Three Reasons to Write about Plumbing

This August, the plumbing category is going to be the place to be on HubPages for three reasons thanks to a special sponsorship from Drano:

  1. A Plumbing Contest: We will be hosting the Clogs to Coins contest, a special two-week contest in which we encourage you to turn your weekend plumbing tasks into useful Hubs that can serve as guides to others- and help you earn money online 🙂
  2. A Plumbing HubCamp: On Thursday, August 18th from 6:00 to 8:00pm, we will be hosting a special Clogs to Coins HubCamp at HubPages Headquarters in San Francisco. This HubCamp will give all attendees a leg up in the contest by helping them create awesome, attractive, search-friendly guides
  3. High CPMs in the Plumbing category: Drano is sponsoring our entire plumbing topic page in addition to the Clogs to Coins contest, so another benefit of submitting entries is that they will enjoy much higher CPMs (if you’re in the HubPages Ad Program) from August 22nd to September 22nd and November 14th to December 16th.

The best way to get involved, of course, is to attend the HubCamp if you’re in the SF Bay Area, participate in the contest, which runs from Sunday, August 21st (at noon PT) to September 4th (at noon PT), and generally publish new Hubs on plumbing!  If you plan on writing plumbing Hubs now, wait until August to publish them (with the tag: Drano) until the contest starts so that you have the chance to win $50, $100, or even $500 cash prizes.

In case you’re not sure what to write about, don’t worry! For each week of the contest, our Weekly Topic Inspiration program will be focusing on plumbing subjects – kitchens the first week, bathrooms the second.

I’ll share some keywords related to those Weekly Topic Inspiration topics that you might consider in your titles or in the body of your Hubs.  These keywords get more than 500 global monthly searches on Google, but fewer than 50,000, which means that they’re not too competitive.  To make sure that you have a good competitive chance, though, I recommend Googling a keyword before putting it in your title to make sure there are not already a bunch of competitive online articles that use the same keyword. If you’d like more helpful tips on keyword research, check out our Learning Center guide.

Keywords for Kitchen-Related Hubs on Plumbing

Clogs to Coins

  • kitchen sink plumbing
  • installing kitchen sink
  • install kitchen sink
  • fix kitchen faucet
  • how to fix a kitchen sink
  • kitchen sink repair
  • kitchen sink link
  • clogged kitchen sink
  • kitchen sink clogged
  • how to unclog a kitchen sink
  • kitchen sink drain repair
  • repair kitchen sink
  • clogged sink
  • leak under kitchen sink
  • unclogging a kitchen sink
  • sink drain repair
  • leaking kitchen sink
  • kitchen sink removal
  • fix kitchen sink
  • kitchen sink drain installation

Keywords for Bathroom-Related Hubs on Plumbing

  • clogged bathroom sink
  • bathroom sink installation
  • bathroom sink plumbing
  • install bathroom sink
  • bathroom sink clog
  • replace bathroom sink
  • plumbing bathroom sink
  • installing a bathroom sink
  • bathroom plumbing repair
  • installing bathroom plumbing
  • bathroom plumbing fixtures
  • bathroom rough plumbing
  • bathtub plumbing
  • bathroom plumbing diagram
  • bathroom plumbing supply
  • bathrooms plumbing
  • bathroom plumbing installation
  • bathroom plumbing supplies
  • plumbing bathroom fixtures
  • faucet plumbing
  • plumbing questions
  • plumbing a bathroom sink
  • home plumbing problems
  • plumbing remodeling
  • new bathroom plumbing
  • plumbing help

As you can see, there’s much to play with, so consider putting together some plumbing Hubs!  Even if they don’t win you $50, $100, or $500 in prize money in the Clogs to Coins contest, you’ll be enjoying some high CPMs- plus you’ll be turning projects, chores, and home improvement research drudgery into valuable online articles!

The Clogs to Coins HubCamp & Contest

Though our Share and Share a Like contest is still in full swing, I want to let you know that we’ve got a special, two-week contest coming up this August.

Sponsored by Drano, the Clogs to Coins contest is going to be focused entirely in our Plumbing category.  We encourage you to document your own plumbing projects and turn them into helpful online guides that can help those who follow in your handy DIY path!

To help you learn how to turn home plumbing projects into useful online articles, we’re going to hold a special HubCamp at HubPages Headquarters on Thursday, August 18th from 6:00 to 8:00pm.  In this HubCamp, we’ll share our advice on turning home projects into Hubs, and also help you assemble your contest entries!  There will also be food, HubPages swag, and fun schmoozing with HubPages staff.  We hope you can make it!  To RSVP, send me a message!  If you can’t make the San Francisco-based HubCamp, no worries- we will post an online version of it on Friday August 19th.

Though we will roll out the full details of the contest soon, the gist is as follows:

Rules & How to Enter 

  1. Join HubPages (if you have not already – it’s free and easy)!
  2. Write an entry within the Plumbing category (entries in any of the Plumbing subcategories count)- keeping in mind the judging criteria! (maximum five per day)
  3. Publish your Hub! (BUT NO EARLIER THAN 12:00pm PT on Sunday, August 21st)

Prizes ($2,500 total)

Judging Criteria

We will be judging entries based on…

  • The usefulness of the guide
  • Original photos and video
  • Whether the entry is on a long-tail, niche topic that has not been extensively covered online
  • Whether the entry has a search-friendly title (mirrors common search terms)
  • Excellent writing (proper use of grammar, capitalization)
  • The entry’s uniqueness (not copied or paraphrased from elsewhere online, full of details, examples, names, and figures)
  • Attractive formatting (avoidance of excessive link, eBay, or Amazon capsule clutter, excessive bolding or italics, and all-caps)
  • Judicious use of relevant capsules (original photos (especially your own), video, maps, tables, links, news, etc.)

Timing

  • Entries may first be submitted on Sunday, August 21st 2011 at 12:00pm (PT) (You may find the current Pacific Time here)
  • The final deadline for entry submission is Sunday, September 4th at 12:00pm (PT)
  • Daily Drawing and Staff Pick winners will be announced every weekday around 4:00pm; winners from the weekend will be announced the following Monday around 4:00pm.
  • The Pro Plumber and Grand Prizes will be announced on Wednesday, September 7th.

We hope you enter the contest this August- and in the days that lead up to it, be sure to document any plumbing-related tasks you complete!

Being a Social Writer

Online Writing InsiderThough the world of online writing is full of interaction- through comments, likes, shares, tweets, and more- there is still something to be said for getting one-on-one feedback on your work, either in the digital space or IRL.

In this episode of the Online Writing Insider (Being a Social Writer), Robin Edmondson and Simone Smith discuss the benefits of meeting with other people to discuss your online writing.  They also discuss the use of Meetup as a great means of meeting with likeminded authors- HubPages, for example, offers HubCamps and HubMeets to help its writers connect and trade tips and feedback in person.

Are you interested in getting involved with HubCamps or HubMeets?  Check out the official meetup pages at http://www.meetup.com/hubcamp/ and http://www.meetup.com/hubpages/.  And if you’re near London, be sure to stop by HubCamp London!  It’s TOMORROW at 3:00pm!

HubCamp Boston In Review

HubCamp Boston took place yesterday, and we all had a blast!

Robin and I met up with Boston area Hubbers including thranax, J.S.Matthew, and Carolyn2008 at the Back Bay Hotel to swap insider HubPages tips and just shoot the breeze.  It was a blast meeting Hubbers in person and we hope that everyone had as much fun as we did!

Major topics discussed in the meeting included…

  • Hub creation
  • Choosing good topics
  • Researching good topics and competition
  • The HubHopper
  • Timing and changes in traffic
  • HubPages Elite programs

Sad you missed HubCamp Boston?  Not to worry! More HubCamps are in store, and we’re also working on developing ways in which we can make HubCamp more accessible to everyone, since our community spans across such a wide area.

If you’re in the London area, be sure to stop by HubCamp London, which is just about a week and a half away.  We’ll be meeting at the Fleet River Bakery in London on Thursday, May 26th at 3:00pm, and shall be making it more of a HubMeet style format to ensure that everyone has plenty of time for socializing- plus to have any HubPages or online writing-related questions answered.  For more information on HubCamp London- and to RSVP – visit the official Meetup page.

Speaking of HubMeets (HubPages’ social meetups), we encourage you to start your own, and check out our HubMeets Meetup Everywhere page to see if any Hubbers are staging HubPages Social Meetups in your area.

Thanks to those of you who made it out to HubCamp Boston.  It was a pleasure to meet you!

 

Boston, Ho!

For those who live near Boston, here’s a big heads up – HubCamp Boston is this Sunday, from 3:00 to 6:00pm at the Back Bay Hotel.  The hotel is quite the lovely place, and we’ll have plenty of cookies and coffee to keep us going as we chat!

Robin Edmondson and I shall be present, and we’re very excited to help you up your online writing game, plus answer any questions you might have.  HubCamp Boston will be good for new and veteran Hubbers alike, and we hope to engage in as much fun socializing as productive collaboration.

If you are interested in attending, be sure to stop by the Meetup Everywhere page and RSVP.  If Boston is too far away, you can always follow in Glenn Stock’s footsteps and create a HubMeet or HubCamp of your own.  And if you’re within reach of London, be sure to go to HubCamp London on Thursday, May 26th!

Helpful Hubbers’ HubCamp Hubs

It has now been a good week since HubCamp Houston and Dallas, and Jason and Robin are still talking about the great Hubbers who made it out to each event.

Peggy W

Two of the Hubbers who attended these latest HubCamps – Peggy W and Sophia Angelique – have even written Hubs sharing their HubCamp notes.  If you were not able to make it to these HubCamps, you can still get some of the insider tips that were shared by checking those overviews out.

Peggy W specifically shares a really great introduction to the entire HubPages process – from joining to being published-  and also posted some great photos of the Magnolia Hotel in Houston where the HubCamp was held.

And Sophia Angelique broke down a lot of the helpful tips regarding important things to include in a Hub and reworking Hubs that are already published.

Other Hubbers have written cool guides and overviews based on previous HubCamps – since every HubCamp is different, you might want to check out their HubCamp reflections as well!

Edweirdo

Edweirdo, for example, incorporates some HubCamp NYC tips into his amazing Hub on how he wrote 100 Hubs, got 700 followers, and made $800 in his first year with HubPages.

TinaAtHome shares an easy-to-follow list of tips from the first ever HubCamp in San Francisco, and Urban Farm Girl gave a great overview of the same event – even offering a photo with special labels pointing out HubPages team members!

Let’s also not forget fastfreta, who wrote a Hub explaining why you HubCamp is something you don’t want to miss 😀

One of the things that makes HubCamps so special is that each Hubber who comes brings his or her own experiences and insider tips with them.  The dialogue that takes place at each event and the social mixers that follow is just as valuable as the seminar itself!

Thanks to everyone who made it to HubCamp Houston and Dallas last week.  And thanks Sophia Angelique and Peggy W for sharing your notes with the community!

To learn more about HubCamps, check out the HubCamp section of our site.

It’s Been a Great 2 1/2 Years!

Friday, February 18, will my last day as a HubPages staffer.  You will still see me in the forums but I will no longer have the official H on my profile photo.  Also, I will no longer be posting my occasional “Larry’s Random Thoughts” in the HubPages blog.  This post is the last one before I leave.

I joined HubPages in June of 2008.  At that time, HubPages had just launched its Yieldbuild Ad Optimization technology.  There was excitement in the air as the company attempted to duplicate its success with HubPages in a new space.  Because many of the existing team would be transferring to this other project, they were hiring engineers and marketing folks to work on the HubPages side of the business.  One month earlier, they hired Fawntia FowlerMaddie Ruud was already on board as the community manager, Paul Deeds was staying as General Manager of HubPages, and then there was me. Next came Ryan Hupfer as the Director of Awesomeness.  I still smile when I remember the job title that Ryan chose, the giant HubPages business cards he handed out at conferences, and his blog posts on a street performer who was performing just outside the HubPages officeJames Edmondson was doing design work for both HubPages and the new Yieldbuild project.  Paul Edmondson stayed active in both HubPages and Yieldbuild.

Some of the HubPages Team and InspirePub in 2008

HubPages was #250 on Quantcast then.  For those who aren’t familiar with Quantcast, this ranking is based on the number of unique visitors who come to HubPages from the US.  I remember that a few months later, with roughly 200,000 Hubs, HubPages was attracting 8 million unique visits world wide.

One very special part of being on the HubPages staff is the great interactions with the Hubbers.  I remember when inspirepub visited the HubPages office right after I had first started.  She wrote a Hub about her visit and included the picture above.  DJ Funktual wrote a staff care package for each Hub staffer. More recently, wordscribe43 has noticed similarities between Hub staffers and famous celebrities.  I also enjoyed this year’s April Fool’s post by James.

The HubPages Community has always been great about providing suggestions and feedback for existing features.  The categories in their current form are based on feedback from the community.  Fawntia wrote the tools for implementing the categories.  I took the lead on coming up with the initial list and getting feedback.  I started out with two levels of categories and then Paul Deeds said that two levels was a good start.  Can break down each subcategory into a list of smaller subcategories?  That eventually led to over 6,000 categories.  Ryan identified me with categories so he took a bunch of pictures of me in a red shirt.  Ryan, Cam Edmondson, and James Edmondson were the one responsible for the “Larry” graphics if you have ever seen those.  The move toward categories went against some of the thinking at the time.  Many people asked me if I had read Clay Shirky’s classic criticism of categories.  After enough people brought it up, I wrote a response as one of Larry’s random thoughts.

Paul Edmondson is always trying to figure out how to improve the Hubber experience. He loves to meet with staffers and bounces ideas off them.  One of these ideas led to the Hub Feed.  This feature was a response to Hubbers who wanted Hubtivity to be more interactive.  I really think that Fawntia knocked the ball out of the ballpark with the feed.  It is a gem that greatly improves the ability to follow the changes that occur across HubPages.  It was featured in a TechCrunch article about HubPages.

Gosh, it amazes me how many different capsules that were added during the last two years:  amazon capsule, updated text capsule, quiz capsule, poll capsule, code capsule, map capsule, and table capsule.

We had a celebration inside the office on October 28, 2009, when HubPages shot up to #100 on Quantcast.  Just a month before, we had hit the milestone of 500,000 Hubs published.  The relationship between these events was not a coincidence.  I wrote a blog post in July, 2009 where I had compared the relationship between number of unique visitors and the number of hubs published.

2010 was a big year for HubPages.  We celebrated our 4th year birthday.  That team of 5 was now a team of 23.  A new HubPages awning and sign have been added to headquarters in San Francisco.  HubPages is now #46 on Quantcast with over 36 million unique visitors each month to the site and over 10,000 likes on Facebook.  We now have over 1 million Hubs published.  Paul Edmondson has recently begun telling the business story behind HubPages which I am looking forward to following.  HubPages was chosen Best of the Web by Family Magazine.

The event that really showed how much HubPages is growing as a company was when Robin Edmondson organized the first HubCamp in San Francisco on October 6, 2010.  It was a great evening.  Attending the event were many of the current Hub staff: Simone Smith, Ren Chin, the VP of Marketing, Jason Menayan, the Director of Marketing, who had done HubPages marketing before Ryan came on, Paul Deeds, Mausmi Deeds, Norah Casey, Maddie Ruud, Paul Edmondson, a large number of Hubbers, and a few members of the Google Ad Sense team.  Robin was masterful in her presentation and the number of HubCamps that have followed are testament to that first event.  It was a great opportunity to meet Hubbers face to face.  For example, I got to chat with Urban Farm Girl who wrote this Hub about the event.

I want to end this post by thanking the people who are most responsible for HubPages’s success: the Hubber Community!  Thank you very much for publishing so many high quality Hubs, for your requests, your questions, your comments, and your feedback!  HubPages will only continue to thrive if the Hubber Community remains active!  HubPages has always been about its community.  🙂

Let’s Meet!

Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 3.41.10 PMHubPages is excited to announce social meetings with your fellow Hubbers through the Meetup platform!  One of the best aspects of HubPages is the amazing community you have all created.  Paul and I have loved meeting some of you at our HubCamps and we have listened to your feedback:  “We want to meet our fellow Hubbers!”  To make this happen, HubPages has created a Meetup page.

If you’re not familiar with the Meetup platform, it is a great place to organize get togethers in your community.  If you are interested in meeting other Hubbers face to face, join the HubPages Community Meetup page for your area.  If there isn’t a HubPages community page for your city, you can create it!  From here, you can recruit others to join your Meetup page and arrange a time to meet.  You will also receive updates, if you choose, when someone else organizes a meeting in your community.

A few Hubbers have mentioned trying to meet other Hubbers while on the road traveling.  Through the Meetup platform, you can do exactly that.  It’s easy to check out Meetups in other communities and try to organize a gathering when you are passing through their area. You can also see where Meetups are occurring around the world and see if your trip coincides.

Finally, we’ve created a Forum specifically for social Meetups.  Once you’ve created a Meetup community, post it here to let everyone know.  If you have a date and time set to meet, this is a great place to promote it so all those in your city can join!Oh, and HubPages could be sending a bit of shwag your way if you’re the Meetup community leader.  Just an added bonus to meeting your fellow Hubbers!

Back from HubCamp NYC

Paul Edmondson at HubCamp NYC

Paul Edmondson gives tips on keyword research at HubCamp NYC

Yesterday was HubCamp NYC, and thanks to everyone who attended! Though HubCamp NYC competed with both the Golden Globes and the Jets game, we had a great turnout and met some really amazing Hubbers – pros and newbies alike!

Though we have shared the HubCamp materials on our HubCamp section of the site and have HubCamp SF up in the Learning Center, every HubCamp is different, and attendees get their own unique set of the latest, insider tips. At HubCamp NYC, Paul and Robin emphasized the growing precedence of social media when it comes to being found in search results, and also got a cool tip that it helps to have slightly different URLs and titles for your Hubs.

Even some of the most seasoned Hubbers at HubCamp NYC came away with new strategies and ideas – though we learned a lot from them, too! We hope that you can make it to one of our upcoming HubCamps soon.

The next HubCamps will be in February – we’re going to be in Atlanta and Miami. In March, we’ll be in Houston and Dallas. In April, HubPages is coming to Philadelphia and Washington, DC, in May, there will be HubCamps in Chicago and Boston, and in July, we’re coming to London!

Can’t wait for us to come to your area? Consider becoming a HubCamp counselor and hosting your own HubCamp!

Get Ready for HubCamp NYC!

Exciting news from the HubCamp front: our next HubCamp is in New York City, and is only 10 days away!  We already have 38 people excited to attend, including Paul Edmondson, the one and only HubPages CEO, Robin Edmondson, our very own Curriculum Developer, and Yours Truly!

If you live in New York City or somewhere nearby, we hope you can make it!  We’ve got some great insider tips to share with you, plus the seminar and get-together are a great opportunity to meet other Hubbers in person.

We hope you can make it!

The Specifics:

The event is in Sunday, January 16th, from 3:00 to 6:00pm.

The place:

World-Wide Business Centres

8th Floor (Large Board Room)

New York, New York 10022

For more details, visit the HubCamp Meetup Everywhere page.