Google and I Made Up, Writing on the Web. There is no Fast Track.

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Driving Traffic to my Hubs - a dangerous game.

It was over four years ago that I challenged the Great Google.

At that point in my career, I had written several Hubs where I had even bragged about my success' on HubPages. I felt I had the formula to my future fortune.

You see, HP recognizes your passing certain of their unique writers milestones by attaching little "badges" to your front page for all to admire.

And at first, I enjoyed watching these pop up on my pages and I even bragged to friends about some of them.

For instance, back then, in the same month, I had passed several significant milestones, as a Hub writer.

1- I had written and published my 100th Hub.

2- I had reached my 2-year anniversary as a Hubber,

3- I had passed the 100 mark of total followers.

My pride in myself (and ego) was boundless because these things had not happened arbitrarily.

In fact these things took a lot of time and dedication on my part, as I improved and increased my writing skills. And, of course I has spent a lot of time studying what I thought were the best ways to market my Hubs.

So, of course, I felt even more sure of myself when I hit what I considered the magical HP score of 100, several times.

And, let me be honest, what I write today, truly is so much better due of my involvement in HubPages, and with my reading of the works of my fellow Hubbers.

So,at that time, I made a commitment, to myself, to learn more about the best ways to drive increased traffic to my Hubs.

Research of my Peers drove change.

But, I fell headlong into the trap so many of us are susceptible to. I became hungry for even more, and far too impatient.

After a while of observing and researching what other Hubbers had written on subjects like; keywords, tags, search engines, content quality, advertisements, Adsense, Hub Ads, Google Analytics, and on and on; I realized that my writings were so poorly optimized for decent levels of traffic, that I finally sat down and put together a plan to bring my stuff up to a higher standard.

My new money-making writing standard.

The first and biggest problem, that I recognized, was the sheer number of Hubs that I had already written.

Rewriting, reformating, and restructuring over 100 Hubs is a formidable task and this consumed a large amount of my spare time over several weeks.

But, it was worth it, and even as I plodded my way through Hub after Hub, I started to see indications of increased traffic on most of them after just a week or so of implementing my changes.

I was ecstatic.

Pulling others tricks for exposure

I was so happy, in fact, that once I was done with this task, I dove into the Hub Forums and other peoples Hubs, searching for even more ways to pull my stuff up in popularity.

I researched and gathered even more information from my fellow Hubbers on other ways to push the Great Google's Search Engine into leading more people to my Hubs.

I would read, consider, evaluate and then I would implement all kinds of changes; forward links, back links, strategic ad placement, more ads per Hub, links to my Blogs, literally everything that others suggested as another trick, that had made them successful.

I did it all!

I thought that I had finally gotten over the fence and into that place where the grass was definitely greener.

I was suddenly Lost on a Desert Island

Desert Island
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But I made Google MAD!

And then, after a little over a month of increasing success, the Great Google got mad at me.

Yeah, We kind of "Broke Up".

The Google Search Engine dropped me! Google turned its back, on me, or so it seemed.

She even took all of my friends (traffic) and diverted them to others.

I was suddenly alone. The only friends that I had left were my fellow Hubbers. All I had left were my tried and true friends, my fellow writers and readers of Hubs.

Gone were the strangers who stopped by and read and then moved on, sometimes with a little purchase from an ad that was shared with me by the Great Google machine.

I was looking around, and it was as if I had been dropped onto a Desert Island. It was just me and my PC.

Recognizing Google is a Business

OK, enough of my little melodrama.

What I found out, after much much more research and study is that the Google Search Engine system has some very strict standards for publishers/writers.

And these standards are not chiseled on a rock somewhere, that you can walk over and read at your leisure..

No, writers like us, we get to study, think, and make assumptions on what these standards are, and we get to push the envelope until we overstep Google's undefined and mysterious bounds.

And when we do this, the Google Search Engine system reacts.

Here is the Reality of the world of Search Engines. They are a Business and they exist to make money for their shareholders, like any other business.

To do this, they provide their search capability for free to the world.

But, along with the data desired by their customers, there are ADs included.

These ADs are paid for by people who want to sell their products, and pay Google for their ADs to be placed into high quality data sources.

And, if you want to be listed at the top of the list, besides writing the best article, you have to allow Google to insert their ADs into your articles.

And, for allowing them to insert these ADs, Google gives you, the writer a small cut of what the business person pays them.

And, the theory is that if you write a quality article, then more people will read it, and possibly even click on the AD, and just maybe, they might buy the business persons product.

With this system, Google makes money, and you get a cut.

A great system for everyone, Right?

Google and it's constraints are Dynamic

The hardest thing for many of us writers to understand is that Google has dynamic standards, that they change continually.

Sometimes they change just because too many people figure out how to get around their constraints and start making far too much money from them.

Remember, we writers are just one segment of data sources that people search. There are untold numbers of small business' and institutions out there, also.

And if I structure certain parts of my article so that it implies it is a source of data on something that it really does not include, then Google, has been tricked into paying for information that isn't really there.

When Google sees this happening, they react. It might take a few weeks, but they do eventually react.

If what we did was only mildly offensive we might just have a few of our writings punished with reduced or no traffic.

If we were really pushy, we will look one day and there is, suddenly, NO TRAFFIC to our sites.

And that is what I did. I was pushy, and obviously I had gone far over the acceptable edge, in my exuberance to get more traffic.

And I was, suddenly, punished with; NO Google traffic; NO US traffic, NO Canada traffic, NO Australian traffic, NO Asian traffic .......... NO Google traffic at all!

Just some few visitors form the other search engines and, again, of course, my fellow Hubbers.

I was Lost in the wilderness of the web.

And me? well, I was left, sitting there, lost and confused.

You see, I had changed and added so many things, across all of my 100+ Hubs that I didn't have a clue which one or more of the things that I had done were the actual culprits.

I asked questions, of course, and I go a few responses that were somewhat helpful.

But there was no magic answer that would erase my sins and bring me back into the good graces of the Great Google Search machine.

I was on my own.

Pulling back to a standard and conservative format

So, there I was, with only one real answer!

Yep, I went to work and plodded through those 100+ Hubs I had at the time and removed pretty much all of my traffic driving innovations, and I brought my Hubs back to a more pure and structured state.

And, guess, what? After I finished my massive cleanup of ALL of my Hubs, I sat back, and sure enough .....

The Great Google spiders crawled through my newly cleansed writings, and after waiting for weeks, they put my stuff back onto their "acceptable" list.

Google and I had made up!

We were in love again! She now visits often, and she tells all of her friends about my stuff.

She even gives them my address and tells them how to find me. Our relationship is Great!

Of course, I do have a long list of "Honey-Do's" that I have to perform regularly, to stay in her good graces.

But, it's worth it!

Keep Up to Date on what is required, now.

So, what did I learn from my transgressions?

I went back and looked at all of those advice Hubs and Forums that I had followed and I discovered one glaring problem that I had previously ignored.

I realized that the whole world of Google; Search Engines, Google Blogs, Google Adsense, Affiliattes and even Google Analytics, are all, as I have said, dynamic systems.

They are always changing, evolvong and expanding, along with their requirements, all of the time. What was acceptable to Google six months ago, might not be acceptable at all now, or tomorrow.

If you don't keep up with their evolving dynamics and change with them, you can be in trouble, at any time. And, I, in my enthusiasm to increase my traffic, was often looking at, and following, outdated information.

At times, I was implementing "tricks" that were already doomed to fail, today.

I guess that is what I get for not reading EVERYTHING about improving my traffic, by EVERYONE, and at the same time, pay attention to the timestamp on the HUB or FORUM response.

You see, like my Hubs, all of the other peoples suggestions, and the forum's responses, they are still out there, even if they are outdated.

So, my fellow Hubbers ...... When you're searching for advice, READ the TIMESTAMP on any advice articles you might decide to follow, and consider if that advice is still valid.


Google and I Made Up!

As to me, and my being ostracized?

Well, eventually, Google and I Made UP!

I had tried to cheat on her, so to speak, and I had made her Mad!

Now, she has forgiven me, and we are once again, happy together. I get a decent amount of traffic, if I write a decent article.

And, in the future, I will be a very selective implementer of others advice, when it comes to suggestions for cheating on her, again.

All is now good!

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sam-eg 5 years ago from Happy Land

That was useful… I’m exhausted from trying to market and have more traffic to my hubs. it's really consuming a lot of my energy “full time job as you said” so thx for putting everything back on track. I should concern more on my hubs and their quality,after all they are only 8 and sure will not be a big deal for me to review...better than to look for ways to market it… that was helpful, more over good luck with your google realtion and keep watching your back dude lol


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Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Thanks for the comment Sam, I appreciate the kind words. And Yeah, I will Creep into such things in the future, rather than my typical Leap.


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poshcoffeeco 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Don...good honest information...I like it and will make use of it often. Glad you made up with Goog though.


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Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Thanks Posh, for the comment. I am glad you liked it. I guess I paid the price, and now have to operate under the "lessons learned" philosophy. LOL!


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA

I only put my link on Redgage now and on my Facebook page. Maybe that's a wise thing now. Links were the important rage at one time.


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Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Barbara, And, it seems, eventually dangerous.


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The Dirt Farmer 5 years ago from United States

Love your humorous, conversational style.


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Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Thanks DT!, You're no slouch yourself!


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sweetie1 5 years ago from India

Hi don this is very useful hub. I always tried to get my traffic up but i had given up long time back. All i get is about 200 page views a day, which is nothing for a blogger but that is all right, Now i do my work ie of writing a blog, put some tags and share it on facebook and let everything take its own course.


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Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Thanks for the read and comment, Sweetie. Yeah, my viewer volume is down, but I like to tell (delude?) myself by saying that I have a Quality Readership. LOL!

Anyway, I finally had to realize that growing your readership is a slow process and each step that all of these other "experts" recommend are not necessarily the best or that acceptable with the great Google SE God!.

Also, when you walk on the edge of what is acceptable, be ready to be kicked over the Cliff when they see too many Lemmings following such marginally acceptable advice.

"Cause it Hurts" when they do that to you.

Good Luck with your readers.


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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

So... exactly what did you go in order to get Google love?


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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Simply put ....... I did things their way!

No pushing the envelope.

If you look at my Hubs now, they are pretty standardized with just enough self-promotion, but not too much so.

AND ... I waited a month for them to re-crawl my stuff.


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faythef 3 years ago from USA

Thank for this article..I will have to read it over and over again until my little pea brain can soak it all in..I don't think I have to worry about Google breaking up with me..I don't think they have even found me YET!...


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janshares 3 years ago from Washington, DC

Don this is very informative in terms of the consequences of holding fast to every single bit of advice we read. I must say that so far it seems that the bulk of information I've received via the forums has been helpful and timely. However, I wonder now if the traffic drops I've seen may be due to things I did that I don't even realize. It would help if I had a specific example of something that backfired for you. Voted up and useful.


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

faythef- Thanks for the Readand Copmment on my Hub.

And, I dare to say, your "pea Brain" deprecation is really off base, judging by the quality of your many Hubs.

Thanks again,

DON


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Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

Based on my experience I think Google is a giant but reasonable beast. I am glad you are pointing that out. Hopefully, it will be an encouragement to others in similar situations.


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

janshares- Thanks for the read and comment, and yes, what I found out myself was that I had committed different "sins" on different Hubs depending on when I wrote each. Once I knew this, I established a standard format of my own for my Hubs. And as I changed each one over, the inconsistencies were so obvious. The top ones were; non-allowed links, weak links (site without good links) weak keywords, Hub Flow and readability, spelling, and on and on.

Thanks again for the read.

DON


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nicomp 3 years ago from Ohio, USA

There is no publicly available "Google way." If they told us their way, then we'd all do it and there'd be no need for PR or any kind of ranking. All they have is their veil of secrecy, their cone of silence.


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Gail Meyers- Thanks for the read and for your thoughtful comment. And, yes, it took me a while to realize that, even though Google was taking the majority of the advertisers money, what they gave me as a "searcher source" was not only pretty good, but also a bit of a compliment to the quality of my writings.

Thanks again,

DON


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Jacobb9205 19 months ago from Gloucestershire

Love the hub xD I went through all of my hubs today and added stuff to them just making them more appealing and adding better keywords, etc. I hope it helps for a while.

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