Tips For New Bloggers & Online Writers. Get Traffic, Improve SEO and Avoid Newbie Mistakes!

Avoid the confusion and mistakes of writing - what to expect from Google and how to avoid redundant writing.
Avoid the confusion and mistakes of writing - what to expect from Google and how to avoid redundant writing.

If you've just begun your online writing career on Hubpages, another revenue sharing site or your own blog, chances are you nurture the secret hope of getting as much traffic and money as many top online writers do.

Whether you realise it or not though, writing online isn't as simple as sitting down and typing out a few hundred words (no matter how fantastic those words are) then waiting for traffic and money to come in. It takes some serious learning about how to drive traffic, what the right type of traffic is, and learning from the numerous mistakes you'll likely make in the first year or two.

In this guide I've pulled together many of the common mistakes I've seen made by new hubbers and bloggers [most information gathered from this forum thread] and given some brief information on how they can correct these issues without long term negative impact on their writing.

I'm hoping that it may save many new writers some of the first few months of confusion and mistakes.

This hub was also featured in the official Hubpages Blog.

Demiurgic Titles

I bet you don't know what demiurgic means, do you? I hope not - I had to dig it up in a thesaurus! Chances are that if the word isn't well known, people aren't going to be searching for it.

"People Don't Search For Titles in Google, they search for Answers," -Cardisa

Titles are one of THE most important parts of internet content. Not only do they get noticed by Google as the primary brief summary of what your article is about, but they are shown in Google results. So what does a good title need?

  • Needs to be readable and clickable. Think about what attracts your attention on Google - Don't just throw a bunch of randomly related words in your title. Example: "Dough, Yeast, Bread, Information, History etc" won't work as well as "Who Invented Yeast and Why Is It Used in Dough?"
  • Don't Use Big Words - Although Google is getting good at picking up some synonyms, it's still more likely to send you traffic if your titles and content matches what people are typing into Google. So avoid "crimson" and go with "red." Google recommends writing for a ~12 year old reader.
  • Describe Exactly What Your Article is About - Don't hint or use a pretty or double meaning title. You can use a teaser (see further on for more info on these) but don't use a title like "My Wild Whirlwind Friend" instead of "How I House Trained My Cranky Cat".

It's Normal For Your Traffic To Go Down

Most people are pleasantly surprised to see a nice hit of traffic when they first publish a post or article. Then they see the traffic take a huge dive.

New content gets a lot of hits for a variety of reasons. On your own site, it's probably due to you sharing it on your own social networks, any automatic content feeds and the fact it appears at the top of the front page. On sites like Hubpages or Squidoo, it's also likely related to being emailed out to all your followers and appearing in the "new hubs" section in your chosen topic. Google can also play a part, sending a burst of traffic to "fresh content".

It's completely normal for traffic to drop after all those reasons are no longer applicable. But don't worry - if your content is in a low competition niche and high quality, Google traffic will slowly return. And after it returns, social traffic often comes with it as search engine visitors like, tweet and pin your content.

Until you have experience with "what works" for getting search engine traffic, it can take 6-9 months for the average post to start seeing serious traffic. In the meantime, get writing more content!

Beware Time Decay: Go Evergreen

One major mistake new online writers make is writing about what's in the news. Forget what's in the news for two reasons:

  1. Major news sites have dozens of writers ready to throw an article online as soon as they've got all the information and sources they need. Your lowly little article probably isn't going to outrank those news sites on the first day you publish it.
  2. Unless you have hundreds of subscribers hanging off your every word, your article is unlikely to see serious Google or social traffic for at least 6-9 months after being published. That means, by the time your content starts being at the prime age for getting views, no one will be interested in that topic anymore.

So what should you write about, if not news and current affairs?

Easy - write about things that'll never go out of date, such as how to guides, reviews, recipes, dealing with particular emotional or social issues - anything that will be as relevant in a decade as it is now.

Avoid mentioning specific time based events unless you plan to remove that section later. And don't mention the year (best dog breeds 2013)!

Prime Real Estate - Top Right!

The top right space on any article is the place that visitors see first. So you need to make it attention grabbing and something you really want them to see. The best things to put there include:

  • Advertising - Let your first Adsense box display there.
  • Affiliates - Put Amazon, eBay or other affiliate boxes there.
  • Made For Pinterest Images - Create images that people will pin to Pinterest and drive more traffic to your content.

Wasted White Space

Big white spaces in your content are ugly and make your content look low quality. The most common cause of white spaces:

  • Adverts inserted after publication push content down. Always check how things look AFTER you publish them, too.
  • At the end of a capsule or post, you've pushed the 'enter' key too many times, leaving a big empty area. Delete it!
  • Too much content, too few capsules. Each capsule should just contain one image, or one paragraph of text or one video so you can easily move them around.

Over Formatting - Dump Those Lists, Bolds and Italics!

You should save special formatting for VERY IMPORTANT things that you want to emphasise.

  • Using
  • Lists
  • And
  • Other
  • Attention

grabbing styles confuses your reader and quickly makes them immune to it. Unless you have a good reason (like writing an article on newbie writers!) try to stick with one main list, and only format your text for important links or one off quotes.

Convoluted Not Concise

Although anecdotal stories can add to a good article, the reader really doesn't want to know that you learned about the topic from an aunty's friend who helped you change a tyre on the afternoon before your wedding because you ran out of gas.

Tell the reader what you promised to tell them in the title and the introduction. Don't go off on tangents - if you find yourself writing more than a paragraph not closely related to the original topic, create a spin off article and link it for those who DO want to read that information.

Ranking #1 In Google Is Pointless

Yes, you heard that right! Many people are proud of the fact that they rank first in Google for their exact title. You know, the title like "My cat miffy and why she scratched me".

That's good for them. Except no one is actually typing "My cat miffy and why she scratched me" into Google.

I rank #1 for my name (Susannah Birch) and it doesn't do a lot of good - because only 10-20 people search for it a month.

It's ONLY good to rank high in Google if you're ranking for something that people are searching.

Losing Viewer Attention

Getting people to your page is only half the problem - you need to stop them hitting the back button straight away, too. Why? Because Google monitors time on page, social sharing and if a person bounces (goes back), and it can lead to your page being ranked lower in Google.

  • Avoid long and boring unbroken text - cut your article into bite size paragraph by subtopics and topics and subtitle each one with a relevant description so people can easily skim and decide which part of your article is most relevant. Subtitles also help with search engine visits.
  • Use a hook sentence and hook paragraph - Give them a teaser in the first sentence that summarises why they're visiting your hub. Expand a little on the topic and why you think they'll want to read about it in the first paragraph.

Poems And Stories Will Make You Rich

If you're writing stories and poetry, I hate to break it to you, but you're likely never going to be earning thousands of dollars a month writing hubs, wizzes, lenses or blog posts.

Although there is a market for creative writing, most people use Google to find answers to their questions - how to do something, grow something, find something, make something or buy something. If you're not writing for what people are Googling, chances are you won't be drawing serious traffic - ever.

But if you just love your creative writing, I'd highly recommend Cardisa's article on how to set up your creative writing for Google.

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Wasting Links

Writing online is about what YOU want people to know and making YOU money, not about promoting other people's sites and sending people off to other people's content - that's a great way to leak valuable traffic! If people want further information on something, most of them know how to Google - when they are reading your content, they want to know what YOU have to say.

  • Create a web of links between your own related articles to keep traffic on your content.
  • Channel traffic from highly viewed articles to lower traffic content.
  • If you must link out to other people's content or websites, put the links at the end of the article so people are exposed to all your information and links to your other content first.
  • Don't randomly link words in your content to more of your content. Use bold or italicised text, or better yet, create a separate box with a blurb about the information you're linking to. See example on the right.

Check out my hub on Amazon selling to learn more on utilising images to make sales.

Image Mistakes

Images are one of the most important parts of an article. A great image can catch the reader's attention and encourage them to read enough of your article to keep going.

  • Full Width Images & Videos - Splitting your content up with big full width content is a great way to lose reader attention. If you have to do it, save it for the bottom of the article or for a piece that is really high quality and a very important feature of your article. Preferably, right align images and videos so you have a continual line of text down the left hand side.
  • Horizontal Images - Avoid these as they'll usually take up more space and push your text further to the side. Try and stick with vertical images if possible.
  • Small Images - Big images can usually be shrunk and still look great. Small images stretch badly and can end up pixelated and low quality. So stick with bigger images!
  • Copyright - Every image on the internet (even in Google image search) is copyright unless stated otherwise. Even those that you can use freely often require a link back to the place you found it. Make sure you read the copyright specifications so you don't risk having a DMCA filed or worse!

If there's too much competition for your topic, you'll never get traffic. Here's how to check competition on the topic you're writing about: Check Your Competition in Google.

Promote What Works, Forget What Doesn't

A big mistake new online writers make is to worry too much about their content that isn't getting traffic. Meanwhile, they ignore the content that IS.

You can invest hundreds of hours into trying to make something work, when really it's never going to. It can take just a few hours of work to turn a successful article into a very successful or even viral article.

Don't concentrate on your failures - concentrate on the content that is doing well and promote it, leave the content that isn't working alone, or save it for last. Sometimes content that isn't getting traffic will pickup when a related story is getting media attention - other times it will just die a slow death.

The Art Of The Teaser

The teaser is arguably the most important skill of online writing. Learning how to make the reader want to read more is a skill that takes some time to learn, but it can be an invaluable way of driving traffic. Some tips on using teasers:

  • A teaser is not a caption. A caption tells you what you're getting an answer to, or what you're looking at, a teaser hints that you may get even more than what you asked for.
  • A teaser is great when used with Made For Pinterest images, especially in relatively saturated topics.
  • Use teasers or hook lines at the start of each new subtopic to keep your reader wanting to know more.
  • If your article title promises an answer to a question, you can make your whole first paragraph into a teaser - keep the reader hanging with details on the background of what they're asking about, and wait till the second paragraph before offering an answer.

Want more info on using teasers in titles, social media and more? Read my Ultimate Teaser Guide.

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And Some Final Tips

Many of these tips are tried and proven by thousands of hubbers, bloggers and online content writers. Ignore at your own risk.

  • Don't expect more than $5 per 1,000 external views at the start - That's an average, but it's a good one. Internal views (from other hubbers) don't make you money. Friends visiting your hubs don't make you money. Learning how to get regular views from Google CAN make you money.
  • Don't write in saturated topics (unless you REALLY know what you're doing) - no matter how high quality your article is, if there are thousands of other articles online about it, chances are your content will never see the light of day in Google. Examples of saturated topics include weight loss, how to earn money online and acai berries.
  • Don't stress if your content stops getting traffic - during the first week or two after publishing an article, you'll likely get internal traffic.
  • Encourage your visitors to work for you - Use made for Pinterest images to encourage pins, write interesting content that people will want to like or share on Facebook, leave a note at the bottom of your article asking a direct question to encourage comments.
  • Don't Spam Your Friends - If you're continually posting links to your content on your social media accounts, chances are that firstly, your friends will get very sick of you and secondly, that friends may try and "help" by clicking adverts for you - which can get your Adsense account banned.
  • You can rank #1 on Google for "Purple Pigeon Poop" but if no one is Googling it, it's worthless!
  • You can break a lot of the rules in this article - yes, really! But before you do that, you need to learn to work with them, so you also know when breaking them will help instead of hurt your content.

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Shyron E Shenko 2 months ago

I am back to read this fantastic guide Susannah, I have this book-marked and added to favorites for the times when I feel stuck.

Blessings my friend.

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avatartx 2 months ago from Dallas, TX

This was a very nice read. I know it is a few years old, but the topic is still very relevant. I plan to go back to my first hubs and see what I can change to improve them!

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Masooma Riaz 6 months ago

Great hub, this is what I'm looking for, very well guide for newbies. Thank you so much for writing this wonderful article.

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Coffee Cruz 8 months ago from Philippines

I'm a newbie here. Thanks for the info. Im not tech savvy. How do get those ads? I would like to learn more. Please light me up.

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Carol Morris 9 months ago

What a great hub, packed with important information for newbies (I'm sure for veterans too). This is exactly what I need to start me off. I'm looking forward to reading your other hubs too!

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Glenn Stok 15 months ago from Long Island, NY

This is a tremendous amount of useful information. All very good point to be successful with online writing. One of the most important points you made is to understand that people search the internet looking for answers to their questions. But all your other points are just as important. This is a great resource even for accomplished writers.

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jackclee lm 18 months ago from Yorktown NY

Very good advice here. A lot of information to digest. Thanks for sharing.

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Heidi Vincent 18 months ago from GRENADA

Thanks for the tips, Susannah! Good tips for new and not-so-new writers alike.

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MichalWrotter 19 months ago from Czech Republic

Hello, your article is very aducational. Thank you so much. I am at the start of my journey and surely your tips are great. I will have to read it all over again but I found your article very good. Thank you so muc for your advice to new writers as me. It is hard for me as I am not english but I will try my best. I think the best is just not to rush and make a quality article right? Rather then 2 not quality once. So I am still tweeking and adjusting my first hub in hope, people will like it before I post it.

Once again. Thank you for your article

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Felisa Daskeo 19 months ago from Manila, Philippines

Thanks for sharing this hub. It's amazing to read hubs like yours. I was just starting a blog about how to make money online then YOU changed my mind. I guess I have to shift to another topic. Thanks.

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Chin chin 19 months ago from Philippines

Wow! This is an awesome read. Thank you for sharing. No wonder your hubs got 4M views already. I still have so much to improve on my writing so that I could attract those readers looking for answers on the search engines.

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Ayeshafarid 20 months ago from USA

Thanks for writing and informative article for us newbies

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eilval 21 months ago from Western Cape , South Africa

Thanks for all tips - just what I was searching for . Very interesting and insightful . Will certainly bookmark this hub for future reference .

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Jill Moore 22 months ago

This was a great hub - I've only been writing here for a couple of months but I know that I've already made some of these mistakes on my (few!) hubs. When I get through bootcamp, I'll be returning to them to spruce them up. One interesting point is how things change - regarding full width images for example. It seems as though putting a big picture above the fold is the new right thing to do (April 2015!). Seems funny when you're wanting people to love your writing content but, from browsing the forums and watching HubPro in action, it seems that's the new right thing to do.

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tlcs 24 months ago from Hampshire, UK

Great Hub, really easy to read, thanks for the information.

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tlcs 24 months ago from Hampshire, UK

Great Hub, really easy to read, thanks for the information.

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motivationsblog 2 years ago from North Carolina

Just found this article and I absolutely love it. I'm less than a month in but have picked up some great tips here. Thnk You!

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Prince Bethel 2 years ago from Africa

Nice hub, i enjoyed reading it. Got some interesting points that added to my knowledge. Voted up!

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Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

Definitely bookmarking this page, not only for your wonderful list of tips, etc., but also for the links to your other useful pages. I will be back! You offer a lot of helpful information for this HubPages 'newbie' who got transferred over from Squidoo.

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aesta1 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Focus on what works is a great advice. I just can't help looking down at my lower scored hubs as well as spending more time editing those that don't get traffic. Maybe, I should just write new ones applying the learning I have gotten for your article. Excellent information!

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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Great tips! And I'm driven to make it good online as may passive payout depends on my active activities online, such as hubbing and blogging.

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pakdominator 2 years ago


Writers like you are an asset not only for the hubpages but also for the other sites because your writings provide essential points for those who intend to write something which is worth reading. I am thankful to you for providing such basic information which are indispensable to know before attempting to write anything.

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pakdominator 2 years ago


Quite informative. You have made easy for those who intend to write something on Hub-pages or elsewhere by combining most essential points for them to follow and become good writers.

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charliehorse1 2 years ago from Northeast Florida

Just got here, thanks for the information.

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ideadesigns 2 years ago from Central USA

Great article! You kept my attention and I love your layout. It's helpful to know these good guidelines.

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SANJAY LAKHANPAL 2 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

Thank You very much for the wonderful tips. To become a successful online writer, one should write for others, not for one's own pleasure. I will remember it.

But perhaps in the tips for Stellar Hub or somewhere else, it has been mentioned to add full width images. I am confused.

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Cruncher 2 years ago from UK

Very useful hub. Lots of things to think about (especially placement of images for me. I will definitely experiment with that).

I'm a bit wary of disagreeing with you at all, but I think I have to on one thing - outbound links. While I agree with you about linking to your own hubs, I think there it can only help to have some outbound links as well. Otherwise your site looks unnatural to Google - and may get downrated for that.

If you don't believe me Google Hochmann Consultants "link miser". (No connection to me, just puts it very well!).

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favored 2 years ago from USA

So much helpful information. The keyword search is one thing that has been an issue for me, but I hope that can be solved with what I've learned. Appreciate it.

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Gods Provision 2 years ago from Texas

A lot of good things to take into consideration.

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Marisa Wright 2 years ago from Sydney

I was just looking for a helpful article to offer a friend. I knew you'd written some Hubs for newbies but hadn't read them - now I have, and this one is great!

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Seanspage 2 years ago from USA

These tips were certainly extremely helpful! I love that your writing is always very fluent and relevant to the topic. All the tips and advices that you have given will be cherished by me. Thank you so much!

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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

You have provided a lot of helpful information here for all. I am glad I found this article and wish I had earlier on.

I will take your advice to heart and read your other helpful hubs as well.

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CatherineGiordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

I is I had known this when I started blogging three years ago. I learned some of what you said through trial and error and picked up other pointers piecemeal. I learned some new stuff here today. Thanks.

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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

This is pretty cool for a newbie. I need to read some of your other titles. Thanks for sharing :-)

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temptor94 2 years ago from India

Great tips for new online writers. After reading your post, I realized my mistake in my first hub - I have used horizontal image of full-width. Will correct that. Thanks a lot for your wonderful article!

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marieloves 2 years ago from Canada

Thank you for writing this up. I will be referencing this article a lot. Sharing it and voting up!

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BeyondGS 2 years ago from Ohio

Very good tips and rules to follow. I agree that it can be easy to focus on the negative but taking the time to build up what works is important. Thanks for well written hub!

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thefedorows 2 years ago from the Midwest

Wow! I had to pin your hub because it is filled with too many tips I want to remember!! Thank you for sharing your insight so clearly.

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sassypiehole 2 years ago from the ATL

This is the best advice I've found yet and very well written. It appears I have a LOT to learn!

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Seckin Esen 2 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

Excellent hub about how write blogs. I like your suggestions and will try to use them. Thank you for useful ideas. Voted up.

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kerlund74 2 years ago from Sweden

A useful and well written hub. I am new in this and try to gather as much useful information I can to learn. I write to, of course, but all this is still a jungle for me. Thank you for sharing this substantial information. Voted up and useful.

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Kathleen Odenthal 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

Great article! Filled with some fantastic tips, even for a seasoned writer!

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Zainab Tarawali 2 years ago from Nation's Capital

Whew! It's so much to learn with writing online. I'm new to this, so I'm learning as much as I can to lay the best ground work. Thank you for sharing this information and being gracious with your knowledge. Pinning and sharing this!

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KenDeanAgudo 3 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

I've been reading this for almost 3 times but still I am learning with it. :)

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Ebonny 3 years ago from UK

I've bookmarked this and will return to it for sure. There's so much to know and this really helps. Big thanks for sharing your experiences and tips.

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2besure 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Good article, new writers and older writer need this type of information. I am still learning!

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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Thank you so very much for all of these suggestions and tips. I've learned some important things and can't wait to use this information.

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Rose Browne 3 years ago from Nashville, TN

Great advice! I am a new hubber and have learned so much from this hub. I hope you can take a look at my hubs and give me some valuable feedback on ways I can improve my content. In the meantime, I will keep looking back at this to avoid newbie mistakes :)

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Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

Thank you for these tips! I learned a couple of things here,

I didn't know about. I appreciate you for sharing this.

And even tho I don't like Amazon, and refuse to have anything to do with it. I will be careful and throw my efforts into

Ad sense and worry about the google ads.

Shared, tweet and Up ++++

take care, Merry Chirstmas :-)

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Jatinder Joshi 3 years ago from Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Came here from a forum discussion on "how to increase traffic on your hub" and sure glad that I did. Thank you for a very educative, exhaustive and interesting hub.

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American_Choices 3 years ago from USA

Outstanding! This is a must read for all hubbers! Written in an upbeat tone and paints a very accurate picture of what works and what doesn't. Five stars! Keep hubbing!

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josters 3 years ago from Dresden, Germany

This is really good and very well done! Excellent advice on a timeless topic for every Hubber. Thank you very much for sharing all your wisdom with us.

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mythbuster 3 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

Thanks for writing this and sharing this information, WryLilt. I'm heading off to make changes to my hubs, especially to knock long stretches of text into separate capsules. One thing at a time, eh?

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Your Cousins 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

White space has been a problem for me. I'm going to take your advice and go work on that right now. Thanks for the tips!

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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Very useful! Thank you!

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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

Well done! I may have been here 4 years, but that does not mean there is nothing left to learn. Lifelong learning is my motto, and 'learn something new every day' is what I strive for.

I've learned a lot of valuable things in the last month from you and others in the forums; for that I am grateful. But I'm always in the market for more information. To that end, I've bookmarked the links you've provided here.

Voted up, interesting, shared and pinned.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

This hub sends you to the head of the class. No nonsense, only good advice. I would recommend reading this hub more than once to make sure you take in all the good advice. Certainly a benefit to anyone who reads it, new or otherwise!

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared.

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ShyeAnne 3 years ago from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada

Thank you for this informational hub. Your instruction is clear and concise. I will be back to read this again. Voted up and put on my favorites list.

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Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Very useful information. I've been on Hubpages for awhile, but didn't know about the teasers! Will have to try!

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gitachud 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

As a new Hubber I am impressed by the quality of your contributions and will look up to you as my role model.

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Organised Kaos 3 years ago from Hobart, Tasmania ~ Australia.(The little bit broken off the bottom of AUS)

Thanks for a great, informative hubs. Going to make sure this is all applied to any future hubs and will be trawling over your other hubs for information too.

Thanks Again!

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WryLilt 3 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

Hahaha Earl. I do have an Australian accent, I've been told. Doesn't sound like it to me though!

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Earl Noah Bernsby 3 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

In addition to your expert advice, smooth-flowing writing style, and attractively organized formatting, my favorite part of reading this hub was imagining it being narrated by your (assumed) Australian accent, Miss Susannah! ;)

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WryLilt 3 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

Oh also MissLong, I get plenty of traffic from search engines, not just social media!

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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

Such wonderful tips. All of them make perfect sense. One mistake I see a lot of writers make is wasting links. If the link enhances the content, then I agree with using it, but I've seen some people write articles about apples (for example) and then provide a link to oranges... why? Anyway, thank you for your helpful tips. I learned a lot.

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WryLilt 3 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

Misslong, as I state in the hub, every rule here can be broken. There is NO perfect hub - I've seen hubs I rate as low quality get thousands of people sharing them, and other amazing ones dead in the water. Anyone who asks me how to do it, I tell them to write 100 hubs then come back and ask again.

Hubpages is only part of what I do. I originally started writing online on this account, but in the last three years I've slowly built more content - I write on several other revenue sharing sites + have 30 or more of my own content websites.

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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

All of your tips are very helpful. I just started seeing someone consistently using your tip, "leave a note at the bottom of your article asking a direct question to encourage comments." It amazes me how compelled I am to leave a comment to answer the question the writer posted. It's definitely a winning tip.

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misslong123 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

Sorry, I am still learning. I have been dedicating more of my time to studying others' work instead of writing now. I am really trying to educate myself and unfortunately, my boyfriend and I both do not know much on this type of technology. I will definitely check out your hub on Pinterest. So, do you make decent money with just using FB, Twitter, and Pinterst? You seem very successful. I look forward to learning from you! ~Michele

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WryLilt 3 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

Made For Pinterest image... Linked in the article above :)

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misslong123 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

Sorry what is an MFP ?

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WryLilt 3 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

MissLong, I don't really promote my work. As long as you have a good title, without too much competition and a good MFP image, a decent hub will increase with traffic over time.

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misslong123 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

Thank you for sharing the wonderful, useful advice. I am really trying to study up to find out how to make money. I mean, not just that, but also how to make reader want to read what I write - which will turn in to money. This is my only subjective income, and I would love it if I would make a good sum each month. I think my biggest problem is that I'm not joining these places like Digg or wherever to promote my link. I just "like" them on FB and Twitter. It's kind of like, where do you start on that other stuff though when you know nothing about it? If you have an idea where there is a dummies' guide to that stuff, I'd love to go check out that hub! Thanks. ~Michele

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Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

Great tips and info I need to learn as I navigate this new territory. I too am a journalist by the way! Pinning this one and voting up and more.

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ChitrangadaSharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Thanks for such useful tips!

Everyday we learn something and today I learnt a lot from your hub. On line writing is different and one has to learn the basics of SEO to be successful.

Many thanks for your helpful hub!

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lifelovemystery 3 years ago from Houston, TX

Fantastic tips! Thank you so much for sharing this very valuable information. Voted up!

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KenDeanAgudo 3 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

Your one of the writers that really teaches me how to earn money in the internet. I will be doing your tips, i really love to learn more in earning real money. =)

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Howard Allen 3 years ago

Wrylilt, I've been reading your content for a few months now and it's really great. Thanks for all the useful advice. I've been trying to apply it but it's still overwhelming. I'm experimenting with MFP's on my newer hubs (Babies, R&B, and Sleep Paralysis) but I haven't mastered them yet. Your advice gives me hope that at some point I can get decent traffic. Thank you very much.

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Kerry43 3 years ago

Excellent load of tips here, thank you. And thanks also for grabbing my attention and getting me away from Pinterest just now lol. I was stuck 'reading' all the pretty pics!

Kerry :)

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Organised Kaos 3 years ago from Hobart, Tasmania ~ Australia.(The little bit broken off the bottom of AUS)

Nice work, loved this Hub and its information!

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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

Great, useful and a very informative hub. Thanks for sharing Wrylit. Have a lovely weekend!

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wowtgp 3 years ago from Delhi, India

You have written something so subtle that I will have to bookmark it for later references.

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cherihut 3 years ago from Eastern Ohio

Some good stuff in there. Thanks for the tips.

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My SciFi Life 3 years ago from London, UK

Thanks very much for this. Some really good ideas and suggestions here - I especially liked your point about purple pigeon poop! :) I see I still have a long way to go.

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cherihut 3 years ago from Eastern Ohio

Thanks for letting me know about this hub. As a newbie, I can use all the tips and help I can get. Thanks for all the info!

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theluckywriter 3 years ago from Canada

Boo. Bad decision on Hubpages' part, since opening links in new windows means that the reader will be more likely to keep exploring hubs later.

Oh well! Thanks for answering!

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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

I read this article before and now reading it again. It's filled with such valuable information.

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WryLilt 3 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

@TheLuckyWriter, I know there was a way to do it at one stage but I believe they removed the option :(

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theluckywriter 3 years ago from Canada

Extremely useful, thank you! Shared (with all 30 of my followers...ha!) and voted up.

Do you know if there's any way to make links open in a new window? I like being able to link to other resources throughout my hubs, but I much prefer it when links open in a new window - both as a writer and as a reader. I tried to add the command in html, but it "cleans it up" and gets rid of the new window target. Any ideas?

Thanks again!

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mperrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

You have lots of great tips here that can be of great use to beginning as well as experienced writers. Voted up, useful, interesting and sharing.

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karenfritz 3 years ago

This is excellent advice. I'm working on my 5th hub right now, and eager to learn. These are some great tips and I plan to utilize them. Thank you!

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yougotme 3 years ago from Manila

This is indeed a fantastic hub full of valuable information! I want to thank you for sharing them in this community!

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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan

Excellent resource for those of us who are focused on content but need help on google traffic.

I am for the most part a creative writer. Your hub helped me to understand that this genre of writing is NOT one that generally brings traffic. I will look up Cardissa's hub for tips - yet you must know your writing kept me from clicking mid-stream.

Bookmarked, Voted up +++

Thank YOU!


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan

Excellent resource for those of us who love writing but don't know the 'google' rules for traffic.

I am for the most part a creative writer. Your hub helped me to understand that this genre of writing does not typically bring a ton of traffic.

I will check out Cardisa's hub for creative writing tips but you did keep me connected right to the very end.

Thank you for clearing up some questions I have had - though I am not new I have been focused on content more than I have traffic yet I know I need traffic to get people to find my article and the pay is nice too. :)

Great Hub! Bookmarked, voted up +++

Have a GREAT day!


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ameliam.michelle1 3 years ago from London, England

A very good hub on the topic, even after spending so much time on HP, we as hubbers still confront so many problems. You have provided a comprehensive list of solutions to many of those problems. Thx for that and voted up!

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WryLilt 3 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

@Eric, most of this information is aimed at members who are new or with little experience in writing for traffic. As I say at the end you CAN break nearly all the rules here, but you have to learn when and why, first.

Many hubbers link out at random to sites with content repeating what they said, giving a basic definition they could have given themselves.

Yes it is a good idea to link out to high quality sites sometimes, but it's important to be sure it's on topic, helpful and relevant - so it improves your reader experience instead of giving them something better, or distracting.

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EricDockett 3 years ago from USA

WryLilt: I'm curious about what you said in regard to linking out to other pages on the web. I understand what you mean about not sending hard-earned traffic away from your subdomain, but on the other hand having strong links to authority sites that may be of use to the reader can be seen as good on-page SEO and help rankings. Which do you think is of more benefit, or should we incorporate a bit of both? (Right now I do both, but I'm thinking about replacing some of my links to other sites with pages of my own content. I don't want to drop in the SERPs though. :) )

Thanks for this great Hub full of powerful advice!

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Toytasting 3 years ago from Mumbai

Great tips! Will implement them in my blogs henceforth.

Thanks for sharing :)

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NateB11 3 years ago from California, United States of America

Valuable information here and good, practical, straight-forward advice. Thanks much.

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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

This is such good information, and I really do need lots of help. I will have to bookmark this hub for future reference.

Thank you for all the information.

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sharingknowledge 3 years ago from Miami, FL

Thanks for this sharing.

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maggs224 3 years ago from Sunny Spain

An excellent hub, full of useful and interesting tips, thank you for sharing this helpful hub :D

Voting up and hitting buttons as I go :D

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findwholeness 3 years ago from Midwest

WalterPoon, No HubPages sticks an ad where there is room. If you leave the top right spot open, the ad will go there.

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WryLilt 3 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

@WalterPoon, I think she means she'd put an image immediately top right so the advert appears beneath. If you just have a big block of text, the advert will appear top right straight away. Yes, top right is statistically better for adverts than top left.

@findwholeness The idea was to point out common mistakes, and that's one of them :)

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WalterPoon 3 years ago from Malaysia

WryLilt, I see HubPages put its AdSense ads in the right column. For my websites, I put it in the left. Which side would you think would be more effective? I believe HubPages must have done a lot of research and I guess they must have concluded that the right side is more effective, since most people are right-handed (I'm left-handed, so I got my websites off on the wrong side of the bed, LOL.)

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WalterPoon 3 years ago from Malaysia

Findwholeness, you said: "I would have never put an ad in the top right, b/c I thought you should always have a photo there."

I thought HubPages automatically put an ad below the top right photo? Or am I mistaken? Look at this hub and you can see what I mean. The ad is below the top right photo.

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findwholeness 3 years ago from Midwest

This is really good, thanks for the info. I would have never put an ad in the top right, b/c I thought you should always have a photo there. I found one error: "Poems And Stories Will Make You Rich" - should be: won't make you rich? I enjoy your input on the forums!

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

I really appreciate this article. I think it really simplifies things and makes clear what is important and what isn't. I figured out about the titles and traffic, but it's nice to have validation. Lots of great info here. Now for putting it into practice . . .

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myblog241 3 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Hi, I have read your post, it is really helpful for me as well as for them who want to work as a blogger or seo optimizer. Your traffic attractive tips-tricks are very effective and logical.

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kellyteam 3 years ago from Michigan

Always giving, always sharing. You are so special and greatly appreciated. Thank you for caring for others and taking the time to share your knowledge.

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WalterPoon 3 years ago from Malaysia

sunilkunnoth2012: "What makes me more pleased is that you do it in a pleasant way and without expecting anything. "

Without expecting anything is not the same thing as you are not required to reciprocate the favor, LOL. When people don't expect anything from us, God expects us to return the favor two-fold. That's what St. Francis of Assisi meant when he said: "For it is in giving that we receive."

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sunilkunnoth2012 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

You do some excellent works always just to educate your fellow hubbers. You are working hard just to help us. Your work is extra brilliant and most appreciable one. Though this hub what you have done is a fantastic job to guide us, new hubies. What makes me more pleased is that you do it in a pleasant way and without expecting anything. How can we repay our debt to you. I just say I reserve my gratitude dear. Congrats for this marvelous text sharing your full knowledge.

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sunilkunnoth2012 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

You are always doing an excellent work to educate the fellow hubbers. I really appreciate your helping mentality and hardwork. Through this hub you have given us some useful tips, which will help to improve our knowledge, confidence and future journey. Thank you, thank you, thank you very much for this humble service.

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Kasman 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

Thank you so much Wrylilt. This is perhaps one of the best hubs I've read so far on the subject. I've been experimenting more and more with titles lately and I think I probably have committed some of the mistakes you mention. This hub is a lifesaver for sure and I definitely want to increase my viewership and make it easier for them to find my articles. Thanks so much again and I'm voting up and sharing!

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naturalscentsuals 3 years ago from NJ

What a wonderful article and so very helpful to the newbie to hubpages.

I can now see how you are doing so well, you are a natural ;-)

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Onlinestrategies 3 years ago

Great learning. I visit a new hub when title seems interesting. Fully focusing on crafting a great title is worth the time and effort taken for writing online content.

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Carola Finch 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Good hub. I confess I bend the rules somewhat because some of my articles are about deaf people and sign language, which would be tough to follow as little screens.

Anyhow, one of my pet peeves is is articles that are one row of text and a row of pictures. I find this confusing. Does each picture relate to the text or is meant to be viewed one after another as a slide show? Some hubs are so full of media that I become confused (not hard to do!) and don't know where to look.

I think that hubbers need to look at their work from a reader's point of view. I learned some rules from other sites I worked with such as: don't use all CAPS (is considered yelling at the reader), don't use all italics (too hard to read), or use a lot of exclamation points (too many diminish the importance of the text - one makes a strong point). I often see this in hubs here and just changing these few little things can improve hubs immensively in my opinion.

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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I am still learning after so many years of writing online learning never stops you have written a helpful and informative hub on this topic.

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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

I'm relatively new to Online writing, however, I have been writing for print for more than 10 years. As an HP Apprentice I'm learning the rules of online media. Thanks for sharing your expertise.

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G Miah 3 years ago from Muslim Nation

Thanks for all this information, even after 3 years, i'm still learning and you have some great advice!


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA

Do not be afraid to do blog interviews with others writers and link to what they are writing. If you only ever link to yourself, then it looks as if you never think others have something of value to offer. Thus, it might not be appropriate on Hubpages to link to others content, but it is definitely a good community spirit thing to interview writers you like on your blog. They might even return the favor.

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thost 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Very good information that should help boost traffic. Thank you.

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gsidley 3 years ago from Lancashire, England

Thank you for the helpful advice.

Voted up and useful

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EyesStraightAhead 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Wonderful hub! Thank you for sharing this info.

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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

This hub is by far the best one I've read for improving at hub writing and avoiding mistakes.

Thanks a million times!

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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South

Excellent hub! Your tips are so useful and there are a few I never thought of. It's people like you here that help all of us so much...thanks!

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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Excellent information. Thanks for sharing!

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WalterPoon 3 years ago from Malaysia

A very well-written and informative hub, Congrats, WryLilt!

I haven't manage to emotionally resolve the part on putting links that send visitors to other well-written articles that I think would be useful to them. Having said that, I don't purposely send them off... only when I think those articles would benefit them a lot. Yes, I am well aware of leakages but for SOME articles, I actually don't mind not making money because my audience comes first.

Writing is to me a passion and that sense of satisfaction is reward enough. That was why I could spent more than 2 years writing for Wikipedia. If I had not been harassed by the admins, I would still be there and missing out all the fun here! Yes, money is always good, but I will maintain a balance. For some, writing is just about money and nothing else, and you keep hearing them talk about SEO and SEO, and nothing else. Not to say that all these are not important. After I've had enough of satisfaction in merely writing what I love to write, I will then focus on the money.

I will bookmark this hub for future reference because what have been mentioned are all good and valuable advice that I have heard again and again in bits and pieces but not put together in one article.

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kenneth avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Fantastic "attic" of enduring information. Loved it. Thank you.

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Ingenira 3 years ago

Excellent advice. I almost forgot about the power of Pinterest. Using teaser is another great tips ! Thank you and Hubpages !

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cornwall_UK 3 years ago from Cornwall, UK

Nice and clear! Voted up.

I seem to be averaging $3/1000 views at present, but my content is location-specific, which reduces potential traffic.

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carter06 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

This really is an excellent, insightful & practically useful hub Wrylilt..I def need to apply some of your points to my hubs, thanks so much for your help..fromaverygratefulhubber..will share this voted UUAI & Brilliant..cheers

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StoneCircle 3 years ago from Rindge, NH

Glad I found you in the Forums section. I have many things to consider when posting my next hub. Will refer to the often.

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4FoodSafety 3 years ago from Fontana, WI

You are always providing a plethora of items I must work on. The titles here on HubPages frustrate me because often I find I must change the title. My process for writing needs further refinement and you have once gain provided the guidance I sorely need as a writer.

What I love about your writing style is how direct and concise you without the feeling of admonishment. Thank you! Excellent and voted up - very well deserved. So glad you are here on HubPages with us.

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zeke2100 3 years ago

I found out that I have a demiurgic title.

Also, I know a writer that has over a million page views on his prose poem, and he had not done any promotion to add inorganic traffic.

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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA

Excellent article with good tips and ideas.

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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A brilliant lesson and thanks for sharing.


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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Hi Wrylitt! You have shared a whole lot of knowledge which is really going to help any article writer for quite a long distance. Thanks for all the advice.

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Rfordin 3 years ago from Florida

Thanks for taking the time to put this together. Very informative.


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J.S.Matthew 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

This is really great! A perfect guide for newbies as well as oldies. I loved Cardisa's statement: "People Don't Search For Titles in Google, they search for Answers..." So very well said. Voting and sharing.


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ComfortB 3 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

We've all made one, if not many of these common mistakes. Your tips will definitely help both newbies and oldies alike. I like how you elaborated on the 'caption' and 'Teaser' section.

Thanks for a very useful hub. Voted up and useful.

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molometer 3 years ago

Very useful information for any writers trying to make a go of this new medium.

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travmaj 3 years ago from australia

Thank you for all this information and superb ideas. I fear my technological non existent brain is my enemy.

However, I plan to follow your excellent advice to the best of my ability.

Cheers and best and thanks...

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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Wow, this is a fantastic and useful article. Thanks for sharing these tips with us.

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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Great information and tips for any writer. Thank you for sharing this with us. Voted up, useful and sharing!

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Alphadogg16 3 years ago from Texas

Nice and informative hub......kind of puts a better perspective what expectations should be.....thumbs up!

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ThePracticalMommy 3 years ago from United States

Wow! This is an awesome hub with such valuable information! I would also add to avoid writing as if you're typing a text message to someone. It just doesn't look professional or look like you know what you're talking about when you use texting lingo (u, wat, lol, etc.).

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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I have been following your wonderful forum thread, and learning a lot from reading the posts. There is just so much to learn about Hubbing, but thanks to people like you, it becomes easier, thank goodness!

Voted UP and shared all around.

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Treasuresofheaven 3 years ago from Michigan

Very useful information for new and old hubbers. Great job!

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webrevolve 3 years ago from Liverpool

This is great advice, thanks - one of the most useful articles I've read this year - some really useful practical tips that I'll definitely be taking on board.

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jdw7979 3 years ago from Middle America

Great tips!! Much appreciated.

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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

This is very good information for newbies as well as not so newbies! We can use a reminder of what works here. I have been going in and changing some of my titles and editing some of my hubs. You have given great advice in a very easy to understand format. Voting up and useful! :)

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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Great tips, and very cool and true advice. Thanks so much!

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Scribenet 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Thanks...good stuff...I' sharing as well!

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TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

Just so you know: I have really been paying attention and working hard to correct my hubs. These past three days my page views have risen 33% as a result! I cannot thank you enough for sharing your know how with me.

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prosols 3 years ago

solves many of my problems.. thanks a lot for such an informative article for newcomers like us..

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TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

Wry Lilt: I am getting SUCH a headache! This stuff is impossible. The irony is that one of my first articles was written when I knew absolutely nothing, and it has my highest all time views for the year...over 9,000! Isn't there a search tool for long tail key words? That sure would make things easier. I use the tool to check competition, use Google Trends and then sometimes just do a regular search to see how many people are writing on my topic. Not good, right? But, I'm slowly improving.

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mpropp 3 years ago from Minnesota

Very concise article and quite helpful for us newbies. Thanks!

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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

You presentation mimics your message perfectly. As a newbie, I am so happy to stumble upon this hub. Thanks for the information.


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Motown2Chitown 3 years ago

This is the best instructional hub that I've seen for online writers. I get so frustrated reading article after article that is filled with cliched and contradictory advice. This one is solid, easy to understand, and ultimately full of things that will remain useful through one's whole writing journey, as opposed to being meaningless once Google changes its mind yet again. Well done, and thank you!

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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA

This hub is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to be successful at writing online. Great list of tips and advice! The hardest part is actually applying the advice to my own work. Voted up.

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carolp 3 years ago from Switzerland

Thanks for the tips, sure i will use these writing more soon.

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Gladys Familaran 3 years ago

I'm sure I could learn a lot from you so here I am, a new fan of yours!

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Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

Hi WryLilt, thanks for the clarifications. I understand things much better now. I do still have lots more to learn and this hub is really very useful for that. Also, I found your reply to TIMETRAVELER2 about keywords very helpful as this can be a really confusing topic. I'm not even sure if I'm doing the whole keyword thing properly.

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Rich W2K 3 years ago from Gold Coast

Very informative hub. I knew it was going to be all good stuff as soon as I read the quote by Cardisa. Thanks

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WryLilt 3 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author


The keyword tool is a terrible place to find longtails. By definition, longtails have low traffic - they work by having so many variables. For instance you could type "How to fix a blue dog with red spots on his tail" as about 15 variations by swapping words around. If you checked on the keyword tool, all the search terms might only have a handful of views or less (Google isn't always 100% accurate with numbers), but when all added together, those 15 search terms might equal 250 views per month on a topic no one else is writing on.

Do you understand how keywords work? EVERY word in your article is a keyword, just the the ones that people want to find are the high traffic ones. So you can have more than one keyword in a title. Example only: Red Dogs, Blue Cats, China Chickens, may all have 100 keyword searches per month. If all three terms have little or no content written about them, an article called "My Story of Red Dogs, Blue Cats and China Chickens" can technically rank for all three terms and have a chance at a total of 300 in monthly traffic.

Also, how are you deciding competition? If the top ranked results for a search term are simply someone asking a question on Yahoo Answers or on a forum, you can often outrank them easily.

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janshares 3 years ago from Washington, DC

Fantastic, WryLilt. Very helpful information, appreciate all the tips. I will continue to utilize and improve my hubs. I just published another one. Take a look later. Thanks for all your help. Voted up and useful.

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point2make 3 years ago

Now that's some very relevant and excellent points for all of us. Thanks WryLilt I found your hub very helpful and easy to understand. I, also, still make some of those mistakes so I will keep this hub handy for future reference.

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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


These are awesome tips for any online writer. Over the past two years, I have been slowly learning to apply the tips you excellently explain in this hub. I'm still not perfect and a real success, but after paying more attention to what you say, I plan on doing better. Thanks for sharing these tips. Voted up and sharing with followers.

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TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

It seems whenever I try to find a long tail key word somebody else has already used it! Also, some articles just aren't prone to have titles that are long tail. It's a real problem for me. I'll find something good that won't work on it's own, but when I add words, the search numbers disappear from the Google Adword Tool. Any advice here? Anybody?

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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica

Wow! I feel famous now that I have my own quote, I hope it goes

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TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

This hub isn't just for newbies. I have been at HP for 15 months and still have problems...there is just so darned much to learn! I'll be reading this one again...and again...and again. Thank you!

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WryLilt 3 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

@Cardisa - I love that! I've stolen that quote and added it into my title section I love it so much!

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WryLilt 3 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

Thank you for the feedback!

@Ceres Schwarz, I've updated that part to say only full width if it's a really nice and a real "feature image" of the hub. As noted at the end, all these rules can be broken, but you have to be careful that you do it in the right way! A teaser is essentially a sentence that keeps people hanging - you can use the idea of a teaser anywhere in your hub, from the title and summary through to MFPs as well as in the first sentence of new subtopics. The more chances you use to keep the reader reading, the better!

@Gypsy Willow, Google can track location and IP of clicks. If it sees a "helpful" friend from the same location as you clicking 5 adverts to "help", it can get the wrong idea ;)

@Desmith3, thanks! I had a friend pickup another one this morning. I had one hub get 100,000 views before I saw a missing "the" in the first paragraph. Embarrassing!

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Desmith3 3 years ago from Tallapoosa, GA.

Excellent hub, voted up. It is rare to see one practicing what they preach!

You might want to look again at this sentence, though. "Images are one of the most important part of an article." Beautiful otherwise. Don't mean to nitpick, I just know this would drive me crazy if I didn't catch it, and I'm sure, at your elevated level of expertise, you'll want to fix it. Thank you for your unselfish efforts in helping us fledgeling authors.

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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Nice tips WryLilt. You do offer valuable information for all of us newbie hubbers and bloggers. Voted up, sharing and following.

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ChristinS 3 years ago from Midwest

Excellent hub and I think all newbies to writing on the net should read it. Voted up and shared

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Gypsy Willow 3 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

So interesting to read what really matters. Friends clicking can get you banned. Thanks for the good advice!

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easylearningweb 3 years ago

Excellent tips for new writers and hubbers!

Voted up and useful. :-)

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Storytellersrus 3 years ago from Stepping past clutter

I have been hubbing 5 years and knew very little of this. Thorough, well-written and even interesting! I tend to write for myself, but you have me thinking... I could definitely use a boost in income!

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heidithorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

Some very good tips which have definitely worked for me in non-HubPages land. Voted useful & shared!

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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica

Hey Susannah, great advice. I really was wondering if I was doing anything wrong. When I started out it was about the catchy titles but people don't search titles, they search for answers. I loved how you reminded us on how to write our titles. It's all about what people type into search. Thanks for the link back!

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joanveronica 3 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

Hi there! Fantastic Hub, very good advice for newbies and the not so new also. I will be taking careful note of these points, it's such a useful reference, everything all together, with other links included.

So happy you wrote this post, so thank you!

Voted up and across, also shared!

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Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

This is a very useful and detailed hub that really helps newbies to online writing so they can avoid these common mistakes. There's really a lot to be learned in this hub. Thanks for sharing and helping. I didn't know what demiurgic means either. It's the first time I heard of it. About images, why would it be bad to have like one or 2 full width images that's not exactly at the bottom of the hub but not at the very top either? Is the teaser the summary of your hub?

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georgialgal1984 3 years ago from United States

Well done! Superb list of tips, ideas, and instruction. Thanks for all your help. I've learned so much from you! Hope your week is wonderful!

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