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Lightning Hub Challenge 30 Hubs in 30 Hours

lightning-hub-challenge-graphicIf it seems like we’ve been over this ground before, you are not wrong. My aborted attempt at writing 30 Hubpages Hubs in 30 Hours failed at just 15 Hubs in 30 Hours thanks to some very unexpected events. Nonetheless, it was a worthwhile overall experience.

However, over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had a nagging little voice gnawing at the back of my brain about not getting 30 Hubs published in those 30 hours. While no one has called my a failure, nor do I feel like I "failed" per se, it still seems like an uncompleted task, and an uncompleted public task at that.

Furthermore, I like the idea of showing the example of being able to complete a "lot" of writing in a short period of time. The number one reason so many people who want to become professional writers don’t is that they get an idea in their head about how long it takes to create quality writing. While it is true that polishing, editing, and researching a major publication, or even a high visibility piece of copywriting can take a very long time, when it comes to webpages, general articles, and just plain basic writing, there is no reason a simple project has to take on Herculean proportions.

Writing 30 Hubs in 30 Hours

So, on a whim, I decided this morning to re-attempt to publish 30 Hubs in 30 Hours. Of course, there is no guarantee that there won’t be more things that pop up, the truth is that 99% of the time, the ability to achieve the goal exists and what determines whether or not it gets accomplished has nothing to do with "events" and everything to do with determination.

The first Hub is already up, which means I’m already breaking one of my rules for how to publish 30 Hubs in 30 Hours which is to avoid distractions or side-projects. While distractions are a part of life for anyone with ADD-ADHD, this one was a conscience choice. I wanted to get a link up over to there for the readers of this site, so that those who are interested could follow along in real-time. I also wanted to sort of stake a claim to the term Lighting Hub Challenge for this little 30 by 30 endeavor, and I figured the best way to do that was by getting a post up so the spideys could scramble around on it.

Anyway, come check me out at HubPages where I’m writing under the name Hub Llama as a way help with branding, but at the same time keeping a separation between the more hobby-type writings currently up on HubPages and the more professional writings I have under the Arctic Llama banner.

I started at 10:00 am on Tuesday November, 3, so I’ve got until 4:00 P.M. on Wednesday.

Wish me luck.

(P.S. If you are bored graphic designer, or just someone with the graphics talent, whip me up a Lighting Hub Challenge award badge that I can use.)

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Hot Girls and Sexy Pictures Do Better On HubPages

hubpages-profile-picture Am I just that jaded, or am I just that observant?

Recently, I have been experimenting with writing Hubs at HubPages. For those of you who are not familiar with HubPages, it is basically one of those sites where you can write whatever you want and publish it on their website for free. Of course, they don’t pay you either, but that is the price you pay for unmoderated access to their huge, and subsequently, semi-high ranking domain. (Technically, your Hub could be flagged and then taken down if it was truly terrible, but pretty much anything resembling a partial effort at writing something useful or entertaining passes muster.)

Anyway, one of the important things to know is that your links are nofollowed by HubPages unless your writer’s score, or HubRank is above 75. It is actually pretty easy, it seems, to get your score above 75 as long as you write six or seven half-way decent hubs and participate a little bit in the "HubPages community." That is a fancy way of saying you should leave a comment or two on some Hubs every now and then so that you are "active."

This also has the side effect of putting a link to your profile on someone else’s Hubs by way of your comment. Obviously, maximizing the value of this link requires commenting on popular Hubs early so that your comment is near the top where it has a chance of being read, and that the Hub itself is read by enough people so that if a small percentage of them click, that adds up to something worthwhile in the way of visitors to your HubPages profile page.

HubPages, perhaps unintentionally, helps you in this endeavor by showing you some of the top ranking people who publish Hubs, called Hubbers. These people are shown across the screen from time to time as featured authors. Some of them are very prolific and some of them write very good stuff, unfortunately, the two do not always coincide. Being a featured author is at least partially a function of your PageRank which is a function of how much you publish, how much traffic those Hubs get, as well as how many people comment on them, and how man "fans" you have.

I’ve noticed that a higher than expected proportion of highly ranked authors are very attractive women, or at least their profile pictures are sexy pictures of hot girls. I cannot say whether or not those pictures are accurate representations of those writers. However, I can say, that I know men, and in particular, the kind of men who would write for a free publication website are prone to clicking on those links and articles which appear to have something to do with attractive women.

To that end, I popped up on a free stock photography site and found an alluring picture of an attractive woman and change my characteristic blue llama graphic in the profile to the picture of the pretty girl. The stats at HubPages are not real-time and I’m not completely sure how much of delay there is in reporting the number of visitors to your Hubs. Regardless, I expect my traffic to increase in the next day or two. How much it increases will determine whether I’m just a jaded author wondering what makes some people get more hits, or whether only a fool uses something other than a pretty woman for their profile picture.

Any guesses?

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How To Delete SubDomain Permanent Redirect 301 .htaccess file

The HubPages experiment continues to be a success, though I haven’t seen any of the incoming links show up in Google WebMaster Tools yet. I’m sure that with the size and volume of HubPages, that it can take a while for the Google Spider to make its way around to indexing everything. The best thing to do is to point some more links at each Hub in order to get the indexing to happen faster. As an added bonus, that should also eventually drive more traffic and PageRank to those Hubs.

One of the reasons I like publishing writing on the HubPages is that it gives me a place to post some of my writings that are useful, informative, or otherwise quality writings, but that otherwise have no real home.

For example, yesterday I published a Hub about redirecting traffic via the .htaccess file on your webhosting account using something known as a 301 Redirect. A 301 Redirect tells both visitors and the search engine robots that the content has been permanently moved to a new location.

There are htaccess tutorials and example code all over the Internet. Unfortunately, most of them are specifically about how to move either a whole domain, or how to move a single page or directory. There isn’t too much out there about how to delete a subdomain with 301 redirect.

When I wanted to change from blog.financegourmet.com to www.financegourmet.com/blog/ that is exactly what I was looking to do. It turns out that it isn’t as simple as just getting the right htaccess code. There are a couple of other little tricks and gotchas you need to get right as well in order to make everything go smoothly.

When I finally got it right, I wrote up an article to help other writers with using .htaccess files to remove a subdomain. The only catch is that it doesn’t really fit in my usual publishing locations, so I wrote it up as a Hub and published it on HubPages. It is linked up above to get maximum SEO benefit, so go check it out. Then, do me a favor and add it to your delicious bookmarks, and any other social networking sites you use.

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HubPages Author Score – Phase 1 Complete

HubPages-HubRank-Author-Score-Hub-Llama-graphic

Couldn’t really sleep very well, so I got up early this morning and noticed that my HubRank over at HubPages is now over 75. It was showing at 79 when I checked. The reason this is so important is that HubPages nofollows all links from Hubs published by authors with an author score under 75. By hitting that magical number, my links should now be un-nofollowed and therefore building up additional authority for the various pages I have linked out to.

The next step is to build a few more hubs to ensure that my HubRank stays above 75. The HubPages Guide says that there is a "random" element to the scoring, whatever that is supposed to mean. Apparently, HubPages prefers the "fun" of moving scores to the accuracy of legitimate scores, but hey, its their ball.

Monitoring Incoming Links Google Webmaster Tools

Now that my HubScores are high enough and my author ranking is high enough, it is time to start monitoring incoming links to see if and when they show up. There are a ton of tools out there that will count and measure you incoming links. Some of them are free and others costs quite a lot of money. But, in the end, there is only one place that matters when it comes to link building, and that is Google.

If your incoming links are not counted by Google, then they don’t exist.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that every link on the Internet counts toward your PageRank and authority when it comes to Google’s index. Their spider does not index every page of every website every time it visits. One look at your site’s Crawl Stats inside Google’s Webmaster Tools will show you that.

The deeper a backlink is inside of a site, the more likely it is to not be indexed. This is why a lot of automated linkbuilding services don’t work. Sure, they post your links on a site, but they also post 100 other links on that site. As long as your link is on the first page, you are getting full credit. But, when it is buried deep inside of a site that the Google indexing algorithm doesn’t think is worthy of a full crawl, that is a different story.

That’s why I always monitor my website’s incoming links straight from the SERP source. Google’s Webmaster Tools are free and don’t require you to install any code like its Analytics Tools do. (You have to verify that you own a site either by including a meta tag or uploading a file, but that isn’t the same as adding a hunk of JavaScript to your website.)

If you want to check your incoming links at Google without messing around with webmaster tools, you can also just use some of the advanced search operators. Searching on link:www.yoursite.com will list the sites in the index that link to that domain. The drawback to this method is that you have to manually type in every page you want to check – link:www.yoursite.com/page1.htm , link:www.yoursite.com/page2.htm , and so on – versus being able to select multiple pages from a list. As an added benefit, Webmaster Tools lists your pages in order by how many incoming links they have, so if there is a surprise bump in links to a page you might not be manually tracking, you will still see it.

You can check out Google Webmaster Tools here.

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