Google AdSense and Traffic: How to Make Money and Build Readership

nickel and dime me to death... but hey I'll still get something!  that is the way you should think about publishing online writing.
nickel and dime me to death... but hey I'll still get something! that is the way you should think about publishing online writing.

Money, Traffic and Google AdSense

There is no simple solution to a poorly published online article if you don't want to fix it. Rather it's not a solution that people want to hear in regards to hubpages, money, Google AdSense, or any affiliate program. There is no quick fix to problems-- this means that if it isn't broken try not to fix it... but we try-- but we don't improve our writing.

This is a business, and often the root cause of money and making money is how you mind your online business. The other key is why you want to make money in a very unforgiving business is also something to consider before publishing your work.

Some people don't make much money on hubpages plain and simple-- they also might not want to they have other reasons for publishing hubs. Some people do, and no matter how hard they will try they still can't do anything like the next person has done, or will do with a newly published hub. Yes, go ahead publish hubs, write and publish with passion... keep on writing and making some money.

But, there is still that problem. No money, no clicks, and no traffic.

I've Got a Problem! Yes I know, so here a few ways to help with hubpages and traffic, and maybe you wan't be saying I've got a problem, making a lot of money increasing traffic a lot... to your success.

Increasing Traffic... Easy

Traffic is the easiest fix... sort of:there is only so much you can do, but I found that commenting on others blogs and on your own also hold true for hubpages, and setting a goal to improve on your older hubs. Not only does it provide you with a link, but it also helps others see that you read their work as well. Don't write a blog? don't have a website?

Easy... get one. there are many free blogs out there, blogger wordpress and Typepad to name a few. (Typepad does have some "pay blog part as well) I have two right now, and also do guest blogging and other things related to my blogs and hubs. This adds some traffic because a new audience sees me on different blogs, mention one of your hubs if you can, but not overly promotional only if it fits.

Go to Stumble Upon and get an account, and start by putting your hubs on there, then got to Digg, and Facebook and do the same process all over again. All your hubs, and if you don't like your hub or it's too short or it doesn't look good, well, fix it. But that is next.

Mention hubs on your blogs, but also put your most favorite hub or two on your email address, and be sure to be professional in your emails. Also link your hubs in your blogs and on ezinearticles, again not too many but a few will do. The key to this is to repeat and repeat again, especially with e-zine articles.

Don't do the same hub over and over use different hubs to keep people interested. It's the same with linking on hubpages, fix up your profile to list about 10 to 20 hubs that you like, and that do have some links to other hubs of your that are not on the list.

This of course isn't a guarantee for traffic but it helps, the more links you have the better off your hubs are in the search engine world.

Money Publishing and Other Matters

Do you want the Reader to Care?:I wrote the hub Why Should We Care? and gave fifteen ways to make the reader care. Guess what it's still true, if your reader cares or likes your hub, they will Stumble Upon it send it to Digg, and Facebook and their blogs ( I know I do. Why aren't you?) and this gets them fired up. The other things is to go farther than simple social networking sites.

The point is to make money online, you need to publish hubs and you need to add more than a few links and increase traffic to your work.  Stop complaining and build your online business to make you money.

You Are a Published Author when you publish a hub or a blog: Okay this is the evil editor coming out in me or the non text messaging person. This is a hub and a blog you are writing. Do not ever ever ever put "u" or "r" or any other type of shorthand that comes with text messaging or twitter. Not only is it unprofessional, but you are not getting your message across. You are a published author prove it. If you wonder why your score is too low, read the hub out loud. If you see words that shouldn't be there fix them. You have a reputation to uphold. My reputation is as valuable as the next person. Frankly this is why text messages drive me nuts. Call me old fashioned, but please don't write a hub like you write a text. Rant ended.

The Ebb and Flow of Money and Traffic

Traffic comes and goes..but no traffic is a bad sign:When writing a hub understand that traffic will come and go and in spikes and other ways, so don't panic, look at your hubmetrics and stats and you'll get an idea of what is going on. the big issues is no traffic. you've done all the networking and everything and you get one or two people coming and reading but no comments,. Then you need to worry, look at your content, look at everything in your hub, your tags, your writing style, everything, try to fix it, and if that doesn't work and it is something that should be making money on google and AdSense, then think and perhaps delete that hub. But again traffic comes and goes, but no traffic none after networking and everything else is a bad sign.

Hub Scores.. Yes you need to pay attention!: You shouldn't get too worried about hub scores they do go up and down but the important thing here is that they are constant, if there isn't a lot of traffic to a hub, or it simply doesn't make much on google AdSense, this isn't something to worry about, much. What you do need to worry about is big drops. By big I mean your personal score was say 80 and now it's 70, this is bad.

Find out why, look at your hubs, they affect your score, look at your community work on hubpages. Does it seem like you are just there? The more you do positively on hubpages the better. Do you help others? This is good as well. Same goes for your hubs, a quick drop from say 90 to 60 is bad, but there are many reasons for this, not enough traffic or comments or not enough done by you. So be advised, work hard and you shouldn't see any big drops, but don't worry if it does go up and down a bit.

Understand the power of networking and blogs:  This is big while you can't over promote your hubs on any hubs, there is a way you can "over" promote your hubs.  Go to Stumble Upon, Digg and all the other networking sites.  Tell people about on your blogs, all of them.  Add a link to Facebook and on your website.  Anything to get back links and traffic.  I also like to post a blog about a hub I've written and add the link there, so that my blog traffic will go to hubpages, take the time to add hubs of others, and tell them you've done an article/post about it on their hubs, most people will like good reviews other than on hubpages.  this is powerful as it harnesses the idea of search engines and links and with some help from others it creates traffic to various hubs.

Understanding the Art of Publishing:  This is something I know no one wants to hear but here it is.  You are a published author and your hub is published works and sometimes, published material doesn't get much traffic even in the publishing industry. Sometimes it's a loss, but sometimes it's worth having that published hub up just so you can say, I don't have any traffic, but at least I'm published.  Okay, not a great consolation but it is some, and you are a reader and you did try everything to get this hub published, and professional. So well done.

 

There you have it, five things to remember when you say "I have a problem."  Really it's okay when you write and get traffic or even when you don't. Work on promotion and getting your name out there and you should see some traffic improvements to your hubs. Good luck and enjoy! 

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Rebecca E. 4 years ago from Canada Author

bobski-- don't go overboard, and plan it out though!


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Bobski606 4 years ago from U.K

Some very interesting information. I'm just starting out with backlinking so I hope to see some traffic increase.


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Rebecca E. 4 years ago from Canada Author

yougotme-- I try my best, but remember quality counts


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yougotme 4 years ago from Manila

Thank you so much for the article! Your words of encouragement worked on me. And I'm going to try out some of your advice.

Have a nice day!


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Rebecca E. 4 years ago from Canada Author

jjraskell-- you'll be waiting a long time, it's a matter of time here, and quality over quickness. My hubs-- some of them at least have been up for almost three years, and are only now maturing, and I still edit them. leaving now and waiting is the owrst thing you can do. Patience is reuqired.


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jjrgaskell 4 years ago

Recently signed up to hubpages and wrote six hubs (about three weeks ago). Did some backlinks on other sites but still no google traffic at all and a PR rank of zero. Absolutely no traffic at all for the six hubs today. Am thinking of not doing any more until I see some signs of progress. Made about a dollar in clicks. I was hoping for better...


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

Whidbeywriter-- as always I am gald to be of service, it is important that people enjoy and find my writing useful.


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

I am glad I finally got the chance to read this helpful hub, thanks so much for sharing this info. I am now a follower!!


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

cydro-- welcome to hubpages, happy to help out.


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cydro 5 years ago from Kentucky

I'm glad you made this. I'm new and I'm trying to get a feel for everything.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Danfelix-- you are most welcome, thanks for the comment.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

jstankevicz-- exactly, I have found that the big google ad on the right where my text comes out so,when there is enough text to fit it, also if your "main" top text is great then the content in that ad works well. But all of that won't do you any good without great great content.

BTW-- I try to do what i write about.


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Danfelix8 6 years ago

Thanks for the helpful tips.


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jstankevicz 6 years ago from Cave Creek

BTW Rebecca, I found this article through your promotional blurb on shetoldmeso, which demonstrates the validity of your suggestions on self promotion. It works!


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jstankevicz 6 years ago from Cave Creek

Great article Rebecca E. You can't get clicks if you don't get visitors. But those visitors need to be readers, so the better the article is constructed, the better the chance of somebody spotting an ad and acting!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Army Infantry Mom-- thanks for stopping by and commenting, high five right back!


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Army Infantry Mom 6 years ago

Thank you again for writing these hubs,.. I learn a lot from them, you have definitely helped out many of us. High Five Rebecca E !!!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

fishtiger58--- you've never done me wrong before, so i didn't take it personally =) don't worry about a thing.!


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

Oh my so sorry Rebecca I didn't mean not I meant great read, not dry. Guess I was typing to fast. I just reread my comment so very sorry that is not what I meant.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

The Situation-- thanks for stoping by hope that these points will help. You are very welcome.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Just a Voice-- I do hope that this hub will help in your success on hubapges.


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TheSituation 6 years ago

Great article! You really have some very helpful content and I wanted to thank you for that!


Just A Voice 6 years ago

I've just started and was very pleased to discover your hub today. Quite helpful and informative for a new hubber. Thanks so much!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Rose west-- you are welcome, I hope this helps you.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

Thanks for all your great advice and encouragement!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Springboard-- thanks for the comment, yes stumble upon is great for traffic, so is digg.keep up the good work!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Dohn121-- you have an awesome way of making my day thanks. but you are right Ezinearticles are great and easy to do as well.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

As always, valuable information. I've actually been discovering Stumbleupon a little bit, and it's interesting to see other interesting blogs or hubs and be able to comment and leave a link back.

I've seen an increase in traffic relative to my own participation across the web.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Thank you, Rebecca. You are always so helpful and are always so encouraging to others. I liked the idea of linking a hub to your email address. I do have accounts with Digg, Facebook, and Blogger, but have been focusing all of my energy here at HP. EzineArticles is another place that I've been meaning to write more articles for (I've only written two articles there).

Thanks again for all of the great advice, Rebecca! I expected nothing less!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

syed_mutheethazam-- you can go to my profile they are all listed there. As for you user name if you go to the FAQs on hubpages (help) it says you can't, so you have a long name. So, Back to your 1st comment you go to my profile, which is found on my name at the top right and click my name, from there you can get all my hubs.


syed_muheethazam 6 years ago

Is it possible to Change display My name in Hubpages?.

Now it is displaying long name.


syed_muheethazam 6 years ago

Plz give the links of hubs with the information of do's and dont's which you have created.

i know that will be useful for me.

Now i am working as a project manager in Ecobliss Netherlands

Department "GUI Design & Development"


syed_muheethazam 6 years ago

Thanks for giving instant reply.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

syed_muheedthazam--- i've done many hubs on do's and don't on hubpages, as most hubber s can astest to, but I just might do another on, not with that titel specifically but maybe. thanks for the comment.


syed_muheethazam 6 years ago

Here i am new,

I like your hub b'coz i got perfect information.

is it possible to you to create one more hub with a title "do's & don't's in hubpages" ?.

Thanks in advance.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

2patricias-- yes, some professionalism does help. Even when it's just to take kids to the school.


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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Very encouraging Hub, thank you.

We so agree with your views on professionalism! Pat is so pedantic that she spells words out in full when she sends text messages. Tricia teaches Pilates and always makes sure that she looks good - hair, nails etc as she believes in the whole package. We try to apply that philosophy to our internet work.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Eddy2106-- you make money from google AdSense when your ads are clicked by people. There are rules from google about this, but these are two: Never click on your own ad, ever never ever ever. and don' tell anyone else to either. So now I've said that, if people do go your a hub or a blog or a website of yours, and they click you make money from that, it's not if they buy something off of google. Hope that helps you.


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Eddy2106 6 years ago from Chicago Suburb, IL

thanks for the tips another great hub form my favorite writer/hubber. but i have a question do you make money when people click on your google ads or does someone have to buy something off google for you to make money.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

J.S. Matthew-- all the success to you in your journey, I know you will succeed, I am certain of it, and if this hub helps you I am pleased.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

hannzach-- glad to help you out, I am humbled by the fact you have such high praise for me, wishing you all the best on hubpages


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

hypnodude--- ha ha great!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

fishtiger58-- I am glad to took the time to read and comment and it's even better that you didn't tell me how horrible you really thought it was =)


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J.S.Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Thanks Rebecca! I have been writing Hubs for over 6 months and I have experienced a lack of traffic & followers. What began as a hobby when I was laid off from my job, turned into a drive and desire to make some money out here!

Thanks for your information! You have pointed out many useful ideas and tools and I will begin to implement them immediately! I know that it will take a little time as all good things do. I'll let you know how I make out!


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hannzach 6 years ago from UK

Hi, Rebecca, Your hubs always have lots of information - I like your writing style. You mention writing on guest blogs, I was wondering how you became a writer on guest blogs? Thanks!


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Yes of course. Feel free to do it. :)


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

Sometimes information can be very dry. Yours is not a great read and thanks for the info.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

hypnodude-- does this mean I can continue to do the same on you hubs?


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

angInwu-- no secrets just some things that can help.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

fastfreta-- yes it's one of the ways tyo do it, and it works really well, as long as people see the links.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

PegCole17-- if you do work harder, then you will see results, but tehre is a fine line as well, work smarter with what you have.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

shazwellyn-- you are so right, web within webs. I think that is what people tend to forget. community then out to blogs then out to search engines.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Kevin Thomas-- you are welcome.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Mystique1957-- once again you've made my day. Great you've found this enjoyable.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Ok then, I'll go on positively commenting the old way. :):):)

Forgive me if I'll repeat myself, I'll try to improve my vocabulary. Lol.


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anglnwu 6 years ago

Great pointers and now, I need to try to create an account on Stumble upon and Digg. Thanks for sharing your secrets.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

uliveulearn-- once again thanks for coming and commenting it means a lot to me. a blgo is anything that you can write about that you enjoy.. mine is about Transylvania and Writing respectively.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

11lucima-- you are welcome, thanks for stopping by and commenting. I certainly hopes this helps you in your success.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Ilena-- I am humbled to know you think this way. Thanks for commenting on my hub.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Tammy-- all the best with your AdSense appeal, I'm sure it's something that will work out in the end. What's the online magazine? Anytime, it's what we're here for.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

alekhouse-- you are wleocme.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

liswilliams-- basics basics basics and more basics, then the harder things.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Peter Dickinson-- motivation provided? Thanks!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

hello hello-- the potential earnings metric tells you what your ads would be worth with certain keywords. One $ means low the highest you can get is 5$.

As for links you have zero or no backlinks, there is still one * not sure why.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

hypnodude-- for you and me agreed, but for others the basics are always best.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

juneaukid-- thanks for the cooment. Hopefully you'll see some traffic improvements.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California

Rebecca E I got some new points from this hub. Most I already do, but I never thought of adding the hubs of others on my blog, so now I'll do that. Thanks for the good advice.


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PegCole17 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Thanks for these important tips. I'm working hard but not earning much so far. I've got to use more key words and improve saturation and add links.

I'm with you on the shorthand ban. If we wish to be considered as authors and writers then we should write real words, not buzz words and abbreviations. LOL (!) And invest in a good dictionary. I just had to look up a word to make this comment! Good information here Rebecca E.


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

More great stuff from you! I think if you look at the overall view, it is about a web within a web. Be active in the community and the community will reward you. Like Karma.. what goes around comes around.

x


Kevin Thomas 6 years ago

Excellent article. Thanks for sharing these useful guidelines. I'm glad I found you here.


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Becca...Wow! You are always right on the money(so to speak)I always find a little detail here and there that helps me make adjustments. Something is true: You have helped me to keep on writing, fighting and publishing! And that`s precisely what IS

important!

Thanks for sharing such useful information!

May this goodness come back to you a million fold!!

Warm regards,

Mystique


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uliveulearn 6 years ago from Canada

Thanks for this motivation and guidance that is much needed. I am gearing up to the challenge of a blog but haven't figured out a topic yet.


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11Lucima 6 years ago

Hi Rebecca,

This look like excellent information and hopefully it will help me out.Good luck to you and thanks again!!

Marlene


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Ileane 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

I just got started on HubPages and found your hubs right away. I'm glad I came to the right place to learn how to capitalize on my efforts. Thanks for showing me the way.

@Ileane


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

I get good traffic and I have done so with your wonderful guidance...Just so you know I still haven't heard back on the appeal to google. It's okay though because I have been offered a chance to help in starting an online magazine. I will try to give it a go. I have nothing to lose.

Thanks for remembering me from all the followers that you have it makes me feel really good. You are very kind and considerate........Tammy


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Good hub, Rebecca, with losts of helpful information. Thanks.


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liswilliams 6 years ago from South Africa

Thanks Rebecca, it's thanks to people like that help us newbies


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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from Southeast Asia

Thank you for the emphasis on what should be routine. I am probably as much at fault as the next. I need time but you provide the motivation. Thanks again.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you, Rebecca, for such an interesting and informative hubs. I only started and need all the help I can get.

I discovered Hubmetrics the other day and it showed Incoming link with one star, even I have not put a link on it? Also is there a limit I can put an incoming link? The other is Potention Payment with three or four stars?

I took me six months to discover Hubmetric. At least I am a bit furher now. - one day I will discover America hahaha


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Rebecca, since I'm beginning to repeat myself on every new hub you write could we agree on some symbols to mean: well written hub, very interesting, extremely useful, something that everyone should read especially newbies and things like that?

And yes, this is true for this hub too, great article. :)


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juneaukid 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

Thanks Rebecca E for this hub. You have some very practical hints, any one of which should help increase traffic!

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