I have been checking my page views, and I am very happy that some of my hubs are starting to see more traffic. But, only one of my hubs is still seeing large numbers of views. 600 in 7 days, close to 3,000 in a 30 days, and approaching 50,000 all time. But, it seems the people who read my popular hub are not looking at my other hubs. All of those hubs have yet to reach 2,000 all time views, a couple are under 500. Would be nice for those to go up.
I'm curious about the generated summary, how does that work? And, will changing a summary of a hub improve traffic to it? Without tags, it is hard to know if a summary would even be effective. Just curious. I guess I should spend less time in the forums, and more time in the learning center.
A well written summary can provide several things to a hub.
It should contain your keywords, giving google a little more emphasis on what the topic is and who should be sent to it.
It tells the reader (in <160 words) what the subject is; you want only readers that interested in what you are saying, not an indiscriminate group, so let them know.
It is your only chance to set a hook into the (potential) visitor to entice them to come see you. Do it properly and you will have visitors that want what you offer and will stick around to read it all; do it wrong and you get either no one (the hook didn't work) or you get people thinking your hub is about something it isn't (hooked the wrong person) and promptly leave.
It's well worth the few seconds it takes to put a good summary onto a hub. Google won't always use it, but often will and it pays to have it available.
A couple thoughts...
As to summaries, create the best one possible. There is a shot that the search engine might actually use it.
If any of your other hubs are relevant to any word or part of your high-traffic hub, put some links in there.
Thank you wilderness, that is one of the best explanations of a summary that I have read including the bit about how to make it useful.
Just two things about the original comment by the OP. Firstly, from what I have read in the forums in the past many writers do see a pattern of traffic where a few hubs get most of their traffic. Readers feel free to correct me if I have misunderstood that.
Also, before the revamps, I discovered that by putting the most relevant hubs, next to the most popular ones in the groups setting helped. * I believe the visitor to the page to flowed onto to the other hubs when they reached the end of my page. I am not sure it works in the same way with the new layout.
* For new hubbers reading this. When I put one page above and one below a popular page in the groups list they then appear at the foot of that popular page. They do need to be relevant to the page to encourage reading on.
2uesday's tip is a good one. When people get to the bottom of the page, if they really enjoyed the article, and they see a link to something else they're interested in, there's a chsncr they'll click on it. HP groups make sure at least two of the links down there go to your own hubs (best to make sure they're related.)
But remember your own web browsing habits. When you look up something online, and land on a page, your first instinct when you finish reading it is to leave the page. It probably never occurs to you to go check and see if the author has written anything else and read that too.
So each page has to attract its own readership. It's possible to get a little bit of traffic spillover between pages, but that's the exception rather than the norm.
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