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5 Ways to Revise Your Poorly Performing HubPages Hubs - A Writer's Point of View

Updated on December 27, 2012
Revising your poorly performing HubPages Hubs may generate more traffic and earnings.
Revising your poorly performing HubPages Hubs may generate more traffic and earnings. | Source

Getting More Traffic and Earnings from the HubPages Experience - A Writer's Point of View

I've been publishing articles on HubPages for nearly four years. Although that accolade makes me one of HP's longer-standing contributors, it does not make me one of its most income-generating. I found myself thinking about this a short while ago, and to tell the truth, I started feeling a bit sorry for myself. You see, I know I’m a good writer and editor (that's what I do for a living), so, if I’m all that good, why do I earn only enough on HubPages after all this time to treat myself to a designer cup of coffee five days a week or pay a phone bill once a month? After getting over the wallows, I started looking at my older Hubs with the reader in mind and found that I’d missed the boat in a number of places. I want to share those places with you.

The five points below describe the questions I asked about my poorly performing, older Hubs and the actions I took, from a writer’s point of view, to revise them. Some of these earlier Hubs, now revised, do seem to be picking up a bit in both traffic and earnings. Perhaps this approach will make an impact for you.

1 ● Are You Letting the Reader Sail, not Stumble, Through Your Words? Review and Correct Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation.

Even if you had a professional editor comb your earlier Hubs for accuracy and readability, you most likely will find a stumbling place or two for the reader. However, when you revisit your writings after time passes, you are more likely to see the places that are awkward or just plain awful. Fix them, for the sake of the reader. One too many stumbling places will chase your reader right to the back button.

HubPages text capsules have a spell checker built in. Put your older Hub in edit mode and check the spelling of your text blocks.

Grammar checking is more challenging, depending on your skill level: If you want to use an automated grammar checker, that's fine if you don't mind your head being spun around by some of its suggestions. What will stand you in better stead is the help of a knowledgeable friend, and in best stead, the experience you've gained since writing your early Hubs.

Punctuation accuracy is not to be understated. My favorite example of how meaning can go awry only because of a simple comma is this:

"Eats, shoots and leaves."

Please don't leave your reader thinking that a panda will eat, shoot, and then leave.

2 ● Are You Keeping the Topic Fresh and Current? Update Stale Information.

The one thing you can be sure of in life is that change will happen. Even evergreen content needs review from time to time. As there are always new destinations on the Net that could bring your older Hub more up-to-date, add or replace external links for your reader’s benefit.

Look for new and appropriate videos, illustrations, and pictures, or even better, incorporate fresh visual material that you have created.

Who wants to be told that cute outfit is out of stock?
Who wants to be told that cute outfit is out of stock? | Source

3 ● Are Your Product Offerings Current? Update Amazon and eBay Capsules.

I've found that keeping Amazon and eBay merchandise current in my Hubs is more of a challenge than I expected. Although I don’t write a lot of Hubs that are geared specifically to sales, I do include Amazon and eBay capsules in most of my other Hubs. When I read someone else's Hub and find the product link missing or at odds with what is being described, I become annoyed and click the back button. The first thought that goes through my head is, if you can’t make the effort to keep your products current, then why should I make the effort to spend time on your Hub?

Although merchandise can disappear from these online mega-vendors in the wink of eye, it is still your responsibility to maintain your sales offerings. Think of it this way, if you are window-shopping downtown and see an item you want to buy, then you go into the store only to be told the item is discontinued, what would you think of that store?

4 ● Are You At Risk for Your Hub Being Unpublished by HubPages? Review and Implement Changes to HubPages Guidelines.

Obviously, you won't have a reader if you have no Hub. But there's an additional backlash to this: Other Hubbers may have linked to your Hub, whereby you may have enjoyed more readership, but by letting your Hub be unpublished you've put the other Hubber in a position to do more maintenance on his Hub. This lack of responsibility could eat at your credibility not only with your readers, but within the HubPages community.

As evergreen content needs updating from time to time, HubPages rules and guidelines need your vigilant review. The guidelines change not capriciously, but for reasons that promote the HubPages business, which is your business by virtue of your earning money here.

Where are we going?
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5 ● Are You Telling Your Reader What You are Going to Tell, Before You Tell? Examine Title and Sub-headings for Logic and Flow.

Think about how you land on a page of content that is new to you. What do you want to see, a solid body of unbroken text, or sub-headings that let you get the gist of what the writer is going to tell you? When constructing your Hub, put yourself in your readers' shoes and give them what you would like a writer to give you: clear direction about where you are and where you are going.

Treat sub-headings as chapter titles in a full-length book, even though any Hub you write will probably never be that long, nor should it be. Use sub-headings not only to break up a sea of text, but to tell readers what they are going to learn from the text described by the sub-heading.

I believe most readers on the Net are an impatient lot, and thus it takes well-thought-out writing to grab and keep their attention. Formatting and layout are vitally important, too, but HubPages simplifies these aspects for you with the flexibility built into the Hub Tool. Take advantage of this tool to emphasize the logic of your text, but first and foremost, make sure your text flows logically from beginning to end with the added aid of sub-headings that summarize what's to come.

Hindsight Is Foresight

After a year or two or more on HubPages, you have a new perspective because you grow. When you look at a piece you wrote two years ago from the present place in your life, you may very well find that your writing has matured. In addition, perhaps your voice (an often elusive, subjective quality) has changed. The way you said something a year ago to get your point across may not be as effective or as true to you as it could be today.

On the other hand, you may be making tons of bucks here on HubPages, and if you are, please email me your secrets. I promise, cross my heart, to never reveal your identity or steal your stuff.

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      Kevin W 3 years ago from Texas

      These are some great tips Sally's Trove. Some of them I really hadn't thought about. I will definitely implement some of them and see how it works out.

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      Don A. Hoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I have also been here a long time and have made little money. This is partly due to the fact that I choose subject matter that does not have the widest appeal. It is also due to the kinds of things you mention, the need of revisions. Good advice. up and shared.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Oh, I wish I was making a ton of bucks! Your tips are awesome. One thing I never thought about until you mentioned it was #3. It never occurred to me that there might be a product shortage. That really would be a disappointment. Now that I'm aware, I think I'll be more responsible by keeping up with my hubs that have the eBay and Amazon capsules.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Excellent advice! This article could not have come at a more timely moment. As a Squidoo transplant, I'm now in the long process of going through all my former Squidoo lenses, now hubs, and updating them, one by one. Your tips and reminders will help to keep me on track.

      Thank you.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Great advice and very accurate. I wish we had a feature that tells us when an Amazon product is not showing. Your insights are valuable.

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      annmackiemiller 3 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

      very helpful I'll be sharing this with friends.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 3 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      This is very helpful. Thank you for sharing your insights.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great advice for hubbers here you have written an informative and useful hub on this topic.

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      Sherri 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Millionaire Tips, what a great comment! Thanks so much for coming back more than a year later and adding your current thoughts. You rock!

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      I read this hub a long time ago, when I was new, and now that I have had experience, I can say that this hub is very accurate and still useful. We do need to regularly go over our hubs to look for things that could be written better, and make sure that our information is current, and our Amazon capsules reflect the best product for the topic. Voted up and useful.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Thank you, Jan. :)

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      Janis Leslie Evans 5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hello again, I hopped over here after the forum. This was a very helpful and informative hub. Thank you for your generosity. I hope you'll find a minute or two to critique a few of my hubs. Voted up and useful.

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      antitransivityhub 5 years ago from London

      Really great article.

      I'm new to hub writing and hope my writing on sales and marketing tips will be as helpful as your article here.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Thank you all for your thoughtful and valuable comments and votes! It means the world to me that I can offer something useful to someone else.

      @cclitgirl, I share your sentiment. When grammar "gets in the way" it's unlikely I'm going to continue reading, no matter how interesting or timely the subject. I know you and I are not talking about the one-off slip, but a clear pattern of disregard for those rules of language that make it possible for writer and reader to communicate meaningfully.

      @joanveronica, thanks for the chuckle! I didn't realize how much real estate the comments were taking up on this page until your comment. I'm glad you found your way to the end! Welcome to HP!

      @Docmo, hubs "birthed in impatience"! Love it. It's so tempting to click that "publish now" button prematurely. So I'm glad you find this hub encouraging about revisiting earlier works.

      @thoughtforce, your words support Docmo's -- so much easier (or enticing or rewarding) to give birth anew than to exercise the self-criticism needed to improve what's already there. Thanks for sharing this insight.

      @mary615, if we're going to use Amazon and eBay capsules, we have to make a commitment right at the start to review them on a regular basis. This is an overhead above and beyond updating stale text. But when readers land on your hub and the product info is missing or wrong, there goes your credibility! Thank you for sharing your thought on this.

      @urmilashukla23, thank you for the good words. :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Ah, yes. Very valuable tips for the hubbing community. I myself can't stand it when grammar gets in the way of a good hub! Your ideas and points are sound and I think a lot of people will benefit. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Congratulations! It took me ages to finally find the comments capsule on this Hub, way at the end of a long, really long stream of comments! Voted Up, useful awesome and interesting. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, especially for a newbie!

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Useful tips, Sally's Trove, I joined just under a year and a half ago and am now trying to revisit my older ( birthed in impatience hubs) and as you say the fresh look does spot many anomalies that could be fixed. Thanks for sharing this great info!

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Great tips. Useful and informative. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      It always amazes me when I go back to some of my old Hubs and take a look. I need to pay closer attention to Amazon and eBay for sure. I find errors in my spelling that I never saw before, too. Thanks for all these tips.

      I voted this UP, and I will share, too.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      @Jools99, I'm glad you find this useful. I don't guarantee that more love will come your way, but what I can say is that your authority will be bolstered. Online, working as independent writers, what we have is our reputation, and that should mean authority.

      @handymanbill, thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      This is a very useful hub and I really need to revise some of my hubs. Somehow it is easy to just focusing on writing new hubs instead of making the best from the one that are already published. HubPages is a great place to learn and also try what works and doesn't work when it comes to writing. But the best part is all the kindness from others who share their knowledge, just the way you do here. It is so valuable and tips like this saves time as well as being a great inspiration to do something about those poorly performing hubs. Thanks! Up, useful and more

      Tina

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      Bill 5 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Great hub. Thanks for the information. It helps to make our hubs perform better thanks.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Sally, great hub, voted up and shared. I am going to put some of this into action over the coming weeks and see if I cannot improve some of my earlier (and therefore, older) hubs which don't seem to get too much love these days.

      Very useful hub, many thanks!

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      You are welcome, Aaron. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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      Aaron-Clark 5 years ago from Northampton, Massachusetts

      Sally, this is very useful information. I particularly like how you discuss the idea of revising work so that it stays "fresh". Thank you for your advice.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      2patricias, thank you for the good words and for sharing your thoughts on revising older hubs. You've got the right idea! I hope your earnings continue to increase. :)

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      2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Hi Sally,

      This is a very useful hub and I've voted it up.

      We have found that looking at our older hubs usually provokes some changes. Sometimes we simply want to change the message a bit - in a few cases we have decided to delete the hub.

      Our earnings on Hub Pages have never been very high, but steady. In fact, in the past few months they have gone up. Perhaps this is because we continue to make tweaks to our hubs.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Gloshei, you are so welcome! It's been seven days since you left your comment here, so I wonder if you did indeed find some surprises when you looked through your older hubs. :) Thanks so much for the good words.

      oceansider, you are welcome! And welcome to HP. I hope you continue to like it. :)

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      oceansider 5 years ago

      Great hub...thank you for all your tips and advice.

      I've been at HP for seven weeks..have written 10 hubs. I like it a lot.

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      Gloria 5 years ago from France

      Brilliant hub Sally it has given me the get up and go to look through my older hubs and update.

      I bet I will be quite surprised.

      Thanks for a hub that is so helpful.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      moonlake, sometimes we are our best critics, but only after time has passed. Thank you for the vote. :)

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I've never read this hub just missed it I guess. The link suggestion tool, I have never tried that but a very good idea. I sometimes don't have the right words in me and when I look at how other people word their hubs or sites it helps me. I have been rewriting some hubs and did one this morning was surprised at how much more I could add to it that I had never thought of. Just by going back and rereading it. Voted up on your hub.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Thanks, leigh anns page, for reading and commenting. I hope this information will be useful to you as you continue to write on HP. :)

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      leigh anns page 5 years ago from New Jersey

      I am fairly new to Hubpages and also as a writer. Your information is very helpful. Thank you for posting this hub.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Nell and teaches, you are so welcome. I found it quite an adventure to go back over my earliest hubs, to the point where, in some places, I blurted out, "Whatever were you thinking???" LOL Enjoy the experience!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thia is just what I needed to read, I really do need to go back through my old stuff and sort it out. I never even thought about the Amazon links, thanks!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Great hub topic and very useful to me as a writer. I need to go back and update some of my first hubs. Thanks for the advice.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Thank you, htodd.

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      That is really interesting post..Nice hub

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      TY for reading and commenting and leaving the votes, rajan jolly!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very useful tips. I hope to apply them and see how my low performing hubs do1

      Thanks for sharing some useful pointers.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      You are welcome, Mathew Raindrops. :)

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      Mathew Raindrops 5 years ago from India

      Hi Sally,

      I read your hub today. Wonderful...

      Nice to get many details.

      Thanks a lot..

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Thank you, Randy M.!

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      Randy McLaughlin 5 years ago from Liberia, Costa Rica

      I have bookmarked the page for re-reading. Nice work!

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      It really is becoming more and more a place I like to be...

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Thanks, pstraubie48 for reading and commenting. I hope you do find a way to incorporate writing here on HP into your life. Glad this Hub is useful to you. :)

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      This hub is filled with info I will read and reread. I am not able to keep up with hubbing right now as I have just moved and am trying to settle in to a new home and new town. So my hubs are being neglected. Hopefully I will find the time to get back to reading and writing here. Am so glad I found this hub ...am always looking for suggestions.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Ruby H Rose, LOL about sharing the secrets. I won't tell if you won't. ;)

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Rickbaron, so you, too, are a member of the S&H family. Pleased to know you! Thank you for reading and leaving the good words.

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Thank you for this wonderful article. I like just being able to come to hub pages and read a couple hub titles, that lead me to such great answers. The learning curve is awesome. It is true, stick around, the stories get better. Thanks for the reminder to keep up to date on the guidelines. Glad you are here teaching us, sweet. Oh yeah, and when I find out those secrets I will share them with you, of course, LOL!

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      rickbaron 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      Hi Sally, just cruising through the "HUBS" for yhe first time.Enjoyed your HUB on S&H very discriptive and too, part of my life. Thank you, I hope to HUB as well as you.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      rajan jolly, I'm so glad you find these revision tips helpful. Thank you so much for your good words and positive votes.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Sally, this advice could not come at a more opportune moment. I am in the priocess of rechecking, correcting and updating my hubs. These wonderful tips will surely come in handy.

      Thanks for sharing. Voted up and awesome.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      @Tricia Ward, you are welcome, and thank you for reading and commenting!

      @dahoglund, you are welcome for the tips. :)

      @Becky Katz, sometimes the addition or deletion of one word in a title can make a big difference. The nice thing at HP is that you can edit your text, including the titles.

      @TIMETRAVELER2, I think you are talking about Amazon and eBay "ads"? If so, you should be reviewing them from time to time, even if you generate them using keywords (and, yes, if you use keywords the ads will change automatically). Whether you use keywords or specific item numbers depends on your purpose, but in either case you should be checking them from time to time to see that the items being displayed are what you intend.

      @sgbrown, thank you for sharing your experience here. I think you are doing the right thing. However, it will get tougher to do the more you write!

      @time2rite, thank you for the good words! I think rasta1's comment is helpful...it does take a while to get the whole Hub process under your belt and once you do, writing Hubs becomes a lot easier and more efficient.

      @editorsupremo, no matter how conscientious we are about grammar and spelling, we're almost always going to err somewhere only because it's our own work we're proofreading. Going back after some amount of time allows for a fresher view where mistakes pop out rather than hide. Thank you for the up vote. :)

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      Good informative hub. I have gone through my older hubs and freshened them up as they were, as you say, a bit outdated. It's a good idea to check spelling and grammar also, you may be surprised, I certainly was, at the silly spelling mistakes and missing words I had made.

      Voted up!

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      It took around a year to kinda understand hubpages, after that, things get a bit more organized.

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      time2rite 5 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

      Sally's Trove, there are some great tips and lots of good advice in here; thank you! I'm still learning the ropes here at Hub Pages, and your advice is very helpful. Thank you for sharing with us.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Excellent information! I seem to be updating my hubs often. When I get good ideas from hubs I read, I will go in and work on mine. My oldest are only 4 month old, but I still check on them from time to time to see if there is anything I can do to improve them. Thanks for the wonderful information! Voted up and useful! :)

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      Sondra Rochelle 5 years ago from USA

      This is a great hub. Thank you for sharing. One question, though: I haven't been updating my ads because I read somewhere that they update automatically. I only use keywords for most of them. Have I messed up? What do you think!

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      Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Sally, thank you for the advice. I just added one word to the title of one of my hubs and the traffic shot way up. I did that yesterday. It had not had a view in a week. Yesterday, it had 8. I think that is improvement.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I'll have to go through my hubs and do some editing. I am sure it won't do any harm. Thanks for the tips.

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      Tricia Ward 5 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks for the insightful info great hub

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      @Bldg an Architect, welcome to HubPages. It surely can be an adventure. :)

      @molometer, your comment put a smile on my face. As a lady never tells her age, so most Hubbers (self included) don't reveal their earnings. That designer coffee I can afford daily with HP earnings, well, that coffee could be Kopi Luwak. ;) And just last week, I reduced my monthly phone bill by 70%, going to another carrier. Meanwhile, I'm headed straight to your Hubs to see how I can be making some real cash! Loved your comment.

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sally,

      This was a useful and helpful hub.

      In the short time I have been here.

      I have already revamped several of my early hubs.

      Always more to do of course.

      I must say that I am shocked that after 4 years solid on hubpages.

      I would have expected you to be making more than enough, to keep you in coffee and the odd utility bill!

      You had better get over to my hubs and see how to make your hubs, start making you some cash!lol

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      Bldg an Architect 5 years ago

      Great advice! I'm just starting out on HubPages, and I'll be sure to keep this in mind.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      @RetailRich and aidensdada, thank you so much for your affirming comments. :)

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      @JamesPoppell and savanahl, you are so welcome. And thank you for the votes up. :)

      @RTalloni, I also wonder at times, "What was I thinking??" If we're fortunate, we'll have other outside eyes to lend some thoughts. But absent that, we have to become our own objective eyes (critics), and often that transformation from subjective to objective comes over time. Thanks for your awesome comment. I, also, am glad to see such a good response here.

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      aidensdada 5 years ago

      Great content. I can think of at least a few of my hubs that will benefit from some, if not all of your suggestions

      Thanks for the great input

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      @Marcy Goodfleisch, thank you for the good words and for the sharing. Even though I strive for evergreen content on HP, I find that timely information will creep into my narrative. It behooves me well to revisit my writings, from the writer's point of view, to make sure there isn't anything outdated or stale that interferes with a reader getting the most possible out of my words.

      @peoplepower73, I love hearing from a technical writer! There is no way we can bridge the gap between developer and user without being able to walk in the user's shoes. And this ability is critical for any writer to be successful. Thanks for this affirming and insightful comment.

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      RetailRich 5 years ago

      Hopefully I can put these very helpful tips to good use. Very good!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much for your reply. I'm continuing to work on my old hubs even though life interrupts at times. It's interesting to go back through them and wonder what I was thinking at some points!! :) Refining my writing is one reason I joined HP and reviewing old work is one good way to see the need to refine it! So appreciate good advice on improving hubs. Glad to see such a good response to your post here.

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge. There's some great advice here that I'll be applying to my hubs. Voted up.

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      Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thank you for the compliment, Sally's Trove. I do come here because I enjoy writing. I don't hope to make my income from HubPages. I do hope to become a writer who can earn an income doing what I love, and the more hubs I write, the more I find my weaknesses and start working on them! Also, I am learning from everyone here how to build a quality portfolio. I appreciate the community and hubs like this that help those of us new to writing for a large audience!

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      JamesPoppell 5 years ago

      This is great advice. Thank you so much for posting this. Vote up.

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      Mike Russo 5 years ago from Placentia California

      Thank you so much for your advice. I was a technical writer and instructor for many years. Putting myself in the place of the reader or the audience is paramount in my book. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Excellent advice - I'm so glad I found this hub. I knew updating and refreshing is the key to keeping your hub higher on searches, but I wasn't sure I knew all the points to consider. Thank you for sharing your expertise! Voted up, useful and interesting. And shared.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Before worrying about Amazon and eBay, just make sure your Hubs are quality, which yours are, EyesStraightAhead. Ty for sharing your thoughts.

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      Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thank you for posting helpful information. Though I have only been here for a couple months, I am hoping to learn as much as possible now so it will help me progress well. In regard to making money, it seems you need Amazon and eBay, so for those of us that don't live in states that allow Amazon, we will enjoy the pack of gum income!

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      You are welcome, Zainnisar!

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      Zainnisar 5 years ago from Little Island, Heart.

      HubPages is a joy ride, I am working to earn but I am Learning while Earning, it can't get better than that. Thanks for Sharing your Experience.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      @sabrani44, thank YOU so much for reading and commenting.

      @L.L. Woodard, you pointed out a very good aspect of HP...we can go back and edit to bring our writings up to date, meaning worthwhile to readers, and there's no time limit on the editing process. I think this is a dimension of HP that has not been given its proper due.

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I think it's great that Hub Pages let's its writers go back and edit/tweak hubs. Another content site on which I have articles does not provide that option, meaning I have to write an entire new article to provide updated info. Thanks for your suggested tips here.

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      sabrani44 5 years ago

      Another awesome hub, you had lots of useful info here. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      TY homesteadbound and DonnaCosmato. I'm so glad this may be helpful to you.

      It's all about communication...it's too easy to just put stuff out there on the net and consider it done. But things change. If we want our words to have life over time, then, in this environment, we must revisit them to see if they are still effective. It's a daunting challenge.

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you, Sally's Trove, for investing your time in putting this together. I know I need to do some housecleaning on my hubs but I was not really sure where to start. Now, I have a road map:) Voted up and useful.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      This is really good advice. I am going through and revising mine also.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Millionaire Tips, thanks for reading and commenting. I'm glad this hub is useful to you.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      This is good advice. Voted up. I am about to revise my hubs, and want to make sure that I am doing it right.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Jennifer Essary, thank you for your good words!

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      Jennifer Essary 5 years ago from Idaho

      Thank you for sharing your time and knowledge. I'm relatively new and greatly appreciate it : )

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Thank you for the kind words, American_Choices. I'm also glad you shared your search for voice. Voice comes to some easily; others struggle. I'm in the latter group. I wrote a blog post about this struggle here:

      http://uninvitedwriter.blogspot.com/2011/12/reflec...

      I found I had to go outside of HubPages to plow through this struggle. I continue to write and engage here, of course, but I'm not so sure I'm going to find the voice that still alludes me in this place. Except maybe in responses to thoughtful comments. :)

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      American_Choices 5 years ago from USA

      Sally's Trove,

      Always seeking to improve and this is a great start for me. I am working on finding my voice and making my hubs more consistent. Thank you very much.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Thank YOU, zzron.

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      zzron 5 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Great advice. Thank you so much.

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      Sherri 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Stephanie, I've never cracked the eBay payout. Amazon, yes. I don't think it's because of what I write, but about their different payout systems.

      However, since I "bundled" (forced by HP policy) my eBay earnings into the HP Ad program, I now see about 7 cents a day coming in from eBay, where there had not been a cent in more that two years. I have no idea what this means.

      It may be hunt and peck until a light bulb gets lit. :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      As you say, I find many things to correct and tweak in my early hubs. It's really good advice to go back and spell check and grammar check. I can't believe the little mistakes I've picked up! I was interested in the comments you made above about using eBay capsules - I'm having little luck with eBay and wonder if I should bother... it's always hard to know.

      Thanks for the good advice here...I need all the help I can get! :)

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      Sherri 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      gambrelp and Suki C, thanks for reading and commenting. I'm glad these tips are helpful!

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      Barbara C 6 years ago from Andalucia, Spain

      Excellent advice here - I don't have that many hubs at the moment (time is an issue)- but I will go back and have a look at my old ones and give them a 'tweak' :)

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      gambrelp 6 years ago

      Great tips! I appreciate it.