Ideas for Promoting Your Hubs

Promoting On the HubPages Site

I will start this Hub by saying that Paul Edmondson and his team at HubPages have done, and continue to do, a fine job of promoting HubPages as a whole and have been very successful at drawing a large amount of traffic to the HubPages site.

In addition to promoting the site, he and his team have also done a great job of building a site that has attracted and continues to attract thousands of excellent writers.

People are attracted to web sites that offer them useful information and which entertain them. Ideally, web visitors should be provided with useful information that is presented in an entertaining manner.

Start by Writing & Posting a Number of Good Hubs

This site has an abundance articles that are both informative and entertaining, and, having just read a few of your hubs, I would certainly include them in this category.

All of the things discussed above serve to draw large numbers of visitors to HubPages each day. Of course the question is, how do you get a chunk of that traffic?

Since your profile as of this writing (June 2008) states that you joined a mere two months ago, you probably have not had time to produce a large number of hubs yet.

I joined in October of 2006 and it took me until the end of January 2007 to generate enough Google AdSense revenue (U.S. $100 is the minimum amount your account needs to reach in order to have the money sent) to receive a check in February 2007.

Be Sure to Click on "Share it!" link and Use the Links to Promote from the Sites Listed There.
Be Sure to Click on "Share it!" link and Use the Links to Promote from the Sites Listed There.

I put other things aside and did a considerable amount of writing in the first few months and by the summer of 2007 had published about 270+ Hubs.

I was then forced to cut back on the writing due to work and family responsibilities. However, since February of 2007 my hubs have consistently generated enough revenue to get paid monthly from Google (I am currently earning about twice as much per month now as I was in the summer of 2007).

In addition to good writing and a large and growing number of hubs, consistence is also important. I believe in one of the Hub Forums, Paul Edmondson commented that publishing three articles a week is a good number in order to generate readership volume on HubPages or any other site.

Comment on Hubs by Others and Enter HubPage Contests

In the Fall of 2006 HubPages ran a contest in which writers had to write Hubs on topics they chose from a list of topics requested by readers. I entered it and published one or more articles practically every day and saw my hits and AdSense volume jump during that period.

I did the same thing when they ran a similar contest this past February and March where you had 24 hours to publish up to five Hubs on the day's topic. My hits and revenue rose with my increased activity. In addition to forcing me to generate more volume quickly, these contests also forced me to broaden the range of topics that I wrote on (I should point out that some of my Hubs with the highest scores were written for these contests).

While having a good and growing base of high quality Hubs is important, direct promotion is necessary as well. The first thing you can do to promote your Hubs is to join other Hubber's fan clubs.

This lets them get to know you and most will at least check out some of your hubs. Once they have seen you, many will join your fan club and will usually start receiving automatic emails every time you publish a new Hub (they can, of course, turn this feature off, but many don't). This also drives traffic to your Hubs and causes Google to push your rankings up in their searches.

In addition, you can visit other people's Hubs and leave intelligent and relevant comments on those that you like. This automatically creates a link back to your profile that anyone, Hubber or outsider, can click on and go to your Hubs. You can also put a direct link to a specific Hub of yours if it is relevant. If done correctly, this can attract visitors from that Hub to your Hubs.

Promoting Outside of the HubPages Site

Next, move outside and begin promoting outside of HubPages. If you click on the Share It link that automatically appears at the bottom of each Hub you publish you can choose from a number of link sharing sites where you can post links with comments to that Hub.

I currently use Digg, Del.icio.us, Facebook, Reddit, Stumble Upon and Xomba all of which I have opened accounts with. With Digg and Del.icio.us not only can other members of these sites see your link, but the link and your comments will often be picked up by search engines as well, thereby bringing still more people to the link and giving them the opportunity to see and click to go to your Hub.

All of these sites and others have fan and friend features which you can use to help to further promote your Hub. Facebook is becoming popular with college students and professionals making it more that just a teenage vanity site. It also includes among its numerous communities at least two HubPage communities along with other professional communities.

Linkedin.com is another professional networking site which allows you to include links to a website and blog with your profile. I have a link to my HubPage profile on my Linkedin profile page. The Share It button also has a link where you can download addresses from your email account and notify your friends outside of HubPages when you publish a new Hub. I use this when I want to send a link to a new Hub to family and friends who I feel would be interested in that topic.

Start a Blog to Help Direct Traffic to HubPages

There are also sites that provide you with your own blog for free and allow you to run Google Ads on the blog (with you usually keeping 100% of the revenue rather than sharing it with them).

I have two blogs with Google's Blogger.com which I write for as time permits and try to include links in my articles to my Hubs.

While these two blogs rarely generate more than about 5% or less of my monthly AdSense revenue (with HubPages generating about 95% of my monthly AdSense revenue) they do provide me with opportunities to promote my HubPage articles.

Finally, when you are linking to HubPages from outside sources, be sure to include a referral tracker (click on the "My Account" tab at the top of you HubPages and, in the bottom half of the gray box that appears in the middle at the top of the page click on "URL Trackers").

The referral trackers allow you to insert a code into your HubPages link which will then give you credit whenever the person clicking on the link joins HubPages and begins producing Hubs themselves.

You will receive a percentage of the revenue that that person receives when people click on the Google, Amazon and eBay ads on their pages (the revenue you get comes from HubPages portion of the revenue generated and not from the writer's portion).

In addition to attracting new Hubbers and adding to your income you can also use the referral to monitor where your referral traffic is coming from. This involves the use of different trackers for different referral sources.

Due to time constraints, the majority of my efforts have been on writing and publishing Hubs so my promotions have not been as extensive as those of other Hubbers. Hopefully other Hubbers will add more suggestions and sites for promoting Hubs in the comments section below

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sirama 3 years ago

Thanks "Chuck" for the share. If this hub gave me 70% of information

(In the topic of discussion), the comments from others gave 30% of information on how I should go about it...


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Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

Great hub with lots of useful tips. I agree that consistently publishing hubs is important as well as commenting on other people's hubs.


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Chuck 4 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

Linda Smith 1 - thanks for visiting and for pointing out that the "She Told Me" site now charges for posting on it. I have received some emails to that effect and, as a result am no longer posting on that site. I have also removed the reference to it from this Hub.


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LindaSmith1 4 years ago from USA

I have to go back and write down some of the information that is provided here. However, more than one hubber mentions a site called She Told Me So which is not the real name. The site is She Told Me. Also, She Told Me does not allow you to do anything on it for free other than open an account. Before you post an article, a link, etc, you have to pay through your Pay Pal Account first. It would be nice if we are told this in articles that boast about using them.


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Eight8Consulting 5 years ago from United States

great hub, i really liked the idea


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TroyM 5 years ago

Great hub!Thanks for taking time to write such a helpful hub.


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Curiad 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

An awesome informative hub!Thank you for all the great information.


Kristine Manley 5 years ago

I am new to Hubpages and need all the advice I can get. Your Hub tips are great.

Thanks


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almasi 5 years ago

Wonderful article. Thanks for the tips.


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Tyrillis 6 years ago

Fantastic information. I'm new to hubpages and i find it very interesting. Thank you for all the tips on making money with it. Following, Bookmarked


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Judy Schmoetzer 6 years ago from Indiana

As a newbie, I appreciate all the help I can get. Wonderfully written article that is easy to read and understand. Thanks for the advice!


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DeanKeaton259 6 years ago from Troy, Michigan

Chuck, thanks for writing such a useful and informative hub. I agree with Paul that your writing style is very engaging and easy to follow. Great writers are able to create content that flows seamlessly from start to finish. Having read several of your hubs, I think it's safe to say that your writing is truly great. Well done!


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P.M. pen 6 years ago

these tips are oh-so helpful and as a newbie here I am eating them up! Thanks so much for sharing your insight and experience!


dnrkrishnan25 6 years ago

nice article...


sophs 6 years ago

Brilliant hub ! :-)


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bheem 6 years ago

Hi sir, i am thankful for the information. Really your writing on hub pages indicates persistence and patience combined with experimentation. Thanks again for the hub :-).


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beckykolacki 6 years ago from Bethlehem, PA

Nice! I'm very new here so this is quite helpful. Hopefully I can figure out how to bookmark this hub...


todaysmotherhood 6 years ago

Still very new to Hubpages and thanks for your good pointers.


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Maggie Butler 6 years ago from Little Ole' Iowa

Thanks, Chuck... Very informative hub. :)


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Singular Investor 6 years ago from Oxford

Thanks for the useful info. and sites - promotion is an ongoing and never-ending process I find !


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lovage7 7 years ago

Hi just started out on hubpages. Sounds like some good information!!! Thanks!


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marlenebr 7 years ago from Florida

Your hub keeps me motivated, which being a new hubber is needed. I am still trying to find my niche.


mydeen 7 years ago from abeokuta ogun

i iam realy enjoy this article this was one of the effective information i need i thank you for publish this type of article for helping people iam now one of your fan thanks


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Chuck 7 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

Ntathu - Thanks for your comment and thanks for the idea for another Hub on time management.

It appears that you were not signed into HubPages when you left this comment as there is no automatic link to your profile with your comment. If you look at many of the comments above from other Hubbers their username appears as a link and for those with a photo in their profile the photo also appears. This, of course makes it easy for readers of your comment to visit your Hubs which will help drive traffic to your Hubs. I was able to use the search box on HubPages to find your profile and was impressed with your background and Hubs you have published.

So that others might have the same opportunity here is a link to Ntathu's profile:

http://hubpages.com/@ntathu


Ntathu 7 years ago

Thanks Chuck...really useful, easy to read article. Lots of info for newbie Hubbers - like myself. When you get a chance do you fancy writing an article on Time Management - thats my weakness - getting distracted from sitting down and writing. Must say, I am more disciplines since joining Hub - esp. responding to requests - they make it easier for me to focus and write. thx and Be Well. Ntathu


deji 8 years ago

i like you the tips you have here. They are very great. Thanks for the information.


Starcatchinfo 8 years ago

Such tips are most wellcome for freshers. Good and informative reading.


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jennykim 8 years ago from Philippines

Thank you so much for the great idea Chuck! I will surely keep them all in mind!

Hope you'll post more of these tips again!

Jenny


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02SmithA 8 years ago from Ohio

Thanks for the great info!


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Sandilyn 8 years ago from Port Orange, FL

Good information. Since I write so much I have been thinking along the lines of getting paid for my work. I have seen the ads for these types of income but I have not explored them further due to two things.

One being times constraints as I have a website and business as well as working for a non-profit foundation. The other was not knowing how the system worked. You have given me a good general idea of how it does.

Thank you!


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gss 8 years ago from Florida

Excellent hub. Thanks for sharing.


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_Aaron_ 8 years ago from California

Alright! I'm your 400th! :)


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_Aaron_ 8 years ago from California

Hey I enjoyed reading your hub and appreciate all the nice info! Of course having multiple blogs might be too much for me to handle at the moment. Also, I took one look at mylot and noticed it was dead and that not even long term members log on there anymore. Also it says you have 399 fans so I guess I'll try and be your 400th! :) Thanks for everything!

-Aaron


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Augustus McMillan 8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

great hub


multimastery 8 years ago

Nice Hub Chuck! These are some wonderful ideas that I will definitely implement in my hub marketing strategies.


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AEvans 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Thank you for the valuable information after reading your article I joined linkedin and now I have linked it to HubPages. I sincerely appreciate your wonderful information. Great Article , I give a thumbs up.


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Pam Pounds 8 years ago from So Cal Girl in the Midwest!

Hi Chuck, While I have been writing for quite some time, mostly on the corporate scene, blogging is a new world to me. I am finding that I enjoy it very much. Thanks for your article. I learned quite a bit, and will probably refer to it often. There is much to learn!


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Chairman Matt 8 years ago from West Michigan

Thank you very much for the early days income curve, Chuck. Seems everybody else writes about the income after they have over 100 hubs.

I favorited the directories, Learn And Know. Everybody's right about style, although I will slog through a poorly written piece if I think its useful to me.

There's a common article writing or usfreeads monetization scheme where you drive traffic to a salespage from a clickbank vendor that you're affiliated with. An interesting twist might be to funnel traffic from one or more of those sites thru a hub page, or vice-versa.

In the end, it all comes down to shrewdly chosen keywords and making sure they're the clickable text in any links to any of your pages or hubs. Especially the title and web address.


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Julie A. Johnson 8 years ago from Duluth, MN

Since I just joined a couple months ago, I found this hub helpful. The 3 hubs a week idea provides me with a specific number to publish, and it's reasonable. Thanks! Julie


cora1984 8 years ago

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Chaplain Paul 8 years ago from San Diego, CA

Wow! What a motivational ariticle to get me writing. Hah! I wrote one Hub and is it ever lonely. Time to hit the keyboard and submit content.


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dsletten 8 years ago from United States

Chuck, thanks for sharing about your revenue and the tips on how to build income. I had been wondering how long it would take before building any revenue so your hub was really informative. I'll just keep writing! Thanks again.


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bjjp 8 years ago from Oklahoma, USA

Hey! Thanks so much for the tips. I am also fairly new at this hub business but I have been writing web articles for over 2 years. It is a rough world out there and it is very hard to make a living at writing but it can be done with a little persistence, a lot of patience, and a strong will to succeed at it.


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guidebaba 8 years ago from India

Excellent info.. Thanks.


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kohuether 8 years ago from New Hampshire

This is a great hub - just what I was looking for! :) I'm always looking for new ways to promote my hubs and I can take this advice and apply it to other things such as my blog.


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talented_ink 8 years ago from USA

Thank you for this information and even though this is only my first day on hubpages, I will work hard on following your advice so that I too can get monthly checks from google.


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JJC13 8 years ago from Liverpool

I use StumbleUponto promote my hubs! you guys should try it too. Read more about stumbleupon on my hub: http://hubpages.com/hub/StumbleUpon/


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Mike Goodchild 8 years ago from Dartford

Great Hub with loads of good advice - Another way to get good quality links to your hub is to make a video and post it to the video sites with a text link back to your hub in the description!

Thanks again


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Genuine H 8 years ago

Thanks for great info. Please visit all of my Hubs.

http://hubpages.com/travel/tips-on-how-to-get-chea...


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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

Hey Chuck -- this is great information and taught this ol' gal a few things....and they said it couldn't be done. ..." The referral trackers allow you to insert a code into your HubPages link which will then give you credit whenever the person clicking on the link joins HubPages and begins producing Hubs themselves"

I didn't know how to do that! thanks!@! I'm a fan....Marisue


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AEvans 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Fantastic article and thank you fo the tips as if it wasn't for writers like yourself we would be lost.


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rkat 8 years ago

Very insightful tips. Good reminder that its just as important to get traffic to your hub from outside hubpages, as it is trying to get traffice from within hubpages


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mlmsage 8 years ago from Aurora, CO

Great information, thank you so much. I am also a fairly new Hubber. I recognize that I need much more content. I learned a few "tricks" from you, but I also see that I don't need to constrain my writing to a single subject, but might even be better off by diversifying. Thanks Again.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great article, thx for sharing these tips!


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Louie Jerome 8 years ago from UK

Thanks for some really useful marketing information.


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articleCK 8 years ago from United Kingdom

Just showing some love... I am new to hub pages, but these techniques do with with my Squidoo lenses. For best results, be "social" don't post links just for traffic, but go read and rate other pages too.


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California

Chuck,

Thank you for your marketing advice on how to promote your Hubs. These tips are really very helpful for a "newbie" such as myself. I do like you style!


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D. Jackson 8 years ago from Michigan

Chuck, thank you for all that valuable tips. The web 2.0 strategies I already employ. But linking from one blog to another is one that I'll have to try. Once again great hub and thank you.


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desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

Thanks for this hub....I, too, joined in two months ago and know I have to be patient to start seeing any income....but I love writing, and have lots of different interests...so am hoping Hubpages a good place for me. Thanks again for the hub, and all the comments that help as well. BEST to all "stylish" writers...may I be included in those ranks some day!


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Joel McDonald 8 years ago from Denver, Colorado

Thanks for the informative post! I don't actually write for adsense income, but your post has great suggestions from an SEO, and a common sense, stantpoint. I've actually bookmarked this page to come back to because it has a lot of great information I need to put to use in my practices.

Thumbs up!


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Learn And Know 8 years ago

You can get free links from two directories that update almost every hour

one is http://besthubpages.com and the other one is http://hubsdirectory.com .

You will listed automatclly in bith directories and earn backlink, the only thing you can do it write a good hub that will rank top in hubpages.


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RITZ 8 years ago from New Delhi

hats off for writing such informative hub.....


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jimmythejock 8 years ago from Scotland

Hi Chuck, this hub is a valuable source for new people to hubpages and us older models lol, it is a great reminder that if you want to make a buck or 2 you do have to put some work in to it, The comment thread has thrown up some interesting discussion and if you can read between the lines there is some valuable advice there. I even get a mention lol, Paul I agree with you 100% style plays a big part of it and my writing style does let me down a little, I try to write as if I am talking to a friend rather than taking a formal approach.

Robin and Chuck have a more evolved style of writing that I would love to be able to master, Patty inglish also shares the same qualities in her writing, it is a friendly but formal style they tell a story in a way that is easy to read, and as you are enjoying reading through them you are learning new facts without realising that you are.........jimmy

P.S Robin thanks for sticking up for me, but what Paul said above is somethig I have known for a long time, but the way I write is who I am and i would find it difficult to change either lol.


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Mike Goodchild 8 years ago from Dartford

Really great hub - learnt loads and will take your advice

Thank you !


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jyuva 8 years ago from Away

Thanks for info nice hub


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Krish.IH 8 years ago from India

Thanks your hub is very informative.


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quiet tracer 8 years ago from South-Asia

Thank you for nice information.


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Andrew0208 8 years ago from Zion

Hi Chuck,

I must appreciate how your hubs have being inspiring and helpful to me, this one is a plus. Thanks for sharing.


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guidebaba 8 years ago from India

Excennelt Ideas . Thanks !


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California

This was awesome information. Even the comments have been awesome and informative. Makes me realize that I have so much to learn about this stuff. But when I find articles like this one at least I see that the information is out there and well put. It's kind of like eating a wedding cake by yourself: you could do it, but it ain't gonna happen in just one sitting. Thanks again, very helpful.


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William F. Torpey 8 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

Good information, Chuck, and interesting comments. The information on social sites and links is particularly helpful.


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Sally's Trove 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Very helpful information, beautifully written. Now if I can just find that time to produce those three hubs a week! Regards, ST.


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AdsenseStrategies 8 years ago from CONTACT ME at Adsensibilities@gmail.com

Yes I think style is an important element, as you say in one of your comment responses.

Take care

David

http://www.weblinkurl.com/making-money-online


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Every time I read a good article like this about Hub promotion, I learn something. Thanks Chuck.


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my-hair-tools 8 years ago from Ohio

great great article, definitely helps out and its great to have this information, thank you!


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Dan Varella 8 years ago from Groves, TX

Chuck-

Great Hub. Very helpful and easy to follow writinf style. I always appreciate those who write in PLAIN English and still give great content.

Thanks- Dan


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Health Conscious 8 years ago from South Florida - USA

Thanks for the info - I look forward to more in the future


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esocial 8 years ago from California

Excellent linking and marketing tips, thanks! DIdn't know about all those ;)


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Rob Jundt 8 years ago from Midwest USA

Another practical and timely hub. Thanks.


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Dorsi 8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

Thank you for all the helpful information. This is a great hub!


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Chuck 8 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

You may have a point, Paul. As to Jimmy, his Hubs are great and he is a critical part of the community. Frankly, I feel as close to Jimmy and some of the other Hubbers as I do to with the coworkers I work with in person at my regular job. I'm sure he had a good laugh at your original comment and is having an even greater laugh picturing Robin giving you an earful about the comment.

Thanks again for your comments and all the support you provide us on this site.


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Paul Edmondson 8 years ago from Burlingame, CA

One thing that just occured to me is that you and Robin are both trained educators. The point of a good Hub is to educate. Perhaps there is something in your training that has tought you how to present information in an easy to understand way.

Also, you are both highly educated. I'd love to run some analysis correlating traffic to profession and education levels. Too bad we don't collect this data.

Side note. Robin gave me an ear full about commenting on Jimmy. I love Jimmy's Hubs and he's a great part of the community here. Knowing Jimmy, he's probably laughing:)


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Chuck 8 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

Everyone, thanks for the comments.

Palu, I appreciate your comments and discussion of the role style apparently plays in attracting readers. It makes sense, but please don't ask me to describe my style because I haven't got a clue. I guess it is just the way I write and am thankful that it works.

While I never consciously tried to develop a particular style of writing, I do try to follow the advice of a writing instructor that I once had. His advice was that, to become a better writer, one should make a practice of reading well written books and periodicals. He specifically recommended "The Wall Street Journal" (he did make it clear that, while he did not like the content of the newspaper, he did like the writing style - the instructor was a 1960s type literature professor and did not have much use for conservative business writing). I have always been an avid reader and I guess some of it must have rubbed off on me.

I am still amazed by the success of many of the articles that I have written for the contests and on topics from the requests area. They are not topics that I would normally think to write about. I continue to be amazed at the ongoing popularity of my "How to Become a Fighter Pilot" (http://hubpages.com/business/How_to_Become_a_Fight... ) Hub which was a contest topic in the Fall of 2006 as well as the success of others that I wrote using contest and request topics. This Hub has also surprised me and I almost didn't publish it because there are other Hubs and items in the Forums giving essentially the same information. I was worried that there might be too much already written on the site on this topic for this Hub to be a success.

I meant it when I said that you and your team deserve a lot of the credit for our success because of the work you have done to make it a first class site that attracts a large reading audience. My style may be a big factor in my success here to date, but I believe that HubPages itself and your team's continued work on building and improving the site are factors that are at least as big or bigger than my style in making me a success. You deserve a great deal of thanks for the opportunity you have given all of us.


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Amber Arendsen 8 years ago from Solana Beach, Ca

Amazing article on hubpages, blogging and advertsing etc. So helpful and infromative, a very easy read. Really enjoyed it, thanks for taking the time to tell your story and show a "newbie" like me, the ropes!


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Amber Arendsen 8 years ago from Solana Beach, Ca

Yikes, double posted, sorry. Thumbs up again, though. :)


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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Thanks for all this information. At least 3 articles a week? Oh boy. :) I agree with Paul, in the end, people will really go back for more if they like the way it was written! Wow, way to go chuck and robin!


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Paul Edmondson 8 years ago from Burlingame, CA

Chuck, We have extensively analyzed Hubs and authors at HubPages to see if we could come up with concrete requirements of how to write Hubs that generate traffic. We looked at things like length, originality, images, number of links and videos. In short we found that longer pieces of content, with a few links, and a couple pictures or videos were the best combination. The harder thing to quantify was how useful the content was, so that's when we started looking at topics.

While we never formally measured how niche a piece of content was, we did discover that a niche with a well written piece of content was very effective at growing traffic.

The original grow the pot contest was a big experiment for us. We developed some technology to seed under represented topics. Then we wanted to incentivize authors to do their best to create useful information on them.

From here it gets even more interesting. A few authors were what we consider very successful at writing on these topics and generating traffic. Other authors would write on the exact same topic, but not do nearly as well even though they appeared to be well written. My conclusion was that there is a style element that search engines seem to prefer. Your writing has that "Style". So does Robin's that's effective at driving search traffic. Even though, you can read your hubs and they "feel" totally different than Robins. But if you were to write on a topic from the idea bank and so was Robin, the chances are the two of you would get much more traffic than if Jimmy or I wrote on the topic.

So, I'm not sure how to capture this, but Style is a significant factor today when it comes to driving traffic.


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andrews 8 years ago

Really enjoyed your article. You can always tell a good writer from another when he engages his audience, which you've certainly done with me. I personally have always had a flair for english and writing since I was a child and thoroughly enjoy writing and reading. I can say without a doubt that this was a very interesting article!

Good work!

I am now a fan!


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andrews 8 years ago

Really enjoyed your article. You can always tell a good writer from another when he engages his audience, which you've certainly done with me. I personally have always had a flair for english and writing since I was a child and thoroughly enjoy writing and reading. I can say without a doubt that this was a very interesting article!

Good work!


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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

I found something very usefull here! thanks!


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

Chuck, thank you for your sincere advice in this hub. I especially like the first part of this hub, where you wrote about your own beginning at hub pages. I think, it is all about good and constant work. Financial results follow a bit later.


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mr n 8 years ago

hank you very much chuck ;iam just a stater in hub ,but many of my frieends told me that chuck gave them the correct advice to increase their traffic;thanks once again .if u can ,please promote me by visiting my hub;thank you


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MM Del Rosario 8 years ago from NSW, Australia

I will definitely check BlogEvolve. thanks for the link...


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jyuva 8 years ago from Away

Great Information Thanks a lot


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lady luck 8 years ago from Boston

This hub is amazing! Thank you for taking the time to go into detail about what works for you. I definitely need to try to write more hubs!

I agree with the comment above about this being in plain english, you are a great writer! Hopefully others will find this as helpful as I did, I linked to it in my profile.

Thanks again!


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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Great hub helper, for everyone, and especially help for the new hubbers too. Thanks for putting this together in plain english


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stevemark122000 8 years ago from Southern California

Lots of great information, thanks.


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glassvisage 8 years ago from Northern California

Man, it takes a lot more time and effort than I thought!


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mulder 8 years ago from Warnbro Western Australia

thanks Chuck this is what i like about this Hub everyone helping each other .


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glycodoc 8 years ago

Fantastic hub - lots of good information, I learned several new facts about HubPages. Thanks for taking time to write such a helpful hub.

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