Hubpages Tips For Newbies Who Want To Succeed
Write What You Know About Or Choose Topics You Want To Know About
One of the things that new hubbers can do to increase their chances of succeeding on Hubpages is by writing what they know about. There are a few reasons why writing what you know about is a smart thing to do, one of them being that you will be able to write a Hub that will require a whole lot of research. Another reason why writing what you know about will help you is because you will be able to come off as an expert in whatever topic you are writing about. You will also find that writing a Hub that has a lot of useful information will be a lot easier.
If you do choose to write about a topic that you do not know much about, then take the time to do some proper research before you write your Hub. Basically, choose a subject that you want to write about and then Google, Bing and Yahoo the subject, and then construct a Hub after you read up on the subject. It is good to use Google, Bing and Yahoo to do research, because sometimes the search results will be a little bit different.
Build A Following On Hubpages
You should also try to build some sort of a following on Hubpages. The more followers you have on Hubpages, the more likely your Hubs will be shared. Also, take the time to share other Hubbers Hubs via Hubpages and social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and so forth. The more your work gets shared, the more your chances of succeeding on Hubpages go up.
Building up a following may take some time, or it may not take a long time at all. It all depends on whether or not other Hubbers find your work interesting and whether or not they are inclined to become your fan on Hubpages. Write interesting hubs, become fans of Hubbers whose work you find interesting and share other Hubbers' work, and your following on Hubpages will grow over time.
Use Social Media Sites
I am a huge fan of using social media sites to generate traffic to Hubs or anything else that people promote. Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, yes MySpace, and YouTube are the best social media sites to use, in my opinion. When you publish a Hub, make sure to share it on these social media sites. If you don't want to create videos, then make sure to share your Hub on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.
However, don't over do it. Only share 1-2 Hubs per week, maybe even three. However, if your social media presence grows significantly on a weekly basis (100-200 new contacts), then I recommend sharing your content 4-5 times per week. The last thing you want to do is to share the same Hub/Hubs over and over again with the same people on your social media profiles.
Also, take time to expand your network on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and YouTube. The more people you have on your social media profiles, the more likely your hubs will be viewed, the more followers you will likely get and the more likely your Hubs will be shared.
Use Sensible Link-Building Techniques
I don't do link building, but I know many Hubbers do choose to do some form of link-building strategy, which is good, but newbies often make a mistake. That mistake is that they write a Hub, and then they will place their Hub's link everywhere they are able to, and as often as possible. If you are a new Hubber, then use a sensible link-building technique. I recommend writing a Hub, and then share the Hub's link 2-3 times per week, but do not paste the link on as many websites as possible. On the days you choose to share your link, try to only paste/share your links on 3-4 websites. This means that each week you will have around 6-12 links, give or take, being placed on other sites.
There is literally many different ways to go about link-building, but the above should be a good start, and a safe place to start from. Link-building is a good way to generate traffic to your Hubs. However, you need to link-build very carefully, because the last thing you want is to be slapped by Google (Google Penguin).
Do A Bit Of Article Marketing
Article marketing can help generate a decent about of traffic to your Hubs, but you will need a good article marketing strategy. Below is an article marketing strategy a newbie to Hubpages can follow.
First, join three or four sites that are similar too Hubpages. Once you have published a Hub, you will want to write and publish an article on the other sites that you have joined. Somewhere in the articles you will want to include a link to the Hub that you published. This is also a form of link-building, but newbies should just think of it as a way to generate traffic to their Hubs via other article publishing sites such as Hubpages.
Many newbies may be concern about how time consuming article marketing can be, but it actually does not have to be time consuming. Simply dedicate about 2-3 hours per week to article marketing and this should be good enough. The better you get at writing, and article marketing, the less time it will take you too do article marketing.
There are many different article marketing strategies that one can follow, but the above strategy is a very basic strategy that should be a good starting point.
Don't Focus Too Much On Getting Google Traffic
The days of writing a 300 word Hub with a few keywords here and there, as well as a few links placed here and there, and then ranking on the first page of Google are long gone. Google is constantly making changes to their algorithm, and Google Panda and Google Penguin can hit at anytime. In matter of fact, Google Panda will now be a regular thing. With that said, don't place all of your focus on getting Google traffic, because if you do, then you are going to be very disappointed when it does not work out the way you had hoped. Some Hubbers may still have some luck ranking well within Google's search results, but if you are a newbie, then focus on getting your traffic from different sources, and not just from Google.
There are plenty of different ways to get traffic to your Hubs, and with the rise of social media sites, Hubbers and site owners do not need to place all of their focus on trying to get traffic from Google. Instead, try to focus on at least three different traffic sources. Once you reach a good amount of traffic, or traffic you are pleased with from these three sources, find a few more sources of traffic and so forth. Eventually you could have a great steady flow of traffic to your Hubs.
Use videos on your Hubs. Readers tend to be visual, and this means that people will spend more time on your Hubs if you place a few videos. After you have written your Hub, go on YouTube to find videos that are related to your Hub, and then use some of those videos on your Hub. If you are comfortable enough, then create your own videos to place on your Hub. Videos are a great way to keep readers on your Hubs, and to even increase your chances of having your Hub shared.
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There are many more tips that newbies can follow, but the tips outlined in this Hub should provide them with a good foundation. If you are a newbie to Hubpages, then good luck on your journey here on Hubpages.
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