The Real Hub Challenge Is Readership

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Attracting the readers' attention....


Do you want your Hubs to be read? Of course you do. The challenge is to understand what makes that happen.

Titles, links, back-links, key words, sharing, promoting, and surely quality, are all important, but there is something else: quantity. The rest you can learn at your own pace at the Learning Center.

Let your production slide and the viewings will slide. The longer the lapse in production, the steeper the slide in viewings, quite likely down to long strings of zero.

The cure?

1. Write and publish regularly, even if it’s just a quip, an original joke, or public comment.

2. Update your older Hubs to keep them looking timely and fresh.

3. If you receive a Comment, say thanks and reply to it.

4. Market the fact that you have material on www.hubpages.com


5. Let people know they can find your efforts by doing a web search for your HP user name.

6. See which of your Hubs can be sold or republished with a link to your HubPages.

7. Provide a link to your work each time you email someone, perhaps under your name.

8. Speak about HubPages to groups interested in writing.

9. Include a “join here” link or hand-out when possible for new Hubbers are likely to follow you.

10. Make sure to “share” your own Hubs on your social media and make them “Public”., and

11. Read and comment on other Hubbers' Hubs. They are your audience, too.

I think these “11 Tips” can be helpful for review and for application, if you feel your good Hubs are not getting the views they deserve. Most of the tips are probably not new to any of the successful “old timers.

Perhaps us “new timers” and “old new timers” can find one or more of value.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

I totally agree with all 11 points, they are very helpful. My problem is trying to go back and refresh older hubs. :) Nicely done. Voted up and all that.


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TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

Well done! These all are good tips, and I do use most of them. I think the best one deals with going back and refreshing pre written hubs. Every time I do that I realize just how bad some of them were,and when I finish the rewrite, they are always better...and they always bring in more readers. Great job here!!


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Great tips and advice Perspycacious! Everyone can benefit from these!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

TToombs08: Not only revising and improving older Hubs, but also catching ones with the blue diamond (declining) indicators and see what you can do to get those back to being more widely read. Thanks for the comment. You are not alone with the problem you cited; see TIMETRAVELER2's Comment here.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Curiad: We help each other the best we can, in part because doing so is ultimately good for all of us.


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cynthtggt 4 years ago from New York, NY

Yes, thank you for the tips. I voted up, but let's see if you reply to my comment in keeping with your post. Good hub.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

cynthtggt: Thank you for the vote Up. I hope one or more of the 11 Tips will result in boosting your already significant readership. Have a great weekend.


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cynthtggt 4 years ago from New York, NY

Me? Have a significant readership? What, you kidding? Have a great weekend too. (shhhh...it doesn't really matter)


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

cynthtggt: For the number of Hubs you have written and the high quality of your writing, and for the fact that as I recall the first one was very long and a little deep, I think the readership is "significant" based on that total number of Hubs. Just my opinion.


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shuck72 4 years ago from Seattle

Good advice, thanks. I rewrite hubs too if they are lagging and sometimes just delete them all together if they seem hopeless. I am new here so am throwing things at the wall and seeing whats sticks so to speak.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very useful tips. I definitely find a direct relation between less output to less views! Also, I find being active in the question & answers sections helps in getting views and followers too.

Voted up, Useful.


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cynthtggt 4 years ago from New York, NY

The truth is that I do not have Facebook because I use someone else's computer and if I share I appear under a different name; so I don't share on that. Second, I am unable to make contact with people because my messages are blocked. I find this on my blog as well. I believe it is because I have a legal matter pending against the gov't and I am being prevented from sharing. My twitter account, which I have, does not allow me to get my tweets out, for example. Google took me off both Google+ and Friend Share, or whatever it is. Editors on hubpages never return my emails or respond to my problems. Pls go to my profile page and you will see I have no email connection (even though it is turned on) and no means to contact me. What can I do? I'm blocked.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

cynthggt, I just checked your profile. they have this contact button on your profile page. You can be contacted by anyone who want to do so.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

shuck72: My first reaction to your deleting Hubs "if they seem hopeless" is that they weren't hopeless when you wrote them, and low response by Hubbers doesn't mean they are hopeless now. Unpublishing retains the hope, and the opportunity to come back to it as followers and readership grow. Of course keep the ones that stuck to the ceiling, too!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

rajan jolly: Your tip on Q&A is a good addition to the tips list (making it an even dozen here!) Entertainers' agents know that "It's all about keeping the name in front of the public!" That is why regularly publishing as well as concentrating on quality is so important.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

cynthtggt: I have had good responses from Team, and I hope they can see your need and respond soon. You do have the Comment avenue you are using here, for use while everything else is getting resolved. I wish you happy outcomes. You are a fine writer with lots to say. We need you.


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cynthtggt 4 years ago from New York, NY

I don't see it. I also do not see my email contact icon. Maybe you can see it and but my view does not have it on. I once emailed a hubber who told me my email came to her with a different name. She thought I was ignoring her.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

cynthtggt: I suggest you compare your profile page to any other Hubber's profile page. Look for the box at the right which shows a link for contacting that Hubber. Your profile page shuld have the same box and same link for those who want to contact you, as I have done before.


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cynthtggt 4 years ago from New York, NY

I did and all it has is a widget and RSS feed icon. You contacted me via the comment route. But if you were to send me an "inmail" I would not get it. Try it.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

cynthtggt: Done but be patient. They don't always show up immediately in your email.


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riponbd 4 years ago from Kaptai, BD

Thank you for your useful suggestion.


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cynthtggt 4 years ago from New York, NY

got it but want to say that I was rejected from Digg initially but now I have an account. I posted my articles but there are no increased visits to hubpages. However, when I go into digg there are a lot more readers. Go figure.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

cynthtggt: That disparity has an easy answer, the Digg account readers are the kind who really dig your articles!


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Robert Erich 4 years ago from California

Excellent commeents! Thanks for sharing. Many of them I do, and several I will add to my arsenal. I definitely feel like I need to go back through some of my old hubs now and fix a few.


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flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

Great tips! Can you tell me where Hubs can be sold?


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

I like your tips. They are very helpful even to old timers. Voted up and useful.

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