Any advice for a new Hubber on how to increase traffic to my hubs? I am interested in any and all ways people have had success with this. So far aside from being active on HubPages I am pinning my articles to my Pinterest but still have very low traffic. I understand that I am new and increasing my content over time will make a big difference, but I want to be proactive in any way possible. Thanks!
I am also new to HubPages but here's what I use apart from being active on here:
Facebook (my own page, my fan page and groups I joined)
I also made a start on Forums
I think the HubPages community is the best place, being active, as you said you already do. If you have other blogs, try create backlinks. I don't have yet but it will surely help.
This is novice advice, you may get much better direction with answers from much more experienced hubbers. Thanks for the post, I'll follow it as well.
OanaBoteanu, welcome fellow newbie! Thanks for the tips!
The HubPages community is actually the worst place to get traffic.
The HubPages community is very small. You won't start to make money from HubPages until at least 80% of your traffic comes from outside the HubPages community. So if your goal is to earn income, your focus should be everywhere else but here.
The community here is great for networking, sharing ideas, learning from each other and helping each other keep motivated. So don't neglect it, but recognise that it's for fun and motivation not for profit.
Are you using a keyword tool, such as the one google offers, to make sure you are using words that are searched for?
No I haven't been... Thank you for the idea!
I'm also pretty new at all this but I just signed into some writing groups on Google + and I am getting a little traffic from there but I hardly get any google search traffic; most of my traffic comes from hubpages and my facebook fan and regular accounts.
I'm going to try an experiment today. Since HP & Google are 'at war'(?) with each other (joking of course)
I'm going to DMOZ and alternative search engines to submit urls.
"An ODP editor will review your submission to determine whether to include it in the directory. Depending on factors such as the volume of submissions to the particular category, it may take several weeks or more before your submission is reviewed". - http://www.dmoz.org/docs/en/add.html
"alternative search engines are usually different than those found on search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing." - http://www.kawgo.com/Search_Engines.html
I think everybody has been pissing & moaning about the dramatic drop in view at HP during the end of 2012. Good luck to everybody in 2013. HP still has very good ranking over all with Google.
Another great idea. Whatever you're doing seems to be working. I wish you all the best.
Was thinking deviously to get around HP removal of the keywords that was recently done. Added DMOZ categories words
Recreation Pets Dogs Issues Dangerous behaviour behavior Training Problems
Pets and Animals Dogs and Dog Breeds Dog Training
at the end of my hub
Ptosis, HubPages removed tags, not keywords - and they were always invisible to Google anyway.
And I doubt DMOZ will consider your Hubs. As far as I'm aware it only lists websites, not individual pages, and it hates anything even remotely commercial. I've never managed to get it to accept any of my dance websites, in spite of having lots of solid information on them, because each of them also has a shop.
Try placing your links on Redgage. I get traffic from there everyday. You'll also earn a tiny bit of income at the same time. Place the url below your signature on your emails. Maybe your friends will get curious and take a look. Check out all the hubs about getting more traffic. You'll probably learn a lot about SEO and how to get links to your work.
Barbara Kay, thank you SOOOOO much for posting about Redgage. I have heard of a lot of things, but that was not one of them. I've posted about half of my links there and am already seeing traffic. Great and much appreciated suggestion.
I'll take a look at Redgage.
I get good results from Stumble Upon and Twitter. I use Pingler each time I update a page.
It takes time -- I get steady traffic and most of it is from Google. Google's own tips for webmasters are a good place to learn some basics about what to do and what to avoid when it comes to attracting traffic.
Pingler.com is a ping service -- it sends the title and URL of your page to 83 services. It's the online equivalent of putting out a banner and saying, "Hi, I'm here; come take a look." I use it when I publish something new or do a significant update.
Just don't ping too often -- I have the impression that can get a subdomain blocked. The services receiving the pings try to block spam. As with bookmarking services, activities that look like excessive self-promotion may result in negative consequences.
2besure -- I blocked non-performing ad categories in the General category, too, not just the sensitive ones. It's too soon to know if it's any help -- December was a low AdSense month for me. I just added a new post to my blog, so things should perk up.
I wish everyone a prosperous 2013!
I think the first key is to get some good content. If you don't have something that people want to read, then traffic referral is a limited proposition. Think about who would want to read your hubs and find related sites that you can post from to get traffic.
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