Creating Successful Questions: Tips and Tricks from Ngureco

After we made it possible to earn ad revenue from Questions (by moving them to one’s personal subdomain), there was some discussion in the Forums about which Questions are more likely to drive traffic and earn money for the Hubbers who asked them.

One of the best observations came from ngureco:

This is my observation, repeat, just my observation, which may be very wrong:

1.Questions with less than 5 answers had a tendency of not performing well.

2.Questions with at least 5 answers had a tendency of performing fairly well.

3.Questions that got more than 20 answers performed even better.

4.Questions with more than 20 answers had a very long column of answers for your readers to make use of ads on that page.

5.It would seem like its better to close your question once it gets past 20 answers. Sometimes you would get just one good hubber who would answer the question explicitly well with sufficient enough content that you would close it and sing, hallelujah. You certainly would vote up such an answer and go to his/her profile to learn more about such a person because it’s always a good thing to be associated with such a hubber.

6.It should be about time to make a hub of your own, if you can, on a question making at least 5 answers.

7.Pay special attention to the choice of your titles just as you would when you make hubs. And this seems to be the most difficult one since a long title that may attract more answers from your fellow hubbers is unlikely to attract good external traffic, and vice versa.

8.Generally, hubs had a higher tendency of performing far much better than questions.

As it happens, ngureco is pretty spot on with his estimations, even when it comes to numbers. From a report Ari Lamstein ran (which you can see below), it is quite clear that Questions with more Answers perform better and that Questions with more than 20 Answers do significantly better than those with fewer… so perhaps it woud be worth it to keep Questions open once they have more than 20 Answers, as tempting as it might be to simply highlight an excellent Hub Answer someone submitted.

Ngureco also makes an excellent point about carefully choosing succinct, polished titles for Questions and Hub Answers. As with all online titles, that which is polished, properly capitalized, clear, and coupled with words directly associated with its subject, is ideal. The more a Question or Hub’s title reflects words people would use when consulting search engines about the subject at hand, the better.

We also agree that Hubs are more likely to perform well and earn their authors money than Questions. Questions with a good list of Answers can make for great online resources, but nothing beats a well-formatted, well-written, media-rich Hub.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, ngureco!

Some Interesting HubMob Stats, Facts and Figures

For a little over 2 months now I’ve been running an idea that I came up with called the Weekly HubMob. Basically what the HubMob consists of is one single topic area that I choose each week that every Hubber can answer by publishing a Hub based upon their own take on the topic area. Wow, that sounded way more confusing than it really is…maybe a step-by-step list will help?

A HubMob works something like this:

  1. I come up with a ‘traffic-friendly’ topic that is posted each week as a Request. For example, this week I posted this Request about ways to save money and find deals on stuff.
  2. After I create the Request, I then post links to the Request and some other instructions on what the HubMob is, how to join it and why you should even care about it inside of the Hubber’s Hangout Forum. It’s always listed at the top of the Forum so that everyone can hopefully notice it. Here is what this week’s HubMob Forum post looks like.
  3. Once a Hubber gets a chance to take a look at the weekly topic and decides what they’d like to write about, then they click on the Request, write their Hub and publish it once it’s ready for the world to see. The Hubber is also asked to include a HubMob image and an RSS Capsule for the rest of the HubMob Hubs inside of their Hub. This provides some great cross-promotion and reading among the group of HubMob Hubs.
  4. After the Hub is published, the Hubber that wrote it is asked to post a link to their HubMob Hub in the Forums along with a brief description of what they wrote about and why. This helps the rest of the HubMobsters understand exactly why each HubMob Hub was written and how it applies to the overall HubMob Topic.

This week marks the 9th official HubMob and for a few weeks I’ve been meaning to put together some statistics, facts and figures from these first couple months of HubMobbing and today I officially got around to it. Here are some of the crunched numbers that I came up with after taking a look at the Hubs, HubMobsters and Topics that have been part of these first 9 HubMobs:

  • There have been 9 official weekly HubMobs, with the first one, ‘Hairstyles, their history and how to create them‘, being created a little over 2 months ago
  • 129 different Hubbers have become HubMobsters by contributing a Hub to a HubMob. That’s means that on average, 38 HubMobsters join in on the fun of the HubMob each week.
  • 480 Hubs have been written specifically for the first 9 HubMobs, meaning that on average there are 53 HubMob Hubs written each week.
  • The 480 HubMob Hubs have been viewed a combined 103,939 times over the past 9 weeks. This means that each HubMob on average has received a little over 11,500 views and that each HubMob Hub has received right around 215 views.
  • The HubMobster with the most published HubMob Hubs is Julie-Ann Amos with 24 total.
  • The HubMobster with the most HubMob Hub views is Anna Marie Bowman with 10,315 views total on 7 HubMob Hubs. Her single most popular HubMob Hub is Halloween Hairstyles.

As you can see, in just 9 short weeks the HubMobs are already showing some amazing stats, not to mention that we’re all having a ton of fun joining in on each one. If you ever want to join in on a HubMob you can always go to www.HubPages.com/info/hubmob and you’ll be directed to the most recently created HubMob so that you can jump right on in and become a HubMobster with no problems. If you have any questions, comment or ideas about the Weekly HubMob, please let me know.