More Traffic on Hubpages

You might be new to Hubpages. You have written the best article that you think you can possibly write and you sit back and you wait for the money to roll in. A day goes by, a week, a month, and the article just sits there. You wonder what you have done wrong. You probably didn't do anything wrong. The problem is probably that you have not done enough, yet.

Perhaps you have been writing on Hubpages for a while. You've had some success and for a while you were making money, but now for some reason, your articles are not doing as well as they were at first. You blame hubpages for changes in the system, but perhaps the problem isn't the system. Perhaps it is in what you haven't been doing. No doubt, actions exist in that you can improve the traffic to your Hubs.

Write More Hubs

Whether you are new to Hubpages or you have been writing for Hubpages for years, if your current hubs are not giving you the traffic you want, writing more hubs will increase the traffic to your site.

Challenge yourself to write more hubs. One way to write more hubs to challenge yourself is to write one article per day for the next 30 days. Or if you prefer, you can do as I have been doing and challenge yourself to write one article per day for 100 days.

Make Your Hubs Evergreen

A tree that is evergreen is a tree that never goes dormant or never dies, it is the same with Hubs. You need to write hubs that remain relevant. Look over your hubs. If too many of them are seasonal or are about current events long since past, you need to write more hubs that never grow old. The number of evergreen articles that you can write is limitless.

Also, consider respinning some of your current event or opt ed hubs. How have your thoughts changed since writing the article? What relevance does the event have now? Is there a way to make these evergreen as well?

this does not mean that all your articles need to be relevant twelve months of the year. If you discover that you have written many articles about certain seasonal activities, perhaps one way to get more traffic during other times of the year would be by writing articles for those other times of the year. For instance, if you have a number of articles written about Christmas, write several articles about evergreen summer events. If you have a number of articles written about spring, include a number of articles written for autumn. This in effect will create an evergreen effect on your hubpage traffic because traffic will be going to at least some of your articles all the time.

Create a series of hubs that cover different months of the year. For instance, if one of your interests or niches has to do with health care, many National Awareness months are based on different diseases. Use search engines to determine what these various months are and write articles based on these events. Do one for each of the twelve months and you have created a series that has become evergreen.



Edit The Hubs You Have Already Written

On your Hub statistics page, there is your list of hubs. At the bottom of the page is a legend that tells you the status of each your hubs. The goal of each hub is to get them featured by Hubpages. If any of your articles are not featured, discover why they are not featured and figure out how to fix them.

If the reason the hub is not are not featured is because the hub is not getting traffic. Determine what you can do to improve traffic to that hub. Add pictures, add videos and edit the articles so that they are pristine perfect.

Realize that there may be nothing that you can do to improve traffic to the hub because it is a seasonal article such as a Christmas article that is not getting traffic during the summer. This hub will no doubt pick up traffic as time marches toward that season.

You could also have a short story or poem that you wrote and you can't find any way to edit it to improve it. The way to improve traffic in this case is not in improving the hub. Instead, it may be necessary to extend your network with potential readers.


Update SEO Keywords and Practices

If you have noticed that some hubs which were getting a lot of traffic has suddenly died down to a crawl, the problem may be because of changes in online algorithm policies in SEO or Search Engine Optimization.

Don't overdo using keywords. It may work against you rather than for you.. At one time, you couldn't have too many keywords in a paragraph, the more the better. However, that is no longer true. Limit your specific keywords to one in the heading and subheadings and the number you have in subsequent paragraphs.

Discover different keywords and use them instead of the main keywords in hub subheadings and in paragraphs when appropriate.

Choose the right keywords for drawing traffic to your hub. To help you, use Google Adwords Keyword Planner to find words that have high search rates, but low competition. Words that may have had high search rates may no longer be searched as often, or the competition for that word may have changed since you first wrote the hub.

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Increase The Number Of People In Your Network

As a Hubber, you can increase traffic to your hub by interacting with other hubbers on Hubpages. Go to articles related to the topics that you write about and read what they have written and then comment on it. Don't just say "great hub". Say something specific that you liked about the hub or a question that you have for the hubber who wrote the hub.Because you have commented on this hubber's hub, there is a link back to you and your hubs. Most of the hubbers I know are great about coming back and checking out your hubs and commenting on them. This helps build traffic.

Facebook: Make Friends on Facebook, then let your friends know about your hubs, become an expert in a niche and then join groups in which to share your Hubpages. Don't just post articles, but interact with others. Build relationships and help others whenever you can. Remember to make friends, not enemies.

Twitter: Follow as many people as possible on twitter. Build twitter following by using a free app such as Tweepi. Post articles to display throughout the day using an app such as social oomph. Throughout the day, tweet and retweet and use hashtags in order to build relationships.

Pinterest: Pin your article photos to your boards and connect with others who have similar photos on their boards.


Formatting Your Hubs

  • Increase your traffic by making your hubs easier to read by using subheadings. Also include numbered and bulleted items when appropriate.
  • Remember to include a hub summary so that your hub can be found on search engines.
  • Use Lots of pictures to show how things are done.
  • Use thumbnails to make hub loading faster.
  • Videos not only add polish to your article, but it provides another location from which to draw traffic. Videos posted on uTube can be linked to your article as well.

Reaching Out And Grabbing Traffic

Another way that you can build traffic to your hubs include adding connections to your hubs through your blogs. Write blog entries and include links to hubs that you have written related to the blog entries that you have written.

Include your hubs on online magazines and let your friends know that they are included.

Create and build newsletters and include links to your hubpages.

Provide thoughtful comments on popular blogs that relate to your topics, include a signature line that will help drive traffic to your blog where you have connections to your hubs.

© 2013 Donna Brown

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23 comments

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Learn Things Web 3 years ago from California

Sometimes I get too busy to focus on Hubpages and then my traffic drops off. Once I get active again, it starts to increase. I've heard that Google places more value on content from active sites. So, it's probably a good idea to post something at least every week or two.


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cygnetbrown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri Author

I agree, as I am sure you noticed, Learn Things Web, all of these tips do exactly as you suggest. Be more active with your hubpages and your traffic will increase.


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Schoolmom24 3 years ago from Oregon

Some good advice! I am new but instinctively have been doing some of this already...yet, I noticed that when I posted my first fiction short story here on Hubs I didn't get any feedback at all here, although others elsewhere had told me positive things, so not sure if I posted it in the wrong genre. Anyway, informative hub and voted up!


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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

This is great advice. I haven't really dived into pinterest yet. I know I should but there are so many sites, I'm hesitant to join one more. Hence, I know I will give in soon. THanks for posting this! Voted up and shared.


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HeatherH104 3 years ago from USA

Nice hub! You have some good advice. My traffic has been down so I'm going to try some of your tips. I joined pininterest but don't understand it - I will need to read up on how to use it.

Voted up and shared.


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cygnetbrown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri Author

Thanks, HeatherH104 I would love to hear how the tips on this hub has helped your traffic!


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Thanks for these helpful tips. I've recently started using Pinterest and want to get on Twitter. Gosh, it just seems like it just takes so much time. You're right -- I'd rather be writing -- but I want to be read too. Voted up and more.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Useful tips, Donna! The most effective way to increase traffic is to write more evergreen hubs and yes, I make a point of sharing my hubs after every 4 to 6 months on all platforms.


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cygnetbrown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri Author

FlourishAnyway, yes, it does seem to take a lot of time, especially in the beginning, however remember that everything that you do builds exponentially over time.

rajan jolly I agree evergreen hubs are definitely the way to go and sharing them every 4-6 months on all platforms helps bring new life to your articles. It also makes sense to try to tweak the articles if possible by changing out pictures, adding videos, and adding new and relevant information.


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Journey * 3 years ago from USA

Hi cygnetbrown, this is a well written hub. I have been with HubPages five years but I still often look for these kinds of tips. For example, in time, I have definitely learned the importance of making the hubs "evergreen" as often as possible and revising them when they begin to lose relevance or competitive quality. Thanks for this hub. Voted useful.


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cygnetbrown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri Author

Thank you, Journey, that is high praise coming from an expert like you!


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

A mark of a good writer is the ability to put a slight twist on a familiar theme. You've done just that, and you've created an excellent reader-friendly piece that will serve to help dozens of aspiring as well as established writers for years to come.

Thanks for sharing in a novel way, Donna! Aloha, my new neighbor here in Hubsville!

~Joe


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cygnetbrown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri Author

Aloha, Joe!


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Hawaiian Scribe 3 years ago from Hawai'i

Thanks for the great hub! You gave me a much-needed kick in the pants and lots of fresh ideas for getting more writing done on Hubpages. Not sure I can do the 100 day challenge, but my goal is to get a hub written each week. Starting this week...Aloha, Stephanie


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cygnetbrown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri Author

Hawaiian Scribe,

I know that not everyone can do a 100 article in 100 day challenge, but each of us can benefit from just a little more focused effort on our writing goals.


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Rock_nj 3 years ago from New Jersey

Good advice here. There are many times that I read Hubber complaints about a lack of traffic, and then I look at their Hubs and find very specific non-evergreen topics. It's great to write about what one likes to write about, whether popular or not, but Hubbers can't expect to get a lot of traffic for obscure topics. I have wrestled with this dilemma myself. I sometimes like to write about obscure topics that interest me, but I have to accept that traffic will be limited (unless the topic is suddenly in the news).

Otherwise, my best traffic spike come from posting comments on forums a link back to a Hub. I see you covered that in this Hub.


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cygnetbrown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri Author

Hi Rock nj,

I would bet that if any of us spent a whole day just commenting on other hubs, we would see a spike in our hub traffic. As you say, it takes great evergreen content and lots of traffic to make these hubs pay.

There are sometimes when I write on a specific topic that I know that it will give me lots of traffic when I post it on Facebook. And it does. I actually see the traffic increases in real time.


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey

It is always useful to be reminded of the ways to be successful on HubPages. I especially love your introduction, as I felt all those things at some point.


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Pro-Hubber 2 years ago from Florida

Wow just another wonderful hub. Networking is the best way to get success in hubpages.


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cygnetbrown 2 years ago from Alton, Missouri Author

Thank you SamitaJassi for your comment. I always love to hear from other hummers.

ProHubber--Sometimes I think SEO is overrated today. Once upon a time it was the thing to do, but even with great SEO, it is hard to get on the first page of the search engines so learning to write great content and networking and getting to know people are probably our best bets to getting noticed on the web. Thanks for dropping by!


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Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

Very useful information and I intend to take advantage of it! Thanks for sharing!


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cygnetbrown 2 years ago from Alton, Missouri Author

You are welcome, Ann 1 Az2!


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Hazel Abee 16 months ago from Malaysia

Interesting writeup, i was googling to increase my hub traffic and your article just popped up .. thanks

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