Should We Care About Our Website? 15 More Ways to Increase Traffic

Sit down in your chair, take a breath and write, then the fun begins once you publish your work.
Sit down in your chair, take a breath and write, then the fun begins once you publish your work.

15 More Ways To Build Your Traffic

1) Better Links: This is the beginning of the most important aspect on writing online. Write a hub and develop a plan to link it to at least three other hubs, blogs, and websites, (of yours) and social networking site. Don't have these things? work on that. Adding links is one of the best ways to increase traffic to a hub. This Is your business so do the work and others will follow, but put the links on your blogs and profile on hubpages, this is a business, so promote your business to increase traffic and make money.

2) Understand Keywords: keywords are the heart and soul of google. Google can not find you without keywords. Internet surfers will not find you without good keywords. You don't-- rather shouldn't-- over use a specific word. This won't help. Look in Google AdWords to help you out. With Google AdWords you can type in your website or hub or keywords and get a general idea of what might drive traffic, this is a guide not an answer, so it is to be used with other methods. Google is the search engine you should target for traffic but also look into MSN and yahoo, as the more sources of traffic in terms of keywords and search engines the better.

Writing on Forums and SEO

3) Forums Good and Ugly: Some will argue that using forums is a great thing, but if your hub is not preforming well, why sit and spend 5 hours a day on a forum when you can work on your hub to make it better and get the traffic.

Yes forums have a place, but they are not to be used every day for hours on end, or even every couple of days, they are addictive, and you can get lost in them. They will not increase traffic. Only you can increase traffic and that is by writing great hubs. The content of your hubs and your other online articles need to inform and make the reader care about what you are saying, and you will also need to work with other things-- such as the search engines for people to find your work.

4) SEO (Search Engine Optimization): A title is just a title except when it's got a few of your keywords in it, and then it's a good way to be found on search engines. For example a series with the same or slightly different title will most often be found together when typing in one of the titles on the Google search engine.

This is a great way to increase traffic and also have several hubs of the same subject. This is useful since on hubpages you can edit your hubs title just not the URL that you began with. Now other writers have pointed out the flip side to my suggestion if you have the same title (or very close to it) over and over and over again this can (and sometimes does) affect your Google rankings and Google doesn't like duplicate content, it also does not like content which is not up to date or is not useful to your reader, so . So don't get to giddy with titles and reusing them. Change is sometimes good.


On Publishing a Hub and Making Money

5) Understand Hubpages and Making Money Online: Hubpages does not pay you to write, sorry so don't think that by writing a great hub you will get money or traffic or followers. That is up to you and google and marketing. The simple fact is that we as writers need to market our work and that is by writing great hubs and then linking between our hubs and working our hubs to get some traffic from google and the social networking sites. Publish your hub and then promote your hub. This will get you traffic and make you money online.

6) Get and Increase Traffic Through Some Different Sources: The only way to get traffic is to find places to put your hub as a promotion. Put your Hub on Social Networking Sites, such as Stumble Upon and Twitter, but also on your email signature, and on your other hubs by adding a link, but also find ways to add it to your blog, all of these have different people who will find your hub, and it is a different traffic source and an extra link. the most important is getting these traffic sources, otherwise you will only have one source of traffic and in this business that is fatal.

Traffic and Content

7) Understand What Helps Get Traffic.. And What Doesn't: This is a vital part to traffic some writers assume that since they have say 2,000 followers all of them will come and comment and/ or click on a google ad, or ad a link, or simply come because it's them. That isn't how it works, sometimes the topic you are writing about doesn't interest all of your readers, and sometimes some people aren't active in the hubpages world or on the Internet often. Traffic is helped by keywords, content and comments, work with these, if you have good content someone will add a link or tell others, it all hinges on content.

It also helps to get some links, done with quality and written on different domains, so for example to get traffic, you will want to add a link to a social networking site, and then to an article writing site, and then to another online writing site, so that you have a larger audience.

8) Make sure You Understand What Content IS: Content is what is written in a hub, it should be many things at once, but it can be funny, useful or something that can help you. Learn what makes you unique and work with that content.

Content is not spam, or something which you do not get a lot of comment, but it is something that you can come back to over the course of years and still find use in many of the comments and suggestions made to you by the author of the website.

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9) Big Text? Too Much!: Some people do this, and it's hard on the eyes and the head. They write a 2,000 word hub in one or two paragraphs. This is bad, not only does it seem challenging to the reader, but people are often turned off in reading the whole thing. Yes you can write a hub that is even 5,000 words (not that I recommend this...) but break it up put a picture or three, add polls, anything to break up the text, once I did this, I got more traffic, and more comments.

10) Understand Evergreen content: Some people call it evergreen content, and some call it, a better traffic getter, and some find it helps with SEO and search engine traffic, whatever you want to call it, this is a basic hub that can be seen at anytime, and still be useful. How to hubs are great for this, and now with the editing button, you can fix up changes. (google how to are famous for needing editing.) Use the evergreen content wisely, as you will often need to fix up certain points. Over time you ill see traffic go up and down, but there will always be some traffic to an evergreen hub.

11) Editing is a Must: Okay I admit I should really look at my hubs for this one, but it is so true, I need to go and edit many of my hubs. Still If one does not try to hit spell check.. hm think people won't comment on how the content is worse because of poor editing. I know that sometimes there is a point to a misspelling, a keyword that you want google to see, or something else, but for the most part, a misspell is a misspell. Edit as best you can and recheck before publishing your hub.

12) Publish that Hub Already!: There is a fine line of writing a hub, some people are perfectionists, and there is no way that a hub can be perfect, edit it, and fix it up, but if it's been unpublished for weeks, that isn't helping you. So publish that hub and get some traffic there. Yes there is a time when you should fix up a hub, but that is after you publish a hub, so jump int eh water and publish a hub. I wouldn't recommend publishing 4 or 5 hubs a day unless you are really really good. So one or two a week is great to start off with. Besides google can't find you if you don't publish your hub!

13)Traffic Cycles and Google: There is a cycle to life, and there is such a thing as a traffic cycle online. There are some days when traffic will be slower and some days when traffic just doesn't seem to stop. This is the essence of a traffic cycle. use this to your advantage, as each hub, and blog and website are unique there are no hard and fast cycle I can point to, but I'll give a basic example Monday to Friday are so busy you don't know what to do with yourself.

Saturday and Sunday you wish you'd get a comment, anything, so a great way to do this is to publish a hub and promote it on say Saturday to get the ball rolling for Monday. Goggle might even be able to get a couple of links by Monday thereby allowing you to get traffic through Google.  knowing when your traffic rises and ebbs allows you to edit and fix up on the slower days.

14) Interactive Work: Why do some put hubs with polls or several spots for comments? Because for the simplest reason they want to make it more interactive, Personally I like polls, but quizzes are just as good and this gets people talking. The best part is that it makes people stay a bit longer on your hub which is good for google since google takes into account how long people stay on a sight.

It is all about your reader, and they are your traffic and your source of income, and therefore should be allowed to have a say in what they see.  They have a choice not come, or leave fast, or do something there.  Give them a good choice-- to stay on your website.

15) Make the Reader Love it Anyway: it's simple when when you publish a hub, you need to make the reader love it. Some will and some won't, and some simply won't care, but focus on the positive, you are getting traffic and that is a good thing right? When the reader cares, they will come back and they will mention your hub to others and this is good for business and traffic and some times even a bit more money. Make us care.

That is how you get traffic to come back again and again.

To your online business success.

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aesta1 18 months ago from Ontario, Canada

Traffic is always our big desire. I will certainly use these suggestions. Updating takes time that I just can't keep up.


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Rebecca E. 23 months ago from Canada Author

thanks for the comment.


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mothersofnations 23 months ago

Great article! Very useful and helpful. Voted up! God bless you.


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mothersofnations 23 months ago

Awesome article and very helpful! Voted up! God bless you*


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mio cid 24 months ago from Uruguay

this is great help I'm going to analise it piece by piece to improve my very low traffic


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jtrader 3 years ago

This is a good resource. Voted up and useful!


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Rebecca E. 4 years ago from Canada Author

angied83-- you are welcome, thanks for stoping and commenting


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angied83 4 years ago

Thanks for this! Voted up as useful!


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Rebecca E. 4 years ago from Canada Author

amitjak-- yes getting traffic is very important, and it is something that you need to build... with quality hubs.


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amithak50 4 years ago from India

Search Engine optimization and social bookmarking works best for me also sharing on social networking sites are cool too..You get Nice traffic


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Rebecca E. 4 years ago from Canada Author

dexixy-- thanks for commenting and come back and let me know if you have more questions


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dexixy 4 years ago from Kampala

Great informative points, Bookmarked and voted up.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

Dolores-- this is so true, I edit a million times it seems and I have always needed to do something more with it. Never ends doesn't it?


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Great tips on helping increase your traffic. I find every time that I go back and check a hub there is some mistake that I missed the 2,000 other times I check it. Spelling errors, words that really don't work, typos, or even serious factual errors.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

dtn-- thank you for your comment.


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dtn2885 5 years ago from San Fernando Swap Meet

Please check out my hub on learning Spanish through Spanish songs.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

khanzee-- I shall try, do not worry.


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khanzee 5 years ago

Very good sharing, keep continuing,


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

dtn-- happy to help, and this is important if you want money-- with the hubs ads program you need traffic.


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dtn2885 5 years ago from San Fernando Swap Meet

Awesome hub, I will be trying to make more quality hubs in the future. These are some great tips, thanks for writing!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

James-- for some it is basic for others it isn't but yes you are right you have to them to see results.


James 6 years ago

I can see that many of these points are basic know how, and that what you do... is well do them, but most of us don't!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

vox vocis-- yes that is true as well good thinking and some luck.


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vox vocis 6 years ago

Rated up Rebecca! A lot of work and more positive thinking will do the trick! I really need to sit down and start writing! Thanks! :-)


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Duchess-- thanks thanks and many thanks... yes I hope you'll enjoy the articles.


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

Dang Rebecca! You are getting better at this all the time! Good Hub. Correction - GREAT hub. This is one for bookmarking because you reference some good articles I will want to read.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Dolores--- I think I would confuse myself with jargon! thanks for coming by and commenting.


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Rebecca, you have several hubs with great suggestions and help. Your hubs are a good read and you don't confuse me with a lot of jargon.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

pakpub--- thanks for the comment I am glad it is of use to you.


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pakpub 6 years ago from Ohio

I have just started writing hubs and I enjoy reading yours. Good content.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

mr. williams--- a must read hub of yours as well.


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mr williams 6 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

Great hub. 15 more ways for me to bring traffic to my hubs. Thank you Rebecca

http://hubpages.com/business/75-ways-to-advertise-...


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Raly1783-- you are welcome, to your continued success on hubpages.


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Raly1783 6 years ago from Romania

Great hub,very informative and useful. Thank you Rebecca!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

vox vocis-- you are welcome, I enjoy helping others.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

tony-- you are welcome.


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vox vocis 6 years ago

Another hub definitely worth reading! Great work!


Tony 6 years ago

Great advice that I will surely follow, thanks.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Ellen Graeger--- ezine aricles with the same title aren't so hot, because people think that it's the same so add a part 1 part 2 ect.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

hypnodude-- you to.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

My webs-- nuts and butts, 'cause sometimes I like to kick my own in a vain effort =)


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EllenGraeger 6 years ago from Madrid

Keywords, comments and content - a great summary ! I will bookmark this hub because it contains everything one need to know about how to increase traffic. The title series is a good idea, would you recommend it for Ezine as well ?


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Link added. :) Have a great day!


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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY

lol drive one butts? :P

nice typo

While I closely watch my keyword rankings I learned long ago not to stress over it too much. Its all so dynamic now. It used to be Page Rank fluctuations that drove me nuts. Now PR isn't so important really.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

MyWebs-- not a problem you suggested it, and it is an excellent point, credit given where credit is due.

Google traffic cycles can drive one buts can't they?


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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY

Great hub and thanks for the mention :)

Boy am I ever seeing them Google traffic cycles. One day my hub is hardly getting anything then the next day its getting over 100 hits in a day from Google. It literally can and does change overnight.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Springboard-- yes I call them evergreena dn a lot of us do, because they "never die out" good luck. it will help with traffic.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Granny's House-- yes thanks I'll fix that one up!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Shaz-- you are welcome!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

hypnodude-- I think so I'll get that in soon.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

"Evergreen" hubs, as you called them, are what I potentially need more of. Since most of my stuff happens to be opinion, it also happens to sometimes be relevant 'in the moment,' and I can see traffic falling as the 'moment' fades. Granted, writing opinion often provides much fodder for content, but can require more work.

I'll have to put this to task...as most things from you. Thanks.


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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

I clicked on the link Effective Niche Marketing and it goes nowhere.


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

Yet again a brilliant set of advice, Shaz x


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Great. Every point is good, and all of them are important. Very well done. I think a link here from my last hub would be a good thing, let me know what you think. :)

Oh, and I'll stumble this. :)


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

ladyjane1-- yes backlinking is vital and so is social networking sites.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

AustinStar--- you'll see some great results soon I am sure.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

JS MAtthew-- seems that way doesn't it? glad I can always edit anything.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

I started backlinking my hubs and started really noticing traffic thanks for all your advice.


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Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I am slowly incorporating all of these tips and it is working! Thank you!


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

Great Hub! I am going to go back and add some links to my existing Hubs! I notice that I am never truly finished with any Hub because I always find something to change or add after coming back to it later!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

al-- Should I go into the rubber chicken farm business... since when I am rebecca Anne to you!

At any thanks so much for the lovely comment, see you soon!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

yenajeon-- yes, but some people think it is...


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

liswilliams-- 15 you are welcomes.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

KoffeKaltchGals-- thanks, you are welcome.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

ntweisen-- that will come, I`d say when you have about 30 well backlinked hubs and one about the same topic there will be a difference.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

crazybeanrider-- sometime you don`t need to publish right away but at some point you need to publish it!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

trose- keywords are the lifeblood and once you figure them out they are easy... well sort of!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

viryabo-- all great thing can seem like a chore, but when they work they work!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Peter-- thanks for stopping by, and you are welcome always doing my duty!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

hello hello-- thanks so much!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

dohn121-- always glad to see you here, and I am glad you think this is a hub for everyone, because everyone can improve.


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

My dearest Rebecca Anne...

See what I mean? You never ever let me down! You get better by the day and your hubs are a tremendous help for everyone who takes time and reads carefully. This is an A+!

Thank you for being so caring!

Thumbs up!

Warmest regards and tons of blessings,

Al


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yenajeon 6 years ago from California

Fabulous. I especially love what you said about forums. Its not even remotely close to what is most important about HP and traffic.


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liswilliams 6 years ago from South Africa

15 valid points


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Love the hub. Great information.


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ntweisen 6 years ago

Very good advice. Traffic for my hubs is still not where I want it to be. Hopefully this will help.


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crazybeanrider 6 years ago from Washington MI

Absolutely well written in terms I can understand and use. All the tips are very useful and easy to learn. I have been working on back linking quite a bit lately. The thing for me is I write a bunch of stuff and don't always publish it right away because it always needs work. You have great tips and I am glad I am able to use them. Thank you :/


trose 6 years ago

Excellent information as usual! Thanks Rebecca! I am currently refining my skills with keywords and slowly building backlinks. I also enjoy learning from your hubs!


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viryabo 6 years ago

Thanks for this hub Rebecca. I tried to spend a couple of months working on backlinks. It's really a chore rebecca and its not one of my favourites, BUT as i intend to make money online, i have no choice but to 'grin and bear it' LOL!

Great hub as usual.

Cheers


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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from Southeast Asia

Thanks Rebecca, informatitive and useful as usual. You are very generous with your knowledge and information.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for a very instructive hub.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Another very comprehensible and effective hub for those looking to improve upon their successes--in other words--this is a hub for everybody! I liked how you explained what an evergreen hub is Rebecca. You are certainly building yourself a very nice collection of such! Awesome as always!

Dohn


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Ann Nonymous-- I do that all the time, problogger is a great book to read and to buy, bt also google for dummies. and yes the library has it all.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

loriamoore-- I hope good things, I am cheering you on! backlinking will take a bit but you'll see results, especially when you publish new hubs and backlink to older ones.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

drbj-- reread and comment all you like, that's what keeps traffic going, and of course feel free to ask questions, thanks for the comment.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

creativeone59-- hurray for you! you can do it! i know you can. besides you are an excellent writer.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

einron-- oh I sall i shall thanks for the comment as that now links to your profile for me to go and look.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

a2z support-- thanks for the comment, yes traffic is traffic and sometimes you need to know evergreen is what it is, always useful so having a few hubs like those are important.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Pamela99-- and improve we shall won't we?


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Dame scribe-- as always a pleasure to see you comment, of guru of mine =) yes read and enjoy!


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Hey, Rebecca! I just wanted to say, once again another great hub, and you inspired me to check out some books from the library regarding the subjects you have addressed...Thanks so much!


loriamoore 6 years ago

Thanks to you, I went back through all of my hubs yesterday and added backlinks to other hubs of mine on the same topic. We'll see what happens.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Rebecca E - you did your usual thorough job putting all this information together. I'm going to have to reread it a few times to assimilate it all.

Thank you


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thanks Rebecca E, if I can ever put all your information together, I will winning hub traffic. Thank you for another great hub. Godspeed. creativeone59


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Rebecca E.

Great Hub.

Though I do not get money for writing, I do read hubs on how to improve. I get a lot of traffice from Google and

Google has given me more than 20 first page rank. I received it the first article I wrote. I thank God for the help.

May be you would want to read what I wrote about Google on two different hubs. Peace!


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a2z Support 6 years ago from Canada

Something always hits home whenever I read your hubs. From this article it was having evergreen content which google also loves. Time to go update some of my hubs!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

More great ideas to keep up the improvement. Thanks.


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Dame Scribe 6 years ago from Canada

Good points to always keep in mind with writing. :) great job!

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