Hal's Not-So-Secret Method To Writing Successful Hubs
I received a request from guidebaba to write a Hub on my secrets on writing the best HubPages for the perfect score and money. I'll gladly take up the challenge, but I do have to warn my readers that you may not find what you're looking for in this Hub. Why? The bottom line is that I don't have a single solitary "secret" as to how I write so many Hubs that consistently top the Best Hub category with 100s, 99s, etc. and place on the first page of Google. You'd think that HubPages has a crush on me as I don't think I write Hubs that are any better than many of the better writers on this superb site. There is one "piece of advice" I'll give at the end of the Hub, however, and if you want to call that a "secret" that's just fine by me.
Let's deal with the HubScore concept first. Darkside has written the ultimate Hub on explaining the intricacies of this algorithm in How HubScore Works . By all means go read that first before you try to get me to explain it to you, as according to me the HubScore Formula is as follows:
HubScore calculates the number of words in your Hub, multiplies them by your number of published Hubs, divides by the square root of the combined total HubScores of all of them, then multiplies that by the sum of the exsec of your astrological sign, the versin of the number of letters in your name, the tan of the phase of the moon, the csc of the current NASDAQ index, and the cot of that day's London exchange rate between the Mongolian Tughrik and the Tajikistani Somoni: thus in the famous words of the Beach Boys "That's all there is to the cosine craze."
So if you think I have mastered a secret formula to obtaining high HubScores, I'm as baffled by them as you. I have never been able to figure out why one hub with 500 views and 3 comments gets 100 and another with 10,000 views and 60 comments in the same time span struggles to get 80. Maybe it's flagging, or maybe my explanation above is closer to the truth than anyone may know.
As you see, I can't help you much on exposing the deep dark secrets of HubScores. Now let's get to money.
First of all, let me state that I am profoundly satisfied with my compensation directly from the sterling organization called HubPages, as it has always been fair, equitable, and allows me the freedom to write whatever turns my crank without having to worry about choosing between drawing traffic to my AdSense account or not paying the rent. When you google HubPages my Mac Plus Vs. AMD DualCore Hub comes up second, which leads me to believe that at over a quarter million page views it was the number one traffic drawing Hub of all time. However, my total AdSense earnings, not from just that Hub but all of my 253 Hubs to date have not yet reached a total of $500. That factor is what lends credence to my belief that the outlandish claims by the snake oil salesmen are just criminal scheming lies. I've set up this Google Test page linking to my Mesothelioma Hub to see if I can trap the Google bots into disproving that "top keywords make huge money." If it's true, then the National Cancer Institute will be getting a nice, fat donation from me, and that would make me very happy. However, as I stated on that page, I think they'll be lucky to get a couple of bucks.
Why are my AdSense earnings so low? There may be a reason over and above the hyperinflated boasts of the lying scumsuckers who want to trick you into forking over $50 to buy their "AdSense Secrets To Make You RICHRICHRICH!" ebook. The key to getting AdSense to pay up is to have legitimate clicks on high paying keyword ads... but I don't play that game. To paraphrase Ricky Nelson's Garden Party "if SEO-junk were all I wrote, I'd rather drive a truck." SEO-junk can trick visitors to land on your site when they are seeking the latest information on the Tinkypoo Technotron XE1550 ElectroWidget. Then they'll click on the Tinkypoo AdSense links and you'll get paid.
Sorry, but to me that's not writing... that's trapping. I won't do that.
I have written and edited millions of words that have been published in major internationally circulated magazines, journals and books. I'm from the old skool and I was taught that professionals write the best content they can to please the reader, not sucker them into ad-clicking. I have never written a single Hub around what I think I could get in AdSense clicks and I never will. Am I losing money? Likely. But I'm keeping my self-respect intact and there's no amount of currency on Earth that can buy that.
That may very well be the "secret" to my Hub rankings. I write for my reader, not for an algorithm. I couldn't care less what Google is looking for. I'm going to provide content that in my determination borne from three decades of professional experience as a writer, author and publisher is what my readership wants to read. The salient aspects of my "persona" as a HubWriter are clear to anyone who has read even a couple of my Hubs:
- I can cobble together the odd sentence or two.
- I don't shy away from controversy, but neither do I court it.
- I have very strong opinions on various subjects but they are always backed up 100% by verifiable, valid, published facts.
- When the rampaging lunatic mobs come after me, I give as good as I get in the language/slang their addled neurons can comprehend.
However, the most significant factor may be that I work my considerable, dimpled, hairy derriere off. Compiling and posting the fuel economy figures of 950 motorcycles and scooters took me the better part of two weeks fulltime. I am about to post well over one hundred Hubs breaking down the fuel economy of 11,250 cars and light trucks not through abstract EPA figures, but six real-world driving styles: Typical, Interstate, and Stop&Go, and I'm also including Hypermiler, Leadfoot, and Grandma. The research alone to arrive at these figures took well over a month, again nearly fulltime.
So Hal's Secret may just be this piece of advice: Write well about what you fully understand: The success will come.