Understanding Hubpages web traffic to help optimize your articles

Useful hubpages knowledge

The whole hubpages increase in views and traffic definitely comes in due time with experience, and its purely arbitrary when it comes to the search engines, and so I recommend for those new comers to hubpages, don't worry so much about your statistics starting out, it will only drive you nuts if you over focus on it all.

Try to pay more attention to learning how to write a hub accurately, and give the hubpages learning center a in depth look, to discover how you can improve on using all the hubpages tooling that we as writers here, have at our disposal. The hubpages learning center is filled with juicy info to make all the magic happen here (It can be located by a drop down menu that appears when you hover over your user name up above, on the top of the screen, click its title to access the page).

Also you can type into the hubpages search field a keyword for a particular thing of interest, and it should lead you to the top hubs that were published long ago or recently, and on the subject matter you were seeking to find. Now I've personally done this plenty of times, and its helped me to locate some not only informative but extremely useful info by doing so, and it helps mostly because veteran hubbers know most of the tricks to the game on the web, they have loads of useful info as to how even the search engines work, and function for a hubs performance.


You must invest your time into learning how hubpages works

A hubs traffic picks up over time

Learning SEO (Search Engine Optimization), Key word usage, titling hubs, back linking, link list creation, grouping hubs, original content usage, high quality images & video helps increase hubpages traffic
Learning SEO (Search Engine Optimization), Key word usage, titling hubs, back linking, link list creation, grouping hubs, original content usage, high quality images & video helps increase hubpages traffic

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Important things to know prior hitting that publish button

This information is crucial at getting better traffic results, and if you do your homework prior to publishing yet a single hub you will surely have far better results over time, now if you haven't yet published a hub, its more then likely that you also haven't gotten into the bad habit of short changing a hubs potential to perform better yet. Below is listed some bad habitual, repetitive mistakes, and errors that hubbers exhibit, which lowers a hubs chances to receive more views.

By creating intolerable practices here on hubpages prior to publishing a hub, you actually are stunting your hubs maximum potential to gain viewers, because fellow hubbers give hubs the boost from viewing in them, rating them, by sharing them outside of hubpages, and also with their own set of followers, that's if they chose to press the infamous share button on the hubpages feed page. (Accessed by clicking the hubpages title up above on the top left of the screen.)

Examples of such poor hubpages activities are as follows:

  • Usage of poor grammar while hub writing, spelling errors, using infringing material, copying content from elsewhere on the web, whether it be yours or not, or aimless following practices (Following hubbers without interaction in some way shape or form).
  • Being overly promotional (providing more then 2 links to a single web location on any hub published or writing it in a way to lure people to your web location for self promotional purposes only, running scams, or spamming isn't tolerated on hubpages neither),
  • Writing hateful content that is harmful or against any race, creed, gender, or person is not tolerated here, also submitting content that's pornographic in nature is definitely prohibited here.
  • Read the hubpages terms of use to learn more of the things you should know prior to publishing a hub, and do some much needed research on the hubpages learning center to learn how to maximize your hub writing skills.



Gaming the system doesn't work

These are all things that many new hubbers usually aim to do, and mostly without knowing, thinking they going to game the system somehow to help increase views hoping to earn a fast buck. None of these criteria stated up above of poor decision making actually works in earning higher hub traffic results, in actuality it does the direct opposite.

You simply must be alert to the fact that hubpages is a actually official freelancing career (Wikipedia) for writers worldwide, and it should be treated as such, and definitely once you decide to monetize your account, which can be done at anytime you choose, all you need is an approved Adsense account and Paypal account. (Hubpages learning center)


  • To get a grip on understanding how your page views can get the best effect after publishing your content, you need to learn more about the usage of keywords for your hub titling, and for all of your text content you choose to write, and especially the hub summary, which I'll be covering later in this hub.
  • Even though SEO has been hit hard recently by Google's updates (Panda & Penguin), it doesn't mean that its not important, search engines will always play a huge role in factoring in whether or not web content is worthy of being viewed today simply by web page ranking statistics, and popularity of web based content.
  • Once a hub takes digital lift off it can and potentially will go far over time, and don't think for a minute because it hasn't caught quick views that it won't do well in the future, because you just never know with the web today.



Setting higher goals of achievement on Hubpages

Quality always comes before quantity
Quality always comes before quantity

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Quality is King!

The quality of your hubs is key, and the word usage you choose to select is primary in driving traffic to your hubs. The trick though, which really isn't one at all is learning to keep users on a single hub, which actually is the predominant factors in increasing a web pages ranking (SEO) or search engine optimization (wikipedia).

Using certain useful content from research, and or intense creativity of video hub creation using the new video hub tool, will maximize your hubs potential to get viewers to even share your hubs more often, make sure though that you are the originator of all of the web content being provided, and you will score huge in popularity amongst the hubpages community for going the extra distance, and in most subjects a person chooses to publish here. Creating unique recipe hubs also will do the trick as well, but be mindful to use the special capsules, and to create the hub as a recipe one.

Just make sure to do your research for those subjects that require back up info, and a much more solid foundation or knowledge background to help boost its overall relevance. Hub creation can actually become a very fun and joyous activity to partake in, once you get use to all the tooling you have at your disposal, such as the capsule area's.

Note: Make sure to provide links and attribution for all relevant sources of subject matter done from research, images etc..., and only use a minimum of two links per external web location, unless its from wikipedia or hubpages.


Positioning images helps change effect & quallity, enhancing a hubs overall attraction and look

You will need a photo editing tool such as Photoshop to help improve your unique images, try Photoshop.com, if you haven't located any others yet, focus on spacing as well between your capsules
You will need a photo editing tool such as Photoshop to help improve your unique images, try Photoshop.com, if you haven't located any others yet, focus on spacing as well between your capsules

Look for the Capsule area

Usage of the capsules allow for each hubber to literally re-position them in such a way that allows for unique displays of their precious content.

The photo capsule is primarily one capsule that is automatically added to your hub, which gets initiated as soon as you decide to create a hub.

This is a very important capsule, because it will be the one that visibly defines your hub to the search engines, shown to that of the hubpages community via the hubpages feed page, as well as the online community worldwide, and as soon as the hub is published.

So make sure if you are to share any images what so ever that this image that will be the upper most initial one you insert, that it be the best one that can somewhat fully represent your hub as if it was its ambassador, and when a person looks at that image they could imagine a bit what the hub was like, prior to clicking the ole mouse button to give it a glance.



This is the location where you want to look for the summary area

This is directly under the top right portion of the hub editor screen, when you first begin creating a hub, look towards the right of the screen, then scroll down a bit to locate it
This is directly under the top right portion of the hub editor screen, when you first begin creating a hub, look towards the right of the screen, then scroll down a bit to locate it

Positioning capsules is key as well as the subjects relevance

Writing a summary, where and how to do so effectively

This part actually leads to the summary portion of your hub, which really isn't a capsule at all, but rather a subsection of your hub tools capsule area. You must locate this section by looking towards the right side of the screen for the term "Summary".

(Above is a image provided on how to locate the hub summary section on the hub editor tool.)

If done properly your hub summary will entice the crowds from hubpages, and elsewhere as to what your hub is all about in a few sentences, and will be instrumental at targeting what it is, and why folks shall visit it and without saying that they should visit, simply with some bold suggestive details that will identify, and point out the overall general theme of the hub.

I recommend to steer away from writing poorly in the summary, great summaries help to attract much more readers, and so this area is a very important aspect of hub writing, and it takes a bit of practice, to get use to writing hub summaries effectively, the shorter the better, but make sure not to copy the hubs title directly, because that will not be sufficient enough for a hub summary.

Don't overload it with to many key words neither, I like to place about 4 to five strong references to the purpose of my hub, and I write in such a way to tell my fans I've successfully built up, what exactly my hubs is written for pretty much.

This hub summary will also show up as the hubs criterion once you create link lists (Link lists can be done automatically while using the links capsule when you provide a keyword into the search portion of the link capsule's area), or when your fellow hubbers decide to pay it forward for you by creating these links as well. So be mindful of this fact before publishing a hub, link lists helps boost hubber score if you do so for others & your hubkarma goes up if you do it for your own hubs too. (This also makes your hubs navigable within the hubpages network as viewers may be looking for more pertinent relevant hubs)



Uniquely positioning your content helps attract more visitors

Positioning of your content you choose to submit into your hub also becomes the most important part of a hub, and when it comes to the overall look, feel and appearance. This is a reason in which a user shall decide to care to share your article even more or not. Quality over quantity is what they say, and this is definitely a major deal on the web, and not just on hubpages.

This learning of how to position your capsules, so that to bring out the best visual effects will surely come in time. The best way to learn how to do so, is to learn from the top hubbers hubs, and this is what I did to learn much of the techniques I am typing about pretty much. I simply read 100's and thousands of amazing hubs, and after a while it all begins to soak in.

Those hubs that were published with the most effective visual approaches always get the most views. This is so mainly because they're much easier to read, and it makes for a great way to showcase your digital works to the world. People will have no problem with sharing a much more well defined and great looking web page, or hub, once they've chose to visit and give it a solid reading.

Note:

Commenting shall commence as well, if you add more flair from your creative writers voiceinto your hubs with unique orginal style, make them useful, entertaining, interesting, funny, and maybe add the human factor to it all.


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To learn all about sharing in the hubpages community, you can follow the link below this image

Sharing in the hubpages community also means to share outside of hubpages, to comment on peoples hubs after reading it in its full entirety, participating in forums, participating in Q&A, participating in hub contest, networking with others today
Sharing in the hubpages community also means to share outside of hubpages, to comment on peoples hubs after reading it in its full entirety, participating in forums, participating in Q&A, participating in hub contest, networking with others today | Source

Hubpages community awareness and becoming active here

One word of advice for many new comers here is, get into truly reading hubs of your fellow hubbers, don't cheat yourself by thinking you can simply skim through hubs and make it happen, because you cant, actually the hubpages system detects everything we do here, and especially when people are being in-genuine about things.

This cannot be stressed more then any other factor about being a great hubber on hubpages, you must get into sharing here as much as you possibly can within reasonable time parameters, to gain the awareness of the hubpages community and its members. Doing so helps to leave your digital footprints of sorts on their hubs in the form of insightful comments.

The only way that can be done effectively is if you become dedicated to sharing here, and helping out your fellow writers, by reading their written works. Sharing buttons on many social networking avenues on the web also help here, and so make sure to do so when you like a hub you've read, it actually factors into the hubber score, as well as all the flagging and voting options you have all across this writers network.

This is one of the most important factors of being a hubpages community member, and for those who choose to simply try to rake up the stats here without doing so, are the ones that suffer the most in hubpages statistics actually. This is because the hubpages system is designed to detect everything done here, and in many more ways then one. (There is a HP algorithm here which is automated as a detection system)

So be wise and do the right thing, if you intend on making hubpages a digital part of earning a living, and especially if you wish to see much higher numbers rolling into your account on your hubs, hubber score shows a great deal of this elemental fact, and the hub score as well, because they are key indicators as to your overall wealth to the hubpages community here.

Hubpages accolades is actually another as well and has a duel function in which the hubpages community can utilize to detect your performance in and on any given moment if you choose to display such to them. You also have the option to shut off the accolades as well, but then others will not know why they should trust into following you any further. So the accolades play a very significant role as well, as indicators also to you, letting you know that you have progressed over time, and it isn't easy to gain them, but it definitely takes true dedication to earn them.

All this activity being performed on hubpages is known as hubtivity, and is located below your profile area, and can be navigated via your my account section as well. So play around with the links there (Tou can also find out a great deal from your hubpages profile area) to become much more familiar with your activities as time goes along, to keep track of your followers, forum activities, Q&A responses submissions & stats, your hub stats, your comments, and everything pertinent to your hubpages activities you've chosen to do.



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christin53 4 years ago from UK

Thank you for a very informative and useful hub. It's always helpful to take advice from people who have been here longer and learnt more.

Voted up and sharing.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Hi Christin53, I'm glad you enjoyed the info here, but I definitely appreciate you taking the time out to give it a try. I will give your hubs a try as well, as soon as I'm done updating it all and editing, that is another secret to effective hubbing, welcome to hubpages, and enjoy the awesome community here.

If you have any questions about anything here on hubpages or web related, feel free to message me, and I'll be glad to help you or anyone you think needs assistance.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

This is a very informative Hub. I strive to do the things you mention in your Hub, but it is good to be reminded. Sometimes I forget the summary, but fortunately we are warned if we forgot by that little "A" beside the Hub list. I'm voting this UP, etc.etc.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks Mary615 for the kind words, for voting and for sharing.

I do my best as well in trying to improve as a hubpages writer here.

I think if I don't try to help others succeed here it will actually work against me in the long run, and so that's why I try even more to make it my business do so. I will pay you a visit as well.

I never seen you here on hubpages but I'm sure your a veteran here, and its great to meet new folks, Nice to meet ya digitally.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I doubt I'll ever be proficient at this stuff Mike but I keep plugging along doing what I can. Each week I pick up some new tip that will help. I always appreciate your hubs because they are so easy to understand. Thanks my friend.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Hey Billybuc, Thank for visiting and leaving such a cool message, as you do oh so very well for us all.

Yeah its not easy to keep up with all the hidden factors behind hubber here, I feel your pain. I also try my best to do what I can.

I just love trying to find out much more as to how it all works behind the scenes here, and so maybe I can help others learn anything else that can add to it all for them.


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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi CloudExplorer. Thank you for this most helpful hub. I am not totally computer literate but I am trying to improve my abilities.

I have noted your hub for reference. Thanks again.

Graham.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Your very much welcome @old albion, its always a pleasure to help other here on hubpages with anything I've researched of located.

Thank you for paying my hub here a visit for reading and for sharing, and nice to meet you digitally, welcome to hubpages.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

You did an excellent job here. This hub contains all the information beginners (and veterans, alike) should become most familiar with as a HubPages writer.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thank you Marlene, I'm glad you approve of my hub here, and I definitely be seeing you in your hubs soon as well.


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Jenn-Anne 4 years ago

Well done! Very informative hub.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Than you Jenn-Anne for the hub visit, and I'm glad you liked my hub here, I did my best with it all and hope others find it useful as you've done and many others have.


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p10kabhijita 4 years ago from India

Thanks a lot for this..was looking for something like this.. Sharing it


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@p10kabhijita, thanks for sharing, and for giving my hub here some love, I'm so glad you like it.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

A fantastic hub Mike, very informative and helpful to us all.

Thank you, voted up and shared.


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

This is very valuable information and the hub leaves nothing to the imagination! Thank You so much!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks you @Movie Master, its always nice to see your awesome smile on that cool profile of yours, and I'm so happy you liked my hub.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks @Angela Brummer, I'm happy to be of service to all of my fellow hubbers who need such useful info.


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

Mike, this is a super hub. All that a newbie here should know. It's also been a good exercise for me in that I have a check list to see if I am missing or overdoing anything.

Thanks for sharing such useful info. I think the first para sums it all. Traffic and views will come in due course with quality content. And not to focus too much on the statistics when starting out.

Voted up and all across. And shared.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Hello CloudExplorer, You packed a lot of very useful information in this hub. I think new and old hubbers could benefit from what you shared here. Writing on Hubpages does take work, just as writing alone takes work. For most of us, though it is work we love and it doesn't feel like work at all. Writing at Hubpages is a platform that can provide instant gratification in the form of comments and longterm gratification in the form of residual income. Your insights will help us all accomplish both. Well done.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thank you @Cyndi10 for visiting, reading, and sharing with me, and also for seeing the same things I see in using hubpages to help us all get the word out to people worldwide, especially if utilized to the right ways.

This writer network is truly powerful if people learn to focus on how to make it work for them, as opposed to doing the wrong things starting out, and constantly making the same repetitive errors.

So yes indeed hubpages is a powerful writers tool for us all to enjoy using, revenue is yet an added bonus if members here choose to monetize their account for sure.


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BRIAN SLATER 4 years ago from Nottingham Uk

hi mike, all your hubs are very detailed and give precise information to help other hubbers and this one is no exception. Many people forget to write a summary but as you have pointed out it is vital to help the search engines find your article. voted up :)


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@Rajan Jolly, thank you bro for coming here to give yet another one of my hubs some much needed love. I am happy that you've found my hub to be of interest to you, and I appreciate your compliment. Yup focusing on hub writing is crucial indeed, and especially for newbies, since they have yet to grow a following in the very beginning.

I believe I left a message here for you a while back, but it seems as if it didn't register for some odd reason, but its all good. Thanks again for being so kind, and leaving me a pretty awesome review.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Hey there @BRIAN SLATER, its nice that you've made it here, and I'm glad you liked my hub. Its tough to learn about everything on hubpages that a writer here needs to know, and so I do my best to learn as much as possible not only so I can benefit, but also so I can share the hublove, its what this hubpages community is all about.

See you soon in your hubs as well, been working on web designs a great deal lately, but I'll make my way to everyone soon too.


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2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

A very nicely put together hub. You've included a wealth of useful information, and the graphics are good.

One tip from our experience: when appropriate, try to include a reader poll for a hub. (Note the words "when appropriate"). We like these because the reader has a chance to interact, and the information gleaned can also help you to plan future hubs.

(I've voted this up, and posted on my Twitter feed.) Thanks for sharing the information.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks @2patricias for the advice, I only place polls on things I feel people would like to respond and interact with, and not on all of my hubs as you've stated when appropriate.

Those hubs that I make as tutorials actually don't require a poll in my book, but it was definitely a great suggestion nonetheless and maybe I could add one for those who would be interested in telling me if they liked the article or not I guess, I will see.

I truly appreciate your review of my hub here, and will make sure to pay you a visit soon as well, I'm very busy with writing hubs currently, and you know the rest, so some time I'll make it to your comment sections as well after reading some juicy hubs you have to offer.

Thanks once again for voting, sharing and leaving such an insightful comment. Cheers to great hubbing!


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jengracehodges 3 years ago from Southeastern United States

Thanks for the information! I am a new hubpages user and want to learn as much as possible about how to create good hubs. Thank you so much for the tips.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@jengracehodges, your welcome, I was so fired up while writing this hub I missed a few error myself and all, thanks for reading it and giving yet another one of my hubs a chance.

I hope much of this info helps you here on your voyage, its much of what I had experienced since become a hub author here and a great deal of it all is from all that I researched on the network, and got from veteran hubbers too.

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