'd put one of yours in a hub. Sure, you should do one! Think of the adulation and traffic you'll get. :)

      Definitely wear the foil hat and don't forget the duct tape. ;-)

    • agvulpes profile image


      11 years ago from Australia

      G'day Shirley like fastfreta I have never been and done one of them Hubmob things, but I just might do it one day. Should I wear my foil hat?


      Thanks for this great information!

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi, Rose Mary. Thanks so much for the link love! Hope this helps answer the question for those who are curious. Please let me know if anything has changed and I'll make any necessary revisions to the hub.

    • rmcrayne profile image


      11 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Shirley, I will be linking to this each week in the roundup, along with Princessa's 2 "How To" HubMob hubs.

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi, FastFreta! You should definitely become a HubMobster, it's great fun and your hub gets exposure with all the rest of the hubs.

      I agree with you that this is a great site. As far as I'm concerned, it's the easiest publishing platform to use, as well.

      Thanks so much for your comment.

    • fastfreta profile image

      Alfreta Sailor 

      11 years ago from Southern California

      This is a feature of HubPages that I've not looked into. I am going to get right on it. I truly love this site. I've tried other sites, but I continue to come right back to HubPages. Such interesting diversity, and so easy to understand for computer challenged hubbers like myself. Thanks Shirley for piquing my interests in HubMobbing.

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hmrjmr1, I know I'm wayyyy behind, sorry! I'm very happy to hear that you received an answer faster than I was able to deliver. :)

      MSorensson and HH (Hello,hello) thanks for coming by to read and comment!

      DrBJ, you're welcome. Yes, Mondays is when the new topic starts. It is not announced before that, so there is no publishing calendar for HubMob.

      You can write on previous topics and have them included in past HubMobs. To do that, you must use the link Princessa provides for that topic and insert the graphic and HubMob feed. Once you're done, just let us know and we can add your hub.

      Yes, I too like the fact that Hubbers are so willing to share and help each other out. That's one of things that makes this the best community online.

      Thanks for coming by, DrBJ, I appreciate it.

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      11 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Shirley, for a most comprehensive and informative hub on Hubmobbing.

      Is Monday of each week the earliest that the HubMob topic for that week is published? Or are topics for the month posted each month?

      Appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge; it seems to be one of the principles around which HubPages revolves and one I heartily endorse.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      11 years ago from London, UK

      Great idea and suggestion for a topic. Thank you, Shirley, for an interesting hub.

    • msorensson profile image


      11 years ago

      Thanks, Shirley!

    • Hmrjmr1 profile image


      11 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Thanks for the answer to my question Shirley, I asked it several months ago and in fact the topic has been addressed since, Great job in letting us all know how it comes about!! Appreciate all the great Hub Team Efforts!!


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