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The Benefits of Updating Articles And Key Points to Consider

Hub Page writer for 9 years, Audrey Hunt, shares 6 ways to breathe new life into older articles.

Revising Older Articles

Author updating  a musical hub with fresh material and photos.

Author updating a musical hub with fresh material and photos.

Changing With the Times By Updating Hubs

Revising older articles is an important step to the success and life of the hub. Bringing content up-to-date will help to increase your traffic.

Every article that we create will need to be updated at some point. Take recipe hubs for example. All recipes that were created before the recipe capsule was introduced should be updated. Amazon capsules also now have a new rule. Have you made those changes?

As changes occur within the Hub Page tool (create a new hub), some editing may be necessary on certain pieces that have been published. Blogging tools also change. Be aware of this and bring the content up-to-date.

I recently found myself making changes on a hub I wrote about using tags. Hub Pages no longer use these anymore. So a good part of the information I included in that hub is now obsolete.

Revising older content and adding your own photos will breathe new life into your existing article. You may also see an increase in your traffic and who doesn't appreciate that?.

5 Tips For Editing Your Articles

Here are 6 Tips to help you begin revising aging hubs:

  • You've come a long way baby. You've learned some important points about writing along with helpful Hub Page rules for creating successful content. You are constantly evolving as a writer. So now is the time to update your earlier writings to reflect this self-growth.
  • Changing the titles so that they are more Search Engine friendly will pay off immediately. Search Engines like regularly updated posts and you might see your traffic rising.
  • Change the presentation and make sure it's interesting and easy to read with no misspelled words.
  • Breathe new life into older articles by refreshing the content. This is one of the most important changes you can make. Update facts as needed.
  • Revise errors and inaccuracies. Add new information and delete anything that is no longer applicable.
  • Concentrate on one article at a time. Trying to revise too many at the same time will only cause confusion.
  • Make sure your photos are original whenever possible. When using other photos stick to Creative Common photos and those within the public domain. Remember to give credit to the photographer.

Writing Tip: Allow Your Uniqueness to Shine Through

Put on a happy face. Find your passion for writing. Allow your  uniqueness to shine through.

Put on a happy face. Find your passion for writing. Allow your uniqueness to shine through.

Share Your Passion With Your Reader

Now that you have decided to update your older pieces and refresh your newer ones I'd like to share some thoughts and ideas on how to go about this.

  • The first and most important step is to really get excited about the outcome of what you are about to write. And write about a subject you know. The more research you do the more ideas you will come up with.
  • Being a passionate writer can be felt by the reader. So find your passion and then write about it. Don't hold back. Write with confidence.
  • An upbeat attitude will contribute significantly to the changes you make. And keep your content unique. Make it different by revealing your own personality.

Your content has already been written and formed into paragraphs. That's the hardest part. Now all you have to do is make a few changes to the content, add relative photos, check all links and keywords and republish your masterpiece. Be sure to proofread for misspelled words.

Six Ways to Breathe New Life Into Aging Hubs

Regardless of how hard you work on your material, there are always areas that can be improved.

One important key to driving more traffic to your article is to keep the content fresh. Update and revise every single piece often.

Here are six tips that will help you to give new life to tired aging content:

  1. Check your spelling. Nothing says unprofessional like a misspelled word. Back up your credibility with proper spelling and grammar.
  2. Structure. A good presentation will keep your readers interested especially in long posts. You don't want people struggling to read through your hub. You risk losing them. Keep each paragraph packed with interest and even a surprise now and then. Avoid being too predictable as you write.
  3. Add value by using your own thoughts. This can encourage your readers to comment because they like sharing their thoughts too and will be more inclined to do so.
  4. Have a goal in mind as you are writing. Avoid going on and on aimlessly without a driven purpose. And remember that vocabulary does matter. But keep it simple and straight forward. The reader doesn't want to take the time to look up the meaning of the words.
  5. Link it up. Whether the link is external or internal, use relevant and helpful links. And make it a point to check all links on your hubs to make sure they are working. Check out the new rule for linking.
  6. The title is perhaps the most crucial part of your hub. Think about the following 7 pointers below as you re-write your title.
Make your title inviting and intriguing.

Make your title inviting and intriguing.

The Role of the Title

  1. You want the title to capture the reader's attention.
  2. The title is the first impression of your content
  3. Does your title tell the reader what he will learn?
  4. Be concise and to the point. Search engines only show the first few words of your title so avoid using too many words. Try to keep the title under 65 characters.
  5. Use appropriate keywords. Visit googles keyword tool to find the best keywords.
  6. You are the authority on the topic you are writing. Be confident in writing your title.
  7. Create a title that is inviting and intriguing.

Your title acts as a description of your content in RSS and search results. A headline that is descriptive and informative has more chances of being read than those that are vague and confusing.

Sharing Your Articles With Social Media

Sharing your hubs with other social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ will help increase your traffic. Yes, it's time-consuming but well worth it.

Do you know that Twitter now has over 465 million accounts and Facebook over 850 million? Google+ has almost 100 million accounts. Share your best work. And keep revising those that need it so you can share those too.

Always make a positive and memorable impression when you share. Be professional and helpful as this is how your followers will grow and you'll continue to drive more traffic back to your hubs. Create an eye-catching opening line. Plant a desire within the reader to "read on." Many articles are skipped over after the introduction, so keep your readers attention with good writing and rich useful content.

Ask yourself what would be interesting and motivating enough to continue reading through the entire article.

8 Key Points To Consider When Writing An Article

Put yourself in your reader's shoes. Consider the 8 following points:

  • Why would anyone want to read my article?
  • Is it useful and helpful? That's the question I ask myself when I begin writing new content.
  • I try to put myself in the place of the reader. If you want to keep your readers from straying, you absolutely must keep your content interesting and well written.
  • You might ask yourself this question as you are creating or editing. "Is my hub scannable to the reader?"
  • Most people read by scanning the page for specific words and other clues such as lists, images, headings, and even space.
  • Another thing to think about as you are reviewing and re-writing the content is the length.

Readers have a short attention span, so if your hub is too long, consider breaking it up into more than one hub. Write 2 or even 3 different pieces, elaborating on each one.

  • Keep each paragraph short. That makes it easier to read and helps keep the interest of the reader.

On the other hand, an article which contains 1,000 or more words, presented well with photos and other interesting capsules will do well.

  • Adding appropriate images will make your hub more appealing. The reader's eye will go directly to the image first. From that point, the reader looks at the text.

Images also give the eyes a place to rest. And don't forget to add charts, maps, and diagrams to help clarify key points.

Summing It Up

Let's briefly review the points for updating older articles:

  • Look at your present title. If it's weak create a strong, short title and slip in a keyword or two.
  • Rewrite your opening line if needed. Give your readers a reason for spending time at your hub.
  • Rewrite and update content to keep it interesting and to keep your readers attention.
  • Check all grammar and spelling.
  • All links should be relevant and working.
  • Update images. Use your own if possible.
  • Hows the format? Keep it interesting and professional.
  • Make sure to use the google keyword tool - but be careful of "stuffing" keywords as you could be penalized for spamming.
  • Use "share" when your hub is completed. Don't just hit publish thinking that people will be flocking to read your updated masterpiece.

I'd like to add how beneficial it is to take some time and pay a visit to The Learning Center. Each time I go there I take away something new and helpful.

Thank you for being here. I invite you to share some of your thoughts on editing and updating your hubs in the comment section below.

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Do You Update Hubs?

© 2012 Audrey Hunt

Comments

peachy from Home Sweet Home on June 21, 2020:

I have not updated my recipe hubs for years. What are the keywords in the titles?

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 12, 2020:

diogenes

Thank you, my friend, for the important reminder of the misspelled word. And...I love "the messenger."

Reginald

I appreciate your visit and kind remarks. It takes time to refresh our articles, but is well worth it. Thanks.

Reginald Thomas from Connecticut on March 12, 2020:

Hi Audrey

I enjoyed your article. Great points and direction. I will use many of your points to refresh my articles.

Thank you

diogenes from UK and Mexico on June 10, 2019:

Hi Audrey: Thanks for nice rejoinder. I am sure you have been made aware of the misspelling of the word "benefits" in your title?

Please don't curse at the messenger!

Bob x

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 10, 2019:

diogenes

It really is a full-time job updating hubs, especially when you have hundreds in the mix. I do my best to update 1 or 2 several times a week I'd much rather spend this time relaxing with my feet up, but, oh well!

Love reading your comments, filled with information and humor. Your terrific personality shines through.

Oh, and I, too, have an ancient composing brain and grateful enough cells remain to keep me writing.

Your friend,

Audrey

diogenes from UK and Mexico on May 28, 2019:

Hi Audrey: This would have to be one of the most useful hub articles I have ever read. Boy, does it apply to me! Its not easy to update hundreds of articles.

You have three "people" to keep happy: your readers, Google (HP!) and yourself. If you hope to make money (I never have) you have to write commercially viable articles (such as self-help!). You can quickly become sober if you take in just how many articles Google already features on what your article says today!

Then, if you have a magnetic "voice," you'll build up a coterie of reader/friends which is reason enough for many hubbers to publish.

Or, like me, you're so ancient the "composing brain" is the only part of the body with a few active cells! And it is growing dim...

Ah, me,

Bob x

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 29, 2017:

Chitrangada

Thank you so much for reading my hub about updating hubs. It's almost a full-time job in itself especially with the latest changes. I always find this rewarding. Wonderful to know you always keep up with this important action.

Have a great day,

Audrey

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 29, 2017:

Very useful and informative hub about updating hubs! I have been doing it always, now more so because of the ' full width for every capsule 'notifications.

Thanks for sharing this all time relevant hub!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 29, 2017:

intriquewriter

I, too, have been busy updating my hubs. I've experienced rewards already just from the 10 that I've worked on. Glad you found a tip or two here that may help you along the way. With changes going on in hubland - one more reason for updating.

Thanks.

intriguewriter from worldwide on January 29, 2017:

Thanks for posting this because I am now in the process of updating hubs, I am finding it very rewarding and also, necessary. I will be taking on board some of the tips mentioned. Thanks again

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 28, 2014:

peachpurple - Well, just look at you! Updating all your older hubs and turning them into featured hubs. Great job!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on November 27, 2014:

i had been updating my old hubs lately, all the unfeatured hubs are featured, all the broken links removed and now, I need to write new hubs, dang!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 24, 2014:

misterhollywood

Hi there. It's good to see you. I'm glad to know that you found my hub informative. That means I've done my job. :) Thanks so much. - Audrey

John Hollywood from Hollywood, CA on November 24, 2014:

Very informative hub! I forget to do many of these! Good reminder :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 18, 2014:

dahoglund

One of the advantages I enjoy when I revise and update my hubs is how much I have progressed and learned here on HP. Some of my early hubs are not all that good. :) Thanks my friend.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on November 17, 2014:

Useful and well written hub. I have been redoing some of my hubs but I really have to do more and better. Your tips will help.sharing

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 16, 2014:

Brakel2

Oh, Audrey, you have made my day! Your kind comments register high with me. This was a joy for me to write. I've learned and grown since my early days here on HP. I really do love to update my hubs and add new ideas, photos and such. I know you will be great at updating your hubs. Hey - we all need a lift now and then right? Thank you for adding blessings and I wish the same for you dear lady. Audrey

Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on November 16, 2014:

Hi Audrey - You have such knowledge about updating hubs that it is almost unbelievable. Even talking about passion in updating is so important. You thought of everything and put your passion into the language of the hub. When I finished reading, I thought "hey I can do this", so you even give confidence to readers. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Blessings, Audrey

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 16, 2014:

Good morning Suzette. Nothing better than starting my day with a comment by you! And I need to hear this. Thanks my friend and enjoy your day.

suzettenaes on November 15, 2014:

Audrey, this is a timeless piece of writing. Great tips and advice for updating hubs. I find doing this really makes a difference and creates more traffic and higher hub scores. Very comprehensive article. I enjoyed reading this.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 13, 2014:

Hello Sushine625

Seems like I am constantly updating my hubs. Info changes and the like. Glad to see you Linda.

tillsontitan

As I understand it Google does see the change and this improves traffic. Give it a try to see what happens. Thanks for the votes Mary.

Mary Craig from New York on November 10, 2014:

This hub is as relevant today as it was two years ago. Guess I'll be updating some hubs!

One question though, if you change the title it doesn't effect the URL so does Google really see the change?

Loved this and voted up, useful, and interesting.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on November 09, 2014:

It's time for me to update my hubs and blogs...thank you for inspiring me to do so! :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 09, 2014:

aestai

It is so rewarding for me to hear how helpful my hub has been for you. Revising our hubs gives a freshness to what we've written. And changes occur from time to time which need updating. Thank you and I'm on my way to treat myself to one of your hubs. Enjoy your day! Audrey

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 09, 2014:

I have now better direction in revising my hubs. I am glad I opened your hub as I learned so many things I need to do to make my hubs more interesting. I have to be more passionate and engaging, learn how to do this.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 15, 2013:

I'm so happy for your success with revising your hubs. I do think the increase in traffic has a lot to do with updating hubs. Thanks for my angels. ~ Audrey

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 29, 2013:

janshares - Gee, thank you so much for hopping over here from the forum - I'm honored! And you're so kind to join in my latest milestone.

Updating is a good consistent move to make. I always see an increase in my traffic (although not lately :)) At times I've been tempted to just remove a hub that's not doing well, but then I decide to update and even re-write it. I've only deleted one hub in 3 years.

I'm glad you found this hub useful. Puts a huge smile on my face. Enjoy your day and will see you soon.~ Audrey

Hello Audrey my dear friend and amazing writer and poet. Thanks for celebrating this milestone with me. I appreciate it so much.

pstraubie48 - I am inclined to think that anytime we update hubs traffic increases. I had heard quite some time ago that google likes to see hubs revised. Whether that is still true or not I'm not sure. But as you point our, it can't hurt.

I sure need those precious angels you have sent my way ~ Thank you and hugs! Audrey

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 29, 2013:

janshares - Gee, thank you so much for hopping over here from the forum - I'm honored! And you're so kind to join in my latest milestone.

Updating is a good consistent move to make. I always see an increase in my traffic (although not lately :)) At times I've been tempted to just remove a hub that's not doing well, but then I decide to update and even re-write it. I've only deleted one hub in 3 years.

I'm glad you found this hub useful. Puts a huge smile on my face. Enjoy your day and will see you soon.~ Audrey

Hello Audrey my dear friend and amazing writer and poet. Thanks for celebrating this milestone with me. I appreciate it so much.

pstraubie48 - I am inclined to think that anytime we update hubs traffic increases. I had heard quite some time ago that google likes to see hubs revised. Whether that is still true or not I'm not sure. But as you point our, it can't hurt.

I sure need those precious angels you have sent my way ~ Thank you and hugs! Audrey

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 29, 2013:

janshares - Gee, thank you so much for hopping over here from the forum - I'm honored! And you're so kind to join in my latest milestone.

Updating is a good consistent move to make. I always see an increase in my traffic (although not lately :)) At times I've been tempted to just remove a hub that's not doing well, but then I decide to update and even re-write it. I've only deleted one hub in 3 years.

I'm glad you found this hub useful. Puts a huge smile on my face. Enjoy your day and will see you soon.~ Audrey

Hello Audrey my dear friend and amazing writer and poet. Thanks for celebrating this milestone with me. I appreciate it so much.

pstraubie48 - I am inclined to think that anytime we update hubs traffic increases. I had heard quite some time ago that google likes to see hubs revised. Whether that is still true or not I'm not sure. But as you point our, it can't hurt.

I sure need those precious angels you have sent my way ~ Thank you and hugs! Audrey

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 23, 2013:

OMGirdle - Hi there. Changing the title really doesn't cause a conflict. While the url remains the same, it's the title that google respects. Thanks.

Theater girl - You are certainly welcome. And your muse is on her way!

Jennifer from New Jersey on July 23, 2013:

Thank you for the encouragement Audrey! I very much needed it!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 23, 2013:

Theater girl - Hi. When I find that I experience writers block I always begin updating older hubs. Google rewards us when we do this by increasing traffic, etc. And don't worry about the recent drop in traffic - it's happening to most of us. Give it some time and hopefully things will be back to normal. Thanks and sending you a hug ~ Audrey

Jennifer from New Jersey on July 17, 2013:

I was meant to read this today. I have been a bit discouraged of late with some writers block and this was just what I needed! Thanks for the tips on older work. I have also lost traffic lately and these are great tips!

OMGirdle from United States on July 16, 2013:

Extremely useful tips. But I do have a question. I know we can't change the hub link. When changing the title, does that create a conflict for search engines? Thank you very much for sharing and the encouragement.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 16, 2013:

Amen!!! This is such an outstanding hub. When all of the changes began recently such as the template appearing I went back and began revisiting hubs. It is time consuming but well worth it.

I have seen an increase in traffic ---whether the refurbishing of the hubs has anything to do with it I am uncertain but it certainly cannot do any harm. Angels are on the way to you today ps

Audrey Howitt from California on July 16, 2013:

So useful! And congrats on your views!! That is wonderful!!

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on July 16, 2013:

vocalcoach, I'm so glad I stopped by today. I hopped over here from a forum to celebrate your 500,000 view milestone and found this valuable hub. There are so many gems of information here, very timely and relevant to what a lot of hubbers are going through right now. I am obsessed with updating and wondered if I need to slow down. But after reading this, I will remain vigilant of my hubs, all of which are featured. Thanks for this excellent tutorial. Voted up, useful, and awesome. Congratulations on your milestone, I hope views and earnings recover soon.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 17, 2013:

Lady_E

So happy to see you here my friend. I know what you mean when you mention that you have so many hubs to edit they are long overdue. I find myself revising hubs about every 5-6 days. :)

Enjoy your day and thank you for taking time to read my hub and leave your thoughts here. Hugs!

Elena from London, UK on May 17, 2013:

Thanks. This is very motivational and important. I have made a mental note to start reviewing my Hubs. Maybe two in a week. (I have so many, they are long over due to edit)

Brilliant Tips.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 15, 2013:

Hi Nell - You're so cute - you make me laugh:)

Earlier today I was also staring at a useless hub I wrote almost 3 yrs ago. After following my own advice I began revising it but the passion just wasn't there. I finally decided to delete the thing.

Would rather write a brand new hub.

Thanks so much Nell. You're the best!

Nell Rose from England on May 14, 2013:

Hi, this is such a good idea, and something I really should have a go at. I do sit and stare at my 'useless' hubs! lol! thanks for the tips, nell

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 13, 2013:

rasta 1 - Hi there. Thanks for being here and for liking these tips for updating hubs to increase traffic. I wish I could come visit you. Always wanted to see Jamaica. :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 13, 2013:

Dear Rolly - I'm so happy to see you here! I work on my hubs regularly and still need to spend more time doing this. Updating can really help to increase

traffic. You too, are a great blessing Rolly. Thanks so much.

Marvin Parke from Jamaica on May 13, 2013:

Great tips. Nothing like fresh green content.

Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on May 11, 2013:

Morning Audrey... This is a must thing and I have printed this off for reference... I need to rework most of mine.

You are such a blessings...

Hugs and Blessings from Canada

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 06, 2013:

Beth37 - Thanks so much!

Beth37 on April 03, 2013:

ooh, great advice. thanks. :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 08, 2013:

ps - Freshening up hubs is a full time job, but I think it's well worth it. Glad that you found these tips helpful. Thank you so much for my angels. I need them so. Hugs - Audrey

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 08, 2013:

These are helpful tips. I have found that if I go in and rework and freshen up my hubs that it breathers new life into them.

Sending you many Angels this evening. :) ps

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 15, 2013:

Goody5 - Thanks so much for being here. I appreciate your comments and also I will read your hub. Cheers!

critic thinking - It seems that I must spend roughly 2 hours + each week updating older hubs. But the pay-off is well worth it. Thanks!

Fernando Mateo from Barcelona on January 15, 2013:

good hub, I also try to do it from time to time, I will follow your ideas on my next hub update :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 11, 2013:

joanveronica - Thanks so much for your comments. I'm very pleased to hear that this information has been of help to you. Take care.

Marisa Wright - Thank you for bringing the "tags" to my attention. I'll take care of that immediately. Thanks for your comments.

jenbeach21 - Hi there. Thanks for finding my hub informative. Each time I upate an older hub, my traffic improves!

jenbeach21 from Orlando, FL on January 10, 2013:

Great information! Looking forward to updating some old hubs.

Kate Swanson from Sydney on January 10, 2013:

Just a note - tags are no longer used on HubPages so it sounds like THIS Hubs needs updating!

I would also say that there comes a time when you should give up on some Hubs. There are times when no matter how good your title or how engaging your content, you must just accept that no one is interested in the topic. If no one is searching for it, no amount of updating or sharing will help.

Joan Veronica Robertson from Concepcion, Chile on January 10, 2013:

Hi there, I loved this, full of awesome tips! This was a good time for me to read these ideas, I really need to do something about some of my slower Hubs. Well they are almost all slow, but some more so than others! Thanks for this info! Have a good day!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 21, 2012:

Hi Glenn - Thanks so much for sharing this information. I learned something from you. With the feature hubs, we now know which hubs are idle. For some reason I didn't realize this. I wonder how many others needed to learn this?

I wish you the best in hubland:)

watergeek - You are welcome! I'm very pleased to learn that this checklist has helped you. Good luck and happy trafficking:)

Susette Horspool from Pasadena CA on December 05, 2012:

Thanks VocalCoach - I just copied and printed your checklist at the end to use in editing. Just yesterday I looked at a couple of older hubs and realized I wanted to update, if not just to add a little humor. Your list gives me guidelines for things to look for.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on November 18, 2012:

You certainly explained all the important things that need to be reviewed when updating old hubs. I have always made an effort keeping old hubs up-to-date. Both with obsolete details as well as new writing ideas that I have learned, which can help improve existing hubs.

Now that HP started idling hubs, I find it easier to discover the hubs that need attention. When hub becomes idle, I take a look at my Google analytics to discover why.

It's usually very obvious from the Google reports and I can clearly see what needs to be done to improve it. They usually have a short retention period, which then leads to less traffic from Google altogether. And that happens prior to HP making it idle.

HP now has reversed the logic by indicating which hubs are featured. Hubs that are idle are actually hubs that are not featured. HP now likes to indicate which hubs are featured instead of which are idle. But it's the same thing information that we can use to our advantage in order to know where we need to pay attention. Once we know what hubs need attention, your list comes in very handy to know how to improve them.

Magdaleine on October 09, 2012:

Thanks for sharing this information, vocalcoach... very useful!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 08, 2012:

carol7777 - Hi there. Thanks, Carol for all your support. I really appreciate it. It sounds like your hubs are fairly new. The way time flies, it won't be long before a revision or two will be needed. And I enjoy reading what you have so far. Very good writing on good topics.

Glad you found this helpful.

missolive ! Very nice to see you again. I feel special even getting one visit from you, let alone two. YOU are the expert and I bow to your expertise.

I just finished a hub recently and added one of your links. :)

Richie Mogwai from Vancouver on October 08, 2012:

Yeah, I notice that traffic for my hubs increases slightly when I update them. No hub is ever perfect, so I think I tend to update my hubs more often than most hubbers, sometimes even daily. To me, a hub is in a constant state of metamorphosis, the work is never complete. There's always new information coming up on the Internet so my hubs have to evolve with the times. Thanks for your article, it was very insightful!

Stephanie Henkel from USA on October 08, 2012:

It's more important than ever to update our aging hubs. Your suggestions are great! I think that one of the main problems with some of my older hubs is the title. It's also a very good point that we have grown and evolved as writers since joining Hubpages. When I look at some of my very early hubs, I know that they would benefit greatly from an update. Voted up, useful, interesting!

nanderson500 from Seattle, WA on October 08, 2012:

Great tips. I have updated some of my older hubs and seen increased traffic, but I really should do it more often. Voted up, interesting, and shared.

Karen Metz from Michigan on October 08, 2012:

This was a question I just asked myself this past weekend! How can I update some of my older hubs? Thank you for answering that question! You did a great job!

Angie Jardine from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... on October 08, 2012:

Have saved this hub as a constant reminder … note to self: must try harder.

Thanks for such a comprehensive and succinct hub, vocalcoach.

livingsta from United Kingdom on October 08, 2012:

Thank you for sharing your ideas! Voted up!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on October 07, 2012:

This is an excellent hub packed with helpful tips! I have often updated my hubs (with dividers, quiz, etc) and kept checking my hub-statistics daily. I always use the capsule 'Toggle Spellchecker' to avoid mis-spelling. Before I published my hubs, I revised my hubs to ensure that there are no grammatical errors. As per my observation, after my re-editing of my hubs, the red arrow appeared immediately next to the newly-edited hub-title. This happened quite often. Your hub serves an ideal guide for many of us here! Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up, pinned(for reference) and shared

Goody5 from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living on September 15, 2012:

This is an inspiring hub vocalcoach, and it should really help out all of our fellow hubbers who have been hit hard by the idled hub syndrome or the Zzz's. I've come up with a quick fix for everyone who has been overwhelmed with the "Z" problem - https://hubpages.com/community/Quick-fix-for-your-...

AE Williams from Atlanta, GA on September 10, 2012:

Vocalcoach, congrats on this hub and its success. You really laid it out perfectly on how to update and refresh old hubs. I have been here three months, so I'm not sure if my hubs have needed that revision quite yet, but I think I'll start with the (ZZZ...) hubs. Is that a good start you think?

Laurel Rogers from Bishop, Ca on September 09, 2012:

What an inspiring and motivating Hub, 'Hub'! Your advice I'm sure came from vocalcoach-to some degree-and I read that she'd seen quite a drop in her Zzz's. I need to do this thing, I won't ignore you any longer-old is beautiful, I should know!

Great stuff!

Laurel

DMVmimay on August 29, 2012:

thanks for the tips .. your hub will stay young! keeping this technique was really useful :)) wew... keep posting :)

kEi MayUmi on August 29, 2012:

Great hub! Voted up. I have just checked my Hubs' statuses and found out that a lot of them are marked "idle" since I haven't write for a while. I was thinking what to do with those and fortunately I stumble upon your hub! Seems like I have to revise those instead of deleting eh. Thanks for the info! Very useful! :)

Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on August 28, 2012:

Great timing with the "idle hubs", we may all be using these tips and adding some fresh pictures or new videos to liven them up. Very worth the time. I would rather improve than delete.

ignugent17 on August 28, 2012:

This is really very useful. I just keep on writing and it is true that my aging hubs are just left alone. Thank you very much for giving us this excellent information. :-)

ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on August 28, 2012:

Audrey,

This was a timely share by Audrey Howitt considering a quarter of my hubs appear to have narcolepsy. The comment I made two months ago still holds water today.

My titles are truly holding me back, however, from the Google God's attention due to the fact that I kind of delight in making them pretty obscure at times. Note, I write short story fiction so I've abandoned hope of ever being fully embraced by the various algorithms that govern these types of proceedings but I will be looking at a number of your other helpful hints!

Thanks,

Thomas

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on August 28, 2012:

So much valuable information in one place. Have pinned this one to refer back to. Seriously thank you for writing this and sharing it with the hub community. I have also voted, shared and tweeted too!!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on August 28, 2012:

Yes, it does seem appropriate, Audrey! I read this seven months ago, and it's still awesome!

Audrey Howitt from California on August 28, 2012:

I thought I would come and read and send this one out into the community--seems appropriate today

carol stanley from Arizona on August 28, 2012:

Thanks so much for sharing this with me. It is very helpful. Hopefully with a revision or two will breathe new life into older hubs. However, none of mine are older than 2 months. I am going to bookmark this and read it often. Thanks for taking the time for the link. I still have concerns.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 07, 2012:

ThoughtSandwiches - Thank you for leaving your wonderful comments. I certainly know just what you mean in reference to re-vising older hubs. With some of mine, I wonder how they even made publication. But on the other hand, I'm thankful to have grown to the point where I can easily see my many flaws. Thanks for sharing!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 21, 2012:

rahul0324 - Great to see you here. I hope you found something of value. Come back soon :-)

ThoughtSandwiches - I, too have been spending more of my time updating older hubs. I have to admit that I've made some major progress on my writing since my first few hubs 2 yrs ago.

Progress comes slowly with me and I fail to see it until I revisit the early hubs. (Did I write that?)

Thanks for your valuable comments and for the wonderful ratings and sharing!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 21, 2012:

anacia - So glad you came by to read this. I'm still doing revisions like mad on my early hubs. Keep up the good work!

Dee aka Nonna- Sorry that your'e just now getting my reply. Can't tell you how many times I have sent out replies on this hub. Hope you get this one. Always a good feeling to see you. So pleased you like this hub. Revising older hubs is a full time job! Hugs.

Happyboomernurse - I've been spending a couple of hours a day working on older hubs. It's a job but it feels good when revisions are complete. I have a feeling this is never-ending :-) Thank you for paying me a visit and for the "thumbs" up and all!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 17, 2012:

Hi Marcy - Look at you! Back for a second look. I'm smiling all over the place. And I'm ressurrecting a few of my early hubs like you are. In those early days I didn't add a tracker for new users. It took me forever to figure out how to do that. So I recently added that and checked out my links. Thanks Marcy!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 15, 2012:

Mary615 - Thank you for giving me the opportunity to clarify here. After readin your comments I did a complete investigation on the correct amount of tags. I found many discrepancies so I did some revising as I always want any information I give to be correct.

If you will go back to the section on " Ways to Update Older Hubs" you will see a new link that I have added. That is an excellent resource for clarifying the question of how many tags are appropriate. I think it will help you a lot.

Now, about breaking up a long hub. If the hub is lengthy it is always best to present short paragraphs and break up the hub by using capsules. (images help as well.) It is risky to write a long hub without inserting capsules. The reader gets bored and will leave.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 15, 2012:

Hawkesdream - I apologize for the delay in replying to your comments. This hub was unpublished (urgh) for a time and that leaves me with a lot of catching up to do.

I want to thank you for your comments. They are wonderful - and so are you!

@Marcy Goodfleisch - You're doing just great on Hubpages and glad you're here. Thank you for your comments and keep writing those terrific hubs!

@thoughtforce - As mentioned above, have had some problems with this hub so please forgive the long delay in my response to your wonderful and welcomed comments.

One other idea that I practice for resurrecting my aging hubs is this. Whe a comment comes in on an older hub, I use that time to do some revisions on it. I tweak it a bit here and a bit there. It works well for me.

Thank you Tina for your support!

@tammy swallow - Great to see you here. I know just what you mean on those early hubs. Oh boy! But, hey, we've come a long way right?

@Angelique Lous - Having too many tags is something I myself just learned. I still need to go back and remove a few here and there. Thanks!

@Gatti - Thanks for letting me know that this hub is helpful to you.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 13, 2012:

Cloverleaf - I hope you get this reply to your comments as this hub has had some problems. I appreciate your thoughts about re-doing older hubs. I know that for me it's hard to find the time. I'm sure that's the case for many of us. Thanks for bookmarking and it's great to see you Louise!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on June 06, 2012:

Excellent tips! I knew a few and learned a few more! Thank you!:)

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on June 06, 2012:

These are great tips! I like the idea of adding in new links to refresh the hubs.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on June 06, 2012:

Truly informative and inspiring, vocalcoach. I just need TIME to do it...

Voted up and very useful :)

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on June 06, 2012:

Great advise. I do go back and update my hubs from time to time and it always seems to help. It really doesn't take very long, per hub, as most of the hard work is already done. Great hub here, voted up and useful! Have a wonerful day! :)

Donna Kristine from Atlanta, GA on June 06, 2012:

Fabulous Hub! I have been meaning to do this, but...... Thanks for putting some fire underneath me. Voted up.

Mary Wickison from Brazil on June 06, 2012:

You have put into words what my conscience has been telling me. 'Update those old hubs'

You have included some ideas I hadn't thought about. Very useful hub, thank you. Voted up and useful.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 06, 2012:

Other than using the title tuner occasionally I have rarely changed a title. Perhaps I should start doing this! You have offered a lot of good advice in this hub. With a load of hubs, revising could almost be a full time job! I take them in groups and work on them that way in between writing new hubs. Voting this useful and will SHARE. Thanks!

shuck72 from Seattle on June 05, 2012:

Thanks for the tips, not as much fun as writing new hubs but necessary housecleaning we all need to do as writers.

tipstoretireearly from New York on June 05, 2012:

Great advice. I'll try out your words of wisdom on some of my older hubs. Thank you.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 05, 2012:

@DeborahNeyens - Good for you! Continue to review each of your hubs, make some changes and google will give you a hug!

@Pamela N Red - You have mentioned how we can't change the url to our hubs even if we change the title. True. I wish hubpages would do something about that. Still, I've noticed that when I do amend a title it seems to bring in more traffic. I could be wrong. Appreciate your nice comments Pamela and always love your support!

@Ana T. - What a good idea to go back and read your hubs once a month. Thanks for adding this tip!

@acaetnna - It's always a treat to see your pretty face. Thanks for reading and commenting!

@missolive - I love your comments and admire you so much as a writer - you are always full of encouragement and find something inspiring to say. Thank you!

@savingkathy - Thanks for appreciating these tips on how to resurrect your aging hubpages. I hope to see you again very soon.

Catherine Taylor from Canada on June 05, 2012:

Fantastic hub! So glad it was shared by someone I follow. Now to go delete some tags and change some titles.

Cate from Chandler, AZ on June 05, 2012:

Good advice for newbies! Well written steps that should be taken for every hub, and considered when updating old hubs. Thanks for sharing. I love the granny character!

sandonia on June 05, 2012:

I don't have any aging hubs yet, but this is excellent advice for when I reach that point! Thanks so much for publishing this.

Andrew Spacey from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on June 05, 2012:

You did it! Good old granny hub looking nice and refreshed.

It must be that core of evergreen content that can be spruced up and made into almost new.

Appreciate your hub, ta very much!