According to the current Alexa stats, based on internet averages, Hubpages.com is visited more frequently by females who are in the age range 18-24. Should we write more content targeted for this audience to increase traffic?
My answer is "if we make it, they will come".
Good, useful information geared towards a certain age group should be able to attract the right audience. I don't want to restrict my writing style or subject matter to fit a narrow focus.
Really Alexa stats give a better indication of who uses the Alexa toolbar and services more than the broader Internet.
but those people in the age demographic are the people who are most likely to end up on the site due to the more popular topics written about on here. It doesn't mean that writing things that females age 18-24 are interested in is more likely to bring in traffic, but that writing things that are in the most popular topics on Hubpages is likely to bring in the largest demographic that is searching for those topics. So if you want to utilize that information for traffic, you'd have to find the specific topics that demographic is searching for on Hubpages. I think.
It all depends on what you're writing about, and whether or not that subject has already been exhaustively covered online. It all comes down to creating new resources online!
I think you have to consider your own reasons for writing. I believe many, if not most, write for personal satisfaction and fulfillment--first, and for attracting those interested in what we have to say. Sometimes, our interests will span all age groups, and sometimes what we write will have a more narrow focus, naturally. But, if we begin to narrow our focus to topics we believe will attract a particular age group, we could end up getting frustrated trying to develop interest in what they're interested in. I believe if you follow your heart and write in a way that is informative, provocative, and/or passionate, based on your own strengths as a writer/researcher, you will attract those who are searching for the topics you write on.
You can only go so far writing for your audience. You still have to write from your own point of view and what you know. Writing too much to a specific audience takes the sincerity and personality out of your post. It's like you're trying to become someone else and fit yourself to suit a role. Its a good way to burn yourself out too because you begin to lose interest in what you are writing when you aren't writing it for yourself, first.
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