Characteristics of Online Content that Drives Traffic

The Online Writing InsiderThe best practices of online writing (at least when it comes to search engine friendliness) have been shifting in very interesting ways.  Have you updated your writing style accordingly?

Listen in to this week’s Online Writing Insider podcast (Content Characteristics that Drive Traffic) to discover some important methods that can help your writing be found online.  Sharing these insider tips is none other that HubPages CEO Paul Edmondson himself.

Gone are the days of many old tricks that, quite honestly, I did not like much at all!  The new characteristics of search-friendly content might surprise you, and are better for writers and readers alike.

[UPDATE: Several of you have requested a written version of this podcast. While we do not provide transcripts, Paul Edmondson wrote a Hub about this subject (which actually inspired the podcast) which covers this issue. You can check it out here]

Do you have any suggestions for future Online Writing Insider podcasts? Send them over to podcast (at) HubPages (dot) com.  We would love to hear what online writing obstacles and challenges you are working hardest to overcome.

Vote for the HubPages Panel for SXSW 2012!

Have you ever had the chance to attend SXSW?  Otherwise known as South by Southwest, this annual conference which takes place in Austin, Texas is the place to share, see, and discuss cutting-edge technology, entertainment, products, music, and film.

HubPages has proposed a panel for SXSW 2012 at which our CEO Paul Edmondson would talk about bringing back the love when Google hates you.  Only YOU can make this happen- we need your votes!

The gist of this panel is as follows:

In a world where Google guards the gates of the Internet, the Panda update proved beyond reasonable doubt that every website is vulnerable to the search giant’s changes. While Google does a very good job, the vagaries of search algorithm updates result in decent sites losing a huge chunk of their traffic, leading to distractions of resources in trying to recoup their search traffic. In this discussion, Paul Edmondson will talk about unsuspected insights from his Panda-update experience and offer 5 key best practices that will help your site remain stable during future changes.

And he would answer these questions:

  1. What strategies should writers, bloggers and content creators follow, to keep their sites stable during Google’s routine search technology changes?
  2. What best practices should web designers and web developers follow to retain the health of their traffic during Google’s algorithm updates?
  3. How can writers, bloggers and online content creators diversify their traffic sources in a world dominated by Google?
  4. How can independent sites remain stable during sudden algorithm updates from Google search?
  5. What are the best quality standards that sites should adhere to?

Tell me that does not sound interesting.

You can vote for this panel on SXSW website.  To cast your vote and leave a comment, you’ll need to sign in or create an account, but doing all of those things only takes about a minute.

Vote now!!

Paul Edmondson to Speak at PubCon

Exciting news! Paul Edmondson will be speaking at this year’s PubCon in Las Vegas.

For those of you not familiar with the event, PubCon is a large search and social media conference attended by a wealth of experts in online writing, marketing, advertising, search engines, and social media.  This year, it’s going to be held from November 8th to 11th.

Paul’s session is on how to start and grow a user-generated community.  It’ll be  on Wednesday, November 10th, at 3:15pm, so if you’re there, don’t miss it!  Speaking aside, Paul shall be utilizing PubCon to make sure HubPages stays on the cutting edge, and offers you the very best tools and resources!

If you’re interested in attending, enter in this code- rc-2782515 – to get a 20% discount!  We hope to see you there 😀